London, the history of a city – an annotated graphic

Today we’re presenting a straightforward graphic: charting the evolution of the city of London, from a Roman trading post in approximately AD50 to its present-day role as Europe’s largest city. No, we didn’t know that either, but this graphic is full of such fascinating nuggets, so enjoy. Having enjoyed one of its most prestigious years in living memory, inviting the world and his wife over to come and celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics in its own back garden, London can deservedly lay back and bask in the admiration of the rest of the planet. Click on the graphic for … Continue reading London, the history of a city – an annotated graphic

London 2012 Olympics – the unofficial Czech team mascot!

A little Olympics fun today, as we share this image of workers checking the hydraulic arms of a London bus that has been transformed into a robotic sculpture by Czech artist David Cerny. The bus, which Cerny hopes could become an unofficial mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games, does push-ups with the help of an engine powering a pair of robotic arms. The bus’ exertions are accompanied by a recording of sounds evoking tough physical effort. The bus will be parked outside the Czech Olympic headquarters in London for the duration of the Games. If you happen to see … Continue reading London 2012 Olympics – the unofficial Czech team mascot!

London 2012 Olympics, pole vault technique – an annotated graphic

We’re back riding round on the Olympics horse again today, with a look at the wacky world of pole vaulting – one of those Olympic sports that has precious little application outside of the Olympic arena. Running, shooting, throwing things – these all come in handy and we can readily see a human use for them, even if the last time London experienced such public spectacles en masse was during the riots of 2011. Anyhoo, take a look at the art of pole vaulting and add the Olympic dates to your diary. This also seems to be an opportune moment … Continue reading London 2012 Olympics, pole vault technique – an annotated graphic