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The cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road was shot 45 years ago today

Forty-five years ago, the iconic Beatles album cover for Abbey Road was taken. 

The shot itself took a mere ten minutes and only took six frames but it is arguably the most iconic album cover of all time.

At any one time you are bound to find four people in Abbey Road, north London, standing on the zebra crossing with a fifth person taking a photograph of them.

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Kremlin critic in coma was ‘poisoned by undefined substance’

A prominent Kremlin critic and Russian opposition figure who has been in a coma since last week has been diagnosed with “acute poisoning by an undefined substance”, his wife has said.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, 35, who works for Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia foundation, had been in Russia to screen a documentary film about his friend Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader and former deputy prime minister who was gunned down near the Kremlin in 2015.

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RideLondon: 50,000 apply for bike ride in 72-hour period

More than 50,000 cyclists have registered to take part in the 2015 RideLondon event in the 72 hours since the ballot opened, despite “biblical” rain during this year’s event.

The ride, part of the Mayor of London’s festival of cycling, takes place on 2 August 2015 in London and Surrey.

The organisers said the ballot would close when more than 100,000 people had registered.

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Lily Allen takes Twitter break after drinking allegations

Lily Allen is taking a Twitter break to focus on her next album after receiving criticism for her alleged heavy drinking at London’s Notting Hill Carnival.

The Smile singer appeared to overindulge on the booze at the annual U.K. street party over the weekend (27-28Aug16) and was pictured drinking a variety of alcoholic drinks before being carried away by her rumoured boyfriend MC Meridian Dan after reportedly passing out.

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

Unsolicited city decorator sticks it to The Man, asks for its help

Street artist Banksy has gone corporate, using a trademark of his name to try to win control of the Banksy.com domain.

A formal complaint has been sent to domain arbitrator WIPO by Banksy’s “authentication” company Pest Control Office, which now, it seems, has moved into trademark enforcement.

WIPO will decide in case D2014-1789 whether the domain has been registered in bad faith and if so will demand that it be handed over.

The domain was first registered in 2001 but never used. It was allowed to expire before being picked up again in 2006 and used as a parking page, first for ads about graffiti and then two years ago for banks.

It is currently registered to someone calling themselves “Banksy Blog” who is based in Quebec, Canada. The Register called them, but the person at the other end hung up as soon as we asked about the domain.

Banksy may have a hard time winning the complaint. His trademark (no. 85198175) was registered in 2010 – long after the domain was registered.

And the name “Banksy” is, of course, not his real name. Sting was famously told to stick a similar complaint up his lyre when he tried to get hold of Sting.com despite actually being called Gordon Sumner.

What’s more, the Banksy.com website is not using or profiting from his name so it may be hard to prove any harm. Banksy.co.uk appears to be more official.

With all the new top-level internet domain names being launched – from .art to .london – a smarter move may be for Banksy to simply register his own name

6a architects builds wheelchair accessible tree house in london

in response to a woman who has become more reliant on her wheelchair6a architects has developed ‘tree house’, as an addition in the back lot of a house to provide a more movable living space. in the tower hamlets of eastlondon, the quarters attach to an existing cottage, dating back to 1830, and unravel into the garden. the two homes are connected by a ramp, which bridges a half-story gap, from the living room of the former building, to the foyer of the ‘tree house’.  the construction of 6a’s dwelling is built on a veranda, created by a previous owner, that once overlooked the greenery. 6a architects has renovated the patio area to include a bedroom and washroom that incorporate views of leafy vines and lush plantings. branching out from the original home, the ‘tree house’ blends the interior and exterior in a dynamic way. reclaimed wood is used for the framing and foundation of the project andtimber cladding on the exterior and white washed plywood, in the interior, showcase the simple and naturalistic approach of most treehouses. the extension meanders through the rest of the yard, reminiscent of an english pastoral painting, as the overgrown landscape surrounds the structure.6a_treehouse_designboom_02the added rendition ramps downward to the garden6a_treehouse_designboom_03

a sumac tree shapes the plan of the unconventional tree house6a_treehouse_designboom_04the bedroom overlooks the picturesque yard with a eucalyptus tree in the foreground6a_treehouse_designboom_05the existing veranda exposing the original brickwork of the cottage6a_treehouse_designboom_06view of roof paneling and neighboring lots6a_treehouse_designboom_07interiors feature exposed timber joints

6a_treehouse_designboom_09axonometric diagram6a_treehouse_designboom_10ground floor plan6a_treehouse_designboom_08section of tree house

project info:

location: london borough of tower hamlets
architect: 6a architects
project team: stephanie macdonald, tom emerson, john ross, alice colverd, cécile david
structural engineer: price & myers.
contractor: john perkins projects ltd
building control: MLM
lighting: izé (veranda : david kohn lights)
exterior cladding: ashwell recycled timber products
blinds: ace contracts (london) ltd
garden design: dan pearson studio / mark cummings garden designs
project size: 57m2
completion date: march 2013

London’s Plan To Build A Garden Bridge Over The Thames

London's Plan To Build A Garden Bridge Over The Thames

Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the London Olympic Cauldron as well as the British Pavilion at the 2008 Shanghai Expo, has unveiled renderings for a garden-filled pedestrian bridge across the Thames. Though more than £60 million in funding must still be found to make the project a reality, Heatherwick will proceed to submitting plans in the spring, and the bridge will undoubtedly benefit greatly from the support of long-time proponent Joanna Lumley (Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous):

It’s quite strange to talk of something that doesn’t exist yet, but the Garden Bridge is already vivid in the plans and the imagination. This garden will be sensational in every way: a place with no noise or traffic where the only sounds will be birdsong and bees buzzing and the wind in the trees, and below the steady rush of water. It will be the slowest way to cross the river, as people will dawdle and lean on parapets and stare at the great cityscapes all around; but it will also be a safe and swift way for the weary commuter to make his way back over the Thames. There will be grasses, trees, wild flowers, and plants, unique to London’s natural riverside habitat. And there will be blossom in the spring and even a Christmas tree in mid-winter. I believe it will bring to Londoners and visitors alike peace and beauty and magic.

The bridge will connect Temple to the Southbank with an elegant profile across the river. The heavy piers on either side of the main span only serve to emphasize the thinness of the very center of the bridge, an effect obtained, no doubt, with help from the engineering consultant, Arup. And then there is that design touch which is so characteristic of Heatherwick: a flower blossom motif that striates the mass of the bridge and makes it seem to grow out of the river bottom (and that provided the inspiration for both the Olympic Cauldron and Expo Pavilion).

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