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Chasing Ghosts in an East London Time Capsule

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I gave three taps to the door with the ominous Egyptian door knob and timidly stepped inside number 18 Folgate Street in Spitalfields, London. Here, you can smell the past. You can see the dust that time has gathered, it bathes in the sunlight on the stairway. You can hear the age in the floorboards creaking above. The house at 18 Folgate Street is a true time capsule and sometimes it opens up.

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If you follow the misadventures of Messy Nessy on instagram, you might know that I hopped on a train to London for the day following an invitation to Dennis Sever’s house, where the editorial team at Christie’s wanted to take a few photographs of me in my element– and boy, they couldn’t have chosen a more perfect place!

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Dennis Sever was the artist and creator of this time capsule who lived in the house for nearly 20 years in much the same way as its original occupants would have done in the 18th century. There was no electricity and still isn’t, save for a few power sockets installed after his death for the curatorial team to continue running his living museum.

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The 10 rooms of the brick George I townhouse are all lived in and used by a ghosts of the past– a family of Huguenot silk weavers to be more specific. An unmade bed has just been left by its sleepless occupant, a plate of freshly shucked oysters have been left by interrupted eaters. They always seem to be just out of sight, moving like shadows to another room as you enter one, a black cat brushes past your leg.

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David Sever called it “still-life drama”, a unique spectators sport that provides visitors with a rare moment, a stimulation of the senses that David Hockney once rated it as one of the world’s great opera experiences. Candlelit “silent night” tours of the house invite visitors to time travel. “To enter its door is to pass through a frame into a painting, one with a time and life of its own”.

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The game is that you interrupt a family of Huguenot silk weavers named Jervis who, though they can still sometimes be heard, but never seen. “A rare thing to experience first hand: the warm, smoky light captured by the Old Masters; the creak of footsteps on wood; whispers and opening doors; arresting reflections, mixtures, textures and smells; the ticking and chiming of clocks; a cat and a canary”.

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This is no ordinary heritage museum– those don’t usually have their ceilings caving in, moths escaping from 18th century laundry hanging over the staircase and that unmistakable feeling of chasing ghosts. The basement even has the remnants of the leper burial plot from St. Mary’s…

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If you’d like to book an experience at David Sever’s house, you can book a visit through their website. Group (£15 per person) and privatised visits are available. The ‘Exclusive Silent Night’ visit (£50 a head) includes a magical wander through the house’s ten rooms, in silence, after which you will be able to sit down by a roaring fire in a room of your choice. Champagne is served and the curatorial team on hand to answer all your burning questions.

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(c) David Sever’s House

This is what the candlelight tours look like ↑

If you’re in London, I highly recommend ghost chasing at David Sever’s time capsule house. Find all the details and booking here.

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Google Introduces the Second Generation Chromecast Video Streaming Device and a Separate Chromecast for Audio

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Google has introduced the second generation of their Chromecast video streaming device as well as a separate Chromecast Audio for audio streaming. The updated version of the Chromecast features a design meant to fit more easily into a television crowded with wires, two new colors, and improved Wi-Fi support for smoother viewing.

The Chromecast Audio will stream music and podcasts to speakers with a standard 1/8 inch audio input similarly to how the Chromecast streams video. Both Chromecast versions were announced during Google’s recent product event and are available for $35 through the Google Store.

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photos via Google

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Mule Design Revives Their Classic ‘Welcome Squid Overlords’ T-Shirt for a Limited Time In Honor of Dr. Oliver Sacks

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Welcome Squid Overlords

Mule Design, run by the wonderfully quirky and talented team of Mike Monteiro and Erika Hall, has brought back their brilliant “Welcome Squid Overlords” t-shirt design, available in blue, black and green, for a limited time, despite the fact that they stopped selling shirts years ago. The design was revived in order to honor the beloved Dr. Oliver Sacks, who once said that this t-shirt was his favorite and the proceeds will go to the Oliver Sacks Foundation. Hurry, though, the sale ends tonight at 8:00 PM EDT.

A million years ago we ran a t-shirt shop. One of our most popular shirts had a squid on it. Many people bought it. One of those people was Oliver Sacks, who also loves squid. Dr. Sacks was fond of saying it was his favorite shirt.. Which made me especially happy, because he was one of my favorite people. He lived a good life. We are celebrating his life by bringing back his favorite shirt. And we’re sending all our profits to The Oliver Sacks Foundation.

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The SKEYE Pico Drone, An Unbelievably Small Quadcopter That Measures Just 2.2 x 2.2 cm

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The SKEYE Pico Drone is an unbelievably small quadcopter that measures just 2.2 x 2.2 cm. The Pico is even smaller than the SKEYE Nano that we wrote about previously that comes in at just under 4 x 4 cm.

For a limited time, the tiny SKEYE Pico Drone is available in our Laughing Squid Store with its controller, four extra rotors, and free shipping for a 28% discount.

SKEYE Pico Drone in Flight With Control

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photos via SKEYE