Patrick Turnham

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Bastille’s storming success

Dan Smith was a terrified frontman until his band Bastille became the word-of-mouth success of 2013<p>Bastille are the British debut success of the year. Their single Pompeii has sold two million copies around the world. Their album, Bad Blood, went straight to number one in Britain in March, spending …

30 years of space shuttle missions: A salute in images

The shuttle era is over, but graphic artist Luke Wesley Price is determined to keep the memory from fading. A new photography book, written and designed by Price, collects some of "the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring NASA images from the space shuttle’s 30-year service history."<p>"Space Shuttle: …

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

Social Media is So Old Even the Romans Had It

What do ancient graffiti, Renaissance pamphlets, and English coffeehouses have in common? They are all forms of social media. Nick Romeo reviews a …

The “Thriller” Diaries

Michael Jackson’s 1983 “Thriller” remains the most popular music video of all time: a 14-minute horror spoof that changed the business. Behind the scenes it gave its star a temporary home with director John Landis, sparked a near romance with actress Ola Ray, and revealed how damaged the young pop …

Dramatic Black and White Photos Capture the Artful Movement of Freerunning

Anyone who saw the 007 reboot, Casino Royale, must have taken notice of the exciting foot chase at the beginning of the movie. That featured Bond …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week