Sunday, November 30, 2014

Two Very Gorgeous Schoolchildren On The Sartorialist...

These two simply gorgeous Indian schoolchildren featured recently on Scott Schuman's The Sartorialist Blog.
Photographed on a street or narrow alley of Varanasi these two young fashionistas in their school uniforms are just too cute.
Look at him in his tight almost too small shirt and her shirt that's too big, her tie tucked into her belt, his pants that are a tad too short,
his collar, the striped ties and the checked trousers and skirt,
And the joy on their handsome faces...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bosco Verticale. Milan's Residential Forest In The Sky...

Bosco Verticale. The Forest In The Sky and residential towers in Milan's Porta Nuova district.
The idea's seed came from architect Stefano Boeri, the former Milanese Municipal Counsellor for Culture who used his talents and love of eco-architecture to created a vertical residential forest in the Italian fashion capital of Milan.
As well as being a very pleasant visual experience, the plantings will help lessen smog and produce oxygen, regenerating the environment. Plant irrigation comes about through filtering and reusing the grey water produced by the buildings and that, combined with the use of solar energy means the two buildings enjoy a high degree of self sufficiency. Have a look here.
There are thousands of plants and over nine hundred substantial trees, growing in the sky...

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Barbershops Of India...

One of the world's oldest professions is carried out wherever in India. Whether it's on a couple of stones on the road, on a pavement, under a tree, in a hole in a wall, on the beach, a carpark or on the back of a truck, the innovative Indians without the interference of the west's beauracrats simply set up shop anywhere and everywhere there's a beard to trim, a solitary hair to cut, a close shave to be had
or a rupee to be earned.
Such colour, such a way of life.
Necessity dictates. Simplicity rules...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Ufogel Has Landed...

It's as if an alien but contemporary object of some sort has landed in a field in the East Tyrolian village of Nussdorf, a popular skiing area in Austria.
It sits on its stilts or legs and because it looks remotely, very remotely, like a UFO or even some sort of bird, albeit a very strange bird,
it's called Ufogel.
Fogel means bird in German.
The strange angular object was designed to connect with nature.
I wonder, did the designers realise there are no straight lines in nature?
Anyway, so the story goes it is designed to embrace and cradle its guests in a warm and safe haven, a cosy nest covered with traditional wooden shingles, and one that offers security and openess.
If you're planning a skiing holiday in the region and looking for accommodation with a difference, you may or may not wish to check it out...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Motoped Survival Bike. How Can You Live Without One...

I'm not into toys but I'd like one of these!
I can imagine it hooked onto the front or the back of The Flying Tortoise.
The Motoped Survival is a 49cc motor-assisted bicycle that gets up to 160 miles to the gallon.
Its racks and tie-on points can carry a lot of gear too whether it's a trip to the supermarket or when the time's right to make your way out
to the wilderness.
And beyond the beaten track.
There's more here at Treehugger.
I just checked my pulse rate and yes
I'm definitely excited...