This month sledgehammers are exploding in Mexico, we mine some gold at the end of the world and have a look at America's first Le Mans victory - It's all in this month's Diversions + Tunes.
1. A FESTIVAL FULL OF EXPLODING SLEDGEHAMMERS. Men in the Mexican town of San Juan de la Vega were having trouble with their sledgehammers. The heads were tearing off—because they were loading them with homemade explosives and slamming them against I-beams. The practice is part of the tradition at the heart of the town’s annual festival in honor of its patron, St. John the Baptist./The New Yorker
2. A ROAD PAVED WITH GOLD. Gold is still one of our most precious resources. It is an essential component in everything from smartphones to the latest diagnostic kits for malaria and HIV. Which means we need to go to great extremes to keep up with demand. Isolated in the frozen wastes of eastern Siberia, where temperatures can plummet to -50°C (-45F), the Kupol gold mine is one of the toughest places in the world to extract the ore. BBC
3. AMERICA'S FIRST LE MANS VICTORY. Revisiting the 1966 Ford GT40 that won France's grueling 24-hour street race. Huckberry
4. WATCHING JAMES MAY REASSEMBLE A HONDA MINIBIKE. I'm a huge fan of James May's The Reassembler. In case you haven't come across it yet, it's all in the title. A one man show in which Mr. May takes all the pieces of a mechanical object and puts it back together, very slowly, so we can understand an iconic machine and how it works. After last week's Kenwood food processor saga, I was very happy to see all 303 pieces of a Honda Mini Trail Z50 Monkey minibike on the white table in the third episode of Season 2. YouTube
5. THE 3 ELEMENTS OF CHARISMA: PRESENCE. No matter your situation in life and your individual aims, one of the most important tools for success is your personal charisma. Charisma is what allows you to command a room, draw others to you, and convince people of your ideas. Order Of Man.