On the weekend of August 21, 2015, the “UK’s most disappointing” visitor attraction – appropriately named “Dismaland” – opened its gates to the public for five weeks. Despite uninviting taglines, referring to the site as a “family theme park unsuitable for children” and “a sinister twist on Disneyland,” people from around the world lined up to get a glimpse of Dismaland’s eerily dystopian landscape. For those who want to relive the trip (or experience it for the first time), Dismaland will now be brought back to life through British photographer Barry Cawston’s new book, Are We There Yet?
Trump at opening of Taj Mahal Casino & Resort, April 1990. Image via Vice
Before becoming a presidential candidate, Donal Trump stepped into the casino world in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the ’80s and ’90s, in an effort to reinvigorate the city’s casino culture. Born in New York City, Trump has worked on large-scale real-estate development projects throughout the city. In 1982, he entered the casino world after being granted a casino license by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, slowly acquiring land along Atlantic City’s boardwalk. Eventually, Trump opened four casino-resorts, but a downturn in the city’s economy ultimately brought his ventures to bankruptcy. (more…)
Las Vegas. Image via the Odyssey Online
If you happen to be traveling to Las Vegas this year then you are in for a treat. Vegas is known to be a city that never sleeps, as day or night there is always something going on, from visiting the Grand Canyon in the sunny weather to making a few wins on slot machines on the Strip. If you are a big fan of slots machines then you will be happy to know casinos especially on the Las Vegas Strip have all different types of slot machines including film and TV show themed ones. (more…)
Bloomsday, the world-wide event that has been celebrated in hundreds of cities since the 1920s, commemorates the life of James Joyce as well as his first date in 1904 when he “walked out” with Nora Barnacle, who became his wife. She was also the inspiration for Molly Bloom, married to Leopold, the protagonist of Ulysses who wanders Dublin on June 16 from 8 am until the early hours of the morning, when Molly delivers her famous soliloquy that closes the book: “Yes I said yes I will Yes.”
With the fastest-growing economy in Europe, and a young, well-educated population fit for its expanding tech industry, the Irish hope for a flourishing future as they observe the 100th centenary year of Dublin’s Easter Rising of 1916. From the Docklands down the length of the Liffey River, past Guinness Brewery on one bank and Jameson’s Distillery on the other, to the Kilmainham Gaol where the Rising’s leaders were executed by the British, Dublin shimmers with prosperity and building.
Much of the streetscape is torn up to expand public transportation, but Dubliners seem to take that in stride as a necessary step. As my cabbie commented on the drive in from the airport, “It was a terrible thing, the Rising, as Yeats said. But without it we’d still be living in degraded destitution and savagery. Instead, we’re wealthy and free.” Many of the other nations that resisted the British Empire in the early 20th century are neither wealthy nor free, leaving Ireland to stand as a thought-provoking model.
Paris is full of clever trompe l’oeil but French artist JR has taken it to a whole new level, making the iconic I.M. Pei glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum disappear in the latest installation. Using the iconic large-scale, black and white print method he has utilized in the project “Unframed” around the world, JR plays on old and new in a clever way. The Louvre pyramid is one of the most photographed places in the world, and according to the Louvre the location of the most selfies. JR’s work “poses questions about artistic creation, the role of images in the age of globalization, and their widespread use, from intimate circles to mass distribution,” writes the museum.