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Seattle: a 48-hour guide 

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It might be home to Starbucks and Microsoft, but there’s more to thriving Seattle than coffee and computers. Local writer Lucy Rock gives some pointers on where to visit, eat and sleep with just 48 hours in the Emerald City.

 

Day one

Settling in 

British Airways flies non-stop from London to Seattle every day, and with all flights touching down around mid-afternoon, you can start making the most of your trip from the get-go. Downtown is the perfect launchpad to explore one of America’s coolest cities. Unwind with a cocktail amid a touch of Old-World glamour at the Fairmont Olympic Seattle, built in the style of the Italian renaissance. 

Photo by Jakub Dziubak 

For something a little different, stay at The Edgewater – Downtown’s only waterfront hotel – where you’ll be in good company, previous guests include The Beatles and David Bowie.

Book Flights to Seattle


16:00 – Going underground

Soak up some culture in Pioneer Square, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Art installations, an 18m totem pole and a six-metre waterfall decorate the area. Browse the eclectic art galleries and bookstores before descending underground. 

Photo by Samuel Zeller

Fire destroyed much of the area in 1889 and the city was rebuilt on top of the ruins. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour reveals the network of streets and shop fronts that lie hidden beneath their modern counterparts.


20:00 – Food with a view

The multi-award winning Canlis is perfect for a spot of fine dining. Established in 1950, picture windows on the east-facing side of the mid-century building offer magical views of Lake Union and the Cascade mountains, while the tasting menu provides a plethora of innovative and elegant dishes, such as the malted pancakes (fermented rapini, cabbage and smelt bagna cauda).

Photo by Jay Wennington


Day two

08:00 – Flying high

Get up early and beat the crowds to the top of the Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair in the Seattle Center cultural complex, the flying-saucer design is the iconic symbol of the city. Take the lift 158m to the observation deck for a 360-degree view of the streets below, the Puget Sound waters, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including imperious Mount Rainier.


09:30 – Back on terra firma

Hours can easily be whiled away in the Seattle Center

Be inspired by glass artist Dale Chihuly’s colourful sculptures in the Chihuly Gardens or watch DJs broadcast live as you sip an espresso at La Marzocco café inside KEXP radio station. 

Alternatively, brush up on the history of music at the Museum of Pop Culture or dinosaurs and planets at the Pacific Science Center, while young ones will love the Children’s Museum.


13:00 – Super market

A trip to lively Pike Place Market is a must for any visitor to the city. Opened in 1907, it’s one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the USA. Take the monorail to the Westlake Center and walk three blocks to watch fishmongers toss whole salmon to each other while cracking jokes. 

Refuel at Lowell’s, which boasts three floors of waterfront views, and indulge in wild Alaskan king salmon, Dungeness crab cakes, or tiger prawns fresh from the market’s seafood stalls. Don’t miss the Giant Shoe Museum and maze of shops selling curios and collectables downstairs. 


16:00 – A sticky situation

One of the more bizarre tourist attractions can be found in Post Alley next to the market. You’ll smell Gum Wall – a 12m stretch of brickwork covered in blobs of chewed gum in all colours – before you see it. 

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Over the road from the market, see where it all began for the world’s most famous coffee shop, with a visit to the original Starbucks.


19:00 – Take a troll

A 15-minute cab ride north takes you to the arty, free-spirited neighbourhood of Fremont, nicknamed the ‘centre of the universe’ by locals. Take selfies with the enormous Fremont Troll that lurks under the Aurora Bridge, and check out Waiting for the Interurban – a sculpture of six people and a dog waiting for a train. 

Choose from a host of culinary delights for dinner: go French at Pomerol, Korean at Revel or Japanese at Chiso.


22:00 – Gig economy

Seattle is known as the birthplace of grunge music thanks to bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and the city still boasts an exciting music scene. Round off the evening by catching a live performance at the Nectar Lounge where there are shows to satisfy every taste. 


Day three

10:00 – On the waterfront

Start your final day with a look at the fun and funky installations in the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park at the north end of the two-kilometre waterfront. 

The Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59 is home to a variety of marine life, with the cute, cuddly sea otters being the main draw. For a different perspective on the city, ride the Seattle Great Wheel to see the orange cranes and shipping containers in the nearby port. 

