1. A Rolling Stones Gig, 2 days after the death of their founding member
On July 5, 1969, the Rolling Stones played to over 250,000 people in Hyde Park. The festival was an important one for the Stones. They had not performed a public concert since their 1967 European Tour, and in 1968 had only performed at the NME Poll Winners Concert. However, the growing estrangement of founding member Brian Jones, along with his increasing drug and alcohol dependency, led to the decision to part ways with him. Jones died on 3 July, two days before the festival.
“The all-important thing for us was it was our first appearance for a long time, and with a change of personnel. It was Mick Taylor’s first gig. We were going to do it anyway. Obviously a statement had to be made of one kind or another, so we turned it into a memorial for Brian. We wanted to see him off in grand style. The ups and downs with the guy are one thing, but when his time’s over, release the doves, or in this case the sackfuls of white butterflies.”
Found on Vintage Everyday
2. Pablo Picasso painted this at 15 years old
Found on Reddit
3. A 16th century French dog boudoir
Found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art
4. Refugees in Paris
A floating village of péniche boats housing Belgian refugees in Paris during the first world war.
Find more photos of the era by Pierre Lafond
5. This Bathroom
An unknown cob house, source lost, found on this Tumblr.
6. Turtle Taxi
Japanese riders in the port city of Yokohama have started paying the new Turtle Taxi service extra, just to slow down. It turns out that many people like the slow lane. It’s safer, more relaxing and greener. The Japanese taxi company Sanwa Koutsu decided to launch this unconventional service in December 2013 after receiving complaints from passengers who were bothered by reckless driving.
The company now has about 16 of the Turtle cabs, operating mostly in Yokohama. So far, they cater mostly to older people or pregnant women, who say they enjoy the smooth ride.
Found on Ozy
7. Overgrown Great Wall of China
(c) Trey Ratcliff
Measuring in at 13,170 miles long, it’s no wonder vast sections of The Great Wall receive little maintenance. Despite being considered one of the seven wonders of the world and welcoming 10 million tourists a year, the entire structure, which dates back as far at the 7th century BC, would simply be too costly to maintain. The sections in disrepair serve as village playgrounds or as a source of stones to rebuild houses and roads. Sections of the Wall are also prone to graffiti and vandalism.
Images found on Flickr (c) Trey Ratcliff
8. Overcrowding at the Cemetery
Dating back to 1478, this Jewish cemetery in Prague has gotten full so many times and they just kept adding layers. Now there are 12 layers of graves stacked on top on each other. There are about 12,000 visible tombstones but over 100,000 people buried there.
9. A Victorian Food Market, Dublin
The Iveagh Market is an indoor market located in Francis Street in the Dublin Liberties. It was built by the Iveagh Trust, which was initially a component of the Guinness Trust, founded in 1890 by Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh. The market operated until the 1990s and despite numerous restoration proposals, the building has lain empty for many years. Found on Reddit.
10. Black Market, Japan, 1946
Found on the LIFE archives
11. Sandwiches from a Caravan
Seasonal food on the road, the Spain-based caravan ready to take on the foodie world. Find out more on the website, Caravan Made.
12. The “Into the Wild” 142 Magic Bus
The primitive and dangerous Stampede hiking Trail in Alaska leads to the famous ‘Magic Bus’ in which Christopher McCandless lived for several months, from April until August 1992. The life of this young man is very well told in the bestseller ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer and also in the movie Sean Penn made in 2007.
Images (c) Jenna Halfacre/Flickr
In the past few years the bus has been trashed by visitors and that’s a shame. Despite this the place remains “occupied” by McCandless. It exudes a lot of emotion and if you happen to spend a night in it there is a feeling that this abandoned bus really has a soul.
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