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30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987 (41 photos)

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3 years earlier, the long-fought Iran-Iraq battle had reached a lethal delay, the stock markets took a substantial hit on Black Monday in October, American political leaders were tailoring up for the 1988 presidential race, Infant Jessica was saved from a well, program survive CNN, as well as far more. Professional photographers were also busy documenting the lives of Pee-wee Herman, Menudo, Mikhail Gorbachev, Howard Stern, Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Bernie Goetz, and also many others. Take an enter a visual time capsule now, for a short appearance at the year 1987.

Head of state Ronald Reagan talks regarding Martin Luther King Jr. during an aired speech at the White Residence in Washington, DC, on January 15, 1987. (Dennis Chef/ AP)



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If You Could Photograph Your Dreams, It Would Look Something Like This Turkish Artist’s Images

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What Horror Movie Stars Look Like In Real Life

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Valak – Bonnie Aarons (The Conjuring 2, 2016)

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Pale Man – Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006)

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Samara – Daveigh Chase (The Ring, 2002)

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Alien – Bolaji Badejo (Alien, 1979)

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Freddy Krueger – Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street, 1984)

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Pennywise – Tim Curry (It, 1990)

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Kayako – Takako Fuji (The Grudge, 2004)

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Regan Macneil – Linda Blair (The Exorcist, 1973)

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Toshio – Yuya Ozeki (Ju-On, 2002)

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Pinhead – Doug Bradley (Hellraiser, 1987)

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bugatti chiron: a behind the scenes look at supercar production processes

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one bugatti chiron supercar requires twenty specialists working by hand to assemble its 1800 parts.

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First Look: 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

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Under the leadership of ex-Nissan engineer and current CEO Andy Palmer, Aston Martin has promised to offer a manual gearbox on models whenever possible.

With that being said, the former automatic transmission only Aston Martin V12 Vantage S will now be available with a seven-speed manual, featuring a classic dogleg first gear.

What’s New

The 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S remains relatively unchanged compared to the 2016 version – the only major addition to the model is the aforementioned seven-speed manual gearbox. The dogleg first gear, which is accessed by shifting the gear lever to the left and down, is a tribute to classic Aston Martin race cars.

Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 Carrera, which also offer a seven-speed manual gearbox, the shift pattern is different in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S. In the Corvette and the 911, the seventh gear gets its own row after the traditional six gear pattern, but in the V12 Vantage S, after the dogleg first gear, the second gear sits on top of the third – fourth above fifth, and then sixth above seventh.

It will take some time getting used to.

In International markets, the seven-speed manual will be offered as a no-cost option alongside the aging and jerky, AMT single-clutch automated transmission. In the U.S., the manual gearbox will be offered as a special edition, but with total production limited to just 100 copies. The manual transmission comes with a rev-matching system known as AMSHIFT, which delivers digitally assisted, heel-and-toe downshifts. It also allows no-lift, full-throttle upshifting for maximum acceleration.

With 2016 being the final year for the current generation Vantage, the manual transmission equipped V12 Vantage S should be considered the sports car’s final “hurrah” before it is replaced next year.

Performance

Aside from the addition of the manual transmission, the rest of the mechanical hardware carries over from 2016.

The 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is still powered by the 565 horsepower 6.0 L naturally-aspirated V12 engine. When equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission, it will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Maximum velocity is achieved at 205 mph.

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2017 Updates

Like the rest of the Vantage models, the V12 Vantage S receives minor visual tweaks to improve airflow at high speeds. Inside, it will receive the new and improved AMi III infotainment and navigation system. With improved graphics, it will be compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

Availability

Deliveries of the manual equipped 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S start this fall, with a $ 188,795 base price.

If you have dreamed of owning an Aston Martin, now is your chance to get one before all 100 U.S. bound copies are spoken for. And I don’t sense that will take very long . . .

*Rahul Raman is the Founder of CARS 360 Mke, an automotive news outlet. He is a regular contributor to Automoblog and the author of our First Look series. 

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50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1966 (50 photos)

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A half-century ago, the war in Vietnam continued its escalation, NASA’s Project Gemini was completed after ten manned launches, and the USSR successfully landed a vehicle on the Moon. The first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was introduced, along with miniaturized televisions, while race riots and anti-war protests swept the United States. Charles Whitman shot and killed 14 people from his perch atop a tower at the University of Texas at Austin, and doctors at the Veterans Administration hospital in New Jersey conducted medical tests on 10 beagles, attaching them to machines designed to let them smoke cigarettes for years. Let me take you 50 years into the past, for a look at the year 1966.

