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Eurostar Set To Expand Operations To Mainland Europe

From underwater trains in Venice to the invention of Russia’s new R-1 super tram it’s plain to see a novelty resurgence in train, tram or track travelling over the past few years. With a broken economy and planes costing almost three times as much as train travel across Europe people are frantically searching for a more viable (and cheaper) alternative to planes.

Last year, a new partnership between Eurostar and Dutch railways meant the expansion of the Eurostar service to incorporate more stops on the European mainland. A new London – Amsterdam service was set up to run direct from London Kings Cross which could be in operation by as early as December of 2016.

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Eurostar Service Map (2014)

Eurostar has always had clear ambitions to “expand its business beyond its existing destinations” and to “encourage passengers to choose high speed rail over plane” for a variety of different short haul European journeys. Now though, the different in price and the access made available by the company might mean that the choice has been made for you.

As well as offering limited services to the Swiss Alps and Provence in the South of France it was announced recently that a service will also run from St Pancras, via Ashford, to the city of Marseille. This service is expected to launch from May 2015.

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Eurostar Trains At London King’s Cross

Pierre Delalande, Head of Public Affairs at Eurostar recently gave the following statement in a press release:

“We will launch a new service to Marseille which will indeed stop in Ashford. It will be an all-year-round service. We would love to have a direct return journey but we have to follow immigration policy. I would also like to see more trains stopping in Ashford that go to both Paris and Lille, as well as Brussels. It will be good to give them competition.”

It is understood that the new Marseille line, which connects the UK capital to France’s second largest city will be direct and uninterrupted with zero changes. Rumours of a greater expansion involving the French city of Lyon, the largest conurbation in France outside of Paris.

But what does all this mean for you? Will the cheaper and more frequent service result in better holidays? Probably.

Marseille

Historically France’s oldest and most important trading port, Marseille is home to some of the best views, scenery and weather that France has to offer. The city is also home to some of the best museums in the world and a pretty impressive football team. With a history that dates back as far as 27,000 – 19,000 BC this is not a place to miss if you are intrigued by archaic and mysterious buildings.

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Lyon

A city well known for its historical, cultural and architectural landmarks Lyon, when combined with its satellite towns, makes up the largest urban area in France (Paris excluded, obviously). Situated almost half way between Paris and Marseille the new stop could create a much needed travel break in any journey that you are planning. A city of secret passageways and expensive boutiques, Lyon is aching to be explored.

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Lille

The closest city of the three to London, Lille is located in the north of France between French Flanders and the Deûle River. With opulent grand palaces to explore and a gripping blood-splattered revolutionary history Lille has played host to kings and queens alike. Now you too can wander the cobble stone streets in the footsteps of the legendary Charles de Gaulle.

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Good News! You’re Not Lazy, You’re Just Misunderstood

Lazy, entitled, selfish, apathetic and narcissistic are all words that at one time or another have been applied to our generation. Rarely is the word misunderstood applied to the same young people.

If you were unlucky enough to be born on the wrong side of the millennium then chances are you’ve heard these words, or words like these, ascribed to you personally in your day to day life. But are you really that lazy? Or are you simply part of the most unfortunate generation since those sent off to fight in the world wars?

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A great new infographic from the folks over at Visual.ly takes a frank and honest look at how the millennial generation, sometimes called generation Y, is dealing with their unlucky economic and social situation.

Let’s face facts: we are the most broke generation ever, a generation constantly bombarded with adverts asking us to buy various products or services which we are told that we need in order to survive. With mounting pressure and troublesome financial worries building it’s suprising there aren’t more riots in the streets.

So before one of your parents lectures you on how hard it was “back in their day” make sure you shove the following statistical infographic in their general direction:

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Side Hustlas: Jullien Gordon at TEDxMidwest

Author, motivational speaker and self-proclaimed “Hustler”, Jullien Gordon offered a sustainable alternative to our situation when he spoke at a recent TEDx conference in the United States.

Good sound life and business advice was dispensed to a teenage audience regarding the perils of an ever shifting economy and the need to create multiple streams of income through what Gordon calls “side-hustles”. He suggests that this generation Y has the ability to position itself and to “create value, be valued, and do work that aligns with their values”.

