Via Wikipedia I learned that on the 24th of January 1848 James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, leading to the California Gold Rush. I decided to learn more about those years through the documentary “The West Episode 03: The Speck Of The Future 1848 - 1856”. Absolutely insane how this event spawned a migration of some many people from all over the world to California, with far-reaching effects on the wealth of this state and devastating effects on nature and original inhabitants.
Some nice recent articles from Courier International:
- A bit of history on the introduction of street numbers in Vienna. As ways to collect taxes, for conscription of people into the army, for political reasons, etc. Read it here.
- A lengthy piece on the invisible business of moving artwork.
What a wonderful short excerpt from BBC documentary about Venice from 1969. I learned something new as well about the creation of “ghettos” in Venice: “physically isolating a society of people [Jewish refugees] that it simultaneously despised and needed". It also has some nice images of daily and more quiet life in Venice in winter that since then most likely has disappeared. Have a look at the BBC Archive footage on Twitter.
What travellers during baroque period would bring home: “Engravings made ideal souvenirs: they were light, portable, and relatively affordable. Long after the tour ended, they could serve as a focus for treasured memories and display the wonders of Rome to the people back home.” Read more here.
Great article via Aeon on link between increased oranges demand and organised crime: “Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today” Read more here.
Fun read at Brainpickings: The Untold Story of Cryptography Pioneer Elizebeth Friedman
Via @1843magazine: the old supersonic Concord plane that could fly from Paris to New York in about 3.5 hours as a symbol for the Jet Set lifestyle and indifference to the environment. Read about it here.
Fifty year ago today the Prague Spring dream was crushed.
You’re sitting on an Estonian chair
In an Estonian home
On Abkhazian land
With Estonia holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2017, I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Tangerines (Mandariinid, 2013) at the Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. The movie is set in an unnamed Estonian village in Georgia during the 1992-1993 Georgian-Abkhaz war.
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