Fastest Jet-Powered Truck in the World

The Shockwave is the world’s fastest jet-powered truck. It is powered by three jet engines and each engine produces 12,000 horsepower. It is so fast that it can outrun a Japanese bullet train.

Owner Neal Darnell described driving this bad boy as ‘It’s an awesome experience, you won’t believe it until you see it.’

“On acceleration, the driver experiences about 6G. We stop it by using two 40cm ring slot military parachutes, which produce an impact of up to negative 9G. It is some ride.” said Darnell’s son, Chris.


Would you be brave enough to drive one of these bad boys?

Will Extra River Crossings Help Reduce Traffic In London?

Sadiq Khan (mayor of London) has announced some exciting news this week that will delight both drivers and pedestrians alike. London is continually growing and the roads and transport networks really need to keep up with this growth.

So it really is great news to hear talks about 5 new river crossings that are being planned for east London. One of these crossings includes a greener Silvertown tunnel (below), along with a bridge for pedestrians/cyclists and a new extension of the DLR.


The mayor is optimistic that these new crossings will help ease pollution and congestion in London.

There is also talks of a “bespoke cycle-bus” that will carry cyclists through the new Silvertown Tunnel. A nice innovative touch.

But don’t get too excited as open dates for these won’t be until at least 2022/23.

See the plans for yourself below.



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Car Free London

Yesterday (September 22nd) was International Car Free Day. This annual day which began in 1994, is held in many major cities such as Portland in the US, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen and Barcelona to name just a few.

But London did not have one! Could car free days be coming to London in the future? Mayor Sadiq Khan is certainly keen for it to happen and so are Londoners.

From a UK government poll taken last year, it appears that most Londoners are in favour of an annual car-free day. 63% of Londoners said they would support a one-off car free day in the centre, with 58% agreeing it should be a monthly occurrence.

The whole point of having a car-free day is for people to leave their cars at home for one day and find alternative transport to work and school such as walking or taking public transport with the aim to reduce air pollution. A genius idea really when you think about it!

Cardiff held their first ever car-free day yesterday but only one street was actually closed. Park Place in Cathays was closed yesterday until midnight. However, it may only have been one street that was closed but it is certainly a positive step in the right direction.


source: BBC

Uber Have Launched Driverless Cars – Futurama Is Upon Us?

A new era of taxis is coming! But would you feel safe in a self-driving cab? As of today, Uber have launched their first driverless car service. Don’t get too overwhelmed yet as for now it is only available in Pittsburgh, America and only to their loyal customers. But it’s a sign that times are changing.

During the trial period, each cab will have an Uber employee behind the steering wheel just in case anything goes wrong.

These ford Fusion cars have all been retrofitted with light-mapping systems, radar, sensors and cameras.

Curious now? Check out these cool photos of what it will look like from the inside.


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Source: Business Insider

Because Charity Starts At The Dogs Home…

A few weeks ago we put on our blue Shiply capes to help out the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home get pallets of donated dog food delivered safely to the right paws.

They reached out to us on twitter in a bit of huddle about what to do.

Their situation was a ruff one, as they only had a few of days to get the pallets delivered so that’s where we came to the rescue.

We listed the delivery requirements on Shiply and received a variety of quotes in a short amount of time. So, within 24 hours we had the delivery booked and covered the cost of it.

Saving our furry friend’s paws and ensuring they have food for the next month.




10-step guide to become a master eBay buyer


Whether they’re designer sofas, dishwashers, Wiis or children’s books, sellers on eBay often specify items must be collected in person. As this often means fewer bids, there are bargains to be had. Yet you can’t search for “pick up only” on eBay, so we built tools to speedily track and map gems near you.

On the web. Do in at your desk, with the free Local eBay Deals Mapper tool.


Many people can’t spell, so they mistype their eBay entries. This English teacher’s nightmare is a bargain hunter’s dream. Wrongly-spelled products attract fewer bids because many people miss them.

A few specialist search sites take advantage of this. They trawl eBay for all possible spelling mistake combinations. These include FatfingersBaycrazyGoofbid and BargainChecker


Listing your eBay delivery on Shiply will give you the chance to receive delivery quotes from thousands of feedback-rated couriers. Transporters will compete to give you the best offer; you can then compare different couriers based on their quote, feedback score and reviews they have received from other Shiply users.

To get the best quotes for eBay deliveries it’s important to list your item with as many details as possible. Find our more here.


Often sellers start auctions at 99p or less, hoping a bidding war will erupt. Many items go unspotted, staying at this super-low price. Lastminute Auction hunts for eBay auctions due to finish within an hour, but which still cost £1 or less. On a similar note, Baycrazy’s Zero Bids tool finds items ending soon with no bidders.

