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Welcome to Beyond London Life!

 

 

 

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This year our travels, both real and virtual, will take us beyond the borders of London. We are excited by the prospect and hope to bring you something mad and magical from around the globe.Expect eclectic and quirky.

 

 

 And to whet your appetite, why not download this Lonely Planet ebook for free

 

 http://media.lonelyplanet.com/pdfs/Around_the_world_40_Lonely_Planet_Bloggers.pdf

 

Get in touch

 

Guest bloggers always welcome!

bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

I'd love to hear from you

Happy Travels!

 

Ursula

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Slomo - Video - NYTimes.com

Slomo - Video - NYTimes.com | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.”
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I want to be like Slomo when I grow up. 
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Magical Towering Castles Made with Icicles

Magical Towering Castles Made with Icicles | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Igloos and ice hotels we've seen in the past were typically constructed with a mixture of ice blocks and snow, but inventive designer Brent Christensen fou
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An Astonishingly Small Stone Carving That Has the Power to Change Art History

An Astonishingly Small Stone Carving That Has the Power to Change Art History | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Colossal | Art, design, and visual culture
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Paris , Le Pantheon daki olağanüstü performans

La pantheon
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A Compendium of Abandoned Greenhouses

A Compendium of Abandoned Greenhouses | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Today I opened my computer and typed in my chosen search words of the day: "abandoned greenhouse". Little did I know how many photographs I was about to scroll through. So many, too many! Why is that? Surely we still all eat greens and enjoy decorating our houses with them. Why have so many of these

Via Ricardo Lourenço
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I have loved following Messy Nessy for years do visit het website for unique insights into Parisian Life & Beyond  
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36 Hours in Bangkok

36 Hours in Bangkok | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
From upstart creative spaces and obscure bars to neighborhoods where a surprising urban tranquillity reigns, Bangkok remains ripe for discovery.
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Bangkok. Often spoken about with affection by those fortunate enough to have visited/lived in the City of Angels. Somewhere so familiar to many, yet still full of new discoveries! 
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Abu Dhabi : Edoardo Tresoldi  Sculpture  

Abu Dhabi : Edoardo Tresoldi  Sculpture   | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

Edoardo Tresoldi  Sculptor Fills Pavilion with Stunning Series of Wire Mesh Architecture

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 Europe: Abandoned Buildings

 Europe: Abandoned Buildings | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it


" As far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by abandoned places, so there’s no surprise that after a few childhood explorations, I decided to take a camera with me to bring back memories of my trips. I started giving more and more importance to the place I was shooting, to get the satisfaction of perfectly capturing the spirit of the spot I was visiting. It has been nearly three years now that I have travelledromainveillon around Europe, to find and capture these amazing locations. From communist relics in Bulgaria or Hungary to the incredible villas and palaces in Italy, passing by the tremendous factories and power plants in France or Belgium, I try to grasp the aesthetic beauty that emerges from the chaos of decay. I love when nature takes over human constructions which creates a unique and unreal atmosphere. It puts in perspective our presence on earth and reminds us that we are only passers-by. For me, it’s like traveling in time. Every room is special and has its own history."


Photographs credited to Romain Veillon.

    


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Atmospheric, sometimes eerie photographs depicting Europe's decaying buildings..

(With  thanks to fellow scoopiteer Laura Brown, for the suggestion)
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International: Photographer Karen Knorr

International: Photographer Karen Knorr | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
"Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London."
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We love the work of Karen Knorr. Read about this photographer and view her contemplative, considered compositions on her beautiful website : www.karenknorr.com


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Czech Republic: A Rotating 42-Layer Sculpture of Franz Kafka's Head by David Cerny

Czech Republic: A Rotating 42-Layer Sculpture of Franz Kafka's Head by David Cerny | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

"Located in a busy shopping center in Prague, this twisting and reflective sculpture depicting the head of writer Franz Kafka is the latest kinetic artwork by controversial Czech artist David Cerny"

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Definitely going to turn heads!
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UK: Brighton Fringe

UK: Brighton Fringe | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Tickets are now on sale! Browse over 900 events - from cabaret to comedy, theatre to dance, there's something for everyone!
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Brighton never disappoints and is especially lively during the annual Brighton Festival with its ever growing and insanely popular fringe festival. Get there before it disappears for another year! Sun highly possible, fun guaranteed.
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10 of the World’s Weirdest Museums

10 of the World’s Weirdest Museums | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

These treasure troves around the globe will satisfy your strangest curiosities.


"Picture of a scuba diver at the Cancun Underwater Sculpture Museum (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico
A diver drifts over a submerged vehicle at MUSA, the underwater museum of contemporary art in Cancun, Mexico.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICIO COLLADO, XINHUA/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO 


What turns an ordinary object into something extraordinary? Put it in a museum. No matter how seemingly odd or mundane, objects offer us windows into history and connect us to our past. They expose our darkest preoccupations, most brilliant ideas, and the limitless creativity of the human mind."

