Carnival falls on a different date every year, about 40 days before Easter. This year is February 18 - 21st, and the parties began weeks beforehand in some places. Brazilians close their offices and shops, and throw themselves into the world's most famous manifestation of freedom and happiness, day and night, on and off the hot crowded beaches, at the peak of summer.
This gorgeous time-lapse by filmmaker Jamie Scott starts off like any other video capturing the change of the seasons with the movement of the sun, but then around :30 something pretty remarkable happens. To create the effect Scott filmed in 15 locations around New York City’s Central Park, two times a week, for six months using the exact same tripod and camera lens settings resulting in the footage you see here.
The designer Timothy Goodman transformed the blank white walls of the Ace Hotel in New York with illustrations with paint markers and black paint. Paying homage to the city, this wonderful “99 Picture Frame Illustrations” is to discover in images in the article.
This sweet animation from Tony Miotto compares two of the world’s most brilliant cities, Paris and New York. Based on the book, Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities by Vahram Muratyan, it pitches JFK against Charles de Gaulle, cupcakes against macaroons and the subway against the metro. Watch with the sound on to get the full effect.
Question is, which is your favourite?
Whether its a hotel, restaurant, or just an office building, who says it has to look normal and boring? Although some of these buildings are probably going to make you wonder what kind of crazy thoughts the architect was thinking, it’s hard to not appreciate the creativity involved. These are some of weirdest buildings in the world.
The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)
Elephant Building (Bangkok, Thailand)
Shark Bar (Perm, Russia)
Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)
The Sheep Building (Tirau, Waikato, New Zealand)
Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)
Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Teakettle Building (Rockbridge County, VA, USA )
The Amazing Flying House (Sarzana, Italy)
Piano shaped building (Huainan, China)
Hang Nga Guesthouse a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)
House Between The Rocks (France)
Guitar Museum (TN, USA)
Wonder egg (Ishigakijima Island, Japan )
Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)
Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)
Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)
The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
Puzzling World Lake Wanaka (Otago, New Zealand)
Reversible Destiny Lofts (Mitaka, Japan)
Office center “1000″ a.k.a. Banknote (Kaunas, Lithuania)
Puzzling World Lake Wanaka (Otago, New Zealand)
The Bank of Asia a.k.a Robot Building (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Big Pineapple (Nambour, Queensland)
On Sunday night here in London, the Olympic Games ended with closing ceremonies that reminded the world that, yes, a lot of popular music has come from Britain.
London was never going to out-Beijing Beijing, and the wisest decision was not even to attempt it. Instead, the organizers of London 2012 decided that Beijing could not out-Britain Britain, and that there was something of value for the Olympic movement and the world in that distinction.
The past 17 days have proven them right.
They have proven that the Olympics did come to their spiritual home in Britain – where rowing and fencing and tennis, not to mention the sporting ideals that underlie the entire Olympic movement, began.
They have proven that their city’s history and charm was more than enough to compensate for the lack of signature venue like the Bird’s Nest or Water Cube. Could any other city match the scenes at Horse Guards Parade or Wimbledon or the Mall?
But more than any of these things, London 2012 has proven, beyond the remotest doubt, that much if not most of Britain truly did want these Olympics in the end. Not for national pride, though that was in present in good regulation, but because it was a bloody brilliant time to be British.
“These were happy and glorious Games,” said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge at the closing ceremonies, quoting a line from the British national anthem.
Now we wait four more years to see what Rio will bring us.
Theme song of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
A beautiful colorful umbrellas installation in the town of Agueda in Portugal. A complete street was decorated with umbrellas suspended and floating in the air, all captured in images by photographer Patricia Almeida. To discover in detail in the following section.
After a lifetime drawing London, the watercolorist David Gentleman set out to discover if it’s possible to look afresh at the place where you live. He spent a year immersing himself in the metropolis, capturing the teeming crowds and the ever-shifting light of its changeable skies. Here he introduces a selection of images from throughout the year, and tells how his familiar world was transformed.
Evening, Camden Town
I spent all of last year drawing London, a place I’d lived in for over 60 years and felt I already knew perfectly well. That turned out to be wrong
It’s changing fast, as its remaining empty spaces get built on and its mushrooming skyline bristles with new landmarks that dwarf everything else
The Thames from 80 Strand
To look at the cranes you wouldn’t think there was a recession on
I enjoy London’s variety, its contrasts of old and new, grand and ordinary – of Georgian, Victorian, Gothic Revival and the shiny glass and steel tower blocks of the City and Canary Wharf
I love the Thames, for the space and openness it provides in a crowded city, and the way it gives one a chance to look across the water and survey the tightly-packed City from a safe distance
I enjoyed drawing its profusion of green spaces – heath, parks, gardens, squares – and the gleam and peace of its canals. Exploring some unknown parts revealed surprises and delights in Wandsworth, Deptford, Walworth and distant Rainham Marshes
I’m less keen on the city’s paranoid security and surveillance, its numerous war memorials, its growing abundance of tourist attractions and pseudo-heritage, its traffic, expensiveness and increasing unfairness, and the constant sense that Londoners are being squeezed out as the better bits are snapped up by the unimaginably rich
Whitechapel Road market
But these drawbacks are offset by many virtues: the presence of the ordinary Londoners, polite, cosmopolitan and tolerant; the city’s grandeur and its cheeky street markets; the feeling of energy and vitality that pervades it
Drawing its people, places and things made me look hard, notice, understand and remember them. It was a packed and fascinating experience
The new collection brings to life the city he’s lived in for 60 years, with 400 pages of London loveliness. Here’s a short interview with the author to whet your appetite.
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It’s here. The greatest show on Earth.
Seven years ago, Dame Kelly Holmes and Steve Cram bounced around Trafalgar Square upon hearing the news that London had been awarded the Olympic Games.
And now the time has come. Things came full circle yesterday when the Olympic torch was welcomed to Trafalgar Square by thousands of people.
A winning start for Great Britain’s women’s football team and a Korean flag foul-up aside, the Games begin properly tonight with the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
Film director Danny Boyle’s vision for the event may have looked like the set of Postman Pat when it was unveiled in model form last month, but reports from the dress rehearsals have been positive. Amazingly in this technological age, the event has become the best kept secret in Britain.
Tonight’s ceremony will set in motion more than two weeks of sporting action. Medals will be won, records will be broken, tears will be shed, toys will be thrown out of the pram and the sun will shine. Okay, perhaps one of those things cannot be guaranteed.
Away from the track, the field, the pool and the arenas, other questions will be answered too. After weeks of criticism of the handling of Olympic security, will things run smoothly? Will London’s transport system cope with one million extra people?
Whatever happens over the next few weeks, the world will be watching.
Let the Games begin.