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2013 blog in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in duck tales



The long awaited, much anticipated Mexican buffet day…

… oh and Laura the Drawer turns 30!


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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in duck tales


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Bookmachine everywhere!

Bookmachine Everywhere took place last night in
London, Oxford, Brighton, New York & Toronto.

Much to my own personal disappointment there was no Eurovision style link up, so no chance to wave (slightly off cue) and to hold up banners for our friends and Bookmachine colleagues across the pond.

There was however, at the Oxford event, a chance to eat delicious corporate branded cupcakes supplied by this months sponsor and winner of the banner image competition, yours truly, HL Studios.

The following images are what happens when an event that would clearly benefit from a buffet has cakes (you were warned!):

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in duck tales


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Midsummer solstice

By sunset last night, 2,000 people had arrived at the stone circle to begin an overnight vigil to greet the sunrise on the longest day of the year. 

Thousands of people spent the night at Stonehenge, watching the sun set then waiting for it to rise on the longest day of the year

Cloudy skies prevented the gathering of pagans, druids and partygoers, from basking in the sun as they marked the summer solstice. 

As the sun rose behind the clouds just before 5am today, druids conducted a ceremony at Stonehenge

The summer and winter solstices are one of the few chances to walk among the stones and dance within the stone circle, which is usually cordoned off to visitors to protect the site from further erosion. From Monday, part of the road running alongside will be permanently closed as part of a long-awaited refurbishment by English Heritage to the World Heritage Site.

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in duck tales


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Moore, Oklahoma hit (again) by a mega tornado

Moore, Oklahoma is within the boundaries of Tornado Alley (which includes northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota). The city had previously been devastated by a mega tornado back in May 1999 with the strongest winds ever recorded on Earth registered at 318 mph. The huge F5 category tornado destroyed 8,000 homes and caused the deaths of 141 people. So far, Monday’s tornado is being held responsible for 91 deaths and with dozens of people still missing that number is set to rise.

The severe thunderstorms that produce deadly tornadoes – like the one on Monday – form where cold dry air meets warm moist tropical air and the wind coming into the storm starts to swirl and form a funnel cloud. The air in the funnel spins faster and faster and creates a very low pressure area which sucks more air and objects on the ground into it. The majority of tornadoes have wind speeds which are less than 110 miles per hour, often measure about 100 metres across and are capable of traveling only a few miles. However, those which are at their most extreme can have wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour and stretch for more than two miles.


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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in duck tales


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Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Last year under the watchful eye of Mr Mike Morris we successfully grew tomatoes and chillies in the HL Studios windows. Lets see if we can repeat it this year on our own!

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in duck tales


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BREAKING NEWS: Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher dies peacefully at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.

We dont normally get involved in politics on the HL Blog, but we are very patriotic. We were so saddened by the news that such a strong, iconic symbol of Britain had passed away that we thought we would bend the rules.

The Iron Lady, Baroness Thatcher, the grocer’s daughter who became the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century, spent 11 years in Downing Street. In 1990, a leadership challenge forced her to leave No 10 and two years later she was made a life peer, as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. In recent years she has led a quiet life cared for by her loyal housekeeper. Britain’s first and only woman prime minister, who won three consecutive general elections, has been in fragile health since she suffered a minor stroke in 2002 which left her with short-term memory loss. Her beloved husband Denis died in 2003 and her children Mark and Carol both live abroad. 

She is expected to be honoured with a full state funeral at Wesminster Abbey.

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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in duck tales


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