Scrapbook: all the beautiful places

In Outbound by Claire

A bumper edition this week and my favourite section is ‘beautiful things’, filled with a plethora of videos from around the world that make the world look appropriately stunning. That, combined with what’s effectively Lonely Planet’s new guide of ‘hot cities for 2016’ – a concept that’s always interesting – has me feeling that the next year’s going to be a very exciting one. Good inspiration for some plotting.

Brilliant new things

  • The BMX kaleidoscope is goodness for the eyes. Check the end when you see the entire set and how it’s put together (and the trips, too). I am frustrated by the fact that Red Bull make great videos and terrible drinks.
  • The Tokyo hotel where guests can curl up with 1700 books.
  • We all have crazy ideas. But 99% of them never see the light of day. Peter Becker had an idea: Treehouse Hotels. And oh boy did he execute on it.
  • Outside Magazine’s 365-Day Bucket List. GOOD LUCK doing these in one year.
  • “Nice demo of how easy it is to get away from the concrete of London for a weekend somewhere beautiful.”
  • The story of London’s blue plaques. “You can find over 850 of them all across London. They take 6 weeks to make. There’s a 6 month waiting list.”
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015: “Another year, another selection of BEAUTIFUL pictures of animals being all…animal-y and stuff.”
  • A Guide To New York’s Best Climbing Trees: “Of limited actual use unless you live in New York, but I love the style of this New York Times interactive, as well as the idea of a guide to trees that are good for climbing. Yes, ok, I can see that it’s perhaps a *touch* twee, but come on, climbing trees is ACE and should be done more often.”
  • I’m Just Walkin’: “One man’s slightly obsessional quest to walk every single street in New York City, about 8,000 miles all-in-all, documented on this site. Photos and anecdotes, uploaded irregularly, abound – I would honestly love to do this in London. I say that, but obviously I’d probably start being a bit selective about the definitional aspects of ‘London’ when I found myself trudging around Enfield at 5pm on a February afternoon.”
  • How one jeweller became a UK frame-building sensation.
  • Leave track-standing to the professionals: Chris Hoy pranks London commuters. A bit silly.
  • Peter

  • UCI Road World Champion Peter Sagan got married using a miniature tandem along a tightrope. Of course.
  • Trends, tech and think pieces

  • Lonely Planet release their top cities for 2016. I LOVE seeing how travel habits change.
  • “Is there anything radical about going for a walk?” I saw the editor of Flaneur magazine talk at the ModMag conference last month and she was ace.
  • Road Trippers: “Not the first thing of this ilk I’ve found, but I’m posting it despite the lack of novelty as I think there’s a HUGE brand opportunity being missed here. The idea is you plug in a start and end point, tell it what you’re interested in seeing along the way, and it gives you a roadtrip route with places of interest based on the criteria you’ve selected. I mean, for example, if you were Michelin why WOULDN’T you do something like this but with restaurants, sorted by price range, cuisine, style, etc? If this already exists, please don’t tell me as I will feel VERY DUMB. If it doesn’t, though, and anyone from Michelin is reading this, that’ll be £5k. Thanks!”
  • Holiday Memories: Great piece of promo webwork for Love Holidays, pulling together a whole load of stuff around the history of holidaymaking in the British Isles. Not hugely exciting, fine, but nicely made and actually pretty interesting considering it’s just there for marketing purposes.
  • Social media captions can be nonsense, especially in the outdoor world
  • The little-known story behind British road signs.
  • A brand new bike compass. “BeeLine is a stripped back, intuitive, navigation device designed to put the cycling masses back in control of their journey.”
  • The official guide to sock length! Get educated.
  • Stop Googling, let’s talk. “Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel.” Get outside and forget your phone.
  • Should cyclists run red lights? London looks at the other cities here they’re legally allowed to.
  • A blog post looking at objectification of women racers. Some very good points.
  • Clever, useful things (that might change the world)

  • From London as a city state to life in the mountains: three prize-winning visions of the future.
  • Here’s an app to improve your focus. It rewards you for switching your phone off. It plants a tree. The longer you leave your phone off, the more it grow.
  • Airdonkey: “LIKE AIRBNB BUT FOR ASSES! No, hang on, not that at all. LIKE AIRBNB BUT FOR BIKES! Yes, that’s it. Really clever idea which is currently seeking funding, this lets users set up their bike as a potential by-the-hour rental, which for cities without their own urban bike rental system is a pretty strong idea. I reckon in Amsterdam you could probably subsist off the income from this alone with a large enough fleet of vehicles. I can see this becoming a PROPER THING, though as mentioned with tedious regularity my track record at picking winners through this newsletter is patchy at best (read: laughable).”
  • Beautiful things (photography, pictures and sound)

  • Jasper Clarke photographs the cyclists in training at Japan’s Keirin racing academy. Beautiful. (Credit to him for the lead photo)
  • Imagine cycling around all of Scotland NON-STOP. Superb film of Mark Beaumont’s epic feat.
  • North Coast 500 from North Coast 500 on Vimeo.

  • The National Trust has created a beautiful digital ‘immersive coastal journey’. One and All is a gorgeous, innovative voyage through sight, sound and sea, with three leading artists – Martyn Ware, Owen Sheers and Tania Kovats. If you’re in London it’s on display at Somerset House in November (4 November to 13 December 2015).
  • It’s like Mother Sea is coming to hug me and saying come here hello you’re ready to dive.”
  • Some beautiful footage in The North Face : Degrees North – Trailer
  • Our Home World: “Two Russian men are traveling across America in a car and taking photos and writing about it. This is their blog and it’s really quite lovely.”
  • Photographing Ethiopia’s Young Skate Scene
  • An in-depth look at the alternative side of Sports Photography. Brilliant to see It’s Nice That take more of a look at sport, as they have been for the last month.
  • Kitty Pemberton-Platt lives in London and has two big passions in life; cycling and then drawing about it. These aren’t too new but they are super.
  • London town map drawings by bike. I’m not sure where to start describing this but it’s all shades of excellent.
  • Life, thinking and long reads

  • “Life is too short and precious not to dare to do and make the most of it. And, if demons and fears are getting in the way and threatening that life, then asking for help can be the bravest thing of all.”
  • “Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days.”
  • 9 years of Brainpickings learnings.
  • Screw finding your passion (you already know it).
  • How Trigger Warnings are hurting mental health of campus. “Rather than trying to protect students from words and ideas that they will inevitably encounter, colleges should do all they can to equip students to thrive in a world full of words and ideas that they cannot control. One of the great truths taught by Buddhism (and Stoicism, Hinduism, and many other traditions) is that you can never achieve happiness by making the world conform to your desires. But you can master your desires and habits of thought. ” A lengthy but exceptionally good long read.
  • “I wanted to sit outside in the nighttime and not have to go inside.” Exonerated prisoners.
  • How black millennials are changing the face of travel. A bit of a TIME article.
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