Old skate decks upcycled into guitars is a beautiful thing

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 3 August 2015

Instead of throwing away broken skateboard decks, 22-year-old Nick Pourfard has found a way to bring them back to life, albeit in a different form as a musical instrument.

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Brush up on your sewing skills at this fashion-obsessed Parisian cafe

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 August 2015

If you’re not into sewing, the concept is definitely bizarre: a cafe in the heart of Paris chockablock full of sewing machines. Ok, if you are into sewing, it’s still kind of strange, but Sweat Shop is one of those cutesy little cafes in Paris you just have to see, at least once. Maybe twice if you want to fix that zipper.

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Cabbages & Condoms, a fancy(ish) restaurant in the heart of Bangkok

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 August 2015

There’s one restaurant you probably shouldn’t take your grandma to, unless, of course she’s as open minded as you: Bangkok’s Cabbages & Condoms.

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Look through these ‘Windows of the World’ to gain a new perspective

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Look out your window – what do you see? How does it make you feel? In the ‘Windows of the World‘ series, photographers from 27 countries were given a simple brief: ‘Take two photos of the view from your window – one in the morning and one in the evening. Then write what you see and how it makes you feel’.

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What can you buy for a dollar in different countries around the world?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 August 2015

You can’t get much for a buck these days – perhaps a stick of gum (if you’re lucky) or a couple of stamps. Well, that is if you’re living in New York. But what about other parts of the world? A dollar might not get you too far in NYC but in other countries, it can buy you a bottle of wine, an espresso and even a foot massage.

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World’s best job? This guy paints epic internet memes onto utility boxes in NZ

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 4 August 2015

New Zealand looks like the place to go if you want to get your street art noticed. Back in 2013, artist Paul Walsh painted a Grumpy Cat on a wall at his local dog park (after a few beers) but it got painted over. Locals were upset, petitioned the council and low and behold, a local newspaper published what had happened.

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No matter what you know about technology, learning basic tech skills is easier than you think

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By Chloe Olewitz in Tech on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Regardless of whether or not you consider yourself a digital native, learning about tech is important. But learning some basic tech skills doesn’t have to mean selling your soul, or changing your lifestyle.

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Check out how designers want the elderly people sign to get made over

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 4 August 2015

The British ‘elderly people’ road sign is a little outdated, so a competition was launched to redesign the sign.

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Love land? Stay on a cruise ship that never enters the water

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 August 2015

You’re keen to travel and you’ve heard wonders about cruises. But being stuck on board a massive ship with tourists 24/7 for an entire week just isn’t your thing. But you still want a cruise experience. Gosh, you’re demanding! But lucky for you, South Korea offers just this.

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Exclusive interview with Australia’s hottest music export: Peking Duk

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Peking Duk first took Australia by storm with the release of their 2012 bootleg remix of Passion Pit’s Take A Walk. Now this Aussie duo – made up of Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde – is taking their music halfway around the world on a global tour that takes them to iconic cities such as Las Vegas, Singapore and Miami.

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Winners of the best aerial photo competition by Dronestagram and Nat Geo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 4 August 2015

More than 5,000 entries were submitted for this year’s Drone Aerial Photography Contest, and the winners were finally announced. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality, with the winners displaying all this and more.

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Take a glimpse at the pimped out taxi cabs of Mumbai

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Taxi companies of the world, take note. Designer Sanket Avlani has created ‘Taxi Fabric‘, a Mumbai-based project that reupholsters taxi cab interiors with the work of emerging designers.

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1,000 musicians playing the Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’ at the same time is epic

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Monday 3 August 2015

Your move, Dave Grohl. In Italy, a thousand musicians came together and played the Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’ in an attempt to persuade the band to hold another concert there.

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Tiny superheroes hide around Comic Con for people to find and adopt

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 3 August 2015

For the past five years, Texas-based crochet artist ‘Geeky Hooker’ has been turning her favourite pop culture characters into adorable little dolls. But rather than keeping the collection all to herself, she gives them away for adoption!

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Artists breathe new life into a community by painting all 209 of their houses

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 3 August 2015

In Mexico, a youth organization collaborated with the local government to bring change to an impoverished community by turning their entire neighbourhood into a massive mural.

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