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Whimsically Beautiful Animal Hybrids Street Art by Alexis Diaz

Puerto Rican street artist Alexis Diaz composes stunning murals using a traditional and engraving technique to recreate whimsical and majestic animal hybrids. While maintaining an urban edge, Diaz’s pieces also posses an elegance and fine art style. Instead of implementing the use of high contrast and vibrant colors often seen in graffiti, Diaz’s use of softer, smokey pastels evoke a dream-like and sophisticated element. Meticulously constructed, his work also reveals a magical and eccentric quality, which is simultaneously macabre. The chimerical animals resemble the beauty, imagination and creatures found in the best children’s and fantasy novels in literature. 

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Four Sided Rooms by Jacek Yerka 

Polish painter Jacek Yerka’s intrigue with the world of surrealism and fantasy, has designed a series of paintings of a world with four walls. In his series 4siders, a different setting is depicted in a square. Ranging from a bedroom to a bathroom or garden, Yerka surreal world creates a beautiful and crafty realm. 

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Why Benedict Cumberbatch is luckier than Richard Burton
After Sherlock and Star Trek, Cumberbatch is now about to play Hamlet. It was all so different for a previous generation of actors, for whom stardom on the screen meant the end of a career on the classical stage

…Sherlock did not diminish Cumberbatch: in fact, it sent the career of a man who had delighted theatre audiences in Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance and viewers in Parade’s End absolutely stratospheric.

What is thrilling is what he seems to feel he is capable of doing with that fame – not just commercial undertakings, but the same challenging mix of work as he took on before. It is a brilliant sign of our times that someone who could pick almost anything he wanted, wants to play Hamlet – at the comparatively late age of 39 – and is bringing his mass of fans along with him. Down the line, there should be nothing to stop him doing Chekhov and Lear, as well as Marvel comic remakes and perhaps a big action movie. For Cumberbatch and his peers, the world is their oyster, and they have the talent, discipline and intelligence to make the most of that opportunity…

The stage should have been all he wanted. In the much-changed Britain of 2015, we know different. You really can have it all.

Is Colonialism still alive?

I was super excited to visit the British museum to see what I find to be my most beloved treasure of my heritage- Ancient Mesopotamia. I realized just how much they’ve stolen and it made me upset, while I was having the time of my life seeing all these breathtaking relics. It was emotionally overwhelming.

Iraq, a war-torn land, is (and has been for as long as I remember) in a terrible condition where our heritage is being destroyed, manipulated and forgotten. It is disheartening. So I thought it is good that they were there. No harm will come to them. A part of us is safe.

I realized that Ancient Mesopotamia in all its fragments wasn’t the only thing that was ripped out of its land. I too, along with my family, followed its same path. War, suffering and injustice for the sake of ‘power’ made it so. As I walked through the “rooms” that were mainly dedicated to Ancient Mesopotamia, I experienced what I was so desperate for: coming face to face with my roots and have them speak to me.

In the British museum, London, I felt so at home, surrounded by my history and ancestors, finding them in the silence and peace of reunion. As much as we have been ripped out and cut to pieces, we’re not dead. We live.

~Aya Al-Hakim©  

Afraid of being buried alive? These coffins are for you.

It’s called taphophobia. The fear of being buried alive has been around for centuries — and hundreds of people were listed as having been buried alive in the 1800s. That’s what makes these so-called “safety coffins” so strange and yet, somehow, oddly compelling.

We’ve added a vivifying dollop of color to these patents, but they’re all real inventions. (Credit: USTPO)

1) Just climb out, if you can

2) Ring a bell, ring a bell for your sweet life

3) Signal with your mouth

4) Break some glass with your head

5) Air if you’re alive (and less-smelly air if you’re dead)

6) Perform Morse code

7) Don’t worry. The modern era has you covered, too.

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