Six-year-old Robin Arrington, daughter of a Miami Southern Christian Leadership Conference attorney, leans on Dr. Martin Luther King's shoulder as Dr. King holds a press conference, April 11, 1966, in Miami, Florida. (AP)


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50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1966 (50 photos)

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A half-century ago, the war in Vietnam continued its escalation, NASA’s Project Gemini was completed after ten manned launches, and the USSR successfully landed a vehicle on the Moon. The first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was introduced, along with miniaturized televisions, while race riots and anti-war protests swept the United States. Charles Whitman shot and killed 14 people from his perch atop a tower at the University of Texas at Austin, and doctors at the Veterans Administration hospital in New Jersey conducted medical tests on 10 beagles, attaching them to machines designed to let them smoke cigarettes for years. Let me take you 50 years into the past, for a look at the year 1966.

Six-year-old Robin Arrington, daughter of a Miami Southern Christian Leadership Conference attorney, leans on Dr. Martin Luther King's shoulder as Dr. King holds a press conference, April 11, 1966, in Miami, Florida. (AP)


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How People Look After 1, 2, and 3 Glasses Of Wine

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There’s a saying about wine, that “the first glass of wine is all about the food, the second glass is about love, and the third glass is about mayhem”, says Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti. According to him, the “3 Glasses after [project] started as a joke like a game after hours”, during which he photographed his friends after one, two, and three glasses of wine.

“The first picture was taken right away when our guests have just arrived at the studio,” explains Alberti, “in order to capture the stress and the fatigue after…working all day”. As the pictures reveal, however, a smile or a hint of goofiness soon begins to creep into the photos. By the last shot, many of Alberti’s friends can scarcely contain their mirth!

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How Peacocks Look In Mid-Flight (9 Pics)

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The peacock is the Kanye West of birds. After all, they do have over 200 colorful elongated feathers that attract not just their potential partners, but many people’s attention and cameras, too.

But often their vibrant assets distract from their other capabilities. Few people get a chance to see these birds off a ground, but they can, indeed, fly. Though usually peacocks do that in case of danger, rather than pleasure. When predators appear, birds start running and flutter into the air. Surprisingly, the long feathers don’t affect their take-offs. The distance might be limited, but they can speed up to 16 km/h (10 mph)!

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What Peaceful Borders Between European Countries Look Like

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Meet Furry Pigs That Look Like Sheep And Act Like Dogs

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If you could combine three animals into one, which ones would you pick? A pig, a sheep, and a dog? Well, there’s no need to camp outside of the geneticist cloner’s office any longer, because the Mangalitsa pig fits the bill! Its curly hair give it a sheep-like appearance, and some breeders say it’s as good natured as a dog. But wait, there’s more.

This Hungarian breed also fought communism. Kind of. It practically disappeared from its native land under communism, but was saved in 1989 after the fall of the Berlin Wall by animal geneticist Peter Toth. Now, this brave survivor of a totalitarian regime can once again roam free in secure pens around the globe!

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20+ Animals That Totally Look Like Celebrities

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Alpaca Looks Like Taylor Lautner

Alpaca Looks Like Taylor Lautner

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This Dog Looks Like Snoop Dog

This Dog Looks Like Snoop Dog

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This Dog Looks Like Ron Perlman

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This Caterpillar Looks Like Donald Trump’s Hair

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This Frog Looks Like Madonna

This Frog Looks Like Madonna

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Hamilton The Hipster Cat Looks Like Salvador Dali

Hamilton The Hipster Cat Looks Like Salvador Dali

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A Saturniidae Moth’s Caterpillar Looks Like George Clinton

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Sea Urchin Looks Like Cher

Sea Urchin Looks Like Cher

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Killer Whale Looks Like Kim Kardashian

Killer Whale Looks Like Kim Kardashian

This Dog Looks Like Samuel L. Jackson

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The Lesula Monkey Looks Like Adrien Brody

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Mind-Bending Photos Of Istanbul Look Straight From Inception

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Dear Inception fans, “Flatland” is not a sequel, but it’s still quite fascinating. The digital series of Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş distorts the streets of Istanbul into a surreal cityscape to challenge viewer’s perspective.

“We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension,” says Büyüktaş. “These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality, ironic as well as multidimensional, romantic point of view.”

The project was originally inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s satirical novella “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” It is a story of a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures.

