If you love underdog sports movies, you will love this recent episode of Radiolab. It tells the story of John Scott, an unskilled ice hockey thug who ended up with his helmet displayed in the NHL Hall of Fame.

The Bridge:

This podcast documents important moments from the 2018 Art & Industry Festival that relate to the history and significance of the West Gate Bridge. It will take you to symposiums; intimate accounts from workers who survived the collapse; scenes from the recent production of The Bridge, a play written by the late Vicki Reynolds in 1990, which tells the stories of the bridge workers using verbatim techniques; and, finally, to a special performance of ‘Throw your arms around me’ by Mark Seymour, James Henry and local community singers (led by Jennifer Lund), largely sung in the Yuwaalaraay language.

Tampopo is streaming via SBS until November — watch it. The main “ramen western” story is good, but it is the little food comedy sketches that are interposed that really carry it. (My favourite is the spaghetti scene.)

The Great Sydney Lemon Crisis of 2019:

Sam Yilmaz, owner of Our Kebab and Pide on Oxford Street, said the lemon situation was “crazy”.

“Lemons are getting expensive, and people, I don’t know why, they know lemons are expensive, when they come they keep asking for lemons. They ask for lemon after lemon, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

But he said his shop was coping for now.

“We don’t use lemons that much. One box will last us maybe two weeks. It doesn’t really affect us. Maybe a fish shop is a different story. But some people, I don’t know why, but they keep asking for extra lemon, it drives me crazy.”

Unacceptablllllllllllle!

The other day I retweeted a very impressive video of a Japanese monk juggling a ball with his foot while skipping. It was only later that I realised it was a protest action against heavy-handed policing:

“Soui” (僧衣) is a term that refers to the traditional clothing that is worn by monks in Japan.
Recently a monk who was driving a car was pulled over by a police officer in Fukui who argued that his clothing was unsafe to wear while operating a vehicle because it limits movement too much. The officer seemed to be assuming that the long robes could get caught on the pedals or the long sleeves could get caught somewhere.

Soon the internet responded. Many people on the internet who were more familiar with “soui” showed concern about the unfair practice of punishing motorists for wearing such robes. People demonstrated their range of movement and agility while dressed in monks garb. Some young monks showed off juggling, doings flips and demonstrating martial arts while wearing the offending style of clothing. This trend has been gaining attention under the hashtag #僧衣でできるもん (“soui de dekirumon” or “I can do this with monk’s clothes”).

(… and here is my favourite “I can do this with monk’s clothes” protest tweet.)