10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet this Week! #8

Pic courtesy of Humans of Melbourne

Courtesy of Youtube (and my little bro Phil for supplying – keep ’em coming mate!)

 

2. This building was virtually abandoned for 70 years before becoming the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel

Right in the middle of London, just near Kings Cross and Euston Road, and next to its railway station, St Pancras, stood the elegantly gothic Sir George Gilbert Scott’s Midland Grand hotel – considered as one of the finest hotels in the world at the time.

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The historic exterior

Built in 1873 and named in honor of its architect, Sir George Scott, the Grand Midland boasted innovative features such as lifts and revolving doors. What it lacked however, was running water in the rooms, forcing guests to use communal bathing areas.

This lack of en-suite facilities in due course contributed to it’s eventual financial decline, and it was taken over by the London railways in 1920 before finally closing it’s doors as a hotel in 1935, and parts of it were used thereafter as railway offices.

The old booking office.
The old booking office.

British Rail had hopes of demolishing it, along with the station, before being thwarted by historical conservationists, whereupon it remained as railway offices before being shut down in the 1980’s due to concerns over its structural safety.

Drawing Room. Photo: www.ssplprints.com
Drawing Room. Photo: www.ssplprints.com

Redevelopment planning began in 2004 and after a loving restoration, the hotel re-emerged as the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel in 2011, exactly 138 years after it first opened its doors.

It is now a pearl in the chain of Marriott hotels.

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Photo By Helen Simonsson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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The dizzy grand staircase. Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor

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The Lobby
The Lobby
Booking office.
Booking office
Royal suite living area.
Royal suite living area
Royal suite master bathroom.
Royal suite master bathroom
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Indoor pool

Hmmmm – Nice! Where do I sign?

For more pics of this magnificent hotel, head to the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel website here.

Sources: Tripadvisor, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Wikipedia

 

3. Instead of a hotel, this architect has built a Citroën 2CV tricycle.

One of the most widely recognisable cars in the world has to be the Citroën C2, or Deux Chevaux as it’s often referred to, at least by the French anyway.

Milan-based architect and designer, Luca Agnelli has always had a fascination with the classical beauty and elegance of bygone days, and so has put to work his imagination, fusing a Citroën C2 with a classic ‘doniselli duomo’ cargo tricycle, and creating a one-off electric tricycle called the 2CV Paris.

Picnic anybody?

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For more info and pics head to: designboom

 

4. I think I’ve just found my new phone – designed by Philippe Stark no less.

Right at the moment I have one of the original iPhone 5’s and I have to admit, it’s been a staunch little trooper over the last 3 or 4 years – hardly ever stalls on me, calls come in loud and clear, plays my music, takes my photos/videos etc all quite well . . . but it’s starting to get a bit tired!

The display has started to get little bright spots and some little discoloured spots here and there, I’m needing more memory (not just in the phone btw either!), camera could be a little better and so on.

Well, although I’ve been an Apple fan-boy for a while now (I’m typing this on a 2010 Mac Pro which is also getting a little tired in case you’re listening Apple 🙂 ), my head has been turned!

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Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has paired up with celebrated design whiz Philippe Starck, he of the iconic aluminium citrus squeezer masterpiece, to create a near full-screen ceramic smartphone called the Mi MIX, featuring a 6.4inch edge-to-edge display, smooth chic design, a load more memory, no corners, no edges, just an overall great looking phone.

Now if it just comes with an option for the Apple OS, then TAKE MY MONEY! – which btw, is currently a LOT less than you’d fork out for the latest iPhone 7.

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Want . . . now!

Courtesy of Designboom

 

5. Yep it’s another video from those lovely people at GoPro

Anybody that actually reads these posts will realise I’m a HUGE fan of these vids brought out by GoPro — killer footage, killer soundtracks, and yes I know it’s plugging these nifty little cameras, but the advertising actually works – I WANT ONE!!

This one is from 2015 – check it out!

Courtesy of Youtube

 

6. People just up and leave these places – hard to believe but true!

Many photographers travel around the world looking for abandoned houses, castles and châteaux to capture and present to the world, and this château is no exception.

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Located in regional France, and built around the start of the 20th Century, Château Lumière was erected by the descendants of a wealthy tobacco industrialist, and luckily was granted historical protection from the French government.

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By the 1950’s, having spent too much money and unable to afford its upkeep, the owners closed the doors on the light and airy Château and left it behind for good.

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There’s not too much info available at the moment, but one can only assume the original family are still the owners – hopefully one day they will have the funds to restore it back to its full potential

For more pictures (and some cool sounds while you’re at it) head to: Soulphotography

 

7. This winter wonderland is only for the diehards

At over 1600metres deep, Lake Baikal is considered to be the deepest lake in the world, and arcs through nearly 400 miles of south-eastern Siberia, in Russia and just north of the Mongolian border.

The largest, clearest and most ancient FRESHWATER lake in the world by volume, it contains just over 1/5th of the worlds’ fresh water and is generally thought to be around 20-25 million years old.

Temperatures here can get down to an average of -21ºC in the winter*. As you can see by these photos though, even in the winter months it maintains a stunning beauty that is easily overlooked by travelers and tourism in general.

I have some friends living in Irkutsk at the southern end of Lake Baikal who I should visit sometime soon – maybe when it’s a little warmer though I think!

*Interesting fact: During the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-05, the lake’s ice was so thick that the Russians were able to lay a railway straight across it and transport supplies to the battle front throughout the winter.

