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The Axum obelisk, looted by Mussolini from Ethiopia in 1937 during Italy’s johnny-come-lately adventure in African colonialism will be re-erected on a plateau in northern Ethiopia this month, after spending much of the twentieth century in Rome, just down the road from the Colosseum.

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  1. gulfweed

    I’ve seen better video of skaters doing truly unbelievable tricks. I like the slo-mo; it gives them a Matrix-like halluciantory antigravity, but for me the pyrotechnics in these clips are distracting and childish, taking real, beautiful human skill and dedication and making it a Hollywood stunt. What’s utterly cool about the best of these tricks is that they occur in real life situations, railings, stairways, parks, streets making the most bland landscapes into backdrops for young men trying to be gods, and occasionally, for a few instants, succeeding.

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