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Do Mysterious Big Cats Prowl The English Countryside?

England’s version of Big Foot or just the logical result of new laws that forced exotic pet owners to free their animals in the 1970s? One thing’s for sure: reported sightings of big cats are on the rise in the UK, while new studies seek to prove their existence.


Arm-Sized Bolts Keep Falling Off London's Cheesegrater Tower 

The Cheesegrater is a beautiful glass wedge of a building that rises over 213m into the London skyline. It unfortunately has some safety problems. This week, its owners revealed that a third bolt of high-strength steel snapped because of “hydrogen embrittlement” — an obscure term, but one that “causes fear among engineers”.


Christmas In The Past And In The Present In The Same Picture

Christmas is over, wrapping paper has been destroyed, batteries were scourged up and bellies are bigger than usual but we still have a bit of the holiday season to enjoy. It’s always nice to look back at the year that just was but even better to see how far we’ve come too. These pictures show Christmas now and in decades past in the same photo.


Inside The Vast Tunnels Of Europe's Biggest Infrastructure Project 

It’s a vast understatement to say that Crossrail, London’s newest subway line, is big. It’s massive: 23 miles of huge tunnels below an ancient city, dug by a team of 10,000 workers, to form the city’s biggest transit project since World War II.


Good Night, London

It’s a little weird to say this, but I’ve mostly ignored London as a city to visit. Even though it’s been years since I’ve last been and even though I enjoyed my time there, I never think about it when I get bitten by the travel bug. And I don’t have a legitimate reason why not! Maybe I should go again.


Airport Shitstorm: Computer Error Stops All Flights From London

London’s Heathrow Airport is always a stressful place, but travellers today are having a shittier time than usual. London airspace is restricted after a power outage spurred what the BBC describes as a computer error at an air traffic control centre, meaning there will be plenty of delays, re-routes and cancellations. Update: It’s fixed now!


Zaha Hadid Has Designed The World's Worst Billboard

Well, here it is: the world’s worst billboard. Not that billboards are ever, like, especially great. And that’s why for the most part, cities don’t put up new ones. Or commission one by an architect known for her tone-deaf hubris. It’s like Zaha Hadid swept up some of the trash from her vagina stadium in Qatar and plopped it onto a curb in London.


Here's How Stunning The Night Sky Would Look If There Were No Lights

I wish we could turn of all the lights in the world just for one night, and I wish that all the light pollution would disappear, and I wish the darkness would reveal the night sky as it should look. As a stunning and glittering and spinning wonder that will make me forget about life down here and dream about the beyond.


This Is What It Looks Like To Build A New Subway

Oblivious to the people sleeping and eating on the surface, subterranean London is undergoing one of the biggest construction projects the city’s ever seen — Crossrail, a new high-speed subway line traversing the US capital. New photos released from the build put all that in perspective.


This Dude Wants To Wear Oculus For A Month And Live As Someone Else

Virtual reality is used to transport us to other worlds, but usually just for a short burst here and there. One British artist is prepared to do it for much, much longer. Mark Farid wants to live in a gallery wearing a VR headset and noise-cancelling headphones for 28 days, streaming another person’s daily experiences.