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Brazilian artist Carlos Dias

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By Ian McLaren in New Art on Friday 17 February 2012

As a gringo living in Brazil it’s magic to meet new people and/or admire their handiwork. Bizarrely, the four masked gunmen who pointed a Mac 10 at my head before methodically stealing all our belongings aren’t on that list. But Carlos Dias, a friend of the wife’s, most certainly is.

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Nippers photos series by Horace Warner

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By Ian McLaren in New Photography on Friday 17 February 2012

These Horace Warner photos are of local ‘nippers’ (English slang for kids) living around Spitalfields in East London in 1912. The Good Ol’ Days meant kids were deliriously happy playing with a stick and a cabbage. Of course, those days are long gone. But then again, so is rickets and working up chimneys.

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Shit London

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By Ian McLaren in Cool Websites on Friday 17 February 2012

It’s not the reason I left London, but it does have a hell of a lot to do with why I love going back every year. And let’s face it, drawing a massive cock and balls on stuff is always A Tremendously Fine Idea.

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25,089 pictures of filthy old mattresses

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By Ian McLaren in Cool Websites on Thursday 16 February 2012

I daresay Tim Berners-Lee is somewhat less than impressed that his glorious vision of uniting the planet and furthering our collective knowledge via his creation of the world wide web has led to this on-going collection of (currently) 25089 pictures of filthy old mattresses. Dumped in the street. All over the world. Let’s give ourselves […]

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Hoodstock print by Nippaz With Attitude

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By Ian McLaren in New Illustration on Thursday 16 February 2012

Nippaz With Attitude has been my ten year quest to stop folks from giving their friends’ babies/kids shitty presents. After an earlier attempt to twist educate toddler’s tiny minds with my A-Z poster (is it wrong to high-five myself over “X is for Malcolm”?), I returned to my love of puns and cultural shoplifting with […]

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World’s Funniest Complaint Letter

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By Ian McLaren in New Trends on Thursday 16 February 2012

Ok, so this might have done the rounds, but it’s a masterclass. And after too many appalling flights to Brazil with TAP/Air Portugal, it genuinely hurts my soul that I will never be able to write those fuckers such a heroic complaint letter. [Read the entire letter via the Read More link]

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Lives, Loves And Losses of The Stressed

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By Ian McLaren in Video on Thursday 16 February 2012

Lives, Loves, and Losses of the Stressed is by BAFTA nominated animator Karen ‘The Wizard’ Kelly and has been edited to Band Of Horses’ song, No One’s Gonna Love You. Dark and beautiful times. I’m looking forward to checking out her illustrations for the long-awaited kids book, The Adventures of Vincent Van Cat, by Craig […]

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