Will be back in a couple of days due to work commitments.
It had to happen. Now that cupcakes have surpassed donuts as the quick treat of choice, the vending machine approach makes total sense.. Each machine will carry 600 freshly-baked cupcakes daily, packed in individual boxes and in a variety of flavours, including Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Marshmallow. Select your cupcake, swipe your card and the next thing you know, your sugary delight will pop out, ready for greedy feasting.
But the next level has been revealed .... Pizza Vending Machines
The Let’s Pizza vending machine is already a major success in Italy. And now, it’s attracting widespread interest among fast-food vending connoisseurs in the UK.
Let’s Pizza kneads the dough, forms a round, adds tomato sauce, layers toppings – and then bakes it all in front of your very eyes. There are no frozen pizzas here; Let’s Pizza is a mini-pizzeria that’s open 24 hours a day!
The 60s and 70s were an exciting period for Japanese architecture. In particular, the Metabolist Movement which was founded by a group of futuristic visionaries, including late architect Kisho Kurokawa, put forth ideas of “large scale, flexible and extensible structures that facilitate an organic growth process”. Perhaps the most exemplary metabolic building is the Nakagin Capsule Tower built to accommodate bachelor salary-men in downtown Tokyo.
Completed in 1972, Kisho Kurokawa designed the 14-story tower of 140 pre-assembled individual capsules hoisted by a crane and bolted to the concrete core shaft. Each capsule unit is complete with appliances and furniture for a single dweller, and by connecting additional units, can accommodate a single family. Designed to be adaptable and sustainable with the capsules’ ability to be removed and replaced for upgrades.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower has been short-listed for the World Heritage by the International Committee of Docomomo International since 1996. However it is currently at the mercy of the wrecking ball, and efforts are still being made to preserve this masterpiece.
On April 15, 2007, the building's residents, citing squalid, cramped conditions as well as concerns over asbestos, voted to demolish the building and replace it with a much larger, more modern tower. In the interest of preserving his design, Kurokawa proposed taking advantage of the flexible design by "unplugging" the existing boxes and replacing them with updated units, a plan supported by the major architectural associations of Japan; the residents countered with concerns over the building's earthquake resistance and its inefficient use of valuable property adjacent to the high-value Ginza. A developer for the replacement has yet to be found, partly because of the late-2000s recession.
Dull and Boring officially exist in the world. To be exact, the village of Dull exists in Perthshire, Scotland, while the town of Boring exists in Oregon, US. It is just so obvious that these two towns should be twinned.
If the teenagers of Boring complain that nothing ever happens in their town of 10,000 now they can be threatened with a visit to Dull which has a teenage population of approximately 10.
Letters actually sent to welfare agencies.