Photo by Luke Pamer


Midday – Sail away

Set sail for spectacular views of the mountains, Puget Sound and the city skyline. Explore the shoreline of Elliot Bay in a one-hour narrated tour with Argosy Cruises, or board a Washington State Ferry for a 35-minute voyage to Bainbridge Island. 

Stop at the Hitchcock Deli, a few minutes’ walk from the terminal for a steelhead trout tartine or house-smoked pulled-pork sandwich. Top off your visit with a mojito or green tea ice cream from the Mora Iced Creamery before boarding the ferry back.

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Words by Lucy Rock, Seattle-based British writer and journalist 

The clever references from the start of last night’s Rick and Morty

The first thing you may have noticed is a certain skinny, tall, dark haired figure chasing Rick and Morty through a staircase room… 

That character was based on Morpheus AKA Dream of The Endless, otherwise known as The Sandman.  He is the protagonist from Neil Gaiman’s multi-award winning comic book series The Sandman.


Originally published by DC, Sandman started in late 1988 and was later published by Vertigo (which is owned by DC) Sandman tells the life story of Morpheus, the ruler of the dimension of both Dreams and Nightmares.     

The most recent installment of this cult classic comic book series was a prequel that was compiled just last year into the graphic novel called Sandman: Overture.  Sandman: Overture won a 2016 Hugo Award and had imagery very similar to what was in the opening of last night’s Rick and Morty.



Morpheus has certain distinct physical characteristics.  He has thick, wild dark hair and chalk white (or grey) skin.  He is extremely skinny and tall.  He usually wears a black cloak or long black jacket.  At his neck he often used to wear a  “Dreamstone” amulet (originally a ruby though Dream’s newest incarnation wears an emerald).  His eyes are entirely black except for tiny star-like pupils that can flare when he’s emotional. 

All of these distinctive traits can be found in the very character who made his brief appearance last night in the opening of Rick and Morty.  

The second thing to note is the room Rick and Morty were in.  It probably looked familiar to you. 

That staircase room has appeared in TV and movies for decades, from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986) to Syfy’s Warehouse 13.   That room is called The Escher Room and it is based on a famous optical illusion by M. C. Escher.

 I strongly suspect the choosing of The Escher Room and it’s crumbling at the start of last night’s Rick and Morty was a deliberate nod to the 1986 fantasy film, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

You will notice that The Goblin King, Jareth (Davie Bowie’s character in that picture above) bears a certain physical similarity to Morpheus.  Many fans noticed this.  I have been told that Neil Gaiman is big fan of both Labyrinth and David Bowie.  He even originally modeled his Lucifer Morningstar (who now has a TV series on Fox and first appeared in the Sandman comics) after David Bowie.

Many fans have noted that Morpheus looks like a photo negative of Jareth from Labyrinth.  Observe.


Like Morpheus, Jareth also rules his own fantastical dimension where reality bends to his will.  

The fact that Morpheus is essentially “Emo Jareth “ (to quote a friend of mine) makes it easy to understand why the familiar visual of the Escher Room was chosen as it was destroyed at the end of the Rick and Morty scene, much like the version shown in the film Labyrinth crumbled around Sarah (the film’s protagonist). 

Combining Morpheus with Jareth is an excellent and easy to understand idea much like when the Rick and Morty writers noticed the similarities between Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and Stephen King’s Needful Things and they merged Mr. Dark (From Something Wicked This way Comes) with the antagonist of Needful Things to create “Mr. Needful” for the episode Something Ricked This Way Comes for season one. 

And for anyone wondering, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This way Comes was published before Stephen King’s Needful Things and even had a film adaptation before Needful Things did as well, though the plots were very similar. 

The biggest difference was Something Wicked This way Comes dealt with a sinister carnival that offered you your heart’s desires at a terrible price and Needful Things had the antique shop like in the Rick and Morty episode.  Mr. Dark was the ringmaster of the carnival in Something Wicked This Way Comes.

(A physical comparison of Mr. Dark and Rick and Morty’s Mr. Needful below in images).


As the new “Sandman-esque” cameo character was not named and has none of Jareth’s physical traits but does have all of Morpheus’ physical traits he is named Morpheus in my head unless the show decides to have him appear again later and properly names the spoof character.

PS, I would kill for a Scary Terry vs. Morpheus event of some kind.  There’s fan art of Freddy Krueger vs. Morpheus, which I won’t post here because I don’t have permission from the artists who made them but it can be easily googled.


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Honda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity.

Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.

