Traveling Illustrator Captures London’s Historic Pubs as Cut-Out Pen and Ink Drawings

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Blackfriar. Blackfriars.
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to London-based illustrator Maxwell Tilse, who combines his love of drawing with his passion for traveling. Originally from Sydney, Australia, the 23-year-old travels Europe, documenting each city he visits with beautifully detailed pen and ink sketches. Now, as he prepares to leave London after living there for two years, he has released a new series of cut-out drawings that depict the city’s oldest pubs.

“London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed,” says Tilse. From the wedge-shaped Black Friar built in 1875, to the quaint Georgian architecture of the The Bricklayers Arms in Fitzrovia, Tilse captures the essence of London’s most quintessentially English watering holes—the oldest being The Old George, which has been in business since 1713.

Approximately 5cm in height, Tilse’s “little pubs” feature charming details, such as stain glass windows, ornamental balconies, and Tudor style chimneys. “I do love the mock Tudor architecture that’s nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries,” the artist admits. He finishes his process by photographing his work, held up beside the original building.

If you love Tilse’s work you can purchase prints via his Etsy shop. Keep up to date with Tilse’s illustrated travel journal on Instagram.

Illustrator Maxwell Tilse Captures London’s oldest pubs in a series of cut-out pen and ink drawings.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Coach & Horses. Mayfair.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Old George. Bethnal Green.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia.

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Dove. Hackney

London Pub Illustrations Maxwell Tilse

The Crown. Covent Garden.

Tilse has also captured other London landmarks, such as the London Bridge and Big Ben.

London Bridge

Big Ben

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Michael Flynn and the Turkish Connection

Flynn faces possible fraud and money-laundering charges for failing to disclose a payment of $530,000 from the Turkish government. Flynn could also face conspiracy and kidnapping charges for allegedly negotiating a payment of $15 million to deliver to Turkey Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic cleric and political foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. If indicted on these charges, Flynn could end up in jail for a long time. But knowing there is a potential presidential pardon in the works could dissuade Flynn from telling the truth as a cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

God: A Human History

In Behind the Moon, his recently published peyote trip of a novel set in the desert West, Madison Smartt Bell explores the atavistic allure of cave paintings and the roles they play in an inchoate dreamscape. For Bell, the images exist outside of time: they’re porous membranes between realms, between the living and the dead, between mortal and divine.

The religions scholar Reza Aslan opens his clear-eyed if uneven God: A Human History with a riff on “The Sorcerer,” a portrait of a hybrid man-stag-bear, discovered in France’s Cave of the Trois-Frères and dating to about 13,000 B.C.E. Aslan argues that this somewhat nightmarish figure — combining padded paws, owlish eyes, and branching antlers with a human-like stance and genitalia — may be the first known representation of God. “The Sorcerer” is a creepy yet affecting starting point for Aslan’s book, a breezy tour through humanity’s compulsion to create God (or gods) in its own image, to render the ineffable as familiar as a king or wife or merchant.

The first third of God is bland, as Aslan guides us through his own investigations into early creeds and practices, decoupling them from the rise of agriculture but with silly incarnations of Adam and Eve conveyed in the tone of a TED talk or a PBS documentary: “Why does Eve think she has a soul in the first place? . . . Theory of Mind may explain why she would ascribe her own soul to the tree.” (Earlier this year Aslan produced and narrated Believer, a series on religion for CNN, but the network shut down the show after he tweeted a slur about President Trump.) This television voice is meant to make the book accessible but instead waters it down.

Only when Aslan the scholar asserts himself does his narrative stir from its doldrums, offering vibrant set pieces on Turkey’s Göbekli Tepe, the world’s oldest temple complex, and on the first civilization, the Sumerians in Mesopotamia, sprinkled with odd bits on neurobiology. There’s an engrossing chapter on the pharaoh Akhenaten, whose embrace of the Sun-disc Aten marks the first stab at monotheism. Akhenaten’s son, Tutankhamen (King Tut), wiped out his father’s cult and restored Isis and Horus and the rest, but the notion of one God was percolating elsewhere. Around 1000 B.C.E., in what is today Iran, Zarathustra founded a sect, Zoroastrianism, that was monotheistic but also allowed for other kinds of forces; eventually the religion reverted back to a pantheon of deities.

