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Human landscapes in Florida

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 October 2010

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.

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Stunning shots of celestial galaxies

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Saturday 11 September 2010

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.

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The worst TV ad ever?

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Saturday 28 August 2010

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.

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The Seattle Gum Wall

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Friday 27 August 2010

Whether tight-lipped local authorities are upset about this perversely attractive sight or not, there’s no question that it’s killed two birds with one stone: providing a refuge for tasteless gum that won’t end up on your shoe, and transforming a bland brick wall into a bit of an urban rainbow. I dig. [Photos via OddityCentral]

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The extraordinary skill of a Japanese Glass Ball Juggler

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 27 August 2010

These are some pretty insane glass ball juggling skills by a Japanese dude in Tokyo, set to a quirky soundtrack and observed by some clearly perplexed tourists (doesn’t the bald guy in the background ‘get it’, or is he recoiling after being royally tangoed?). Bowie would be proud.

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MIA’s amazing Born Free video

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Tuesday 3 August 2010

This superb video for MIA’s recent single, Born Free, was taken off YouTube in April, with the company citing use of ‘pornography and gratuitous violence’. It’s a powerful piece, with brilliant cinematography and suspense. It’s a shame that political correctness blocks people from being able to watch it.

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1000 Voices: award-winning animation

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Saturday 24 July 2010

This award-winning animation from young UK director Tim Travers Hawkins is pivoted on recorded phone conversations he had with detained asylum seekers in British ‘removal centres’. It is visually dark and absorbing. The recordings provide a chilling narrative and a window into the hidden world of these ‘invisible’ peoples whom the British government, it seems, […]

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Half-year exposure of Clifton Suspension Bridge

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Friday 16 July 2010

UK-based Justin Quinnell claims to hold photography’s newest record: a half-year exposure of Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge, using a pin-hole camera made from an empty drinks can.

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Banana Bomber’s Disgusting

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Friday 16 July 2010

This is a relentlessly crunching tune from UK dubstep producer, Banana Bomber. It just pounds you again and again with three massive drops and a glitchy drum pattern and wicked bassline that can send a crowd mental. The producer is only fifteen years old.

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Lykke Li and Bon Iver’s Dance, Dance, Dance

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 16 July 2010

A nice little mash-up between the lovely Lykke Li and the ever-talented Bon Iver. The original is deeply intimate, whereas this rendition takes the song to the great outdoors and injects vibrant percussion, accompanied by the funky moves of Sweden’s finest export since Bjorn Borg’s mullet.

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Jason de Caires Taylor’s Underwater Scuplture

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By Francis Andrews in New Trends on Tuesday 13 July 2010

Sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor is about to deploy an army of some 200 cement men and women to the bottom of Mexico’s Museum of Underwater Art in attempt to create a vast and surreal reef. Mexico’s marine take on the Terracotta Army, perhaps?

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Wild Nothing

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 7 July 2010

I’m loving the wispy ‘glam-shoegaze’ music of Wild Nothing, sounding like a bizarre love triangle between Lush, The Delays and My Bloody Valentine. Despite their ethereal qualities, the melodies are catchy and the guitar flits between a soaring soundscape and rhythmic picking. They’ve just released a new album, Gemini, and are getting some good props […]

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James Mackay’s Even Though I’m Free I Am Not

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By Francis Andrews in New Photography on Tuesday 28 July 2009

Award-winning photojournalist James Mackay’s latest project comes at a time when the world’s eyes are fixed on Burma and the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi. By photographing former political prisoners displaying the names of their colleagues and friends who remain behind bars, Even Though I’m Free I Am Not exposes the enduring pain faced by Burma’s opposition movement. Over 2,100 activists, journalists, lawyers and politicians languish in prisons across the country, and on Friday Aung San Suu Kyi will likely join them.

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Secret Supper Clubs

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By Francis Andrews in Cool Travel on Saturday 27 June 2009

The blind date of the food world has finally arrived, and it’s proving more palatable than the awkwardness of an evening spent in superficial conversation. Secret Supper clubs are springing up in the backstreets of London: what are attics and living rooms by day get converted into makeshift restaurants catering for an evening of surprise tastes and conversations.

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Adam Farlie

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By Francis Andrews in New Design on Wednesday 3 June 2009

Young British designer Adam Farlie takes a leftfield approach to how people experience interaction with objects, often taking everyday items and toying with their potential to harbour deeper meaning and greater usage than first perceived. He transforms a bed into a ‘vessel that captures and contains the audio-memories of past occupiers through sound’, allowing those […]

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