More info: Facebook | Instagram (h/t: designboom)

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Mind-Bending Photos Of Instanbul Look Straight From Inception

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Dear Inception fans, “Flatland” is not a sequel, but it’s still quite fascinating. The digital series of Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş distorts the streets of Istanbul into a surreal cityscape to challenge viewer’s perspective.

“We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension,” says Büyüktaş. “These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality, ironic as well as multidimensional, romantic point of view.”

The project was originally inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s satirical novella “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” It is a story of a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures.

More info: Facebook | Instagram (h/t: designboom)

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First Look: 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

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In the fourth quarter of 2015, Chevrolet unveiled the second generation Cruze sedan, which is a lot lighter, safer, and more powerful than its predecessor. Now, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the company is removing the covers off the new-for-the-U.S., 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback.

What’s New

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback has the same, class-leading 106.3 in wheelbase as the sedan, but it features a unique roof and rear-end structure, which includes wraparound taillights and an integrated spoiler on top of the hatch.

Inside, the Cruze Hatchback offers 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and when they are folded, that cargo space expands to 42 cubic feet.

In a recent statement, Alan Batey, President of General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet, said “with 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America. As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”

When compared to its predecessor, the second generation Cruze is more than 200 pounds lighter, largely due to a body structure that is 100 pounds lighter and an engine that is 44 pounds lighter. Its shift from an iron block with aluminum heads to an all-aluminum engine helped with the weight savings.

Performance

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback is powered by a new 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 153 horsepower and 177 lb.ft. torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

The engine is also fitted with an automatic stop/start function to maximize fuel efficiency.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Rear Fascia

Key Features

Unlike its main competitors in the compact car segment, the 2017 Chevy Cruze offers class-exclusive standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility via the MyLink radio system. It also features an available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.

Standard safety features in the Cruze include Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist. The optional Teen Driver feature helps support safe driving habits for young drivers and provides driving statistics for parents.

Additional, optional features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather-appointed seating surface, real French seams, and halogen projector beam headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights.

Availability

North American consumers can purchase the 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback starting in the fall.

In the U.S., the Cruze sedan is available in L, LS, LT, and Premier trims, while the Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package. The RS styling package adds unique front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps, and 18-inch wheels on the Premier trim models.

*Rahul Raman is the Founder of CARS 360 Mke, an automotive news outlet. He is a regular contributor to Automoblog.net and the author of our First Look series. 

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Dezeen’s top 12 buildings to look forward to in 2016

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Dezeen’s architecture editor Amy Frearson looks ahead to the buildings we can expect in 2016, including an art museum set in the caves of an artificial island, a holiday home in the Welsh countryside, and a weathering-steel theatre.


Pingtan Art Museum, China, by MAD

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Beijing studio MAD is already riding high after the recent completion of its spectacular Harbin Opera House, so expectations are great for this art museum in China’s Fujian province.

Set in a reservoir, the artificial island accommodates cave-like galleries in its three dune-like forms. A bridge connects the island to the mainland, while undulating public spaces are located on the roof. Find out more about Pingtan Art Museum »


Tate Modern extension, UK, by Herzog & de Meuron

Tate Modern extension by Herzog & de Meuron

It has been 15 years since Herzog & de Meuron completed its transformation of London’s Bankside Power Station into the hugely popular Tate Modern Gallery. This year will see the Swiss architect duo unveil an all-new south wing.

Envisioned as a faceted brick tower, the structure is punctured by slender windows that create horizontal stripes, as well as an elevated terrace. It sits on top of three underground concrete tanks, which provide new spaces for performance art. Find out more about the Tate Modern extension »


Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, USA, by David Adjaye and FAB

Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture by David Adjaye and FAB

British architect David Adjaye will complete one of the most important buildings of his career – the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAH) on the National Mall in Washington DC.

Designed in collaboration with US studios Freelon Group and Davis Brody Bond, the Smithsonian Institution museum features a perforated bronze facade that references the history of African American craftsmanship. Adjaye is also hotly tipped to win the competition to design Barack Obama’s presidential library in 2016. Find out more about NMAAH »


Life House/Tŷ Bywyd, UK, by John Pawson

Life House by John Pawson for Living Architecture

John Pawson is next in line to complete a holiday home for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project, following acclaimed efforts from architects including FAT, David Kohn and MVRDV.

Located on an isolated site on the lower slopes of a Welsh valley, the house has a dark exterior of handmade Dutch bricks and a contrasting white brick interior. A cross-shaped plan creates two long corridors, leading to spaces for quiet contemplation. Find out more about Life House/ Tŷ Bywyd »


Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages, Poland, by Mirosław Nizio

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Next year will also see the opening of a memorial paying tribute to thousands of citizens who were murdered during the German occupation of rural Poland between 1939 and 1945.

