Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival attracts 1.7m visitors, up 20pc on previous year’s event – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival has recorded a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers with 1.7 million people attending the event this year.Overseas and interstate tourists were among that figure with 36,000 travel packages sold.Vivid’s creative director Ignatius Jones said he was not surprised by the increasing popularity of the festival but added there would not be a deliberate push to keep growing it.”I think we can continue to grow, but at these numbers we’re already pretty full, we’re already pretty happy,” he said.

via Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival attracts 1.7m visitors, up 20pc on previous year’s event – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Libby Hall’s Dogs Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

Sometimes in London, I think I hear a lone dog barking in the distance and I wonder if it is an echo from another street or a yard. Sometimes in London, I wake late in the night and hear a dog calling out to me on the wind, in the dark silent city of my dreaming. What is this yelp I believe I hear in London, dis-embodied and far away? Is it the sound of the dogs of old London – the guard dogs, the lap dogs, the stray dogs, the police dogs, the performing dogs, the dogs of the blind, the dogs of the ratcatchers, the dogs of the watermen, the cadaver dogs, the mutts, the mongrels, the curs, the hounds and the puppies?

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The Ashes: Australia has reclaimed the Ashes after beating England by 150 runs at the WACA – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Australia has won the third Ashes Test at the WACA by 150 runs, reclaiming the famous urn for the first time since 2006/07.England showed resistance early on the fifth day led by rookie all-rounder Ben Stokes who scored Englands first ton of the series.

via The Ashes: Australia has reclaimed the Ashes after beating England by 150 runs at the WACA – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Talking about Windows Live Photos: Seven months, one billion pictures

 

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Windows Live Photos: Seven months, one billion pictures

The tenth anniversary of Windows Live Messenger is a tremendous milestone, but the Messenger team isn’t the only one celebrating this summer.

Last December we launched Windows Live Photos, giving you a place to upload and share all of your photos. Since then, we’ve gotten lots of fantastic feedback from you allowing us to make the service even better.

A few weeks ago we hit a milestone for Windows Live Photos: one billion photos uploaded!

This is a significant part of the more than seven billion photos posted on Windows Live today (most of which were uploaded before we launched "Windows Live Photos" as a separate service). Just how significant is a billion photos? Well, if you signed up for a new account and started uploading one photo per second, you would upload your billionth photo some time in 2040! According to a report by Forrester Research last year, the average owner of a digital camera only takes 28 digital photos per month. At that rate, it would take the entire population of Seattle nearly five years to take a billion photos!

While we’re excited about the number of photos uploaded, we’re even more excited that you’re taking so many photos and sharing them with your family and friends. As of this month, users have shared their photo albums over 250 million times! That’s a lot of aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends happy to see what’s going on in your life.

We think the best way to share your photos is with Windows Live Photos, and it’s great to see that so many of you do, too.  We look forward to the next billion photos!

-The Windows Live Photos team