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BBC Two to broadcast Robert Icke’s critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott

BBC Two has announced it will broadcast the critically-acclaimed stage production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by the multi award-winning Robert Icke and starring Bafta and Olivier award-winning actor Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Birdland, Pride).

Hamlet will broadcast on BBC Two in 2018.

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The classic 1987 science fiction novel by the multi-Nebula and Hugo award-winning author has been picked up by Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro and director/writer Victoria Mahoney for adaption into a television series.

To my great bafflement, it has taken this long for Golden Hill to be released in the US – a multi-award winning highly readable romp through colonial New York, you’d think it’d be obvious, but there you go.

Anyway, here is the main character, Mr. Smith – I roughed these out last year when I read the book, but have only just made them as pretty as I’d like.

Do give Golden Hill a shot if you like

  • fun
  • peril
  • interesting characters
  • meticulous research
  • very satisfying historical fix-it fic 

Supplemental material – including a rather comprehensive catalogue of 18th-century slang – can be found on the book’s tumblr: @golden-hill

ANNOUNCING: All-New ‘Luther’ Starring Idris Elba is Coming to BBC America

Ladies and gentleman, our favorite detective is back in the cut.

The multi-award-winning Luther will return to BBC America with a new, four-part limited-series written and created by Neil Cross, and starring Idris Elba, who has received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe®, SAG and Critics’ Choice Award for his performance as DCI John Luther. Filming will commence early next year.

Elba shares our excitement about returning to the role, saying: “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”

For more details and information, check out: http://bbc.in/2s2tm4h

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In 1976, @npr All Things Considered marked what would have been Malcolm X’s 51st birthday by airing an interview with Alex Haley. Haley, the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, reflected on Malcolm X’s legacy 11 years after his assassination and the emergence of local and regional black leaders in America. “The country, in this regard, is beginning to become more nearly what it has long said it is—a democracy.”

Take a listen as one stalwart of black history remembers another.

Image 1: Malcolm X poses for a portrait on February 16, 1965. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Image 2: Alex Haley, co-author of ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ and author of the multi-award-winning family saga 'Roots’. Credit:  Fred Mott/Getty Images

This year, Odd Studio - the multi award winning Australian SPFX team - were responsible for the creation of the ghosts and the undead sharks in Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales …   

And for the both the Neomorph and the Xenomorph in Alien Covenant 

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Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Allen Leech of the hit series “Downton Abbey” swing by to discuss NBC Universal’s new “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.” The first-ever fully immersive experience set inside the world of Carnival Films’ multi-award-winning global television phenomenon, “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” connects fans with their favorite characters, costumes, locations and historic events of the era, as well as showcase never-before-seen footage.

Hey everyone! I am planning on having a movie night on Rabb.it this Saturday - maybe around 8 or 9 EST - to watch Creeping Garden. Like this post if you are potentially planning on being there so I have an idea of the level of interest! I will post more details later this week about the time and how to use Rabb.it. Here is the description of the movie:

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined.

The Creeping Garden is a multi award winning feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.

The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.

But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat.

Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham’s previous feature ‘KanZeOn’ and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology.

With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’) this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.

anonymous asked:

Zayn is multi platinum award winning break through artist who literally worked his ass off for five years while in the biggest boy band of this decade and two years for his solo career He is more than being lowered to the boyfriend of passing model who gets half the jobs she does cuz of her family

i wish more people would understand this

y'know its not beef to me that pbae is gonna die. Death ~comes to us all~
My beef is the fact he’s gonna die Stupid, Out of Character and - for some unknown reason - by the hand of his ex-girlfriend’s face changing, psychopath sister that he’s only met twice. Bc honestly if thats how u treat ur most complex villain u dont deserve a multi-award winning show. Now ffs free aidan gillen, get it over with and let me rest.

So, I say to Toby Stephens, what made you choose the multi-award-winning Broadway play Oslo — a dazzling political thriller about the 1993 Israeli-PLO peace accord, which opens at the National before a guaranteed transfer to the West End — for your return to the British stage after four years away? “I know,” says the handsome 48-year-old father of three, with a wry grin, “it was a really difficult decision. I was getting a bit panicked, thinking, Christ, I really need to do something back in the UK otherwise I am just going to disappear. And this came along and it was the perfect project.”
—  the handsome 48-year-old father of three (it’s always nice when journalists are like “this man is pretty”)