Design
BMW Urban GS / BCR Designs

BMW Urban GS / BCR Designs

Benjie Flipprboi of BCR Designs modded a BMW R 1200 GS for a friend. The client wanted a custom based on the Scrambler Ducati, but he’s 5’11” tall. The BCR team thought a bigger bike would be more suitable. This machine looks more like an alien life form than a motorcycle — via Bike EXIF

Design
#thebarnTAS / workbylizandalex

#thebarnTAS / workbylizandalex

workbylizandalex refurbished #thebarnTAS in Hobart, Tasmania. Constructed circa 1829 from locally quarried sandstone and convict bricks, the stable began its life as a modest outbuilding to Goulburn Street’s Bull’s Head Inn. Originally a home for horses, the nine metre by five metre footprint was built for purpose and economy; the ground floor accommodated four stalls and the 45 degree pitched roof allowed for generous loft storage — via ArchDaily

Weird
People Are Dangerous (1974-1975) / Scarfolk Council

People Are Dangerous (1974-1975) / Scarfolk Council

During the People Purges of 1974 and 1975, the many people who peopled Scarfolk were alarmed to learn that they were now the kinds of people that the government categorised as people.

With no clear definition of what the state meant by people, the mayor, who had previously declared himself a man of the people, tried to alleviate anxiety among his people by saying he didn’t want to drive a wedge between people; he only intended to arrest those kinds of people who he deemed not to be people people.

He said that he of all people knew that the most effective way to crack down on these people was with people power: People working together to observe people, being able to tell people apart and then reporting those people to the appropriate people in authority.

On the 13 August 1975, the only people not in prison were six government officials, members of Scarfolk police force and a man called Dennis Peoples who suffered from a rare psychiatric syndrome called Clinical Lycanthropy which led him to believe he was a puffer fish — via Scarfolk Council

Design
Moretti Replica / Paul Hewitt

Moretti Replica / Paul Hewitt

The bike was built by Canadian race enthusiast Paul Hewitt, and it’s one of just ten in the world. While toying with the idea of building a custom Ducati Pantah, Hewitt stumbled across the tale of Domenico Moretti, famous in Italy for building a gorgeous racer based on the Ducati TT2 in the 1980s. Replica kits are now available, so Hewitt placed his order. A package soon arrived from Europe, with a TIG welded Chrome-Moly frame, a swingarm, custom footpegs, and that delicious bodywork.The hunt began for an engine. The TT2 was built around a Ducati Pantah engine, but those machines are becoming too valuable to chop up these days. So Hewitt found an engine from a 1985 Cagiva Alazzurra — which is is mechanically identical to the Pantah, because Ducati’s then-parent company built it — via Bike EXIF

Wildlife

Rare Scottish wildcat kitten / Chester Zoo

Amazing video footage has captured a rare Scottish wildcat kitten, bred at Chester Zoo, emerging from its den for the first time since birth.

It’s believed that there could be fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild making the Scottish wildcat, also affectionately known as the Highland tiger, one of the most endangered populations of cats in the world.

Chester Zoo are working with Scottish Wildcat Action on a co-ordinated action plan to help save the highly threatened animals — via Youtube

Design
Cezeta 506

Vintage Cezeta scooter back in production with electric power

It looks just like an original mid-20th century ride, but the Cezeta 506 scooter comes with some very modern power.

The scooter was originally made in Czechoslovakia (as it was) between 1957 and 1964, gaining a cult following for its distinctive look, which was the result of the petrol tank being at the front.

Neil Eamonn Smith is the man behind the relaunch, a result of replacing the engines on old models of a scooter he loved with electric ones. He has now taken this a step further, with handmade 506 models based on the original, all of which replace the original 175cc two-stroke engine with that electric power.

The current electric engine offers a range of between 100 and 200km and a top speed of between 90-110 km/h. Not bad at all.

The company is planning on building around 1,000 of the new Cezeta scooters this year and if you want one, there is a waiting list and a price tag of €7000 — via Retro to Go

Design
Mod Watch / Timex x Todd Snyder

Mod Watch / Timex x Todd Snyder

A watch of the past has inspired this watch of the present — the Timex x Todd Snyder Mod Watch. The Mod Watch is based on a bullseye design from the Timex archives (hence the name). That watch was the Timex Sprite dating back to at least the 1970s and designed as a military timepiece. This time it’s back for everyday wear, with a vintage-inspired dial and military nylon strap, as well as in limited numbers. The price is $138 — via Retro to Go

Design
BR-X1 Hyperstellar / Bell & Ross

BR-X1 Hyperstellar / Bell & Ross

Earlier this year Bell & Ross launched a limited edition version of their BR-X1 timepiece called the Hyperstellar. The BR-X1 line is inspired by aviation, and the “X1” designation is in reference to famous test pilot Chuck Yeager, who was the first to break the speed of sound, reaching Mach 1 in a Bell X-1experimental rocket plane. The retail price is $19,900 — via Professional Watches

Design
St Ann’s Court / Raymond McGrath

St Ann’s Court / Raymond McGrath

St Ann’s Court is described as a modern example of the English country house tradition, dating back to 1936 and the work of architect Sir Raymond McGrath, in consultation with the celebrated garden designer Sir Christopher Tunnard. The combination of house and landscaping have afforded the property a Grade II listing by Historic England. If you want to be the next owner of St Ann’s Court, you will need something in the region of £9,000,000 — via WowHaus

Design
Silver Birch / Haywards Heath

Silver Birch / Haywards Heath

The single-storey property known as Silver Birch dates back to the 1960s. It was designed and built by an architect for his own use. It has changed over time, perhaps a fairly recent upgrade, but one that has kept the look and feel of the place intact. Some nice original features too, including the beams, exposed brick and that wonderful fireplace in the living room. The price guide is £775,000 — via WowHaus

Wildlife
Southern White Rhinoceros / Hamilton Zoo

Southern White Rhinoceros / Hamilton Zoo

Keepers snapped these photos of a baby Southern White Rhinoceros just hours after it was born at New Zealand’s Hamilton Zoo in June. The male calf is described as determined by his keepers, and an eager feeder from his mother, Kito. This is Kito’s third calf as part of the Hamilton Zoo’s Rhino breeding program. He weighed about 64kg at birth — via ZooBorns

Design
Black Mass / Stephen Phillips Architects

Black Mass / Stephen Phillips Architects

With space at a premium in San Francisco, this new building was designed to have two separate dwellings behind an attention getting black façade. Designed by Stephen Phillips Architects, this black building is in a mixed-use commercial and residential district that incorporates an eclectic group of traditional one- to four-story Victorian and Edwardian houses — via CONTEMPORIST