Guerrilla Wakeboarding in Venice

Who sez the Wiener (inhabitants of Vienna) are not “hip” is wrong. Today Vienna Online reported about a Dutch pro surfer, Duncan Zuur, surfing the San Marco Square in Venice. Year after year he had traveled to Venice with his team to do this. Yesterday with high water on the San Marco square of + 1.35m he succeeded. Just in time before the police was in place to stop it. Why should they stop it?

Here is the Youtube footage:

Another video take by the BBC here: Surfing in Venice

Blogger Michelle rightfully points out that this Venice shop owner keeps his shopwindow models in tune with the flooding:

Venice Shop Window

The beautiful Boston Globe big pictures photoblog has more excellent photos of Venice under Water.

The World’s Coolest Hotel Rooms by The Cool Hunter has been published: Better Late Than Never! (Dutch Design 29)

The World's Coolest Hotel Rooms by The Cool Hunter

The Final Announcement: – The Cool Hunter Book Publishing Series (our first book)

The World’s Coolest Hotel Rooms – the first in a series of the cool hunter-branded books has been published by Harper Collins Publishers (US). Next in the line will be The World’s Coolest Houses, The World’s Most Creative Work Environments, The World’s Most Innovate Retail Stores and The World’s Most Creative Guerilla Campaigns in 2009. (2008-08-06T15:49:39+00:00)

This book was announced already in 2007.

Haagsche Suites was considered, but alas didn’t make the cut.

Times Online picked it up: Among the 10 Coolest mentioned by Bill Tikos, Cool Hunter’s editor, in The Times are:

Puerto America Madrid
The Puerto America in Madrid. Flickr Photo by Photografeuse
Vigilius Mountain Resort
Vigilius Mountain Resort in Italy, Flickr Photo by Christian

I like Vigilius’ adobe walls.

Do und Co Vienna
Do und Co in Vienna. This photo thanks to FG Stijl.

Amsterdam based FG Stijl (the F comes from Finegan and the G from Glintmeijer) did the Do und Co interior. Congratulations for them making the cut.

The Dutch and 2008 EK Football (Soccer) (2): The Dutch "Warrior" Team Declasses Italy (3-0)

Edwin Van der Sar By Erwin Olaf

The Dutch Newspaper Algemeen Dagblad commissioned Dutch Photographer Erwin Olaf to make a series of photos of the Dutch Football (Ok Soccer for our American Friends) Team for its 2008 European Championships Special.

Olaf made a spectacular almost Spartan Warrior like series.

Above photo is of Edwin van der Sar, the Dutch goalkeeper who saved some shots from the Italians in a spectacular way. Remember he also kept a penalty in the Manchester-Chelsea Europa Cup Final whereby Manchester won the cup. So he is a hero already in the UK.


Here you see Giovanni van Bronckhorst who in one move saved a possible goal from the Italians, ran ahead after that and assisted in the second goal of the Dutch and later in the match scored the third goal of the Dutch.

We are partying in The Netherlands!

Quote of the Day (3): Heaven and Hell

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Hilarious Quote on T-Shirt

Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are Italian, the Mechanics German, the lovers French and it is all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss and it is all organized by the Italians.

Unfortunately for the creator I forgot where I found this.

BAD: Bed and Breakfast And Design

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BAD BedandbreakfastAndDesign

is the first designer Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Catania. Much more than a simple b&b, it is a unique mix of hospitality and creativity, ideal for both those travelling for pleasure and for business. It unites the fascinating Catanese baroque architecture with contemporary art and design.

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At BAD one breathes the creativity of Giulia and Alessandro, the two owners and curators. Professionals in the World of advertising and graphic design, they have expertly created within the ample and comfortable rooms different ambiences, exhibiting psychedelic wallpapers, amazing 19th Century Sicilian artifacts, vintage furniture and works of young aspiring artists.

Every room of the b&b in fact has a different mood, colour and feeling, with two or three beds, private bathroom and naturally all the comforts you would expect.
Because BAD is more than a sleeping experience.

Catana is located on Sicily, on the edge of the glittering Mediterranean and also home to Mount Etna, the highest sometimes active volcano in Europe.

My Question:

What’s in a name?