Here’s a couple of bits and bobs I’ve found to kick off the new year. The following video I really like, not because of the quality of the surfing – it’s good, but not amazing – but because it captures the whole experience of adventuring out into the middle of nowhere to surf, and the theatre of the day.
And then this is just hilarious.
… I want to do this.
A good friend of mine went on an ambitious exploration mission in 2011. The result is The Bosnian Project.
Sarajevo. Click through to The Bosnian Project. Photo: Matteo Giovanni
Take a look. It’s an insight into a place where language, culture and politics are tearing at the seams. The story of the project is unusual too, but you’ll have to read the newspaper to find out what happened.
In the meantime, here’s a different picture.
Take a look at London’s Overthrow.
“The question is whether these new glass boxes of large size can, over time, submit, surrender, become part of the city. This is something that Canary Wharf, the Docklands financial district begun in the late ‘80s, every day a thuggish and hideous middle-finger flipped glass-and-steel at the poor of the East End, every night a Moloch’s urinal dripping sallow light down on the Isle of Dogs, has never done and will never do.”
It’s got a sort of charm to the badness of the photos, but it draws one into to the world of this big city.
And while I’m at it, here’s a lighter read, but a very good one, and one that not just ‘rich’ people need to take heed of – because most of my readers will be far richer than most in the world.
“And when we hate people, it’s always for the same reason: They refuse to acknowledge that their power brings with it any responsibility. It’s why we hate bullies and dictators and supervillains. It’s why we hate people who benefit hugely from society and then pretend like they’re living on an island with a population of only them.”
Finally, a picture.
An oldie of the Imperial Wharf rail bridge on a peaceful London evening.
He’s OK, just a couple of broken legs. Amazing footage though. I really need to put my GoPro to better use. Not leg-breaking use.
… like this, for example.
Oh, and our viral video made it to the Sun Online, was mentioned in G2 (The Guardian), Chinese state TV news, Time Magazine etc. Kind of nuts. The internet is a strange and incredible beast.
A new, free, online newspaper has launched, and I’m impressed by it.
It’s called The Global Mail, and you should check it out. The stories are more in-depth, with a focus on actually digging into an issue than just saying what’s happened in the past few hours. I particularly like the story about the Homeless on 100K; the easy-to-ignore social and economic cost of having one sector (mining) running away from all the others within the economy. With some friends living in the featured town, Moranbah, it strikes a chord with me.
Oh, and it has been snowing quite a lot. I went out and took pictures between 3-5am last night, which will be on display later in the week!
I endorse this wholeheartedly.