The World Has Lost a Visionary

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO, has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. “The world has lost a visionary,” Barack Obama says in tribute.

Steve Jobs started Apple with a high-school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976.

Perhaps most influentially, Mr Jobs in 2001 launched the iPod, which offered “1,000 songs in your pocket.” Over the next 10 years, its white earphones and thumb-dial control seemed to become more ubiquitous than the wristwatch.

In 2007 came the touch-screen iPhone, joined a year later by Apple’s App Store, where developers could sell iPhone “apps” which made the phone a device not just for making calls but also for managing money, editing photos, playing games and social networking.

And in 2010, Mr Jobs introduced the iPad, a tablet-sized, all-touch computer that took off even though market analysts said no-one really needed one.

By 2011, Apple had become the second largest company of any kind in the United States by market value. In August, it briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company.

Steve Jobs is an “innovative spirit” who will be remembered forever.

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John Pugh’s Murals

Again, this is one of those emails you receive and you can’t help but spread the word! John Pugh is an artist who paints 3D murals on the sides of buildings. I’ve uploaded some more images to our Flickr account, you can view them by clicking HERE.

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Robert Shaw

Robert Archibald Shaw, born 9th August 1927 and died 28 August 1978. Robert was an English stage and film actor and novelist, remembered for his performances in The Sting, From Russia with Love, A Man for All Seasons, the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Black Sunday (1977), The Deep (1977) and Jaws, where he played the shark hunter Quint.

Hard to believe that Robert Shaw wasn’t that impressed with the script and even confided to a friend, Hector Elizondo, “They want me to do a movie about this big fish. I don’t know if I should do it or not.” When Elizondo asked why Shaw had reservations he mentioned that he’d never heard of the director and didn’t like the title, “Jaws.” It is also incredulous that as the biggest box office film, which was the first movie to gross more than $100 million worldwide.

Shaw died of a heart attack on 28 August 1978 in Ireland after completing filming of Avalanche Express. His remains were cremated and his ashes scattered near his home in Ireland. A stone memorial to him was unveiled there in his honour in August 2008.

Information taken from Wikipedia.

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Headington Shark Celebrates 25 Years

ONE of Oxford’s most bizarre and controversial figures is about to celebrate its 25th birthday.

The famous Headington Shark has caused bewilderment, anger and a lot of interest since it was unveiled in August, 1986.

But despite councillors vowing to bring it down, the 25ft fibreglass sculpture has since gone on to be hailed “an icon of England”.

It was created by sculptor John Buckley and was fixed to the home of BBC Radio Oxford presenter Bill Heine in New High Street.

The headless sculpture, called Untitled 1986, was erected on the 41st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

Oxford City Council threatened to remove the shark by force, prompting Mr Heine to take the issue to a public inquiry.

His appeal for planning permission was later granted by Michael Heseltine, who said “even though the shark is large, prominent and out of character with both the appeal building and its surroundings, it is not gravely detrimental to visual amenity in this particular location”.

In his appeal to the then-Secretary of State for the Environment, Mr Heine wrote: “The shark had brought fame and happiness to New High Street.

“People spoke to each other and friendships had been made. Children loved it.”

In 2009 the shark was nominated as an “Icon of England” and people from Headington and Oxford yesterday praised the unusual sculpture.

Neil Holdstock, from the Headington Business Community, said: “The shark is what life should be all about. Utterly brilliant, and totally inoffensive or intrusive.”

City councillor for Headington, Ruth Wilkinson, said: “It still takes my breath away when I see it. Happy birthday shark, you’re a Headington legend.”

Leader of Oxford City Council Bob Price added: “It’s a quirky and eccentric contribution to the architectural mix that makes Oxford the exciting place it is.”

Others were less keen on the sculpture.

MP for Oxford East Andrew Smith said: “On the one hand it’s certainly dramatic and became a bit of a tourist attraction. On the other, thank goodness everyone is not allowed to flaunt the planning regulations in this way.”

For more information about the Headington Shark please visit the Headington, Oxford website by clicking HERE.

Article written by Rhianne Pope and taken from the Oxford Mail website.

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One Dollar Shark

This guy does origami with dollar bills and lives in a converted garbage truck. His name is Won Park and he is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder”, a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, he creates life-like shapes in stunning detail.

We’ve uploaded a few pictures to our Flickr account so check them out HERE.

Giant Shark on Land

This Giant Shark near the Old Bar Beach, Taree, New South Wales, Australia was first spotted in Google Earth by Google Earth Community member Jeff Emmerton.

No details about this 250 metres long giant shark carved out by clearing of shrubs/trees is available.

Some have speculated that perhaps it is work of Greg Norman, an Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur. He is nicknamed, The Great White Shark or sometimes simply The Shark. Shark is also his brand logo.

Others think that it was created by local ‘Biripi’ aboriginal people and is a symbol of their culture.

Article taken from the Travelogue of An Armchair Traveller website.

Portfolio Update

It’s been a busy month in the RubberShark studio. Recent projects include a website for a local hotel at Haydon Bridge. Some more corporate identity work and an e-commerce website for Arty Apple. They specialise in unique baby products like personalised baby bunting, baby taggie blankets and kids aprons. The website can be fully edited by the client too.

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Merseyside Jaws

A mysterious creature has been spotted lurking in the Albert dock of Merseyside. The huge animal, which is larger than some of the boats, has raised suspicions that our freezing waters have put a shark off course.

Web surfer Simon Hoban, 36, stumbled on the unexpected image during an ‘idle moment’ when he took a look at the Albert dock on Google Earth.

Marine biology expert Tom Cornwell said the ‘large object’ could be a basking shark ~ which can grow to 35ft.

He added: ‘Water creatures have been known to cruise the wrong way up rivers and canals and become stranded, as with the whale on the Thames six years ago.

Article written by Cher Thornhill and taken from the Daily Mail Online website.

Liu Bolin ~ Invisible Man

This guy is unbelievable! He paints himself and uses no trick photography. We’ve uploaded a few of his pictures to our Flickr account so check them out HERE. The picture of the tractor is amazing, if you can’t see him then look by the front tyre ;0)

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White Management Limited

White Management Limited are an established Facilities Management Company working both in the UK and across Europe. RubberShark Creative were delighted to create the companies brand including corporate identity and a full stationery set which was print managed. We’ll be getting involved soon with some more digital work for White so stay tuned.