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Ricky on Piers Morgan Tonight

Ricky Gervais - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 17:55
Here's the audio from Ricky's recent interview with Piers Morgan after his hosting of the 2011 Golden Globes.

My Photos at the 8 Ball Diner

Grant GB - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 15:25

I went along to the grand opening at the 8 Ball Diner yesterday and it was fantastic to see my photos all over the doors, walls, windows and anywhere else they could put them. I really hope it takes off, they are going to be hosting loads of car events throughout each month. Check it out next time you’re in Essex.

Vintage Life Magazine

Grant GB - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 15:16

I came across this cool magazine for all the Cats and Hats that want to keep up with the latest trends and products on the Vintage Scene. It’s just about to hit the shelves in WHSmith. Hopefully I’ll be doing some work with them soon.

Nefarious Pinstriping – Chevy Cooler

Grant GB - Sun, 02/20/2011 - 15:08

Big thanks to my friend Simon AKA Nefarious for Pinstriping a Chevy cooler I picked up. I think it looks awesome. Now we just need some warmer weather for the picnic/show season to kick in.

Do you like having your search results influenced by what your friends like? (blog)

How To do Stuff - Fri, 02/18/2011 - 23:00
You might’ve noticed that as of yesterday, some Google search results are followed by a note about someone you know having shared that link. This is because Google just made a change where listings vetted by people you’re connected to … Continue reading →

Madeleine Albright: On being a woman and a diplomat

TED.com - Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:29
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks bluntly about politics and diplomacy, making the case that women's issues deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. Far from being a "soft" issue, she says, women's issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death. A frank and funny Q&A with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center.

Lisa Gansky: The future of business is the "mesh"

TED.com - Thu, 02/17/2011 - 15:56
At TED@MotorCity, Lisa Gansky, author of "The Mesh," talks about a future of business that's about sharing all kinds of stuff, either via smart and tech-enabled rental or, more boldly, peer-to-peer. Examples across industries -- from music to cars -- show how close we are to this meshy future.

Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion

TED.com - Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:40
We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.

Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

TED.com - Tue, 02/15/2011 - 18:40
At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture

TED.com - Thu, 02/10/2011 - 15:29
How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

Mother and daughter doctor-heroes: Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed

TED.com - Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:28
They've been called the "saints of Somalia." Doctor Hawa Abdi and her daughter Deqo Mohamed discuss their medical clinic in Somalia, where -- in the face of civil war and open oppression of women -- they've built a hospital, a school and a community of peace.

Cynthia Breazeal: The rise of personal robots

TED.com - Tue, 02/08/2011 - 15:49
As a grad student, Cynthia Breazeal wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn -- and play. Watch for amazing demo footage of a new interactive game for kids.

Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

TED.com - Mon, 02/07/2011 - 17:22
Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power

TED.com - Fri, 02/04/2011 - 16:06
Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" -- meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded."

Christopher McDougall: Are we born to run?

TED.com - Thu, 02/03/2011 - 15:48
Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive -- and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? At TEDxPennQuarter, McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live.

Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters!

TED.com - Mon, 01/31/2011 - 14:43
Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

burn-out.ca Interview

Grant GB - Sun, 01/30/2011 - 20:43

I was contacted by Emmanuel Bonan from burn-out.ca this week to ask if I would be interviewed for the website. I was only too pleased to oblige. You can read the interview here, but is in French. Here is the English version I sent through.

Who are you? Where are you from?
My name is Nick Grant and I’m from London, England. I spend a great deal of time around Hot Rods, Muscle Cars and Aircooled VWs. I currently drive a ’57 Chevy 210 283 four door. We bought a four door as we recently had a baby so we needed a practical family car. Some of my previous cars have been a ’67 Camaro 327 RS, a Kustom ’60 Ford Ranchwagon, a ’67 Dodge Charger a ’63 Beach Buggy. It’s fun driving a Classic American car in London as there aren’t many around but gas prices are almost $10 a gallon. There is a small but thriving scene in the UK for Hot Rods, there are three main drag strips and during the Summer there are a couple of shows on each weekend. We also have some big classic car shows that attract global interest such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I have travelled to the USA many times and have taken part in the Hot Rod Power Tour, I’ve only been to Canada once though, to Toronto and Niagra.

What are your motivations behind your camera?
I take a lot of inspriration from other photographers, I collect photography monographs. Some of my favorites are David Bailey, Gary Winogrand, Annie Leibowitz, Harry Benson, Richard Heeps and Gregory Crewdson. I also take inspiration from films, I’ve done a couple of Tarrantino inspired shoots and enjoy the work of David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock. I don’t really take inspiration from any other car photographers which I hope brings a different take to my work. I’m interested in the relationship that people have with cars and how that manifests itself. When I shoot a model with a car there has to be a connection, a reason that she is there and interacting with the car, that’s why they are dressed from the same period as the car. I think this makes a difference to the models being empowered in the photos, they are the driver or the mechanic not just a girl draped over the car.

In what media your photos have already been published?
I am a regular contributor to Custom Car Magazine in the UK, I have also worked with Classic American, Ultra VW, Volksworld, Milkcow, Street Gasser and Connected Magazines. I also publish my own magazine called Retrospective Photographic Review (www.nickgrant.co.uk/retrospective). I have contributed to several books including Pinstripe Planet I and II and Tiki Mugs. I publish some on demand books through Blurb including a very popular book of the Hot Rod Hayride (http://www.blurb.com/books/1543831). I have exhibited in the Art Shows at Brighton Tattoo Convention, NSRA Billing Fun Run, NSRA Supernats and Hot Rod Hayride. There is a Diner on the A12 in Essex called The 8 Ball that is decorated with my photos all over the bar, doors and windows. I have also covered the Enamore Lingerie Show at London Fashion Week. Check out my flickr sets to see examples of all of these (http://www.flickr.com/photos/grantgb/sets/).

Bruce Feiler: The council of dads

TED.com - Thu, 01/27/2011 - 17:28
Diagnosed with cancer, Bruce Feiler worried first about his young family. So -- as he shares in this funny, rambling and ultimately thoughtful talk -- he asked his closest friends to become a "council of dads," bringing their own lifetimes of wisdom to advise his twin daughters as they grow.

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data

TED.com - Tue, 01/25/2011 - 15:58
Your medical chart: it's hard to access, impossible to read -- and full of information that could make you healthier if you just knew how to use it. At TEDMED, Thomas Goetz looks at medical data, making a bold call to redesign it and get more insight from it.

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

TED.com - Mon, 01/24/2011 - 15:47
Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of "When China Rules the World," he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.