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Give it a rest

Taking a cheeky power nap might sound very tempting after…

03 December 2021 | 63

Give it a rest

Taking a cheeky power nap might sound very tempting after a less than perfect night’s sleep, but it might do more harm than good. Sleep scientist Matt Walker shares the pros and cons of an afternoon siesta.

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03 December 2021 | 63

Are you a budding musician?

With Typatone, anyone can be a composer. Type anything into…

03 December 2021 | 63

Are you a budding musician?

With Typatone, anyone can be a composer. Type anything into their website and listen to it magically transform into a myriad of musical styles. We’ve had lots of fun thinking about what Shareables might sound like.

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03 December 2021 | 63

Behind the scenes at the museum

Only a tiny 1% of the Smithsonian’s collection is on…

03 December 2021 | 63

Behind the scenes at the museum

Only a tiny 1% of the Smithsonian’s collection is on display across their 20 museums and galleries. That leaves a whole host of treasures tucked away in high-security storage. Want to know what they’re hiding?

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03 December 2021 | 63

Podcasts for Curious minds

Wired are speaking our language. Curious podcasts – yes, please!…

03 December 2021 | 63

Podcasts for Curious minds

Wired are speaking our language. Curious podcasts – yes, please! From true crime and chat shows to Dolly Parton documentaries, podcasts soundtrack our day. And we’re always on the lookout for our next listen.

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03 December 2021 | 63

Spilling the tea on Ruby Silvious

Ruby Silvious doesn’t let her teabags go to waste. They…

03 December 2021 | 63

Spilling the tea on Ruby Silvious

Ruby Silvious doesn’t let her teabags go to waste. They go from a morning brew to a blank canvas as they become the backdrop of her miniature paintings. It’s incredible how much detail fits on one tiny teabag.

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03 December 2021 | 63

Want to live forever?

That science is still a way off! But, living to…

19 November 2021 | 62

Want to live forever?

That science is still a way off! But, living to 100 – increasingly probable. And staying healthy for as long as possible is key. Here’s what you need to do to get your birthday letter from the Queen.

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19 November 2021 | 62

Unexpected everyday humour

Eric Kogan has an unprecedented ability to find humour in…

19 November 2021 | 62

Unexpected everyday humour

Eric Kogan has an unprecedented ability to find humour in his surroundings – spotting quirky coincidences as he walks around the streets of New York City. He’s curated a whole archive of unexpected images.

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19 November 2021 | 62

The big calendar

Every year Café Art hands out 100 single-use cameras to…

19 November 2021 | 62

The big calendar

Every year Café Art hands out 100 single-use cameras to people affected by homelessness then gives them seven days to photograph their city. The diverse people, wildlife, and landmarks they capture make up a Calendar of London.

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19 November 2021 | 62

The art of the cover letter

Applying for any job – even a dream job –…

19 November 2021 | 62

The art of the cover letter

Applying for any job – even a dream job – is a minefield. But of all the unpleasant elements, the cover letter is the worst. How formal should you be? How enthusiastic? And, how honest? In this essay, Rob Alderson shares our pain.

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19 November 2021 | 62

Can a font be sexist

Prescribing genders to type can be traced back to 1940s…

19 November 2021 | 62

Can a font be sexist

Prescribing genders to type can be traced back to 1940s America, where retailers used fonts as gender signifiers for their kid’s products. Gendering and personalisation improved their sales – but, long term, has this done more harm than good?

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19 November 2021 | 62

Brilliant bookshops

That feeling when you walk into a bookshop – nothing…

05 November 2021 | 61

Brilliant bookshops

That feeling when you walk into a bookshop – nothing beats it. The quiet calm. The smell of books, new and old. And, best of all, the thousands of worlds waiting to be explored. Here are some of the best in the world.

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05 November 2021 | 61

A real-life haunted hotel

From the outside, the Skirvin Hotel looks normal. Pretty, even….

05 November 2021 | 61

A real-life haunted hotel

From the outside, the Skirvin Hotel looks normal. Pretty, even. But, book a room, and its true spirit is revealed. Guests report unexplained creaks, groans and ghostly apparitions. Are you brave enough to spend a night?

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05 November 2021 | 61

Whizz! Bang! Boom!

More than 800,000 fireworks were set off in the largest…

05 November 2021 | 61

Whizz! Bang! Boom!

More than 800,000 fireworks were set off in the largest ever fireworks display, which lasted for over an hour. Whilst we can’t promise any of the events on this list will break that record, they’re rumoured to be the best in the country.

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05 November 2021 | 61

Feel like you’re in a film

Wes Anderson’s films have a distinctive feel: full of pastel…

05 November 2021 | 61

Feel like you’re in a film

Wes Anderson’s films have a distinctive feel: full of pastel colours, symmetrical designs and more than a slight nostalgia for retro design. If they’re your cup of tea, why not visit these real-life locations that perfectly capture his aesthetic.

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05 November 2021 | 61

Look a little closer

Now in its third year, the Close-Up Photographer of the…

05 November 2021 | 61

Look a little closer

Now in its third year, the Close-Up Photographer of the year contest receives all kinds of incredible entries. From salamander silhouettes to ants eating, the images give a glimpse into the delicate details of the natural world.

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05 November 2021 | 61

Why are so many of us casual spider killers?

It’s spider season! As the weather turns colder, spiders, like…

22 October 2021 | 60

Why are so many of us casual spider killers?

It’s spider season! As the weather turns colder, spiders, like us, want to be warm and cosy in our houses. But, whilst all uninvited guests are a nuisance, what is it about spiders that mean they’re likely to meet an untimely end?

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22 October 2021 | 60

How to be productive

Too much to see. Too much to do. So much…

22 October 2021 | 60

How to be productive

Too much to see. Too much to do. So much time is taken up doing tedious (but necessary) tasks – they eat into the time we could be rollercoaster riding/dolphin watching/rainbow chasing. But use these handy hints and you’ll have more time for the good stuff.

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22 October 2021 | 60

An exciting opportunity

If you can work from home, why not work from…

22 October 2021 | 60

An exciting opportunity

If you can work from home, why not work from Spain? Small towns there are attempting to reverse emigration by welcoming workers on ‘digital nomad visas’. Those who apply can expect traditional rural life – with superfast broadband.

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22 October 2021 | 60

Putting black history on the map

London’s iconic tube map has been reimagined in honour of…

22 October 2021 | 60

Putting black history on the map

London’s iconic tube map has been reimagined in honour of Black History Month. In collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives, TFL has renamed every station to celebrate great black Britons from throughout history.

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22 October 2021 | 60

Spiral Sculptures

Drawing in the air – that’s what Lee Sangsoo considers…

22 October 2021 | 60

Spiral Sculptures

Drawing in the air – that’s what Lee Sangsoo considers his art. Using long strips of metal, he transforms his 2D illustrations into 3D sculptures. The flows, twists and subtle gradients bring his subjects to life.

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22 October 2021 | 60

Coffee everywhere

Coffee is the lifeblood of our studio. We’re always on…

08 October 2021 | 59

Coffee everywhere

Coffee is the lifeblood of our studio. We’re always on the lookout for new places to try, so we were delighted to find this handy guide to the best independent shops in locations all over London. A great excuse to drink more coffee! Find your new local.

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08 October 2021 | 59

Photographing Ground Zero

In November 2001, Wim Wenders visited Ground Zero to capture…

08 October 2021 | 59

Photographing Ground Zero

In November 2001, Wim Wenders visited Ground Zero to capture the devastation caused by 9/11 and document the recovery operation then underway. A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum reveals the gravity of what he saw. Free until January 9th.

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08 October 2021 | 59

List of lists of lists

There really is a Wikipedia page for everything. The buttered…

08 October 2021 | 59

List of lists of lists

There really is a Wikipedia page for everything. The buttered cat paradox? Got it. The Twinkie defence? Naturally. George H. W. Bush’s broccoli comments? Covered. They even have a list of lists of lists, which, of course, contains itself.

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08 October 2021 | 59

The guerrilla cyclists of New Mexico

Cycling is part of the solution to climate change. It’s…

08 October 2021 | 59

The guerrilla cyclists of New Mexico

Cycling is part of the solution to climate change. It’s a greener way to get around that’s sustainable and accessible. Some people are so certain about the role it’ll play that they’re going to extreme lengths to get everyone on their bikes.

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08 October 2021 | 59

The Bond legacy

Gritty and beautiful. Taking inspiration from Bourne, Batman, and Black…

08 October 2021 | 59

The Bond legacy

Gritty and beautiful. Taking inspiration from Bourne, Batman, and Black Widow – Daniel Craig’s era as James Bond aimed to modernise and rejuvenate a franchise that felt stuck in the past. And, now that his tenure is over, it’s time to evaluate his success.

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08 October 2021 | 59

A creative fix

In cities throughout France, mosaics have crept into public spaces.

06 October 2021 | Issue 40

A creative fix

In cities throughout France, mosaics have crept into public spaces.

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06 October 2021 | Issue 40

Overcoming setbacks

After a rough tackle ended in a broken leg, NFL…

24 September 2021 | 58

Overcoming setbacks

After a rough tackle ended in a broken leg, NFL quarterback Alex Smith was left questioning his future. With time and support, he slowly overcame his self-doubt and anxiety. Now, he shares his hard-won insights for dealing with setbacks.

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24 September 2021 | 58

Breaking boundaries

Since he knew that he was losing his sight, Ian…

24 September 2021 | 58

Breaking boundaries

Since he knew that he was losing his sight, Ian Treherne has been obsessed with capturing moments on film. And the Paralympics were no exception. In his signature cinematic style, he seized the opportunity to showcase inspiring young athletes.

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24 September 2021 | 58

15-minute neighbourhood

Pandemic restrictions have turned the idea of living, working, shopping,…

24 September 2021 | 58

15-minute neighbourhood

Pandemic restrictions have turned the idea of living, working, shopping, and socialising within walking distance into something that might actually be possible. But, what are the benefits of living locally?

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24 September 2021 | 58

50 reasons to love the world

With their new feature, BBC Travel hope to share joy…

24 September 2021 | 58

50 reasons to love the world

With their new feature, BBC Travel hope to share joy and extraordinary stories from around the globe. Spotlighting thriving communities and natural wonders – they challenge you not to fall in love with the world around you.

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24 September 2021 | 58

Solving the earth’s email inbox issue

It can be hard to compute that our digital activities…

24 September 2021 | 58

Solving the earth’s email inbox issue

It can be hard to compute that our digital activities have a real-world impact. But everything we do, even ignoring our email pile-up, adds up. So, maybe it’s time to clear out your inbox.

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24 September 2021 | 58

Are your plants trying to talk to you?

It’s a proven fact that talking to your plants can…

10 September 2021 | 57

Are your plants trying to talk to you?

It’s a proven fact that talking to your plants can help them grow. But, have you ever wondered if they could talk back? It turns out there’s a whole team of scientists investigating plant communications. So, one day soon, we might know what plants are saying.

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10 September 2021 | 57

Spitting image

Wilfrid Wood is probably best known for the satirical sculptures…

10 September 2021 | 57

Spitting image

Wilfrid Wood is probably best known for the satirical sculptures used in Spitting Image. But recently, he’s branched out into portraits, painting all the imperfections and idiosyncrasies of “curious people” who put themselves forward via Instagram. Would you volunteer?

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10 September 2021 | 57

Take a break

At the end of a hectic week, our minds can…

10 September 2021 | 57

Take a break

At the end of a hectic week, our minds can feel busy and full. To help you relax into the weekend, take a peek at Yuki Kawae’s zen gardens. Watching his beautiful patterns emerge, all your stress will melt away.

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10 September 2021 | 57

Fantastic fungi

Time-lapse photography is an art that requires preparation and patience…

10 September 2021 | 57

Fantastic fungi

Time-lapse photography is an art that requires preparation and patience – two things Louie Schwartzberg must have in spades. He spent 15 years meticulously capturing stunning footage of a myriad of magical mushrooms for Netflix’s Fantastic Fungi documentary.

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10 September 2021 | 57

How to let your mind wander

Research suggests that people with freely moving thoughts are happier….

10 September 2021 | 57

How to let your mind wander

Research suggests that people with freely moving thoughts are happier. The kind of thoughts that takes you from dinner deliberations to musings about the view from the Eiffel Tower. It’s easy if you’re in the right mindset.

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10 September 2021 | 57

Size matters

As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists have noticed a…

27 August 2021 | 56

Size matters

As global temperatures continue to rise, scientists have noticed a strange phenomenon. Birds, fish, and even mammals are shrinking. For now, the changes seem small, but they could eventually push species towards extinction. But why is this happening? And what can we do to stop it?

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27 August 2021 | 56

Ease back into office small talk

All of us were beyond excited to move into our…

27 August 2021 | 56

Ease back into office small talk

All of us were beyond excited to move into our shiny new office this month. But, after more than a year of remote working, there was something a little curious in the air that first morning as we all tried to remember how to make small talk for longer than it takes everyone to join a Zoom call.

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27 August 2021 | 56

A Great British spraycation

2021 has been the summer of the staycation: even Banksy…

27 August 2021 | 56

A Great British spraycation

2021 has been the summer of the staycation: even Banksy had one. The artist has been on a tour of East Anglia, leaving souvenirs in all the towns he visited. Though it appears not everyone appreciated his gifts.

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27 August 2021 | 56

Keeping cool

In search of an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic shading…

27 August 2021 | 56

Keeping cool

In search of an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic shading sitting above their town, the council of Alhaurín de la Torre turned to local crochet teacher Eva Pacheco. With her students, she has produced almost 500 square meters of colourful shade.

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27 August 2021 | 56

A big thumbs up

Thumbs up for good and down for bad. Universal symbols…

27 August 2021 | 56

A big thumbs up

Thumbs up for good and down for bad. Universal symbols that transcend languages. Or so you might think. Only it turns out, like languages, hand signals don’t always translate. What to you might mean ‘that’s great’ could be interpreted as an offensive gesture or a sign that you’re swimming back to the surface.

