shopping
Single Vending Machine Replaces Last Shop in English Town

So clever, so depressing: the English town of Clifton, having dwindled in economic strength over the years, has responded to the loss of its last place to shop with a giant vending machine. The so-called Speedy Shop—really, an over-sized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot—is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town. Read More >>

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Which World Cup 2014 Nation Has the Best Football Kit?

Ball, ball, ball, footie, footie, footie. Yep, it's that time once again -- a summer dominated by "the beautiful game", if not beautiful weather. The FIFA World Cup 2014 will kick off on Thursday June 12th, and today we've been given the final line up of each of the 32 participating national football teams' kits. Read More >>

history
If Stonehenge is Actually a Giant Instrument, What Does it Sound Like?

We know that the rocks of Stonehenge were carried there from over 200 miles away, but we've never known why. Now, researchers say they believe it was for the special sonic qualities of a particular kind of stone—and that Stonehenge might have served as a bell-like instrument. Read More >>

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This Man's £10K Mud Fortress Can't Defend His Home from Flooding

Even the best-laid plans are being dashed by the flooding affecting large swathes of the south-west of Britain at the moment. If this man's £10,000, JCB-built mud walls can't stop his home from being overwhelmed, what chance do those making do with sandbags have? Read More >>

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The UK Floods in Pictures: South West Submerged as Waters Break Defences

Two months of heavy rains and stormy weather has left large swathes of the UK a soggy, sodden mess. Floods have caused damage to some 1,600 properties (mainly in the South West of England), and there seems little sign of the sorry weather abating. Read More >>

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Pubs Will Stay Open Later for England's 2014 World Cup Matches

This summer's World Cup takes place in sunny Brazil which, once British Summer Time starts, puts us four hours ahead, meaning many matches will go on late into the night. Those who enjoy a bevvie with the football will be pleased to hear then that the government is set to relax pub closing times for England's games, letting UK footie fans enjoy the matches and a pint into the early hours down their locals. [BBC] Read More >>

money
Commonwealth Games and World War I Join UK's Coin Collection

The Royal Mint has shown off the new range of coins that'll be jingling about in our pockets with the rest of them in 2014, with the star being a new two pound coin featuring WWI recruitment figurehead Lord Kitchener. Yes, another man on our money, but we understand there's still a woman on the back of them all. Read More >>

photography
A Photographic Journey Down the Old Industrial Banks of the Thames

After the Thames weaves eastward through London, it widens into an industrial landscape of factories sretching out into the English Channel. London-based photographer Alice Gur-Arie has documented this landscape in her series Passages: Industry on the River Thames, a collection of beautiful black and white photographs depicting the hulking structures that rely on the river for survival. Read More >>

architecture
Learn Real-Life Minecraft at London's First Academy for Tunnelers

In today's Observer, architecture editor Rowan Moore explores Europe's largest infrastructure project: London's new Crossrail line. Moore explains that, in addition to such factors as cost, miles, tonnes of dirt moved, and other construction superlatives, Crossrail also "claims to be the largest archaeological site in Britain, an inadvertent probe through a plague pit, a Roman road, a madhouse cemetery, [and] a Mesolithic 'tool-making factory.'" Read More >>

architecture
What Happens When F1 Car Designers Build Architectural Models

UK architects Smout Allen, together with Gizmodo US EIC Geoff Manaugh, tapped an unlikely source to help create their new exhibition in London: Williams F1. But, in this case, the engineers at Williams weren't building the advanced race cars they're well-known for—they were 3D-printing the parts for an intricate model of an experimental energy storage park. Read More >>

architecture
You Could be the Proud Owner of These 19th-Century Plymouth Tunnels

Sure, this 2,000 square-foot, no-windows, no-view property is a bit of a fixer-upper. But think of the Halloween parties you could throw down here! This set of 200-year old tunnels beneath Plymouth are going up for auction next month for the low-low price of £19,000. Read More >>

photography
Remembering The Rusted, Crumbling Piers Of Seaside Britain

Beautiful beaches probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when thinking of our jolly olde England, but seaside resorts have been popular getaways for city-dwellin' Brits for nearly two centuries. People do still go visit, but the Victorian-era piers that dot the coast have seen some better days. Read More >>

architecture
Spend Your Next Holiday at a Victorian Fort in the Middle of the Ocean

One of three forts built in the mid-nineteenth century, Spitbank Fort once protected Portsmouth from Napoleon's navy, and remained an active military base through World War II. It suffered considerable air damage along with the neighbouring forts Horse Sand and No Man's Land during the war, being decommissioned soon after that. Read More >>

olympics
London Is Officially a Militarised No-Fly Zone

We're all excited to see Michael Phelps boil entire swimming pools with sheer athletic power, but above the Olympic fun is some serious military air business: London is ready to shoot you down. Read More >>

wtf
Man Banned Swearing In Wales, But He Can F and Blind All He Likes In England

In another example of our incredibly bizarre and screwed-up legal system, a foul-mouthed blaggard from Wales has been banned from swearing in said country. Absurdly though, his "crasbo" only extends to the borders of Wales -- pop over to England and he can swear all he likes. Read More >>

sports
Forget Euro 2012, Egg Russian Roulette's the Sport For Us

England have just won a glorious victory at the world Russian Roulette Egg Championships. That's right, national hero Jerry Cullen has managed what Rooney and co couldn't, and brought it home to England. The majestic triumph occurred in Swaton Lincolnshire, where Cullen beat the odds and left the competition with egg on their collective faces. Read More >>

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