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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

Dope Quote #38

posted by on 13/02/2012

Everyone has potential, circumstances may hinder your journey but if you truly believe in your given skills and talent then what’s going to stop you? That’s thing, a lot of people don’t. Lack of confidence and fear go hand in hand – I’ve come across so many people who are afraid of failing, rejection and just generally lack confidence in their skills. That’s when the issue arises and you’re more likely to be satisfied at a job that doesn’t let you flourish and develop to your full potential. We call that the safety zone; you’ll never succeed in reaching your full potential there. It’s all about taking risks and trying something new, you never know what you’re capable of doing. Try it – believe in yourself. If you don’t, then who will?

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Introducing L Marshall

posted by on 13/02/2012

L Marshall

The infectious chorus on Wretch 32’s breakout single, ‘Traktor’ was most people’s first introduction to singer/songwriter, L Marshall. L’s autobiographical lyrics, “I missed school and I haven’t got a job yet/ my girl’s pissed and my daughter’s on the way…“ flowed melodically over the Yogi-produced cut. L kept busy after the release of ‘Traktor’, penning Loick Essien’s UK number 2 charting record ‘How We Roll’, and songwriting for JLS and Kelis amongst others. Now L is ready to make waves as an artist in his own right.

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Video Jukebox – Episode Five

posted by on 12/02/2012

New visual delights from Childish Gambino, Phonte, MeLo-X, Little Dragon, Brother Ali, Bonobo, Esperanza Spalding and of course Kanye/Jay-Z in this week’s Video Jukebox! Went for more of a Hip Hop/Electronica theme this week as you can tell. Catch you on the other side…

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Lee Peiling's Small World Series

posted by on 12/02/2012

Who likes insects? Fo’ real? Malaysian photographer Lee Peiling makes them almost look like beautiful fairytale-esque paintings using a macro lens. I’m in awe of the bokeh technique and she’s definitely mastered it. I love how she’s managed to keep the insects in perfect focus with the background looking  magical. Almost looks like screen grabs from a Disney Pixar movie. Have a gander at the rest after the cut.

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R.I.P Whitney Houston

posted by on 12/02/2012

When you get to a status whereby you are considered a living legend at the age of 48 then you know you have done something special. In the case of Whitney Houston her special quality was her voice, she had the ability to make the hairs on the back of one’s neck stand up and applaud. Many would argue that she had the greatest voice of all time, a voice that over the years suffered through wear and tear but yet was still eagerly anticipated. We all know about her checkered past and history with substance abuse however this is not the time to dwell on those aspects of her life. Instead we should celebrate her wonderful gift and continue to play her music for years to come. She is the type of artist, along with Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, that I will make sure my kids know about when they get older (when I have kids). Some will speculate others will commiserate however I choose to appreciate, if you choose to do so too then head read on to listen to a few of her greatest hits.

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Film Review | Safe House

posted by on 11/02/2012

Synopsis: Frustrated by his sedentary job as ‘housekeeper’ in Cape Town, rookie agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) gets more than he bargained for when former CIA agent turned fugitive Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is captured and brought to his safe house. When mercenaries attack the house, Weston must go on the run with Frost to figure out who wants them dead.

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Myla Spring/Summer Collection

posted by on 11/02/2012

Can’t believe it’s already been three months since I went to Myla‘s press day last year. Big shout out to Anastasia Ivanova for inviting me to come down. With Valentines Day just around the corner, it’s about time I put this post up! Myla is one of the UK’s leading luxury lingerie brands, and if you take a look at the collection you’ll see why. For Spring/Summer 2012 Myla continues to offer an array of beautiful everyday luxury lingerie and sleepwear in a selection of feminine styles and colours. New for the season there are directional fashion shapes and exciting new colourways for the classic styles.

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ParkeHarrisons' Counterpoint And Gray Dawn

posted by on 10/02/2012

Surreal? Yes. Scary? Definitely but it makes you want to see more. It’s actually only a 1/3rd of the original photograph by married couple Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. The photograph above definitely tripped me up, actually looks like a dead body and it’s so well edited. The couple’s two new photography projects entitled Counterpoint and Gray Dawn take a look at the everyday man and the unfortunate outcome of a mistreated environment. Their surreal works try to gain our attention to the relationship between man and nature, each and every photograph is signified by the colouring of the photographs and the character’s attire. The composition in each photograph is perfect, starts off faded and colour is introduced to represent a more current period. More on the reverse.

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Richard Swarbrick Animation | Luol Deng

posted by on 10/02/2012

Last year, I wrote a post on the incredible Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale animations by Richard Swarbrick. Since then I have kept an eager eye out for Swarbrick’s work and today I came across another of his animation masterpieces on Sudanese-British NBA basketballer Luol Deng. Without repeating all the superlatives I did in my previous post, again I will say that this Deng animation is just breathtaking. Check it out after the jump.

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Please Take One Step* | Book Review

posted by on 09/02/2012

A few weeks back, Yang and I attended a social media philanthropy event hosted by the Rainmaker Foundation at the Hub and one of the things handed out in the goody bag was this book written by the founder, Mike Dickson. I’ve got a reading list of over 5 books at the moment so there was no possible way I’d be reading it anytime soon so I decided to give it to my rather grown up 14 year old cousin to read. His sentence structure and vocabulary are far superior to mine already which is slightly embarrassing for me to admit but praise needs to be given where its due. Without further a do, hop on after the cut to read the review from my talented little cousin.

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