A rather impressive ‘crowdsourced hyperlapse’ video of New York compiled by Sam Morrison from over 1,300 iconic/stereotypical photographs of the city harvested from Instagram. To wit:
Classics are classic for a reason. We’ve all taken these photos. What happens when everything in the world has been photographed? From multiple angles, multiple times per day? Eventually we’ll piece those photos and videos together to be able to see the entire history of a location from every possible angle.
President Michael D Higgins was doing an interview with WYNC, during which Ellen Davidson, wife of Tarek Kauff, rang into the show.
Ms Davidson, who lives in Manhattan but is currently based in Dublin, said:
“I understand President Higgins is a big supporter of Irish neutrality so I’m wondering why the Irish Government is allowing US military flights to go through Shannon Airport in violation of that neutrality, bringing troops to the Middle East, to the wars that cause the refugees he’s been talking about.
“And, also, about the case of two US veterans who did a peaceful protest against those flights in March and they’ve been held in Ireland ever since, without their passports, on very minor charges, for a peaceful protest.”
President Higgins responded:
“Yes, I think that your caller will know these are issues, when I was a member of parliament, I spoke and acted very often. I do think that the issue – the two people whose case I am familiar – is a matter for Government and I will draw the attention of Government to it.
“But you’ll appreciate that as president, I cannot interfere in the executive decisions of Government.”
Meanwhile, also yesterday…
At the New York. Library.
President Higgins took part in an interview with journalist and senior writer at the New York Times Dan Barry.
After the interview finished, Zaidie Mayers, the granddaughter of Mr Mayers, approached President Higgins and raised her granddad’s case.
President Higgins said:
“I’ve read about the two people who were on that walk. I’ll see what I can do.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to journalists ahead of the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York
Speaking ahead of his address at the UN climate summit in New York, the Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar says the government is planning to phase out oil and gas exploration. On #Brexit negotiations, he says Ireland can’t accept some sort of ‘half-way house’. @rtenewspic.twitter.com/WH5z70XLRJ
Varadkar confirms his meeting with Boris Johnson is set for tomorrow. His message for the PM “is the message all along: the bottom line is that we need a legally binding assurance of no hard border, and the all-island economy can continue… we won’t accept any halfway house”
Shane, who was born in Tokyo, to an Irish dad and Japanese mum – and lived in the US and Japan until he was 14, when he moved to Ireland – famously created a nude diptych of himself and the then director of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Prof Declan McGonagle in 2015.
He said he painted it as a “light-hearted” protest against how the college was being run.