Digital Digest (06/06/2011)

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Tracking Robyn’s tears


The video for Robyn’s new single “Call Your Girlfriend” features one long unbroken tracking shot of the popstar dancing and singing, all the while looking like she could burst into tears at any moment. Which is fitting as the track, from her wonderful Body Talk album, is about asking her lover to inform his current partner that things are over.



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Alcohol

The beer monitor

If you’re looking to have a bit more control over your boozing, you might be interested to know that the charity Drinkaware has launched a personalised online tool, MyDrinkaware, to help consumers monitor the effects of alcohol on their weight and wallet and keep them on track for any personal goals that they set for themselves.

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Fashion

Spray your own Breton stripes

It’s summer, the sun is shining (just about) – it’s time to get out your Breton top. The classic stripe, a warm-weather staple at picnics around the country, is flattering and chic. Now it’s cheap, too. This blog shows how to make your own striped T-shirt. Thankfully, it’s much easier than it looks.

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Politics

Why Weinergate won’t go limp

“Weinergate” has dominated American news channels ever since Congressman Anthony Weiner was accused of sending an intimate photo of himself to a student. Why won’t the flames die down? Because of Weiner’s media strategy, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz says.

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Health

Thirty years of Aids

It has been 30 years since the US government reported that “five young men, all active homosexuals” had been diagnosed with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in California. Since then, we’ve come a long way in understanding this complex syndrome. Time marks the 30 milestones in the virus’s history.

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Food

Japan’s colourful candies

Bored of plain old Dairy Milk? Then feast your eyes on this slideshow from the foodie website Serious Eats, which highlights its favourite colourful Japanese confectionary. From edible wrappers to neon-coloured wrappers, they make our Fruitellas and Chewits look a bit staid.

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Books

How to curate your summer reading

Whether you’re looking to take a slushy romance away with you on a beach holiday or you just want get lost in one of the classics on a long and idle sunny day in the garden, Lifehacker has put together this hugely helpful guide for curating your perfect reading list this summer.

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