Graduate students celebrate by splashing water during a parade after their graduation gala at Huazhong University, China. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters
It’s been a hard week, so far, with too much needing to be done and no time to do it all in, for various reasons (I finally just caught up with a deadline from Monday, to give you an idea of how my timing isn’t working out). There’s something both beautiful and joyous about this pic; I think it’s going to be my inspiration today as I continue to struggle through.
Who’s a pretty boy then? A dog with animal designs at a creative grooming competition in Seacaucus, New Jersey. And he’s not the only one – check out the others in our gallery. Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media
STOP THIS UNREASONABLE CRUELTY RIGHT NOW.
Seriously, we can class this as a crime against nature, right? I’m not just imagining that…?
My favorite thing about “Flick of The Finger,” I think, is that it’s the first track of the second Beady Eye album, BE. Everything about it says that it’s a classic opening track to an album, after all; it has the right mix of excitement – provided here, almost entirely, by the horns, although I find myself weirdly drawn to Liam Gallagher’s half-assed “come on” at 2:00 – and claustrophobia, as if you get the feeling that this is the start of something, instead of a full experience in and of itself. It’s a song that, despite the musical build throughout the entire thing (and it does have an almost classic structure in that way), never quite peaks, but just teases something that remains out of reach.
(Also, again with the musical thievery – There’s Iggy and the Stooges in there, and the spoken word finale is, of course, straight out of “I Am The Walrus” by the Beatles. My favorite reference is the one to the band’s old band, though: “I see the wonder of life and look for the wall,” Liam sings at one point. Ah, was “Wonderwall” really that long ago…?)
A porter takes a nap on a wall in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
I love the idea that countless people just nap on that wall, all day. I mean, look at the right of the pic: There’s someone else napping, too! It’s not just that one guy! Every major city in the world should have an officially designated nap wall for people to take a load off in the middle of the day.
A worker sweeps the floor while people attend a preview of the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture by British artist Alan Parkinson, before its opening at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. Until June 14, diplomats, UN officials, school children and communities will be invited to visit the 1000 square metre structure to think more creatively about how to make the work of the Human Rights Councils better understood through discussions and art performances. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters