Noel Gallagher on Mobile Phones, Irish Periods and Million Dollar Bags

5 things I learned yesterday

  1. Rent a mum

You can now rent a mum that ‘really’ understands you. The idea came from Nina Keneally, a 63-year-old mom of two grown sons, who came up with the idea when she moved to a new neighbourhood two years ago. Looking to share her expertise, Keneally came up with Need a Mom, where people can pay her by the hour to dispense motherly advice and encouragement

“Many of them do have loving mothers and fathers, but they don’t understand how it is to live in a city and keep your dreams and aspirations together,” she said. “It takes a lot out of you.”

Keneally’s website also includes a disclaimer that she “is not a professional therapist or counsellor. … If you need professional help in any area, NeedAMom can refer you to real doctors, therapists, treatment centers, etc. or help you to find the right person or place to help you.”

2. Noel Gallagher on mobile phones

Noel once said that the reason manchester has produces so many great songwriters is because it rains so much. When you are 15 years old and it’s constantly raining all you can do is sit in your bedroom and write poetry or songs. As a Mancunian I kinds agree. This interview he did with Esquire is full of Noelism like that.

“It’s a good job I didn’t have a mobile phone when I was on the dole at 17. I wouldn’t be sat here today, I fucking assure you of that. I’d have spent all day watching The Beatles on YouTube, getting stoned, thinking, “This is the greatest thing of all time.” Nowadays even people who are on benefits have got iPhone 6s and fucking iPads and flat-screen tellies and all that shit. And these are the people on the breadline? What the fuck, man? We didn’t have anything to do so we had to invent it.”

3. Invention of the Tin Can

The tin can was invented in 1810. But the can opener didn’t arrive until 1858. While the value of tin can’s are obvious it’s a bold move bringing it to market without a way of opening. for 48 years people had to improvise ways of getting their food out. Eventually, instructions were added to labels:

“First stab a hole with the butt-end of the knife, near the upper rim of the Canister; then insert the blade as far as it will go; draw the hand towards you (the claw resting against the Canister as a lever), when the blade will be found to cut through the tin with perfect ease.?

4 ‘Your vagina is their business!’

Irish women have begun tweeting details of their menstrual cycles to the Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, as part of a campaign against Ireland’s strict laws banning abortion. The campaign to #repealthe8th aims to overturn the eighth amendment to the Republic of Ireland constitution, which criminalises abortion by putting the right to life of a foetus on an equal footing to that of the woman carrying it. Getting an abortion illegally can be punished with a 14-year prison sentence.

5. Need to carry a million dollars cash?

There’s a bag for that. If you’re in need of and ultralight, strong, and discreet bags for traveling to places where such things are necessary then the 1M Hauley Heist bag is just what you need.

“In many countries project expenses and payroll for the local crew need to be carried in cash. Whether you’re managing a team of thirty working for months at the edge of the grid, or on a solo trip to negotiate a significant cash transaction, the 1M Hauly is designed for discreet, safe carry of up to $1 Million USD in strapped, new or used $100 USD banknotes. Designed to address the six main issues with carrying significant volume banknotes in field: risk of discovery; risk of damage (especially in high-humidity, monsoon environments); container robustness; carryability; glide; and in-field accounting.”

More learnings…

What is this? — I was trying to get into a habit of writing regularly so I started spending a few minutes every morning thinking about what I learned yesterday. Putting it out into the world made me keep the habit. I don’t re-read or spell check it so expect typos.

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