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27 August 2021 | 56

A message from the future

From 50 years in the future, sci-fi writer Kim Stanley…

13 August 2021 | 55

A message from the future

From 50 years in the future, sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson reads a ‘history’ where humans have ended climate change and improved quality of life for all. His words lay out a plan of what we might do to make his past our reality. Will we take his advice?

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13 August 2021 | 55

Slo-mo moths

Dr Adrian Smith has a history of filming insects in…

13 August 2021 | 55

Slo-mo moths

Dr Adrian Smith has a history of filming insects in incredible slow motion. Recording 6000 frames per second, not even microscopic movement escapes his capture. Now, he’s turned his attention to moths, shooting their flight in stunning slow motion.

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13 August 2021 | 55

A visual history of Rickrolling

Rickrolling has gone from a fringe phenomenon to a universal…

13 August 2021 | 55

A visual history of Rickrolling

Rickrolling has gone from a fringe phenomenon to a universal pop culture reference: introducing Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up to a whole new generation. To commemorate the video reaching 1,012,897,703 views on YouTube, The Pudding has done a deep dive to chart its history.

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13 August 2021 | 55

See monkey, do monkey

Fossil evidence suggests that early humans spent a lot of…

13 August 2021 | 55

See monkey, do monkey

Fossil evidence suggests that early humans spent a lot of time in trees. So, climbing is literally in our bones. So much so that Germany’s Olympic climbing coach took inspiration from their movements. Translating their twists and turns into tactics for his competitive climbers.

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13 August 2021 | 55

Very superstitious

Today is the only Friday 13th of 2021. A day…

13 August 2021 | 55

Very superstitious

Today is the only Friday 13th of 2021. A day so scary, it inspired a hit slasher film and compels the deeply suspicious to avoid leaving the house. Fear of the number 13 even has its own name; triskaidekaphobia. But where did all this superstition come from?

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13 August 2021 | 55

Building sustainably

The Arc is the latest building to be completed on…

30 July 2021 | 54

Building sustainably

The Arc is the latest building to be completed on the site of the Green School: a private school in Bali promoting sustainability through learning in a natural environment. The intricate design is the most complicated they’ve attempted, but the months of research and planning were undoubtedly worth the spectacular results.

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30 July 2021 | 54

The devil’s in the details

It turns out that making something look simple is actually…

30 July 2021 | 54

The devil’s in the details

It turns out that making something look simple is actually really, really complicated. Extensive planning goes into every one of Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda’s cheeky compositions. They don’t use any editing software, so everything needs to come together flawlessly. #nofilter

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30 July 2021 | 54

Jelly finds favour

No longer the preserve of children’s parties and hospital meals,…

30 July 2021 | 54

Jelly finds favour

No longer the preserve of children’s parties and hospital meals, jelly is having a renaissance. Breaking free of its associations as a textureless, tasteless blob, it has become popular with grown-ups seeking a subtle and sophisticated taste sensation. But why is it making a comeback now?

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30 July 2021 | 54

Make better decisions

Like it’s that easy. Except, maybe it is. We put…

30 July 2021 | 54

Make better decisions

Like it’s that easy. Except, maybe it is. We put too much pressure on ourselves to always pick the perfect option. For a more relaxed approach to decision making, we need to take a leaf out of Jeff Bezos’ book (not something we ever thought we’d recommend!).

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30 July 2021 | 54

Hidden figures

The BBC’s Tokyo trailer is one of the stars of…

30 July 2021 | 54

Hidden figures

The BBC’s Tokyo trailer is one of the stars of this year’s games. Inspired by Japanese anime and video games, a single shot carries viewers through a myriad of vibrant scenes. Hidden in the intricate details are references to the Olympics and athletes. How many can you spot?

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30 July 2021 | 54

How can a house just disappear

The year is 1994. Onboard a ferry heading for a…

16 July 2021 | 53

How can a house just disappear

The year is 1994. Onboard a ferry heading for a remote Irish island, Neville Presho scans the shore for the house he hasn’t seen for eight years. It’s one of the oldest and sits right above the harbour – it should be easy to see. But it isn’t there. It isn’t anywhere.

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16 July 2021 | 53

Friendly faces

The quirky characters at Nante’s Jardin des Plantes have three…

16 July 2021 | 53

Friendly faces

The quirky characters at Nante’s Jardin des Plantes have three new friends. Stroll through the gardens, and you’ll spot Artist Jean Jullien’s colourful sculptures reclining in the grass, floating in the lake and hiding amongst the trees all summer long.

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16 July 2021 | 53

Pockets of nature

Blooming between buildings, sprouting in backyards and taking route in…

16 July 2021 | 53

Pockets of nature

Blooming between buildings, sprouting in backyards and taking route in abandoned plots, tiny forests the size of tennis courts are growing in cities all over the world. These patches of nature provide shade, attract animals and insects and capture carbon – helping cities adapt to climate change.

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16 July 2021 | 53

Rebuild the world

What you can make with Lego is only limited by…

16 July 2021 | 53

Rebuild the world

What you can make with Lego is only limited by your imagination. But if you need a hit of inspiration, try Brickit. The AR app scans your pile of pieces and suggests which of Lego’s many sets you can build from what you have on hand. Time to dust off your collection.

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16 July 2021 | 53

Southgate, you’re the one

Great managers inspire teams. And Gareth Southgate inspired his to…

16 July 2021 | 53

Southgate, you’re the one

Great managers inspire teams. And Gareth Southgate inspired his to their first-ever Euro final. Though it didn’t end with football coming home, England hadn’t played so well in years (55 to be precise). But, what is it about Southgate’s leadership style that brought out the best in England?

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16 July 2021 | 53

Curious says relax

Composers have always seen the link between music and nature,…

02 July 2021 | 52

Curious says relax

Composers have always seen the link between music and nature, but now scientists have found it too. Like music, natural sounds can influence our mood: make us feel safe, relaxed and reduce our stress levels. Even digital versions can do us some good.

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02 July 2021 | 52

Tropical fruit

Peel back the layers of tropical fruit, and what do…

02 July 2021 | 52

Tropical fruit

Peel back the layers of tropical fruit, and what do you get? A mesmerizing stop motion video. Toronto-based animator Kevin Parry strips kiwis, mangoes and dragon fruit, revealing their curious insides. But, perhaps even more enrapturing is how he did it.

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02 July 2021 | 52

A photographic tour of the British Isles

Jamie Hawkesworth approaches his subject with no preconceived notions. Instead…

02 July 2021 | 52

A photographic tour of the British Isles

Jamie Hawkesworth approaches his subject with no preconceived notions. Instead of seeking out pubs, rain and cups of tea, he captures moments as he finds them. His most recent collection, The British Isles, is the culmination of a decade’s worth of observations from around the country.

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02 July 2021 | 52

What to do when climate change feels unstoppable

Combatting climate change can feel like an impossible task. With…

02 July 2021 | 52

What to do when climate change feels unstoppable

Combatting climate change can feel like an impossible task. With so much to do, what can one person achieve? But, as climate activist Clover Hogan explains, challenging the stories that make you feel powerless can be the first step to taking action.

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02 July 2021 | 52

What is the fluff factor?

Everyone has their rituals – little habits that make them…

02 July 2021 | 51

What is the fluff factor?

Everyone has their rituals – little habits that make them feel better – and professional athletes are no different. For most tennis players choosing which ball to serve with is one such custom. (Just check out Wimbledon.) But is it all just luck? Or is there some science behind their choices?

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02 July 2021 | 51

Back to nature

Now that summer’s truly underway, you might be in search…

18 June 2021 | 51

Back to nature

Now that summer’s truly underway, you might be in search of somewhere to cool off. To escape the crowds, forgo London’s lidos and head outside the city. Some of the best wild swimming spots around are only a train ride away. You can thank us later.

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18 June 2021 | 51

A seven-day working week

What makes a pear taste like a pear? And how…

18 June 2021 | 51

A seven-day working week

What makes a pear taste like a pear? And how can you make something else taste like one? As a flavour inventor, Maria Wright tries to answer questions like this every day. She’s invented over 1,500 flavours – including some you might have tried.

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18 June 2021 | 51

A seven-day working week

It’s time to evolve our working habits. At least according…

18 June 2021 | 51

A seven-day working week

It’s time to evolve our working habits. At least according to design consultancy Arup, whose employees can work any day of the week. Extending the working week means they can take time off during the week or work extended hours to unlock a longer weekend.

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18 June 2021 | 51

Refreshing recipes

From a fresh glass of lemonade to a classic banana…

18 June 2021 | 51

Refreshing recipes

From a fresh glass of lemonade to a classic banana split, Andrea Love makes all the summer staples. In her miniature kitchen, Love makes tutorials for recipes that look more than good enough to eat. The catch? They’re made of wool.

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18 June 2021 | 51

Art without walls

East London has been transformed into England’s largest outdoor gallery….

18 June 2021 | 51

Art without walls

East London has been transformed into England’s largest outdoor gallery. Over 500 works of art from independent galleries are on display from now until the 27th of June. Art appreciators can spend a sunny afternoon winding their way through the numerous displays.

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18 June 2021 | 51

How sound effects are made

Nestled away in rural Ontario, Footsteps Studio makes the sound…

04 June 2021 | 50

How sound effects are made

Nestled away in rural Ontario, Footsteps Studio makes the sound effects for some of your favourite films. Using their extensive and eclectic collection of props, they can make sounds to fit any film: whether it’s creating the perfect splash or finding the ideal pair of shoes for footsteps.

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04 June 2021 | 50

Sculptural plants

Creating more nuance and vulnerability than should be possible using…

04 June 2021 | 50

Sculptural plants

Creating more nuance and vulnerability than should be possible using unspun wool, Salman Khoshroo sculpts bold faces. The portraits, inspired by his experience in quarantine, have been like therapy for Khoshroo. He finds joy in the juxtaposition of using a traditionally feminine material to interpret the masculine condition.

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04 June 2021 | 50

Love an ugly plant

The preference for aesthetically pleasing plants doesn’t just exist in…

04 June 2021 | 50

Love an ugly plant

The preference for aesthetically pleasing plants doesn’t just exist in the general population; scientists have it too. Their bias towards pretty plants means less conventionally appealing species are less likely to be studied and could be disappearing without anyone noticing.

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04 June 2021 | 50

Future history

What defined your lockdown? Endless jigsaws, multiple attempts to perfect…

04 June 2021 | 50

Future history

What defined your lockdown? Endless jigsaws, multiple attempts to perfect banana bread, or maybe a love-hate relationship with your laptop? In Future Archaeology of a Global Lockdown, Paula Zuccotti compiles over 1000 images taken by people from around the world, representing their lockdown story through 15 objects.

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04 June 2021 | 50

50 curious facts

To celebrate the 50th edition of Shareables, we’ve found 50…

04 June 2021 | 50

50 curious facts

To celebrate the 50th edition of Shareables, we’ve found 50 curious facts to get your brain whirring. Click to discover: the dangerous consequences of sneezing too hard, the world’s most stolen book, and which is the only mammal that can’t jump.

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04 June 2021 | 50

Types of curiosity

Exploring the world through Interest-Curiosity (the kind that makes you…

21 May 2021 | 49

Types of curiosity

Exploring the world through Interest-Curiosity (the kind that makes you question who built the first snowman or decided to put milk in tea) can help you break bad habits and reduce anxiety. What a great reason to keep reading Shareables!

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21 May 2021 | 49

The return of art and culture

Britain has hundreds of museums, and now that they’re open…

21 May 2021 | 49

The return of art and culture

Britain has hundreds of museums, and now that they’re open again, it’s time to immerse yourself in all the curiosities they have to offer. Indulge your fascination for farm wagons at The Museum of English Rural Life, or learn the history of Queen Victoria’s stockings in Framework Knitters Museum.

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21 May 2021 | 49

Light up London

For two months, from the 26th of May, Leadenhall Market…

21 May 2021 | 49

Light up London

For two months, from the 26th of May, Leadenhall Market will be alight with the glow of hundreds of neon signs as God’s Own Junkyard takes over the historic venue. The interactive display will be full of props from famous films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. How many movies will you spot?

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21 May 2021 | 49

Watch your step

If you’re too busy texting to watch where you’re walking,…

21 May 2021 | 49

Watch your step

If you’re too busy texting to watch where you’re walking, never fear, Third Eye can do it for you. The eye, which rests on the forehead, can alert you to upcoming obstacles. Pretty clever but, if you think you need one, perhaps it could be time to reassess your relationship with your all-consuming phone!

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21 May 2021 | 49

A creative fix

In cities throughout France, mosaics have crept into public spaces….

21 May 2021 | 49

A creative fix

In cities throughout France, mosaics have crept into public spaces. Cracks in the pavement and gaps in plaster have been filled with vivid geometric patterns. Boldly contrasting with their grey surroundings, artist Ememem’s mosaics bring colour to everyday life.

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21 May 2021 | 49

Can an algorithm have good taste?

Conrad Withey has designed a new way to find up-and-coming…

07 May 2021 | 48

Can an algorithm have good taste?

Conrad Withey has designed a new way to find up-and-coming musical talent. His system tracks streaming and social media data to identify artists who already have an audience. But, as he readily admits, what’s popular isn’t always good.

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07 May 2021 | 48

One font to rule them all

Since it dethroned Times New Roman 14 years ago, Calibri…

07 May 2021 | 48

One font to rule them all

Since it dethroned Times New Roman 14 years ago, Calibri has been Microsoft’s default font. But now, they’re searching for its successor. Five custom fonts have been revealed as potential replacements, and Microsoft is asking the public for feedback. Always a risk!

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07 May 2021 | 48

Swimming with the fishes

When the sun goes down, self-taught photographer Steven Kovacs heads…

07 May 2021 | 48

Swimming with the fishes

When the sun goes down, self-taught photographer Steven Kovacs heads down to the ocean. It might seem counterintuitive, but this is the best time to capture some of the sea’s more unusual inhabitants. The dark background highlights the most striking features of the life below the water’s surface.

