A thought for the past

April 2nd, 2015

There are two interesting articles which I’m listing together here, even though they have nothing really in common beyond being published – ahem – yesterday.

The first is from The National Trust. Daylight savings time has always struck me as a ridiculous nuisance, and this is a timely reminder that our ancestors were spared such foolishness.

On the other hand, it now seems possible that they did have other, rather more serious problems to contend with, according to this paper published by Nature, which highlights a perhaps unexpected likely consequence of global warming.

How the Archers sounds, for people who don’t listen to the Archers.

March 25th, 2015

BBC Radio 4, poking a bit of fun at itself. Very nicely done.

How The Archers sounds to people who do not listen to The Archers

(This will probably be completely meaningless to anyone who hasn’t spent significant amounts of time in the UK in the last 60 years. Of course, The Archers does include some important news stories occasionally…)

Many thanks to Tom Standage for the link.

The Second Noel?

December 27th, 2014

Today I was given reason to remember that old Noel Coward song – how did it go? Something like:

Mad Englishmen with dogs
Go out in the noonday sleet…

Yes, I think that was it…

Slow TV

December 13th, 2014

A delightful TED talk by Thomas Hellum about the attractions of what might be considered the dullest TV on the planet, at least by those who haven’t seen The Shopping Channel.

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/eng/id/2148

Social Commentary

October 10th, 2014

I hadn’t come across Kate Reddy before, but they interviewed Allison Pearson, her creator, on Radio 4 this morning, about her return to the Telegraph. The piece is, I think, quite splendid.

Now I know what I’ve been missing by not being a parent.

Tilly! Tilly! Put that camera down! Drop it! DROP IT!

To biblically go where no man has gone before

June 8th, 2014

sparksIt occurs to me that the Book of Job has a persuasive argument for space travel.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

This is surely meant to inspire us to explore the opportunities that zero-gravity has to offer.

Talking of which, why do the crew of the Starship Enterprise always stay on the floor? Even when under attack, when the last photon torpedo has been fired, the shields are out and even the life-support systems are failing, captain, somehow the gravitational field never ceases to function.

I think they have their priorities wrong. Life-support is more important than avoiding weightlessness, people! Especially if, as would seem to be the case, you are born unto trouble.

Grabbiti?

June 8th, 2014

mobii-bunny

Lovely cartoon by Mobii, who has since done several variations on the theme. I ‘liked’ this on Facebook recently, but wanted to save it in a place where I could find it again…