Thursday, October 4, 2012

Adaptive Roots in the Concrete Jungle

Although the Sifter has already featured ‘adaptive roots growing into concrete‘, I couldn’t resist sharing this awesome example as well. Unfortunately a reverse image search on Google and Tineye did not reveal any additional information as to the photographer or where this was spotted. One site stated this tree was in Happy Valley, Hong Kong but there was no proof; so for now, we’ll just admire this tree’s ability to adapt to it’s surroundings and survive. If you know any more info, please share in the comments!

Land ahoy ! Snap up your own private island for £3m, but it does look suspiciously like a boat

This amazing-looking craft can't quite work out whether it's a boat or an island.  The Osros floating Island was designed to offer the billionaire superyacht lifestyle for mere millionaire money. It boasts six luxury double bedrooms, with space for 12 residents and accommodation for up to four staff members, all for a cool £3million.  There is what the manufacturers describe as an 'autonomous power supply based energy system' powered, both day and night, by a noiseless wind energy system, as well as more than 120 m2 of solar panels making the most use of daylight. Heat recovery from sea water is the basis for heating and air conditioning. Buyers can tailor the interior and design to their individual needs. The sun deck area features sun roof loungers, a BBQ area, Jacuzzi, and a bar with seating for up to 15 people. There is storage for water sports and diving equipment and a mooring for motor boats along with a handy hatch for loading and unloading of provisions. The main deck hosts a spacious living room and lounge with exotic aquarium, regulated lighting and air supply. Hungry guests can also take advantage of a small kitchenette with a bar and restaurant area with option to expand the space by opening the doors to the adjoining terrace. Six 20m² state rooms, with ensuite bathrooms, are accessible through the living room, half a level lower, and boast large windows that afford a panoramic view of the surrounding area.Previous floating island designs have come with price tags in excess of US$100 million, but Orsos Island creator Gábor Orsós aims to combine the positive aspects of mainland real estate and luxury yachts at much reduced cost, albeit in comparison to superyachts.

Aces high: Stunning pictures of Red Arrows tearing across the sky pay poignant tribute to daredevils who lost their lives last year

Nothing can beat witnessing the white-knuckle aerobatics of the Red Arrows in person - but these spectacular photographs of them in action might just be the next best thing. A collection of some of the most impressive shots of the world-famous display team's manoeuvres has been compiled for a new book being sold in memory of two stunt pilots who were killed in accidents last year. Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging died when his Hawk aircraft crashed following a display in August, while fellow ace Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was killed when his ejector seat misfired at an airbase in November. Now some of the finest work by photographers E.J. van Koningsveld and Keith Wilson will be sold to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, which exists to support air force personnel and their families. Red Arrows in Camera, an access-all-areas account written by Mr Wilson, marks a triumphant celebration of the Reds after a year in which the two tragedies in quick succession shook the squad and its fans. Flt Lt Egging's plane went down as the Reds left Bournemouth Air Festival on August 20. His wife Emma was among the horrified crowd who watched as the accident unfolded, with the 33-year-old pilot fighting to stop his aircraft hitting the nearby village of Throop after it went out of control.  He managed to change course and crashed into a field before coming to rest in the River Stour, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. Then, less than three months later, tragedy struck again when Flt Lt Cunningham, 35, was ejected from his plane while still on the runway at RAF Scampton, in Lincolnshire. A malfunction saw him thrown up to 200ft in the air before he plummetted to the ground and later died of his injuries.Before the two men's deaths, the Red Arrows had not suffered a fatality since 1988. The book in their memory, which contains more than 300 photographs, gives an insight into the roles of individual team members, as well as the high standards and tight schedules that drive them.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Painting on the walls of the streets ... It's just great ideas!!!

Painting on the walls of the streets ... It's just great ideas!!!

Unbelievable Street Art
Astonishing Street Art
Incredible Street Art
Awesome Street Art


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