Hilary Wardle
Hilary is a freelance journalist specialising in entertainment and technology. Over the years, she's worked as a bungee trampoline instructor (don't ask), a volunteering manager and a sandwich maker for the cast of Coronation Street, though not at the same time. She currently writes for MSN UK, Buzzfeed and a wide variety of other sites and publications.

Entries by Hilary Wardle

The Countries Terrorizing The Cyber World: Where Do Most DDoS Attacks Come From?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (22:02)

On 10 July this year, eight major Norwegian companies and banks were severely disrupted in a massive denial of service attack linked to the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous. However, they certainly weren't acting alone. Millions of people helped them. You might have helped them too, depending on the state...

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How to Deal With Pet Hair

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (13:34)


Don't you just hate it when you come home from work and find a circle of dark dog or cat hair on your white duvet cover or sofa? Does it drive you crazy? Do you spend all of your spare cash...

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"Appy Shoppers": How a New Breed of Shopping Apps Could Save You Money

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (11:30)

Remember the bad old days when looking for an online bargain meant trawling through every site you could think of in an attempt to find the cheapest version of a product? Or hunting for money off codes in the hope that you'd find one that would bring the price of...

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Urban Style: The Top Men's Suit Trends to Watch Out for This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (15:24)

It's hard to believe that we're already six months into 2014. Spring is well behind us and warm weather trends are blossoming, so it's the perfect time to pick up a summer suit. So, which trends are blisteringly hot, and which are just warm?

Here are six budget and high...

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It's Time to Stop Playing Politics With Mental Health

(1) Comments | Posted 19 June 2014 | (00:00)

In July 2012, a group of MPs caught the media's attention when they began talking about their personal battles with mental ill health during a debate on the topic in the House of Commons. The first to speak was Charles Walker, the Conservative MP for Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, who...

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10 Incredibly Creative Uses for VoIP

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2014 | (15:31)


Cheap or free Voice Over Internet Protocol calls- commonly known as VoIP - have become hugely popular in recent years popularity thanks to the success of mass market services such as Skype. The benefits of VoIP calls are well documented: free web video...

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Is a Parallel Student Housing Bubble Fuelling the London Property Boom?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (13:58)


In recent months, the media has been filled with stories expressing concern about the exponential rise in property prices in the capital. The majority of property experts are now convinced that London is experiencing a price bubble that may soon burst and

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How New 'Crowdspeaking' Site Thunderclap Is Revolutionising Online Awareness Raising

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (16:54)


Crowdfunding is a fairly well known term these days. Using sites like Kickstarter to ask for donations towards a creative project is a fairly standard way to get some start up cash. But what happens when you've finished the project? How...

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Dragon Planes and Doritos: Is Co-Branding as Crazy as It Sounds?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (19:47)


Co-branding might sound like the kind of phrase that's thrown around by humourless, suited marketing types in jargon-filled meetings (usually accompanied by at least three references to 'blue sky thinking') but in reality co-branding is all around us and has been for some...

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Review: Heading Out (BBC2)

(1) Comments | Posted 1 March 2013 | (12:51)

The main problem with Sue Perkins is that she's Sue Perkins.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just that she first hit our screens in the early 1990′s and has been all over our collective tellyboxes ever since.

In fact since she...

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Five Careers Liz Lemon Could Try Next

(1) Comments | Posted 4 February 2013 | (13:04)

(Warning: contains spoilers) Long running comedy series 30 Rock came to an emotional end last week in a finale that saw cheerfully insane sketch show TGS finally succumb to cancellation.

Thankfully, harassed head writer Liz Lemon wasn't left unemployed: she went on to take a job producing Grizz's new...

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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: More Soothing Than a Bath in Buttercream Icing

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (17:20)

There's nothing more relaxing than baking... but only if it goes to plan. I once managed to make a pizza base that was so yeasty, lively and glutinous that it tried to eat the wooden spoon I mixed it with. It subsequently moved out to forge a career as a...

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Doctor Who: The Snowmen

(2) Comments | Posted 31 December 2012 | (15:50)

There are few tales as heart-warmingly, iconically festive as the traditional story of a lonely young boy who builds a snowman in his back garden, only for it to come to life and lead him on an exciting adventure... to destroy humanity.

Um...*checks copy of Raymond Briggs' children's classic*. Hang...

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Is Series Eight of Peep Show the Best Ever?

(3) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (23:00)

Any comedy lumbering into its eighth series usually faces accusations of becoming stale and tired, but Peep Show doesn't have to worry about that: it's barely managed to rustle up a single negative review since it initially aired way back in 2003.

So with several years of comedy success behind...

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Fresh Meat: The Best Comedy Series on TV

(3) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (23:00)

I still miss being a student, to the extent that I constantly pray all my friends get divorced, lose their jobs and have to move in with me so we can finally crack on with the Thundercats box set we didn't manage to finish before we graduated.

That's probably why...

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Why The Thick Of It Is the Most Important Programme on TV

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2012 | (16:19)

The fantastic and long awaited fourth series of The Thick Of It has seen hawk-faced media strategist Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) swap the glossy corridors of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship for the gloomy back rooms of the shadow cabinet.

The series started with omni-shambolic Nicola Murray promoted...

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Doctor Who Series 7, Episode 2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2012 | (14:08)

They say the creators of the film Snakes on a Plane started with the title and worked backwards. I know, that's a surprise, right? It's so good, you'd think they spent ages brainstorming which kinds of animals would feature:

"Whelks on a Plane?"
"No Brian, that won't do at...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 7: Tantastic

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2012 | (17:46)

Apparently asking your manager if they have a strategy is a fireable offence, while being a complete chaotic mess is heartily encouraged.

That's the message we took away from Wednesday's episode of the Apprentice, anyway.

Poor Azhar. If only he'd blithely followed Jade's lead instead of questioning her: he'd...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 6: Great Balls of Ire

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2012 | (14:57)

In previous series of the Apprentice at least one of the weekly tasks was carried out in a foreign country. However, with the recession biting - and the Eurostar costing marginally more than East Coast Trains - the Beeb decided to move the potential for an international incident closer to...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 5: Unfit for Purpose

(1) Comments | Posted 19 April 2012 | (17:27)

What's sweaty, has up to 40 legs and looks like an agitated chimpanzee?

A group of people taking part in an Apprentice-invented fitness class.

As tasks go, forcing this group of self-styled 'business brains' to come up with gym session ideas was a bit unfair. After all, these are people...

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