Fact: UK doctors now prescribe books to treat depressed patients

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 21 January 2014

Wow, this is way cool: doctors in the UK apparently are now prescribing books to patients with depression. Thanks to a new initiative that debuted in June last year, National Health Service doctors can now prescribe self-help books on slips that patients can take to the library — instead of the pharmacy — to get […]

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New film explores UK’s Northern Soul scene

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By Francis Andrews in New Film on Tuesday 1 October 2013

I just got done watching this poignant and beautifully made documentary about the UK’s 1970s Northern Soul scene – how all nighters at Wigan’s soul clubs bridged a divide between white working class Britain and black America, and became a central focus of life for thousands of disaffected British youths. The programme, presented by journalist […]

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Zoo bans animal prints to stop confusing animals

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 30 September 2013

Yes, it’s true. UK’s Chessington World of Adventures Resort has hired Animal Print Bouncers to shoo visitors away from entering its premises with animal prints on — or cover up the offensive attire with a grey boiler suit. Apparently, ever since Chessington introduced a safari-style tour that lets visitors get close to the animals, its […]

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Playful illustrations by Lee Hasler

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By Junishi Tsuneoka in New Illustration on Monday 2 September 2013

Once you see Lee Hasler’s illustrations, you’ll never forget them. His signature parallel perspective style will let you dive into his world of imagination. His character creation is also unique and makes you smile. Hasler, a UK-based illustrator, talks about his style as ‘technical yet playful, fun but thoughtful, and I strive to inject charm and personality, into an ever-expanding world of virtual buttons and plastic facades’.

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Rainshader: a giant rain helmet for the savvy sports fan

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Saturday 24 August 2013

It’s no wonder the next generation of umbrella technology is coming out of the UK. If the stereotype is true, the rain never stops over there. So someone needs to do something about it. According to the team at Rainshader, their revolutionary umbrella design is the next step in evolution for all you sports spectators. […]

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Woman finds penis-shaped strawberry in her garden

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Monday 15 July 2013

Imagine finding this little guy in your garden. Carol Collen was tending to her garden when she noticed this oddly-shaped strawberry. The British mom couldn’t contain her laughter, so of course she showed her family and then immediately took photos to show her friends. Eventually, the funny pictures found their way onto the internet for […]

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Anarchy in the UK illustrated t-shirt

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By Annie Churdar in New Fashion on Monday 17 June 2013

Perhaps you recall Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols from back in the 70s. The song placed 56 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. So there’s that. And here’s what’s happened all these 40 years later with the rise of the Tumblr generation. I found this hilarious illustration. […]

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Carbuncle Cup: celebrating the UK’s most fugly buildings

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 24 May 2013

Inspired by a magazine that is now accepting nominations to find UK’s ugliest new building and award it the Carbuncle Cup, The Guardian recently got its readers to nominate the ugliest architectural structures in the country. Love what one reader said about the Leeds Arena, which is now under construction: ‘The desolate car park it […]

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James Bond’s gadgets: a list of every gadget ever used

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Friday 10 May 2013

Where would 007 be without his special watches, guns, pens, and bombs? We all know that James Bond would only be half the super spy he is without all those gadgets Q outfits him with. Take a gander at this website for a rundown of every gadget the agent has ever used. Categorized by movie and use, each clever invention […]

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Disclosure’s music video for their new single White Noise

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Thursday 2 May 2013

UK brother duo Disclosure, or Guy and Howard Lawrence as they are known individually, are one of my favourite acts to surface recently on the electronic music scene. First grabbing my attention back in 2012 with their killer tune Control, they’re back now with the release of their music video for White Noise, featuring AlunaGeorge. […]

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Popular when you’re dead: Rent mourners to turn up

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 10 April 2013

Didn’t seem that long ago that we were talking about professional mourners in Taiwan. Now there’s also the UK-based Rent A Mourner, which promises to send ‘professional, discreet people… to increase visitor numbers or introduce new faces’ at your funeral. Each mourning pro will set you back at just £45 for two hours — and […]

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British Sea Power’s Machineries Of Joy video

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By Annie Churdar in New Music on Saturday 6 April 2013

British Sea Power’s new music video for their song Machinery Of Joy is everything I want right now as spring fever begins to hit where I live. The relaxing shots of a sweater-wearing, dark haired girl riding through the country side makes me want to stop being productive and go for a long bike ride. […]

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Strange Loop Jewellery: weird urban tribal fashion

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By Valerie Auersperg in New Fashion on Saturday 6 April 2013

This is amazingly wonderful and bizarre jewelry by the multi-talented British artist, Miles Glyn, whom I met years ago in London while we were both still working in film. The pieces are only available online at the moment, so get on it and start wearing some unique fresh art around your neck.

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A garden that can be used as a chair? See it to believe it

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By Alicia Thompson in New Design on Saturday 6 April 2013

Bridgman is a London-based luxury garden furniture supplier which came up with a great idea: why not build an actual piece of garden furniture? Literally. A garden that can be used as furniture sounds crazy, but they did it with this chair. It looks pretty good and can be used as a chair, although it’s […]

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Ceri Amphlett’s quirky colourful illustrations

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By Chris Arran in New Art on Friday 5 April 2013

If you’re looking for natural born talent, then look no further than Ceri Amphlett. Her drawings and sketchbook work, along with all the music industry artwork, is a creative force to be reckoned with. Amphlett also combines 3D into her artwork, creating masks directly from her sketches.

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