At last. After a summer of sitting and watching the cricket get washed out and any English tennis player looking plain washed up, the football season is back. With the FA Community Shield comes the cockle-warming knowledge that nine months of top-class sport is upon us. It also means we're in that wonderful week-long spell where any fan, even if they support Barnsley, can look forward with hope that this season might just be different, before the crashing realisation of a relegation dogfight hits home.
Thrift, craft and DIY have never been more fashionable, and whether you're looking for a design for a treehouse, how to brew your own cider or ideas for how to use an old TV remote control, the web is the first place to turn. Readymade.com is the best of the DIY sites, with easy-to-follow projects, demonstration videos and a wealth of advice on a blog and forum. There's even a bi-monthly magazine for those really bitten by the DIY bug.
INTELLIGENT LIFE MOVING QUARTERLY
Given the global firepower of The Economist, it's odd to think it's taken three years for Intelligent Life, the magazine's luxury lifestyle publication, to move to a quarterly distribution. Described by its editor as "The Economist in evening dress, on holiday and at leisure", the magazine covers topics such as travel, sport, leisure, technology and personal finance. Layout-wise, it looks great, with alluring photography in place of its weekly sister title's usual text-heavy columns, and individual bylines replacing the usual collective voice.
By far the best thing to cross the Atlantic this year. Ok, ok, so it's another US import, but this one is more than just a load of hype, unlike Lost. Inevitable comparisons will be drawn, but Heroes is much savvier than Lost because it doesn't fall into the trap of never giving an answer to the questions posed. The story builds rapidly and the plot twists are explained regularly so you're not left frustrated. Plus, Heroes has the best shock endings since The Sopranos. The final shot of episode three was a real jaw-dropper.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
CONSTANT MEDIA STORIES ABOUT 'FAKE' TELEVISION
We know it's silly season and everyone's desperate to fill some column inches, but really, does it matter that Gordon Ramsay didn't actually catch a fish he claimed to catch, or that "live" footage of sharks was pre-recorded? There is a point to make about honesty in broadcasting, but it's in danger of being lost among all the bandwagon-jumping "revelations". While we obviously don't agree with deliberate deception or editing news footage in order to mislead, when it comes to light entertainment shows, let's allow a bit of common sense to prevail.