November 2010Monthly Archives
Aircraft connect us with distant parts of the world in ways that ships and railways never could, and have been adapted for a variety of uses. But they have a shelf-life and are often recycled when their time comes. Sometimes, however, they’re abandoned along with the airfields that once served them.
Google Doodles has come up with the goods again in its latest artistic installment commemorating Thanksgiving 2010. And Google isn’t simply providing a pretty picture in place of its traditional logo!
Photographer Tom Blackwell snapped these vintage magazines resting on a work bench inside the abandoned Eastmoor Reformatory. They include a May 1960 edition of Practical Woodworking, and would have been used to help young offenders gain vocational skills.
Quirky place names like Slack Bottom, Crackpot and Drinkers End are a British institution. Inspired by such rural oddities, Dominic Greyer hit the road to track down the most eccentric of them all.
As beautiful and majestic as the natural world is, there’s definitely something to be said about not living in the age of dinosaurs. Can you imagine going about your daily routine with with these giraffe-sized reptiles gliding above the urban landscape?
What do you do if you need somewhere to keep your car but the only shelter available is a derelict chapel round the side of your house? Well, you could always covert that into a simple yet imaginative garage, and finish it off with a nice garden bench!
The latest installment of our popular Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities of the World series takes us to Antarctica, where former whaling stations and abandoned research facilities have remained virtually untouched since they were vacated generations ago.
Since it was abandoned in 1973, Eastmoor Reformatory is no longer as secure as it once was. In this series of images, photographer Tom Blackwell takes us on a virtual tour of the building that once housed 160 young offenders within its walls, in a bid to put their lives back on track.
Some parts of our planet are a graveyard of lost civilizations, and you don’t have to travel far to find some vestige of a bygone age. But have you ever considered that, one day, a modern culture might walk among the “ancient” ruins of our own world?
Hotels, hospitals and schools are three institutions that rely on guests, patients and pupils to keep them functioning. Take those elements away and the buildings cannot survive for long, leaving only peeling walls and crumbling corridors to remind us of their past.
Here’s one British tradition that continues to burn brightly! When Guy Fawkes and his cronies conspired to blow up London’s Houses of Parliament in a failed bid to assassinate King James I, little did they know that they were providing the British people with a roaring legacy that has been celebrated every year since.
We’ve all heard those bizarre stories that resurface in various forms over the years, gradually becoming ingraining into the annals of urban legend. Here are five tales of the natural world that may have mundane origins, but have been extrapolated over time.
Detroit was once a boom town accounting for one of the largest collections of architecturally inspired buildings in America – impressive structures that still stand today, albeit gutted skeletons of their former selves.
With Halloween behind us for another year, and the ghouls safely back in the box, why not grab a cheap uncarved pumpkin and create your own intricate Jack O’Lantern?