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07 May 2021 | 48

Britain’s ancient rainforest

Nowadays we’re turning our homes into urban jungles. But, once…

07 May 2021 | 48

Britain’s ancient rainforest

Nowadays we’re turning our homes into urban jungles. But, once upon a time, fairytale-like forests spread over the countryside. Many were lost long ago, but some still survive in secluded and wild pockets of the world, and they need to be protected.

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07 May 2021 | 48

NOW that’s what I call inspiration

The right soundtrack can set up your day. Up-beat, down-tempo,…

07 May 2021 | 48

NOW that’s what I call inspiration

The right soundtrack can set up your day. Up-beat, down-tempo, old school or new wave: there’s music for every mood. And, for when you need to be inspired, there’s Brainstorm Radio. A collection of tunes curated by the great and the good of the creative industry.

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07 May 2021 | 48

Nothing breaks like an A.I. heart

In search of a better ending, Pamela Mishkin re-examines her…

27 April 2021 | 47

Nothing breaks like an A.I. heart

In search of a better ending, Pamela Mishkin re-examines her last relationship in the form of an interactive essay. Co-written by GPT-3, a virtual text generator, the essay blurs the lines between artificial and emotional intelligence. Find your own version of this interactive adventure.

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27 April 2021 | 47

How to prepare for a space flight

Just in case you ever find yourself about to take…

23 April 2021 | 47

How to prepare for a space flight

Just in case you ever find yourself about to take off, Megan McArthur shares her advice on how to prepare to shoot for the stars. Megan has already logged more than 500 million miles in space and so who better to share their experience.

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23 April 2021 | 47

Park life

London’s parks have provided a literal breath of fresh air…

23 April 2021 | 47

Park life

London’s parks have provided a literal breath of fresh air for many in the past year. For those of us confined to the capital, they’ve become outdoor gyms, places to gather with friends and a welcome connection to nature. It’s no surprise they’re some of the country’s favourites.

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23 April 2021 | 47

What are you afraid of?

The Curious Film Club is proud to recommend Conor Finnegan’s…

23 April 2021 | 47

What are you afraid of?

The Curious Film Club is proud to recommend Conor Finnegan’s new short film ‘Fear of Flying’. The charming animation follows Dougal as several setbacks scupper his plans to hunker down for the winter. Left with no other options, Dougal confronts his fears and flies south – but not in the way you’d expect.

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23 April 2021 | 47

Creativity on aisle four

The Design Museum’s Supermarket installation is motivated by the idea…

23 April 2021 | 47

Creativity on aisle four

The Design Museum’s Supermarket installation is motivated by the idea that creativity should be accessible to everyone. The aisles of the ’80s inspired shop will be stocked with essentials from kidney beans to loo roll, all wrapped up in packaging designed by emerging artists. Doors opened on April 21st.

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23 April 2021 | 47

Seaweed saves the world

14.5% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock, and…

19 April 2021 | 45

Seaweed saves the world

14.5% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock, and cows make up two-thirds of that figure. But there’s a solution: seaweed. A sprinkle of Asparagopsis taxiformis in a cow’s dinner will reduce their methane production by 85%. Holy cow that’s a lot less methane!

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19 April 2021 | 45

Plastic fantastic

Described by its creator, Pascal Schelbli, as ‘simultaneously stunning and…

09 April 2021 | 46

Plastic fantastic

Described by its creator, Pascal Schelbli, as ‘simultaneously stunning and filthy’, short film The Beauty imagines the world on the ocean floor is made entirely of plastic. Bubble-wrap pufferfish swim serenely through coral made from plastic straws and cutlery, highlighting the extent to which we have already damaged a delicate ecosystem.

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09 April 2021 | 46

Best friends forever

Coronavirus restrictions have limited our opportunities for social interaction. Dinner…

09 April 2021 | 46

Best friends forever

Coronavirus restrictions have limited our opportunities for social interaction. Dinner parties? Cancelled. Post-work drinks? Online only. Zoom quiz? Please, not another one. So, it’s not surprising that one year on, certain friendships have fallen by the wayside. But is prioritising who we spend time with actually a bad thing?

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09 April 2021 | 46

Fruit for thought

Have you heard of a medlar? It featured in the…

09 April 2021 | 46

Fruit for thought

Have you heard of a medlar? It featured in the Canterbury Tales and Romeo and Juliet, but now it’s not available in a single British supermarket. How did one of medieval Europe’s favourite fruits go from a dietary staple to a distant memory in less than a hundred years?

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09 April 2021 | 46

Immerse yourself in art

Art lovers rejoice! The world’s most visited museum has made…

09 April 2021 | 46

Immerse yourself in art

Art lovers rejoice! The world’s most visited museum has made almost 500,000 works from its collections available online. Now you can wander through the Louvre’s virtual galleries admiring the art while you wait for their doors to reopen IRL. Merci beaucoup le Louvre!

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09 April 2021 | 46

An ode to the overlooked

In the past, mosaics depicted epic tales, gods and objects…

09 April 2021 | 46

An ode to the overlooked

In the past, mosaics depicted epic tales, gods and objects of value. Ruaidhri Ryan has taken a different approach. His mosaics feature items most would consider mundane, typical of contemporary life. He finds humour in the juxtaposition of his subjects’ perceived value and the time and labour he puts into honouring them.

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09 April 2021 | 46

Inappropriate behaviour

The star of Anna Matzaris’ new stop motion short film…

19 March 2021 | 45

Inappropriate behaviour

The star of Anna Matzaris’ new stop motion short film displays increasingly improper workplace behaviour from stealing food to cutting someone’s tie off in a meeting – none of which will stand you in good stead for a promotion. But beneath the humour, the film highlights how becoming a mother can actually trump every inappropriate action when it comes to career progression.

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19 March 2021 | 45

Banksy meets Bob Ross

Chemical engineer turned artist Masayoshi Matsumoto creates sculptures from balloons….

19 March 2021 | 45

Banksy meets Bob Ross

Chemical engineer turned artist Masayoshi Matsumoto creates sculptures from balloons. He can twist and fashion any animal you can imagine, from a hummingbird to a jellyfish. His Instagram feed, where he documents his work, could convince anyone that balloons are not just for children.

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19 March 2021 | 45

Not child’s play

Chemical engineer turned artist Masayoshi Matsumoto creates sculptures from balloons….

19 March 2021 | 45

Not child’s play

Chemical engineer turned artist Masayoshi Matsumoto creates sculptures from balloons. He can twist and fashion any animal you can imagine, from a hummingbird to a jellyfish. His Instagram feed, where he documents his work, could convince anyone that balloons are not just for children.

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19 March 2021 | 45

Bucket list inspiration

Shake off the lockdown blues by taking a look at…

19 March 2021 | 45

Bucket list inspiration

Shake off the lockdown blues by taking a look at some of the most colourful destinations from across the world. This is a golden opportunity to start planning a trip that will make your friends green with envy. So, when travelling becomes more than a rose-tinted memory, you can head straight to Rainbow Mountain.

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19 March 2021 | 45

Design your life

‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ An innocent…

05 March 2021 | 44

Design your life

‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ An innocent question with the power to send you spiralling. Most people don’t have their whole life planned. But, if you’re asking yourself, ‘what’s next?’, Professor of design, Bill Burnett, has five tips for how applying design-based thinking can help you re-envision your life.

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05 March 2021 | 44

Out of this world

If grapes can survive in space, they can survive anywhere….

05 March 2021 | 44

Out of this world

If grapes can survive in space, they can survive anywhere. That was Space Cargo Unlimited’s thought when they sent 320 grapevines to the International Space Station. They hope the grapes will evolve up there to then be able to grow in harsher conditions on Earth. So, in the case of climate disaster, at least there will be wine.

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05 March 2021 | 44

Through the looking glass

Love it or hate it, working from home has been…

05 March 2021 | 44

Through the looking glass

Love it or hate it, working from home has been part of the ‘new normal’ for nearly a year. And while we’ve enjoyed the extra half hour in bed, we’ve missed the hustle and bustle of the office. Sam Mellish’s new photography collection holds up a mirror to the reality of working from home.

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05 March 2021 | 44

A curious turn of events

Have you ever wondered how Stockholm Syndrome got its name?…

05 March 2021 | 44

A curious turn of events

Have you ever wondered how Stockholm Syndrome got its name? The film industry portrays it as romantic (we’re looking at you Beauty and the Beast), but ultimately illogical. Yet, in the original case, defending the kidnappers might have been the most rational course of action…

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05 March 2021 | 44

Art is everywhere

Even your washing has the potential to become a masterpiece….

05 March 2021 | 44

Art is everywhere

Even your washing has the potential to become a masterpiece. Visual artist Helga Stentzel makes art from the everyday objects around her. Her latest works of ‘household surrealism’ are Pegasus and Smoothie; animals made out of unwanted clothes. More animals coming soon.

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05 March 2021 | 44

You are what you eat

Not literally. But food is an important part of culture….

19 February 2021 | 43

You are what you eat

Not literally. But food is an important part of culture. In Singapore, the hawker markets are a physical representation of the country’s identity. They sell food from the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities that live there and have grown and changed alongside Singapore. So much so, that they’re now UNESCO recognised.

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19 February 2021 | 43

A New York minute

It’s easy to get lost in big questions. We know,…

19 February 2021 | 43

A New York minute

It’s easy to get lost in big questions. We know, we ask them all the time. What if we make the wrong decisions? Should we be doing more? Does what we do even matter? This charmingly illustrated short film reminds us all to stop, breathe, and enjoy the moment. No one knows all the answers.

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19 February 2021 | 43

Another way of looking at it

When Christoph Niemann looks at an apple, he sees a…

19 February 2021 | 43

Another way of looking at it

When Christoph Niemann looks at an apple, he sees a whisk. As part of his Sunday Series on Instagram, Niemann, who is well known for playing with scale and position, incorporates everyday objects into his illustrations. The result is a collection of quirky and clever compositions.

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19 February 2021 | 43

See the world

Experience your travel plans vicariously through the winning entries of…

19 February 2021 | 43

See the world

Experience your travel plans vicariously through the winning entries of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021. From awe-inducing ariel shots to striking portraits, the images from more than 50 countries capture the earth’s beauty and diversity. So you can explore the world from your own home.

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19 February 2021 | 43

The writing’s on the wall

Graphic artist Anthony Burrill has been busy in lockdown. He’s…

19 February 2021 | 43

The writing’s on the wall

Graphic artist Anthony Burrill has been busy in lockdown. He’s brought his signature style to a seven-story high mural in central Leeds. In a behind the scenes documentary, Burrill explains how he decided on the design and why it signifies to him “a particular moment and a particular time” during the global crisis.

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19 February 2021 | 43

The view from above

The ‘overview effect’ describes how astronauts’ perspectives change when they…

05 February 2021 | 42

The view from above

The ‘overview effect’ describes how astronauts’ perspectives change when they look down on Earth from space. Benjamin Grant and Timothy Dougherty want everyone to be able to experience this. Their new book uses satellite and aerial imagery to show readers the world from high above.

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05 February 2021 | 42

Judging a book by a cover

Ladybird’s ‘What to Look for’ series has a new look….

05 February 2021 | 42

Judging a book by a cover

Ladybird’s ‘What to Look for’ series has a new look. The books, which were published in the 1950s, have been modernised to teach a new generation of children about the world around them. The new illustrations both celebrate nature and warn of the dangers that threaten it.

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05 February 2021 | 42

Setting the scene

With meticulous attention to detail, Thomas Duke has been recreating…

05 February 2021 | 42

Setting the scene

With meticulous attention to detail, Thomas Duke has been recreating famous film scenes in London and beyond. By matching stills from films to the locations in which they were shot, Duke has brought characters from the distant past and magical worlds to familiar modern-day sites.

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05 February 2021 | 42

Are you the next Picasso?

The Great Big Art Exhibition is open! From now until…

05 February 2021 | 42

Are you the next Picasso?

The Great Big Art Exhibition is open! From now until April, renowned artists including Ai Weiwei and Sonia Boyce are setting the nation new themes to respond to every fortnight. Everyone is encouraged to draw, sculpt, paint or build their own works of art and display them in their windows. Time to dig out your watercolours.

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05 February 2021 | 42

Happy New Year

No, we’re not a month late – the Chinese New…

05 February 2021 | 42

Happy New Year

No, we’re not a month late – the Chinese New Year begins next Friday. It will mark the start of the Year of the Ox believed to be a symbol of hard work, intelligence and honesty. Did you know that more than a billion people celebrate Chinese New Year, with more fireworks set off in celebration on this night than any other all year round?

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05 February 2021 | 42

Don’t write it off

In the UK, 60% of wasted food is still safe…

22 January 2021 | 41

Don’t write it off

In the UK, 60% of wasted food is still safe to consume: Solveiga Pakštaitė created Mimica Touch to combat this problem. While best before dates provide a worst-case scenario, Pakštaitė’s temperature-sensitive labels give a more accurate indication of whether food is safe to eat combined with a fun tactile twist.

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22 January 2021 | 41

All in a day’s work

In partnership with Mailchimp, It’s Nice That presents a new…

22 January 2021 | 41

All in a day’s work

In partnership with Mailchimp, It’s Nice That presents a new animated series detailing the ups and downs of entrepreneurial life. Brought to life with humour, energy and emotion, the situations the characters find themselves in are easy to relate to, even if you aren’t a business owner.

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22 January 2021 | 41

What was I saying?

It’s curious which things stick in our minds. Why is…

22 January 2021 | 41

What was I saying?

It’s curious which things stick in our minds. Why is it that you can remember your 5th birthday party but not what you ate for dinner last week? Whatever the reason, if you want to improve your memory, it might be as simple as chewing gum while you work. Try these tips and see what works for you.

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22 January 2021 | 41

The world’s first GIF

Over 150 years before the first animated GIF, Belgian physicist…

22 January 2021 | 41

The world’s first GIF

Over 150 years before the first animated GIF, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau invented the phenakistoscope. This device showed users a series of images in rapid succession. To viewers, these appeared to be a single moving picture. Colossal has curated a collection of digitised phenakistoscope images.

