The Big Issue : Edition 436
THeBigissue5–18July2013 9 “We weren’t allowed to be grunge. I wanted to be grunge because it was a movement, but no one would let me in.” Misunderstood musician Courtney Love on her band, Hole, not being let into the grunge club. From Rolling Stone (US). “Thoughts and images from The Bible still have an impact on how we experience reality.” Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård, who contributed to a new Norwegian translation of The Bible that has outsold Fifty Shades of Grey in his country. Knausgård’s detailed autobiographical series Min Kamp (2009–11; which shares a name with Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, meaning ‘My Struggle’) is also owned by about one in 10 Norwegians. From The Toronto Star (Canada). “Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business or go to medical school.” Texas senator Wendy Davis, during her epic filibuster to deny passage of a bill that would have closed all but five abortion clinics in America’s second- largest state. She spoke for nearly 11 hours during which time, in line with ‘Texas hold-it-in’ rules, she wasn’t allowed to lean on anything, let alone sit down. From The New Yorker (US). “I got millions of hits for rhubarb with the ‘h’, and just one or two without the ‘h’. I did the same job a few years later, and without the ‘h’ got hundreds of hits, and then, a few years later, hundreds of thousands of hits.” David Crystal, professor of linguistics at Bangor University, Wales, on his conviction that the internet will slowly eliminate those irritating letters from words that we instinctively feel are wrong or unnecessary (like the two ‘s’s in unnecessary). Among other things, Crystal started monitoring the word ‘rhubarb’ 10 years ago. From The Sunday Telegraph (UK). “I often think of what it must have been like for my dad to roll over one night and say to my mom, ‘I can’t not do this. Can we sell waterbeds for cows?’” Amy Throndsen, who works for a successful family business in Wisconsin, US, which sells waterbeds for cows. “It takes a lot of trust to let someone onto your farm to talk to them about your cow comfort issues,” Throndsen says. Something for our cattle export trade to think about. From The Huffington Post (US). » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.