Archive | July 2013

Covent Garden: 17th century sandwiches, Mick Jagger’s hair, the market, and more.

Appnova’s new HQ is in Covert Garden. We absolutely love it. Covent Garden is like ice cream – you’ll never get tired of it.

 

Here’s a series of interesting and unusual facts about Covent Garden.

In 1632 the 4th Earl of Bedford, Francis Russell, commissioned the renowned architect Inigo Jones to develop the area into a luxury neighborhood. Heavily influenced by Italian piazzas, Jones created London’s first public square, surrounded by arcaded buildings and dominated by the church of St. Paul.

The first sandwich ever eaten by that name is claimed to have been consumed in the Shakespeare’s Head in Covent Garden by the Earl of Sandwich, in 1762. Sandwich was a keen gambler who when snacking at the gaming tables had his meats put between slices of bread to keep his fingers (and the cards) free from grease.

Eliza Doolittle, the central character in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, is a Covent Garden flower seller.

A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair is up for sale at auction house Bonhams next month with a guide price of between $2,400 and $3,000. Mick Jagger’s hair was snipped from his mane in the early 1960s and kept by relatives of one of his first girlfriends, Chrissie Shrimpton, a Covent Garden secretary he famously dated while a student at the London School of Economics.

 

And here’s a series of great images, nicked from “Old Covent Garden: The Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Markets” and “Covent Garden Then & Now”, both by Clive Boursnell.

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About this photo, Clive Boursnell says: “Everything was on the move: the ever-changing colour of the light, the kaleidoscope of shapes…Then a blast from a truck’s horn, a voice from a cab window: ‘Out the fuckin’ way, dreamer boy.'”

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Photo sources: Retronaut http://www.retronaut.com/2012/10/covent-garden/ Time Out http://now-here-this.timeout.com/ / All photos © Clive Boursnell.

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9 gadgets we would like to have in our office RIGHT NOW / Feat. trans-floor slides, Ferrari chairs, and more.

We have compiled a list of things we would like to have in our new office in Covent Garden.

Since there are too many options to choose from and bars and pubs and restaurants offering foods and drinks from all over the world, we thought this What’s For Lunch? Decision Spinner would help us overcome the “lunchtime panic attack”.

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Trans-floor slide, as seen at Red Bull office, here in London. Quality.

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Slot car racing!

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Possibly operated from this Ferrari Scuderia chair. Looks pretty cool, isn’t it?

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Volkswagen van desk.

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This is for all the social media ringmasters and friends often coming to visit us. We are trying to work, here!

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Fusion table – when the meeting is over, the game is on.

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Last but not least, the “Ice Cold Whisky Dispenser”. Win.

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Ad campaigns / Everybody is talking about the Andy Warhol Museum, a hot dog full of worms, and firecracker Speedos.

“Summer’s Different Here”, claims the new ad campaign for the Warhol Museum’s summer exhibits, the brainchild of MARC USA, Pittsburgh. By using traditional summertime symbols and imagery and giving it a macabre and provocative twist, the campaign promotes exhibitions of artists including Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Caldwell Linker and Nick Bubash.

“In looking at what unites all these very different artists, we quickly understood that their works are meant to provoke and make you uncomfortable,” says MARC USA creative director Josh Blasingame. “Our campaign built on that idea by looking at ordinary icons of summer and showing how they could be made more than a little uncomfortable.”

It all makes sense now.

More news and info here: http://www.warhol.org/museum/news/

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Photo sources: Adweek

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The dark side of the luxury dream / The abandoned, sad and lonely supercars of Dubai.

‘Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is something weird going on in Dubai – thousands of luxury cars sleep in the streets, collecting dust, victims of the decadence of a society in which money stones more than any other psychotropic substance.

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(Ferrari F40, 1,315 were manufactured in total)

Jon Moy explains – with rather strong words – the situation: ‘Evidently even Dubai, a city I thought was literally dripping in wealth, has been hit hard by the economic downturn. And by “hit hard,” I mean rich motherfuckers are abandoning their cars to avoid defaulting on their loans. Defaulting or even bouncing a check is a criminal offense in Dubai, so mad people are just driving their cars to the airport or wherever and leaving them there indefinitely before skipping town.’

