NPR: Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?
MessyNessyChic: A Hidden Island Treasure of Lost Antique Machines.
Great stuff. I’ll take it all, just about.
Vanessa Jackman: Weekend Life ... Thames Path Walk, Pangbourne to Goring-on-Thames.
NY Times: ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ With Robert Redford, Is a Scenic Trek Spoiled.
“Mostly, though, it is unexpectedly moving and occasionally delightful to spend time with these titans of cinema as they walk and sometimes wobble, delivering words that become meaningful because they’re lucky enough to be spoken by Mr. Redford and Mr. Nolte.” They deem it a bit slow, but with these two starring, I’m sure it’ll be worthy nonetheless.
Haaretz: Young Israeli Girl Breaks 2,000-year-old Vase, Museum Says Thanks.
Colossal: An Impressive Aerial View and Timelapse of Record-Breaking ‘Sail Amsterdam’.
Mashable: 2 black bears cozied up to a hiker but she just wasn’t having it.
“Don’t be scared.” She *should* have scared it. It needs to stay away from humans. Bears need roughly 20,000 calories to fatten for winter, and this is prime bear time. For god’s sake, don’t offer it food or drink. The result of this encounter, for this bear ... means being put down.
Colossal: Journalist Traverses India to Document Subterranean Stepwells Before they Disappear.
Surprised these haven’t appeared in any Bond or other adventure films.
A Continuous Lean.: Escape to Maine II.
Wish we had antique shops like this.
ArtDaily: Craft in America episode focuses on fine handmade instruments.
“Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning documentary series, now in its 7th season, returns to PBS, on November 20th at 10pm, with an all new episode, titled MUSIC, which focuses on how fine handmade instruments are crafted and the world-renowned artists who play them, demonstrating the perfect blend of form and function.”
Italian Ways: Giovannino de’ Grassi and his animal notebook.
Illustration fans may enjoy this.
Mashable: RIP, the Goodyear Blimp.
Always made me smile when it passed over Princeton during football seasons. Funny, I’ve never seen a blimp here out West. Ever. Balloons, sure. No blimps. Hmmm.
The Strad: US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins.
“At least 150 phone calls later, we have it!” Read through the entire odyssey, esp. the second-to-last paragraph. If I were a symphony, I’d book rows of seats for my valuable oversize instruments.
Bicycling: Netherlands Princess Rides Her Bike Back to School.
Telegraph.UK: Dead teenager ‘wakes up in grave in Honduras’ – only to then ‘die in hospital’.
Nightmare of the day. If you don’t want to be totally bummed out, don’t read this.
BBC: ‘Temperamental’ Big Ben was ringing up to six seconds late.
New Yorker: Shipwrecks Under Istanbul.
All they wanted to do was simply dredge the harbor. Then “... the real problem was the large number of Byzantine shipwrecks that began to surface soon after the excavation began, in 2004. Dating from the fifth to the eleventh century, the shipwrecks illustrated a previously murky chapter in the history of shipbuilding and were exceptionally well preserved, having apparently been buried in sand during a series of natural disasters.” Thanks, WiredFool.
BBC: China cognac lover barred after downing $190 bottle in airport row.
“A Chinese plane passenger who was told she could not carry a $190 (£120) bottle of cognac on board downed it all rather than let it go to waste - and was then deemed unfit to fly.” I wouldn’t want to waste any either. But I’d have probably transferred the 100ml, and donated the rest to someone nearby.
Israel21C: Shipwreck linked to Baron de Rothschild.
Imagine what you’d find if you drained the Mediterranean. Which, BTW, place a Bermuda “triangle” over any spot in that body of water, you’ll find more historical disappearances ... probably x100.
Italian Ways: The loyalty and beauty of Stroncone.
Nice. If the stock market continues to tank, I’ll go over and volunteer as a mason.
Business Insider: US Marines foiledterror attack on French train.
“The Telegraph, citing Voix du Nord, reports that a group of US Marines who happened to be aboard the train foiled the attack. The Marines heard the assailant loading a rifle in the bathroom and were able to subdue him after he wounded three passengers.” Semper Fi, dude.
Italian Ways: “Il Borro”: a mix of old and new beauty for splendid relax.
They had me at the garden, but the cellars made me swoon.
MessyNessyChic: Tango on the Seine, for Strangers in Paris.
Now this looks like a blast. Of course I’d have to work on supressing the punk-rock moves from City Gardens ...
Aeon: We are sacrificing the right to walk.
You know, even as a kid, I noticed the dearth of sidewalks west of the Mississippi. Cars rule the long ribbons of highway, and the grids of town.
Mashable: Newark airport stores will stop selling drones ‘immediately’.
Airports. Selling drones. I ask you. How idiotic can one be?