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10 Places Every Digital Nomad Should Visit

Here’s a selection 10 places you absolutely must visit if you are on the Digital Nomad trail. From tropical rain forests to desert oasis, ancient cities to 21st century metropolises – you’ll be spoiled for choice. By no means the definitive list of Funkshot favourites – because we have limited ourselves to ten, we’ve left out Berlin, Barcelona and Rio from the …

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China and Russia: the world’s new superpower axis? 

Countries are trade partners with a shared goal of challenging US hegemony, but past disputes and competing interests make the relationship more complex Source: China and Russia: the world’s new superpower axis? | World news | The Guardian

Code for America

Code for America is working towards a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century. We help residents and governments harness technology to solve community problems. Source: Code for America

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Greek referendum: finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns

Investors reflect fears for the stability of financial system after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected further austerity measures by creditors Source: Greek referendum: finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns – live | World news | The Guardian

Deconstructing the Arab world  GulfNews.com

Are we on the brink of a full-scale project that will alter Middle Eastern borders? Is the partition of several countries now inevitable? Source: Deconstructing the Arab world | GulfNews.com

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These lone-wolf terrorists are not holy warriors

Nowadays any vengeful inadequate can claim a link with global terror All it takes is a selfie and a flag for instant international infamy Source: These lone-wolf terrorists are not holy warriors

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Body & Soul Festival 2015

Here are some photos from this year’s Body & Soul arts & music festival where like-minded people come together for three days on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath, Ireland to explore and discover new music, interact with visual and performance art outside a traditional setting, and celebrate life in all its shapes and colors. It’s All Good! …

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Funkshot State of Mind

In New York, we have a saying…. So begins the latest message from Funkshot, and the seventh in our series format. Visitors to our site, have told us they like the series and wish to know a little bit more about the idea, and so we decided to give you some background on the State of Mind commercials. Two years ago, …

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Cannabis Revolution

Introduction Back in 2013, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, introduced the Cannabis Regulation Bill before the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) the purpose of which was to provide for the regulation of cannabis for medicinal and recreational use. The Bill also provided for the establishment of a Cannabis Regulation Authority and also addresses a range of other matters, including the licensing of the cultivation …

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Legal Highs – Germany.

A new consensus is emerging that bans on cannabis are counterproductive. Across the world, countries are legalizing its use for pleasure and medical treatment — but Germany still lags behind. Source: SPIEGEL ONLINE

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How raising palm oil prices could help save the rare Sumatran tiger

Supermarkets could help to save rare endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan by increasing the price of products containing palm oil providing the money raised went to forest conservation, a study has found. Source: How raising palm oil prices could help save the rare Sumatran tiger

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The Guardian demands answers over latest ‘Snowden revelations’.

If you have read The Snowden Files – Luke Harding’s account of how The Guardian came to be contacted by Ed Snowden and how that venerable newspaper went to extraordinary lengths (and risks) to bring to the public’s attention the illegal activities of both the NSA and GCHQ – then you will understand The Guardian’s reaction to a report in …

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Christopher Lee: Goodnight to cinema’s prince of darkness – The Independent

Sir Christopher Lee seems to have been around almost as long as his two most famous roles, Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster. His death at the age of 93 robs British cinema of one of its most enduring stars. Source: Christopher Lee: Goodnight to cinema’s prince of darkness – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Pic shows: This statue that depicts Putin in a toga has already gone into production and the prototype is currently on display at the local academy of arts.  Russian President Vladimir Putin may have upset some people with his Ukrainian activities that led to crippling sanctions, but in his hometown of St Petersburg he is still so popular, they are putting up a statue depicting him as a Roman emperor.  The north-western Russian city is the second largest in the country and is also the place where he was born on 7 October 1952, when it was then known as Leningrad.  The statue that depicts Putin in a toga has already gone into production and the prototype is currently on display at the local academy of arts.  It shows Putin in a classical pose mimicking the same face that would have been used by philosophers of ancient times who dressed similarly in tunics.  Project manager Andrey Polyakov said: "We planned for quite a while to do a project like this in honour of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The main thing was that we wanted to do it during his lifetime to say thanks to him for the return of the Crimea to our country. Putin is the state's wisdom, its courage, and its symbol which is embodied in the image of the Emperor that we have created."  Sculptor Pavel Greshnikov, 42, said he thought for a long time before deciding what form the statue should take. He said however that as soon as he considered the classic design commonly associated with Roman statues it was clear it was the most appropriate for the personality and achievements of Putin.  The final sculpture will be made in bronze and unveiled on 9th May in a ceremony that many hope Putin will also attend. On 9th May Russians celebrate The Victory Day in World War II which thanks to local propaganda is a celebration during which many Russians believe that they defeated the Nazis single-handed.  (ends)†† ††††††††††

