Singing like a bird

IT IS one thing to possess the ability to interfere with the avionic systems onboard an aircraft. It is quite another to announce to the world the intention of practicing such capabilities. But it takes a galactic level of stupidity, hubris or, perhaps, courage to tweet that you are going to do it when you…

Hitting home

AFTER falling in love with European coffeehouses on his wanderjahr in Germany in1971, Brian Olson started importing espresso machines to America. Today his three Café Intermezzo outlets in Atlanta employ 150 people and take in $7m a year. But in 2013, after fake credit cards were used in one of his restaurants, his card payment processor…

Walking on water

IN 1983 Christo surrounded 11 islands in Biscayne Bay, off Miami, with 600,000 square metres (6.5m square feet) of luminous pink fabric. The installation, called “Surrounded Islands”, was completely removed after two weeks. On one morning of its brief existence an elderly woman entered the project’s main office. She was livid. “It looks like you’ve…