The enduring appeal of Adrian Mole, aged 50 – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption Stephen Mangan played Mole in The Cappuccino Years Stephen Mangan played Mole in the 2001 TV adaption of Townsend’s The Cappuccino Years and worked closely with the writer on bringing him to life on screen. Now aged 48, he began reading the Secret Diary as a teenager. “Obviously when you read it as a 13 or 14-year-old you miss some of the nuances, but what’s so clever about the books is that you get so many different perspectives,” he says. …


Qatar Airways figures out a way to get past the laptop ban

April 1, 2017

… upload that personal data onto a complimentary loaner laptop. At the gate, banned electronics like that laptop you just downloaded files from will be collected and stowed away for free. For others less inclined to get work done, Qatar is offering one free hour of Wi-Fi to all passengers (or $5 for the whole trip) so everyone can go online on their smartphones, which are allowed in the cabin. There are also movies, TV shows, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, books and chowing down to keep you …


Crayola is killing off a classic crayon and say goodbye to your childhood

March 29, 2017

… classic, iconic 24-count box of crayons. SEE ALSO: This App Makes Coloring books Come to Life The company casually announced its ruthless decision on its social media platforms as though it wouldn’t crush anyone who has ever colored outside the lines or dared to dream. My gosh. Then, Crayola had the audacity to announce it would be live-streaming the madness and holding an event in New York’s Times Square to really celebrate this tragedy. If you’re wondering whether the …


‘The Hate U Give’ tackles race, police brutality and the nuances of being young and black in America

March 28, 2017

Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE To read The Hate U Give as a young black person is to stand in front of a mirror. The No. 1 New York Times best-selling young adult novel thats been swept up under the category of Black Lives Matter books is a true reflection of the life of a young person of color in Americaand thank goodness, because there really hasnt been a mirror like this for people to pore over, well, ever. Angie Thomas debut novel (the title is drawn from a Tupac Shakur reference) brings us …


Why subscription services aren’t dead yet

March 25, 2017

Mary Biggins, right, with her MealPal co-founder Katie Ghelli.Image: mealpal Before she co-founded ClassPass, Mary Biggins sold subscriptions for leather-bound books. “I love the subscription space,” Biggins said in an interview on Mashable‘s Biz Please podcast. “From really early in my career, I’ve been thinking about subscription unit economics and how you acquire customers. The thing that’s really cool about subscriptions is there are so many different …


8 Steps You Must Take Immediately If You Suspect There Are Bedbugs In Your Home

March 19, 2017

… immediately treat clothes and baggage to get rid of possible hitchhikers. You should also avoid secondhand furniture and books, which can carry bedbugs. #3: Bag Your Stuff Laura Caseley for LittleThings Anything that is dryer-safe should be thrown in and heated on “high.” Bedbugs can’t withstand temperatures over 115 F, so heating clothes, fabric shoes, and bedding on the hottest temperature should do the trick. You can also buy or rent something called a …


The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

March 18, 2017

… the importance of Enlightenment. Oh, the Enlightenment, that sacred word! The idea that destroying Islam from the face of the earth was a necessary condition of our liberation was almost laughable. Gradually, I was realizing how coming from a Muslim country was equal in this land to having the potential to become a barbarian. Kaya at a cafe in Amsterdam in 2004. Politics is theater, and whilst talking about books in Britain, I had almost missed the biggest play on offer, I realized as …


Best selling book on Amazon has 266 blank pages

March 12, 2017

… Amazon’s Look Inside feature to get a sneak peek of all of Trump’s stellar qualities: Touch. Both sell for under $10 on Amazon, so think of them as pretty well-priced notebooks with an acerbic sense of humor. Good to note the whole blank-page gimmick is nothing new. This author has built a career on “writing” books with empty pages, such as his 2011 best-seller, What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex. WATCH: Someone invented a machine that can customize and write …