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Top 25 Liveable Cities by Monocle

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My favourite magazine Monocle made their yearly list of 25 liveable cities once again and this time Munich became the most liveable city of the world according to Monocle rankings.

Munich was fourth in 2009 and second in 2008.

Here is the list of 25 cities in order:

25- Lisbon

24- Hamburg

23- Kyoto

22- Portland (New Entry)

21- Singapore

20- Auckland

19- Montreal

18- Oslo

17- Barcelona

16- Vancouver

15- Geneva

14- Fukuoka

13- Honolulu

12- Sydney

11- Berlin

10- Madrid

09- Melbourne

08- Vienna

07- Paris

06- Stockholm

05- Helsinki

04- Tokyo

03- Zurich

02- Copenhagen

01- Munich

Zurich was the most liveable city of the world last year and Copenhagen followed it. Istanbul is not in the list as there are many things to do in this huge city before applying for a place in the top 25.

Source: Monocle

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June 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

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Nike – Write The Future

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This ad series look brilliant. It will debut worldwide on Saturday and here is a trailer. This can be the best football related commercial ever if all other videos are shot that well and paid attention to detail.

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May 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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If you need inspiration

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And of course if you are in Istanbul.

During a work day, not a weekend, preferably on a day of spring, go to Emirgan, sit down in a cafe close to Bosphorus.

Ask for some tea, some toast maybe. Read the daily papers, take a pen out and think about stuff that bothers you.

The solutions will come soon even not you will have some brilliant ideas. 1 hour before work will be some the greatest motivation you can get. But this place is very crowded during the weekends.

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May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

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Inception is coming soon

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Third trailer of Christopher Nolan’s new movie Incetion has been released. It looks really cool. I am looking forward to this one. It is coming in mid July.

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May 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

17 days to go

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In 17 days, these hours i will know about whether Turkey won the bid for UEFA Euro 2016 or not.

As you may know Turkey is bidding along with France and Italy and i have been spending most of my time including the weekends on this grand project.

Here is my feelings

on the bid, some insight from a bid team participant:

-We worked a lot. I believe no other bid was covered that extensively before by the media. The bid book was great. The logo, design, websites were really good and i am really satisfied with the job done.

-I met with many new people. The bid got support from many others. It was a great experience. Preparing a bid book feels like no other. The deadlines are very tight and the ideas you want to put in those are endless.

-The “moment” is what i am looking forward to. I have been dreaming about it for some time now. But do not know how i will feel. Very happy, very sad? I have no idea. I need to cool down about this but how can i cool down when i worked so hard for it for almost a year now.

-Last year these days i was trying to perfectionize the media operations of last UEFA Cup Final ever. Now i am trying to perfectionize our final presentation and making the arrangements for the “day”.

-We Turkish people are too emotional sometimes. And my sign “cancer” does not help at all. But believe me it will be a great achievement for Turkey if we get this. The third biggest sports event of the world on Turkish soil. Simply brilliant.

-My enthusiasm is now shared by millions. I believe UEFA Executives will take this into consideration as well.

-If we win, I will feel sorry for my counterparts in France and Italy. I know they have worked as much as we do. But i am not sure whether they will be feeling the same way or not.

-Do not evaluate Turkish bid over Ukraine and Poland’s bid. They are totally different in all aspects. Turkey is not Ukraine. We have organised 2 great finals in this country and all the needs of UEFA were answered in due time.

-I see 2016 from now. Mr. Platini is staying and golfing in Antalya with his family. With his private helicopter he flies between cities and watches all the matches of the competition without any problems.

Anyway i already wrote a lot. Before writing any secrets or some tips to my French and Italian colleagues i stop now:).

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May 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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3D Artworks from old reference books

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Brian Dettmer is a strange guy.

The books you value the most in your humble libraries are his source of art.

He uses the old reference books such as a huge dictionary and carves it to create a collage. He is born in 1974 and since 2001 doing this kind of art.

You can see some pictures of his exhibits around the world in Flickr.

I found about him in the May 2010 issue of Wired UK.

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April 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

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25 de Abril Bridge – Lisbon

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Today i drove over the 25 de April Bridge in Lisbon. The weather was perfect and there was no traffic at all.

The bridge looked stunning and looked a lot like Golden Gate. I read it in on Wikipedia that a company from Los Angeles built that bridge however they were not the ones building the Golden Gate. So they probably took the design of the other bridge in San Francisco and built in Lisbon.

The bridge is on Tagus River. And was named after Salazar until 1974.

Lisbon is a great city and i need to come back soon for a holiday this time.

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March 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

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