In the sixth century B.C.E., the first enduring monotheism took root among a people that had been conquered in their native Palestine and forced into Babylonian captivity, where they recast their beliefs. As Aslan notes, “The God that ultimately arises from the Babylonian Exile is not the abstract deity that Akhenaten had worshipped. It is not the pure animating spirit that Zarathustra imagined. It is not the formless substance of the universe written about by Greek philosophers. This was a new kind of God, both singular and personal . . . An eternal, indivisible God who exhibits the full range of human emotions and qualities, good and bad.” Here Aslan arrives at his strongest, sharpest material, as God deftly charts the merger of the Canaanite deity El and Yahweh, a god of murky “Midian.” (In the King James Version of the Old Testament, for instance, El is rendered as “God” in English, while Yahweh is translated as “the LORD.”) Aslan lays out how the displaced Hebrews jerry-rigged their religion, creating a profoundly influential if often contradictory scripture, with myriad writers putting their stamp on the same stories and rules. From there Aslan segues into the sudden rise of Christianity, initially a peasant-driven reformist movement within Roman-ruled Judaism but quickly morphing into a major faith, one that caught its big break with the conversion of the emperor Constantine in 324 C.E. Aslan can’t quite disguise his disdain for Christianity and especially his exasperation with St. Augustine of Hippo, whose genius he acknowledges but whose writings on the Trinity affirm, in Aslan’s view, a straight-up polytheism.

Given how brilliantly Aslan has written on Islam over the years — his first book, No god but God remains his best — his treatment of his own faith here feels desultory, a dutiful recitation of Muhammad’s story and the author’s own personal journey to Sufi mysticism. Aslan concludes as he began, with an all-encompassing-animistic-pantheistic-something-something: “Do not fear God. You are God.” Juggle the nouns and verbs in these sentences, and they could drop out of the mouth of an evangelical preacher. A retreat into metaphysical vagueness just doesn’t cut the Communion wafer; it changes the book’s tone from solid scholarship to abstract, ecstatic vision — or pious, self-serving sermon, depending on your perspective.

If people of all faiths and no faith can agree on one thing, it should be this: Hitler wasn’t God. Neither was Stalin, nor Pol Pot. God unfolds as a concise, learned primer on the impulse to comprehend God by investing Him (or hims and hers) with superhuman powers, a pattern that transcends cultural divides and even across species, as evidenced by Neanderthal archeological sites. And Aslan’s passion for his real subject, the entwined histories and tropes of the Abrahamic faiths, gives his book a much-needed lift. But ultimately God fails to offer a fresh argument on God, the afterlife (which Aslan neglects), or even morality. Perhaps the reason we’ve humanized God for millennia is that on some neuronal level we yearn to see and speak with the divine as to a parent we’ve never been allowed to meet — rather than be blinded by an enveloping luminosity that can’t quite deliver the crumbs of wisdom we need to grow.

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Here are some fall colors that won’t fade away. At Petrified…

Here are some fall colors that won’t fade away. At Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, 200-million-year-old petrified logs lie strewn across rolling clay hills. Each piece is like a giant quartz crystal. As impurities like iron and carbon oxidized, they permanently colored these ancient trees shades of red, yellow and purple. It’s a rare and beautiful sight that you’ve got to see for yourself. Photo by National Park Service.

An Entrepreneur’s Quick And Skinny Guide On How To Build A Startup

Every businessman wants more visitors, higher qualified leads and maximum revenue. Unfortunately, these things don’t come automatically.

To build a successful company, a new businessman will need to create and fine-tune a business plan. He needs to assess his finances, complete the legal paperwork, pick partners and select the best systems and tools to get his sales and marketing off of the ground.

If you’re not sure where to start the process, here’s a quick guide on how to build a startup.

Where to Start?

planning objectives and mission statement

To get started, you need to have the right mindset, passion and support. You should prepare yourself mentally by jotting down your objectives and mission statement.

How to Start?

  • First and foremost, choose a name that is related to your business. Make sure that it’s easy to pronounce and remember.
  • Secondly, it is crucial for you to decide as to whether you want to incorporate a company, make a partnership or become a sole proprietor. It is best to have a look at the multi-level forms of business and franchising.
  • Thirdly, prior to raising funds, you need to ensure that you possess a practical as well as achievable plan. You need to know how much money the business requires and be able to convince others of your plan.
  • Lastly, you should walk the street to discover the estimated size of your market. You need to have a clear idea of the USP of your product or service, the profile of your customers as well as their buying habits.

