Tangible Things: How Do Cultures Measure the Past?

Tangible Things is a fascinating MOOC by Harvard University about material culture. Now finished, you can still cruise through the videos. You will be taken on a journey into the living, breathing history of material objects. Sound boring? It's anything but! It may well change the way that you view mundane things like chairs, rocks and…

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro is a beautiful work of art that has been depicted in many films and photographs over the years. Although many daily commuters would argue that it's a stinking cesspit instead! It looks a lot more attractive than many other subways across the world and I enjoyed travelling on it when I was…

Babelicious Fashion Trends From the Summer of '69

Babelicious Fashion Trends From The Summer of ’69

These images remind me of my mother and her wild friends, they wore these bohemian outfits when they were teens. The swinging 60's looks like such a playful time for fashion. Here are some images of teens doing what they do best - leading fashion trends for all of the oldies to follow.   I…

Wine and Curry Pairing Made Easy

Wine and Curry Pairing Made Easy

One tricky situation which often faces wine drinkers and curry lovers is, which wine goes well with which curry? There is such a kaleidoscope of vibrant flavours in Indian dishes. So it may seem challenging to find a wine to complement rather than destroy the flavour of the food. Here's some practical advice for pairing Indian…

The Falling Cat Phenomenon: How NASA Trained Astronauts For Zero Gravity

The Falling Cat Phenomenon: How NASA Trained Astronauts For Zero Gravity

Back in the golden era of space exploration - the 1960's, NASA scientists were concerned with how astronauts would orient their bodies in space. This led to a watershed study at Stanford, featured in the International Journal of Solids and Structures, entitled "A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon."       Partly funded by…

The Legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland

The Culinary and Poetic Legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland

Robert Burns is a cult figure amongst Scottish people for his celebrated poetry and folk songs from the 18th Century. He used to write in the Scots language and also English with Scots dialect. Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns has travelled far beyond Scotland, to become a universal song for New Year's Eve. Every…

Ask Us Anything And We Will Answer...Google Before Computers

Ask Us Anything And We Will Answer…Google Before Computers

Remember what it was like when you needed a question answered, and you consulted a book and not Google? Back in the analogue age, we consulted unweildy encyclopaedias which smelt of dusty paper and a pleasant musty ink. Or you could ask the New York Public Library? By writing on a little cue-card, which was researched…

Beautifully Branded Letterhead Inspiration

In the previous century, brands, writers, film producers, artists and celebrities knew about the importance of their visual branding, before this even officially became a thing. Here are some examples of elegant, iconic and playful branded stationery that belongs to many brands that you would have heard of, along with some plucky and obscure individuals…

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

How many artists can rip a sample from one song? The answer is more than ten in the case of Love Sensation by Loretta Holloway. Do me a favour and listen to this song and see how many samples you can pick... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKmw9UrX99s FYI: These songs would be nowhere near as good without Loleatta Holloway's vocals…

Adorning Cassettes - What's The Modern-Day Equivalent?

Music Part 1: The Thrill of The Hunt In the 80’s and 90’s

Art is what you get when you combine sharpies, pencils, cassette tapes, ancient Word Processors and a whole lot of passion for music. Here's Steve Vistaunet's labour of love that will give anybody over the age of 30, fond and sad stabs of nostalgia for times past. Has The Thrill Of Getting Your Hands on…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

In Bignor, a hamlet close to the ancient Sussex towns of Arundel, Petworth and Pulborough is this grade one listed  stone-built medieval Holy Cross church. This church was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The simple chanxcel and arch remain from the 11th century, although the rest of the church was rebuilt in the 13th century. Lovingly…

Climate Change: Four Scenarios and none of them are good

Historic Jukebox: Pink Floyd & Haldor Laxness’ The Clock at Brekkukot

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. They are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text. 3. Daydream.   …

The Most Beautiful Relics From the Industrial Dawn

The Most Beautiful Relics From The Industrial Dawn

It's funny to consider power plants and sewerage plants as beautiful, but these old buildings certainly trump any industrial building built in the last few decades. Relics from the dawn of the industrial age, they were designed with immaculate attention to detail and a timeless aesthetic. Nowadays they either accumulate weeds and cobwebs in obscurity,…

Scotland's Momentous Decision on September 18th

Scotland’s Momentous Decision on September 18th

In about a week's time Scotland's people will be making a momentous decision for the country's future. The decision to cleave away from their historic neighbours and become an independent country, or to stay and be a part of Britain. There have been fiery debates between Tory minister Alaisdair Darling and First Minister Alex Salmond.…

To Won’s Father: An Ancient Love Letter Rediscovered

In 1998, archaeologists in Andong City, South Korea to their amazement discovered the tomb of Eung-tae a man who lived in the 16th century. The mummified remains were a rare find for the time. Eung-tae was unusually tall, even by today's standards. He was 5''9 and well built with skin and beard still intact. "The…

Top Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

The Seven Weirdest Places In the World to Swim

Some of the most startlingly beautiful places in the world have yet to be explored. If you're looking to have an off-beat swimming experience that you will never forget, here are seven great ideas that will set your imagination alight. 1. Starkenberger Beer Resort This Austrian beer resort offers everything for the beer-lover and more.…

Welcome to Melbourne's Rapidly Vanishing World

Welcome to Melbourne’s Rapidly Vanishing World

In just about any city, formerly unfashionable places undergo rapid revamps. Suddenly overnight, these shabby, overlooked places become cool. It's a fickle and inevitable transformation. A sublimination and muting of tastes into the oblivion of current fashion. This is the case in Melbourne's western suburbs: Altona, Seddon, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunshine and Newport. Every city with…

Leviathan or Lilliputian?

Leviathan or Lilliputian?

Great photography plays around with our perceptions of big and small. Here are two examples where it's difficult to tell at first whether or not we're looking at leviathan or lilliputian objects. Sam O'Hare's New York City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk9EBOOAYiU This is actually real and big rendering of NYC teeming with life. The illusion of smallness comes…

Historic Jukebox: Everything But the Girl, Deep Dish and Patrick Hamilton

Historic Jukebox: Everything But the Girl, Deep Dish and Patrick Hamilton

Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. They are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come! Instructions 1. Play Video. 2. Read Text. 3. Daydream.  So…

Why Airline Food Is Better Than Normal Food

Why Airline Food Is Better Than Normal Food

These dainty, foil covered goodies are placed lovingly in our laps, as we rocket across the sky in seemingly impossible gravity-defying metal capsules. They are placed by the busy octopus-like arms of air hostesses, as we hover over the Nile Delta or Vladivostok at 4 am. The 'haves' in first and business class get Mozart…