📰 Noteworthy stories for today #30

Choosing a Name Sign, The Vanishing of Harry Pace & The Long Layover

The big 30, I’ve been writing this little dinky newsletter for a while now and I’m enjoying having a hobby that isn’t work related - just pure leisure. I’ve always loved reading and it’s a guilt of mine that it’s become so under-appreciated so The Dive cajoles me into reading interesting things every week so I can share them. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.

Choosing a Name Sign

Having watched The Sounds of Metal a few months ago I was introduced to a community I would never really have understood, I highly recommend checking it out! So when I saw this piece it immediately piqued my interested - Black and Indian members of the group Capital D Deaf community took it upon themselves as only they can do to give Kamala Harris her own name sign. The piece takes a look at stories of other members and how they got their own ASL signatures, bestowed on them by deaf family and friends. Read here on The New York Times to see what sign they chose amongst themselves.


The Black Trailblazer Who Died White

Not a long read as such but a long listen, a story that sounds as inspiring as it does sad and eye-opening. The Guardian looked at Jad Abumrad and Shima Oliaee’s new podcast The Vanishing of Harry Pace - the pioneering Black record label founder and civil rights lawyer. A man who seems to have touched upon so many Black icons from Ebony Magazine to Louis Armstrong and coining the term Rock ‘n’ Roll in his life before ultimately disappearing into obscurity and mysteriously being listed as white on the census before his death. I’ll be starting The Vanishing Harry Pace this week and you can read the piece here on The Guardian.


The Long Layover

An older story that I stumbled across this week whilst thinking about one of my favourite lazy Sunday afternoon films, The Terminal. Tom Hanks plays a man in limbo stuck in an airport able to neither enter America or return home to the fictional country of Krakozhia. The supposed real-life inspiration Sir Alfred Mehran’s story however is a lot more depressing, trapped in Charles De Gaulle airport for (at this point) over 15 years, he’s a man who’s lost his freedom, his family and seemingly his mind caught in a state or neither coming or going. Read on GQ here.

See ya

M

📰 Noteworthy stories for today #29

Indiana Jones & the lost Art, Australian mice plagues & Predicting war with Literature

Indiana Jones and the Lost Art

They say you can’t choose your own nickname but shit, if you could you’d want this one. The ‘Indiana Jones of Lost Art’ is Arthur Brand a world renown private detective tracking down lost or stolen art, through a network of informants, forgers, galleries, fences and criminals he has successfully found long lost works by Picasso, Oscar Wilde and even the Gospel of Judas. Read more on The Economist (might need an account for this one)


The Australian Plague of Mice

This year following off the back of wildfires, drought and finally rain, Australian farmers are now faced with an enormous plague of mice feasting on the abundant harvest. Something I never knew was that Australian faces mice plagues like this roughly once a decade but this year’s seems to be worse and many farms and families are struggling to hold out. Read the full beautiful interactive data piece on The Washington Post here.


Can You Predict War Through Literature?

Good writing has always been able to sense things about the world that are difficult or intangible to judge and in Germany, in a historically left, liberal and anti-war town, that’s exactly what the military hoped to achieve with Project Cassandra. A project aimed at researching and predicting military tensions through the popularity and context of literature being consumed. It’s a fascinating story, no really it is, about to power of books to create ‘emotional heat-maps’ based on the area’s literature and potentially predict wars before they even start. Read on The Guardian here.

See ya soon

M

📰 Noteworthy stories for today #28

The watch from THAT scene in Pulp Fiction, FindSatoshi.com - the 15 year mystery & the rise & fall of Kirkland Laing

It’s been an intense week culminating in a dead-arm from our first vaccine session. Anyway here is 3 stories this week I’ve enjoyed. If you’ve also enjoyed this round-up share the newsletter around!

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Safe-keeping. The story of the Pulp Fiction watch

I’m a big watch fan, despite knowing next to nothing about movements, crystals, lug to lug widths or any of that shit - I still adore watches and specifically watches with a history….even fictional ones. In this interview on Hodinkee, they spoke to Prop Master Jonathan R. Hodges on one the most iconic watches in cinema - the watch that Bruce Willis’ character receives from Christopher Walken in that famous scene from Pulp Fiction. Read on Hodinkee here.