Ways to Plan the Path

business plan

When a newbie steps into the world of business, he/she should set the following objectives:

  • Visualize
  • Determine the Target Consumers
  • Decide what and where to sell
  • Decide the price and the marketing tactics
  • Manage time
  • Cash Flow and Projections
  • Manage the Cash Flow

Writing down a concrete business plan will always help. It will not only help you visualize your goals but also aid you in working your way to achieving them. Considering the limited resources, you need to define your target customers clearly. To ensure that you carry out your plan in a timely and systematic way, it is essential that you prepare a good work time sheet.

Setting the sales target a little higher compared to what the market can achieve realistically is the key. It is what can help and encourage growth. Most importantly, at least for a year, do a monthly projection of your profit and loss in relation to your sales target.

The Tricks to Get the Right Recognition

One may have an extraordinary product but if people fail to know about it, all the efforts will go in vain. Knowing the objectives of a marketing campaign and the target audience is the first and most important step in building a startup.

You should know how to utilize marketing tools, like Public Relations, Sales Promotions, Advertising Services, Internet, Word of Mouth amid others. You must give time for your marketing campaigns to show their results. Judging the campaign’s effectiveness right away is a big no-no.

Also, you should define a means to measure the effectiveness of your campaign. A database is an effective tool for defining targeted and effective promotions. It can also help encourage repeat purchases. To make it more effective, the database you’ll be creating should be maintained as well as updated from time to time.

Getting new customers isn’t the only important thing when it comes to building a startup. You should also know how to maintain them. So, follow the aforementioned tips sincerely and enjoy utmost success. Good Luck!

See Also: Best Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

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Want To Start Trading? Here’s What You Need To Know

Have you been toying with the idea of trading as a new profession? You’re in the right place as this article reveals the basics of trading– what it is, how it works and how to make it work for you.

What is trading?

Traders actively participate in the financial market by looking for ways to outperform the traditional buy-and-hold investing. Instead of sitting still and waiting for profit, they look for opportunities in the rising and falling market.

They usually work on their own, very often from home. Traders get to set their schedule and achieve unlimited income potential.

It’s relatively easy to enter the field, making it a really desirable profession. However, while it may be easy to start trading, it is challenging to become good at it and succeed.

People who want to become traders for a living often overlook the emotional, financial and time commitments that are required to build a successful trading business. In fact, around 80% of day traders fail within the first two years of their operation. But, if you can come up with a strategy, you’ll have a chance at becoming a successful profitable trader.

Learn how to conduct a fundamental analysis

stock trading

If you want to become a professional trader, you need to invest time in learning the basics of trading. Fundamental analysis is the central element of investing. There may be many different investment strategies, but the fundamental analysis is important to nearly all of them.

In general, fundamental analysis is a method traders use to evaluate security and to determine the intrinsic value of that security.

At the onset of their analysis, fundamental analysts assume that stock market may not be correct in the way it prices securities. When conducted accurately, fundamental analysis can unveil whether a security is underpriced or overpriced. Traders use that knowledge to make more informed decisions in their daily activities.

Most of the time, fundamental analysis is based on analyzing huge amounts of data points and sources to measure the intrinsic value of security.

What do fundamental analysts take into account?

  • Macro and microeconomic factors
  • Financial statements
  • Figures that are linked to the target security
  • Broader qualitative aspects of the company

Why is fundamental analysis so important?

The central objective of fundamental analysis is to determine the performance and general health of a company or security. Traders can identify strong companies and industries, thanks to fundamental analysis. That’s how they make long bets on strong names and short bets on weak names.

Some of the most critical aspects that are part of a fundamental analysis are closely related to the company in question. Fundamental analysts check whether:

  • The company’s revenue is growing
  • It’s making a profit
  • The company compares favorably with competitors
  • Successfully repays its debts
  • Is involved in questionable financial practices that take place in its management

Investing time in learning fundamental analysis is a smart move because it will provide you with an accurate view of a potential investment’s value.

Once you know which factors you need to include in your consideration, you will be able to capitalize on the best opportunities. There are plenty of online resources that can help you learn the basics of that strategy. So, have a look around and educate yourself before entering trading.

See Also: Top Jobs You Can Get With A Math Degree

Is there a way to predict the stock market?

Sadly, there isn’t. What happens most of the time is the following scenario:

Prices continue to rise but investors are aware that correction can happen and the prices will drop. However, they don’t know when that will happen and what can trigger it. This is why most investors prefer to sit on the sidelines and wait for the right opportunity. There are others who are risk takers and will just jump in.

