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Iain Lee – The Magic of the Internet

By 123 Reg - July 19, 2013

It’s the hottest day of the year so far, so what could be more fun than sitting on a computer looking up random websites that I am telling you to view? Nothing. Nothing is better. This is literally the best thing you could be doing right now. So, shall we do it, sun lovers?

My sister sent me this first link. ‘It’s shop fronts Iain, you will love it’


I wasn’t convinced but…but…there is SOMETHING moreish about it. Whether it’s an old font that has been defunct since 1976, or a shop that has long gone, photographer Vici MacDonald has certainly captured a part of our social history. Don’t worry, I know ‘social history’ makes it sound even duller, but my big sis was right. You will love it.



Hey! This man looks like a thumb!



I have had the great pleasure of eating dinner at the home of magician Paul Daniels. He wasn’t there, but don’t panic. His wife WAS there, so I wasn’t there illegally. Not that night anyway. It was all part of one of the worst weeks of my life, when I appeared on Channel 4 mainstay ‘Come Dine With Me’. I did not know that Mr.Daniels was such a prolific ebayer. And that his transactions could be so fascinating. Well, he is and they are. One person, who I think wishes to remain anonymous, at least my cursory hunt for his name proved fruitless, has started a blog detailing every online auction transaction Paul makes. It is quite simply a work of art and one of the funniest things I have read in ages. Enjoy.



I never quite know what newspaper I should be reading. So each day I ask myself about one specific paper. So, today I am asking ‘Should I buy The Daily Mail?’



Quick, my mum has just called. She wants to know how many people are in space right now!


Er…this was sent to me by a friend…ah…I don’t get it…



Just as Abbey Road is the second best album by the second best in the world, the Abbey Road zebra crossing outside the Abbey Road studios is the second best zebra crossing in the world. It’s always a joy to watch people trying to cross that famous, er, crossing (must invest in a thesaurus) and even more fun to see drivers getting very angry with the Germans and Japanese that attempt this. Anyway, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home to witness this homage to the Fab Four anymore, you can do it from the safety of your computer, tablet or other internet connected devices. Click on this and waste 20 minutes.



This is a thread. On a forum. A forum I haven’t really looked at as I just don’t really get them. Anyway, this is one thread on a forum that is definitely worth looking at. A gentleman tried to impress some women on a dating website by claiming to be an artist and then drawing pictures of them. The effect is accumulative and very, very funny. And yes, Makita drills are great! I have one too!


How long can you last on leekspin? I was there for 3 hours 42 minutes and 19 seconds. Try and beat that!



Wow. I’d pretty much finished and then stumbled across this by accident. James Taylor (the good folky one, not the silly funky one) is giving free guitar lessons online. You’d be a fool not.



That’s it, that’s your lot this month. Oh, hang on, did I mention I have a swanky new website out? It’s the best of my weekly show on BBC 3 Counties and comes out every Friday? I didn’t mention it? How rude! You can either get it from iTunes or from this handy link here. Until next month, ta ta.


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That’s it for now. Do please keep sending me your websites. I don’t have a proper job so I need something to keep me off the streets. Pop along to www.facebook.com/iainleeofficial

You can read Iain Lee’s very own take on the internet here on the 123-reg blog every third Friday of the month.

A familiar face on television since he got his first break landing the job hosting Channel 4’s thrice weekly topical comedy show the 11 O’Clock Show at the age of 25, Iain is also an award winning radio presenter, top podcast creator and a genuinely funny guy with an eye for the bizarre.