Double-check delivery charges, as some sellers hope to recoup costs by charging a little extra (though eBay’s now set maximum delivery charges for many categories).


If you want something very specific or hard to track down, set a ‘favourite search’ and eBay will email each time a seller lists your desired item. This is fab if you like buying on eBay, but don’t want to spend your life hunched over the site.

Simply type a product in eBay’s search bar, such as “Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon”, and click ‘save search’. Be as specific as possible for the most accurate results. Then, when someone clears out the loft and lists one, an email pops into your inbox.


There’s a quick way to glean an eBay product’s market value. Fill in the search box and tick ‘completed items’ on the left-hand grey bar. It’ll come up with a list of prices similar auctions have already fetched. Then sort by “price: lowest first”.

If the price is red, it means no one bought it. Green means it sold – don’t pay more than the average


There’s nothing wrong with asking for a discount, even if the listing doesn’t show the ‘make offer’ logo. Haggling works best on buy-it-now listings, or auctions with a high start price and no bids. To contact the seller, click ‘ask a question’. If you’re polite and charming, you’ll get further. Blunt requests such as “hi, will u take 50p” are usually a mistake. They annoy the seller, and a discount is at their discretion.

Once you’ve clinched the deal, keep the transaction within eBay – just ask the seller to add (or change) a buy-it-now price. For 20 haggling tips for success beyond the web, see the High Street Haggling guide.


Listings that finish at anti-social times often get fewer bids, so sell for less. To locate auctions that finish in the dead of night, use BayCrazy‘s Night Time Bargain search.

Don’t fancy burning the midnight oil? Combine this trick with auto-bidding tools that bid on your behalf while you’re deep in the land of nod.


Avoid sending cheques and never use money orders. It’s much harder for scammers to vanish with your cash when you use eBay’s online payment system, PayPal.

Paying this way costs the buyer the same as paying by cheque, but means you’re covered by eBay’s Buyer Protection scheme. If an item is faulty, counterfeit or non-existent, you are far more likely to see a refund.


In its essence, eBay’s just a marketplace. While it’s easy to snap up a scorcher, it’s just as easy to get burnt. Thus it’s a good idea for newbies to learn the ropes by bidding on a few small items such as books or CDs. This way, they learn how the bidding system works, before graduating to more costly wares.

Want to check if an item’s legit? Why not post it on the forum’s eBay board? Experts in there will tell you whether it looks dodgy.

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Father builds 180ft rollercoaster in back garden

Will Pemble spent approximately £2,075 and circa 300 hours into a rollercoaster project in his back garden.
The DIY project has led to him setting up the blog
‘We were just back from one of many amusement park trips and Lyle asked a simple question,
“Why don’t we build our own rollercoaster, dad?” ‘I couldn’t think of a single good reason to say no so Lyle and I
headed off to the lumber yard for a few supplies.’

Is this the bicycle of the future?

Students from Liverpool University designed a bike called ARION1 that can be ridden at approximately 90mph.
The carbon fibre casing is 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron.

‘The project is no simple undertaking but, at this stage, just six months in, we are in a great position,’ said Ben Hogan, 22.

The students hope to finish the project by next year, to take part in the World Human Power Speed Challenge.
‘This is a fascinating project, at the very cutting edge of vehicular engineering’ said, Philippa Oldham, from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

‘The team will have to make sure everything is perfect – from the aerodynamics to the size of the wheels.’
‘It’s an extremely tough ask to get a human-powered vehicle to travel at 90mph – but with the right engineering approach it is possible.’

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Things to do at Easter

Create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar

chocolate-making workshops

5 April 2014 to 21 April 2014, 12pm to 4pm

Join a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café to create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar.

In the Chocolate Room you can get creative with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café, and decorate your very own chocolatey creations. Taking your inspiration from Roald Dahl, come up with an ingenious name for your chocolate bar and create a wacky label and package.

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Cardbury Easter Eggsploration – Find A Trail Near You

For the seventh year running, Cadbury are supporting the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland to bring you the 2014 Easter Egg Trails, a great family day out!

There will be trails at over 300 locations across the UK, so start your adventure today by using our handy map to find an Eggspedition near you and get the date in your diary.

At the trail, we will inspire your child’s inner adventurer and transform them into an Eggsplorer! They’ll receive a make-it-yourself pith helmet, a Trail Journal containing all the clues they need to complete the trail and an Eggsplorer Passport to be stamped along the way, and on completing the trail they will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury Egghead.

Kids can get creative and enter the Design Your Own Egghead Competition where the winning design will be printed onto Cadbury Eggheads in 2015. Capture a photo of your family on a trail this Easter and transform it with the Eggsplorer Scrapbook. Share your entry for a chance to win a family cottage break.

Find a trail near you