ABC.AU: Australian Ballet’s star principal Lucinda Dunn hangs up her tutu after 23 years.
PacificStandard: What Life Is Like When Having Your Period Means You Are Shunned.
Helping break these taboos would be more rewarding than the usual ‘Eat-Pray-Love’ self-discovery tourism.
DailyMash.UK: Women now doing lots of pointless bloke crap.
“Professor Brubaker added that many women were choosing to remain single rather than have relationships with men with crap hobbies, and so were having to take up trainspotting, martial arts and collecting beer glasses themselves.” My amused emphasis.
The Airship: Literary Bars & Restaurants IRL.
BoldItalic: The Gutters in Buena Vista Park are Made Out of Old Headstones.
Even a gravestone isn’t immortal. For some reason, these photos serve to remind me that blogging is even more ephemeral, another warning about where I invest my time.
Pacific Standard: Frequent Liars Club.
The Smart Set: Sitting it Out.
“The café is poorly positioned, poorly arranged, or too exposed to loud traffic and passing cellphone shouters. Most U.S. cafés seem to relate to street life in an adversarial manner rather as a contributor. The technical term for this sort of design, I believe, is ‘fucked-up feng shui.’” So true! Even in Santa Fe.
BBC: France’s silent tea revolution.
Ah, grow a pair. Drink PG Tips. I dip mine for at least 50 dunks, then steep for five or six minutes. I like strong tea.
Ahram Online: Free admission to all of Egypt’s archaeological sites, 18 & 19 April.
Italian Ways: The slow pace of beauty at Petrella Guidi’s historical hideaway.
“Here everything is ‘done well’, and every thing moves at the slow pace of beauty.” Library, and outdoor living spaces? All wrapped in ancient stone? Want. No, need.
iainclaridge.net: Woman on a scooter, 1916.
BuzzFeed Comics: Do We Need To Be Touching? (And 36 Other NYC Etiquette Lessons).
Ah, the memories ...
AP: Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited.
WHAT?!! Do you know how much we could use that post-pee water? Seriously, I’m surprised frackers haven’t made competing bids yet.
OpenCulture: A Brief Tour of British Accents: 14 Ways to Speak English in 84 Seconds.
Nautilus: The Curse of the Unlucky Mummy.
Italian Ways: The Sacred Mountain of Varallo, the Jerusalem of Valsesia.
A sort of religious Las Vegas; those who could not, or would not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem could experience a ‘faithful copy’. You’ve got to see this - scroll down to see all the wooden figures. I’ve never seen this before, never knew it existed.
ArtDaily: Christie’s announces Sale of Vintage Travel Posters and Luggage.
I have a terrible abiding weakness for both.
WarHistoryOnline: Archaeologists find remains of 21 German soldiers in a WWI shelter.
“Here, as in Pompeii, we found the bodies as they were at the moment of their death. Some of the men were found in sitting positions on a bench, others lying down. One was projected down a flight of wooden stairs and was found in a foetal position. The collapsed shelter was filled with soil. The items were very well-preserved because of the absence of air and light and water. Metal objects were rusty, wood was in good condition and we found some pages of newspapers that were still readable. Leather was in good condition as well, still supple.” RIP.
Global Views on Morality: Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.
JunkCulture: New Banksy Mural Depicts Government Agents Spying on a Phone Booth.
Serendipita: View from the ISS.
Cool. And I didn’t know!
ArtDaily: 3,300 year-old coffin found containing the belongings of a wealthy Canaanite.
“A rare artifact that was found next to the skeleton is an Egyptian scarab seal, encased in gold and affixed to a ring. The scarab was used to seal documents and objects. The name of the crown of Pharaoh Seti I, who ruled ancient Egypt in the thirteenth century BCE, appears on the seal.”
WaPo: France didn’t ban people from checking work e-mail after 6. This is why it should have.
ArtDaily: Sale of Important Veteran, Vintage, and Commercial Vehicles and Automobilia.
Check out the ‘22 double-decker!
ArtDaily: The Greek Monsters come to New York City.
Aw, looks like fun.