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David Foster Wallace’s legendary speech put to film

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Thursday 16 May 2013

These are the kind of words that change, or should change, your outlook on day to day life entirely. The late, legendary David Foster Wallace gave the speech, This Is Water, to a class of university graduates in 2005. Now it’s been put to film, and very effectively so.

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Dutch comedian does top Nicholas Cage impression

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Everyone has a place somewhere deep inside them where Nicholas Cage is accepted, even revered. We can’t explain why, but it’s there (3.20-4.40 in this clip might explain it). This Dutch impressario knows where that space is, and gives voice to it. It’s spot on.

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Video of London in 1927, seen in full colour

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Tuesday 14 May 2013

This short colour video of London was shot in 1927 using a pioneering invention known as the Friese-Greene Colour Process. It’s a beautiful bit of film, and brings old London to life in a way I’ve never seen before. Poignant and mesmerising, and helped along by a great musical score.

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Anti-child abuse ad that only kids can see

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 10 May 2013

What if a child were being marched down the street by the very person who is abusing them? This clever advert about child abuse is for victim and aggressor alike, but in very different ways.

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Celebrities become supermarket brands

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Wednesday 24 April 2013

Some bright young spark came up with the idea of asking people to merge celebrity names with popular supermarket brands. Now I’m struggling to do anything but partake.

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Japanese schoolgirls learn the energy punch

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Wednesday 17 April 2013

It appears a new craze has whipped Japanese schoolgirls into a bit of a frenzy – photos of them performing energy punches that (according to the camera) send their peers flying into the air. It’s quintessentially Japanese, and it looks great.

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Jim’ll Paint It: Facebook’s most generous member

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By Francis Andrews in New Illustration on Tuesday 2 April 2013

This guy may well be Facebook’s finest, most generous member. Someone who has a bit of extra time on their hands hears users’ descriptions of far-out visions they’ve had that usually involve c-list celebrities caught in embarrassing situations, and renders them in lines, curves and colours using only Microsoft Paint. It’s awesome.

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Bad Lip Reading redirects One Direction

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 30 March 2013

The guys at Bad Lip Reading have done it again, taking that vacuous, candy-coated pop group known as One Direction and giving them the treatment their nauseating music deserves: a remix, but this time with a twist. They’ve created the trailer for their first foreign language feature film, and it’s genius.

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Pittsburgh restaurant takes US foreign policy to task

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 March 2013

This Pittsburgh-based takeout, Conflict Kitchen, switches cuisines every six months. For a while, it may be serving Cuban food; later it’ll be Afghan. Then Iranian. Why? Because all the countries it themes its food on have been on the receiving end of some sort of US punishment, whether armed invasion or sanctions. It’s a brilliant […]

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Tribute to Jason Molina, frontman for Songs: Ohia, dead at age 39

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 20 March 2013

Sad news came through recently with the death of Jason Molina, frontman for Songs: Ohia and the Magnolia Electric Co. Molina, a gifted songwriter and lyricist, had endured a lengthy battle with alcoholism and died on March 16 aged 39. This song is a touching reminder of the depth of his music.

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Russia’s wild roads, as seen by dashcam

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Russia’s obsession with dashboard cameras came to the world’s attention last week when the said gadget captured dramatic footage of an exploding meteor. This compilation of videos from Russia’s road however shows an altogether unique side to life there.

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Bad Lip Reading NFL

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Thursday 21 February 2013

So, this is probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. It’s on a level whose existence I’m struggling to cope with. They say there are better ones out there. I also struggle to cope with that possibility.

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Beautiful photographs of an Italian couple’s battle with Alzheimers

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Wednesday 20 February 2013

Among the winners of this year’s recently announced World Press Photo Awards is this hauntingly intimate and beautiful insight into an Italian couple’s battle with Alzheimer’s. The images are remarkably sad and powerful, and in stark black and white capture the pain, and love, that wed the couple together.

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Drummond and Hammond’s cigar box guitars

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 25 January 2013

This little outfit working out of Bristol are producing every delta blues aficionado’s dream piece of kit. The cigar box guitar used to be commonplace among African-American musicians in the impoverished American South, who around the time of the Great Depression were too poor to afford the real thing. Like the washboard, it was a […]

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The Most Unexplainable Images On The Web

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Thursday 17 January 2013

This photo collection is perhaps best viewed after a hard drink. Suffice to say it’s one of the finest and weirdest collection of images I’ve ever come across.

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