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The Independent | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Top ten travel games

From Guess Who?, Connect Four to a revamped Rubik’s Cube, a summer holiday is not complete without travel games. The Independent presents 10 of the best.

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The Independent | LINKS|

Time to know the world’s best watches

As wristwatches continue to slink into smartphone-inflicted nostalgia, now is a good time to reflect, courtesy of The independent, on the best 50 watches from around the world.

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Buzz Feed | ART & DESIGN|

40 glorious examples of infrared manipulation

BuzzFeed has compiled a compilation of photographs, handpicked by Josh Fjelstad, that demonstrate a powerful and potentially gobsmacking tool for photographers: the manipulation of infrared light.

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New York Times | ENVIRONMENT|

Hurricane Irene whips New York

It wasn’t the doomsday prediction that authorities had feared, but New York didn’t escape Hurricane Irene completely unscathed. Check out these photos of flooded lower Manhattan and Brooklyn brownstones covered in fallen trees.

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The Atlantic | LINKS|

Rebels gain control of Libya

Colonel Gaddafi is losing his stronghold over Libya, with increased fighting with rebel forces in recent days who captured two of Gaddafi’s sons and have regained much of the capital Tripoli.

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The New Yorker | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Photographing the ‘real’ United Arib Emirates

Lauren Lancaster originally intended to visit the United Arab Emirates on an archaeology study but ended up there as a photographer dedicated to capturing how the place differs from its “comic-book-like” image perpetuated in Western media.

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Vanity Fair | LINKS|

A century of cycle-lution

How has the humble bicycle evolved over the past 100 years? Vanity Fair chronicles its many different forms, from the ‘Sironval Sportplex’ in the 30s to the lightweight carbon-composite ‘Lotus Sport’ from the 90s.

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The Atlantic | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Inside secretive North Korea

As part of Associated Press’s attempts to gain more access to the quiet communist nation of North Korea, photographer David Guttenfelder was given an orchestrated-but-fascinating tour.

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Boston Globe | LINKS|

Skeletal, scared and dying: Somalian refugees flee to Kenya

A truly eye-opening photo gallery examining the malnutrition and starvation currently being experienced — by predominantly young children and the elderly — in the Horn of Africa.

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Der Spiegel | EUROPE|

The children of Russia’s nouveau riche

A fascinating look at the wealthiest children in Russia, where little girls play football in the marble ballrooms in their homes and boys play with Kalashnikovs in their opulent bedrooms.

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Boston Globe | EUROPE|

Norway mourns and remembers

A look at life in Norway in the five days since a massacre that killed 68 people rocked the small country. Roses have been taken on by Norway locals as an mourning floral emblem of sorts.

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Huffington Post | LINKS|

“I now pronounce you married”: New York’s gay wedding bonanza

Hundreds of gay couples flocked to registry offices in New York on the first weekend that same-sex marraige was legaliesd. Check out this charming gallery of happy couples and families celebrating the constant stream of nuptials.

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LIFE | LINKS|

The hungry children of Somalia’s famine

Nearly 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are currently in desperate need of emergency food aid. This heartbreaking LIFE photo gallery takes a look at the lives of starving Somalian refugees.

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Vanity Fair | FILM & TV|

Creating SFX for classic blockbuster movies

Dennis Muren is the first visual effects artist artist to be awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Vanity Fair presents a collection of photographs of Muren on the set of classic blockbusters such as E.T. and The Empire Strikes Back.

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The Atlantic | ASIA-PACIFIC|

The beginning of South Sudan

Last Saturday the Republic of South Sudan officially declared its independence, becoming the newest nation in the world. The Atlantic marks the occasion with a collection of 35 striking photographs.

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Washington Post | LINKS|

The end of America’s space shuttle program

Over the last three years Phillip Scott Andrews documented through a beautiful collection of black and white photographs the final days of America’s space shuttle program.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

Behind a door in Krakow, discover a Art-Nouveau fantasy world

Back in a Bit regular Jean McBain discovered an assuming church in Krakow, Poland, where behind a brick exterior lies intricate wall paintings and stained-glass windows.

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Time | LINKS|

The human cost of Mexico’s drug war

A haunting gallery by TIME photographer Shaul Schwarz chronicling the devastation of Mexico’s violent drug war, from murdered bodies in cars to grieving parents.

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Mashable | ART & DESIGN|

15 of the best Instagram artists

Indie’ social media platform and iPhone app Instagram is rapidly building in popularity but remains dominated by genuine artists and designers. Mashable presents 15 of the best.

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Sam's Mojo | ADVERTISING|

First cabs off the rank for Fairfax iPad ads

Telstra, Toyota, Emirates, ING Direct and America Express are the first advertisers on Fairfax’s new iPad apps, reports Sam Granleese, who took screenshots of the advertisements.

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The Daily Beast | LINKS|

Weird celebrity pets

Reese Witherspoon’s donkeys, Kristen Stewart’s wolf-dog hybrids, Michael Jackson’s house trained chimpanzee. Celebrities own some weird pets and The Daily Beast lists 11 of the weirdest.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

The best fun you’ll have out bush all year: the NT’s Barunga Festival

Bob Gosford ventured down the NT’s Stuart Highway and experienced, camera in hand, the pleasures of the annual Barunga Festival.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The PM’s visit to Yirrkala, Arnhem Land

On the weekend Julia Gillard visited Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem land, where she spoke about the extension of the bauxite mining operation at Gove Peninsula. Bob Gosford presents excerpts from the speech and a collection of photographs taken on the day.

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Crikey Blogs | FOOD & TRAVEL|

A night at Pigeonhole, NT: “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you…”

It was a clear moonless night when Bob Gosford dragged his trusty camera out at Pigeonhole, a small Aboriginal township in the Victoria River district to take a few shots of the brilliant night sky.

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The Guardian | ART & DESIGN|

The 54th Venice Biennale

This year’s Venice’s Biennale art exhibition contains bold and bracing works, including an eerie yellow room, a ‘Gunpowder Forest’ and an intricate cobweb-like structure made of metal poles.

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