Foreign Policy: This Bikini-Wearing Swedish Cop Tackled a Thief — Then Instagrammed It.
Maybe I’m strange. I imagine this kind of thing happens frequently. And I never saw “Baywatch”.
Italian Ways: The imposing Castle of Catajo.
“There are mighty staircases built for the passage of horses, and huge gardens with redwoods from America.” And not a single photo of a staircase? Come ON!
Italian Ways: Italy’s funiculars - wonderful all the way to the top.
Love these things.
Colossal: Street Artist Paints Over Ugly Graffiti to Make it Legible.
NY Times Review: Jeff Beck’s Virtuosic Sleight of Hand at Madison Square Garden.
BBC: Nice attack - Prosecutor says suspect had accomplices.
Premeditated. Not good. I wouldn’t participate in public crowd events for a good while.
Mashable: Brits not happy about advice to take vitamin D supplements.
Silly. Take it. Esp. if you’re male and advancing in years. Your weight will be lower, your T levels slightly higher, your mood better. Saves me from the depths of SAD every winter, too.
Mashable: Birkenstock will pull its shoes from Amazon over counterfeit sellers.
Counterfeits have become a HUGE issue for sellers using Amazon. Huge. Buyer beware. At least there’s a return policy.
OpenCulture: 4 Interactive Maps Immortalize the Roads That Inspired Jack Kerouac.
Apparently the staple myth in Santa Fe of old Rt 66/Kerouac is untrue. Amazing what happens when you actually read a book ...
Guardian.UK: Newly decked out Mary Rose reopens after £5m makeover.
Lots of good info in that short article.
c|net: The fabulous flying boats of the Solent Sky museum.
Bucket list. I built a plastic model of the Supermarine S6, once upon a time.
Economist: America’s airlines are introducing a class below economy.
“... some people suspect a more nefarious motive: Delta and its rivals are making basic economy so unpleasant that people will pay extra to “upgrade” to standard economy.” No joke, weren’t some contemplating standing room?
DYT: China Unveils Colossal 1,320-ton Sculpture Of Chinese God Of War “Guan Yu”.
Ya gotta admit, it’s cool.
BBC: China’s anger over South China Sea.
Watch, and check out that Philippines ship of war. They should get hazard pay for just being willing to pilot the damned thing to open water. I’d never leave my life preserver.
Colossal: A Giant Illuminated ‘Castle in the Sky’ Ship Built for the Studio Ghibli Exhib
Dissent: How the British Far Right Went Mainstream.
Saved for later reading; I can’t vouch for the opinions.
SF New Mexican: New Mexico announces 4th year of ‘record-breaking’ tourism.
“For tourism data, Longwoods International conducts surveys for New Mexico as well as states and cities worldwide. The estimated 33.4 million trips in New Mexico was based on a national survey of 337,164 trips and extrapolated from 2,860 of the trips that visitors said took place in New Mexico.” As you know, I have big doubts about the folks parsing the tourism data. I’d like to see competing, or triangulation of, separate firms.
BarnFinds: Camper Plane - 1951 Grumman Albatross.
Archaeology News Network: Seven shipwrecks located off the shores of the Greek island of Delos.
Check the depth. You could wade some of that. Remember Teddy Tucker, in Bermuda? He started off with a pail with a piece of glass inserted.
Guardian.UK: Trump may have broken law by seeking foreign political donations.
Oy vey. What a nerk.
Thought Merchants: Kauai and the Nā Pali coast by helicopter.
One of my favorite things I’ve ever done. If you visit Kauai, you HAVE to do it. And spend the extra cash on the longer flight - worth every penny.
MessyNessyChic: Streamliner Trains that Oozed the Elegance of Old World Travel.
I believe there is an old El Capitan car down at Lamy. I’ll have to recheck my photos. And one of the art-deco dining cars (triangular tables).
HyperAllergic: World’s Oldest Operating Photo Studio Closes in India.
Too bad we can’t just add ‘fixative.’
Atlas Obscura: Scottish Birds Continue Stealing Large Amounts of Underwear.
Jury’s out on whether they’ll still steal domestically-manufactured skivvies.
Prospect.org: Who’s to Blame for Brexit? The Elites.
“If Europe responds to Brexit by consolidating more control, they’ll have learned nothing from the yearning for people to free themselves from the yoke of unaccountable external rule, and the UK won’t be the first to leave.” Great find from Kevin [GitM] on FB.