Imaginative new uses for a red cuboid institution

A defibrillator in a reclaimed phonebox

Since 1924, the red telephone box has been an unofficial symbol of the United Kingdom. The era of mobile communications and ubiquity of handheld devices swiftly brought about their demise. Still seen throughout the United Kingdom and in current or previous colonies, they are being repurposed in both utilitarian and imaginative ways. Here are fifteen of them

1. A Cosy Café


National Eye Health Week 20–26 September

Blueberries contain antioxidants which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and collagen-stabilizing properties. Credit: Surrey.ac.uk/Getty

In anticipation for the UK’s National Eye Health Week later this month, here are six simple ways to safeguard eye health.

1. Eat and drink healthily

Healthy eating and drinking is critical for health in general, and the eye is no exception. Fatty acids found in fish, nuts and oils are crucial for general maintenance of eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular, found in salmon and tuna, can help maintain structural support in the eye and help reduce dry eyes.


Picture essay and review: A panoply of heritage and culture which spans five millenia. © Nima Ghadiri

Epic Iran at the V&A. Credit: Own Photos

This is an odyssey through numerous eras of Iran’s history, covering art and architecture, places and people in a flowing narrative from 3,200 BC to the present day.

From a reconstruction of the ancient wonder of Persepolis to the architectural splendour of Isfahan, Epic Iran distills a pride in this country’s cultural heritage, putting its darker last few decades into the context of five millenia of fantastic history. …


The Rain Festival

Tishtrya and Arash — the symbols of Tirgan

Tirgan is the fourth ancient Iranian Festival of seasons, alongside Norouz (Spring), Yalda (Winter) and Mehregan (Autumn). This year it is celebrated on Sunday 4th July.


Yesterday afternoon, Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the second game of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championships (delayed to 2021). After this, he stopped breathing, and his heart stopped beating.

In a critical few seconds, Simon Kjær, Denmark’s captain, promptly recognised the cardiac arrest and started resuscitation before medics could arrive. The decisions made in those critical few seconds are very likely to have saved Christian Eriksen’s life. He prompty recognised the arrest and started resuscitation before the medics could arise. This shows the value of everyone, in whatever role, learning CPR.

Once Eriksen was stabilised, Kjær showed…


A Connection with Nature

Blossom. Credit: Own Photo

It is Mental Health Awareness Week — A time for all of us to reflect on mental health and wellbeing.


Escapism through the medium of words and images

Vietnamerica by GB Tran

Graphic novels can take us to places in time and space. Here are some of the best ‘logues for lockdown. Some are real-life experiences, some are historical, some are semi-fictional , and there is no particular oder — but they all take us to places which exist in real life and give us a unique form of escapism. Here are fifteen of these sequential art narratives, accompanied by a brief synopsis.

Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

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