[H/T NME] A truly bizarre situation out of Edinburgh, Scotland came to a heartwarming conclusion courtesy of Jack White this week. Across the pond, aspiring musician Matt Grant was playing for tips on the street when a woman came up and destroyed his instrument, leaving him without the tool necessary for his craft—only for him to receive a $4,700 replacement guitar from none other than Jack White.Following the incident, Grant started a GoFundMe campaign to replace the broken guitar. Along the way, he raised an impressive £4,000 as well as attracted White’s attention. The White Stripes and Raconteurs founder reached out to Grant via his management after learning of the incident, which occurred on Tuesday. The 45-year-old woman who began screaming in Grant’s face and smashed his £300 acoustic guitar has since been arrested.Related: Jack White Pays Tribute To Eddie Van Halen On ‘Saturday Night Live’ [Video]White’s intervention came just in the nick of time, as Grant had just entered Edinburgh’s Guitar Guitar to purchase a replacement when he got the call from White’s management.“It’s just amazing. I was in the guitar shop and the manager had been trying to get hold of me all day on the GoFundMe page, but I had closed it as I already had more than enough donations in,” he told MailOnline. “I said I already had one now because I had been in and bought my new acoustic one and he said, ‘keep that one and get another one. Jack really wants to help.’”Grant was overwhelmed by the generosity of this man he didn’t even know, at least not personally. According to his management, White intervened after he saw the GodFundMe page and “Felt bad” about what happened. The 26-year-old Scottish guitarist stated his intention to email White in gratitude after learning the guitarist does not have a phone.“I was like a kid in a sweetie shop, going around trying out all the guitars until I picked the one I wanted,” Grant said in an Instagram post.Relive the entire saga via Grant’s Instagram updates below.
Obiter was intrigued to read in the Guardian’s education section last week that those who have had a brush with the law are often inspired to go on and study the subject during their stay at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Apparently an increasing number of prisoners are studying law, though some worry that their criminal past will prevent them from being admitted as a solicitor (the Solicitors Regulation Authority acknowledges that the ‘overriding consideration is public protection’). Particularly illuminating was an account by serious offender ‘Gary’, spurred on to study law after the thrill of successfully representing himself in getting one aspect of his punishment reversed. He says that when he returned from his successful appeal, there was a long queue of fellow inmates all waiting to see him. ‘They wanted me to work on their appeals for them,’ he said. ‘My nickname became “the QC”; even some of the prison guards came to see me, to ask advice about their divorce cases. ‘You need a lot of books to study law, and when I was inside it was difficult to get them. ‘Eventually, I decided to write to every judge, barrister and solicitor I could find, asking them to donate books they didn’t need any more. ‘Lots of them did – in the end I had 40 or 50 books, so many that I had to be moved to a bigger cell!’ Gary is now out of prison and continuing his law degree in the hope of practising as a solicitor. ‘I’d like to work in criminal and family law,’ he said. ‘I don’t feel the lawyers I encountered served me as well as they should have done. I want to be a better lawyer for some other defendant in the future.’