WEST HAM GROUP ATTACK: Man attacked by assailants after not offering cigarette

London – VIJAY SHAH via ALEX SHAW and Newham Recorder A man was attacked, pelted with stones and kicked in West Ham, in east London, after telling a group of men that he had no cigarettes for them, the local newspaper the Newham Recorder reported. The incident occurred on 22nd December, 2017 in the area’s Memorial Park when the unidentified man, aged 32, was approached by a group who allegedly began abusing him and picking up stones off the ground to throw at the victim after he told them he did not have any cigarettes. Later, a third man pulled … Continue reading WEST HAM GROUP ATTACK: Man attacked by assailants after not offering cigarette

INSTAGRAM: 18 facts and statistics you probably never knew

Instagram is currently one of the world’s most popular social networks by usage and membership. Owned by Facebook, and lovingly known by its fans as simply ‘Insta’, the site is a valuable treasure trove of pictures and memories and offers a glimpse into the lives of its 600 million or so active users. While Instagram has developed a reputation as a bit of a narcissist’s heaven with many users flooding it with selfies, posing like there is no tomorrow, it also has become a valuable resource for creatives such as photographers and graphic designers to showcase their work, and many … Continue reading INSTAGRAM: 18 facts and statistics you probably never knew

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs – the full set

For our very last article in the Animated ccTLD flags series (a.k.a Virtual Vexillology), you will have the opportunity to see the flags we have featured in the previous articles altogether in one place, along with some examples made for forum users who wish to decline their country of origin when creating their signatures. It has been a fun and enjoyable series to work on, and it does seem a bit sad to be finally drawing it to a close. This series may be wrapping up, but we are going to do it in true fluttering style. Here are all … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs – the full set

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 6 – Australasia/Oceania)

Our final leg of the journey in this series on animated flag icons featuring ccTLDs now takes in the continent of Australasia, also known as Oceania. While this continent’s total area is very dominated by the landmass and Commonwealth of Australia, it also has a large number of small islands dotted over the breadth and length of the Pacific Ocean. Many of these islands are their own sovereign states, while others are dependencies of larger Australasian nations. As far as flags go, one common theme with flags from Australasia is that a lot of them carry a smaller flag in … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 6 – Australasia/Oceania)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 5 – Asia)

Asia is one of the most linguistically, ethnically and religiously diverse continents on the planet. Its kaleidoscope of nations and cultures is well reflected in its range of flags. Just like Africa and South America, which we explored earlier on in the Animated ccTLD Flags series, Asia was once part of foreign empires, but is also home to many countries which escaped colonialism and have a long and vibrant history. Asia is home to a wide variety of alphabets and writing systems, which makes it an interesting point to note in what comes next. While the first set of ccTLDs … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 5 – Asia)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 4 – Africa)

A continent of colour, vibrancy, determination and contrasts, Africa is often in the news for the wrong reasons, but there is far more to it than the media diet of armed revolutions, wars, poverty and famine. Africa is a place where art has always been close to the hearts of its people, from the cave paintings of the Algerian desert, the Egyptian hieroglyphics, or the masks of the Ashanti Empire or the kingdom of Benin. Africa’s flags are no exception. Once carved up by colonial powers greedy for natural resources, many African countries seized their independence and freedom during the … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 4 – Africa)

HEM GRAPHICS: Our new portfolio website

Last night, we decided to visit the Internet for an end of day jaunt….and came back with an awesome souvenir….a brand new website. Introducing to you our latest presence on the web, a slick, contemporary and attractive portfolio website, known as ‘HEM Graphics’. The purpose of the website is to act as a portfolio for the images and graphics I have created for this blog over the past three years, including our famous header images and idents created for individual pages. In addition, HEM Graphics will also serve as a depository for images from contributors and for interesting GIFs that … Continue reading HEM GRAPHICS: Our new portfolio website

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 3 – Europe)

Part 3 of the Half-Eaten Mind’s series on animated ccTLD flags now arrives on the shores of Europe, a linguistically and historically diverse continent with a rich history of flags too. Many of Europe’s flags have religious and heraldric meanings, as it was in this continent that such devices as coats-of-arms and banners for military use were developed. The world’s oldest flag design still in continuous use is the “Dannebrog“, the national flag of the kingdom of Denmark. This Christian inspired flag, featuring a white long-armed cross on a red field has a pedigree of several hundred years, and took its … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 3 – Europe)

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 2 – South America)

Part Two of our Animated ccTLD flags takes us to the other, hotter half of the Americas, namely South America. With the exception of a few nations, this continent is predominately Spanish speaking, and many of the flags shown here date from the independence of these countries from Spain during the 18th and 19th centuries. As before, the countries and their flag icons will be listed in alphabetical order of TLD. ccTLDs are based on a system developed by internet institution ICANN. The ICANN is a global forum in charge of managing some of the Net’s core technical elements, such … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 2 – South America)