If you’re one of the traders who prefer to wait, when should you get in? And if you’re already in, how will you know if it’s time to jump in?

These are some of the essential questions traders consider in their daily job.

Now, the answer?

First, you need to understand that specific point where stock prices are fairly valued. Then, you need to gain knowledge about the events that may potentially cause the downturn. Finally, it pays to have an understanding of the entire decision-making processes.

What is stock valuation and how it works?

The price of the stock is dependent on market activity. For example, before deciding to buy or sell, investors compare stock prices. If the stock is being traded at $20 per share and its fair value is $25, it’s a good idea to purchase it. However, if the stock trades at $20 but its fair value is $15, the stock is overvalued and traders should avoid it.

How do you calculate a stock’s fair value?

computing stocks

There are different strategies to help traders come up with that figure. You can utilize the combined value of your company’s assets on its balance sheet and reduce it by its liabilities. Take into account the net value of its future earnings.

These methods will bring you slightly different results which is why it’s not that easy to know whether the stock is fairly valued, overvalued or undervalued.

Human decision-making process

This aspect is arguably the most interesting part. Every individual has emotional and logical components in their decision-making process. While traders can analyze the situation using their logical side, their actions may involve emotions.

When making an investment decision, investors usually process data before making any good bet. However, since it’s hard to know everything, there’s still a good chance for a bad decision to happen. It can occur even to people who have incredible analytical skills.

So, before you start on your journey, make sure to take the basics of trading into account. It will set you on your way to a solid career.

See Also: 5 Ways To Becoming A Rock Solid Investor Today

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Erin’s Things: November 20

You’re reading Erin’s Things: November 20, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

This week I’ve got a little self-care (think massage), a little music and some pumpkin pie just in time for the holiday. Check out my list below for discoveries that made me happy last week! (and please share your cool finds in the comments below)

  • BIGTHINK.COM – This podcast is outrageously good. Historian Nancy Koehn (Harvard) discusses resiliency and muses on the question of what is a real hero? Her research focuses on what makes people live lives of purpose, impact and worth, focusing on leaders of the past and present. We live in a time where we find it easy to distrust in leaders, so how can we harness the power of the courageous to reveal once again what real guidance is about.
  • SOUTHERN BAKED PUMPKIN PIE – They arrive at your doorstep, frozen and ready to thaw whenever you want. What could be a better addition to your thanksgiving dessert menu than this with a buttery crust, creamy texture and warm spice aroma? It’s Thanksgiving this week, so amidst all the good friends and family get-togethers, nothing is as satisfying to share in as this sweet treat.
  • DRIP – started in 2011 as a membership crowd funding service providing a way for musicians to have a recurring income, it was forced to shut down in 2016. Soon it was acquired by kickstarter. Kickstarter has now re-imagined Drip, with 61 creators to start. Creators need income sources other than advertising. It works as a invite only (for now) membership campaign that allows contributors to continually support through recurring contributions as opposed to a one off campaign. With these membership contributions model, kickstarter is once again relevant by placing itself at the forefront of the digital age.
  • YAYOI KUSAMA – Born in Japan, Yayoi Kusama is the youngest of 4 children in a very affluent family. She is a self described ‘obsessional artist’, who is known for using many polka dots and infinity installations in her work, she’s been called incredibly avant-garde. At age 10 she began using these motifs (nets as well) and created watercolor, pastel and oil painting. She also began to have vivid hallucinations where flowers would speak to her and patterns would come to life, sparking her lifelong struggle with mental illness. Her painting, drawings and sculptures have drawn much attention since the 60’s- environmental sculptures using mirrors and electric lights give us a glimpse into her wildly focused imagination. She is a unique and contemporary feminist artist who operates now from a mental hospital. If you can catch one of her exhibits, you will be very inspired by the experience!
  • THE NOW – Los Angeles has done it again. Leading the way can experience luxury massages in a convenient, accessible and affordable way. The motto: ‘Restore Your Body. Reset Your Soul.’ Conceptualized by Amy Krofchick, Erica Malbon and Gara Post, the goal of their expanding brand is to uplift everyone through massage. With spas on Beverly Boulevard, Santa Monica, Studio City and Silverlake it is easy to get to, and enjoy the atmosphere of this sanctuary. We all need to hit the pause button from busy city life, I cannot think of a more convenient and aesthetically pleasing environment that makes one feel aligned with nature. Massages start at $35 for a 25 minute massage, and there are even massages for kids! If you feel like dropping in, you are welcome to do that, alternately you can make an appointment or even join on with a membership.

