A collection of black and white images reveals the ‘last days’ of London, capturing the city as old traditions made way for the metropolis we recognise today.

Photographer Colin O’Brien has been documenting the city’s changes since 1948, taking some of the final pictures of the old Covent Garden Market before it closed for good.

O’Brien also captured a long-forgotten tram back in 1952, one of the last rag and bone men in 1980s Hackney, and Woolworths' last day of trading, compiling the images in his new book, 'London Life'.

See more of the pictures here and tell us what you think of this intriguing insight into history.





Did you know that some of the world's most beloved buildings were once hated by thousands?

Iconic designs such as The Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, and Empire State Building all gained bad reputations when first built, but now are seen as innovative and symbolic of their home cities.

For example, the famous writer Guy de Maupassant described the Eiffel Tower as a “tall skinny pyramid of iron ladders, this giant and disgraceful skeleton”. Some people even looked forward to the Tower being taken down as scheduled (a day which never passed).

Read more about the world's most controversial buildings here and tell us what you think. 






Stylight has decided to give the mischievous Minions a little makeover treatment for the summer.

The fashion community has transformed our favourite yellow creatures into cute Minionistas - seemingly to celebrate the characters' innate sense of style.

Minion versions of well-known designers, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood, appear alongside fashion icons like Alexa Chung and Cara Develingne.

Take a look at the Minionistas here and tell us who else should be turned into a Minion.



New York’s JFK Airport is planning to open a new animal spa centre.  

International architecture firm Gensler has designed The ARK, which allows pets to have their own luxury experiences while travelling.  

Treatments include a veterinary hospital, a care centre with a spa and grooming services, and even a diagnostic library.  

The ARK, which will open in early 2016, boasts Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a consultant and could ‘effectively transform the air transport of animals worldwide’.  

Read more about the idea here and tell us if you would treat your beloved pet to The ARK.




A striking new restaurant has been launched in the Maldives that allows guests to dine with ocean life.

To reach the Subsix restaurant, diners have to take a speedboat to the location and descend several staircases to reach this intriguing restaurant and bar.

The floor to ceiling windows allow guests to watch all sorts of underwater creatures, such as colourful butterflyfish, swimming around the surrounding coral reefs.

With unique furniture pieces and abstract chandeliers completing the experience, diners can immerse themselves with undersea life.

Read more about Subsix here and let us know if you would visit.




It’s comforting to know that some of the brands we know and love have made triumphant comebacks from breaking point.

Wholesale Clearance has created an infographic that gives us a peek into the history of well-known brands and how they have bounced back from the brink.

Apple, Nintendo, and Converse are among the brands that have previously encountered every business’ worst nightmares, from bankruptcy to boardroom infighting.

Take a look at the infographic here and tell us what you think of these fascinating histories.





If you’re intrigued by the way your brain works, this innovative new game is for you.

Specimen is a simple and straightforward game that is not only addictive but also tests your colour perception.

A small circle appears in the centre of the screen with a variety of different coloured amoebas inside.
As the player, all you need to do is match the amoebas with the colour of the background.

The more you get correct, the more points you collect, showing how good your colour perception is.

Faster versions of the game are available for those who want to really test their skills.

Download the game here and watch the video below to see how it all works in action.





Kellogg’s new publicity stunt has seen its ‘breakfast team’ take over London Underground.

The breakfast team have taken ‘fridges’ onto the tube, holding everything from milk and cereal to utensils such as cutlery and bowls.

However, to unsuspecting commuters the fridge looks like a normal suitcase - until of course, it’s opened mid-journey.

This campaign is targeted at the ‘busy workers’ who are skipping breakfast all together.

A Kellogg’s spokesperson said: “With almost 1 in 3 adults missing breakfast every day, we wanted to show that even for people with the busiest lifestyles, there’s always time for a bowl of Special K cereal.”

Watch the unsuspecting commuters below and tell us what you think.


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If you're still deciding where to go on holiday this year, this blog is for you.

VoucherBin has created an infographic that looks into the best travel destinations in the world - it includes classics like Rome and Paris, but also more alternative choices such as Hanoi or Prague.

With 83% of Brits taking at least one trip a year, the infographic provides some valuable advice on the cities, from their unmissable attractions to your daily budget - so half the research is already done for you.

Find more about these travel destinations here and let us know which ones you'll be visiting.



If you're a fan of the Channel 4 series Humans, you may well be intrigued by the latest development in artificial intelligence: a hotel managed by robots.

The Henn-na Hotel (literally 'strange hotel') in Sasebo, Japan, has recently welcomed its first customers, who get to indulge in an experience entirely staffed by a crew of robots.

Guests can check in with the help of a dinosaur dressed like a concierge, access their rooms with face-recognition technology, and sit back while a range of robots, humanoid or otherwise, take care of the rest.

Watch how this unique hotel works below and tell us if you’ll be visiting.




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