Summer snaps as silly GIFS


Summer may be coming to a slightly drizzly close, but thankfully Booking.com is bringing back the fun to our holiday pictures.

The travel agency, which is known for its humorous approach to advertising, is now encouraging us to send in our snaps so they can be redesigned into animated GIFs.

This brilliant idea is part of the Booking.com’s ‘Wing Everything’ campaign, which promotes spontaneous vacations.

The sample GIFs include a standard beach scene interrupted by a dolphin rainbow, a pyramid of deckchairs, and an ice cream theft.

Take part in the competition by tweeting your picture with #WingItYeah and find out more about the campaign here.

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Banksy’s Dismaland


Have you visited Dismaland yet?

No, this isn’t a typo – it’s Banksy’s new exhibition in Weston-super-Mare, which has gained a resoundingly positive response despite its grim ethos.

With the first visitors allowed in the park last week, it’s clear that the experience is not simply another work by the renowned street artist, but an interactive demonstration against the world we live in.

Recycling the typical trappings of theme parks and giving them a dystopian spin, Dismaland showcases the contributions of fifty artists – as well as miserable staff, a carousel on which the horses get turned into lasagne, and a post-apocalyptic ice cream van.

Take a glimpse – if you dare – at Dismaland here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Tiny Dancer by John Lewis


Known for its innovative Christmas advertising, John Lewis has launched a brilliant new ad for Home Insurance guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The ad’s strapline, ‘If it matters to you, it matters to us’, has been expressed through a little girl with a slightly clumsy but heartfelt passion for dancing.

With the young girl twirling, leaping, and prancing around the house, she nudges and taps all the fragile, precious items in the house – reminding viewers to enjoy family life with the comfort of knowing your home and its contents are insured.

Watch the clever ad below and tell us if it’s brightened up your day.

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The Sky Pool


If you’re enjoying London’s hot weather this week, why not imagine doing so while swimming in mid-air?

Arup Associates has designed an innovative ‘sky pool’, a 25-metre-long swimming pool which will bridge two blocks of apartments in Nine Elms, south London.

The pool, inspired by aquariums, will be completely transparent, affording swimmers with striking views of the city as they paddle and tread water.

Apartment developer Ballymore Group’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: “The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Find out more about the Sky Pool here and tell us if you would have a swim in it.

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A dragon-slaying election candidate


Dragon slaying. Laser vision. Surfing a giant goose.

These are just some of the unlikely skills a parliamentary candidate has demonstrated in his tongue-in-cheek election video.

Wyatt Scott, an independent candidate for Canadian Parliament, has produced a rather left-field campaign film that sees him highlight the importance of social care investment, affordable education, and of course, protecting Canada from giant killer robots.

Watch the unique video below and let us know if you would vote for Wyatt Scott, Independent.

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IKEA ad monkeys around


IKEA has unveiled its latest ad, featuring monkeys having fun with an IKEA METOD kitchen.

Representing the furniture brand’s ‘The Wonderful Everyday’ strapline, you can see the monkeys opening all the cupboards, playing with the food and even enjoying a little shower from the tap. 

Filmed in Costa Rica’s Jaguar Rescue Centre, the company is trying to convey the message that “cooking doesn’t need to be governed by convention or worry, it can be a joyous playground.”

Watch this light-hearted video below and tell us what you think of it.

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Clever WWF ads conceal endangered animals


The World Wide Fund for Nature has released a new series of adverts using optical illusions to raise awareness about endangered species.

The charity emphasises the fast extinction of some species, such as the polar bear and the Sumatran tiger, through psychedelic black and white images concealing an endangered animal.

Using the line ‘The [animal] is becoming harder to see’, the WWF conveys the sense of urgency facing some of these species, encouraging readers to protect them while they still can.

Discover these clever ads here and let us know what you think of them.

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