10 wonderfully quirky hotels that will make you want to travel … now!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 6 May 2015

You’ve saved up those pennies and now it’s time to go travelling. But you don’t want to stay in any ordinary hotel on your adventures; you want to stay somewhere unforgettable. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a round-up of ten wonderfully quirky hotels that’ll definitely make you want to book a trip to see the world. Pronto.

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A new sex toy has been designed to contain your partner’s ashes

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 30 April 2015

None of us like to think about our partner dying. But if it happens while we’re still around, it’d be nice to remember them in a way that’ll put a smile on your face. Mark Sturkenboom’s 21 Grams memory box allows ‘a widow to go back to the intimate memories of a lost beloved one’ by stuffing your partner’s ashes inside.

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This artist does amazing stuff with your everyday recycled PET plastic bottles

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 10 April 2015

What were you doing in 2004? For Czech artist Veronika Richterová, born in 1964, the year represented a turning point in her artistic foray when she devoted herself to creating individualistic art pieces with the easily accessible PET bottles.

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Become a glorified food critic with this olfactic dog nose

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 9 April 2015

You can finally improve the taste of your meals with a simple (though weird) gadget: the Olfactic Dog Nose. This wearable nose is from British food creator Charlie Harry Francis and is meant to be soaked in water 10 minutes before you eat.

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Bored at work? Pick up a catcordion and play the day away

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 6 April 2015

Not much can cure the boredom that comes about while working in an office. Social media can only take you so far and by 4pm you’re left knowing everyone’s business and then some. When you’ve got that last hour to go before it’s time to clock out, always reach for the catcordion.

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Artist patiently arranges ferns to create mini illustrations of animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art, New Eco on Thursday 2 April 2015

East Sussex, England-based artist Helen Ahpornsiri uses a medium that’s very organic: ferns. Using ferns of all shapes and sizes, she carefully and patiently arranges them to form illustrations of dragonflies, seahorses, pheasants, and other animals.

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A guy’s ex jumps into a river, then his girlfriend does the same: which one does he save?

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By Rachel Oakley in News, Video on Friday 20 March 2015

Ex-man choices: A difficult choice that needs to be made when your ex throws herself into a river, and your new girlfriend follows. This is exactly what happened in Ningbo, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Words were had between 21-year-old Wu Hsia’s ex girlfriend and his new girlfriend near a river. It was supposed to be a civil meeting but when things got too much for the ex – 20-year-old Jun Tang – she threw herself into the river hoping Hsia would jump in and save her.

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Bodies are jammed into cars for a very unusual photo series

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 10 February 2015

In 2012 a world record was broken when 28 people crammed into a new model Mini Cooper – a car which typically seats up to five (and that’s pushing it). But recently three artists went about stuffing people into cars, not to break a record but to explore the ‘subject of mobility in megacities’.

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No photoshop in sight! Artist Colin Batty handpaints vintage cards with creepiness

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 8 January 2015

From a distance these vintage cabinet card photos look like something you’d fish out of an ordinary estate sale. But look a little closer and you’ll get the shock of your life! Renowned artist Colin Batty has taken up his brush to modify old cards into creepy and cool (and hilarious) images that both scare and excite.

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This is what happens when a 4-year-old finishes her mother’s illustrations

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By Emily Rowe in New Illustration on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Illustrator and mother Mica Angela Hendricks did not expect her daughter to turn her own ‘mommy words’ against her when she bought a new sketchbook. Hendricks’ daughter Myla said to her mother: ‘If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away!’

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Sexy lingerie for men: a questionable venture out of Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Out of all the countries in the world, you really wouldn’t expect Australia to be leading the revolution in sexy lingerie for men – but they are. Designed by Australia store HommeMystere, the bras, panties and nightgowns are a world away from a mans usual underwear of choice.

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Jewellery by Koko and Beau

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By Rachael Jane in New Fashion on Friday 14 September 2012

Coveting the arm candy sported by fashionistas worldwide? With its colourful faux suede charm bracelets and ever so hipster triangle necklaces, newly relaunched UK jewellery boutique Koko and Beau has the answer to your prayers. Stand out from the crowd with the quirky deer earrings, or add a pop of colour to your look with their glossy double triangle necklaces.

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