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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 […]

Guinness Presents “The Men Inside the Suits”: Sapeurs

posted by on 19/01/2014

Following on from the recent Basketball campaign, ‘Sapeurs’ continues the series of “Made Of More” content from Guinness, which showcases real people from around the world who are doing extraordinary things. The ‘Sapeurs‘ are everyday heroes who, despite their humble lives, choose to come together and be more through their character, style and imagination. More on the reverse.

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BBC | Sochi 2014 Trailer

posted by on 16/01/2014

Epic winter landscapes (CGI, nonetheless), dramatic Game of Thrones style music and, in perfect synchronisation, the narration of GoT badass Tywin Lannister as the voice of nature. Three elements that make BBC’s new Sochi 2014 (Winter Olympics) trailer absolutely awesome. Created by RKCR/Y&R and director Tomek Baginski, the 90-second clip takes an approach of focusing on the battle with nature that the Winter Games holds, a challenge like no other, or, in his own words “I am the dreadful menace. The one whose will is done. The haunting chill upon your neck. I am the conundrum.” Gripping. Watch it after the jump.

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Hardy Amies – Neighbourhoods

posted by on 16/01/2014

Here at Y&Y we love this city. Simple. And so do the guys over at Hardy Amies, tailors that have been based on Savile Row since 1945. Over the past few months, Hardy Amies have been running a series titled ‘Neighbourhood Portraits’, where through a number of video interviews, we are taken into the heart of Brixton, Hoxton, Bermondsey, Shoreditch and Hammersmith. These five areas are inspiring the cultural rejuvenation occurring around our great capital.

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Key Manifesto

posted by on 16/01/2014

I can’t imagine life without having a side project. I mean, you wake up, go to work, eat, sleep and do it all again? I need the side project to switch things up – like myself, my colleague has a side project called Key Manifesto. It’s all about taking a step back from the day-to-day hustle, the trap that we’ve all fallen into and having a quick moment to reflect/think about why we’re actually here. Key Manifesto does through a selection of thoughts and statements in the form of motivational quotes and inspirational manifestos that you can buy prints of. More on the reverse.

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Throwback Thursday

posted by on 16/01/2014

Lately I’ve been appreciating Robert Glasper’s last two albums much more than I did when they were released-  and one particular track from ‘Black Radio’ stands out for me. ‘Cherish The Day’, vocals by Lalah Hathaway. Yes that’s not a throwback, but the original is- it’s by Sade from  ‘Love Deluxe’ (pretty sure I’ve “throwbacked” every song from this album). Anywho, Glasper’s take on the track is somewhat fantastic, but the groove in the original is far better plus Sade’s vocals. So to sum up, this week’s throwback track is  ‘Cherish The Day’ by Sade. H’enjoy.

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Brainstorm Digital’s Visual Effects Skills

posted by on 16/01/2014

We’ve all become accustomed to visual effects being used in film to enhance our viewing experience but do we really know to what extent some of our most loved films relied on artificial enhancement. Brainstorm Digital have released a short video showing some of the work they done on the new The Wolf of Wall Street movie. You’d be surprised by just how much of what we thought was real was actually super imposed, rendered and grafted. Take a look at the video and be prepared to be shocked by their computer generated wizardry, it does beg the question what is real these days?

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Eargasms

posted by on 14/01/2014

It’s been almost a month since the last Eargasms – major slacking on our part and we never really see much new music cropping up over the Christmas period. We’re back now with some of the best new tunes from 2014 so far, see what you think after the cut. I’ve become a lot more strict with what I download and add to my library these days – not many songs will get more than 5 plays so they don’t need to be added to iTunes. Way too much mediocrity.

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Chino Otsuka | Imagine Finding Me

posted by on 14/01/2014

Well if there were anything that would make you want to time travel, it would be this. Chino Otsuka is a Japanese photographer and over the weekend one of her projects landed in my feed. In what must have been quite a nostalgic process, Chino super-imposes her adult self into photos from different stages of her life- ultimately becoming a tourist of her own past, how cool. I love the vision, it’s very artistically executed. The imagery is strong, you’re immediately reminded of how quickly time passes and how things change along the way- that goes for ourselves, the people in/out of our lives and even our physical surroundings. Without the context of being a photo series, each photo still has something to say. More of her work after the break.

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The London Underground in the 1970s/80s

posted by on 12/01/2014

The London Underground is one of the many amazing features of one of (if not THE) greatest city in the world (we are all proud Londoners here at Y&Y, so expect nothing less). Its usefulness is on par with its annoyance, but one thing that we always notice (and love, really) is the diversity on display down in the tunnels. We people watch. It’s in our nature, and what we see on the Underground really is a true reflection of the people that live in this great city. This was captured absolutely brilliantly in the 1970s/80s by photographer Bob Mazzer on his daily commute for over 20 years. With the undisputed Leica M4 as his weapon of choice, Mazzer produced some of the most fantastic street (well, under-the-street) photography I have seen. Take a look at some examples below.

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River Island Design Forum: Joseph Turvey

posted by on 10/01/2014

As you may have gathered from the plethora of recent social network updates, yesterday marked the closing day of London Collections: Men. Due to an approaching work deadline (#sigh), my experience of LCM was limited to the catwalk shows that I was able to squeeze into my lunch break (My favourite being Oliver Spencer despite the fiasco with the burst water pipe).

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