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The stories behind your favourite cult soundtracks

Craig Armstrong might be your favourite musician you’ve never heard of. Originally from Glasgow, where he played in bands as well as studying classical piano and violin, Armstrong “fell into” scoring films in the mid-90s after musicians he was working with – like Massive Attack and U2 – asked him …

Pets and the single woman: why dogs are the new cats

Memory-foam beds, organic food - Betsy may sound like one pampered pooch, but his owner is unapologetic. For a single woman, there's no better reason to splash out<p>Considering her humble beginnings, picked up as a stray in Brent, still lactating as she’d recently given birth to her third or fourth …

5 Emerging British Performance Poets You Need To Know About

Move over Shakespeare, poetry is making a modern-day comeback with a roster of IT-Brit poets who know how to pack a political punch.<p>Writers like Kate …

Breast Feeding

How We Become Who We Are: Meghan Daum on Nostalgia, Aging, and Why We Romanticize Our Imperfect Younger Selves

In her mind-bending meditation on what makes you and your young self the same person despite a lifetime of changes, philosopher Rebecca Goldstein pondered the philosophical conundrum of our “integrity of identity that persists over time, undergoing changes and yet still continuing to be.” …

Call it egotistical or narcissist, but it’s what we all look for in books – the right stories that help us make sense of the world that we live in every day. Here the author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin lists his favourite absolutely genius, life-changing coming of age books for teens<p>I was …

Extreme footwear at the V&A: a step into the past

While they might seem a modern phenomenon, extreme heels have a history dating back almost 2,000 years. The V&A exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, arrives this summer and explores that history. While fashion in 2014 has swapped mega-platforms and 10in stilettos for midi-heels and pool sliders, …

More Hilarious Thrift Store Paintings Altered to Give Playful New Meanings

New York-based artist Dave Pollot uses all kinds of funny pop culture references to give playful new meanings to old thrift store paintings. We first featured his work back in February, where Star Wars ships and LEGO blocks made their way into vintage landscapes. Since then, the artist has produced …

Husband secretly records his wife rapping to Salt-N-Pepa's 'None of Your Business'

Rollin’ with the hubby! Sir Prise caught his wife rapping to ‘None of Your Business’ by Salt-N-Pepa and uploaded it with the sweetest caption:<p><i>My wife</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

For One Essayist, 'The Unspeakable' Isn't Off-Limits

How much is it OK for a human to love a dog? Is it really necessary to know how to cook? Why do women want to have children?<p>Meghan Daum's new collection of essays considers those questions, among others — and also grapples with what it means to be part of Generation X.<p>"I guess technically we're …

Sci-Fi Characters, Elizabethan Style

Sacha Goldberger, a photographer, always puts a playful spin on his work. In the past, we've seen him create lively portraits of his nonagenarian …

Too Many Cook(ies)

This week, the Adult Swim short film <i>Too Many Cooks</i> broke the internet, becoming a massively viral hit. It's a brilliant and truly original work of …

L'Trimm's "Cars with the Boom" Video is a Masterpiece - PAPER

Sorry Miss Trainor, but L'Trimm was all about the bass back in 1988. The Miami duo of Lady Tigra and Bunny D hit it big time with their ode to the boom car, 50-inch woofers and turnt down treble. Though the song's title is actually "Cars with the Boom," it will always be remembered as "Cars That Go …

Articles about how technology can improve lives older adults on Dwell.com - Dwell

Joseph Coughlin, the founder and director of MIT’s AgeLab, shares his insights on aging in place.<p>As founders of a thriving design collective and parents to three young children, Matthew and Jesse Hufft have their hands full,...<p>An exhibition at Design Museum Holon showcases products that marry …

Is Your Kid's Pillow Fort Up to Code?

Maybe you think a child's first experience with architecture comes via building blocks or Lego. But we experienced designers know those tykes are …

Tumblr of the Day: Art in Film – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

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★★★★☆<p>It’s easy to forget that before the commercialisation of youth culture, movements emerged which offered a grand escapism and an exciting …

British street style before the age of the selfie

Before I meet Nina Manandhar, the founder of the blog What We Wore, I’m determined to dig out a picture of myself as a teenager, so she might add an image of my own highly flammable hairstyle to her growing archive of street style. Only then I remember: no such image exists. That miraculous moment …

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5 pieces of career advice from your parents that you should really listen to

Parents. Where would we be without them? From helping with homework and picking up the pieces after your first heartbreak to a leg up on the housing …

How Can I Get Paid Doing What I Love?

Illustrated by Madelyn Somers.<p><b>I’ve been in my field for several years now, and I'm ready to do something new. But, I don't know what that is. I’ve</b> …

The Top 5 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes to Watch on Netflix

So have we all heard the news that all SEVEN SEASONS of <i>Gilmore Girls</i> are headed to Netflix? When I found out, I heard church bells ring and a choir …

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See Caitlin Cronenberg’s portraits of the actors, actresses, and filmmakers to know at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival—and hear what they have to say: http://wmag.co/1BwoxhS

Fashion or bust: Nicole Farhi sculpts Anna Wintour, Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy

Having announced her departure from fashion design for art, here are Nicole Farhi’s first sculptures. Her exhibition – From the Neck Up – runs from 16 September until 3 October at Bowman Sculpture, London SW1

Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki: ‘Hips only came in with the pill’

Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki would get on with Dizzee Rascal – both have a fondness for the word “bonkers”. Speaking from her Miami base on the 50th anniversary of the 60s label, Hulanicki uses it first to describe how she feels about Biba reaching the grand old age of 50, and second on the …

Best of Instagram: Week 22 – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

This video of Jell-O bouncing in super slow motion is absolutely captivating

en_US<p>article<p>Technically this is 'gelatin cubes dropped onto solid surface High Speed Video 6200 fps'. But to laypeople like us, it's just about the …

Anna Wintour reveals she has no regrets in new 73 question video

Anna Wintour gave her own magazine a rare behind-the-scenes look at her expansive office and life in the newest 73 questions video posted today. The …