The Things They Carried

The Telegraph recently posted some photographs by Thom Atkinson that display the inventories of British soldiers throughout the past hundreds of years. As someone who finds it grueling walking around with my laptop in my backpack, I find it remarkable to see the literal physical burden that soldiers carry into war.

I also find myself constantly admiring the uniforms and garments these soldiers wear. If you took away the weaponry, you could easily think that you were looking at a look book for Mister Freedom or RRL. I guess it goes to show you how much of men’s fashion is inspired by the military.



Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most famous for are the striking and vivid blue walls of many of the buildings in its “old town” sector, or medina.

The maze-like medina sector, like those of most of the other towns in the area, features white-washed buildings with a fusion of Spanish and Moorish architecture. The brilliantly blue walls, however, seem to be unique to Chefchaouen. They are said to have been introduced to the town by Jewish refugees in 1930, who considered blue to symbolize the sky and heaven. The color caught on, and now many also believe that the blue walls serve to repel mosquitoes as well (mosquitoes dislike clear and moving water).

Whatever the reason, the town’s blue walls attract visitors who love to wander the town’s narrow streets and snap some beautiful photos. 

(via sharontates)