nº one

Your current idea isn't your identity, NFTs have environmental concerns, and I can't stop listening to Motorbike by Leon Bridges.

Privet! That’s Russian for hello. Today is Alexander Pushkin’s birthday which is observed as the UN Russian Language Day. He is one of the founding fathers of the modern Russian language and considered the greatest Russian poet. I will be learning the language for the next seven days; let me know if you would like to join me.

На берегу пустынных волн
Стоял он, дум великих полн,

Upon the brink of the wild stream
He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream.

Alexander Pushkin

This past week collecting and reading articles for this newsletter gave my reading practice a sense of purpose that was missing for a long time. I don’t think I can physically showcase this intent, but I am excited to keep going! This is nº one of Slightly Modest.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

If you would like to discuss or share your thoughts about and around the above articles, leave a comment on this issue!

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Diamonds Are Forever

I’ve never tried to explore and find new songs. But recently subscribed to a few newsletters that deliver me a bunch of albums to listen to every week. Three of my favourites from those albums which I can’t stop listening to are:

For Your Eyes Only

DW released a short 12-minute documentary featuring three cities from different parts of Russia on how environmental issues have directly affected people living in the cities. Stinking air around one of Russia’s largest and ever-growing landfill, black coloured snow polluted by a coal mine, and brown muddy water served to the residents.

If typewriters form a part of your interests, here is a video of a rare Toshiba Typewriter Model BW-2112, which can type in Japanese, Chinese and English.

No Time to Die

On World Ocean’s Day (that’s 8th June), UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre would be launching a revamped platform for the Ocean+ Habitats. The platform provides information on the location and distribution of key marine and coastal habitats and tracks their global conservation status. The aim is to provide policymakers and all stakeholders a better understanding of the conservation status and hence aid in preserving habitats. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube at noon GMT and include a Q&A session with various heads and leading scientists.

And on 9th June, Grist’s Fix Solutions Lab is hosting a broadcast on their YouTube channel about how the modernisation of air monitoring has helped implement community-led solutions in West Oakland. It starts at 5 pm GMT.

I am actively looking for names that I can give each section of this newsletter. I tried kaomoji, but they didn’t feel right. So, I ended up naming each section as one of the James Bond movies. Let me know if you have some ideas for this.

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