This ‘Food Illusionist’ Makes Incredible, Confusing Desserts Shaped Like Sponges and Ashtrays

Dessert shaped like an ashtray with a spoon next to it

A self-proclaimed “food illusionist,” British chef Ben Churchill makes desserts that might not be so appetizing at first sight.

Churchill’s desserts “resemble other foods and everyday objects,” Bored Panda reports. Among his most popular creations are a vanilla panna cotta shaped like an ashtray, an orange parfait shaped like a moldy orange, and an olive oil sponge cake shaped like, you guessed it, a dirty kitchen sponge.

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Sony Music UK Launches New Since ’93 Imprint

Sony Music is looking to develop the next generation of British talent with the launch of Since ’93 — a new U.K. imprint headed by Glyn Aikins and Riki Bleau.

Both men will report to RCA Records and Ministry of Sound President David Dollimore who called them “the definition of entrepreneurial spirit.”

“They are game changers and two of the most respected execs in the business,” said Dollimore, hailing the launch of Since ’93 as a “landmark moment for RCA.”

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‘It’s a Tremendous Boost’: British Government Backs Plan to Protect Music Venues From Closure

The British government has said it will strengthen planning laws to better protect music venues in the U.K.

Following a concerted campaign led by umbrella organization UK Music, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to change planning regulations to give venue owners greater protection from developers.

“Music venues play a vital role in our communities, bringing people together and contributing to the local economy and supporting the country’s grass roots music culture,” said Javid, announcing plans to establish the ‘Agent of Change’ principle in U.K. law.

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The British art market gears up for Brexit; sex sells at Victorian art auctions

A meeting to be staged this afternoon by the British Art Market Federation in the presence of the Heritage Minister, John Glen, will attempt to draw the government’s attention to the art market’s importance to the British economy and to the opportunities that will arise to improve its contribution when Britain leaves the EU.

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David Hockney’s beautifully complicated relationship with photography

A founding member of the British pop art movement in the 1960s, Hockney has used photography to inform his most celebrated paintings — joyously colorful portraits and landscapes that range from photo realist to semi-abstract.But photography, according to Hockney, has its limits: It can’t capture time, has a singular point of view, and, at best, is only good for mechanical reproduction.

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