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22 January 2021 | 41

Make your house a home

As many of us are spending more time at home…

22 January 2021 | 41

Make your house a home

As many of us are spending more time at home than ever before, our houses should be somewhere we feel comfortable. The Modern House has put together a list of suggestions for turning your house into a safe haven. While installing a wine tap might seem like a pipe dream, their other ideas are infinitely more doable.

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22 January 2021 | 41

Beauty in everyday things

Tatsuya Tanaka has been crafting scenes from everyday items and…

08 January 2021 | 40

Beauty in everyday things

Tatsuya Tanaka has been crafting scenes from everyday items and tiny figures for 10 years. His work has featured Oreos as pianos and melons as bridges. Recently his art has featured objects that have become synonymous with coronavirus. Facemasks and toilet rolls have transformed from objects that represent the pandemic to ski slopes and camping grounds.

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08 January 2021 | 40

Want to mouth off?

Complaining about life and society is not a recent development….

08 January 2021 | 40

Want to mouth off?

Complaining about life and society is not a recent development. Renaissance-era Venetians had a unique system for registering complaints. Instead of taking to Twitter, they could post their rantings in the bocche di leone (or Lion’s mouths) scattered around the city. A great comms channel for getting citizens’ issues directly to their government.

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08 January 2021 | 40

Reasons to be cheerful

There’s no getting around it 2020 was a difficult year…

08 January 2021 | 40

Reasons to be cheerful

There’s no getting around it 2020 was a difficult year for everyone, but small things made it better. With the promise of a vaccine roll out this year, we can begin to think about a time after coronavirus. Planning ahead and having nice things waiting for us is vital for mental health and with that in mind here are 21 things to look forward to in 2021.

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08 January 2021 | 40

The world’s most stolen painting

Over the years the Ghent Altarpiece has been burned, pawned…

08 January 2021 | 20

The world’s most stolen painting

Over the years the Ghent Altarpiece has been burned, pawned and stolen. To this day, the disappearance of one of its panels is under investigation. Curious to know more, art historian, Noah Charney’s TED video provides a short history of this much-coveted masterpiece.

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08 January 2021 | 20

Looks good enough to eat

Matching festive flavours and designs, Sugar Lab, the LA-based digital…

11 December 2020 | 39

Looks good enough to eat

Matching festive flavours and designs, Sugar Lab, the LA-based digital bakery, has created a series of 3D candies and ornaments perfect for the holidays. Each design is the result of collaboration between designers and chefs so you can be sure they taste as good as they look.

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11 December 2020 | 39

The show must go online

The Christmas show is a time-honoured tradition. You might not…

11 December 2020 | 39

The show must go online

The Christmas show is a time-honoured tradition. You might not make it to your local pantomime this year (Oh no you won’t!), but the wonder of technology means the theatre can come to you. Timeout has put together a guide of the best shows available to stream in December. An enjoyable way to support the Arts to make sure your theatre-going days aren’t behind you.

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11 December 2020 | 39

Navigating the boardgame ban

Government advice warns against playing games outside your bubble. But,…

11 December 2020 | 39

Navigating the boardgame ban

Government advice warns against playing games outside your bubble. But, if a recent Netflix series has awoken your passion for chess, don’t fear; there are plenty of ways to improve without in-person competition. So, this time next year you might be winning opens, regionals, and grudge matches against close family members.

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11 December 2020 | 39

Window shopping

Pressure on big department stores to outdo themselves and each…

11 December 2020 | 39

Window shopping

Pressure on big department stores to outdo themselves and each other year on year has led to Christmas window displays becoming bigger, brighter and more creative than ever before. Highlights from this year’s offerings include a Santa following government guidelines, a reimagining of Wind in the Willows and some tongue-in-cheek Scrooge spirit.

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11 December 2020 | 39

Patagonia takes a stand

Patagonia is well known for its creative calls to action….

11 December 2020 | 39

Patagonia takes a stand

Patagonia is well known for its creative calls to action. The company has been challenging consumers to practice smarter shopping habits since their ‘don’t buy this jacket’ advert in 2011. This year’s Black Friday ad uses clever wordplay to challenge attitudes towards climate change. Curious about the content? Here’s a hint. meop elbasrever.

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11 December 2020 | 39

Awkward!

Life is full of cringe moments that make you want…

30 November 2020 | 37

Awkward!

Life is full of cringe moments that make you want to disappear into thin air. Like waving back at someone who is waving to the person behind you. Or forgetting the name of someone you’re talking to. It’s what makes us endearingly human. As this award-winning animation by Nata Metlukh shows.

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30 November 2020 | 37

Paving the way

Los Angeles is literally paving the way to a greener…

27 November 2020 | 38

Paving the way

Los Angeles is literally paving the way to a greener future. Using plastic waste, otherwise destined for landfill, to replace the oily sludge called bitumen that is normally used to hold roads together. While there’s some doubt about long term effects, it’s encouraging to see governments looking for environmentally friendly solutions.

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27 November 2020 | 38

Guinea pigs are the future

Previous editions of Daniel Gebhart Koekkoek’s annual calendar have focused…

27 November 2020 | 38

Guinea pigs are the future

Previous editions of Daniel Gebhart Koekkoek’s annual calendar have focused on leaping cats and llamas in unexpected places. This year it’s guinea pigs that have captured his attention. Elevated from nostalgic childhood pets to pin-up stars, Glynis, Belissa, and friends will put a smile on your face in 2021. Curious about his inspiration, find out more below.

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27 November 2020 | 38

Think before you thank

‘Did you see this?’ Brits send 64 million pointless emails…

27 November 2020 | 38

Think before you thank

‘Did you see this?’ Brits send 64 million pointless emails every day. And every one requires electricity consumption from devices, networks and data centres. Sending fewer emails could reduce carbon emissions by 16,433 tonnes a year. So, be an eco-hero and think before you send that email. Cheers.

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27 November 2020 | 38

Battle of the brands

‘Tis the season for Christmas ad competition. We’re curious to…

27 November 2020 | 38

Battle of the brands

‘Tis the season for Christmas ad competition. We’re curious to see how 2020 has shaped this year’s festive offerings. After a difficult year for retail, these ads have provided some Christmas cheer. From a determined carrot to a reimagining of Singing in the Rain and an invitation to spread some kindness, here’s a selection of this year’s best ads.

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27 November 2020 | 38

What does music look like?

Not an easy question, but one that Clemens Wenger has…

13 November 2020 | 38

What does music look like?

Not an easy question, but one that Clemens Wenger has tried to answer. With live music and events cancelled for the foreseeable future, Wenger has looked for alternative ways to present his new album. His solution is an interactive website where the audience can interact with graphics inspired by his love of physics. Have a play.

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13 November 2020 | 38

Working hard but not improving?

How do you get better and better at the things…

13 November 2020 | 37

Working hard but not improving?

How do you get better and better at the things you love to do? It’s hard to keep motivated if improvement isn’t driving you forward. We found this TED Talk from Eduardo Briceño really inspiring. Especially the bit about ‘Zones’ – the learning zone and the performance zone. Discover more about his helpful techniques.

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13 November 2020 | 37

Lockdown 2

What we all need to do is stay curious –…

13 November 2020 | 37

Lockdown 2

What we all need to do is stay curious – there’s never a dull moment when you do. So, follow the link to step back in time, head off on safari, join Nasa in space, dive into fiction or simply learn something new. From insightful podcasts to livestreams, we love a bit of lockdown fun.

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13 November 2020 | 37

Constraints inspire creativity

‘Tis true! Give yourself a constraint – time, money, word…

13 November 2020 | 37

Constraints inspire creativity

‘Tis true! Give yourself a constraint – time, money, word count – and your brain leaps into action; becoming more inventive than ever before. Look at Dr. Seuss who was challenged to write a children’s book using only 50 different words. The result was Green Eggs and Ham – say no more!

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13 November 2020 | 37

Life amongst the stars

The International Space Station is easy to see if you…

13 November 2020 | 37

Life amongst the stars

The International Space Station is easy to see if you know where to look. (It orbits our planet 16 times a day.) It’s hard to believe humans have lived onboard for 20 years. What on earth must life be like? We were curious to explore the extraordinary detail of the interior space.

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13 November 2020 | 37

Once in a blue moon

Halloween and astrology lovers are about to get very excited….

30 October 2020 | 36

Once in a blue moon

Halloween and astrology lovers are about to get very excited. A full moon on Halloween only happens once in a blue moon – every 18 to 19 years, to be exact. Needless to say, you won’t want to miss this tomorrow. The next blue moon on Halloween is in 2039! Happy pumpkin day.

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30 October 2020 | 36

Test run for future concerts

Would you enclose yourself in a huge plastic bubble to…

30 October 2020 | 36

Test run for future concerts

Would you enclose yourself in a huge plastic bubble to see your favourite band? You can sing along safely. Everyone is protected. What’s not to love. This is exactly what American rock band Flaming Lips has been testing out for future concerts. It could catch on.

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30 October 2020 | 36

Work email clichés

From “I hope this email finds you well” to “thanks…

30 October 2020 | 36

Work email clichés

From “I hope this email finds you well” to “thanks in advance”, the same well-worn phrases, “I’m just reaching out”, there’s another, are plain insincere. Why have we got ourselves into such a clichéd way of communicating? Is it easier? What can we do about it? For starters, let’s be aware.

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30 October 2020 | 36

The diabolical ironclad beetle

Hello, little one. Tell us what’s so amazing about you….

30 October 2020 | 36

The diabolical ironclad beetle

Hello, little one. Tell us what’s so amazing about you. Found in wooded areas of the US west coast, this beetle can survive loads of about 39,000 times its body weight. Close examination revealed an interlocking exoskeleton and inspiration for next-generation materials.

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30 October 2020 | 36

Stop interrupting

We seem born to do it. Words are flowing, then…

30 October 2020 | 36

Stop interrupting

We seem born to do it. Words are flowing, then whoa! Eleven seconds in – seems to be the average time – our colleagues interrupt. Just as solutions are forming, apologising as they do it! The world would be so different if only we had the luxury of finishing our sentences. What can we do?

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30 October 2020 | 36

Procrastination

If you’re someone who takes ages to change a light…

16 October 2020 | 35

Procrastination

If you’re someone who takes ages to change a light bulb, refill the windscreen wiper fluid, or oil a squeaky door, may we point you in the direction of this highly illuminating article. Great news! Procrastination doesn’t have to plague your life. It just needs looking at differently.

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16 October 2020 | 35

The UK’s first Pride train

Avanti West Coast want to shout loud and proud about…

16 October 2020 | 35

The UK’s first Pride train

Avanti West Coast want to shout loud and proud about the launch of their new Pride train. Now a permanent part of the fleet and wonderfully displaying all the colours of the Pride flag, this represents a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. And the new nameplate for the train? Progress.

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16 October 2020 | 35

Unseen ruins of Chernobyl

On 26th April 1986 at 1:23 am in Control Room…

16 October 2020 | 35

Unseen ruins of Chernobyl

On 26th April 1986 at 1:23 am in Control Room 4, a malfunction occurred, causing the worst nuclear disaster in world history. Thousands abandoned their homes, leaving the area desolate to this day. Writer and photographer Darmon Richter ventures into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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16 October 2020 | 35

Let’s talk crap

Product design seems to have overlooked the humble toilet roll…

16 October 2020 | 35

Let’s talk crap

Product design seems to have overlooked the humble toilet roll holder. The Marta Gallery in LA put out a great brief to raise its stature in the bathroom while drawing attention to the impact of tree-derived products. Here, the curators present some re-imaginings from the functional to the conceptual.

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16 October 2020 | 35

The Zoom of tomorrow

In this work-from-home era, Zoom has kept us connected so…

16 October 2020 | 35

The Zoom of tomorrow

In this work-from-home era, Zoom has kept us connected so we can gather and share ideas. We’re grateful for the tech but it’s limiting at times. You can’t collaborate on projects, file share, see each other clearly…we were curious to learn how these designers were fixing it.

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16 October 2020 | 35

When birds change their tune

In a curious way, the pandemic has given us a…

09 October 2020 | 34

When birds change their tune

In a curious way, the pandemic has given us a glimpse of a quieter world. With a drop in noise levels, urban male birds have switched to a different song. Sweeter, purer, a more complex sound – more attractive to female birds. For a while, birds didn’t need to sacrifice song quality to be heard above all our din. Every cloud.

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09 October 2020 | 34

Our cities reimagined

Here’s the brief. If you had to redesign our cities…

02 October 2020 | 34

Our cities reimagined

Here’s the brief. If you had to redesign our cities to accommodate a world in which we could no longer live in close proximity, what would you do? Build socially distanced outdoor meeting rooms? Transform streets into miniature greenbelts? Turn cities into a collection of little villages? Four architects share their visions.

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02 October 2020 | 34

Dreading a dark winter in lockdown?

With winter drawing near, sorry to mention, we could take…

02 October 2020 | 34

Dreading a dark winter in lockdown?

With winter drawing near, sorry to mention, we could take inspiration from Norway and their positive mindset when dealing with the long ‘polar night’. They see the situation not as stress but as a challenge. Outdoor (safe) socialising, long walks, comfort food… winter is to be enjoyed. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

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02 October 2020 | 34

What happens to tyre wear?

Good question. Half a million tonnes of rubber tyre particles…

02 October 2020 | 34

What happens to tyre wear?

Good question. Half a million tonnes of rubber tyre particles are produced across Europe every year from cars braking, accelerating or turning a corner. These plastic emissions enter our waterways, polluting our oceans and the air we breathe. The Tyre Collective are doing something about it. Discover more about their innovative solution.

