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DOCO: Orchestra formed in a Paraguayan rubbish dump

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Sunday 23 December 2012

This looks like it could be a brilliant piece of television. Too often documentaries filmed in the developing world have a depressing air, but this one about an orchestra formed from the scraps of a Paraguayan rubbish dump is the right remedy.

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Bryan Saunders’ drug-fuelled art creations

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 22 December 2012

Bryan Saunders breathes new life into experimental art. Some 50 paintings soon to be on display alongside Damien Hirst’s were drug-fuelled creations that have won him legions of admirers.

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Brighton’s X-rated Christmas lights

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 21 December 2012

Someone in Brighton clearly isn’t happy. Unfortunately for the powers that be in this bohemian seaside town on England’s southern coast, that person is in charge of putting up the Christmas lights. What he does with them is brilliant.

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This is the greatest elevator prank ever

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Thursday 29 November 2012

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.

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Southeast Asia’s non-PC toilet signs

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 November 2012

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.

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Rives’s Poetry: the Johnny Appleseed of Sound

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Tuesday 20 November 2012

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.

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Letters of Note: gems of correspondence

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Websites on Wednesday 26 September 2012

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.

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Photos by blind photographer Sonia Soberats

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Friday 21 September 2012

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.

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A Ghost That Follows Me: new music by Blacks&

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Tuesday 28 August 2012

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.

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Photos of dying icebergs and dramatic cloudscapes

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Friday 17 August 2012

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.

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Remembering murdered Kent songwriter/busker Taigh

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 25 April 2012

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 […]

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Irina Werning’s Back to the Future photo series

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Tuesday 22 November 2011

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.

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Bug fighting in South East Asia

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Saturday 4 December 2010

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.

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What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Websites on Thursday 21 October 2010

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.

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Phenomenal turf dancing in the rain: Turf Feinz’s RIP

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 16 October 2010

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 […]

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