The silent, but not forgotten, railway line of Paris

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

Photo by Pierre Folk

Something to add to the list of things to see while in Paris, the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture, or “little belt railway”, a disused rail line that circles the French capital, and the subject of an extensive range of photos taken by Pierre Folk.

To do sooner rather than later, it seems property developers have their eyes on the land the rail line occupies, so it may not remain in its present state for much longer.

Via Colossal.

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The Pizza Belt is real and is centred on New York City

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

New York City is not only home to outlaw-instagrammers, it is also the centre of the pizza belt. Pizza belt?

The Pizza Belt is defined as “the area of the United States where the chance of obtaining an adequate-to-good slice of pizza from a randomly chosen pizzeria is greater than 50 percent.”

It seems to me this is the sort of place I’d like to visit one day.

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Iceland, photos from the ground and the air

Monday, 25 August, 2014

Photos of Iceland taken by French artist and photographer Sarah Martinet have been doing the rounds online in recent weeks, and for good reason… they’re amazing.

While some images were snapped on the ground, it is the aerial photos that are most incredible… imagine if we could all work from an aircraft upon which we were able to open the windows of.

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Earth, from space

Thursday, 21 August, 2014

Actually from a couple of months ago, not that my delay in posting makes this collection of In Focus curated photos taken from Earth orbit any less impressive. I especially like this shot of the Grand Canyon… not quite the way we’re used to seeing it, no?

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Pyongyang, North Koera, in stop motion

Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

Enter Pyongyang… the capital of North Korea is certainly an impressive looking town, but how much of what we see here is off-the-cuff spontaneous, and how much is staged?

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Will driver-less motorbikes also soon be taking us for a ride?

Tuesday, 19 August, 2014

We all know that driver-less cars, if they are not already cruising the streets near you, will be soon. And I guess if we’re going to have cars sans drivers, it makes sense that there will one day be driver-less motorbikes as well.

But for what purpose though? Automated courier, or pizza, deliveries perhaps?

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The argument in favour of a single, global, time zone

Friday, 15 August, 2014

Should time zones across the world be abolished, in favour of a central GMT based time system?

It would take a while to get used to, but it’s an idea worth giving some thought. If, for instance, I wanted to meet you at say 14:00 hours, being 2PM, somewhere on the east coast of Australia, on what is presently AEST, our meeting time would simply become 04:00 hours GMT, or just 04:00.

So instead of thinking in AEST times, we, and everyone else on the planet, regardless of location, would be thinking in GMT times.

If the whole world used a single GMT-based time, schedules would still vary. In general most people would sleep when it’s dark out and work when it’s light out. So at 23:00, most of London would be at home or in bed and most of Los Angeles would be at the office. But of course London’s bartenders would probably be at work while some shift workers in LA would be grabbing a nap. The difference from today is that if you were putting together a London-LA conference call at 21:00 there’d be only one possible interpretation of the proposal. A flight that leaves New York at 14:00 and lands in Paris at 20:00 is a six-hour flight, with no need to keep track of time zones. If your appointment is in El Paso at 11:30 you don’t need to remember that it’s in a different time zone than the rest of Texas.

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Putting a name to the place where grandpa took these photos

Friday, 15 August, 2014

The family of an Australian man, Stephen Clarke, who recently moved into a retirement home, are looking for help nailing down the locations of a stack of photos he took while travelling the world in decades past. Maybe you know some of the places that still haven’t been identified?

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The beauty of Iran, in photos

Tuesday, 12 August, 2014

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, photo by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji

If you’re wondering whether or not to ever visit Iran, these stunning images by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, will leave little doubt in your mind as to how to proceed.

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Have bike in a bag, will travel

Wednesday, 30 July, 2014

While the Kit Bike remains a concept at the moment, a bicycle, consisting of just twenty one pieces, that can be dismantled and packed away into one relatively small carry bag, may become a boon for travellers who want to move about at their own pace.

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