Posts Tagged 'Tour de France'

01 April 2014

It’s one of my favourite days of the year for blogging with the veritable banquet of inevitable jokes and pranks that is April Fools’ Day.

Last year was always going to be hard to top but, aside from a few poor Photoshop efforts that aren’t fooling anyone, lots of companies have excelled in their efforts.

Here are just a few of my favourites that made their way to me throughout the morning of April 1st and, as ever, Google is leading the way with some truly fantastic ones.

Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge
This might be one of my favourite ever.  Merging what I presume is some sort of augmented reality overlay with Google Maps we have the ultimate job interview to become a Pokémon Master at Google.

Google Translate: Emoji
With emojis becoming more common in instant messaging than the alphanumeric characters themselves it was only a matter of time before Google Translate added it to their existing language services.

Headdit
Reddit already dictates a lot of what we read online, but with their new Hand Equivalent Action Detection system it gives us a revolutionary new way to browse hands free.

Canary Wharf Loop-the-Loop
In an effort to make your commute more fun the DLR has announced a new loop-the-loop at Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf Loop the loop

CERN Comic Sans Switch
In what I can only presume is a not so subtle dig at this presentation of the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012, CERN have announced that all of their official communication channels are switching to the exclusive use of the font Comic Sans.

CERN Comic Sans

National Trust Clock Change
Putting your watch an hour forward last weekend was a simple task but spare a thought for the folks at the National Trust who have to incorporate daylight savings at the Avebury World Heritage Site.

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National Trust Head Ranger Hilary Makins said “Obviously Stone Age man didn’t have daylight saving, so twice a year we have to move one of the stones”.

Edibox Snackaging
Dominos have recently discovered “that the crust is overwhelmingly the most popular part of the pizza experience” so this has naturally led to their “double dough” experience of the Edibox.  Waste-free dining at its finest.

Edibox

In other news, the Tour de France will offer an F1-inspired KERS system from 2016, Ant and Dec have fallen out, the Queen has approved fracking in the grounds of Buckingham Palace and the Department of Health has announced a pilot scheme to outsource NHS maternity wards to Mumsnet!

How many did you fall for?

100th Tour de France

100 is a significant milestone in anything, let alone something as celebrated and monumental as cycling’s “le Tour“, the Tour de France.

This summer from 29 June to 21 July represents the 100th edition of the race.  As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the race organisers recently released this trailer for the event.  Epic stuff.

Enter the legend

An extremely inspiring montage to encourage you out on your bike!

More great moments in history from the Tour here.

Schwinn Vestige

As a general cycling fan, what better way to celebrate the end of the final stage of the Tour de France (congrats to both Mark Cavendish and Cadel Evans) than with the discovery of a truly beautiful bike.  The Schwinn Vestige.

Not only does it offer high aesthetic value, but it took Eurobike‘s gold award for innovation with the use of semi-translucent flax fibre in its construction.  The fibres are then coated in a water protective paint, keeping it lightweight and incredibly eco-friendly.  When constructed this way flax offers similar performance qualities to carbon fibre bike frames, but in addition to an improved carbon footprint in the manufacturing process, it actually offers improvements in vibration dampening to improve the ride quality.

Feature components such as mud guards and handlebar trims are appropriately finished in natural bamboo to stunning effect.


Utilising the naturally clear finish of flax, Schwinn have included an internal lighting system powered by the front wheel hub, offering a glowing illumination to the bike’s frame.  This leaves the contours unspoiled by additional lights, and your safety uncomprimised.

 

Lovely stuff.


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