Designed by Polish architect and sculptor Mirosław Nizio, the mausoleum is located in Michniów, south-central Poland – a place where over 200 people lost their lives during a two-day attack. Its concrete form is intended to look like a traditional hut that incrementally deteriorates and crumbles into dust. Find out more about the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages »


SFMoMA, USA, by Snøhetta

First images of Snøhetta's SFMOMA expansion

The Snøhetta-designed extension to Mario Botta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opens its doors to the public this May, more than doubling the amount of exhibition space inside.

Unlike Botta’s 1995 Postmodern building – a low-rise red brick structure with a zebra-striped turret – the new SFMoMA building is a towering structure with a striated facade punctuated by horizontal band windows. A sculptural staircase connects the two blocks inside. Find out more about SFMoMA »


Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre, Denmark, by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Three years after winning a design competition for the project, Schmidt Hammer Lassen will reveal a theatre complex in the town of Hjørring in Denmark, designed in collaboration with local firm Arkitektfirmaet Finn Østergaard.

The building is conceived a series of cuboidal blocks, each featuring walls of both pre-rusted Corten steel and glass. One wall will double as a grand outdoor projection screen. Find out more about Vendsyssel Theatre and Experience Centre »


Goldsmiths Art Gallery, UK, by Assemble

Goldsmiths by Assemble

Architecture collective Assemble had a great 2015, controversially winning the Turner Prize for working with the residents of a rundown council housing estate to clean up their neighbourhood.

This project is more of a traditional architecture proposal – a new art gallery for London art college Goldsmiths in a converted bathhouse. Assemble’s design includes a series of top-lit galleries built around the historic water tanks. Find out more about Goldsmiths Art Gallery »


Guardian Art Center, China, by Büro Ole Scheeren

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Beijing’s new buildings of 2016 include a new headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house, designed by Ole Scheeren‘s architecture firm. Sandwiched between the historic Forbidden City and a major shopping district, the new home for China Guardian will also include exhibition galleries, event spaces and a 120-room hotel.

Its lower levels will appear as a cluster of small blocks, matching the scale of the old hutong neighbourhoods, while a large hollow structure dubbed the “floating ring” will be raised up on top. Find out more about Guardian Art Center »


West 57th, USA, by BIG

West 57th by BIG

This triangle-shaped residential tower by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG should have been finished in late 2015, but is now set to be one of the first big projects of 2016.

The architect impressed many with his House 8 in Copenhagen, a housing block where everyone can cycle to their front door, and this 600-apartment block in New York is expected to do the same. A courtyard at its centre will occupy the centre of the block, and roof terraces will puncture its sloping roof. Find out more about West 57th »


Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Taiwan, by OMA

Taipei Performing Arts Centre by OMA

Another late arrival in 2016 will be OMA‘s theatre complex for the Taiwanese capital Taipei, which Rem Koolhaas’ firm had expected to complete in 2015.

Centred around a transparent cube, the cultural venue will contain three auditoriums: a 1,500-seat grand theatre and a pair of 800-seat playhouses, one of which will be contained in a large spherical volume. Find out more about Taipei Performing Arts Centre »


Latin American Art Museum, USA, by Fernando Romero

FR-EE unveils Latin American Art Museum in Miami

Mexican architect Fernando Romero also has a major project completing this year – the Latin American Art Museum at Miami Beach, expected to house one of the most ambitious collections of Latin American art in the world.

The project is part of a boom in new architecture that is helping Miami become the “capital of Latin America”. Located on Biscayne Boulevard, the four-storey building is envisioned as a cascade of overlapping terraces, offering both climate-controlled galleries and a series of “sculptural gardens” intended to encourage passersby to venture inside. Find out more about the Latin American Art Museum »


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In the final instalment from our review of the year, we’ve collected together our most-read stories of 2015 – including self-lacing trainers, the “end of fashion”, driverless cars and a drip-free umbrella (+ slideshow). More »

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A look back at the 5 best travel experiences in 2015

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Wonderful little cities like Bergamo and Mantua, the enchanting lake Garda and lake Como, fantastic festivals like the Sagra dei Crotti in pretty Chiavenna, a lovely food celebration, or the Festa dei Fiori in Monte Isola, on the little known Iseo Lake.

The Lombardy region has so much to offer!

