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Artist Illustrates “Good News” And Here Are 20 Uplifting Posts

The media we consume daily has an impact on our thoughts and emotions. And during the wreck that was 2020, many of us probably experienced how easy it is to fall into regularly watching or listening to bad news. So Amii James, an illustrator from North Devon, United Kingdom, decided to create a counterbalance to this.

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30 Amazing Winners Of The 2020 World Nature Photography Awards

The World Nature Photography Awards have announced their 2020 winners, and the competition has proven itself to be a wonderful celebration of Mother Earth.

“2020 was a challenging year for many but nothing could be more uplifting than marveling at the beauty of the natural world around us,” the organizers wrote. “And that’s something that our 2020 winners have done with gusto.”

Participants competed in 13 categories. Their images and captions revealed that the pandemic has diminished neither their passion nor their patience for capturing our planet. But at the end of the day, the title of World Nature Photographer of the Year went to Thomas Vijayan for his shot ‘The world is going upside down.’

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Coronavirus Street Art By John D’oh

Documenting the pandemic through Street Art

I have covered the Covid-19 epidemic in a lot of detail since the start of the outbreak, and quite a few of my artworks have been featured in articles from all over the world in many different languages. As I have produced so much artwork about the outbreak and its socio-economic consequences, I decided to produce a book as an informative, vibrant, and occasionally-humorous diary of the unprecedented events. Most of the images seen and explained in this book come from Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Glastonbury, Weston-super-Mare, and Worcester. While in the situation of a national lockdown, it would have been easier to go out undetected and produce lots more art, I did (for the most part) obey the lockdown and social distancing rules. I considered going out to spray images as my “one permitted form of exercise a day.” Being stuck at home gave me time to prepare stencils and other artworks at home for the future. Given that art products were definitely not considered essential and not easy to buy, it forced me to recycle or reuse more items, such as making more stencils out of old cardboard cereal boxes.

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This 12-Year-Old Girl Redecorated Her Family Home In A Week For Just $125

Being stuck in quarantine has prompted many of us to take up new hobbies and develop new talents. Just take Bea Levache, a 12-year-old girl from Kent, United Kingdom, for example. During the lockdown, she was constantly complaining about being bored so her mother, Susie, decided to ‘teach her a lesson’ by asking her to measure a wall that she was planning to panel. Then the mother showed Bea how to use the workbench and handsaw, and the girl managed to complete the paneling by herself. Turns out that Bea actually loved the job, and to her mother’s surprise, ended up redecorating the whole home!

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12-year-old Bea Levache from Kent, United Kingdom, recently redecorated her family home

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It all started when her mother, Susie, asked her to help with some measuring

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Soon enough the girl was taking up more difficult projects and even pitching some ideas of her own

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Susie says that as the stores were closed, they had to work with what they had. It was Bea’s idea to go with the mismatched cupboard color

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In an interview with Bored Panda, Susie said she let Bea try out what she liked as she had plenty of time to repair her mistakes if any happened. “She now uses the handsaw, spirit level, electric drill, sander, and tile cutter confidently,” said the mother. “She even had a go at stenciling and her next project is to renovate her brother’s room using some carpentry skills.”

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The finished result ended up looking absolutely amazing

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Bea was a little worried at first but quickly got the hang of it

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Susie says that she loves to reuse and repurpose old things, and has quite the collection of old handles, frames, and furniture in her shed. “In terms of our budget, it was actually very little because we already had timber, glue, paints and old handles, etc., so in real terms, we spent about $100-$150 on extra items,” explained the mother. “But everything else, we either raided the attic or painted stuff from other rooms to give it a new lease of life. We had a really productive week and did countless rooms in about 10 days and we are still going.”

Check out more progress pics below!

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Here are more pictures of the end result

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Google Doodles A Video Celebrating Hawaiian “Over The Rainbow” Singer IZ’s 61st Birthday

There’s no doubt that many, if not all, of you have heard the iconic song Over The Rainbow, originally performed by Judy Garland playing the role of Dorothy in the movie The Wizard of Oz from 1939.