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Mexico a go-go! 
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Top 20 Most Colourful Places in the World

Top 20 Most Colourful Places in the World | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Bucketlist at the ready! From Canada to China, WOW has named the 20 most colorful places in the world you have to visit in your lifetime.
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Australia: Step Inside a Swirling Mirror Room of Interactive Ocean Vortices by teamLab

Australia: Step Inside a Swirling Mirror Room of Interactive Ocean Vortices by teamLab | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Colossal | Art, design, and visual culture
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Experienced Team Lab @ Pace Gallery London in 2017.  Could have stayed in a trance all day! 
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Isolated Facades Stand Precariously in the Twilight by Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy

Isolated Facades Stand Precariously in the Twilight by Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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Lisbon: City of Books

Lisbon: City of Books | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

"I always thought the title "City of Books" belonged to Paris or Dublin, but now I've visited Lisbon. In four days I only scanned the first page but I sense volumes more beneath. Let me set the scene: This is a city where the first time tourist needs a 3D map."

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Brittle Skeletons Crocheted from Discarded Textiles by Caitlin McCormack

Brittle Skeletons Crocheted from Discarded Textiles by Caitlin McCormack | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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" Philadelphia-based artist Caitlin McCormack continues to explore the decay and remains of once-living things in her intricate crochet work. McCormick constructs her pieces using a labor intensive process that involves stiffening discarded textile materials with enamel paint to create brittle bone-like material. She then crochets fantastical intertwined skeletons of humans, birds, snakes, devils, and two-headed bats, which are displayed with stark black backdrops, glass cases, and lathed bases that reference old-fashioned displays for scientific specimens.

Her new show, Lazarus Taxa, refers to the paleontological concept of species that disappear and reappear in the fossil record. Lazarus Taxa is currently on display at Paradigm Gallery + Studio. '

November 2017
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Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi: 'Gaza was under a spell'

Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi: 'Gaza was under a spell' | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Rosalind Nashashibi has deserved a Turner Prize nomination for years. In 2009, I, like many people, thought her ICA exhibition made her a shoe-in for the following year’s list but it didn’t happen. Now, after a period in which she has steadily continued to make poetic and quietly political films, everything has come at once for the 44-year-old Croydon-born artist.
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The new Our Place Kauai restaurant in Kapaa is 100 percent locally sourced

The new Our Place Kauai restaurant in Kapaa is 100 percent locally sourced | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Opened late last year, Our Place uses Kauai-grown ingredients to create beautifully plated organic dishes.
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A great example of what can be done by a restaurant. Take note other places that serve food in Hawaiii. Take note all eateries, all over the world. 
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The Fantastic Street Art by Kislow

The Fantastic Street Art by Kislow | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
This Ukrainian artist is as original as it gets. Just randomly found his pieces. But how good are they? http://www.lostateminor.com/2012/10/16/ukrainian-street-art-by-kislow/
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it's great to stumble upon something new and exciting. In this case it's street art from the Ukraine.
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Iceland: 19th century green-roofed church is straight out of a fairy tale

Iceland: 19th century green-roofed church is straight out of a fairy tale | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Although sod-topped structures may seem like they're straight out of a movie, the fascinating earthen-enclosed Hofskirkja church was built in 1884.
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Guatemala : Visiting The Craft Markets of Chichi (Chichicastenango)

Guatemala : Visiting The Craft Markets of Chichi (Chichicastenango) | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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London blogger Momtaz Begum-Hossain gives a colourful and detailed account of her visit to the craft markets of Guatemala. Full of charming insights and atmospheric photographs. Do take a looksee!
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India: Taxi Seats As A Showcase For Young Designers In Mumbai

India: Taxi Seats As A Showcase For Young Designers In Mumbai | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
We all know the typical Indian taxis from Bollywood movies. Each taxi driver gives his vehicle a unique look to stand out of the crowd of taxis. In Mumbai, they're even part of the city's heritage. A group of 30 young Indian designers builds on this idea by using taxi interiors to exhibit their work.
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Come on #London #Taxis ..follow suit? #LondonUnderground? #Tube carriages? The #Overground? 

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Tiny Living in a Cardboard Box? It Looks Better Than It Sounds

Tiny Living in a Cardboard Box? It Looks Better Than It Sounds | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Dutch design studio Friction Factory recently unveiled the Wikkelhouse, a gabled structure constructed from 24 layers of cardboard. And it actually looks quite nice.
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Where shall I place mine? Ireland? Donegal? Sligo? Tough decision.
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