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Need a short diversion? Here our 5 random sites to amuse, plus one bonus one

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 September 2021

Some of the sites on this page will make you laugh, and some make you shake your head, but they should all entertain you for a moment or two!

What to do with your IKEA bags?

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

The IKEA blue Frakta shopping bag is iconic, and everywhere. Here are 5 suggestions (not always totally serious) for how you can recycle your IKEA bags!

Review of a book on the Stuxnet worm

Posted by Andy Brown on 31 August 2021

The Stuxnet worm was one of the most sophisticated bits of software ever written. Find out exactly how the US and Israel used it to target Iranian uranium centrifuges, and see the implications this has for us all.

A swear-word alternative to What 3 Words

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

You may know about What 3 Words, which allows you to pinpoint your location in the world using just 3 words. Now there's Four King Words, which does the same for the UK and Ireland using just 4 swear words.

9 interesting facts about emojis to lighten your day

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

Do you know why World Emoji Day is held on July 17th each year? Or how to see the world's emojis being tweeted in real time? Or that Microsft are trying to resurrect Clippy the paper-clip as an emoji? These are just 3 of the 9 fascinating facts explained in this blog!

You can now pay Wise Owl invoices online

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 July 2021

We've added a link to every invoice that we send out - clicking on this link will take you to an online payment form, so that you can pay invoices without having to call us.

A book, a board game and a box set to get you through lockdown

Posted by Andy Brown on 05 January 2021

It's not often that you find a brilliant book, board game and box set over Christmas all of which you can recommed without reservation, but this blog is proof that it can happen!

Cardboard cat forts and tanks? How bored can people get in lockdown?

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 December 2020

The aptly named sad and useless website contains many photos of people's cardboard creations, including a surprising number of forts and tanks for cats.

Did you know you could use your browser as a text editor? Us neither ...

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 December 2020

Thanks to Simon Ranson for contributing this bit of trivia: what to type into your browser's address bar to turn it into a text editor.

An opportunity for stardom (well, sort of)

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 November 2020

If you've attended one of our online training courses recently (and enjoyed the experience), would you be willing to be interviewed about it? We're making a couple of short promotional videos, and would love them to feature real people's views.

Was Roger Hargreaves predicting the future of the US with his Mr Men series?

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 November 2020

There's an uncanny correlation between the Mr Men series and the list of American presidents. Donald Trump comes in as Mr Rude, Barack Obama as Mr Cool … see how many correlations you can find!

What happens when you blend the pieces from two different jigsaws?

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 October 2020

Vancouver-based artist Tim Klein has used the fact that many jigsaws are based on the same template to create some truly weird and wonderful composite images.

Shaun often takes his camera when exercising, as these stunning photos show

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 September 2020

Three photos in the life of a Wise Owl trainer: a London church in the moonlight, the river Dee near Wrexham and the sun rising behind Tower Bridge.

Wise Owl Andrew Gould shares photos of wildlife taken on lockdown walks

Posted by Andrew Gould on 26 September 2020

Lockdown has forced many of us to look for wildlife closer to home - Andrew Gould has been impressed at what he's been able to see, as these photos show.

Karen Webber of Goodness Marketing interviews Wise Owl's Andy Brown

Posted by Andy Brown on 23 July 2020

As Wise Owl's marketing guru for the last 15 months (and counting), Karen has got to know us pretty well. Here she interviews Andy Brown to find what makes him (and Wise Owl) tick.

An update on Annie and Neo, the (no-longer) kittens

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

We invited you to help name our new kittens 6 months ago. Time then for an update on how Annie and Neo are faring!

Saving the best till last, have a look at Paul Eden's impressive lockdown desk

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

This may well be the last in our series of lockdown desks, but it's probably also the most impressive. See what you think!

5 things Sam has done while locked inside!

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 26 June 2020

Our trainers are normally out and about across the entire UK (even Europe sometimes). So what has one of them been doing with all this extra time at home?

Finding beauty in (and explaining) cryptic crossword clues

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 May 2020

Cryptic crossword clues can be ingenious and witty, as this blog tries to explain. The blog tries to convey this owl's passion for the genre, but also to give a mini-tutorial on how cryptic crosswords clues are constructed.

More snapshots of life during lockdown - working from home

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 May 2020

Following last month's reveal of what Wise Owl nests look like during lockdown, here are three more snapshots of home life from clients and suppliers.

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