A girl’s best friend

The diamond invention—the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem—is a relatively recent development in the history of the diamond trade. Until the late nineteenth century, diamonds were found only in a few riverbeds in India and in the jungles of Brazil, and the entire world [...]

change your heart

All one hit wonders stay with you, their scratchy irritating refrains wasting a few neurons of some dusty corner of your mind. Why is it then, that this one, in all of its saccharine glory, still moves me? Is it the listener or the song?

seulement sur une île

From that moment onwards I never again put on those shorts. Instead I wore a five-inch strip torn from an old pareu. I wore it native style, one end fastened round the waist, with the other end hanging down in front, then passed between the legs, down behind, the end being tucked under the waist [...]

The Smell of a Pineapple…

Wittgenstein’s house
Many would contend that Ludwig Wittgenstein was the greatest philosopher of the last hundred years, a genius that struggled to come to grips with the very heart of meaning. His only published work, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus did nothing less than attempt to provide a framework for understanding the relationship between language, knowledge and [...]

music looks like this

I first started enjoying jazz as a young pot head. I’d smoke a few joints, put the headphones on, crank up the record player and then drop the needle on Giant Steps, by John Coltrane. A record I bought because everyone told me it was the greatest jazz record of all time, and [...]

Don’t stand next to the sun

So stupid.

Three superstars, one stage.

My friend Dean told me about this performance. Thank God he did, just as you’ll be thanking me soon after you watch this video of James Brown, Micheal Jackson and Prince on stage together, getting down and going off! But it gets better. It begins with the Godfather of soul spotting Michael [...]

sometimes the truth is not quite good enough

Erik Nordenankar had the best idea this year. He would post a GPS tracking device on a series of routes that if traced on a map would make the biggest drawing in the world.
“My pen was a briefcase contanning the GPS device, being sent around the world. The paths the briefcae took around the [...]

The things we do for love

Heres an old favorite. I’ve tried to do this to my teddy, but as my scissors hovered over his chest, my will wavered. My flatmate told me, “I knew you couldn’t do it.”
Could you? Kent Rogowski did it to twenty four bears.

Food glorious food…

full surround temptation

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