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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 […]

Tate Modern | William Klein + Daido Moriyama

posted by on 10/10/2012

Klein + Moriyama

On a particularly grey and rainy Monday morning, I made my way to Tate Modern to preview their latest exhibition which opens this week. William Klein + Daido Moriyama is the first exhibition to examine the relationship between the work of William Klein, one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers and film-makers, and that of Daido Moriyama, the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Japanese Provoke movement of the 1960s. Bringing together over three hundred works from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition demonstrates the visual affinity between their urgent, blurred and grainy style of photography and also their shared desire to convey street life and political protest, from anti-war demonstrations and gay pride marches to the effects of globalisation and urban deprivation. New ways of presenting photography are also demonstrated. A personal highlight of the exhibition has to be Moriyama’s installation Polaroid/Polaroid 1997, in which he recreates his studio interior through a meticulous arrangement of Polaroid images. One of the most inspiring and thought provoking exhibitions I’ve seen in a while. Definitely check it out. More imagery on the reverse.

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The Royal Horseguards Hotel | Liquid Afternoon Tea & Hotel Tour

posted by on 08/10/2012

Last week, we were invited down to the 5 star complex that is The Royal Horseguards Hotel. We were invited to sample their new liquid afternoon tea menu (available for a limited time) designed for London cocktail week as well as take a tour of the hotel. Read about our experience complete with photography from Yin after the break.

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What's On This Week

posted by on 08/10/2012

If you’re feeling arty you should check out Somerset House for ‘Images 36: Best of British Illustration’ where you’ll get to see work from top illustrators around the UK. Also this week, Unicef are hosting a live music event on a boat moving off from Tamesis Dock, all proceeds go towards their work on ensuring children around the world have basic human rights. More info after the break.

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Dope Quote #52

posted by on 08/10/2012

Sometimes in life we struggle to deal with or comprehend why it is hard for us to take our lives to the next level. We stay steady blaming any and everything except ourselves when it is in fact the reflection in the mirror we should be questioning. Self reflection is often needed and occasionally necessary. Although it may seem at times like it is the fact of the matter is this statement is not rocket science. If you are lazy and have no drive yet expect to make a huge success of yourself then you are deluded, simple as. Don’t ever forget that it is only YOU who can take YOU to where you want to go so get your mind right and go for it.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | No Ordinary Park

posted by on 07/10/2012

As of 2013, the Olympic Park which housed the 2012 games earlier this year will be renamed ‘Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’; and in a bid to make use of what has been dubbed by some as “a waste of money” and “national pride” – the park will be open for the public and transformed into what I’ll describe as another city (within the city). More after the break

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Smart Car – 'Tandem' Skate Video

posted by on 07/10/2012

I saw this advert at the cinema yesterday while waiting for Taken 2 to get started, it had me captivated through out trying to figure out which brand was behind it and why it was relevant to their product/service. Pro skaters Killian Martin and Alfredo Urbon skate together on a customised skateboard throughout the minute and a half long advert. It’s the slow-mo that really seizes your attention, almost mind-boggling trying to figure if this was done using CGI or for real. The viral short was actually for Smart Car’s new campaign, playing on their slogan of ‘made for two’. Makes sense ey? I won’t be buying a Smart Car soon but the  skills of the two skaters certainly wow’d me. Watch after the cut.

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Eargasms

posted by on 07/10/2012

Ready? We’ve got a great selection of songs for y’all after the cut. Lots of musical treats have popped up this week, hand-picked by DJB, Yang and myself. Songs from the likes of Big Boi, Adele, Brandy, Solange Knowles after the cut. Gwaarn.

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Burberry Store | 121 Regent Street

posted by on 07/10/2012

Y&Y_Burberry Regent Street

As I’m sure most of you already know, last month Burberry opened it’s largest ever London store. It is the most technologically advanced high fashion store in the country. Covering four floors, the store has twenty five staircases, and a giant 22ft screen at the heart of the building, believed to be the largest in a shop. 121 Regent Street is the largest Burberry brand experience in the world. Technology has been woven throughout the period architecture of the building including a hydraulic stage, five hundred hidden speakers and a hundred screens. Other highlights include the bespoke section where customers can customise their own coat with trimmings of all colours and finishes and a display of the exclusive Regent Street line – a small collection of limited edition items which can only be found in the flagship. Also, don’t be surprised to see almost every member of staff with an iPad swinging from their shoulder – going to check stock ‘in the back’ is so dated, don’t you know. More on the reverse.

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W London – W Film Club

posted by on 05/10/2012

Ever been to the Odeon’s Lounge in Whiteley’s? It’s probably the fanciest cinema I’ve ever taken my other half on a date, gourmet restaurant food served to you during the screening and you sit on comfortable leather sofas as you watch it. This might be the only other cinema that can rival it, W London is introducing a ‘W Film Club‘, hosting a fortnightly screening of a new release film in the hotel’s luxury 39 seater, HD, state-of-the-art screening room. Kicks off on the 16th with On The Road which has had crazy reviews, surprisingly stars Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst. Two actresses that I’ve never really rated but hey, they must have done a great job. More details on the reverse.

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Review | Crazy Horse – Forever Crazy

posted by on 05/10/2012

Tucked away behind the national theatre, lay another place. A magical place. With high circus like ceilings and a moody, opulent & sexy interior ‘FOREVER CRAZY’ made sure that everyone knew that they were in town. When Y&Y were invited, I jumped at the chance. Resident sex writer, this was the thing #BSAL dreams were made of. For years I watched Liza Minnelli, Betty Paige and the burlesque queen, Dita Von Teese, with the hope that one day, I could sneak a peak into their world.

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