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ALAIN DE BOTTON – ATHEISM 2.0 (TED)

I’ve been following Alain de Botton on Twitter for quite some time now, and I must admit, his approach to the medium is pretty unique – where most people use Twitter for the spontaneous, the mundane, the immaterial anecdotes of our lives, de Botton instead prefers to send out didacticism’s, pulses into the ether, that may or may not ruminate inside the reader.

I listened to his TED talk with an open mind.  Would it be hoity-toity poppycock, idealised philosophising; or would it make me think a little differently about religion, the arts and what he refers to as ‘atheism 2.0’?

Well, Alain de Botton talks with great sincerity and enthusiasm.  I believe that this talk, and his book ‘Religion for Atheists‘ have caused a real stir with many.  This lecture is certainly worth 20 minutes of your time, just to see if you agree with his sentiments.  Enjoy.

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TEMPORARY CALLIGRAFFITI

Now you see it, now you don’t…

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DAVID SHRIGLEY AT THE HAYWARD GALLERY

David Shrigley is a wonderfully dry, acerbic artist who is well known for his hilarious illustrations and cartoons.

He hails from Macclesfield but works out of his studio at home in Glasgow.

He’s having a huge exhibition of his work at the Hayward Gallery in London right now.  It’s running until May 13 2012.  Catch it if you can.

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON – DISCOVERED IN ALNWICK…

Nearly all book-lovers in the North-East of England are familiar with Barter Books of Alnwick.  It is a fantastic ex-railway station that has been turned into one of the most delightful, snuggly bookstores in the country.  What I certainly did not know, however, was that it was also home to the ‘rediscovery’ of those now-infamous ‘Keep Calm and Carry On‘ posters which have been reproduced and bastardised countless times in the last couple of years.

Here is a fascinating short documentary on how Barter Books discovered the (never issued) classic British WWII poster.

Via Kottke

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LONDON 2012 ROYAL MINT COIN COLLECTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year we posted images of the London 2012 Olympics official posters, and we now bring news of the latest collectible in what is sure to be an endless line of hook-ups as we move closer to Britain’s main event of the year.

The Royal Mint has unveiled a collectible coin collection – each coin celebrating one of the 29 sports at the Olympic Games or the Paralympics Games.

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DAMIEN HIRST X PANERAI

Damien Hirst has unveiled his latest artworks entitled “O’Clock: time design, design time” as part of a collaboration with Italian watch giants Panerai.

The two pieces, which are on display inside the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy, use over 1000 of the luxury watches.  Time is indeed money, as they say.

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LONDON 2012 POSTERS

Twelve posters designed by UK artists to promote the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were unveiled yesterday.  Of the 12 artists involved in the official poster collection, four are former Turner Prize winners.

My favourite (pictured above) is by Rachel Whiteread, the first woman to win the Turner Prize, who has used coffee cup stains as a representation of the ubiquitous Olympic rings.

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RICK GENEST X DERMABLEND

How do you judge a book?  Amazing promo piece from Rick Genest and Dermablend.

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CHRISTOPHER JONASSEN PHOTOGRAPHY

You’d be easily forgiven for assuming that these images were sublime captures from some space-satellite or super powerful telescope; the latest high-res shots of the solar system, perhaps?

Well you’d be wrong, because these are images of well-worn frying pans from a wonderful ‘investigation’ entitled ‘Devour‘, by Norway-based photographer Christopher Jonassen.

The images in ‘Devour’ are accompanied by a quote from Jean-Paul Sartre: “To eat is to appropriate by destruction”, and these ravaged old bits of iron, copper or tin do rather eerily evoke the ‘view from above’ that perhaps the Hubble or some such has often provided us with.

Eat to live, or live to eat?  Either way, whether it’s teflon coating or the ozone layer, we’re pretty happy to let nothing get in our way.

More images after the jump.

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