Friday Links


– A new episode of my favourite ever travelogue Matt Kresling’s Madagascar Diaries.
Mastering the split stroke (via @WillGroveWhite)
– Ukulele players square off in the Melbourne International Median Strip Table Tennis Tournament (don’t get too excited by the “strip table tennis” bit).

New Releases

Tyrone and Lesley’s Gentlemen Songsters.
Bella Hemming’s Little Ghost EP.
The Burning Glass’s Things that Happened and Other Stories.


– Savannah Smith is raising money to record her debut album.


“Day of Time of” Ukulele and Doctor Who Tardis Ukulele@jomonto).
Cigar box ukulele with the Nat. Am. Ballet in 1924.
Pohaku Askewkulele
Girl with a ukulele.

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer is Michael Gove’s favourite rapper (he’s the UK’s Education Secretary and exactly the person you’d expect to have an upper class white guy as his favourite rapper). Perhaps they’ll overturn that rule about rappers in the Bullingdon club. Here’s Mr B’s reaction to it.

Ukulele poetry.

The attempt to make the ukulele Hawaii’s official instrument has run up against opposition from the powerful steel guitar lobby. But the Hawaiian legislature is also having a hard time deciding whether it’s totally fine for cops to have sex with prostitutes so clearly they’ve got hard decisions to make.

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