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02 October 2020 | 34

Four hours and forty four minutes

Sir David Attenborough made his Instagram debut last week and…

02 October 2020 | 34

Four hours and forty four minutes

Sir David Attenborough made his Instagram debut last week and the world loves it. In just four hours and forty-four minutes, he broke Jennifer Aniston’s record for the fastest time to reach a million followers. Looking after our planet is everyone’s responsibility. He’s taken to Insta to explain the problems and inspire change. What a great man!

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02 October 2020 | 34

The future of travel

Our desire to see the world hasn’t gone away but,…

18 September 2020 | 33

The future of travel

Our desire to see the world hasn’t gone away but, at the moment, we also want to stay at home. We’ve all got so many questions. Is it safe? Where can I go? To learn how the landscape has changed, here are answers to 14 of the most pressing questions about the future of travel.

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18 September 2020 | 33

Melt your clothes and turn them into plastic

Did you know 87% of unwanted clothing ends up in…

18 September 2020 | 33

Melt your clothes and turn them into plastic

Did you know 87% of unwanted clothing ends up in landfill? Our throwaway culture is trashing the planet. Chemical engineer Alina Bassi hopes to change the landscape of clothing waste using a low-energy process to turn clothing fibres into an alternative to oil-based plastic.

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18 September 2020 | 33

The funny side of nature

The comedy wildlife photography awards have announced the finalists, including…

18 September 2020 | 33

The funny side of nature

The comedy wildlife photography awards have announced the finalists, including 44 images for 2020. A smiley fish, a photo-bombing giraffe…these shortlisted images highlight the similarity between humanity and nature. As well as promoting the extremely important message of wildlife conservation. Enjoy!

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18 September 2020 | 33

What it takes to make a change

Forbes listed Jacqueline Novogratz as one of the World’s 100…

18 September 2020 | 33

What it takes to make a change

Forbes listed Jacqueline Novogratz as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. CEO and Founder of Acumen, Jacqueline has made it her life’s work to understand poverty and bridge the gap between rich and poor. Here she shares how we can create big, positive change.

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18 September 2020 | 33

Bird photographer of the year

A sword-billed Hummingbird captured in flight. A sleepy owl camouflaged…

04 September 2020 | 32

Bird photographer of the year

A sword-billed Hummingbird captured in flight. A sleepy owl camouflaged by tree bark. A great crested grebe on the attack. Incredible moments caught on camera by the 2020 bird photographer of the year competition winners. We just had to share.

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04 September 2020 | 32

Quick concentration hacks

It’s no surprise we’re finding it hard to concentrate. Now…

04 September 2020 | 32

Quick concentration hacks

It’s no surprise we’re finding it hard to concentrate. Now many of us are working from home, distractions are always within easy reach. Our focus has been affected by the pandemic and it’s not easy to go on holiday and recharge. Where are those concentration hacks when you need them? They are right here. Hope they help.

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04 September 2020 | 32

Can sleep improve your immunity?

Neuroscientist and sleep researcher, Matthew Walker, says “sleep is our…

04 September 2020 | 32

Can sleep improve your immunity?

Neuroscientist and sleep researcher, Matthew Walker, says “sleep is our superpower”. Compromised sleep means a compromised immune system and we don’t want that. So go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, weekdays and weekends, and sleep yourself to good health.

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04 September 2020 | 32

You can always get what you want

Soho has always encapsulated Rock ‘n’ Roll, so Carnaby Street…

04 September 2020 | 32

You can always get what you want

Soho has always encapsulated Rock ‘n’ Roll, so Carnaby Street is the perfect location for The Rolling Stones to open their world-first flagship store. You can get what you want from merchandise to chairs and glassware. Doors are opening on September 9th. See you there.

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04 September 2020 | 32

Do we all see colour the same?

If something is blue surely we all see that it’s…

04 September 2020 | 32

Do we all see colour the same?

If something is blue surely we all see that it’s blue. But what if it’s not that straightforward? Cultural historian Kassia St Clair and artist Emyr Williams go head-to-head debating whether colour is purely subjective or an objective force. Curious?

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04 September 2020 | 32

21 rooftop bars

We wanted to end this issue of Shareables on a…

21 August 2020 | 31

21 rooftop bars

We wanted to end this issue of Shareables on a high. We’re excited to share our shiny new website with people we’d go to a remote island with – let’s drink to that (inspiration below). We can order drinks safely through QR codes and if we forget our masks (let’s not), someone might launch one directly onto our faces! Curious world!

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21 August 2020 | 31

Who would you take to a remote island?

We like this question very much. It’s making us think…

21 August 2020 | 31

Who would you take to a remote island?

We like this question very much. It’s making us think about who we love, who we want to spend time with, who we value and who values us. Being with the people with whom you feel you really belong “enhances a sense of meaning in life”. Thank you to Frank Martela, philosopher and psychology researcher, for asking.

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21 August 2020 | 31

Perfect touch-free medium

Apprehensive about picking up menus? Ahhhh so that’s what a…

21 August 2020 | 31

Perfect touch-free medium

Apprehensive about picking up menus? Ahhhh so that’s what a QR code is really for. The funny black, barcode-like square has finally come into its own, enabling us all to interact with the world around us – without touching anything but our smartphones. Now you can eat out safely.

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21 August 2020 | 31

Curious product design

This is certainly a radical solution for those still reluctant…

21 August 2020 | 31

Curious product design

This is certainly a radical solution for those still reluctant to wear face masks. We were intrigued. It’s a mask launcher that, er…launches masks onto people’s faces. Definitely gets the message across if you happen to leave yours in the car. You can discover more about the prototype here.

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21 August 2020 | 31

Water. A human right

Clean water and sanitation were recognised as human rights by…

07 August 2020 | 30

Water. A human right

Clean water and sanitation were recognised as human rights by the United Nations on 28th July 2010. 1 in 10 people still lack access. This thought-provoking collection of visual art commissioned by WaterAid calls on governments to invest more to help those in need.

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07 August 2020 | 30

Spaceship Earth

If we are to live on Mars one day (or…

07 August 2020 | 30

Spaceship Earth

If we are to live on Mars one day (or wherever?), this seems quite a necessary experiment to do. Eight people living within a self-sealed environment with its own tropical vegetation. This documentary explores whether we could live sustainably in a geodesic dome.

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07 August 2020 | 30

You can’t stop us

Nike’s new ad is goosebump inducing. Its powerful imagery compels…

07 August 2020 | 30

You can’t stop us

Nike’s new ad is goosebump inducing. Its powerful imagery compels you to watch it over and over again. With 72 sports and 36 split-screen slides, you don’t know what to marvel at first. The mastery of the editing or the powerful messages as the world comes together as one.

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07 August 2020 | 30

Ticket to suborbital space?

Fancy being a space tourist onboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity?…

07 August 2020 | 30

Ticket to suborbital space?

Fancy being a space tourist onboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity? You’ll experience weightlessness in zero gravity. Observe the curve of the Earth. And the blackness of the cosmos beyond the atmosphere. Seats are a mere $200,000.

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07 August 2020 | 30

Planning a staycation?

“Can I go on holiday this year?” “Will I have…

07 August 2020 | 30

Planning a staycation?

“Can I go on holiday this year?” “Will I have to quarantine?” Summer. Is. Not. Cancelled! The most incredible wild scenery and epic coastal roads are begging to be explored. And all just a stone’s throw from our own front doors. Waterside castles and traditional pubs here we come.

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07 August 2020 | 30

Terrible memory, no more!

Memorising speeches, names of people, birthdays… why don’t they ever…

25 July 2020 | 29

Terrible memory, no more!

Memorising speeches, names of people, birthdays… why don’t they ever stay in your head? Nelson Dellis, four-time Memory Champion, teaches us how to hack your brain to remember almost anything – using “juicy mental images” and storing them in your “Memory Palace”.

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25 July 2020 | 29

A new kind of storytelling

Sometimes words alone aren’t enough to convey a deep level…

24 July 2020 | 29

A new kind of storytelling

Sometimes words alone aren’t enough to convey a deep level of emotion. In this compelling short film, powerful interviews are mixed with imaginative and dynamic movement to tell the story of two brothers dealing with their struggles growing up on a Hackney council estate.

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24 July 2020 | 29

That’s not in London!

Kyoto Garden full of Japanese Maple trees, tiered waterfalls and…

24 July 2020 | 29

That’s not in London!

Kyoto Garden full of Japanese Maple trees, tiered waterfalls and resident peacocks. Abney Park Cemetery teaming with wildlife. Roof gardens in the heart of Canary Wharf. Hampstead Pergola overgrown with vines and flowers…how we’ve missed you London.

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24 July 2020 | 29

Sydmar Lodge, we love you!

With no outside family or friends allowed, keeping the Residents…

24 July 2020 | 29

Sydmar Lodge, we love you!

With no outside family or friends allowed, keeping the Residents at Sydmar Lodge Care Home in good spirits has never been more crucial. Activities Co-ordinator Robert Speker had a plan: to recreate 12 classic album covers from Bowie to Madonna. Come and see the results. They’ve gone viral.

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24 July 2020 | 29

Face masks

Fed up with your glasses steaming up while you talk…

24 July 2020 | 29

Face masks

Fed up with your glasses steaming up while you talk through material? These innovative face masks have sorted that for us. Besides letting you communicate more easily, this transparent mask claims to kill pathogens. Others can record, make calls or even light up into a smile. Where can we get one?

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24 July 2020 | 29

Summer in Soho

Remember restaurants? Sitting outside enjoying long summer evenings, catching up…

10 July 2020 | 28

Summer in Soho

Remember restaurants? Sitting outside enjoying long summer evenings, catching up with friends. Hold that thought because Soho is being pedestrianised, giving businesses from Bar Italia to The French House the space to set up their tables outside.

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10 July 2020 | 28

Decluttering

A good clear out does more than re-organise your environment….

10 July 2020 | 28

Decluttering

A good clear out does more than re-organise your environment. According to psychotherapist Dana Dorfman, “Our brains can process information more clearly and efficiently in an organised space.” That’s good because we’re in the office decluttering this week.

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10 July 2020 | 28

Do look

Have you discovered The Do Lectures? Remarkable Doers and change…

10 July 2020 | 28

Do look

Have you discovered The Do Lectures? Remarkable Doers and change makers share their amazing stories, ideas, adventures, experience, creativity, thinking in the hope they will inspire you to go and do amazing things too. Do immerse.

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10 July 2020 | 28

‘What happened when we all stopped’

This animated poem beautifully written by best-selling author Tom Rivett-Carnac…

10 July 2020 | 28

‘What happened when we all stopped’

This animated poem beautifully written by best-selling author Tom Rivett-Carnac and narrated by UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall, is a positive message of hope as we emerge from lockdown. Here’s to a new way of looking at things.

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10 July 2020 | 28

Vote for your favourite portrait

Step into your own private gallery space and experience the…

10 July 2020 | 28

Vote for your favourite portrait

Step into your own private gallery space and experience the BP Portrait Award 2020 virtually from your living room. View 48 contemporary works of art on the wall. And explore each artist safely away from the crowd. Which is your favourite?

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10 July 2020 | 28

Invite a goat

We’ve all adapted seamlessly to setting up office at home…

26 June 2020 | 27

Invite a goat

We’ve all adapted seamlessly to setting up office at home so now for a bit of fun. What if you could invite a goat to your next virtual meeting. (Yes, a goat!) Talk to Cronkshawfold Farm and for £5 you can choose a goat to join you. All proceeds to renewable technologies.

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26 June 2020 | 27

For a beautiful view of the world

Amazing things are happening around us. But they can go…

26 June 2020 | 27

For a beautiful view of the world

Amazing things are happening around us. But they can go unseen. That’s why imaginative infographics are so important and why we love this! Information is Beautiful has transformed how we see data. Beautifully visualising news, facts, trends and stats in positive and uplifting ways.

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26 June 2020 | 27

Which way is tomorrow?

Chances are you’ll be pointing in front of you. That’s…

26 June 2020 | 27

Which way is tomorrow?

Chances are you’ll be pointing in front of you. That’s where the future lies. Right? You might wave over your shoulder if you’re talking about yesterday. The past. Different cultures express ‘time’ in fascinating ways. So if you’re learning a second language, be prepared to have your brain re-wired.

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26 June 2020 | 27

The Libby app

You can’t beat a good book and a garden hammock….

26 June 2020 | 27

The Libby app

You can’t beat a good book and a garden hammock. The whole nation is reading right now – Waterstones has reported a 400 per cent increase in online book sales. Sshhh little tip to cut your reading bill. Get the free Libby app, sign in with your library card, you’ll save loads.

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26 June 2020 | 27

Virtual Glasto 2020

You won’t need reminding that Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary would’ve been…

26 June 2020 | 27

Virtual Glasto 2020

You won’t need reminding that Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary would’ve been this weekend. Moving on…there’s still fun to be had! Get your wellies out, pour your wine into paper cups, and praise the BBC for bringing Worthy Farm straight to our living rooms.

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26 June 2020 | 27

Show your support

There are many ways we can show our support. Donate…

12 June 2020 | 26

Show your support

There are many ways we can show our support. Donate to causes that need funding. Sign a petition. Show solidarity on social media to raise awareness. Expand our knowledge. This is a great resource that we found useful.

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12 June 2020 | 26

Say it big and bold

Written for all to see. Big, yellow letters in permanent…

12 June 2020 | 26

Say it big and bold

Written for all to see. Big, yellow letters in permanent paint on the very street leading to the White House in Washington, D.C. A message the city’s mayor Muriel Bowser clearly wanted Donald Trump to see: Black Lives Matter

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12 June 2020 | 26

Art in support of BLM

Following the death of George Floyd, the world is witnessing…

12 June 2020 | 26

Art in support of BLM

Following the death of George Floyd, the world is witnessing an unprecedented amount of activism and support for racial equality. Many artists and designers are drawing attention to Black Lives Matter through their talent and creativity. Check out these 3D scans showing solidarity with those protesting.

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12 June 2020 | 26

Classic black cinema

To highlight films that focus on Black Lives, the Criterion…

12 June 2020 | 26

Classic black cinema

To highlight films that focus on Black Lives, the Criterion Channel has taken down the paywall on as many titles as they can in support of Black Lives Matter. You can now watch important classics such as Down in the Delta by Maya Angelou – the only film she directed – even if you aren’t a subscriber.

