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Fake Festival in UK Confused Half A Million Revelers

For the good people of Britain, one of the most common problems you have is the weather. We’re often left with about 12 weeks of the year to fit all of our enjoyment into – and it’s why so many festivals happen year-in, year-out.

Some festivals sound better than others, of course – but it’s important to remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Take the festival which was supposed to have everyone from Liam Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft to the Arctic Monkeys, the 1975 and Blossoms.

It’s like a dream festival for all of those middle-aged men with Paul Weller haircuts!

Sadly, a dream was all it was. A rather wild college student threw together an awesome looking flyer for an event called ‘Yorkshire Fields’ – and it had just about everyone you could think of. It even had Scottish musical superstar Gerry Cinnamon!

More importantly, though, the line-up was a lot of bollocks. It was posted online, and it got so many people excited. Ollie Yates is the mastermind behind the evil scheme, and he managed to make a fool of many a festival traveler. It was all part of a social media campaign for college, and Yates decided it was a good idea to try and fool half the UK music scene.

With a simple £5 Facebook Ads boost, the post got around the social media page and before long had around 500,000 people viewing the image in total. This seen people talking about, tagging their mates and making plans for a totally fictitious festival.

The dubious scheme unveiled

However, as it continued to go on, it had to eventually be unraveled for the waiting public. The announcement on the ‘official’ Facebook page announced that it was a social experiment to test how social media could empower and build business: hence the total lack of detail outside of the single Facebook page.

Yates spoke about the project with LADBible, where he said: “The aim was to get a few reactions on how the post could be shared and how something that’s so ludicrous [could] go viral, and actually get people to believe it.

“I didn’t expect the result I got in the end. I got the page to over 5,000 likes (which is now going down as I announced it wasn’t real).”

Naturally, there has been a happy mixture of charming ripostes, witty retorts and, as this is the internet, downright abuse. Given it was eventually being shared around musicians and asking them for comment, we’re sure that this college experiment has well and truly been a resounding success – so long as you never spent hours trying to work out how to procure tickets

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For the good people of Britain, one of the most common problems you have is the weather. We’re often left with about 12 weeks of the year to fit all of our enjoyment into – and it’s why so many festivals happen year-in, year-out.
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Study: Brits Don’t “Get” Gadgets

For the last couple of decades, much of the first world has become extremely dependent on technology. It has helped to structure just about everything that takes place in the modern world, with people working using technology and living with it in their day-to-day lives. However, while technology is a vital part of human development, experts believe that it could be having a detrimental effect on us.

With millions of us apparently ‘baffled by buttons, symbols and switches on devices’, there is a rather worrying trend that people are becoming overly confused by hard to understand gadgets in their everyday life. Indeed, a large percentage of those asked said that they ‘don’t have the time’ to read instructions, with around 75% saying that they felt confused by gadgets.

Indeed, just 2 in 10 admitted to being more forensic than simple trial and error when it comes to using a device or appliance. More than a third simply don’t bother looking at the other settings or options available to them.

According to Tom Guy, the Global Product Director at Centrica Hive: “Technology needn’t be scary, especially with the number of innovative smart devices out there now.

“Our research shows how modern life leaves a number of Brits without the time or patience to get to grips with their tech, but smart devices in the home like thermostats, cameras and sensors are created to make life easier and give peace of mind.”

With one third of Britons finding tech too complicating, meaning that they simply guess their way to success, another one fifth say that they simply forget whatever information they take in as they go anyway.

So, if you ever get sick of hearing an elder family member talking about their technophobia tell them they aren’t the only ones.

A Lack f Quality

Indeed, this means that Britons presently use around a quarter of their mobile phone settings and applications. Half won’t even use a device like a smart speaker for anything other than putting on music. This is a worrying lack of control over the hardware that we are paying so much money for. Even simple stuff like a thermostat or a microwave is commonly used in the wrong way, and this has become a serious problem for some time now.

Apparently a third of adults even keep their dishwasher on the same setting and cycle regardless of the needs of the wash. While 82% wish technology was easier to understand, 7 in 10 people believe that manufacturers should make their hardware easier to understand.

To be honest, from a personal point of view, that’s not very fair. Technology has become increasingly easy to use and, even a decade ago, was far more unwieldy for those without technical fluency. The most alarming statistic is that many people believe they do not have the time to read the instructions to hardware they just paid a lot of money for.

That should be more worrying than anything: that people are happy to spend so much and get so little back in return due to a lack of will to simply read. If we continue along such poor standards, we’ll never get the most out of technology. With manuals and online support being so plentiful today, a lack of desire to learn simply cannot be put down to the manufacturer.

This study, though, shows a worrying trend in British life: to want everything without having to actually do any learning or effort to get there.

