Monday, November 24, 2014
This marvelous fortified adobe structure built by the Berbers, the Ksar Outed Soltane is situated about twenty kilometers south of what is now the city of Tataourine in southern Tunisia.
It's now a tourist destination but was used as recently as the 1960's for its original purpose.
On Friday afternoons the courtyard functioned as a meeting place for the local community most of whom spent much of the year in the pastures with their goats, sheep and camels.
Like other North African Berber communities, the granaries were often built on a hilltop to help protect it from raiding parties intent on stealing the villages food supply.
But imagine living there today...
Sunday, November 23, 2014
They met just the other day at the 10th Annual Guinness World Records in London.
Even though he is short and I am tall, our life's struggles have been similar said Mr Kosen.
And that's about the tall and the short of it...
Saturday, November 22, 2014
When this test road is completed it will be over three hundred and twenty feet long and provide enough electricity to power three households.
It was only a matter of time before some enterprising and innovative country or city used flat road surfaces as solar bases.
Solar panels are embedded into concrete modules that fit together and have a layer of textured glass laid on top, tilted so the rain will wash the dirt off, keeping the surfaces clean and guaranteeing maximum exposure to the sunlight.
The future of the solaroad looks bright for road information signs, and traffic lights with electric cars and bicycles being able to plug into the recharging points along the road.
The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike friendly nation with some eighteen million bicycles and over twenty two thousand miles of bike lanes.
This first little solar road is just the beginning and is sure to get the green light to go places...
Friday, November 21, 2014
show it to her.
Young Kira thinks the amazing vehicle her imaginative father has spent four years creating and which has cost millions of dollars, could take her exploring on the moon.
She might be right and another planet could be just the place for the monstrosity.
For her father, too much is never enough and this, this ugly looking vehicle, sorry Bran, built on a Unimog chassis, has an excess of everything and will consume gallons of gas every time the key is turned.
There's more about it here.
Hopefully this isn't the shape of homes on wheels in the future. It's about as far removed from our natural environment as you could get...
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Very few if any of these folk have access to one of the most comforting things in life,
fresh clean laundry.
Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, two young engineering students say much of the inspiration behind the project came from the song Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch. In your love, my inspiration lies, and I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky with my brother standing by are part of the lyrics from the song which is about helping your brothers and sisters and these values are central to this project say the two young entrepreneurs.
Teaming up Orange Sky with other services it's hoped to provide the laundry service while at the same time feeding the homeless too.
There's more about the wonderful idea here.
People helping people.
A concept that just could catch on...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
featured here about three years ago when it was a work in progress.
It still is and likely to be forever.
And so too is anything this colourful character applies her wonderful wacky art to.
Kat is someone with a great sense of humour who does not do boring, applying a zillion shades of brilliance to everything around her.
You can check out the wonderful upcycled sweaters and clothing she's been creating for over twenty years here...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The scaffolding has recently come down and the wonderfully imaginative house clad with more than two thousand bespoke tiles and copper panels are now revealed.
The exterior of the house responds to the romantic landscape of the Stour Estuary in Essex and was inspired by the eccentric houses of England, fairy tales and pilgrimage chapels dotted across the land.
The interior of the house, due to be completed late this year will feature tapestries, mosaic floors and ornamental pots befitting this wonderful work of fantasy.
One that I'm sure we'll re-visit...