If you’re like me, you probably first heard this song sung not by the original singer, but by another artist—Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, a Native Hawaiian singer, lyricist, and musician who performed the more familiar ukulele version of this song.

Despite his passing back in June of 1997, Kamakawiwo’ole has left an immense legacy not just in Hawaii, but the entire world. To honor this, Google came out with a Doodle celebrating his life as a musician and as a Hawaiian activist on May 20th, the day he would have become 61 years old.

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Google Doodles are known for celebrating the great and awesome things that have graced the world

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On May 20th, a number of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Iceland were graced by a Google Doodle (given they open the search engine) dedicated to the late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. As explained on Google’s Doodle website, the doodle celebrates the 61th birthday of the native Hawaiian ukulele player and activist as a part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The artist is best known for his melodic and touching rendition of Over The Rainbow, which has struck a chord with the entire world. He was such a phenomenon in Hawaii’s history, dedicating his life to advocacy of Hawaii’s culture and values, Kamakawiwo’ole is often also called the Voice of Hawaii.

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On May 20th, Google decided to celebrate the life and legacy of singer and activitst Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole

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“But Israel is so much more than one song; with his band and successful solo career, he redefined popular Hawaiian music through his own unique style and spread his love for the islands around the world. Thank you, Israel, for providing the soundtrack for Hawai’i and for continuing to move hearts around the world through your music,” reads Google’s page dedicated to this now iconic doodle.

There was also a full-length video released honoring Kamakawiwo’ole with imagery and animation prepared by the Rainbow Team at Google Doodle, and the soundtrack—yep, you’ve guessed it—the musician’s rendition of Over The Rainbow playing. The video retells the story of Kamakawiwo’ole, showing how he got his ukulele, his personality, his musical success, and his impact on Hawaiian culture.

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The Rainbow Team at Google came out with some doodles and even a video celebrating the icon’s life

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The doodle was directed by Sophie Diao, lead artist of the Rainbow Team at Google Doodle. She explained that she wanted to make an animated video about his life and legacy that would complement the song with a gentle and loose visual style. With the help of Dalani Tanahy of Kapa Hawaii, the video was embedded with traditional Hawaiian kapa, adding depth and dimension to the scene transitions, and Gabrielle Ahuli’i, a Native Hawaiian author and librarian, contributed overall ideas and feedback on making this doodle a reality.

“The foundation for the entire Doodle was the amazing phone call that we had with Jon (Israel’s producer) and Marlene (Israel’s widow). They were able to share their favorite stories about him and give so much context about who he was and what he was all about—even down to his favorite flower (plumeria),” said Diao.

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The doodles and video feature parts of IZ’s life all wrapped in a traditional and cultural Hawaiian aesthetic

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She also explained that when she was talking to Jon and Marlene, she asked what Israel would’ve wanted the Doodle to be like, and the wife immediately, without hesitation, said “Happy. Life is beautiful. He loved life.” No matter what, Israel never lost his determination to keep going, and that is felt and seen in the doodle.

Kamakawiwo’ole died at the age of 38 due to respiratory, heart, and other medical problems connected to obesity, leaving a long list of musical and cultural achievements, having spent much of his life promoting Hawaii’s independence and its ideals, becoming the legend that he is today.

The doodle was launched as a part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Watch the Google Doodle video dedicated to Kamakawiwo’ole’s life and legacy

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What are your thoughts on this? Have any favorite songs by Kamakawiwo’ole? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Following Storm Ciara, This Woman Captures A Once-in-a-lifetime ‘Eye Of The Storm’ Moment


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One woman from the UK captured magnificent images of the ‘eye of the storm’

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48-year-old Sarah Hodges, based in Bolton, United Kingdom, noticed the bright moon shining through her window on the evening of 11 February. Wanting to share the beautiful sight with her friends, the woman took some pictures to share on her personal Facebook page.

The photos were taken in Bolton, UK, where Storm Ciara swept through

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Little did Sarah know that the pictures, taken with a Samsung S9 phone, would quickly go viral, amassing over 2K likes and a staggering 35K shares, with people praising her for the mesmerizing pictures of the full moon.

