Culture

Designed simplicity

We live in a complicated world, but there are people out there working to make it easier. These are the designers and engineers of the world, honing their skills and experience to make things run smoother. Let’s face it, there are too many decisions, choices, options, menus — or, equally as bad…

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Everything is porn now

Once there was just porn, and it was mostly about men looking at women, sensual, erotic images of the female form, and then, all-of-a-sudden, porn exploded into new areas, until almost everything had morphed into porn of one kind or another. Food was an early area to be reimagined as neu-‘porn’. We…

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Gadget nerds: the new trainspotters

There was a time, back in the 1970s, when so-called trainspotters — bald, bespectacled middle-aged men, obsessed with train locomotives, could be seen skulking around railway stations, armed with crumpled WH Smith notepads, Thermos flasks, ham sandwiches, and binoculars. They carried out their train and transport fascinations individually, or as part of…

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