The evil of banality

The writer, theorist and academic Mark Fisher recently set up a Facebook page called ‘Boring Dystopia’, and invited the submission of photographs of Britain in the 21st century to illustrate the concept. Manifestations of dullness and decay have long been an interest of mine, particularly the places where the banal and the broken intersect, and the true, terrible, tedious horror of modern life is revealed.

How good is a cheap smartphone?

The Vertu comes with a super-robust sapphire display screen and boasts 64GB of internal memory. It has a 13 megapixel camera and also claims to have 300 hours stand-by battery life.

It’s a top spec with a top price tag - but before you start selling the family silver you no longer need to dig that deep for a decent smartphone, said CSS Insight analyst Ben Wood.

“I think £200 is a lot of money for a phone now,” he told the BBC.

The '90s: The decade that never ended

How long does it take for the present to become history? Once our museums and universities were guardians of the past, but now they seem ever more concerned with the here and now. But what was once new must inevitably turn old, and historically minded curators are beginning to turn their gaze to the 1990s: a decade that feels like only yesterday and yet like ancient history all at the same time.

It’s amazing how little art has changed since the decade of grunge rock and Ally McBeal. We’re stuck in a rut and can’t move on writes Jason Farago for the BBC.

When fashion goes too far

Welcome to the UK's first block of flats where the style and interiors have all been designed by the global fashion-house, Versace. As a result, fashionistas who choose to live their lives smothered in Versace, will soon be able to live under its roof as well. 

Every morning they'll be able to wake up in Versace sheets, drink tea from a Versace cup, wallow in a Versace bath and walk on Versace-patterned carpets - even before accessing their Versace wardrobe.

Another Earth

Scientists have discovered a multitude of planets that could possibly support life. Hundreds of new planets, spotted by Nasa's Kepler telescope, include a world sharing many characteristics with Earth. The planet, which has been named Kepler-452b, is a hugely significant discovery according to mission scientists. It is the most Earth-like planet ever seen and it has already led to speculation about its ability to host forms of life.