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April 7, 2011

Trainspotter Dream Hotel

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It's in London, right up against St. Pancras train station, part of a £200 million restoration of the Gothic fantasy that was once the Midland Grand Hotel, whose opening in 1873 caused Arthur Conan Doyle to comment, "Nothing in fact or fiction can match this wonder; it would be the envy of any medieval king."

Above, the view from one of the 38 rooms in the St. Pancras Renaissance's original building, in this case about 10 feet above Eurostar Platforms Eight and Nine.

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According to Petronella Wyatt's April 2, 2011 story in the Mail, "the lobby — possibly the largest in Europe — used to be a cab rank, and the main staircase [above] is so wide that two women could pass in bustles or crinolines without brushing against one another."

"As a train pulls out of the station, the room shakes, gently."

Wrote a Sunday Times reporter, "With Euston Road out front, Eurostar platforms at the back and the Thameslink link line rumbling below, noise is an issue."

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Better book early, would be my advice.

April 7, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Campana Brothers Circus Rug

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Wrote Elaine Louie in today's New York Times "Currents" feature, "When is a rug a work of art? Maybe when it's priced at more than $35,000.

"The $35,575 hemp rug [above and below], which is six and a half feet in diameter and covered in dolls handmade in Brazil, was introduced a year ago at the furniture fair in Milan. It was produced in an edition of 10, by Nodus, an Italian company.

"But it wasn't until last month, when the company shipped the rugs to Perimeter Art & Design, a gallery in Paris, that the first one sold.

"'It was so new, it took time to be understood,' said Andrea Galimberti, the company’s president. 'At the beginning it is a rug — and now it's an art piece.'

"For the Campana brothers it's... a time capsule. The rug was inspired by childhood memories of growing up in the small Brazilian town of Brotas, said Fernando Campana, where 'we used to play circus in the backyard.'"

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"The remaining nine rugs are available at Perimeter Art & Design, in Paris. Information: (33) 15542-0122; perimeter-artanddesign.com."

April 7, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Anatomy of a tweet

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You thought it was just 140 characters, didn't you?

Silly billy.

[via ReadWriteWeb and Raffi Krikorian's mehack]

April 7, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Nebula Galaxy Wedge x Galaxy Print Silk Biker Jacket

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"Each pair is hand painted when ordered, using acrylic paint on black fabric. Finished with a layer of flexible matte varnish for durability and to withstand all weather conditions."

$180.

And to wear with your Galáctico shoes, what better than

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Christopher Kane's Galaxy Print Silk Biker Jacket (above and detail below)?

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£1,690.

Lady Gaga, call your office: your new outfit is here.

[via Svpply (wedge) and My Fashion Life (jacket)]

 

April 7, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Tall Painting — Holton Rower

[via Milena]

April 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Co-dependent Salt & Pepper Shakers

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"A pair of salt & pepper shakers that need to support each other in other to stand up. One tips over when the other is used. A metaphor for love?"

I seen worse.

6 x 3 x 8cm.

$65 CAD (Kitchen and Tabletop 3).

 

April 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Can lying on a bed of nails help you get to sleep?

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That appears to be the conclusion of a growing number of people who advocate so-called "accupressure mats," covered with small disks of plastic spikes.

Wrote Laura Johannes in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, "Once a popular circus stunt, a bed of nails is now being touted as a relaxation tool. A growing number of companies selling mats with nail-like plastic spikes say they can relieve stress, neck, back and other pain and even help insomnia. There is little published evidence, but some scientists say early results suggest they are worth further study.

"The fewer spikes, the more challenge to the body — and the more benefit. For the biggest benefit, lie naked on the mat.

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"Rattlebug LLC of Warwick, N.Y., says its 8,820-spike Hälsa mat will 'stimulate your body's acupressure points, helping it to release natural pain relief hormones.'

"There are more than 100 acupressure points on the human back — and using a mat with many evenly distributed points, 'you'd have to hit some of them,' says Steven Given, associate dean of Bastyr University's School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Kenmore, Wash.

"London neurophysiologist Nerina Ramlakhan says she recommends the Shakti mat to patients suffering from insomnia. 'It very quickly helps the body to come into a state of rest," says Dr. Ramlakhan, who treats patients with sleep problems at a psychiatric clinic and has no connection with Shakti. She recommends relaxing on the mat for 10 to 20 minutes in the afternoon, or even starting off with it in bed at night.'"

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You say, hey, wait a minute, joe: since when did you start featuring alternative medicine and its variations?

My response: since a proposed remedy or therapy might be of benefit and poses no risk.

In such a case the risk-benefit ratio is infinite and so why not give those looking for relief or solace at least the possibility of finding some?

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Hälsa mat: $39.95.

April 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

The iPhone stand Apple forgot to put in the box

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iPhone 3, 3G and 4 versions.

Black, Blue, Orange, Grey, Green, Pink, Yellow, or Red.

$29 CAD (Play 3).

April 7, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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