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Women with Weapons

1173 Women with Weapons
A policeman demonstrates how to hold a rifle during a weapons training course conducted for girls at the firing range of the police headquarters in Ahmedabad August 12, 2014. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

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The New London Hot Spots? Cafés That Used to Be Public Toilets

A trip to the toilet is usually not associated with sandwiches, wine, or dates, but that’s changing in London. With real estate at a premium and the repurposing of old spaces in full effect, a trend has emerged: former public restrooms are reopening as cafés, restaurants, and boutiques. That’s right, forget the advice about not eating where people used to, um …

London has all kinds of history, and that extends to its loos. Take, for instance, WC – that’s the actual name of the former Victorian-era underground-station toilet in South London that opened in July. It now stands for wine and charcuterie.

WC, a wine bar that opened in July, is housed inside an abandoned underground toilet, with original walls intact. Much of the old décor remains, with the original floor mosaics and wall tiles, and even some of the old toilets in the restrooms (those are for display only). As Time Out London said in its review, “Down the wide stairs it still looks and feels like a Victorian convenience, albeit a sanitised one.”

WC co-founder Jayke Mangion, told AFP that “the government has been pushing the councils to use all empty places to generate revenues.”

1171 The New London Hot Spots? Cafés That Used to Be Public Toilets
Photo: AFP

If you want an even bolder toilet theme, just head to The Attendant in central London, where you can sit on a stool and have a salt- beef bagel while actually facing an original 1890s urinal. The toilet cisterns have been turned into flower pots.

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The Most Luxurious On-Board Airline Bars in the Sky Revealed

There’s nothing like sipping a glass of bubbly on board a flight to an exotic destination.

However, while most economy passengers will enjoy a drink cramped in their seats, for those who turned left as they boarded, it’s another story altogether. Many of the world’s top airline’s offer on-board bars, where, for a seat at a price, passengers can sit on comfy chairs at the bar or lazy on luxury sofas while having their favourite tipple delivered.

1170 The Most Luxurious On Board Airline Bars in the Sky Revealed
Fancy a drink? These airlines are offering some of the best bar service in the skies. Pictured: The Emirates Airbus A380 in-flight bar and lounge. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Amazing Mobile Tricycle House

1169 Amazing Mobile Tricycle House

Sure, tiny houses are tiny, but they seem downright palatial compared to the Tricycle House. The project, part of the Get it Louder Exhibition in Beijing, is collaboration between People’s Architecture Office (PAO) and the People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO).

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Kneeling, Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS

1167 Kneeling, Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS

A big solo exhibition (open:29 August – 26 October, 2014) of WE MAKE CARPETS with which they celebrate their five year anniversary at MU Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The book: Kneeling – Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS will be launched 24 October 2014, during the Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 6

1165 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 6
“Jump!” A teenager jumping into the red sea from a pier in Aqaba. Photo location: Jordan. (Photo and caption by Ulrich Lambert/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Netherworld Monsters Take a Staycation at W Atlanta Hotel

1163 Netherworld Monsters Take a Staycation at W Atlanta Hotel
Hagatha the Witch from Netherworld Haunted House with hotel guest Lonnie Austin, from England, at a gym at W Atlanta Downtown hotel on Thursday, October 7, 2014. A self-guided, dark attraction known for its over-the-top special effects, intense make-up, costuming and stunt actors as well as unique monsters, unusual themes and chilling detail, Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta is taking over the Halloween holiday this season for its 18th season. (Photo by Hyosub Shin/AJC)

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The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

1162 The Surrealist Cube House as Mountain Retreat

Responding to an international competition to design a lodge to be situated in Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains, Czech architectural firm Atelier 8000 has designed the disorienting geometric construction that you see above.

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North American Wife Carrying Championship

1160 North American Wife Carrying Championship
Eventual winners Jesse Wall carries Christina Arsenault through the water pit while competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine October 11, 2014. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

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Scuffles as Protest Opponents Try to Tear Down Hong Kong Barricades

1158 Scuffles as Protest Opponents Try to Tear Down Hong Kong Barricades
Pro-democracy protesters reinforce a barricade outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 13, 2014. Hong Kong police on Monday removed some barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters in the Chinese-controlled city, but said protesters could remain on the streets they have occupied for the past two weeks. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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International Cannabis Association Convention in New York

1156 International Cannabis Association Convention in New York
Cartridges of cannabidiol (CBD)-rich hemp oil for medical use are displayed during the International Cannabis Association Convention in New York, October 12, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”

1154 Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
People view “Sweet Kitty” by Osamu Watanabe at the “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” museum exhibit in honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California October 10, 2014. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 3

1152 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 3
Comic Con attendee Jenni Mostflogged poses as Red Sun Wonder Woman during the 2014 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 2

1150 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 2
General Atmosphere at 2014 Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

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2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 1

1148 2014 New York Comic Con Convention, Part 1
Katie Fang, dressed as a Vocaloid character, looks at her phone near costumed attendees inside New York’s Comic-Con convention, October 9, 2014. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

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