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Watch: Paul McCartney Crosses Abbey Road Again

There are a few photos in history that are set inside our collective memory, one of those photos is the iconic photo of the  The Beatles’ showing the quartet crossing Abbey Road. The Photo became the album’s cover and was taken just over a month before the LP’s release. The iconic album, Abbey Road, will turn 49 years old on Sept. 26.

This week Paul McCartney shared to his social media a video of himself crossing the street in the same demeanor to the applause of an onlooking crowd. He was on his way to the Abbey Road Studios for a surprise performance in support of his upcoming solo album, Egypt Station, which is due out on Sept. 7. Mary, Paul’s daughter, filmed the clip. You can watch it below.

The original Abbey Road photograph was taken on Aug. 8, 1969 by Iain Macmillan. In response to its legacy, Abbey Road Studios has launched a live stream that has continuously filmed the street since 2011.

Just like other Beatles albums Abbey Road was a monstrous success, selling over 4 million copies within the first two months of its release. It spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. Since then it became a must own classic as of 2011, it had sold over 31 million copies worldwide.

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Boeing: Two Hour London-NYC Flight in The Works

For years, I’ve wanted to go to New York. As I mentioned in a recent post, though, I was more or less petrified with the concept of flight for a long, long time. Even now, when the concept of flight is not quite so scary to me, I find it hard to get on flights to places like the United States.

The time that it takes to get there is just quite off-putting, and it does make it hard for me to drum up the enthusiasm to go. Well, it would appear that Boeing has heard my complaints – they have introduced the concept of a two-hour flight from New York City to London.

While nowhere near here yet, the fact they feel bold enough to say this in public is definitely a good sign. At the moment, the record flight speed was around 5h13m. That’s still pretty damn fast, but not quite as fast as people want to get it down to. Indeed, the aim is to get it even faster than the famous Concorde aircraft.

Boeing aims that, one day, they’ll be able to create a hypersonic airliner that could hit barely believable speeds of Mach 5 – around 3,800mph – meaning that you would be traveling at around 5x the speed of sound. While this is all very much in the concept stage – no name is announced for the aircraft – and that Boeing warns this could be a 20-30 year wait, it’s still exciting to hear it spoken about.

At the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Atlanta, Boeing produced some renderings of the new aircraft to show the world. Naveed Hussain, the Vice President of Boeing’ Aeromechanics division, said: “We’re excited about the potential to connect the world faster than ever before,

“Although technology and regulatory challenges are ahead, Boeing has been studying hypersonics for over six decades, which makes us the right company to bring this technology to market when the world is ready.”

An exciting future

Another person who is very much interested in what is to come is that of Stuart Craig. Craig is an assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and is part of the team at the University of Arizona. Speaking to NBC News, he said: “We’ve been striving for this hypersonic technology for the better part of half a century, but in recent years, advances in computational technology and materials technology have made it much more in grasp.”

While we’ve already enjoyed supersonic air travel 15 years ago, the Concorde was simply not ready to be flown in the way that was intended. Retired for “commercial reasons”, the aircraft was finished off. This is despite the aircraft going from New York to London in two hours and 52 minutes, 59 seconds.

Sadly, it won’t be until I’m probably beyond the age where I want to fly when this baby gets on the market. For those who love flying, though, this should be a development worth keeping an eye on.

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For years, I’ve wanted to go to New York. As I mentioned in a recent post, though, I was more or less petrified with the concept of flight for a long, long time. Even now, when the concept of flight is not quite so scary to me, I find it hard to get on...

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Jurassic-Sized Statue of Jeff Goldblum Just Appeared in London

This year is the 25th year anniversary of the movie Jurrasic Park, one of the most beloved films of all time.  NowTV, a telecommunications company from the UK have found a very special way to celebrate this occasion.

The company has commissioned A 25ft statue of a shirtless Jeff Goldblum who seemed to appear out of nowhere in front of Tower Bridge in London.

The statue is situated in Potters Fields and sees the actor lying on his side with his shirt open – reflecting one of the film’s most famous scenes that became a huge internet meme since then.

NowTV also confirmed on their twitter page,  that the statue weighs a staggering 150kg – equivalent to 48,000 teabags.

Goldblum recently reprised the role of the beloved scientist and chaos theory expert in this summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — which, unfortunately, does not have any scene that even came close to show us Jeff Goldblum in all of his glory.

Luckily we now have this masterpiece to remind us of this, and maybe it will soon be gone but it will stay on the internet forever.

If you need any reminder of this favorite scene here is the man himself breaking it down to IGN a few months ago:

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This year is the 25th year anniversary of the movie Jurrasic Park, one of the most beloved films of all time.  NowTV, a telecommunications company from the UK have found a very special way to celebrate this occasion.
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Health

Success? Vaping Cuts Over 1.5m Smokers in Six Years

While not everyone likes the vaping culture, it’s safe to say that it has had a tremendous effect on curbing smoking. As a former smoker myself, I know how hard it is to give up the concept of having a smoke. For many people, vaping is the next best option: I don’t do it myself, but can easily see the appeal for others. Add in the fact that it has helped the best part of 1.5m people to give up on classic cigarettes in just six years, and it’s easy to see why it has become so immensely popular.

