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July 28, 2019

15th-century cathedral transformed into a modern bookstore

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From Colossal:

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For many, reading a good book can be a religious experience, but this bookstore in Zwolle, The Netherlands takes that idea to a whole new level.

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Architects BK. Architecten were tasked with converting this 15th-century Dominican church into a modern bookstore with the addition of 700 square meters of shopping space.

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There was one major catch: all the historical elements of the 547-year-old building — including stained glass windows, pipe organ, ceiling paintings, and expansive arches — had to remain intact.

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BK. Architecten managed to add three levels of retail space to the side wings of the church in such a way that the additions can one day be removed in order to restore the church to its original design.

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In addition, only three colors of building materials were used to mimic the existing palette of the cathedral's interior, to ensure that the bookstore would pay reverence to the original space.

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Waanders In de Broeren opened in the summer of 2013.

Many more views on the architect's website.

Photos by Joop van Putten and Hans Westerink.

July 28, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: There's a spoon holder built into your pots and pans

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You just have to look at the hanging hole from a different perspective.

[via Joe Peach]

July 28, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"They Tell Me It's Summer" — The Fleetwoods (1962)

I'd never heard of nor heard this song by this great group until reader Joe Peach sent it my way.

He wrote:

I have listened to a LOT of oldies stations.

I once had a job where I listened to oldie and doo-wop music 12 hours a day!

No, I'm not an expert by any means, but I have only heard this gem once or twice.

YouTube comments:

I'm 68 and have been around since the beginning of rock 'n roll and this is one of the greatest songs ever. I've never heard it before!

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Even though I grew up in the Fleetwoods home territory of Seattle in the 50s and 60s, I never ran across this incredibly beautiful song until recently. One of the best "B" sides EVER!

The Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me," their 1959 debut song which went straight to #1, has always been a favorite of mine.

July 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Blackbird Bottle

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Made by William De Morgan (1839-1917); painted by Joe Juster.

Ceramic; in the De Morgan Collection.

July 28, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's a pen... it's a flashlight... it's a whistle!

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Cheap at twice the $5 price

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if someone whispers

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the winning lottery numbers

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in your ear.

July 28, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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