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12 June 2020 | 26

The 1619 Project

This historical collection of essays including 17 original literary works…

12 June 2020 | 26

The 1619 Project

This historical collection of essays including 17 original literary works by contemporary black writers ‘examines the many aspects of American life that can be traced back to slavery’. If there’s anything we believe in the most, it’s the power of sharing and learning.

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12 June 2020 | 26

Positive thinking

We are working very hard on this at Curious. Checking…

29 May 2020 | 25

Positive thinking

We are working very hard on this at Curious. Checking in on each other to make sure home and work life don’t blur into one. Wellbeing is important during this time; we discovered this TED Talk 10-day challenge and hope it helps keep you happy and sane.

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29 May 2020 | 25

Social distancing circles

In New York City, Domino Park has made it safe…

29 May 2020 | 25

Social distancing circles

In New York City, Domino Park has made it safe for people to enjoy being together outside. All you need is white chalk paint and a steady hand to mark out circles for your family members to sit inside. Looks quite arty. Curious times.

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29 May 2020 | 25

Kevin Kelly

To celebrate his 68th birthday, Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired…

29 May 2020 | 25

Kevin Kelly

To celebrate his 68th birthday, Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, shares 68 pieces of advice with the “young ‘uns”. We hope you’ll take time out to listen. We did and discovered these are words to live by. Happy birthday Kevin Kelly.

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29 May 2020 | 25

Celebrating 18 years of being Curious

2,186 projects, 4,211 meetings, 209 clients, 917 collaborators, 21 countries,…

29 May 2020 | 25

Celebrating 18 years of being Curious

2,186 projects, 4,211 meetings, 209 clients, 917 collaborators, 21 countries, 41,528 cups of coffee all add up to 18 years of being Curious. We’ve been curious about everything from beer and ovens to fintech and law. We’re immensely proud of our people, our clients and our work. We’re taking a moment to reminisce.

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29 May 2020 | 25

How you can tell you’re in Bexley

Could you tell one London Borough from another? The clues…

15 May 2020 | 24

How you can tell you’re in Bexley

Could you tell one London Borough from another? The clues lie in the street sign fonts. If it’s Franklin Gothic, you’re in Camden. Note the style of the bollards. The street lights. And if the tarmac stops suddenly in the middle of the road, you’ve crossed the boundary. It’s potty. It’s nuts. And it’s all in this great video.

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15 May 2020 | 24

Have you seen these?

Honestly, who would’ve thought you could recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s…

15 May 2020 | 24

Have you seen these?

Honestly, who would’ve thought you could recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper? Or Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring from home. Lockdown has inspired us all to bake sourdough, cut our own hair, exercise more… and now turn ourselves into masterpieces. The ingenuity of people.

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15 May 2020 | 24

Neil Gaiman

The fragile but powerful resilience of mankind is beautifully expressed…

15 May 2020 | 24

Neil Gaiman

The fragile but powerful resilience of mankind is beautifully expressed by author Neil Gaiman. “We are tougher than we seem. We are tougher than we think. Our stories will outlive us. Let’s make them good. May that which has been broken be restored.” We love his every word in this TED Talk on Twitter.

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15 May 2020 | 24

Hold still

Must do this! The National Portrait Gallery is asking us…

15 May 2020 | 24

Hold still

Must do this! The National Portrait Gallery is asking us all to send them a photographic portrait taken during these strange times. It can be a quick snap on your phone of a helper, a hero, your new normal, or an act of kindness. We think this is an amazing way to capture what we’re going through.

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15 May 2020 | 24

Great thinking

Design initiatives like these “virus slogans” from Annie Atkins remind…

01 May 2020 | 23

Great thinking

Design initiatives like these “virus slogans” from Annie Atkins remind us to do the simple things. Created to look like fake public health service posters, we like them because they are insightful and true. Screen prints will be sold to raise money for the hospice that cared for her mum.

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01 May 2020 | 23

Banana bread

Everyone’s baking it so why the trend? One explanation –…

01 May 2020 | 23

Banana bread

Everyone’s baking it so why the trend? One explanation – it’s a simple way of avoiding food waste. (Also, there’s nothing more comforting.) When bananas go mushy, they’re perfectly ripe for repurposing… who would’ve thought we’d be connecting over banana bread? Curious times.

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01 May 2020 | 23

Put the world on mute

Noise everywhere! The more you try to focus, the louder…

01 May 2020 | 23

Put the world on mute

Noise everywhere! The more you try to focus, the louder it becomes. Or is it simply that we have become hypersensitive to the slightest sound? We’re yearning for peace right now, in our home offices, so we can think and work. As it turns out, the quest for quiet has been going on for centuries.

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01 May 2020 | 23

Let’s change the subject!

What if the word pink didn’t exist? Or if left…

17 April 2020 | 22

Let’s change the subject!

What if the word pink didn’t exist? Or if left and right were replaced with east and west? And why do English speakers get to the point quicker than those who speak Chinese? Language and the way we experience it changes depending on where we are in the world. So what can we learn from it?

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17 April 2020 | 22

Come out of this even better

This is the perfect time to follow your true passion….

17 April 2020 | 22

Come out of this even better

This is the perfect time to follow your true passion. Screenwriting, filmmaking, interior design, photography, cooking… Masterclass gives you access to the Masters in their field through hundreds of online classes as they share their stories, skills, and successes. Lockdown is for learning.

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17 April 2020 | 22

Honouring health workers

Rio de Janeiro paid tribute to health workers in Brazil…

17 April 2020 | 22

Honouring health workers

Rio de Janeiro paid tribute to health workers in Brazil and across the world by illuminating the 125-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer statue with hope. Cutting edge technology transformed the giant Jesus into a Doctor with the words “stay home” written in various languages.

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17 April 2020 | 22

2-meters saves lives

We just love these classic album covers reimagined for our…

17 April 2020 | 22

2-meters saves lives

We just love these classic album covers reimagined for our social distancing era by LA agency Activista. Using a bit of graphic design magic, we see Blondie, The Beatles, U2, N.W.A sticking to the Government 2-metre rule. A real smile in the mind.

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17 April 2020 | 22

WFH, the new normal?

Isaac Newton had to WFH during a pandemic. With time…

03 April 2020 | 21

WFH, the new normal?

Isaac Newton had to WFH during a pandemic. With time to sit musing under apple trees, he became a great mathematician, developing his theories on optics and gravity. Fitzgerald needed isolation to turn out great fiction. Shakespeare wrote King Lear, Munch painted… it’s curious how social distancing stimulates invention.

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03 April 2020 | 21

We’re going to get through this

Everyone wants to help. Ricky Gervais is telling jokes live…

03 April 2020 | 21

We’re going to get through this

Everyone wants to help. Ricky Gervais is telling jokes live on Twitter. Patrick Stewart recites a sonnet a day. Robbie Williams is livestreaming ‘Corona-oke’ on Insta. You can take free yoga classes, join Bootcamps, hang out with Madonna, go to the National Theatre every Thursday 7pm on YouTube… thank you for doing this.

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03 April 2020 | 21

Creative brief from the UN

Ideas, as we know, have the power to change the…

03 April 2020 | 21

Creative brief from the UN

Ideas, as we know, have the power to change the world. We must become one global creative department and use our imaginations to help spread impactful public health messages – across social media, digital, streaming, broadcast, print and radio. The brief from the UN is clear: use creativity to flatten the curve.

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03 April 2020 | 21

Connecting in meaningful ways

Human connection is our superpower. It makes us happier, smarter,…

03 April 2020 | 21

Connecting in meaningful ways

Human connection is our superpower. It makes us happier, smarter, and more productive. So how do we stay close while maintaining physical isolation? Without feeling zoomed out. Unheard. Or our privacy invaded? We were curious to know what author Priya Parker had to say on ‘The Art of Gathering’.

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03 April 2020 | 21

Life after lockdown

Our office desks 2-metres apart. Lunchtime in twos. Staggered commute…

01 April 2020 | 23

Life after lockdown

Our office desks 2-metres apart. Lunchtime in twos. Staggered commute times. Wearing face masks on the bus. How will we work? How will we party? How will we travel? Let’s start by looking at the future of holidays – because we will all deserve one.

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01 April 2020 | 23

Pink manta ray

Thank you to photographer Kristian Laine for giving us a…

20 March 2020 | 20

Pink manta ray

Thank you to photographer Kristian Laine for giving us a glimpse of this special underwater creature. The only known pink manta ray spanning about 11 feet and nicknamed Inspector Clouseau after The Pink Panther.

We just wanted to remind ourselves of the beauty in the world. Please take care and let’s look after each other.

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20 March 2020 | 20

A cup of tea and a TED Talk

If we can’t be surrounded by inspirational people for a…

20 March 2020 | 20

A cup of tea and a TED Talk

If we can’t be surrounded by inspirational people for a while, we can certainly listen to them. What makes a good leader? How do they inspire action? What makes us really happy? TED Talks are just what we need right now to learn new skills, feel empowered and broaden our horizons.

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20 March 2020 | 20

Working away from the office

Thank goodness for the digital age and collaborative technology; we’re…

20 March 2020 | 20

Working away from the office

Thank goodness for the digital age and collaborative technology; we’re all for a connected world and seamless sharing. We do understand though that WFH, especially if we have no choice, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. For those tempted to put Netflix on, here’s how to focus on the job and stay mentally healthy.

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20 March 2020 | 20

Go out while you stay in

We refuse to let the ‘C’ word get us down….

20 March 2020 | 20

Go out while you stay in

We refuse to let the ‘C’ word get us down. We can still be curious; we can still fill our minds with creativity and culture. We just need to think differently (which we are all very good at) and go to famous museums, art galleries, interesting exhibitions and talks from the best seat in the house. Our sofas.

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20 March 2020 | 20

When brands take a stand

What happens when a frozen food brand takes a stand…

06 March 2020 | 19

When brands take a stand

What happens when a frozen food brand takes a stand against palm oil production? A sports brand fights for equal rights? Or a chocolate brand celebrates LGBTQ+ pride? This exhibition showcases the brands that have become powerful influencers. Come and see their much-debated creative work.

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06 March 2020 | 19

Apostrophes tripping you up?

We’re taught to make a possessive by adding an apostrophe…

06 March 2020 | 19

Apostrophes tripping you up?

We’re taught to make a possessive by adding an apostrophe ‘s’. The King’s crown. But then the possessive pronoun ‘its’ doesn’t have an apostrophe. Waterstones, Boots and Reuters are brands that have chosen to break the rules – no apostrophe in their wordmark. Do we even need this tricky little high-up comma anyway?

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06 March 2020 | 19

Tokyo 2020 release first moving pictograms

If you haven’t seen these already, take a quick look….

06 March 2020 | 19

Tokyo 2020 release first moving pictograms

If you haven’t seen these already, take a quick look. The Olympics has never had animated pictograms before – so these are the first ever in its history. 73 kinetic icons ‘subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each sport’. And show how dynamic, innovative and special these games will be.

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06 March 2020 | 19

Where do new ideas come through

What is inspiration? Where do we get it? How can…

06 March 2020 | 19

Where do new ideas come through

What is inspiration? Where do we get it? How can we keep getting it? How can we stop it from going away? Is it a thing that just happens to a person? Research shows you can generate your own pathway to creativity. This article debunks the myth that it’s not about sitting under a tree waiting for ideas to strike.

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06 March 2020 | 19

Brands are changing

Does branding have the power to create a better world?…

21 February 2020 | 18

Brands are changing

Does branding have the power to create a better world? Unite people. Reflect our beliefs. Shape cultures. Brands are no longer limited to products. They can stand for something so meaningful, become a powerful voice and effect change. Debbie Millman takes us back to where it all began 13.8 billion years ago. We were curious.

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21 February 2020 | 18

Learning to learn

It’s true. If you’re not learning you’re standing still so…

21 February 2020 | 18

Learning to learn

It’s true. If you’re not learning you’re standing still so what is the best way to learn? Richard Feynman, our favourite professor and champion of all things curious, sets out the best way to learn things – in 4 simple steps. Follow his formula and it will help you learn anything faster and with greater understanding.

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21 February 2020 | 18

What’s that feeling when…

You have to do something and, instead of putting it…

21 February 2020 | 18

What’s that feeling when…

You have to do something and, instead of putting it off, you just do it. Yesokasity. Or you tangle yourself up in an elaborated lie to avoid a social invitation. Nitwhoppering. Or you speak in public and don’t make any sense. Idioschlock. Great article here identifying new emotions and what they’re called. We love Name-nailing.

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21 February 2020 | 18

What’s under your bum?

You’re probably too busy jostling for a seat on the…

21 February 2020 | 18

What’s under your bum?

You’re probably too busy jostling for a seat on the tube or bus to notice the fabric design you’re actually sitting on. ‘Moquette’, an intricately woven carpet lines all the seats, you’ll notice it now! In fact, you’ve been sitting on over a hundred years of London history. Which design and colour palette transports you back?

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21 February 2020 | 18

There’s enough for everyone

The sight of empty shelves is panicking everyone into buying…

20 February 2020 | 2-

There’s enough for everyone

The sight of empty shelves is panicking everyone into buying toilet roll. It’s sensible to stock up on essentials most definitely. The advice is to buy enough for two weeks, not 12 years like that family in Australia. What are they doing with it all? This video has some ideas.

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20 February 2020 | 2-

One week to go

Valentine’s Day. Let’s get creative about this. And be slightly…

07 February 2020 | 17

One week to go

Valentine’s Day. Let’s get creative about this. And be slightly more original than delighting with a box of chocolates. Or a bunch of red roses. Immerse yourselves in a colourful light spectacle. Make salted caramel truffles together. Get arty and crafty at a potter’s wheel. Toast your partnership with innovative cocktails. Read on for inspiration. You’re welcome!

