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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 […]

Time out’s | Tube Stations: Then & Now

posted by on 11/10/2013

Not that you could tell, but our tube is actually the oldest urban subway system in the world! Love it or hate it (I hate it way more than I love it), the Tube is still one of the best things about London- not many cities in the world have a system as big and as user friendly! Though I despise the tube and how much we are forced to pay to use it, I will admit that it is pretty fascinating- which is why I am enjoying Time Out’s interactive gallery. It gives you a glimpse of what some of the tube stations looked like as far back as 1880. Though the structuring of the stations are more or less the same in each of the photos, it’s crazy to see some of the smaller changes like the surrounding stores and the fashion… there are top hats in one of them! Check it out on Timeout’s website, after the break!

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BBC Announce Changes

posted by on 10/10/2013

New BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced plans to introduce a new BBC One + 1 channel and changes to the BBC iPlayer service. The announced changes included a revamped, personalised iPlayer, offering a 30-day catch-up period, in addition the service will also allow users to watch shows before they are broadcast. A new initiative dubbed the BBC Store will be launched, offering people in the UK the chance to buy BBC shows to watch and keep along with the new BBC Playlister. The playlister will allow audiences to tag any piece of music they hear on the BBC and listen to it later, via streaming services like Spotify, YouTube and Deezer.

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Throwback Thursday

posted by on 10/10/2013

If you’re reading this anytime before 11am then perhaps it’s probably a bit early to be listening to this week’s throwback track...  I’m going to post it anyway! It was probably one of the first dancehall songs not by Sean Paul to grace the mainstream music channels most of us grew up watching. This was/is a big tune, I can remember hearing this at every “rave“; remember ‘Pon De River‘ by Elephant Man? Well you definitely remember pon’ing the river when every time this aired on MTV Base.

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Google’s Creativity Secret

posted by on 09/10/2013

Man, you know when you’re all bunged up and it’s causing a headache? That’s how I feel right now. Alas, I came across this short clip on FastCompany of Google‘s Garage – a truly collaborative work space which is a key component in their creative process. They ensure all the necessary tools for their employees to be creative are on offer and it’s not just open to engineers – everyone from legal, finance and sales etc can join in. Everyone’s creative, some just know how to tap into that side of their brain more than others.

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FiftyThree x Moleskine | Bring Your Ideas To Life

posted by on 09/10/2013

Beyond dope. Rarely do I get excited about brand link-ups nowadays as it’s a such an overdone thing especially in the fashion world as they only do it for PR reasons as opposed to innovation or enhancing the user’s life. When I bought my iPad back in March, Paper was the very first app I bought on it. It’s exquisite, enhances my awful hand-writing and drawing skills to another level that’s worthy of showing off. Now they’ve teamed up with Moleskine to take it into the real world with a beautiful custom-printed book created right within Paper without a need of external apps like inDesign. More information on the reverse.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Viral Ads

posted by on 08/10/2013

“After all these years, it’s finally here” says Samsung as they tease their impending release of the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch by unveiling a couple of cleverly conceptualised viral videos. Taking us through the a-z of sci-fi films ‘Evolution and ‘Long Time Coming’ were quite clearly designed to arouse nostalgia; it features early incarnations of the infamous smartwatch from the likes of Power Rangers, The Jetsons and Knight Rider. I like the ad but I’m not fussed about the watch as its very impractical, do you really need a watch with all those extra “features”? I mean, all the while clutching an iPhone, iPad and Macbook?! #Longforman  I definitely begged for a Power Rangers watch when I was kid though…. And on that note, ads after the break.

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Eargasms

posted by on 07/10/2013

It’s been a tough week for us here at Y&Y HQ in terms of sourcing decent new music however everything seemed to come together very last minute and we’ve managed to bring you another vintage Eargasms. Get into all the musical goodness after the cut.

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Start Something: The Power of Side Projects

posted by on 05/10/2013

A really quick one here, Medium‘s one of my favourite platforms now – it’s changed my opinion on reading long extended pieces online. It’s design and simplicity makes it effortless to take in information. I came across this piece earlier this week, made me take a step back to reflect on my situation. Y&Y’s still my side project and I’m not quite sure where I’d be without it as both my jobs have come through it, all the incredible experiences and even my photography skills have grown through the site’s journey. More on the reverse.

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Toro Y Moi | Rose Quartz

posted by on 04/10/2013

When art, looped beats and movement combine you get something along these lines. Arguably one of the leading figures of the chillwave movement Chaz Bundick better known as Toro Y moi just released his third music video from the ‘Anything in return’ LP (2013). A psychedelic exploration of the relationship between sound and visual arts. Toro Y moi has made it a habit to take that extra step when it comes to the artwork he uses alongside his music. Rose Quartz is no exception, working with artist Lauren Gregory this stop motion oil painted animation made me want to get my brushes out and start painting to the beat.

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John Legend – All of Me | Music Video

posted by on 03/10/2013

We RARELY post music videos nowadays but when I come across art like this, I can’t resist. It’s beautifully shot, every frame could be perfectly composed photograph. I was surprised to find out it was directed by Nabil, Kanye’s main man who’s renowned for his crazy visuals has toned it down for this masterpiece. A black and white piece focusing on the beauty of the song and the relationship between John and his wife Chrissy. The song is just perfect, ideal for a wedding. You get a snippet of theirs at the very end. Watch after the cut.

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