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A Secret Underwater Ballroom, Built For a Notorious Victorian Swindler

Tuesday 12.09.2014 , Posted by
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Walk far into the woods near the village of Witley in Surrey, England and you’ll find a hidden treasure. The directions go like this: Walk a mile and a quarter west, into the long neglected woods. Find the stone wall surrounding a kitchen garden. There you’ll find a small building with an arched doorway. Go inside, down the spiral staircase, and walk down the long teardrop-shaped tunnel to the end. There’s no “X” marking this treasure, but you’ll know you’ve found it. You’re now in a domed, glass ceilinged room, yellow light gently flickering through the water above. Welcome to Whitaker Wright’s hidden ballroom, submerged deep beneath a murky lake. [Read more…]

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Fanny Hands Lane & Sally’s Bottom: Maps of Britain’s Slightly Rude and Just Plain Silly Place Names

Tuesday 11.25.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever hopped off a flight to London and taken the Underground into the city, you were treated to something remarkably British. Over the loudspeaker a soothing voice announces without a bit of a giggle, that you are on the train bound for… Cockfosters. It’s a name that would raise most english speaker’s eyebrows, but not the English themselves. Welcome to Great Britain, home of very silly names. [Read more…]

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Banksy’s “Alarming” New Work in Bristol

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Despite the recent hoax claiming that he’d been arrested and identified, legendary street artist Banksy continues to paint up the city. In fact, in the midst of the uproar over whether he’d been identified, a new work appeared on his website. [Read more…]

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Modern Day Photographs from a 130 Year Old Camera

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Jonathan Keys is on a mission to bring traditional methods of photography back to the spotlight. Instead of going around the streets with the latest DSLR, Keys takes his 130 year old wooden camera and his 1920s lens to find subjects. Roaming his home city of Newcastle, he captures a classical England in modern times. [Read more…]

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Completed in 1878, This Isolated Sea Fort is Now a Luxury Hotel

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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When it was completed in 1878, the soldiers who occupied Spitbank Fort had no idea it would one day be a luxury hotel. The isolated sea fort is located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and originally intended as a line of defense against ships that made it past the larger forts further out. As always, Spitbank Fort is only accessible by boat – a level of isolation rarely available in our highly connected world. Now, billed as “the UKs most exclusive private island” it features 8 luxury rooms and a rooftop spa with unrivaled views. It’s also one of the few hotels that can boast about having armor plating on its seaward side. [Read more…]

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London Underground Posters at the Transport Museum

Friday 03.15.2013 , Posted by

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The iconic London Underground is celebrating its 150th year of operation this year. The “Tube,” which opened all the way back in 1863, still serves the city with trains packed to capacity at rush hours, shuttling people to places both central and more remote. Almost as famous as the trains themselves is the design that has sprung up alongside the long running system – so to celebrate the anniversary, the London Transport Museum is showcasing 150 Underground posters from the past. [Read more…]

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Debt-Free: The Piano Tuner Who Chooses to Be Homeless

Wednesday 02.20.2013 , Posted by

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Many people in our modern world feel trapped in the rat race, daily struggling to make ends meet in their constant battle against bills… but for what? For Richard Roberts the answer after he looked around his apartment was simple: he didn’t need all this stuff. His TV and Playstation sat idly while he worked all day as a piano tuner trying to pay off years of remaining school debt. What use was an apartment if he didn’t have the time to enjoy it. Robert’s unusual and minimalist solution: go homeless. [Read more…]

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A Family Tree of Creative Business Neighbors

Tuesday 04.24.2012 , Posted by

When you work among nearly 70 creative businesses, individuals and organizations — from a BBC office to a playhouse and even a life drawing school — what do you do to introduce everyone? Create a beautiful infographic of course! Split recently produced a family tree of their very creative neighbors for the first ever Quarry Hill Social, an event designed to not only raise public awareness but also foster relationships between the many highly crafty and cultural businesses tucked into Quarry Hill in Leeds U.K. [Read more…]

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Quirky Characters with a Lot of Charm

Thursday 03.29.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to inventive character design, from robot-like people with antlers to squiggly squidboys, Harry Nesbitt has serious game. His figures pop off the page with loads of endearing, quirky personality, all while creating solid identities for his clients. As far as his craft is concerned, one word comes to mind: polished. His crisp, line heavy illustration style is perfect for web based media, garnering him a lot of praise and some seriously cool clients in recent years. [Read more…]

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Visual News Original: Diversity In The Premier League

Tuesday 01.10.2012 , Posted by

England’s legendary Premier League has come under quite a lot of criticism as of late. With a number of race related incidents over the last several months, most recently seeing the banning of striker Luis Suarez after charged racial comments, we asked the question: just how diverse is the Premier League? [Read more…]

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