"I think I also wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you even if you are a stranger."
Graham Hughes yesterday became first person to visit all 201 countries of the world without travelling on a plane. His epic journey, that began in his hometown of Liverpool on New Year's Day 2009, ended in Sudan. The 33-year-old film maker used buses, taxis, trains and his own two feet to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days - all on a budget of $100 a week. Here's his travel tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAbCgr6jJ_0
National Geographic's new series 'Doomsday Preppers' interviews ordinary Americans who are planning for the end of the world on 21st December 2012 with strategies including year-long stockpiles of dried food, collecting rain water and storing weapons.
A friend sent me this photo from India today: "...I set out from Manali three days ago, heading for Ladakh. From the time we left [Manali] till we reached our destination in the evening, we were surrounded by rainbows! Rainbows in the sky above us, behind us, in front of us, rainbows in the valleys below us, double rainbows - you name it. Every time we stopped, a rainbow seemed to appear..."
I really enjoyed this gothic tale, where the heroines and heroes have dirty, greasy hair (unlike usual Hollywood fayre) and the sets and characters look truly medieval - in an imaginative fairy-tale way, of course!
Kirsty Mitchell's stunning Wonderland series has been three years in the making. All costumes, wigs and sets were constructed on a shoe-string budget. Some images took up to five months to create and she would often wait an entire year to find the perfect natural setting for one of her magical scenes. Kirsty's late mother Maureen, an English teacher who spent her life inspiring generations of children with imaginative stories, died from a brain tumour in 2008. Kirsty channelled her grief into a three year labour of love. Look out for a planned exhibition and accompanying book.
Photographer Jesse Rosten produced an amusing parody of how Photoshop is used in beauty and fashion advertising... The video commercial isn't real, and neither are society's standards of beauty. View the 2 minute video clip at: http://jesserosten.com/2012/fotoshop-by-adobe
Above: Art inspired by Lem's Cybriad illustrations by Daniel Mroz
Loved these illustrations on Google today! Google celebrates the 60th anniversary of science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem's first book publication, The Astronauts with some interactive doodles. Stanisław Lem (Polish pronunciation: [staˈɲiswav ˈlɛm] ( listen); 12 September 1921 – 27 March 2006).
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the origins, science and mythology of the moon. Humans have been fascinated by our only known satellite since prehistory. In some cultures the Moon has been worshipped as a deity; in recent centuries there has been lively debate about its origins and physical characteristics.
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
This is an excerpt of the Commencement address at Stanford University by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005. Watch the full length video here.
Above: Sara Stockbridge photographed for i-D Magazine, August 1987. Photographer: Nick Knight. "Harris Tweed” crown by Stephen Jones' for Vivienne Westwood, Fall 1987.
If you grew up in the 1980s you may remember Sara Stockbridge as Vivienne Westwood's vivacious muse who brought the designer's mini-crini and harlequin catsuits to life with her white-blonde pin curls, red lipstick and Amazonian physique.
The Moon is the card of intuition, dreams and the unconscious. It's light is dim, uncertain, and only vaguely illuminates our path as we journey toward higher consciousness. Similarly, our dreams, intuitions, and inner promptings lead us forward toward higher levels of understanding if we listen carefully and use judgement to interpret the veiled messages of the unconscious.
One of the largest experiments in telepathy was carried out by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr. Montague Ullman and Stanley Cripner MD of the Maimonides Medical Center dream laboratory inNew York. In 1971, they asked over 2000 attendees of a Grateful Dead concert to telepathically transport a picture to a very successful English psychic Malcolmn Bessant who was sleeping 45 miles away in the Maimonides Medical Center dream laboratory.
Mirroring that earlier experiment, Dr David Ash will be conducting a series of telepathic experiments working with psychics present at the Sunrise Festival near Bruton in Somerset this weekend.
Once a day, the public will assist by focussing their minds on a randomly selected image, whilst the telepaths in a tent, securely separated from the public arena, as well as psychics participating remotely from around the world, will attempt to draw the components of the image. The aim of the experiment is to allow psychics to demonstrate extra-sensory abilities witnessed by hundreds or even thousands of people. The results will be analysed by a statistician to produce a scientific paper on the wonder of human telepathic abilities. For more information contact stuart(at)positivetv.tv or dana(at)positivetv.tv
Dream Telepathy Dr. Montague Ullman, Dr. Stanley Cripner's and Alan Vaughan's Book: Dream Telephathy
When LA Philharmonic violinist Robert Gupta once taught the acclaimed US musician Nathaniel Ayers it piqued his interest in how music relates to mental illness and other neurological and cognitive issues. His video talk for TED Talks underscores the importance of music therapy as well as a greater understanding of how the human mind works.
"In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence—bliss—the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us. This is the way to save the coming generation." David Lynch, award-winning director, writer and producer.
Meditation is to be taught at a state school for the first time. A private school in Lancashire run by followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - the spiritualist who taught The Beatles the transcendental technique - will transfer to the state sector in September 2011.