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Christmas Pop Up Shop on a Canal Boat in Glasgow

Shipping containers are so last season. A canal boat is the new place to host your pop up shop. From Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December BespokeAtelier will open a pop up shop selling the work of local artists and designers. Supported by Scottish Canals and The Whisky Bond, the barge is moored on the Forth & Clyde Canal at 2 Dawson Road, G4 9SS, around a 10 minute walk from Cowcaddens. ...

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Villa Extramuros: mid century chic in a close-to-nature Portuguese setting

Here's something to brighten up a a dark December morning. Apparently designed to  look as if it were owned by a debonair businessman in the 1950s, the five room Villa Extramuros in Arraiolos in Portugal is a mid century inspired hideaway unexpectedly located in a rugged rural location. As well as the paired down, 'outside inside' decor - think handwoven throws, cowhides and Cubist artwork - the villa also ...

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Artists open their studios in the East Neuk of Fife this weekend

These spiky bowls are by Vanessa Bullick, a Cellardyke potter, and one of over 30 artists that will be opening their studios in the East Neuk of Fife for the last two weekends in November. Kate Laundon (woodcuts below) is also featured. You'll be able to the meet the artists and see studios in various towns and villages including Pittenweem, Crail, Largo and St Monans. For more details see East Neuk Open St ...

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Silver screen sushi & steak pie at Guy’s Restaurant, Glasgow

There's something of the Paris bistro about Guy's in Glasgow's merchant city. The decor, with its white wood panelling, wall hung china plates and modern art may be eclectic but it's a welcome change from the many interior-designed eateries in the city. It's also an interesting lesson in how important the shape of the location is to a restaurant's atmosphere; the 'busy neighbourhood bistro' feel is largely ...

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NYC Ballet – New Beginnings

Filmed at sunrise on 12 September this year on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film shows a performance of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain. It was conceived as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home. [video width="600" id="3zMCxmdkcRY" type="youtube"] ...

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Mr McCollum goes to New York (and Chicago): cool urban photography

Brilliant Fife photographer Kevin McCollum is back from an enviable trip to New York and Chicago bringing back with him not the usual collection of selfies and naked knee shots but these stunning images in both colour and black and white. New York really is the city equivalent of Kate Moss - no matter the advancing years nor the decadence, it has just so many looks and seems hardly able to take a bad shot.. ...

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A giant sperm and a wardrobe; book your mobile home in Amsterdam

Until 30 September 2013, Urban Campsite has pitches on the Vliegenbos campsite in Amsterdam. UrbanCampsite is not a traditional campsite, but a campsite where camping and art come together. Guests are offered all the amenities of a normal camping in artistic, unusual and sometimes just bizarre mobile objects. Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis founded UrbanCampsite and commisioned artists to create 15 ...

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Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge comes to Edinburgh

Why let death get in the way of a good conversation? is one of the events at  Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge that is travelling to One Royal Circus as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, 8-11 August.  An evening of communicating with the other side is hosted by The Last Tuesday Society and Professor Richard Wiseman - don't miss a chance to speak to Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde as tables wobble and levitat ...

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Aberdour Festival turns 30: Beach volleyball, a regatta and Jo Caulfield

There can't be many Scottish festivals that have beach volleyball in their programme. Aberdour in Fife does, along with a regatta, Jo Caulfield and a great festival bake off hosted by Susan Rae, Radio 4 and judged by last year's Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite and Aberdour's own baker, Mrs Lonie. The festival also has its own version of the BAFTAs, Brilliant Aberdour Film Talent Awards. Short fil ...

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Cardiff after Dark captured on camera by Maciej Dakowicz

Polish-born Maciej Dakowicz's photographs of Cardiff attracted controversy for the drunkenness they show. But they also capture the carmaradarie, the silliness and the sheer joy of a crazy night out. The photos, which were taken from 2006 to 2011, were published by Thames and Hudson in Cardiff after Dark in October 2012. 'Everything takes place in public – from drinking, fighting, kissing to crying and slee ...

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