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Compelling video of a train arriving at Berlin station

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 16 May 2014

Photographer and videographer Adam Magyar has created this oddly compelling video short taken from inside a train as it arrives into platform at a station in Berlin. It has a surreal and somewhat creepy edge to it, particularly the sight of two girls running between crowds standing on the platform.

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Photos by Chris Jordan reveal the truth of what’s in a seagull’s diet

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Wednesday 5 February 2014

This grisly set of images by photographer Chris Jordan should sound alarm bells for whomever believes mass consumerism is an affliction that affects only humans. The ripple effects of America’s apparent obsession with plastic waste impact all living creatures, as the insides of these decomposed seagulls attest – a strong visual contribution to the debate […]

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Yangon’s tripped-out Drug Eradication Museum

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Websites, New Art on Monday 13 January 2014

During my afternoon stroll round the Drug Eradication Museum in Yangon recently, I came to the conclusion that the experience was, ironically, akin to ingesting some high-grade psychotropics. Cue deformed and pickled fetuses, life-size friezes of cocktail parties and enough bold propaganda to make even the most hardened experimenter soil themselves (or at least you’d […]

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YouTube comment spat brilliantly reconstructed

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Thursday 28 November 2013

As everyone now knows, the YouTube comments section is evidence of humanity’s slow decay. Every single banal remark turns into a fierce war between the grammatically-incompetent, sharp-tongued trolls of the internet. So it is with great pleasure that two fine actors bring a spat over a boy band to the big screen. The result is […]

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Chinese vendors use cooking oil dredged from gutters

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By Francis Andrews in New Food and Packaging on Friday 1 November 2013

Had you ever worried about the quality of some Asian street food, then this won’t help to settle your mind. Although illegal, the practice detailed in the video is thought to be widespread in China – street food vendors dredge gutters for congealed cooking oil used by a previous vendor, and ‘recycle’ it for use […]

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New film explores UK’s Northern Soul scene

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Tuesday 1 October 2013

I just got done watching this poignant and beautifully made documentary about the UK’s 1970s Northern Soul scene – how all nighters at Wigan’s soul clubs bridged a divide between white working class Britain and black America, and became a central focus of life for thousands of disaffected British youths. The programme, presented by journalist […]

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Breathtaking photo of Mexican suburb

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Wednesday 18 September 2013

I was scrolling through National Geographic’s Photo of the Day archives and spotted this absolutely bizarre one. The photographer had cruised over this housing complex on the edge of Mexico City a few times before snapping the shot, and managed to catch it as the late afternoon sun illuminated the confectionery shop-style houses. It’s both […]

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Vintage New York crime photos brought to the modern day

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Wednesday 18 September 2013

Following on from the concept of superimposing World War Two photos into their modern-day locations, this wiley Photoshopper has taken vintage New York crime scene shots and brought them into the 21st Century. It makes for quite eerie viewing, providing as it does a snapshot of the Big Apple in its less glamourous days.

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Incredble video shows a woman growing old

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 18 September 2013

You need to watch this video in full, and not skip a second. The creative brain behind the project, Anthony Cerniello, has achieved his ambitious goal of giving the viewer the perception that ‘something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself’. It’s a fantastic achievement, yet unsettling […]

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Photographer Alex Ogle captures a year spent living in Hong Kong

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Tuesday 10 September 2013

Alex Ogle, a Hong Kong-based photographer with AFP, has put together this spellbinding gallery of pictures he took of life in Honkers over the course of a year. The images are rich in character, and carry the viewer through the claustrophobic streets and up high into the hills and rooftops.

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China’s Nail Houses: owners refusing to budge for the sake of development

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Thursday 1 August 2013

The West doesn’t look too kindly on China’s human rights record. But while homeowners across the US can have their property seized by any government official brandishing an ‘eminent decree’ order, the Chinese don’t seem so gung ho. At least in some cases. This means that rather than the bulldozers barreling in and flattening whatever […]

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Amanda Palmer tears The Daily Mail to pieces

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 17 July 2013

US singer Amanda Palmer delivered this very witty riposte to that heinous British publication, the Daily Mail, after it dedicated its coverage of her Glastonbury set to the fact that her breast had emerged from her bra. To all that are unfortunately familiar with the tabloid’s output, Palmer very satisfyingly hits many a nail on […]

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Invisible Picture Show: a powerful animated documentary

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Thursday 11 July 2013

We featured the work of London-based film director Tim Travers Hawkins before, and he’s back with another powerful animated documentary, this time looking at the plight of children held in indefinite detention around the world. Unable to access these sinister facilities, Hawkins built the powerful animation around recorded phone calls with children as young as […]

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New Music City: a short film about Nashville’s music scene

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Friday 24 May 2013

London-based director Ben Strebel, the man behind this award-winning music video, recently dug deep into the Nashville scene and came up with this beautifully shot, insightful film short about one of America’s musical heartlands.

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Ryan Gosling’s cereal problem

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Friday 17 May 2013

Sometimes the best things in life are of the simplest, most mundane kind, like this collection of six second clips, known in iSpeak as Vines, of Ryan Gosling refusing his cereal.

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