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07 February 2020 | 17

Make snow your canvas

Artist, outdoor enthusiast and cartographer Simon Beck has done just…

07 February 2020 | 17

Make snow your canvas

Artist, outdoor enthusiast and cartographer Simon Beck has done just that. Walking up to 12 hours a day through snow, creating striking geometric designs in the untouched powder with his footsteps. Incredible land art on desolate mountainscapes. Inspirational. Hope it snows soon so we can have a go.

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07 February 2020 | 17

Designing for disaster

It’s one thing designing a new brand identity, quite a…

07 February 2020 | 17

Designing for disaster

It’s one thing designing a new brand identity, quite a different brief if your solution has to withstand hurricanes, extreme heat and sub-zero temperatures. We were fascinated with the innovation and ‘co-creation’ required to create UNICEF’s new emergency tents. After five years of development, they present the solution to the world.

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07 February 2020 | 17

Could you do with some sun?

The new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope located on the…

07 February 2020 | 17

Could you do with some sun?

The new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope located on the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii has taken its first photo and video of the sun. The shots are the highest resolution of the sun’s bubbling 5,600°C plasma surface ever taken. Each cell-like structure is the size of Texas. Yes really! Take a closer look.

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07 February 2020 | 17

Fill your mind with colour

Our brains can only build ideas from the information we…

06 February 2020 | 19

Fill your mind with colour

Our brains can only build ideas from the information we put in them. We need to “broaden horizons and look outside our own life context”. Go beyond our desks! To the bright spring festivals of Amsterdam, the Purim street parties in Tel Aviv, the Holi celebrations in Mauritius, Irish dancing in Argentina…never stop exploring.

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06 February 2020 | 19

Who is Alice Guy-Blaché?

When we looked deeper (as we do), we discovered this…

24 January 2020 | 16

Who is Alice Guy-Blaché?

When we looked deeper (as we do), we discovered this amazing French woman was a hugely important pioneer of early cinema. One of the first to use close-ups, hand-tinted colour, synchronised sound – she wrote, directed and produced over 1000 films. So why haven’t we heard of her? Curious?

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24 January 2020 | 16

The joy of writing by hand

Put away your computer. (Not forever!) Pick up a pen…

24 January 2020 | 16

The joy of writing by hand

Put away your computer. (Not forever!) Pick up a pen (the nib has to glide) and let your thoughts flow. Handwriting allows us to listen to what the mind has to say, “it’s like talking to yourself” observed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Ideas, unique to all of us, take shape on the page – away from the delete button.

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24 January 2020 | 16

Culture in the capital

January! You can never feel blue with this much to…

24 January 2020 | 16

Culture in the capital

January! You can never feel blue with this much to do. ‘Picasso and Paper’ starts tomorrow at the Royal Academy. Who knew paper had limitless possibilities? And if you’re quick, you can still catch Bridget Riley at the Hayward until the 26th. Rembrandt, Pre-Raphaelites, the Future of Fungi – stay curious.

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24 January 2020 | 16

2020 Year of the Rat

Hands up. Who was born in 1960? 1972? 1984? According…

24 January 2020 | 16

2020 Year of the Rat

Hands up. Who was born in 1960? 1972? 1984? According to the Chinese zodiac, you’re a Rat. That’s good! Because you make excellent business people. Instinctive, acute, alert, decisive and if you’re a single Rat this is your year for love. Mozart and Shakespeare were also Rats – you’re in good company.

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24 January 2020 | 16

Got your 2020 calander

Easy. Download an app. Done. You’re all set for 2020…

20 January 2020 | 15

Got your 2020 calander

Easy. Download an app. Done. You’re all set for 2020 with the year ahead portable and in your pocket. But it’s not the same is it as having this retrofuturistic, space-themed pet calendar by Otavio Santiago adorning your kitchen wall. Get something different and enjoy amazing design.

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20 January 2020 | 15

What’s next?

What’s next for photography, graphic design, animation, advertising, and technology?…

10 January 2020 | 15

What’s next?

What’s next for photography, graphic design, animation, advertising, and technology? Curious to find out what we can expect from the world of creativity? Here’s a heads-up for the year ahead. We hope you have a curious 2020!

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10 January 2020 | 15

Andy Warhol is coming

Not to be missed, this major retrospective is the first…

10 January 2020 | 15

Andy Warhol is coming

Not to be missed, this major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. We’re very excited. It includes works never seen before in the UK – from his Ladies and Gentlemen series. We’re saying it now so you can put this date in your new calendar.

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10 January 2020 | 15

Scrap resolutions, go for goals

Exercise more. Eat less. Take on a new hobby. When…

10 January 2020 | 15

Scrap resolutions, go for goals

Exercise more. Eat less. Take on a new hobby. When resolutions are vague and motivated by guilt, you’re unlikely to make it past mid-January. True? We were curiously wondering what’s the key to successful habit-breaking – these suggestions take resolutions to another level.

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10 January 2020 | 15

A decade of discovery

Who knew! We can ‘hear’ the universe. Sea turtles have…

10 January 2020 | 15

A decade of discovery

Who knew! We can ‘hear’ the universe. Sea turtles have a ‘third eye’. What we eat may have changed how we talk. Bees stop buzzing during solar eclipses. We never stop learning which keeps us fresh and inspired. So, what amazing discoveries did the last decade bring?

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10 January 2020 | 15

A new start

For many, the new year is a time of reflection…

08 January 2020 | 40

A new start

For many, the new year is a time of reflection to look back at what you achieved the year before and make plans for the year ahead. It’s also a time for resolutions – giving up chocolate or joining the gym, but however pure your intentions, resolutions can be hard to stick to. Here’s some advice for making and sticking to your goals this year.

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08 January 2020 | 40

Curious hangover calls

Egg drop soup with lemonade. Really? Think we’ll settle for…

20 December 2019 | 14

Curious hangover calls

Egg drop soup with lemonade. Really? Think we’ll settle for fresh air and a glass of milk thanks! Definitely no to cold Chinese food and swimming. If you’ve got a hangover favourite, you know what to do: Share. Have a great Christmas and stay curious folks.

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20 December 2019 | 14

Curious Christmas playlist

There’s a lot of opportunity for burnout on Yuletide classics….

20 December 2019 | 14

Curious Christmas playlist

There’s a lot of opportunity for burnout on Yuletide classics. So we’ve had a think (over a few Fitzmas’es) and compiled a curious playlist for you. Hope it helps your cocktail party go with a swing. Where’s our invite?

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20 December 2019 | 14

Curious Cocktail

You’ve had a narrow escape because we nearly chose the…

20 December 2019 | 14

Curious Cocktail

You’ve had a narrow escape because we nearly chose the Sprouting Gin Fizz – yes that’s right with a spike of caramelised Brussels sprouts. (We thought you’d prefer a cinnamon stick to garnish.) We hope you’ve got amaretto and vermouth? This is right on brief; it’s festive and it’s yum.

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20 December 2019 | 14

Top Christmas carol concerts in London

A carol is a joyful song. We all know the…

13 December 2019 | 13

Top Christmas carol concerts in London

A carol is a joyful song. We all know the words – from school – and when you hear carols, emotions stir and there’s an irresistible urge to join in. So why not sing loudly along on a wave of seasonal happiness within the most spectacular of settings; St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Royal Albert Hall – see you there.

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13 December 2019 | 13

Christmas tinner

Some people just don’t want the faff. Chestnuts to peel,…

13 December 2019 | 13

Christmas tinner

Some people just don’t want the faff. Chestnuts to peel, turkey to prep, veg to chop. Personally, we love Christmas dinner with ALL the trimmings but if you’re looking to stay out of the kitchen then this is for you. Three festive culinary courses layered into one tin. Great stocking filler.

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13 December 2019 | 13

The creative power of paper

Anything ‘paper’ and we sit right up. (Having worked with…

13 December 2019 | 13

The creative power of paper

Anything ‘paper’ and we sit right up. (Having worked with the leading paper manufacturer Sappi, we are fascinated with how paper brings ideas to life.) No wonder the Japanese visual artist, Atsushi Adachi, caught our curious eye magically creating miniature artefacts from history using old newspapers. Paper is such an inventive tool for creative people.

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13 December 2019 | 13

paraskevidekatriaphobia

If you can pronounce it, you’re cured of the fear…

13 December 2019 | 13

paraskevidekatriaphobia

If you can pronounce it, you’re cured of the fear of Friday 13th so they say. Given that’s today we were rather curious about the origins of this superstition. Why is it to be avoided and best spent hidden away under the duvet? And is there any evidence that it is even unlucky at all? For most of us, it’s simply another normal Friday or is it…

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13 December 2019 | 13

The squeal of speals

Have a listen. You’ve heard this stock sound effect before…

13 December 2019 | 13

The squeal of speals

Have a listen. You’ve heard this stock sound effect before in blockbusters from Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Toy Story. Usually in scenes when someone falls from a great height. Recognise that distant yelp? We love this sound designer’s in-joke. We’re determined to get one into a client film!

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13 December 2019 | 13

You can’t give hankies again!

We won’t let you! We’re all creative people; we can…

29 November 2019 | 12

You can’t give hankies again!

We won’t let you! We’re all creative people; we can think beyond socks and scarves surely. Think differently, think experience. Rather than a photo frame, what about a photography lesson. Instead of separate pressies for everyone, wrap Christmas all up in one with a private cookery class for seven. Here’s some more inspiration. You’re very welcome.

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29 November 2019 | 12

The world in 50 years

What forms of transportation will we use? Will we have…

29 November 2019 | 12

The world in 50 years

What forms of transportation will we use? Will we have ventured to other planets? How will we find love? What will we wear? How will we earn a living? In the absence of a crystal ball, click the link below and we’ll whizz you 50 years ahead to the future. Let’s see what some of the world’s brightest and curious minds predict for us.

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29 November 2019 | 12

To whom it may concern

You’ve written a beautifully crafted email, given it a few…

29 November 2019 | 12

To whom it may concern

You’ve written a beautifully crafted email, given it a few days – as you don’t want to double email! No reply. Nothing. If only you could increase your response rate. A little behavioural science should do it. Tactics like ‘thanks in advance’ (the most effective sign-off). Who actually ever means ‘Yours sincerely’ and ‘Best wishes’.

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29 November 2019 | 12

26 sleeps till Christmas

Who’s excited? Or are you yet to feel the Christmas…

29 November 2019 | 12

26 sleeps till Christmas

Who’s excited? Or are you yet to feel the Christmas vibe? Nothing says start ordering the turkey like London’s iconic window displays. So which flagship store will stop you in your tracks? Selfridges, Liberty, Fortnums, Harrods, Harvey Nichols…each storefront is quite literally a work of art. It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas!

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29 November 2019 | 12

Inspiring a new generation of artists

What an amazing creative buzz around London – thanks to…

15 November 2019 | 11

Inspiring a new generation of artists

What an amazing creative buzz around London – thanks to Steve McQueen’s Year 3 “portrait of citizenship” at Tate Britain, featuring portraits of more than 76,000 London school children to promote art education. Together with 600 billboards dotted about the capital, the message is powerful: Creativity Matters. We couldn’t agree more.

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15 November 2019 | 11

Spend time in the wind

Feeling stressed? Try this. The Dutch call it “Uitwaaien” or…

15 November 2019 | 11

Spend time in the wind

Feeling stressed? Try this. The Dutch call it “Uitwaaien” or “outblowing” – the practice of spending time in the wind. Walking, running, riding a bike, seek out some windy Uitwaaien and let the gusts “blow out the bad air” leaving you feeling fresh and re-energised. Ahhhhh that’s so much better. The next windy day, you know what to do.

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15 November 2019 | 11

How on earth did they create the moon?

Did you get to see the film Ad Astra? Brad…

15 November 2019 | 11

How on earth did they create the moon?

Did you get to see the film Ad Astra? Brad Pitt is amazing as McBride but the solar system is the real star of the show. The movie incorporates actual NASA imagery and footage of space. How did the filmmakers get the surface of the moon and the vehicles chasing around on it in lunar gravity to look so jaw-droppingly real? Curious?

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15 November 2019 | 11

Curious about The Clash?

We love the fact that photographer Pennie Smith decided to…

15 November 2019 | 11

Curious about The Clash?

We love the fact that photographer Pennie Smith decided to do something different that night of September 21st 1979 at the New York Palladium and swapped to the other side of the stage (not Mick Jones side), in time to capture the best rock and roll shot of all time. Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar at the frustration of playing to a lame crowd. Change is good!

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15 November 2019 | 11

New Christmas stamps unveiled

Can’t quite believe we’re talking Christmas already! But when we…

15 November 2019 | 11

New Christmas stamps unveiled

Can’t quite believe we’re talking Christmas already! But when we saw the design skills that have gone into the new Royal Mail collection, we just had to bring it up. 10 layers of A1 paper beautifully cut into Nativity scenes magically scaled down to give each stamp an amazing three-dimensional quality. First class!

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15 November 2019 | 11

Shot in Soho

Soho will always have a place in our hearts. Curious…

01 November 2019 | 10

Shot in Soho

Soho will always have a place in our hearts. Curious started life in Poland Street in 2002; we loved “the world’s wickedest square mile” for luring the bohemian and the curious. Now there’s a unique opportunity to experience Soho, before its gentrification, through the lens of renowned photographers such as William Klein.

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01 November 2019 | 10

Should bookshops charge admission?

There’s no denying real bookshops are “time travel and escape…

01 November 2019 | 10

Should bookshops charge admission?

There’s no denying real bookshops are “time travel and escape and knowledge and power”. We must preserve these endangered species. Not use them for “showrooming” – researching purchases to be made cheaper online. Bookshops offer so much more than books. To keep them on our high streets shouldn’t they monetize browse time?

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01 November 2019 | 10

Walking boosts creativity 60%

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” Nietzsche is…

01 November 2019 | 10

Walking boosts creativity 60%

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” Nietzsche is not the only genius to associate walking with creative inspiration. Steve Jobs insisted on “walking meetings”. Many famous authors say it’s the only cure for writer’s block. What is it about walking that fires up the imagination?

