More Tabs, Please #11: Immigrant Cats, Polar Treks, and Libraries Culture

By Joshua Boyd on February 16th 2018

Welcome back to More Tabs, Please. There is now an electric sports car hurtling around space towards an asteroid belt for no reason. That’s about where humanity is right now and it’s pretty weird. Here are some articles to get you through the fact we’re now in ‘the future’ but it’s nothing like The Jetsons.

This week’s album is Savvy Show Stoppers from Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet:

“Don’t worry. We are experts in taking animals to enemy countries.”

Moving with a cat is a nightmare. You have to keep them inside for a few weeks once you’re at the new place and, if you’ve ever had to force a cat to stay inside when they want out, you’ll know what a painful experience that is.

So the idea of moving one from one country to another, and when one country is Israel and the other Pakistan, makes me feel anxious without even being involved.

How I Moved My Cat From Israel To Pakistan‘ is this exact story, following journalist Diaa Hadid as she enters the shady world of moving pets across borders. I hope Shawareb appreciates the effort she made.

Following in frozen footsteps


The White Darkness‘ is such an amazing piece of work that’s it’s difficult to put into words. Just go and get started now (it’ll take a while).

If you want some details, this is a mixture of stories from history’s many polar expeditions, with a modern one at the forefront: Henry Worsley’s attempt to cross Antartica. Unaided. Alone.

Weaved in with his own previous adventures, along with the stories of Ernest Shackleton’s and Robert Falcon Scott’s expeditions, this extensive piece gives a glimpse into just how dedicated to an aim one person can be.

Hire This Person: Romain Loubersanes

Do you like GIFs? Of course you like GIFs. We all do. That means you should hire Romain Loubersanes, an illustrator and animator from France, now based in London.

The main reason for including Loubersanes this week is his incredible animations. Theres’s a lot of diversity in his work, from the more humorous and cartoonish (like the example above), to the more serious, but still eye-catching and colourful, like his work for Hotjar.

To hire him, head to his website here. Or you can check out his work on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Dribble. Or you can email him atromainloubersanes@gmail.com. Or you can send him a message in a bottle, but that might not be as effective.

Taken From The Timeline

We are, mostly, big fans of emojis here. 🙌They’re a good way to communicate. 🗣And they’re really simple to use. 💪

Which brings us to Biolojical, a Twitter account educating the world about biology through emojis. How you may ask? Here’s an example:

You know what? I could have used that car


For a start, why did Elon Musk choose to play ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie relentlessly into space rather than ‘Spaceman’ by Babylon Zoo. Complete missed opportunity.

Anyway. ‘A sports car and a glitter ball are now in space – what does that say about us as humans?‘ is an interesting look at what firing a red sports car into space on a giant rocket means about us (read:Elon Musk) as people.

Musk’s next plan is to get us to Mars by 2024, so I imagined the whole planet will be ruined by 2030.

Tiny libraries are good libraries

My earliest memory of my local library was some pretend-to-be-a-Victorian day. I was tasked with stealing some bread for my starving family, while another kid was a police officer who had to chase me. I was never caught. My family were saved.

You don’t get that kind of, uh, entertainment elsewhere, so ‘In Praise of the Small Town Library‘ struck a bit of a chord.

The nostalgia-ridden piece not only talks up the tiny humble libraries dotted the world over, but looks at how big cities spoil us for choice with endless bookstores and gigantic, cavernous libraries. It’s enough to get you burning down a corporate bookshop.

Watch And Listen: Untold

There are a lot of hugely popular true crime podcasts out there, so it won’t be surprising if you’ve not heard of Untold. Recommended by our own social data journalist Gemma Joyce, it introduces us to the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan.

With questions raised around police investigations and the backdrop of the phone hacking scandal and other dark themes, Untold is as gripping and addictive as whatever podcast you’re currently listening to. It’ll make you wonder why you haven’t heard the story before.

You can find all the episode on their website here. And you can find the first episode here.

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Joshua Boyd

Josh is the blog and community manager for Brandwatch. Along with heading up the social channels, Josh otherwise spends time worrying about Whitehawk FC and creating pointless maps.