Stunning photos taken soaring above Turkey in a hot air balloon

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Sure, hot air balloon rides are in every country, but nothing quite beats a hot air balloon ride above Cappadocia. Alfonso Salcedo took these amazing photos above the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, in Turkey’s Central Anatolia region. The area is known for its ‘unusual moon-like landscape. It’s mixture of naturally formed hills, deep canyons, valleys, […]

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Japanese man becomes a turkey using only a sweater

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Fashion on Thursday 27 February 2014

Turns out you can use a single sweater in protecting your entire body from the freezing cold. It also turns out that you can use that sweater to instantly shape-shift into a turkey, as demonstrated by one Japanese blogger. Sebuyama, a resident writer at Japanese comedy site, Omocoro, didn’t have enough money to buy himself some appropriate winter clothes this year. So he took the only piece of clothing he had, a sweater, and wrapped that around his entire body. And ta-da! Instant human turkey, fresh from wacky world of Japan.

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The rainbow that stirred up hope across Turkey

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 9 November 2013

When the Gezi Park protests happened across Istanbul in May this year, Karaköy’s Galeri Mana ended up opening Armenian artist Sarkis’ art show only part of the time. In September, the show reopened with Sarki unveiling a new work: a rainbow installation that had been in a year’s making or so. The work had a […]

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Athletes pose with their daily food intake

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Photographer Umit Bektas took this series of pictures for Reuters that shows some of the world’s most celebrated athletes posing with their daily intake of food. Warning: it’s a crazy spread. Just looking makes us hungry. Athletes sure eat a lot.

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Beautiful natural terraced pools of Pammukkale, Turkey

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 21 June 2013

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. The Pammukkale in Turkey looks like a bewitchingly tranquil place with these natural terraced pools. Apparently when earthquake activity thousands of years ago brough chalk-like water rich in calcium carbonate to the surface, the substance piled on layer after layer, accumulating to form the terraces.

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Alternative beards as seen in an editorial spread of Tush Magazine

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 21 June 2013

Beards are fun. Even more fun when they are seasoned from unconventional materials like, er, plasticky toy dinos, as seen in this editorial spread of Tush Magazine.

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The average face of a nation?

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By Jessica Chow in New Photography on Sunday 28 April 2013

The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that addresses the effects of globalization on identity. In this on-going project, Istanbul based photographer, Mike Mike, takes a group of photos of inhabitants around the world from Hong Kong to London and then morphs their faces together to depict a ‘typical face’ […]

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Realistic raw turkey cake

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Food and Packaging on Friday 4 January 2013

Eat Your Heat Out, Miss Cakehead’s curated grotesque food site, features this realistic raw turkey cake made by Sarah Hardy. Really though, who wouldn’t want to feast on one of these at Thanksgiving dinner?

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New music by Turkish new wave band She Past Away

Dunya Atay Reader Find

By Dunya Atay in New Music on Sunday 23 December 2012

She Past Away is a new wave/post punk band from Turkey, Bursa, the opposite shore of the Marmara, formed by Volkan Caner (vocal/guitar) and Idris Akbulut (bass) in 2006. Clashing gothic lyrics with buzzsaw guitars, the band evokes the cavernous experiments of darkwave era with the likes of The Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus and Suicide.

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Illustration, street art, and design from Dunya Atay

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Thursday 20 December 2012

Dunya Atay is a visual artist who works with different mediums across various branches of art – from illustration to graphic design, street art to sculpture. Image creation through line art is her biggest love. You can find her works in some nice publications such as Lurzer’s Archive 2011/12 Best Illustrators, Fresh 3 Cutting Edge Illustrations and Quatro Publishing-Digital Illustration.

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Bad Turkish Graphics: a website by Murat Bulut Aysa

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By Tanya Guryel in Cool Websites on Monday 10 September 2012

Bad Turkish Graphics was created in 2009 by illustrator/graphic designer, Murat Bulut Aysa. Many Turkish adverts seem intent on making you sick. At least, they have done for my whole life. But this archive site has become a nostaligic guilty pleasure for me. Hope you also enjoy this crazy visual mash-up of glistening kebabs, cartoon characters, and Microsoft Word fonts. 

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Re-release of Turkey’s Bulent Ortacgil

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Friday 12 February 2010

As many fans of the genre know, Turkey produced a lot of great psych folk and rock in the ’70s. 3 Hur-El and Mogollar are two of the more well-known acts from those days, their louder, more rock ‘n’ roll sound drowning the likes of singer/composer Bulent Ortacgil, a more soft-spoken and contemplative figure in […]

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The Edge of Heaven

Xavier Toby Reader Find

By Xavier Toby in New Film on Thursday 22 January 2009

A university lecturer’s elderly father pays a prostitute to leave her profession and live with him, then accidentally kills her, kicking off a series of events with the only common link being those implicated attempting to do one good dead. The university lecturer attempts to find the prostitute’s estranged daughter, who is at the same […]

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Turkish knitted accessories

Yuko Shimizu Reader Find

By Yuko Shimizu in New Fashion on Monday 12 January 2009

My friend, illustrator Ai Tatebayashi, is known for her lovely color schemes and she forwarded me the link to this beautiful handknit accessory store from Istanbul. With Etsy, we can now purchase talented designer’s work from all over the world. And I couldn’t resist, I bought a necklace-scarf and cannot wait until it comes to my door!

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