We’re getting better at being lonely.


‘Yègellé Tezeta (my own memory)’ by Mulatu Astatke
This for me is the signature track of a label called Éthiopiques, which might also be the name for an incredibly interesting niche on the internet. Here’s some more if you feel adventurous: https://soundcloud.com/roelven/sets/epic-thiopiques


Things I learned: Pedestrian traffic light buttons in NYC are called “Placebo Buttons”

These buttons don’t actually do anything during peek times.

Take one very busy crossing - at the intersection between Regent Street and Cavendish Place, near the BBC’s HQ in London - and you immediately start to doubt the button’s efficacy.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23869955


Things I learned: Norway once knighted a penguin

Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav is a King Penguin living in Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland. He is the mascot and Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Royal Guard. Nils was visited by soldiers from the Norwegian Royal Guard on 15 August 2008 and awarded a knighthood. The honour was approved by the king of Norway, King Harald V. During the ceremony a crowd of several hundred people joined the 130 guardsmen at the zoo to hear a citation from King Harald the Fifth of Norway read out, which described Nils as a penguin “in every way qualified to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood”. The name ‘Nils Olav’ has also been given to two other King Penguins who preceded the current Nils Olav as the King’s Guard’s mascot.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nils_Olav


‘Diamonds’ by The Boxer Rebellion
Oh the Boxer Rebellion. Oh that artwork. Oh dear.