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01 November 2019 | 10

Going underground

Did you know there was an underground aircraft factory in…

18 October 2019 | 9

Going underground

Did you know there was an underground aircraft factory in 2.5 miles of tunnels on our Central line? Or that Churchill took shelter in his secret subterranean dining room at Down Street Station? What led to these spaces being abandoned? And why were some never completed?

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18 October 2019 | 9

Brexit: are you stocking up?

We have avoided the B word – we want to…

18 October 2019 | 9

Brexit: are you stocking up?

We have avoided the B word – we want to be inspirational, not political – but actually, this got us thinking. If there’s a no-deal, a toilet paper shortage could be a likely event. Great news for our planet! So what environmentally preferable alternatives exist?

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18 October 2019 | 9

We like the way they think

Breathing new life into old buildings is pure genius in…

18 October 2019 | 9

We like the way they think

Breathing new life into old buildings is pure genius in our curious book. (Bit like a brand refresh really). We love how Space&Matter has turned redundant canal-side bridge keeper’s houses in Amsterdam into hotel suites – for us all to immerse in the history. Waterways for corridors, what an imaginative hotel.

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18 October 2019 | 9

Craving food photography?

Interest in food photography has mushroomed thanks to social media….

18 October 2019 | 9

Craving food photography?

Interest in food photography has mushroomed thanks to social media. Posting your meal out has become a must. But let’s look deeper at how food can be used to comment on such issues as wealth, poverty, gender, race, desire, tradition. Having worked with Food Photographers, we savoured this artistic exhibition.

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18 October 2019 | 9

Should you get an office dog?

Over 40% of millennials would like to work in dog-friendly…

04 October 2019 | 8

Should you get an office dog?

Over 40% of millennials would like to work in dog-friendly workplaces. Canine colleagues increase productivity, promote mental well-being and encourage an active lifestyle. Bringing a dog to work is a valuable employment perk. You’ll find no bone of contention at Curious.

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04 October 2019 | 8

It’s world smile day

Bright sunny yellow. The right oval eye larger than the…

04 October 2019 | 8

It’s world smile day

Bright sunny yellow. The right oval eye larger than the left. Mouth slightly off centre. What a great client brief: “can you design something that makes my workforce smile”. (The next employee engagement branding to us please!) Harvey Ball’s world-changing smiley face for State Mutual became an icon and the inspiration for his World Smile charitable trust. Help one person smile today.

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04 October 2019 | 8

Look at this, post-haste

We’ve heard of putting a knot in the corner of…

04 October 2019 | 8

Look at this, post-haste

We’ve heard of putting a knot in the corner of your hanky (a memory aid in days gone by). But a knotted post box? Now a permanent installation along Caxton Street in London. The artist Alex Chinneck definitely caught our curious eye. Naturally, we’ve got questions. Why post boxes? Why now? What’s the thinking?

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04 October 2019 | 8

How to ask better questions

That’s the trouble with being curious. You’re continually questioning everything….

04 October 2019 | 8

How to ask better questions

That’s the trouble with being curious. You’re continually questioning everything. But if you want to get to a much deeper level of conversation, you can’t ask just any old question such as “what’s the longest non-technical word in English”? Because there’s only one answer: “Floccinaucinihilipilification”. Here’s how to generate a more thought-provoking response.

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04 October 2019 | 8

Curious about film

Roll out the red carpet. It’s BFI London Film Festival…

04 October 2019 | 8

Curious about film

Roll out the red carpet. It’s BFI London Film Festival time every October. If you want a richer film experience, LLF is great for discovering the world’s best new films and getting up close to the filmmakers and stars invited to talk about their films. New tickets are released all the time – get the most from the festival here.

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04 October 2019 | 8

Who?

Famed pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who else! It’s got…

20 September 2019 | 7

Who?

Famed pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who else! It’s got to be. Imagery from popular culture. Bright, distinctive, colourful, graphic. This is the artwork for ‘Who’ (for, you’ve guessed it, The Who) – the band’s first new album in thirteen years. Who better than the godfather of pop-art to announce: The Who. Are. Back.

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20 September 2019 | 7

Clever ideas create a buzz

Inspired thinking from McDonald’s to save the bees – turning…

20 September 2019 | 7

Clever ideas create a buzz

Inspired thinking from McDonald’s to save the bees – turning the back of their billboards into beehive hotels. Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate due to loss of habitat; now our yellow buzzy friends have a comfortable place to stay. We love ideas that solve problems.

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20 September 2019 | 7

Open house London

You’re welcome to step inside some of the most fascinating…

20 September 2019 | 7

Open house London

You’re welcome to step inside some of the most fascinating buildings in London. Roman, Georgian, Modern… houses, churches, remains… walks, talks, tours – pick an era and borough, and let curiosity be your guide. Enjoy free entry to this architecture festival every September. Don’t mind if we do.

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20 September 2019 | 7

The power of storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Thriller, feel-good, tearjerker… stories…

20 September 2019 | 7

The power of storytelling

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Thriller, feel-good, tearjerker… stories stimulate our senses and involve us emotionally and intellectually. They are a powerful way to connect with audiences and get a message across. Brands use a narrative to evoke an emotional response – but that’s a different story.

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20 September 2019 | 7

National read a book day

Our world is so loud, hyperconnected and busy. Enough! (For…

06 September 2019 | 6

National read a book day

Our world is so loud, hyperconnected and busy. Enough! (For one day at least.) It’s official. Today is Read a Book Day. Time to sit in your favourite chair and lose yourself in a page-turner. Here are some must-reads.

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06 September 2019 | 6

What’s in a name?

Everything! Personality. Outlook. Attitude to life. There’s a process to…

06 September 2019 | 6

What’s in a name?

Everything! Personality. Outlook. Attitude to life. There’s a process to naming (we’ve got a good one) if you want to avoid names that have already gone. We’re surrounded by major brands – they’re embedded in our lives. Ever wondered how these names: Google, Ikea, Starbucks… came about?

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06 September 2019 | 6

Laugh your way into September

Nothing like a comedy festival full of popular stand-up laughter…

06 September 2019 | 6

Laugh your way into September

Nothing like a comedy festival full of popular stand-up laughter masters to bring us real comments about the world. If you’re near Greenwich in September everyone’s there – from Reginald D Hunter to Shappi Khorsandi. It’s a great way to unplug.

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06 September 2019 | 6

Thinking outside the passport photo

Everyone has to work with guidelines. They shouldn’t restrict you….

06 September 2019 | 6

Thinking outside the passport photo

Everyone has to work with guidelines. They shouldn’t restrict you. Quite the opposite, they set the parameters in which to fly. This is why the artist Max Siedentopf caught our curious eye – showing you can move outside the boundaries and still be on brief.

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06 September 2019 | 6

Do you cringe at the sound of your own voice?

We all do. Record and play it back. “That’s not…

06 September 2019 | 6

Do you cringe at the sound of your own voice?

We all do. Record and play it back. “That’s not me!”. Our voice plays a massive role in forming our identity – the same goes for brands. Hear a warm, friendly tone, you engage, you buy. If your brand is sounding cringey, come to us for some fine-tuning. If you hate your own voice, this will be why.

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06 September 2019 | 6

Rare unreleased video interview

We. Are. Very. Excited. What a design icon. A powerful…

23 August 2019 | 5

Rare unreleased video interview

We. Are. Very. Excited. What a design icon. A powerful influence. The embodiment of style. From his famous ‘I ♥ NY’ logo to the cool identity for Brooklyn Brewery – there’s no one we admire more. Curious who?

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23 August 2019 | 5

Uplifting moment alert

This is doing the rounds and rightly so it’s hilarious….

23 August 2019 | 5

Uplifting moment alert

This is doing the rounds and rightly so it’s hilarious. We won’t give you any clues but go and make a cuppa and gather round some other curious people. Advertisers must be falling over themselves to use this somehow.

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23 August 2019 | 5

Receipts can be recycled?

Nooooo! If you’re handed a receipt on shiny paper, chances…

23 August 2019 | 5

Receipts can be recycled?

Nooooo! If you’re handed a receipt on shiny paper, chances are it’s not recyclable. And did you think recycled materials are used to create the same product? Also wrong! Here’s the truth behind the UK’s biggest recycling myths.

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23 August 2019 | 5

What did you think a skip was for?

If you’re curious how a skip can democratise the way…

23 August 2019 | 5

What did you think a skip was for?

If you’re curious how a skip can democratise the way art is experienced, check out this exhibition of seven skips transformed into artworks. Presented by the Skip Gallery within Finsbury Park’s famous Arts Building from 5th-15th September. We love how they are ‘placing art in people’s way’.

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23 August 2019 | 5

Dear diary…

Journaling – have you tried it? It’s about capturing your…

09 August 2019 | 4

Dear diary…

Journaling – have you tried it? It’s about capturing your stream of consciousness. Nothing like keeping a diary, it brings out thoughts and ideas you never thought you had. We were curious about it as a way of unlocking creativity, but we discovered all these other surprising benefits too. All you need is 15 minutes a day.

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09 August 2019 | 4

Solving problems with creativity

April 15th and a massive fire engulfed Notre-Dame. How do…

09 August 2019 | 4

Solving problems with creativity

April 15th and a massive fire engulfed Notre-Dame. How do you ever recover from this? The 850-year-old Gothic landmark is irreplaceable. Creativity has the power to put forward a sensitive, respectful and positive temporary solution and show “hope can be born from disaster”.

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09 August 2019 | 4

Who’s off to the Edinburgh Fringe?

With more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in 317…

09 August 2019 | 4

Who’s off to the Edinburgh Fringe?

With more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in 317 venues wow! where would you begin. Really big names have started out here – Steve Coogan, Rowan Atkinson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge… so you want to be in the right place witnessing the next exciting star. Have a look and see if anything would have taken your fancy…

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09 August 2019 | 4

The planet-pleasing plant shoe

We were intrigued too. 100% sustainable, biodegradable and made entirely,…

26 July 2019 | 3

The planet-pleasing plant shoe

We were intrigued too. 100% sustainable, biodegradable and made entirely, you got it, from plants. Millions of shoes end up in landfills taking more than 50 years to fully decompose. Compostable shoes are a great step forward. Thank you!

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26 July 2019 | 3

325 years celebrated with 325 ‘curiosities’

Happy birthday Bank of England! To mark the occasion, they…

26 July 2019 | 3

325 years celebrated with 325 ‘curiosities’

Happy birthday Bank of England! To mark the occasion, they exhibited an object for each year of the bank’s history. Curiosities galore!. On from July 2019 until May 2020.

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26 July 2019 | 3

AI is all around us

In vacuum cleaners, cars, video games, software, medical research… and…

26 July 2019 | 3

AI is all around us

In vacuum cleaners, cars, video games, software, medical research… and now specifically at this exhibition in the Barbican where you can fully immerse, discover more and play. Aren’t you just that little bit curious about what’s in store for the future?

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26 July 2019 | 3

Being curious got us to the moon

Stay curious. Ask questions. Try something new. That’s how we…

26 July 2019 | 3

Being curious got us to the moon

Stay curious. Ask questions. Try something new. That’s how we arrive at exciting places…that’s how we landed on the moon 50 years ago. Are you curious to see artefacts photographed within the security-sealed NASA archive? We certainly are.

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26 July 2019 | 3

Hottest start to August in 102 years

We have vowed not to groan about the sizzling weather…

26 July 2019 | 3

Hottest start to August in 102 years

We have vowed not to groan about the sizzling weather and soaring temperatures in our studio. It’s Britain; not everyone has air con! We can all cope with this! Great excuse to eat lots of Calypsos! Not a fan (get it?) here are some other cooling tips.

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26 July 2019 | 3

Graffiti: Vandalism or art? Discuss

Once a “favoured mode of cultural expression for the city’s…

11 July 2019 | 2

Graffiti: Vandalism or art? Discuss

Once a “favoured mode of cultural expression for the city’s creative young and poor”, graffiti, or street art, is now pushing property prices right up. How times change.

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11 July 2019 | 2

Free exhibition at Somerset House

Our work for migrant charity, Consonant, is a celebration of…

11 July 2019 | 2

Free exhibition at Somerset House

Our work for migrant charity, Consonant, is a celebration of uniqueness and identity. Exploring the multiplicity of voices that form modern Britain was the focus of this photography exhibition at Somerset House too.

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11 July 2019 | 2

How fashion has changed on centre court

Have you been following Wimbledon? Can you ever imagine running…

11 July 2019 | 2

How fashion has changed on centre court

Have you been following Wimbledon? Can you ever imagine running around a court wearing high collars, petticoats, and a corset? How did they do it? Curious?

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11 July 2019 | 2

Feed your brain

Curious to hear the latest thoughts on fashion / tech…

28 June 2019 | 1

Feed your brain

Curious to hear the latest thoughts on fashion / tech / politics / business / architecture / history / space exploration…? Open your ears to some of the most interesting ponderings in this curated list of inspiration.

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28 June 2019 | 1

Look! Order can be found in chaos

f you’ve been pondering this (funny what gets you curious)…

28 June 2019 | 1

Look! Order can be found in chaos

f you’ve been pondering this (funny what gets you curious) then you’ll find this really cool. And, in a way, reassuring that order can be restored.

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28 June 2019 | 1

Food: bigger than the plate

Edible water bottles. Insect pâté. Cheese cultivated from bacteria. The…

28 June 2019 | 1

Food: bigger than the plate

Edible water bottles. Insect pâté. Cheese cultivated from bacteria. The V&A reimagined our food future from growing to eating in this sensory exhibition that ran from May to October 2019.

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28 June 2019 | 1

The real Glastonbury: you

Glasto, we can’t wait! Head over here to Matthew Joseph’s…

28 June 2019 | 1

The real Glastonbury: you

Glasto, we can’t wait! Head over here to Matthew Joseph’s photographs of life beyond the main stages. The glitter, the flags, the wellies (hopefully not!) are back.

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28 June 2019 | 1

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