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01. Tributes pour in for British boxer Henry Cooper

“Tributes from across the world of boxing have been pouring in for former British heavyweight Sir Henry Cooper following his death at the age of 76 on Sunday.” (BBC).

02. An Oyster by Any Other Name

“On a late February Saturday night in Galveston, Texas, I stood shoulder to shoulder with a hundred fellow conspirators, tasting two thousand oysters from all along the Gulf Coast. It was the first symposium hosted by Foodways Texas, an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating the state’s diverse food cultures. We took over a room at Gaido’s, a century-old restaurant that has served its share of succulent oysters. As revelers drank and cheered, Mardi Gras parade floats, barely visible through the early spring fog, advanced noisily down the seawall. Our targets—a consideration of oyster appellations and a revaluing of fish previously dismissed as trash—intermittently floated up through the thick fog of history, ocean, and industrial/scientific rhetoric, raising as many questions as answers. Sweet, fat, briny, buttery, and luscious, the oysters were a phenomenon of excess and local flavor, a bacchanalia fitting the surrounding party.” (Southern Spaces).

03. Cult Design by Atelier 37.2 (above)

“Using only birch plywood, the design team at Atelier 37.2 created a set of ultra-minimalistic interior products to be used at a church in Paris’ Ermont suburb. The simple series, inspired by the bible, has no clear references to a specific religion but reflects the idea of scriptures. The collection consists of a cross, lectern and communion table.” (Frame).

04. Sonny Rollins

“Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins was a teenage saxophone prodigy in the jazz hotbed of Harlem’s Sugar Hill neighborhood in New York City. Under the influence of Charlie Parker and the tutelage of Thelonious Monk, Rollins was the undisputed champion of tenor saxophonists in the 1950s, first as a sideman with luminaries such as Bud Powell, Monk, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, then as a member of the legendary Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. Rollins’ approach to playing was startling in its rhythmic and thematic innovations, incorporating elements of calypso, opening up the harmonic possibilities for a saxophonist by recording in a trio format as well as making solo saxophone recordings and venturing into political territory with the inspirational 1958 release The Freedom Suite. Rollins added to his legend by dropping out of the music business at the height of his popularity, returning in 1962 with a landmark recording, The Bridge. In 1966, Rollins traveled to Japan and India to study eastern religions, returning to participate in the jazz fusion era of the 1970s and ‘80s and anticipating the world music explorations of the 1990s.” (Off Beat).

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