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In another less recent TEDx talk Gordon helped the new generation “realize their full potential” by identifying what he terms as “four types of capital” that blend work in harmony with personal finance. According to Gordon, the need for a healthy balance between ‘book smarts’ and ‘street smarts’ is now more crucial than ever before.

Earthships: The Eco Home Of Tomorrow, Today

Earthships are new ecological idea form New Zealand that could change both architecture and the property market.

These 100% sustainable and 100% biodegradable homes are both cheap to build and pretty luxurious to live in. They offer amenities and facilities like no other eco-friendly building you are familiar with and they are able to do so at a ridiculously low cost to the environment. So are these beautiful pillars of architecture really a viable alternative to the kind of houses we live in today? Scientist certainly seem to think so. That said, we’re taking a closer look at what makes Earthships so wonderful…

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Every Earthship is geared up with internal greenhouses that can grow various types of crops all year-round, no matter the climate. Even the most dry and barren of climates can provide enough water for daily use through an inbuilt rain-harvesting system.

Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs to sustain a family of people.

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As well as this, the entire roof of an Earthship can funnel rain water into a large cistern, which then stores it and pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants.

After being cleaned by the plants in the greenhouses, the water is pumped back into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. Once flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to any non-edible plants.

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Easy To Build & Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

At this years Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months.

Earthships are far cheaper to produce than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships can cost as little as $7000 with the most glamorous models, much like caravans, costing more than $70,000.

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Made From 100% Recycled Materials

With all the debris floating in the oceans and landfill site rising to dangerous new heights it is easy to see how homes constructed from used raw material could become a staple in the future of housing.

Far from being difficult to heat or water the Earthship design can regulate a temperature of roughly 70° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius) constantly all year long. So no unnecessary burning of fossil fuels either.

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A Land Before Lycra: Photographs Of Group Exercise From 1899

In the UK right now, Gym memberships have reached their zenith. Everyone on the streets of London appears to be sporting obscene biceps and protruding leg muscles, up and down the country Men’s Health magazines are becoming increasingly unavailable (due to high demand), spandex are exceeding sales and its progressively harder to walk down the street without falling over a mammoth tub of whey protein.

But, in the age of decency and prudishness, how did our citizens handle the upkeep of their personal fitness?

Female students posing with exercise equipment in a gymnasium, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students posing with exercise equipment in a gymnasium, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Online photographic archive Retronaut have recently unearthed Frances Benjamin Johnston‘s photographs from Western High School in Washington D.C. circa 1899. A myriad of archaic gym apparatus, women fully clothed in black, foot-length bloomers, blackboards and bowling pins – the images really capture a sense of the era. The segregation of men and women in the gymnasium is now something of a relic in traditions.

Conventional cameras have been around for less than 200 years and Frances “Fannie” Benjamin Johnston (15 January 1864 – 16 May 1952) is one of the earliest documented American female photographers/photojournalists - so these are likely to be some of the first photographs ever captured (let alone depicting people enjoying a past time which is just now enduring a resurgence of popularity).

Female students exercising, one with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students exercising, one with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Female student exercising with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female student exercising with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Girls in bloomers on climbing apparatus, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Girls in bloomers on climbing apparatus, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Female students exercising with bowling pins, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students exercising with bowling pins, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Female students exercising in a gymnasium, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students exercising in a gymnasium, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Female students exercising with dumbbells, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students exercising with dumbbells, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Female students playing basketball, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students playing basketball, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Female students playing basketball, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Female students playing basketball, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Five girls lying on mat in gymnasium in front of basketball scoreboard, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Five girls lying on mat in gymnasium in front of basketball scoreboard, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Male students exercising, some with equipment, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Male students exercising, some with equipment, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Male students playing basketball, Western High School, Washington, D.C. - © Library of Congress

Male students playing basketball, Western High School, Washington, D.C. – © Library of Congress

Festival Season Means A Cliché Resurgence Of Sixties Fashion Trends

A growing new movement in fashion has been brought to our attention by this years star studded festival season.

