Now I’m all for becoming the victim of wily pranksters, but this piece of ingenuity from Brazil might just send me to an early grave. See what happens when the lights go out. It makes for brilliant viewing, but I’m not sure I’d want to be on the receiving end.
Even though I’ve lived in Southeast Asia for nearly four years, the local battles with translations into English still regularly draw a guilty laugh. My collection of massively non-PC toilet signs for the disabled is a work in progress. One day I hope to own a gallery.
This man has a unique way with words. Rives has set TED alight on a number of occasions, but I feel this performance of Mockingbird is up there with his most exquisite.
This side-splitting memo from Matt Stone prior to the release of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut in 1999 is one many gems of correspondence contained in Letters of Note. Others include a terse resignation note from a young William Faulkner, and the wife of Aldous Huxley’s touching account of the author’s last LSD-infused moments on earth. Read the memo below.
The work of the blind photographer, Sonia Soberats, is simply mind-blowing. The New York Times Lens blog did a recent profile of the 77-year-old in which she explains how she only began photography classes in 2001, a decade after she lost her sight.
The bedroom-esque production of Blacks&’s hazy, beachside pop lends a warm, stripped down quality to their music. The LA-based group are only a year old and have an EP out, A Ghost That Follows Me, which is available for download from their website.
American photographer Camille Seaman has released a stunning collection of images of dying icebergs and apocalyptic cloudscapes. Her work is powerful, atmospheric and highly accomplished, not surprising given she has studied alongside such luminaries as Sebastien Salgado and Steve McCurry.
Over the years, this young guy became a very popular busker in my hometown of Canterbury, Kent. His voice would carry far down the high street, and he became a regular and welcome part of the furniture. Someone took his and a fellow busker’s life a couple of months ago. His younger brother released this […]
Argentine photographer Irina Werning has complied this beautiful and poignant collection of portraits of adults re-enacting images of themselves as kids. From what I gather, she has asked people to submit photographs of themselves and then returned with them to these same spots at the same times in their lives. She’ll take this project round the world, from Baghdad to Eurodisney, and is looking for willing participants.
Of all the little idiosyncratic activities I’ve come across since living in Southeast Asia, this nears the favourite. The bug fights are held in a cemetery about half an hour outside of Chiang Mai late in the year when the stags are at their randiest. It pulls an impressive crowd who bet some hefty dollars on the winner, claimed by the beetle who throws its opponent off the revolving log and struts (or crawls) to victory.
All hail the magic 8-ball of cooking; the answer to those painful moments of indecision that plague every shopper at around 6pm on a hectic Monday evening. It’s not the nagging voice that questions every decision you make, but the blunt, obnoxious hollering of an online Gordon Ramsay. The kitchen abides.
There’s something quite spellbinding about this performance by East Oakland dance crew, Turf Feinz. It’s an RIP to a man — the half-brother of popular local turf dance legend and Turf Feinz member, Dreal — who died in a car crash on that street corner days before; an impromptu tribute that cuts a fine line […]
These fascinating mosaics of twenty-first century human habitation are proof that planned housing isn’t always dull and distasteful, for the bird’s-eye photographer at least. What may be endless rows of generic streets and blocks at ground level suddenly become giant patchwork quilts from the air, perhaps in a weird way proving that there is more to life than what meets the pedestrian’s eye.
These stunning images have made the final cut of the Astronomy Photographers of the Year 2010 award, and hats well and truly off to the people who took them. The shots of celestial galaxies enveloping forests and snowscapes are particularly captivating.
I’ve watched this advert a few times and it still leaves me shell-shocked, despite having lived in Thailand for a while now and acknowledged that there is an undercurrent of xenophobia. And even racism. But this tops anything I’ve seen or heard, and it still made it onto national TV.