Why Do We All Have to Be Beautiful?

With other, smaller mirrors, like those in my bedroom or the camera on my phone, I could prepare myself and decide my approach. But with the mirror on the street I saw myself as I was, plodding down the little hill without grace or charm. All at once I could see the truth so plainly. No matter how long I had spent applying makeup or adjusting my outfit or psyching myself up to go out, I was not beautiful… More here.

Brilliant article.

Tokyo Street Art Pieces

While the graffiti scene in Asia has been a relatively new import from the west, it’s been a well established subculture in Tokyo ever since it made its way to Japan in the late-1980s. Growing to include more than just graffiti bombed on random rooftops, street art of all types have found homes in many corners of Tokyo, with some of the world’s most respected artists contributing to the ever-growing scene… More here.

Makes me want to dig out my passport.

Eddie Howe awarded Freedom of Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been awarded the Freedom of the Borough for his key role in the club’s rise. The council’s “highest mark of esteem” was granted after he took the Cherries from League Two to the Premier League. Eddie Howe was appointed as Bournemouth’s caretaker manager in 2009 when the club was 91st in the league pyramid and facing relegation and possible liquidation… More here.

This is admittedly not a story that will mean anything to most of you, but for AFC Bournemouth fans like myself he has achieved the impossible. Well deserved.

£15 for a cup of coffee

A boutique cafe is selling what it claims is the “perfect” cup of coffee — and if the caffeine doesn’t wake you up, the price certainly will.

The coffee from Le Café Alain Ducasse in King’s Cross costs £15 a cup. It is made from coffee beans which are exported in limited quantities from smallholder farmers in war-torn Yemen through military checkpoints.

The coffee, said to combine notes of bergamot orange, cocoa nibs and grape, followed by red berries and honey, is billed by the company behind it as “one of the finest in the world”. More here.

I suspect many people will try one cup of coffee just to see how perfect it is. Not sure there is too much longevity here though.

You’re taking up quite a bit of my seat…

Airplane interior

Well, a very obese man boards and I can tell instantly he is going to have a tough time fitting in any of the seats. I assume maybe he bought two hence why he’s even attempting to board. I’m mentally crossing my fingers he’s not next to me, but sure enough he ends up pointing to the window seat next to me to let him in…

…I told the guy, “Look, I’ll put up with this if you give me $150 — that’s half the cost of this flight and that would compensate me enough for the circumstances.” More here.

So, who is wrong here or are they both right?

I personally can’t imagine asking someone for money because they took up some of my seat, but then again I can’t imagine getting so big that I can’t fit in one seat.