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The London Underground as you’ve never seen it before

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His name is Luke Agbaimoni and he is a London photographer. For four years he has been photographing the London Underground and being a professional he shows it to us as we have never seen it before. While traveling on the tube, we rarely notice the symmetrical passages, historic architecture and new projects. There is truly beauty and poetry in what we have probably never looked at it properly.

For this reason he created a project called Tube Mapper which you can see on his website or on Instagram. On the website, the photos are divided into different categories, from animals on the Tube (where did he find that white cat waiting for the train?) to escalators and the symmetry of the subway.

Worked in many sectors including recruitment and marketing. Lucky to have found a soulmate who was then taken far too soon. No intention of moving on and definitely not moving to Thailand for the foreseeable future. Might move forward. Owned by a cat.

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A piece of Brighton’s West Pier for sale on eBay

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A piece of Brighton’s famous West Pier is now for sale starting at £ 850 on eBay. A surviving column that was once part of the West Pier since 1866. This column was the support for the glass windows at the Rotunda at the very end of the pier.

How can this salesman on eBay have a piece of the dock? The answer is simple, parts of the pier had been officially put up for sale to raise the money to restore one of the six original 1866 kiosks that stood on the pier. The item for sale is therefore an authentic piece of pier. Once refurbished, the kiosk will be placed on Brighton’s seafront, not far from where the ruins of the historic pier are located. If you want to buy it you can go here.

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The strange Egyptian house in Penzance in Cornwall

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In all parts of the world there are always weird things to see and Cornwall is certainly no exception. If you go to Penzance, try to pass by the strange Egyptian house. It was built on Chapel Street by Plymouth architect John Foulston around 1835. At this time everything Egyptian was in fashion. In London at Piccadilly they had built the Egyptian Hall at the same time and the province tried to adapt to trends.

Photo: Jhsteel / CC BY-SA

It was a Plymouth bookseller who wanted this house, his name was John Lavin and he had a passion for maps and travel guides but he also traded minerals. He had then bought two properties here, which were in fact two cottages but he wanted to stand out so he had the two buildings join together with a single facade.

In addition to transforming the architecture of the two buildings, he also built a small mineral museum inside. The house still exists now and houses three apartments, it is a listed building. The interesting thing is that it is a precursor of the Art Deco that conquered the world a century later.

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The Ivory Towers of All Souls College in Oxford

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The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (Archbishop of Canterbury) in 1438. Unlike other Oxford colleges this one accepts only PhD Fellows and not undergraduate students.

It is famous for being extremely selective, until 2010 candidates were given only one word with which they had to write an essay for three hours, it was considered the most difficult exam in the world. Now the entrance exam has changed, but it remains extremely selective. After two days of exams about 5 finalists are invited to dinner and they have to take an oral test.

When you visit it, you cannot fail to notice the two towers of All Souls College, Hawksmoor Towers (it is said that the term Ivory Tower, used to describe the place where very academic people who have no contact with reality discuss problems, comes from these towers. Others say the term comes from the tower of Magdalen College).

You can also see the sundial built by Christopher Wren, the architect who planned London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. If you look closely, especially in the buildings to the north, you will see a series of terrifying gargoyles. Between the buildings to the north and those to the south is the chapel, unfortunately the original statues were destroyed in 1600 by some puritans and what you see are replicas of the 1800s.

The window, which you see in the western wall is called The Royal Window and dates back to to 1400 but obviously it has been changed several times. 

This college can only be visited from 2 to 4 pm on weekdays when the college is open, admission is free. A visit to Oxford could be a pleasant day trip from London.

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