Around 15% of English people used tobacco in 2017, according to studies. In 2011, though, that was closer to 20%. That’s a big drop-off, then, with around one-quarter of all English smokers giving up or moving on to a vape instead.

With 2.8m vapers in England, that’s a big boost from the smaller numbers just a short time previously. It’s interesting to see the drop-off, as people look to a healthier alternative to smoking. The habit is as hard to get right as anything else. For that reason, many smokers can find it hard to give up or to move on: vaping offers a still-to-be-guaranteed solution for those who want to some less.

Given the temperature differentials and the difference in the make-up of vape gear, it’s so easy to see why so many people trust it to be safer. You can make up your own vape liquid so that you know what you are putting into it. This cuts out the worry about taking in the dangerous toxins found in classic cigarettes.

It also means that you are not using a heating solution that goes to carcinogenic levels, as far as we know. Therefore, the difference in smoking numbers is easy to see: as more people begin to engage with vaping, it can only become more popular in the long-term.

At the moment, places like Sunderland, Manchester and Hull all have large smoking-related hospital admissions. The hope is that, in time, e-cigs will give enough people the impetus they need to give up smoking altogether or find a solution that will be far less dangerous for you in the long-term moving forward.

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Being Your Own Twin: The Story of Taylor Muhl

Life is often a rather confusing process, throwing changes at us that we cannot understand or get our heads around. Like, for example, being your own twin. What? Or better said: WAT?!

 

Taylor Muhl from California has a rather weird situation going on with her life. At an early age, Taylor noticed that she had a perfect split down the middle of her body. Not metaphorically, but literally. For example, her skin on her stomach was split down the middle, having different skin tone on either side.

After some very serious digging to find out what this meant, finally, a breakthrough! It was found that Taylor has a genetic condition of being her own twin. It’s extremely rare. It’s known as “Chimerism.”

Basically. It all takes place when two genetically distinct forms of cells make up one single body. From what we could understand, Muhl was supposed to have a twin sister. However, the two bodies literally fused together as one within the womb – meaning that two people literally became one. We’ve heard about twins being inseparable, but this, though, takes the lot.

The Strangest Bond

Rather than two sets of DNA in separate bodies, Muhl is a single person with dual DNA strings. She is one body carrying the essence of two siblings. With two different immune systems and bloodstreams in the one body, she’s a phenomenon. Indeed, it’s possible for other people with Chimerism to have both male and female DNA in the one body!

Sadly, it’s not all that cool; it can cause immense health problems for the individual. It recognizes two sets of cells at once and tries to fight them off. Each immune system is fighting the other half. This can cause a lot of illness and disease, and it forces people like Taylor to take quantities of probiotics and supplements in a bid to stay healthy.

While Chimerism is not yet a commonly known condition, Taylor is doing what she can to raise awareness for her condition.

 

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Life is often a rather confusing process, throwing changes at us that we cannot understand or get our heads around. Like, for example, being your own twin. What? Or better said: WAT?!
 

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An Iconic Stone Circle in the British Isles Unveils a Secret Thousands of Years old.

An array of stones arranged in a square was discovered under the Avebury world heritage site considered to be the largest stone circle in the world. The discovery includes a dozen large stones, each approximately 3 meters wide and weighing 40 tons each. According to researchers, the probably indicate the location of an important house dating back to 2000 B.C.

The researchers working at the site theorize that the original site included 100 huge stones arrayed in a circle with a 330 meter diameter. 24 miles from Avebury lays Stonehenge which in comparison is about quarter of the site’s size.

More Impressive than Stonehenge

Avebury is threatening to steal Stonehenge’s thunder by offering a richer, unique and more impressive subterranean attraction – a line of stones. Unlike other stone circles in the area, the stones in the Avebury array were arranged in a square – a parameter that researchers are paying a lot of attention to. According to The Telegraph, the oddest find was a wooden house that occupied the site at around 3500 BC.

Researchers theorize that the Neolithic hut was built by Avebury’s ancestors that as time passed it become an icon of birth of the community that after 1000 years descendents constructed the monumental square around its foundations, lining with massive stones enclosing an obelisk.

Oldest structure in a prehistoric site

Dr Mark Gillings from Leicester University School of Archaeology and Ancient History says that the square has the potential to be the one of the oldest structures in the prehistoric site. “We identified and mapped a line of prehistoric stones that were concealed and buried together with locations of other stones that were destroyed. Together we identified a unique square structure in the internal southern circle.”