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7 Iconic Chairs That Have Shaped Modern Furniture (Including the Seat You’re in Right Now)

Modern Chairs Iconic Furniture Eames Chair Interior Design

Left Photo: Charles and Ray Eames (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Right Photo: Scott Anderson from Jakarta, Indonesia (Egg Chair – IMG_7248) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In the 20th century, modernism dominated aesthetic interests. In addition to fine art and everyday architecture, the modernist movement also transformed interior design, with furniture at the forefront. While most home furnishings received modern makeovers, it was the humble chair that had the most avant-garde transformation.

From the 1920s through the 1960s, a selection of the world’s top designers and architects turned their attention toward seating. Inspired by modern art and aiming for affordability, many of them experimented with new materials and forms that could be easily mass produced. This innovative approach to product design culminated in a collection of chairs fit for cozy and contemporary homes and modern art museums alike.

These are some of the world’s most well-known modern chairs that have shaped interior design today.


The Eames Molded Plastic & Fiberglass Armchair

Intended as an entry for the International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design in 1950, the Eames Molded Plastic & Fiberglass Armchair is a customizable chair that comes in a variety of colors and silhouettes. While the base is available in either wood or metal, the seat’s shell is always made of Zenaloy, a durable yet flexible fiberglass-fortified polyester. The use of Zenaloy made mass production of the chair both easy and affordable, resulting in a low-cost, high quality product.



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The Egg Chair

In the 1950s, Danish architect Arne Jacobsen was commissioned to design Copenhagen’s Radisson SAS Royal Hotel. In addition to its rooms, façade, and other architectural elements, Jacobsen also designed special seating—including his iconic steel, foam, and fabric Egg Chairs—for the lobby. Renowned for its rounded shape, the Egg Chair is celebrated for its sculptural sensibility, undoubtedly inspired by Jacobsen’s experience as an architect.



The Standard Chair by Jean Prouvé (1934)

Designed in 1934, Jean Prouvé’s steel and wood Standard Chair showcases the power of simplicity. The innovative chair features pairs of legs that vary in size and shape; thick back legs handle the weight of the individual, while slender steel front legs put a stylish spin on the practical design. The legs are available in a range of colors, while the seat can be customized with wood, plastic, or upholstery.



The Eames Lounge Chair

Perhaps the most well-known modern chair, the Eames Lounge (670) was designed in 1956 by American architects and married couple Charles and Ray Eames. Showcasing the Eames’ interest in experimenting with different materials, the Lounge is composed of plywood shells, an aluminum base, and plastic-backed cushions.

While the Eames’ other creations were designed with efficiency and mass production in mind, the Lounge was conceived as a luxury item. Still, with  its low seat, permanent recline, and cushioned headrest, the high-end chair puts comfort first—especially when paired with the Eames Ottoman (671)!


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The Wassily Chair

In 1925, Bauhaus designer and architect Marcel Breuer created the Wassily Chair (Model B3), a piece of furniture celebrated for its bent tubular steel frame and Eisengarn upholstery. As a Mid-Century Modern architect, Breuer incorporated elements of the movement into the Wassily Chair, including a minimalist aesthetic and the use of angles and geometry.

The chair received its unique name after abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky shared his admiration for its experimental design.


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The Chaise Longue

Swiss-French creative Le Corbusier is praised for his distinctive works. These groundbreaking creations range from iconic homes to avant-garde furniture, like the Chaise Longue (LC 4). The Chaise Longue is composed of a steel frame and polyester cushions covered in either animal skin or canvas.  Designed in 1928, Le Corbusier combined form with function to produce a piece of furniture that is as artistic as it is comfortable.



The Ball Chair

Finnish interior designer Eero Aarnio is known for a unique aesthetic characterized by his use of sleek materials and unconventional shapes. A key example of his eccentric work is the Ball Chair, a mod, orb-shaped seat designed in 1963. The Ball Chair is made of plywood, fiberglass, and upholstery, and offers a quirky and cozy place to perch in peace.


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Happy birthday, Zion National Park! On this day in 1919, Zion…

Happy birthday, Zion National Park! On this day in 1919, Zion National Park was established. Utah’s first national park, Zion protects some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. It includes 229 square miles of high plateaus, a maze of sandstone canyons and waterfalls with colorful hanging gardens that are so stunning they look surreal. Photo by Kuang-Yu Jen (