Learning to appreciate Milan

If I were to choose between a big city and a smaller town or nature, I would usually have no doubts. It would be the second option.

Milan, Piazza del Carmine

After growing up in a village in Switzerland, coming back to Italy and Milan was hard. It was not my environment and I felt uncomfortable. I tried to appreciate Milan, but although I lived there for a very long time I was not really able to do so. Truth is that over the last few years I tried to spend “at home” (in brackets, because I never really felt Milan as “home”) as little time as possible. I loved my house, the one filled with my memories, but that was it.

However, working on the above-mentioned #InLombardy project for the Lombardy region (in connection with the Emilia Romagna Tourism Board), I happened to spend more time in Milan that I would have done, had it been a deliberate choice.

I thus found myself in the position to look at the city where I’m based (although I do spend only a little time here) with different eyes. For the first time, I had to look at Milan through the eyes of a visitor. Not only, since I was supposed to promote the city and, therefore, find a number of reasons Milan can be attractive. It was indeed a fantastic discovery, first of all for me. For the first time, I was poised to look at the place where I’m based in a different fashion. And the outcome was surprising.

EXPO2015 certainly played a relevant role in transforming the city, perhaps not always for the better but with a number of noteworthy improvements, from the very good bike and car sharing services to the redeveloping of interesting neighborhoods, like the Isola district, where I discovered that Milan is more than just a business and shopping city.

Fun on the snow with my disabled wonderful nephew

I’m a solo, independent female traveler. Kids and family travel are somehow a kind of abstraction to me. I’m also blessed for being so far in good health and immensely grateful for that.

I do, however, have a nephew, who I love more that I could say in words. Ludovico has the Down syndrome, he is now in his early ’20s and is a wonderful boy, often surprising me with his wisdom. He loves snow and for years asked me to teach him skiing. At first, I was puzzled, not sure of it was a good idea, if I would be able to take him with me on the slopes and if he could manage it once the dream would become true.

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Talented 18-Year-Old Girl Sews Stunning Dresses That Look Straight Out Of A Disney Movie

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Angela Clayton is an eighteen-year-old costume designer from Long Island, New York. She first started sewing three years ago when she got interested in cosplay; now, Clayton attends events less often, and has evolved to focus more on original designs. Her projects can take as long as 250 hours, and Clayton once used 11 meters (12 yards) of fabric for a costume!

“I hope that there is a future career that I will get out of it,” Clayton told Cosmo. “I love making costumes and I love bringing ideas to life. If I could do that for fashion, especially for theater or film, that would be awesome…I would rather go straight into that if I can instead of spending four years at school.”

More info: angelaclayton.crevado.com | doxiequeen1 (h/t: cosmo, brightside)

Angela started sewing when she was just 14

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“The first thing I really finished was a school uniform from an anime show when I was 14. It took me about two months”

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“I was into cosplay, making costumes or wearing costumes to conventions, and I couldn’t afford the costumes that were available online”

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“I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll make mine! That will be great and easy!’ It really wasn’t but I really enjoyed it”

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“I have one that I’ve been working on since January and I’m still not done with it, but I hopefully will be finishing it soon”

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“I continued making the costumes because I enjoyed the sewing aspect of it”

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“I decided to just give myself more freedom for focusing on historical projects and original design”

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“If you practice, you can definitely do it. It might take you a while”

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“It comes naturally to some people but it is definitely something you can learn how to do”

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“I really enjoy doing it. I love making costumes and I love bringing ideas to life”

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An In Depth Look At Lamborghini’s New Huracan Spyder

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The Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 RWD may have stolen some of the attention away from the Huracan LP 610-4 Spyder, but it remains the freshest drop-top built by the raging bull.
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6 Secrets To Make You Look Beautiful In Photos

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So you want to look great in your photos, but after years of taking grim, mug-shot passport photos, you’ve forgotten how to smile. Fear not! Ohio-based photographer Jodee Ball recommends these six tips to transform your photos from police-station photo-lineups into stylish, magazine covers.

First, strike a carefree pose. Shake that guilt out of your shoulders! Second, turn your body three quarters away from the camera; this will make you harder to identify if you are in a police-lineup. Third, lower-yours hands. You’re not being held-up, after all. Fourth, lower your shoulders and fifth, bend your knee. Finally, tilt your head slightly, and voila, you’re a model!

More info: jpballphotography.com (h/t: designyoutrust)

Strike a carefree pose

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Turn your body away from the camera by about three quarters

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Be careful with your hands

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Lower your shoulders

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Bend your knee

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Tilt your head slightly

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