Putin’s Tarpeian Rock

The Roman satirist Juvenal acerbically remarked that the mob are only interested in bread and circuses. By ‘bread’ he was of course referring to the regular grain hand-outs to Roman citizens, a practice commenced by the reform minded Gaius Gracchus. In time, the grain hand-out became synonymous with imperial graft and as a mechanism used for buying the mob. When …

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United Passions’ – The film FIFA spent €20 million on?

There are vanity projects and…..there are vanity projects! Last year, FIFA poured €20 million into the production of a film about……you guessed it….FIFA? In one of the more bizarre extravagances of the soccer world’s governing body, this surely ranks up there. Naturally, Sepp Blatter is credited as the senior producer for the film, which of course is no surprise considering …

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The United States v FIFA

It’s been a long time coming…. Many years after allegations first surfaced concerning corruption within the higher echelons of FIFA (Soccer’s world governing authority) the FBI in conjunction with Swiss authorities launched a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel yesterday morning arresting a number of officials belonging to the organisation. The dawn arrests in Zurich, where FIFA is based, came …

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The Roddenberry Effect

“We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier — the frontier of the 1960s, the frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, the frontier of unfilled hopes and unfilled threats. … Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus.” …

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New Frontier

Bare with us over the next couple of weeks while Funkshot undergoes its annual spring clean as the team sets about reprogramming the site and updating the site architecture to make it more user-friendly. Regular viewers will notice that the site has become slow and clunky recently, something which we are well too aware off and wish to rectify. The …

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Ἀθηνᾶ

Ἀθηνᾶ (Athena) is the title of the latest instalment in our Odyssey photo shoot series which we will be publishing on Funkshot shortly. Drawing inspiration from the Irish neoclassical movement of the late 18th Century, and in particular the paintings of James Barry – Ἀθηνᾶ was photographed on Sunday 13th July last on location in Dublin’s St Anne’s Park. The Odyssey …

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Cosmopolitan Istanbul

For over a thousand years Constantinople was the greatest city on earth, located on the shores of the Bosphorus at the junction where east meets west, an imperial capital and the jewel of the mediterranean. In 1453, after a bloody siege Constantinople the last bastion of what was the Eastern Roman Empire fell to the Ottoman Turks who turned this …

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Lost Dublin Map

Here is a small office project we are working on. The idea is simple to create a map with the locations of lost buildings, monuments and streetscapes for the city of Dublin. This is very much a work-in-progress which we hope to evolve over a period of time by adding additional functionality. When you enter the map, click on one …

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The Golden Wrecking Ball – Dublin’s ugliest buildings

There comes a time, when you have to call it as it is – just like the boy in The Emperor’s New Clothes. Dublin has some of the ugliest buildings in Europe – ghastly eyesores which destroy the once proud and beautifully designed streetscapes of The Fair City. For the uninitiated or the visually impaired here is the top ten visually ugliest …

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Dublin – Altstadt – Neustadt

Most European cities have what the Germans call an Altstadt (Old City) and a Neustadt (New City). The new city of course is not new at all, quite often dating from the 18th or 19th Century and the Altstadt was the original or medieval city. Whether it is Prague, Dresden, or indeed Kaunas this division is evident in many European cities. Dublin …

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The Phoenix on the Elbe

Between the nights of the 13th February – 15th February 1945, two months before the end of the 2nd World War, the historic city of Dresden was attacked by 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) who dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices …

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Kunstrepublik

After a three-month break and a lot of travelling, Funkshot has returned with a new focus for this season – we call it Kunstrepublik, a portmanteau of two German words for art and republic. This is the inevitable follow on from last season’s Sprezzatura when we focused on the Renaissance man. Funkshot has always placed strong emphasis on thematics, setting …

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Where’s your pride? Restoring Dublin’s Architectural and Civic Heritage.

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” Oscar Wilde  One of the great failures of the Irish education system since the foundation of the state has been the sheer neglect which civics has been afforded in both primary and secondary education. This may be due to a number of factors: firstly, the …