The woman who posted the pictures did not expect them to go viral

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The 48-year-old, who works as a baker, told one news outlet: “I took the pictures last Tuesday 11 Feb 2020, between 9.34 pm and 9.39 pm, just from my bedroom window at my home address. I am obsessed with the moon, sunset, sunrise, and the sea. I just used my Samsung S9. I know I got lucky, people spend thousands on cameras to get the perfect shot. I feel overwhelmed and proud, as it’s a once in a lifetime shot… which I do understand.”

But over 35K people have shared the snaps already

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Since the pictures have circulated widely around various social media platforms, many were left in awe after seeing the beautiful snaps of the moon. “I’ve saved this image, would love it as my phone background,” one person comments. “Stunning!” another woman adds.

Many people online saw it as a religious apparition

But naturally, not everyone was in agreement

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Sikh And Hindu Couple Coordinate Outfits For Their Marriage, They Look Stunning (12 Pics)

The most important day of your life, your wedding, means going all out and creating an experience that you, your beloved, and your guests will remember for decades to come. Amar Jandoo and Hiren Gondhia made a splash online when they wore matching blush outfits for their wedding in Fall of 2019.

Amar and Hiren’s special day was photographed by none other than Zohaib Ali (who specializes in Sikh, Hindu, and Muslim wedding photography) who documented the occasion in Essex in the United Kingdom.

The couple ordered their outfits from Delhi in India and matched every detail, up to the flowers that complimented their outfits.

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Amar and Hiren wore matching outfits to their Hindu wedding ceremony

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“Everybody was so complimentary of our outfits and the way we complemented one another,” Amar revealed to Insider what people said about the ceremony and the wedding outfits.

The couple made sure that every detail matched, right down to the flowers

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Amar met her future husband Hiren after a series of coincidences when they accidentally ran into each other several times in the same week. Sounds a lot like fate, doesn’t it?

“We met just over four years ago in a bar after seeing each other at the train station on our commute to work a number of times that same week,” Amar said. “We got engaged in September 2018 in Cappadocia, Turkey, under hot air balloons.”

The wedding weekend took place in September 2019

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Amar is Sikh, while Hiren is Hindu, so they decided to do two marriage ceremonies from both religions, instead of choosing only one of them. That’s the sort of love and mutual respect that leads to a strong foundation and a long-lasting relationship.

“So on Saturday we had our Sikh wedding at a local temple and on Sunday we had our Hindu wedding, followed by our wedding reception at Quendon Hall to wrap up the week of celebrations,” Amar said about the busy weekend they had in September 2019. The couple wore the matching outfits for the Hindu ceremony.

The bride and groom received plenty of compliments for their blush outfits that they ordered from India

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She continued: “Given our wedding venue is in the middle of a deer park with lots of greenery, I wanted a subtle, pastel color that would stand out and complement the flowers and decor at the same time. Both of our outfits were purchased from a boutique in Delhi, India, called Frontier Raas.”

What’s more, the couple picked the flowers once they got their outfits to make sure that everything matched. That also meant that the groom’s outfit had to be altered. “Hiren’s outfit was originally in another color,” Amar said. “We requested that it be dyed to match mine.”

People thought that Amar and Hiren looked gorgeous in their matching outfits

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11 Product Highlights from Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week—which took place in one of London’s most vibrant districts—celebrated its 10th anniversary from May 21-23. The United Kingdom’s leading independent design festival showcased seven exhibitions in different venues, each with a specific focus: Design Fields for international contemporary design; Platform for emerging talent; Project for a selection of contract furniture and surface brands; British Collection for UK designers; Detail for fine craftsmanship; Elements for ironmongery, hardware, switch plates and architectural accessories; and Light for international lighting brands.

Over three days, professionals and visitors had the opportunity to discover pop-ups and installations, and to attend workshops and talks. Around 100 showrooms were involved in the 2019 edition, including Arper, Bert Frank, Deadgood, Hitch Mylius, Mapei, Piemme Ce, Sedus, and Workstories, among many others. Here are our top 11 products from the show.

1. Bristol Light by Deadgood Studio

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To celebrate its 15th birthday, British design brand Deadgood presented an installation of the Bristol Light, which is designed in house. Available in cobalt blue or clear crystal, the modern pendant lamp is created with the traditional free-blown glassmaking technique.