So, as the numerous drug fueled parties-dans-la-fields draw to their inevitable closes we are taking a look back at the biggest style influence that found its way to the camping sites this year…

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Between the skinny jeans, overuse of tweed, gluten free foods and people who have clearly spent a lot of money to look like they are incredibly poor it can be hard to remember where our current style zeitgeist actually comes from.

The answer is obvious, so obvious in fact that just one look at the photos below might feel like a bit of a slap in the face. Take a peek and you’ll realise that Hipsterism, with all it’s trust fund money and Coachella over-hype, is actually just a variation on a much older (and dare I say cooler) subculture: the Hippies.

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Yeah, yeah, of course the times have changed and people care less about weed and the environment than they used to. But one thing is certain: Hipsters are indefatigably the same thing as hippies.

After all, both movements consider themselves “counter culture”, both movements sport bad haircuts and both listen to music nobody really likes. Not to mention both strive to achieve the highly coveted image of being bearded, broke, skinny and purposefully ugly.

Pharrell – One Hat Too Far

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Pharrell is not alone in bringing back various sixties fashion trends. But aided by the legendary Vivienne Westwood he is certainly the most notable. Recently in a shoot for ELLE he ditched his trademark hat in favour of a native American ceremonial headdress. It’s OK though, at least according to his lawyers, as Pharrell is part native American.

The popular electronic music festival in British Columbia Canada, The Bass Coast Project, says it won’t allow people to wear ceremonial or native head pieces during this years festival, which is scheduled to run from Aug. 1 to 4 in Merritt. It will also ban aboriginal headdresses at its upcoming event out of respect for indigenous people, after some concert-goers have recently been seen wearing them in a vain attempt to be hip naming no names *cough* Pharrell *cough*.

“For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, on-site,” reads the statement. We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent esthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and esthetic significance cannot be separated.”

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Offended? You shouldn’t be. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not hating, I too am a bit of a hipster. Now though, at least we know why…

Fit To Move: Nike SB Present Their Visually-Charged Fall 14′ Lookbook

Nike SB have just released a new visually-stimulating video lookbook promoting their Fall 14′ collection ‘Fit To Move’.

Their innovative digital lookbook utilises 22 cameras to capture slow motion shots of a 360 flip from team riders Luan Oliveira, Alex Olson, Paul Rodriguez, Fernando Bramsmark, and Theotis Beasley. Nike SB ‘Fit to Move’ is all about practicality, carefully refining basics as opposed to reinventing clothing. With this notion of movement and innovation in motion in mind, the video aims to compliment the minimalistic complexities of the apparel with equally minimalistic videography. Take a look below.

“Engineered specifically for skateboarding, the Nike SB Fit to Move Collection was created to deliver unparalleled, unobstructed coverage that encourages greatness.” says Nike. “Tested by professional skaters, every element of every piece is made in line with specific athlete insights.”

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Fernando Bramsmark

The Nike SB ‘Fit to Move’ Collection includes such additions as the Skyline Short Sleeve Crew, with a dropped back hem and the Everett Crew with articulated under-arm construction. All items in the collection are designed for durability – specifically for the craft of skateboarding. The collection will also include basic V-necks and crew necks alongside pieces with unique flair, such as the Everett Scuba Fleece.

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Paul Rodriguez

The Fit to Move Collection is available from Nike online or your local Nike SB retailer.

Nike have always treated their skate team (and especially P Rod) with the same importance as some of their more iconic sports stars – using the upmost cinematic integrity to promote signature products. Their most recent campaign ‘Skateboarding Is Not a Game’  has featured  a myriad of TV personalities. Check out ‘Caddy’ featuring the iconic Lance Mountain below.

Palestinder: Finding Love At The Heart Of The Gaza Conflict

Young Palestinians have come into contact with young Israelis using online dating applications like Tinder and Grindr. This unique occurrence gives us a brief glimpse of the view held by some Israelis on the current conflict between the countries and their Palestinian neighbors, with surprising reactions, compiled into a photo series called “Palestinder” on a Tumblr created especially for the occasion.

With nearly 600 dead and 3,400 wounded in Gaza in the conflict which began on July 8 between Israel and Hamas and Israeli soldiers beginning an offensive against the Gaza Strip, launched in response to Hamas attacks, victims are a continues inevitability. The events have also pushed some 100,000 people to flee. The crisis may be long, very long. Yet some Palestinian residents have decided to approach their regional partners differently, in a more … connected way.

