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Dispatches : May 2012

A T-Shirt of the Month Club for Two-Wheelers

Twinsix

What's cooler than wearing a tee from your favorite bike shop, or one with some eco, hipster or access oriented message? Having a shirt that you won't see on anybody else in the neighborhood.

Twin Six, purveyor of coveted bike jerseys and tees, helps you achieve that exclusivity with its t-shirt of the month. The first week of each month, the company prints a bike-inspired limited run of 100 percent cotton made-in-the-USA tees. The monthly tee shows up on Twin Six's website sometime in the first few days of the new calendar page, and it's there until it sells out, which could be hours, days or weeks.

Last month, the theme was April showers. This month it's the Maypole Bike Derby pictured above. Get one starting Friday, May 4, 2012. $24, twinsix.com

--Berne Broudy
@berneb

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A Classical Surf Film

Perhaps surf footage and an orchestra should be paired more often.

In 2009, photographer and videographer Jon Frank put his videos and stills behind the music of composer Richard Tognetti. The duo debuted their creation at the Festival Maribor, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing Tognetti's composition. The above sequence, called Dream, comes from a performance called The Glide, one of three full concerts put on by the duo. You can read more about it in the official concert program.

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A Video History of The Flying Wallenda Family's Most Daring Stunts

High-wire artist Nik Wallenda announced late last week that he would walk over Niagara Falls with no safety harness on June 15. Wallenda will cross a two-inch wide 1,800-foot-long cable strung roughly 200 feet above the bottom of the gorge. The seventh generaton performer spent the last two years working to get the permits and exceptions needed to perform the once-in-a-generation Niagara Falls stunt.

Wallenda grew up in a renowned aerial acrobatics family known as "The Flying Wallendas." Here's a quick video history of some of the family's feats.

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Glacial-Lake Burst Kills 17 in Nepal

At least 64 people are feared dead after a glacial lake burst in western Nepal on Saturday and sent a flash flood through the city of Pokhara. Officials recovered 17 bodies by Monday but fear that many more are still missing after houses, farms, and cattle were swept away into the Seti river. "There is very slim chances of getting alive 47 people including three Ukrainian tourists who went missing," said Superintendent of Police Shailesh Thapa. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and is often used as a base for climbers attempting to summit Annapurna.

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IOC Unhappy with Argentine Olympic Ad

The International Olympic Committee condemned a television ad produced by the Argentine government that shows an Argentine athlete training in the Falkland Islands. Argentina and the United Kingdom are engaged in a long-running dispute over ownership of the islands, which Argentina lost control of in 1982 at the end of the Falklands War. The ad shows the athlete running near several British landmarks in the capitol city of Stanley, including a pub and war memorial. It ends with the words: "To compete on English ground, we train on Argentine ground." The IOC has warned Argentina not to use the Olympics as a political platform.

Read more at The Washington Post

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