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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 […]

Throwback Thursday

posted by on 14/11/2013

I’ve been listening to a lot of blues music lately, that’s why this week’s Throwback track is a true classic. Released in 1947 by T-Bone Walker “Call it Stormy Monday” is one of the most influential songs of the period; it’s so raw and the guitar riffs… The guitar solo is quite famous, it even  inspired quite a few artists but I actually think the piano plays a huge part in how smooth the track is. But what do I know! The song has been covered by most blues/jazz artists and from the versions I’ve heard, I think B.B King and Eva Cassidy did the best covers. Enjoy after the break

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Eargasms

posted by on 13/11/2013

New music, new sounds, new tunes. Peep some of the best songs to hit the net since the last edition of our Eargasms series. Pay particular attention to Sampha and his track ‘Happens’, his voice is just too much. Read on to get your listen on.

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The Power of Human Energy

posted by on 13/11/2013

I have a bit of a professional crush/admiration for this woman, she stands tall in the league of corporate CEOs with her energy and professionalism. I’ve known of her for a while but never really bothered reading/watching her talks till last week when I stumbled across her Linkedin message which deeply resonated with me. Knowing your core values and the importance of them. She’s also done a TED talk on the power of human energy; describing energy as passion and when harnessed it secures success and confidence. It’s emotional electricity that combines ordinary people in a collective way to do extraordinary things. Amen – I totally agree with that. If you’re looking for something to watch to kick start your day then watch the two videos after the cut.

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15 Colourised Historic Photos

posted by on 13/11/2013

So here is my recent photography gem I’ve stumbled across – a fantastic collection of colourised images to let you relive history in a surreal way. Photos we’re used to seeing in black and white/sepia transformed in to something that makes you feel like you are seeing these events and moments occur right before your eyes. Thanks to the power of photo editing tools and talented image editors, photo colourisation is more popular than ever right now. And thanks to a community on Reddit (via Huffington Post), after the cut is a collection of the 15 best colourised photos on the web right now. Please, just scroll and enjoy.

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Inside Apple’s Futuristic Campus

posted by on 13/11/2013

$5 billion. That’s the estimated project budget for Apple’s new “Campus 2” headquarters in Cupertino, California. Designed by leading architect Norman Foster, with Steve Jobs being hands-on from the start, the spaceship style structure will cover a 2.8 million square foot area, situated in the middle of a 176 acre man made forest, allowing 13,000 engineers and designers to work on Apple’s newest creations. Cupertino officials have given the project the green light, and completion is expected to be in 2016. This will no doubt be one of the most incredible places to work, ever. Check out more pictures and info after the cut.

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The Making of John Lewis – The Bear & The Hare Advert

posted by on 12/11/2013

On Saturday night John Lewis along with a few other big name brands stole the show during ITV‘s hit show The X-Factor with the unveiling of their Christmas advertisements. For the last couple years the John Lewis xmas ad has been received by the public in a very favourable manner and has even helped the music artists involved gain notoriety. With expectations high the ad was introduced to the world and instantly became a hit if social media is anything to go buy. The story of The Bear and The Hare took many back to yesteryear by reminding them of The Animals of farthing Wood series. Now a short clip showcasing how the advert was created has been released and I must say it is rather intriguing. It’s hard to believe that this ad took 6 months to make at a cost of over 1 million pounds, see how they made it after the cut.

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In Conversation: Tom Dixon

posted by on 11/11/2013

Good Monday morning watch for y’all. PORT Magazine sat down with British Industrial designer to talk all things creative, his approach to design and my favourite part: on being unorthodox. This past week for me has made me question my role in advertising and that never ending urge to create something meaningful. Then heading to Barcelona for the weekend was just what I needed, especially seeing the cultural impact of Antoni Gaudí‘s work. It’s made me miss the craft side of things, actually making physical things and not just sitting around on Photoshop. Alas, I digress – Tom talks about why he likes to approach everything in an untutored manner. Stand-out quote for me: ‘I prefer coming to a field with as little knowledge as possible and try to look at it with childlike eyes’.

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The Garden Bridge

posted by on 10/11/2013

Ever thought that London needs a new bridge that people can use to cross the River Thames? Well architect Thomas Heatherwick along with actress Johanna Lumley has designed a great new landmark for the capital called ‘Garden Bridge‘. The design comes in as a answer to the Transport for London’s call for way to improve pedestrian links across the river. The new design will start at Temple tube station on the north side and link to the ITV tower on the South Bank. Lord Mervyn Davies – Chairman of The Garden Bridge Trust has said “This is the first major milestone for the project and marks a very clear intent to create a new landmark for London. The scheme has been shaped and developed into a proposal that will contribute significantly to the future of London’s development and we are committed to ensuring the Garden Bridge will be something that London can be proud of….. Our role is to take this project forward and to raise the necessary funds to build the bridge by the end of 2017.” Peep a couple more pics of the proposed design on the flipside.

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Ruby – A Story of Life, Death and Rebirth

posted by on 09/11/2013

The creativity that exists in the world never fails to amaze me and it is such a joy to be wowed by an art form as seemingly simple as face painting. The thought of which probably brings to mind trips to the fun fair or the zoo but here the artist tells a story of life, death and rebirth in a short stop motion film. Emma Allen painted the story on her own face over just five days, using only some face paint, a mirror and a camera to create the final product. Check out the full video and I guarantee you will not watch it just once. Check out the artists gallery of work here.

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Throwback Thursday

posted by on 07/11/2013

I’ve been on a proper oldskool jamming session as of late playing tunes from Randy Crawford, Dina Ross, Al Green to Luther Vandross. Following on from my listening habits this week today’s throwback track is stepping way back in time. I’ve said once before and i’ll say it again but I have to thank my mum for introducing me to all these artists throughout my childhood. Music was so good back then, music was timeless, music could be listened to always and forever. Please note that in the last sentence I left a little clue as to what song is being featured today. Take a guess and read on to see if you are right.

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