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The amazing water clarity means crystal clear ice above thousands of feet of water.
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Can weeth sthtop now pleath?
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Amazing views showing the depth of the ice.
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Air bubbles snap frozen in time.
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Would you like ice with that Madam?

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Source: EnglishRussia, LakeBaikal

 

8. What’s on my Soundcloud playlist at the mo!

(My own Soundcloud Chill mix – guaranteed to smooth out even the roughest day!)

 

9. Archaeologists uncover a beautiful seaside villa covered by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD

Okay I admit it – I’m an archaeology geek! Show me some old mosaic floors or an ancient artifact dredged off the ocean floor, and I’m anyone’s! I love it – I’d like to think that in a former life I was Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, but probably not – maybe one of his lowly diggers would be more likely I think! 🙂

Anyway . . .

Archaeologists have uncovered a stunning seaside Roman villa beneath a church in the middle of the idyllic cliffside town of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi coast, giving the casual observer an intimate peek into the life of one of its more wealthier citizens before it all came crashing down with the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD.

Brightly coloured frescos, decorated plasterwork, beautiful artworks and even old silverware have been uncovered so far, showing a richness of life only a few could afford in those times.

 The villa’s owner commissioned the finest artists to create expertly painted images of fantastical architecture. (Photo: Marco Merola)
The villa’s owner commissioned the finest artists to create expertly painted images of fantastical architecture. (Photo: Marco Merola)
Scholars believe the violence of the eruption caused the villa to totally collapse. This image shows a crumpled main wall in the foreground and scattered roof tiles in the upper left, a reminder of the volcano's force. (Photo:Marco Merola)
Scholars believe the violence of the eruption caused the villa to totally collapse. This image shows a crumpled main wall in the foreground and scattered roof tiles in the upper left, a reminder of the volcano’s force. (Photo:Marco Merola)
Archaeologist Luciana Jacobelli studies a large collapsed fresco fragment. The visible side of the painting probably decorated the wall of an as-yet unidentified room, while the opposite side, now embedded in the ground, was featured in the triclinium. (Marco Merola)
Archaeologist Luciana Jacobelli studies a large collapsed fresco fragment. The visible side of the painting probably decorated the wall of an as-yet unidentified room, while the opposite side, now embedded in the ground, was featured in the triclinium. (Marco Merola)
Iron implements are embedded in volcanic ash close to the eastern wall of the triclinium. Archaeologists believe they are tools that were being used to restore the complex immediately before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. (Marco Merola)
Iron implements are embedded in volcanic ash close to the eastern wall of the triclinium. Archaeologists believe they are tools that were being used to restore the complex immediately before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. (Marco Merola)
A piece of mud still holds the impression of a wooden door that has disintegrated over time. In the middle of the piece, a small part of the door’s original decoration is still visible. (Marco Merola)
A piece of mud still holds the impression of a wooden door that has disintegrated over time. In the middle of the piece, a small part of the door’s original decoration is still visible. (Marco Merola)
Restorer Giancarlo Sorcini prepares to inject cement to consolidate frescoes adorning the eastern wall of the villa’s triclinium, or dining room. (Photo: Marco Merola)
Restorer Giancarlo Sorcini prepares to inject cement to consolidate frescoes adorning the eastern wall of the villa’s triclinium, or dining room. (Photo: Marco Merola)
Cupids riding sea monsters and dolphins, rendered in stucco, pull an elegant green drape on the frescoed wall of a newly re-excavated Roman villa in Positano. The use of figural stucco is rare in domestic contexts, appearing more commonly in public spaces such as baths. (Photo:Marco Merola)
Cupids riding sea monsters and dolphins, rendered in stucco, pull an elegant green drape on the frescoed wall of a newly re-excavated Roman villa in Positano. The use of figural stucco is rare in domestic contexts, appearing more commonly in public spaces such as baths. (Photo:Marco Merola)
A fragment of the Positano villa’s vibrant fresco wall painting. (Photo: Marco Merola)
A fragment of the Positano villa’s vibrant fresco wall painting. (Photo: Marco Merola)
An archaeologist perches on scaffolding in the triclinium. Some of the room’s walls are preserved to their full height of nearly 18 feet, while others were toppled, likely by the force of the eruption of Vesuvius almost 40 miles away. (Marco Merola)
An archaeologist perches on scaffolding in the triclinium. Some of the room’s walls are preserved to their full height of nearly 18 feet, while others were toppled, likely by the force of the eruption of Vesuvius almost 40 miles away. (Photo: Marco Merola)

For more information head to Archaeology.org

 

10. Call that a photo-bomb? . . . naaah – THIS is a photo-bomb!

Photo: Jim Meads
Photo: Jim Meads

Supposedly it’s not a fake – a pilot friend told professional photographer Jim Meads that he was taking a new jet fighter out for a test-flight, so Jim took his kids for a walk near the airfield hoping to take a few snaps of the plane, but as you can see, things went slightly awry, with the pilot striking troubles and ejecting just in time.

For a full and fascinating in-depth story, head to: fearoflanding

 

Bonus Extra – Seeing as it’s Melbourne Cup Day . . .

Melbourne Cup Day – ‘the race that stops a nation’ – is a must-see for anyone visiting Melbourne in November, if only to see some of the funny hats and odd behavior of the locals.

Here’s a selection of photos from the fantastic Humans Of Melbourne FB page – check it out here.

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Courtesy of: HumansofMelbourne

 

Hope you enjoyed this weeks list of Interesting stuff off the net guys.

If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, or maybe just throw some shade my way, then feel free to use the Comments section below! I aim to please!

Have an awesome week peeps! 🙂

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