Monday, April 4th, 2011

Message In A Bottle Received, Responded To, 24 Years Later

"My name is Frank and I'm five years old. My dad and I are traveling on a ship to Denmark. If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you."
Frank Uesbeck, of Coesfeld, Germany, contributed to the pollution of the Baltic Sea 24 years ago by sealing a note in a brown glass bottle and throwing it off a boat. Now 29, and apparently unrepentant, he is being rewarded with press coverage. Because 13-year-old Daniil Korotkikh found the bottle on a beach on the Russian coast and reporters helped him contact Uesbeck over the Internet. Actually, this story from last week is heart-warming, and a little jealousy-making, for anyone who ever did this sort of thing when they were little. Which is everyone, right? The video above, of the Police playing a concert in Germany six years before Uesbeck hurt our planet, makes me want to write a letter to Stewart Copeland, telling him that his phenomenal drumming was always the best thing about that band.

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HelloTitty (#830)

Stewart Copeland agrees with you.

sigerson (#179)

On their reunion tour at the Garden a few years ago, Copeland kept coming out SOLO for his own round of applause after the show.

Thank you, The Awl, for inspiring to listen to my entire Police collection.

You are awesome in many ways, but this might be the awesomest. Today, at any rate.

(And the story's cool too. I am, in fact, jealous).

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