Tsar Bomba – The Biggest Bomb Ever Created

On October 30th 1961, the USSR detonated the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. Tsar Bomba, also known as Big Ivan, contained 57 megatons of TNT and was 400 times the power Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined and ten times the entire combined fire power of World War 2. It was used as part of a test, one designed to




Chris Marker’s La Jetée

“This is the story of a man marked by an image from his childhood.” Chris Marker’s astonishing 1962 short film, La Jetée, opens with a simple quote about fate and destiny. Narrated by Jean Négroni, and told primarily through the use of still images, La Jetée tells the tale of an unnamed hero, a man haunted by an




Stephen King’s IT & The End of Childhood

Stephen King’s IT is his most famous novel. Others come close, particularly Carrie and The Shining, but Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise The Clown in the TV adaptation pushed this one to the realms of pop culture. Everyone knows who Pennywise is, even if they have never read a word King has wrote about IT.




The Rise & Fall & Rise Again of the WWE Intercontinental Title

What has me reminiscing most about the Intercontinental belt is what always has me doing so at this time of the year, the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Summerslam pay-per-view (PPV) event. If Wrestlemania is, as the tagline says, the showcase of the immortals than Summerslam is the exhibition of the great workers. Wrestlemania has Hulk




The Terrible Tale of Jeyne Poole

*Contains spoilers for the book series A Song of Ice & Fire and the Game of Thrones TV show Of all the tales told throughout the A Song Of Ice & Fire series the one that stands out as the most tragic has to be that of Jeyne Poole. The brutality of it easily stands alongside




Bodie – The Ruins of a California Gold Rush Town

The great California gold rush began in 1849 with a rich discovery at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma. The promise of vast wealth lured people from across the world to the Western coast of the United States and soon the area was filled with propectors. Four of these were to strike it rich in the eastern




The Greatest Great Gatsby Covers

I don’t know how many times I’ve bought The Great Gatsby throughout my life. It was one of my favourite books at one point, but it isn’t even that that keeps bringing me back to it. It isn’t even my favourite novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald if I’m being honest. Tender Is The Night is the answer, if you’re




The Marvelettes’ Please Mr. Postman & The Sound of the Sixties

In 1961 a group called The Marvels auditioned for Berry Gordy’s Tamla (Motown) label with a song called Please Mr. Postman. Though the song, and the group, would be reworked before being released it marked the start point of what would become one of Motown’s greatest hits. The finished song would reach number one in the US Billboard




Soviet Design Fabrics From the 1920s & 30s

The Soviet designs below come from an era of Russian history that was at a junction between its Tsarist past and Communist future. The Revolution had been fought and won and a new Russia was emerging. In the images you’ll see nods to classical Russian design, the use of lush colours and an influence of




Café de L’Enfer: The Hell Club of 19th Century Paris

Opening in late 19th century Paris, Le Café de L’Enfer, has to be one of the most bizarrely themed nightclubs of all time. Located on the famed Boulevard de Clichy the club looks to have operated for just over fifty years, though actual dates are very hard to come by. In fact, any information on the venue




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