Australia gifts Royal carriage to Royal family’s Queen


The Queen has been gifted a Royal carriage by Australia, a carriage that took nearly two years and 50 craftsmen to complete. It’s odd however that Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard commissioned the carriage to be built and the country’s current PM Kevin Rudd actually wants a referendum on the monarchy.

The state coach Brittania was designed and built in Sydney by Jim Frecklington and under the guidance of the Duke of Edinburgh, a renowned carriage driver himself. It’s valued at £620,000 ($892,716) and also contains a time capsule containing elements of  British history including wood from the Mayflower and more gold than any other vehicle made in Britain for almost 200 years.

Kibera, Kenya’s Slums


Kibera, Kenya is one of the Africa’s largest slums and designer JR has completed his most ambitious project to date.

Today, after more than a year of planning, 2000 square meters of rooftops have been covered with photos of the eyes and faces of the women of Kibera. The material used is water resistant so that the photo itself will protect the fragile houses in the heavy rain season. The train that passes on this line through Kibera at least twice a day has also been covered with eyes from the women that live below it. With the eyes on the train, the bottom half of the their faces have be pasted on corrugated sheets on the slope that leads down from the tracks to the rooftops. The idea being that for the split second the train passes, their eyes will match their smiles and their faces will be complete.

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$400 million later: The Plaza Hotel is back in business


The Plaza Hotel close to Central Park in New York City has invested roughly $400 million in renovations and now it’s reopened, showing us that timeless elegance can go hand-in-hand with some modern refinement. The decadent Beaux Arts Décor, the Legendary Oak room and Oak Bar retained as before but the Fifth Avenue Lobby, the elegant Champagne Bar and Stylish Club have gone through several changes.

Life is like a… Kit Kat bench?

This is about the most "brilliant!" ad campaign that I've seen in quite some time. Forest Gump would be proud. Now, isn't this going to melt when it's gets a little cooler. Well, guess I'll have to head over to...

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Opening January 31st: Porsche Museum in Stuttgart


It’s taken three years of building and roughly 100 million euros, but the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is now ready and awaiting thousands of visitors that will most likely gather once doors open later this week. We’re intrigued by the architecture of the building almost as much as we are by the architecture of the 80 beauties that are housed there.

To wear Tweed and ride on a bicycle down Savile Row: The Tweed Run


The London Fixed-Gear & Single-Speed forum held their first Tweed Run this past Saturday the 24th. The social gathering brought together approximately 150 bike riders from the London area on a cruise that started at H Huntsman & Sons at 11 Savile Row to the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. The event suggested attire of elegant proportions including Harris tweed & merino wool pieces, flat caps, ties.

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