Love As A Means Of Social Change

When Arab-American journalist Sulome Anderson gave her Jewish boyfriend a kiss on Twitter, creating a viral picture that spoke of love in the middle of war, the internet exploded.

‘He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn’t speak the language of occupation

Sulome Anderson tweeted along with the photo below. It was the kiss seen around the social media world.

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“What are you doing in Ramallah, apart from trying to stay alive?”

“Love. Can it be stronger than war?” This is the question that young adults working in the West Bank attempted to answer. Since 1967 this has been a major issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They made Tinder and Grindr accounts, after finding that these applications dating for all kinds of meetings were mainly used by Israelis. A good way to get in touch with the people of Israel and to interact with them virtually.

But how the occupation of Palestine by Israel is it reflected in applications dating? This issue marks the beginning of a new experience with positions and reactions surprising, both positive and negative from both sides.

Some of their many conversations below:

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Make A Mental Shopping List From The A/W ’14 Carhartt WIP Lookbook

Carhartt’s Work in Progress (WIP) Autumn/Winter ’14 lookbook is here and boy does it make us want to go shopping. Back with it’s classic, minimalist staples as well as some rather exciting looking outerwear options, the men and women’s collections continue to establish Carhartt as one of the most desirable workwear brands for young professionals.

The video that accompanies the lookbook demonstrates the versatility of the label, with many of the pieces acting in a unisex capacity that allows all kinds of shoppers to wear Carharrt, with items such as the bold leopard shirts either serving as a smart-casual clothing for guys or a preppy yet professional office alternative for women.

Shirts aside, the whole collection has a distinct sports-luxe aesthetic. Teaming sweatshirts, hats and prints with smarter trousers and functional jackets gives the range a broad appeal and will no doubt mean that the collection, which is due out in the next few weeks will certainly be popular.

Check out the lookbook video below and visit the Carhartt site here.

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Era’s Gone By: SlamxHype’s Illustrated Evolution Of Skate Shoes

Shoes have been synonymous with skateboarding culture ever since the inception of everyones favourite four-wheeled friend back in the late 1940s. This tightly-bound association is probably due to the fact: grip tape really hurts your feet and although technological advancements have strived in their efforts to create an all-encompassing piece of athletic footwear, acceptance within popular culture has condemned shoes to an ongoing repetition of overall aesthetics and technical design.

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The Evolution of Skate Shoes – © SlamxHype

In celebration of a recent resurgence in skateboarding popularity, SlamxHype creates an illustrated guide to the now-relics of history’s skateboard shoes. From barebones sneakers repurposed for sidewalk surfing in the 1950s and 1960s – to cumbersome footwear boasting high-tech soles and airbag heels emerging from an era of mammoth stair sets. Whether it was the iconic alien-like Osiris D3 moon boot or the classic Vans Rowley XLT – if you’ve skated throughout the last couple decades, you will have no doubt rocked at least one pair of the shoes listed.

Their site quite humbly states that this isn’t a comprehensive list of all the footwear from the last few decades, although they have included some nostalgic entries representative of each specific time period. Enjoi.

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’40S – Barefoot, Where it al started – © SlamxHype

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1984 - Air Jordans - © SlamxHype

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1996 - The Nike "Air Choad" - © SlamxHype

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Present day – Nike SB – © SlamxHype

Simpsons Superfan Awarded Guinness World Record For Most Cartoon Ink

A 27-year-old man from Auckland, New Zealand who goes by the name of Lee Weir recently broke the Guinness World Record title for “Most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body” when he completed a full length sleeve containing over two hundred small Homer Simpson figures wrapped around his left arm.

Weir apparently told Guinness World records that he has spent last year free of alcohol in order to spend his money on tattoos instead. True dedication? Or hilarious parody?

Either way it’s his body to do with as he pleases and the art is actually kinda good. In what is perhaps a bizarre and slightly Freudian twist Lee’s Father, who Lee has dubbed the ‘real-life Ned Flanders’, never let him watch the show as a youngster because he thought it too inappropriate.

Just goes to show… you should probably let your kids do what they want…

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