FindSatoshi.com, the 15 Year Mystery

I’ve never had the patience for puzzles, which is a shame because I love adventure of figuring them out. Every now and then I come across a story of an arduous riddle or puzzle being finally solved like Forest Fenn’s Treasure and think ‘shit if only I had started sooner I could have solved it’ knowing full well I’d lose interest and much rather read a story about the doggedness of whoever did solve it. This is one of those stories, a 15 year mystery solved purely for the love of it - featuring old-school internet community, facial recognition, a message in a bottle, European chalets and a Japanese man. Read the story of how generations of internet sleuths solved the mystery of Satoshi.


Kirkland Laing’s Rise and Fall

Last night during Fight Night I was reminded of the death of Kirkland Laing this week - the sporadic and broken Boxer who defeated the legendary and feared Roberto Duran in a stunning upset. I’m not too familiar with Kirkland honestly, but this piece written by Steve Bunce, if you can ignore hearing his voice as you read it, is a moving account of a man who could of had it all but disappeared. Read on The Independent here.

See ya

M

📰 Noteworthy stories for today #27

The unstoppable Ducktales Bandit, the unsolvable Magic Trick & Diving for legs

Morning, today’s round-up of interesting stories I’ve read recently, enjoy!

The Unstoppable Ducktales Bandit

It’s not many times you read a story and think ‘how the hell did I miss hearing about this in my lifetime’ but this piece on Dagobert the Berlin bomber who’s escapades were seemingly inspired by Scrooge McDuck is one of them. Filled with bizarre contraptions, high-stakes getaways and an embarrassed Police force - this is one of the more insane stories I’ve featured so far. Read on The Atlantic here.


The Unsolvable Berglas Effect

Although I’m not a practitioner myself, I’ve always been fascinated with slight-of-hand, misdirection and card tricks from the likes of David Blaine who I remember growing u watching with dad. The ‘Any Card And Any Number’ trick is the basis of thousands of variations of card tricks and requires the imagination, the confidence and the mental prep to create the right opportunity to land. And so comes a story about one of the most magnetic and mysterious tricks by David Berglas, which to this day can still not be solved - and its creator is as tight-lipped as ever.

The Diver Who Found a Leg

I really want to learn how to dive. 2021 is the year I learn how to dive. I’m not to proud to admit that I still have that childlike fascination to search for treasure. This lighthearted story from Outside Magazine is a nice topper to the round-up of a father and son team who discovered a leg buried in the sea, and the owner who lost it. Read on Outside Magazine.

See you soon

M

📰 Noteworthy stories for today #26

The exciting composer behind the films, Fighting your way out & Mapping Zimbabwe solo.

Some great reads I enjoyed over the last couple of weeks.

The Composer Behind Film’s Most Exciting Music

Not a name I had heard of before, Nicholas Britell has become the most exciting name of film and TV music. With an unconventional career into the industry, his mastery and lack of convention with music has seen him quietly redefine scores of film scores and TV soundtracks. Sometimes you look at a guy and find yourself so totally envious of the adventurousness of their life and the ambitiousness of their work - this is one of those times. The New York Times spent time with Nicholas before the pandemic as he worked on a new score with director Berry Jenkins.


Fighting Your Way Out

I’m a big Boxing fan but I never grew up watching Boxing, I found it in my early twenties and when I did I felt like the kid described in Declan Ryan’s piece as he talks about himself staying up late to watch fights sat square in front of the TV. Boxing is the greatest theatre in the world and as Declan describes it, Black fighters and Irish fighters had a sense of camaraderie as they both battled to break out of prejudice systems. Read the whole piece Escape to Glory here.


The Man Single-Handedly Mapping Zimbabwe

Growing up in the West I take for granted how well documented our countries are, from shops to restaurants, directions to transport links, even Google Streetview. When Tawanda Kanhema originally from Harare in Zimbabwe, now in California, wanted to explore his hometown he drew a blank. So he contacted Google Maps and started a journey to single-handedly document Zimbabwe by speedboat, car, foot and whatever creative way he could think of, read the full inspiring story on NPR here.

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