According to common beliefs, stone circles were designed as an assembling area for pagan ceremonies, but many of them were destroyed, probably in the mid evil era when they were associated with paganism. Gillings says “There were probably many similar stones around this area at the time. It was quite and engineering feat for the time to arrange them in such a form. It was an endeavor that demanded a lot of hard work.”

In the centuries that followed, the square was dismantled and the stones were used to construct the three impressive stone circles which still stand today. The team also uncovered evidence that lines of stones once cut across the southern inner circle, like spokes on a wheel.

Almost 100 years of research

The new finds conclude Alexander Keiller ‘s research. Dr. Joshua Polard Secretary of the Prehistoric Society and the UK editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology and an archeology professor at Southampton University commented. Keiller, originally a marmalade magnate first discovered the a curious line of standing stones next to a fallen down obelisk in 1939 and started digging (despite thinking it was a middle ages structure). Oddly enough he found mainly domestic artifacts rather than ritual ones. When World War 2 broke out, the dig was abandoned and the site all but forgotten.

Pollard said to The Telegraph: “Our careful programme of geophysical survey has finally completed the work begun by Keiller. Megalithic circles are well known from the time when Avebury was built during the late Neolithic, but square megalithic settings of this scale and complexity are unheard of.”

Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust archaeologist at Avebury, added: “This discovery has been almost eighty years in the making but it’s been well worth waiting for. The completion of the work first started by Keiller in the 1930s has revealed an entirely new type of monument at the heart of the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, using techniques he never dreamt of.”

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Entertainment

Fanzine – The lost art! Part 2 – Punk fanzines

Fanzine – the lost art (part 2)

Our story about fanzines as nonofficial publication made by fans continues in this article. As it was mostly used to explore certain musical genre, we chose to explore a little bit about punk subculture, which can be divided into several groups. The best way talk about this genre would be to separate them by countries like United States and Great Britain and to add a modern fanzine, the art of 21st century.

United Kingdom

As the young people in Great Britain weren’t really ravished by the established print media at the time, they easily accepted the punk subculture, which was a countercultural alternative. It quickly entered the world of fanzines. Deptford punk fan Mark Perry was the first one to make a zine. It was called “Sniffin’ Glue” and it is still the best known today. This fanzine was produced in 12 photocopied issues. The first one started following the English debut of the Ramones, in July 1976.

Ohter famous British fanzines at the time were Blam!, Chainsaw, New Crimes, Vague, Bombsite, Wool City Rocker, Burnt Offering, Jamming, Artcore Fanzine, Love and Molotov Cocktails, To Hell With Poverty, ENZK, Juniper beri-beri, No Cure,Communication Blur New Youth, Peroxide, , Rox, Grim Humour, Spuno and Cool Notes. In this huge amount of publications,  Tony Fletcher’s Jamming was the most successful one, reaching the mainstream distribution on the national level, as a serious magazine in the country.

United States

In the United States, “Flipside” and “Slash” would be the most important punk fanzines from Los Angeles scene, both starting in 1977. During 1977 in Australia, Clinton Walker and Bruce Milne mixed two of their punk separate zines “Plastered Press” and “Suicide Alley” to create a huge one called “Pulp”. Milne later went by himself to create the “Cassette zine” with Fast Forward, in 1980.

In 1976, “Punk” was made in New York and had a huge role in popularizing punk rock as the term for the subculture, genre of music and the bands represented in the fanzine. Couple of years late, the major punk fanzine called “Maximum RocknRoll” was made, with more than 300 issues. It partially resulted in popularizing punk in the late 1980s, as the popularity of such bands as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Fugazi, Bikini Kill, Green Day and The Offspring, grew enormously. In that time, various, important punk zines were published, such as Punk Planet, Razorcake, Tail Spins, Sobriquet, Profane Existence and Slug and Lettuce.

One of the early American punkzines, called “Search and Destroy” even managed to become the very influential subcultural magazine “Re/Search”. Some fanzines from the 80s, like “No Class” and “Ugly American” had their renaissance by placing all past content online for free and also continuing to work on new stuff. During the last period, Californian “Suburban Rebels” could be considered as leading the Punk fanzine of modern age.

Punk fanzines after the year 2000

In the United Kingdom, “Reason To Believe” and “Fracture” were the most influent fanzines in the early 2000s, but unfortunately they both lasted till the late 2003. The next important punkzine was “Rancid News”, which changed its name to “Last Hours” after ten year existence, publishing 7 new issues under the new title before disappearing from the scene. Although “Last Hours” still exists as a webzine, it has changed its focus, becoming more anti-authoritarian movement. There are also numerous small punkzines in the UK today.

 

 

Fanzine – the lost art (part 2)
Our story about fanzines as nonofficial publication made by fans continues in this article. As it was mostly used to explore certain musical genre, we chose to explore a little bit about punk subculture, which can be divided...