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(DeLorean DMC-12, as seen in the Back to the Future trilogy)

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(Jaguar XJ220. Just 275 cars were produced)

Another article, published by The Daily Mail, titled ‘Dumped in Dubai: The luxury high performance cars left abandoned by British expats who fear being jailed because of debts’ reports that more than 3,000 cars were found abandoned last year.

Why does this happen? As Business Insider puts it: ‘Under Sharia law which is observed across the Middle East, non-payment of debt is a criminal offence. As the UAE has no bankruptcy laws, there is no protection for those slipping into debt, even accidentally. There have been cases of foreigners being prevented from leaving the Emirates after being blacklisted for simply missing a credit card payment or bouncing a cheque.’

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The saddest of them all is a $1.6 million Enzo Ferrari, one of only 349 made. The owner had racked up fines and speeding tickets that ended up being thirty thousand bucks. Instead of paying, he fled the country. Legend.

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Digitise property development / Here’s how to inspire, inform and seduce your audience.

We work with property developers, architects and interior designers. Funnily enough, even though they are not accountants, sometimes our clients struggle to find inspiring things to post on their blogs, Pinterest boards and Facebook pages.

There are a couple of bad things about the Internet – too many cats and Rihanna wannabes – but there is this great, mind-blowing thing: anything you can think of (and beyond) is online.

Therefore stop saying you are short of ideas, and focus on the following tasks:

  • Inspire me
  • Inform and entertain
  • Seduce me

Inspire me.

And show you know what you are talking about. Are you an architect? Go on Tumblr, click on “Find blogs” and get lost in a sea of blogs dedicated to any kind of porn, from cabins to bricks. Or just type “fireplace” on Pinterest, and see where it will bring you.

Cabin porn, on Tumblr.

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Fireplace porn, a Pinterest board by Eva Lichner.

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Inform and entertain.

Images are powerful, but reading about architects, buildings and typography and “collections of collections” is pretty cool, too.

Check Design Oberver’s blog, and their Facebook page.

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Seduce me.

Do it with photography, or, even better, video. Like this one. Pure architecture porn. Oh Lord, it’s getting hot in here…

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What is Myspace Tom doing nowadays? Nothing! He’s still better than Mark “Insipid” Zuckerberg, though.

This is Tom Anderson. You probably remember him from back in the day, when he was everybody’s friend on MySpace. They used to call him “Tom from Myspace”, or “Myspace Tom”.

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What happened to him? Not much. He sold Myspace to News Corp. for $580 million, and after that, the Dolce Vita began. Tom travels, Tom has a laugh, Tom takes a gazillion photos a day, Tom tweets, Instagrams, Google+es, and even Facebooks. The End. Haterz gona hate, as usual, so sometimes people get mad and say bad things about good ol’ Myspace Tom. He fires back.

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More insults coming in 3…2…1, there you go: Sam from Gizmodo says: ‘MySpace Tom Is a Prick’ 

The post is quite interesting, and Sam sounds very excited about the issue: ‘Remember MySpace? No, not the new one, but the old, horrible one, the acne of the Internet, the one with Tom’s dumb face plastered across it? Ever wonder what happened to him? He makes fun of regular people on Twitter.’

More bad words about Tom, and then the friendly advice: ‘Listen Tom: it’s cool that you spray painted a turd to look like gold and sold it to a senile Australian man for half a billion dollars. Good on you. But part of being a lucky, rich guy who is set for life because of ordinary people means not making fun of ordinary people.’

People insult him everywhere, jokes and memes appear overnight, he’s a laughing stock of the Internet. Everywhere.

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Even Urban Dictionary features Tom. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/nvsuvghOne of the article says: ‘Myspace Tom – The guy who made the horror of Myspace. “Hey, I’m Tom, and I ruined millions of lives. THX.”

A few years ago, Tom was everybody’s friend. Now he’s alone.

