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Hiroshi Nagai

Ever heard of City Pop? Hiroshi Nagai painted the artwork for those soundtracks in the 80s. Whenever I listen to Broken Wings by Mr Mister, I have this vision of a warm sunny Saturday afternoon in 1994, drenched in vivid colours. Little did I know that aesthetic had already existed a decade before thanks to […]

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Peter Sellers at home in Belgravia, London, 1973

Accent-switching is a wondrous talent, for entertainment or as an element of code-switching. Peter Sellers was a skilled intellect. In a 1979 sketch, he presented “The Complete Guide To Accents of The British Isles”, as Don Shulman, an American professor of “accents and languages”. He travels through Europe and Britain playing numerous accents from John […]

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If you’re looking for a different kind of map for your journey, check out these architectural guides. Blue Crow Media are publishers in London who started out making series of food and drink city guides, before branching out to architectural maps. Their Brutalist maps are now all the rage, covering world cities such as Boston, […]

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gunnar-birkerts-marquette-plaza

Alexandra Lange wrote a brilliant piece on the modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts, who died this week at the age of 92. Birkerts was born in Latvia but fled his home towards the end of WWII as Russian troops entered. After graduating from Technische Hochschule in 1949, Birkerts eventually opened an office in Detroit. His love […]

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papa johns pizza

It’s one thing to get accepted to Yale but another to have sent your personal essay with an ode to Papa John’s. That’s precisely what Tennessee teen Carolina Williams did and the move prompted the admissions officer to order pizza after reading. Carolina rejected Yale for Auburn in the end but that story doesn’t end […]

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You know the drill. White men with beards, slicked hair, lumberjack shirts and a penchant for obscurity are hipsters. But has it always been that way? Well, the truth is they aren’t the first hipsters to walk the earth. A quick search of the term “hipster” on Wikipedia brings up two examples: one from “contemporary subculture” […]

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