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Mesmerizing Fly-Over Photos Of Hong Kong's Dense Layout

Andy Yeung's <i>Walled City</i> is a fly-over tour of Hong Kong's cramped quarters.<p>The series is named after Kowloon Walled City, a now demolished section of …

This Bulgarian Guy Makes Post-Soviet Streets More Fun With Googly Eyes

Street artist Vanyu Krastev has a knack for seeing googly eye possibilities in just about any space. Under his trained hand, goofy cartoon faces …

Stunning 200 Year Old Library Discovered For The First Time

Admittedly it's not every day you stumble upon a treasure trove of literature and art, that serves as a modern day time capsule from a by-gone era. …

100 days of gibberish – Trump has weaponised nonsense | Lindy West

The Trump White House approaches language with the same roughshod entitlement he’s applying to the presidency. His sloppy lies and vague promises must not stop us holding him to account<p>With only a week left of his first 100 days in office – traditionally a milestone for American presidents – Donald …

Donald Trump

Brian Reed, maker of S-Town: ‘People’s minds go to paranoid places very easily’

The US broadcaster on the inspirations behind his compelling new podcast, S-Town – and the extraordinary man at its centre<p><i>S-Town</i> (<i>Shit-Town</i>) is a seven-episode documentary podcast from the makers of <i>Serial</i> and <i>This American Life</i>, launched in its entirety two weeks ago. An instant hit, described by …

'Pretty accurate': S-Towners are proud to be podcasted – except for a few things

The Green Pond Grocery serves as a sort of central agora for Woodstock, Alabama. It’s where people come to pick up lunch plates, cigarettes and the latest news.<p>S-Town review – it’s hard to recall a more touching, devastating podcast<p>Read more<p>This week the news has focused on S-Town, an explosively …

The Erstwhile by B Catling review – a dazzlingly psychedelic quest

Following on from The Vorrh, the second instalment in the surreal cult trilogy sees the setting move from the African jungle to old Europe, and quiet comedy come to the fore<p>Brian Catling is a poet and sculptor who published his remarkable 2015 novel, <i>The Vorrh</i>, in his late 60s. It is a fantastical …

Books

LEGO Tape Has Finally Arrived, Now Everything Is Right In The World

You'll be hard pressed to find an individual in the world that doesn't love LEGO. The plastic building blocks are a staple of countless childhood …

Lego

Dreamlike Images That Will Inspire Your Surrealist Soul

Welcome to a world imagined by artist Hüseyin Şahin. He combines striking photos to create a world where anything can happen.<p>The Turkish art director …

Art

Drones Can Now Pollinate Real Flowers, New Study Shows

This tiny drone can pollinate flowers, but can it actually replace the role of bees?The post Drones Can Now Pollinate Real Flowers, New Study Shows …

Research

Radioactive Boars Prevent People From Returning Home To Fukushima

The boars have been found to contain levels of radioactive elements up to 300 times higher than safety standards.The post Radioactive Boars Prevent …

Is Obama's official White House photographer trolling Donald Trump?

Eagle-eyed Instagrammers say Pete Souza’s timely posts of former Potus appear to undermine new US president<p>Every day is throwback Thursday for the former chief photographer for Barack Obama in the White House, who appears to be attempting to troll Donald Trump on Instagram.<p>Since he created his …

'Why whole-class reading beats a carousel – and seven ways to ensure it is successful'

Each time we open a book with children it is an opportunity to walk into a new world together, to explore the inner workings of great literary minds …

Trump aide Steve Bannon calls mainstream media 'opposition party'

Donald Trump sat down for an interview on Thursday with Fox News, a network he has consistently praised, as his chief strategist used an interview with the New York Times to lash out at the mainstream American media, which he said was “the opposition party” to the current administration.<p>“I want you …

California man fights DUI charge for driving under influence of caffeine

Attorney for Joseph Schawb, charged with driving under the influence of a drug when his blood test showed only caffeine, calls the charge unheard of<p>Caffeine may be the “nootropic” brain drug of choice in Silicon Valley, but an hour’s drive north in Solano County, California, the stimulant could get …

Oxford English Dictionary Names ‘Post-Truth’ Word of the Year

The Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its 2016 international word of the year in a fittingly political race that featured terms like …

Alt-Right

The Trials of the King of Hampshire by Elizabeth Foyster review – the scandal of an unhinged earl

The 1823 insanity trial of the earl of Portsmouth was a cause celebre, involving sex, greed and an obsession with funerals. His great-great-great-great-grandson tells of family shame<p>If one of the main character witnesses to prove your sanity is Lord Byron – “mad, bad and dangerous to know” – then …

Should’ve seen it coming: the trademarking of public language

Now that Specsavers’ application to trademark ‘should’ve’ has been approved, can we expect the rest of the dictionary to be snapped up?<p>We are witnessing, some fear, a rampant corporate takeover of our public language. High street opticians Specsavers has had its application approved for a trademark …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

For him the bell tolls: Hemingway wins Florida Hemingway lookalike contest

For the first time in its 36-year history, a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway was won by a man called Hemingway.<p>The day I went fishing and drinking with Hemingway in Havana<p>Read more<p>Dave Hemingway was named the winner of the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike …

Festival predictions and early Oscar picks – the Dailies film podcast

The Guardian film team round-up Wednesday’s movie news<p>Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing:<p>The opening films of both the Venice and London film festivals have been announced, but what else can we expect for festival season and how will this …

40 Captivating Photos That Depict Human Emotion

2 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

David Foster Wallace's Famous Commencement Speech Almost Didn't Happen

Eleven years ago, the novelist delivered one of the all-time best commencement addresses. Here's the backstory.<p>David Foster Wallace wanted to know who had thought bringing him to Kenyon College to deliver its commencement address was a good idea.<p>Meredith Farmer, an English and philosophy double …

David Foster

Lethal weapons: Shane Black's pulp fiction is still the best action around

The screenwriter turned director, who dominated the action genre in the 90s, is back with The Nice Guys, which proves he’s still the hard-boiled king<p>If you want the distilled essence of Shane Black, look no further than the title of his directorial debut: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. What you see is not …

Squiffy bridges and melted roads: postcards from Google Earth

Artist Clement Valla uses distorted images of the satellite-mapping program in his latest project to show the oddities and quirks of computerised life<p>Clement Valla is the kind of curator the Flat Earth Society has been looking for.<p>The artist has taken endless screen grabs of squiffy bridges, melted …

Jeremy Corbyn: Tories are asset stripping the education system

Labour leader’s attack on government’s ‘academisation’ plan at NUT conference comes as teachers consider strike action<p>Jeremy Corbyn will accuse the government of overseeing a crisis in British schools, as he becomes the first party leader in at least 40 years to address the National Union of …

Five teachers reveal what it's like to work in an academy | Sarah Marsh

George Osborne wants all schools to become academies – but what does this mean? We hear from those who have first-hand experience<p>George Osborne is shaking up the education system. In his latest budget, not only has he pledged to make the school day longer but he also wants all schools in England to …

Andrew Lincoln: ‘I’m employed to go on a zombie frenzy killing spree'

Once the loveable loser Egg in 90s drama This Life, Andrew Lincoln has found global fame as The Walking Dead’s chief zombie-slayer. So how did the affable Englishman get the part? Maybe it’s down to his death stare<p>Andrew Lincoln is eyeing me narrowly. I know that look. It’s the one he has been …