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2. Rails by Gwendoline Porte

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Inspired by the form of railway tracks, the Rails collection comprises a series of playful and ergonomic limited-edition functional sculptures. “We spend a lot of time working, while wireless technology enables us to move around more freely,” says Gwendoline Porte. “I wanted to match that flexibility with a collection of timeless modules that suit the way we live and work now, whether in contemporary office spaces, hotel lobbies, or home living areas.”

3. Dawn to Dusk by Haberdashery

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For the first time on display in the UK, the timeless Dawn to Dusk lamp by London-based design studio Haberdashery—which won the Best of the Best Red Dot Award 2019—is available as a side light and standing floor lamp. With its different colors (red, orange, peach, and white), it evokes the memory of sunrise and sunset. “We want to bring a smile to your face and warmth into your space,” says creative director and co-founder Ben Rigby.

4. S 533 F Chair by Besau Marguerre for Thonet

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Thonet presented two new versions of the S 533 F originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and reinterpreted by Hamburg-based design duo Besau Marguerre: one with a frame in pearl gloss chrome and anthracite leather and the other with a frame in champagne chrome and soft rose leather. “The intentional restraint in the use of materials, the elegance of the lines, and transparency in effect as the characteristics of the S 533 tempted us to pick up Mies van der Rohe’s motto ‘less is more’ and to establish a contrast between the objectivity and softness,” says Eva Marguerre.

5. Pastilles by Studiopepe for Tacchini

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Designed by Studiopepe for Italian brand Tacchini, the Pastilles collection of small armchairs, ottomans, and coffee tables was presented in London for the first time at the 2019 edition of Clerkenwell Design Week. The soft shapes of these pieces bring back childhood memories, while providing a high level of comfort.

6. Sequel by Alusid for Parkside

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Sustainable forms are at the heart of the new Parkside showroom in Clerkenwell, and the tile company launched Sequel by Alusid to continue this theme during the festival. The sustainable collection of bowls, vases, glasses, and plates features 98 percent recycled content, reflecting how to combine green materials and beautiful design.

7. The Crawford Collection by Stellar Works x Tom Fereday

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For the first time in the UK, Asian design brand Stellar Works showcased the Crawford collection, shaped by Australian designer Tom Fereday. Natural materials and tactile finishes characterize the sofa, bed, dining chair and tables from this new range released in association with retailer Lane Crawford.

Watch now: Product Insight on Tom Fereday’s Crawford Collection for Stellar Works

8. TIRAR Collection

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Created by interior designer Felice Carlino—founder of Sumu Design—TIRAR’s door pulls, cabinet pulls, lever handles and towel rails are made in Sydney, Australia, with three different timber species: Australian spotted gum, American white oak and American walnut. “Fingers are made up of three joints that wrap themselves around the grip,” says Carlino. “We crafted a taper and radius edges so that the door pull and level would sit within the grip of the hand, and be comfortable in both larger and more delicate hands.”

9. Rote by Bert Franck

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With a new showroom opening this month in Clerkenwell, lighting manufacturer Bert Frank—founded in 2013 by designer Robbie Llewellyn and metalwork manufacturer Adam Yeats—presented the Rote collection at the design week. This piece, which features a satin brass ring and laser-cut diamond leaves, is available in four versions: pendant, wall sconce, table lamp, and chandelier.

10. VON Collection by ercol

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Designed by Icelandic designer Hlynur V. Atlason (based in New York) for British furniture maker ercol, the VON collection of chairs, benches, and table units—inspired by the 427 Chair by Lucian Ercolani, which was originally launched in 1956—can be used in both domestic and commercial spaces. A new stool was presented at Clerkenwell Design Week.

11. Extinct Animals Wallcoverings by Moooi and Arte

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This sophisticated collection is the result of a collaboration between Moooi and Arte. Wallcoverings options include colors, textures, and patterns inspired by the characteristics of extinct or rare animals such as Aristo Quagga, Armoured Boar, Bearded Leopard, Flying Coral Fish, Umbrella Squid, and a menagerie of other bygone species.

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