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Break From The Norm 2

A Break From The Norm is a curated collection of bits and bobs that we have been sharing around the Shores office recently. It features some stuff that has inspired us, enlightened us, blown our minds or just simply made us chuckle and we wanted to share them with you.

If you find any interesting things that you think would be worthy of a mention then let us know by emailing us at hello@yourshores.com.

Are You Looking At Me?


We all might like to think that we are somewhat unique but the research out there seems to point to the fact that there is somebody out there who looks just like you. BBC Future’s article on the subject is fascinating and a bit spooky too.


Standing Up Is The New Sitting Down


As our lives become more and more sedentary and deskbound our bodies suffer accordingly and so inevitably people want to find ways to work hard with less detriment to their health. Welcome to the world of Standing Desks, and this beginner’s guide to getting it right.


Coats Are King


Winter is coming Jon Snow! However, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we can’t keep up our impeccable style and coats are the key to your winter wardrobe success. Vogue take a sneaky peak at the winter warmers out there on the UK streets.


Tiny Beautiful Things


When a new writer took over the ‘Dear Sugar’ advice column of website the Rumpus, nobody expected the raw honesty and frankness that was to follow. In this featured article Sugar responds to a question from ‘Seeking Wisdom’ and the exchange is so incredibly touching you will read it with your mouth wide open.


What’s For Breakfast?


Nutritionists and personal trainers swear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Director James Casey’s film looks at different breakfast habits of people all over the world.


The Cold Shoulder


A cold shower everyday could reduce your chance of sickness by 30%, but can you handle the big freeze?


Remembering George


Joni Mitchell may have said ‘you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’ but since George Michael’s sudden passing on Christmas Day, his record sales have gone into over-drive as everyone rediscovers just how great a songwriter he really was. This curation article pools together some of the best online articles written about him over the years and is a great tribute to the pop legend.


Mr Night Has The Day Off


This brilliantly quirky short film was made in just 21 days by Lithuanian animator/director Ignas Meilunas and it considers the extremes of light and dark, night and day in a weird and wonderful way.

Shadow Art


Belgian filmmaker Vincent Bal discovered his shadow art by accident whilst working on a new script. He took a picture, posted it to Facebook and became a hit, now selling his artwork on Etsy. Bal uses the shadows cast from normal, everyday objects and turns them into imaginative, arty, funny scenes and situations.


One to Read: Illusions

We want to try and introduce one book a week that has had a profound effect on the lives of the Shores team at some point.


This week we are going back to an old classic that just doesn’t seem to age and in fact gets more poignant with time. Illusions is Richard Bach’s follow up to his unrelated but equally mind-blowing debut ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’. Illusions is a magical, mind bending and ultimately life affirming journey alongside reluctant messiah Don Shimoda. We’ve bought so many copies over the years to give away to friends and colleagues that we’ve probably put Richard Bach’s kids through college.


One to Watch: Grizzly Man


Similarly we aim to share each week something to watch that blew our minds.

This week again reverts to a classic in the form of Werner Herzog’s documentary ‘Grizzly Man’. The film follows bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell who lived unarmed among wild grizzly bears for 13 years and filmed the last five years of his experiences. The film is a harrowing, compelling but ultimately beautiful watch that explores the uneasy relationship between man and nature.