Jasmine Gardner writes on the Evening Standard: ‘I deleted my (Myspace) account years ago. To be embarrassingly honest, I was more of a Bebo girl. MySpace Tom wasn’t my best mate.’ ‘Although these days he has retired on his millions, is holidaying in Hawaii (according to Twitter, where he is more active) and dabbling in photography, he still has his old profile pic because, as he tweeted: “If I used a new pic it would break the Internet; my pic has been viewed more than the mona lisa bitch.”’

Poor Myspace Tom. Nobody likes him. And he don’t care. 

And you know what? I kind of like him, as I will never understand why millionaires still work 27 hours a day, when life is about being happy, seeing places, spending time with the people you love, and trying to be a better man, father, and terrestrian. Moreover, the guy who changed the way people interact through technology shows us how to use social media in order to tell a story and to engage with his followers. Win.

Who else is doing that? David “Boring” Karp, or Mark “Insipid” Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla “Uninteresting” Chan, posting pictures of their monotonous puppy? Come on now, kids.

By the way, check Tom’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/myspacetom

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Enjoy some sweet photos on his Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/myspacetom

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He even uses Google+! One of their fifteen active users…(https://plus.google.com/+myspacetom/posts)

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Filthy Rich Munchies / 5 of the world’s most expensive junk foods, feat. Kebab with gold, and a hot dog with onions caramelized in Dom Perignon.

Yes, life is good when you drive a gold-plated Lamborghini, date three models at the same time, and use Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne jeroboam 2002 instead of Lidl’s anti-dandruff shampoo.
But then again, when you get the munchies, you just wanna go hardcore: burgers, chips, kebab, and the rest of it.

Here’s a selection of junk foods for the filthy rich. Get fat or die trying.

As reported by DesignTAXI, this is the ‘World’s Most Expensive Bacon Sandwich’
‘Priced at US$237, the ‘Bacon Bling Sandwich’ is made from an impressive list of ingredients—seven rashers of rare breed pig bacon, sliced truffles, a free range egg, saffron and edible gold dust.’

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Pizza, bambino? Here you go: the Luis XIII, a Renato Viola Creation, costs $12,000. Why? Because it takes 72 hours to make, it is topped with bufala mozzarella, three types of caviar, lobster from Norway and Cilento, and it is lightly dusted with hand picked grains of pink Australian sea-salt from the Murray River. The cost includes service, anyway, and this pizza can only be made at home. Three Italian chefs will show up at your villa and make it for you in the comfort of your kitchen.

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Jalla! Jalla! Kebab
Made with saffron-infused flat bread, milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees and edible gold, the “King of Kebabs” also features champagne-infused mint and cucumber yoghurt, and costs £750.
From The Sun: ‘Chef Andy Bates created the kebab to mark the launch of The Great Food Truck Race TV show, celebrating street food.
Andy said: “It took a fair bit of time to source the best possible ingredients to ensure that this kebab was the most exclusive one out there but I loved every minute.”’

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Hubert Keller’s FleurBurger 5000, named after its price tag, is the most expensive hamburger in the world. Why? According to the WSJ’s food blog, what makes it so pricey is ‘Lots of expensive ingredients. Start with a Kobe beef “patty” (more like a mountain of ground primo cow flesh), then top it with foie gras and black truffles. Oh, and don’t forget the “special sauce,” which is made with – no surprise – more truffles.’ But there is more, as you can read on said blog.

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World’s most expensive hot dog: New York’s 230 Fifth released this $2,300 creation made out of 60-day dry-aged wagyu and topped with Vidalia onions caramelized in Dom Perignon, sauerkraut braised in Cristal, and caviar.’
Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/qjdxmma

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The most expensive bagel in the world is topped with white truffle (from Alba), cream cheese, and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves.
The bagel’s $1,000 price tag (including tax).

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Thirsty? Vintage soda!
To make the whole thing work, wash down your kebab or bagel with a 1958 can of Style Line Ginger Ale (Unopened), selling on the Bay for $349.95

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