Friday, December 31, 2021

Things I noticed right at the end of 2021 (31 Dec 2021)

Levelling Down: First Past the Post's Impact on Regional Inequality

Treasury Shelves £30bln Plan to Electrify UK Railways

27 Courses, Very Little Edible

Matt Johnson: Five Keyboard Tricks I Use All The Time!

Man Accused of Chris Whitty Assault Contests Charges in Dressing Gown

Norway to stump up a third of each home's power bills to help deal with energy crisis

Belgian Artist Creates COVID Free Bubble


Monday, December 20, 2021

Things I noticed this week (20 Dec 2021):

Why Championship Chess Sets are So Expensive

'A trash heap for our children': How Norilsk became of the most polluted places on Earth

'Back to the bad old days': swingeing rail cuts set alarm bells ringing

Treasury Shelves £30bln Plan to Electrify UK Railways

Climate Change has destabilized the Earth's Poles, putting the rest of the planet in peril

The Least Used Paris Metro Station

He Voted to Impeach. Can He Survive in the G.O.P.? 

Who's watching? How governments used the pandemic to normalise surveillance

Peter Thiel's 'Free Speech for Race Science' Crusade at Cambridge University Revealed

Despite the Focus on Russell Group Institutions as drivers of social mobility, it is actually universities outside this group that are contributing most to social mobility

All That Sugar: The West India Docks

UbuWeb Sound: Sound Sculptures (1985)

Soft Machine: Moon in June (Bilzen Festival, Aug 22 1969)

Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 17, live from Teatro La Fenice

Chicken Madras being cooked at Bhaji Fresh, Warrington













Saturday, December 11, 2021

Things I noticed this week (11th Dec 2021)

Winter cab view from two of the most scenic railways in the world

Jonathan Karl: Betrayal with Peter Baker

Counting the neurological cost of COVID-19

Hackers are Spamming Businesses' Receipt Printers with 'Antiwork' Manifestos

Seven Egyptian Breakfast Dishes

Hold the tree planting: Protect ecosystems first for maximum carbon storage, study says

Reliving the New York Subway Map Debate

'Listening to Kenny G' is an Ironic Masterpiece

Glasgow's High Rise Flat Baggers

Monty meets Sly & Robbie: People Make the World Go Round











Sunday, December 05, 2021

Things I noticed this week (5th Dec 2021)


Ralph Humphrey/Chester Thompson - Zappa's More Trouble Every Day Drum Groove Analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Hxsqr9DGE

Tehran 2021: Autumn Walk in Mellat Park
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFNuiKvqJr0

Coffee or Chai? At 2 Kolkata Cafes, ‘Adda’ Is What’s Really on the Menu
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/world/asia/india-kolkata-cafe-culture.html

Who can still afford to live in the city? 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPloUxLWfB8

QAnon Hero Michael Flynn Secretly Said QAnon is 'Total Nonsense'
https://www.thedailybeast.com/qanon-hero-michael-flynn-secretly-said-qanon-is-total-nonsense

Howard Jones: Hide and Seek, Live at Siyan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15-61RSFejc

The endless woes of Ferguson Marine
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-endless-woes-of-ferguson-marine

A stroll along the Dollis Valley Greenwalk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4olHz0QSa0I

Jonathan Pie at COP 26: The World's End
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23nDxPSIoAw

Cooking Campfire Pizza on the Sadj Grill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpfYDzOm6us








Sunday, November 28, 2021

Things I noticed over the last two weeks (28th November 2021)

After a brief hiatus, a bumper edition:


The Isle of Secrets: Orford Ness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg0ZIfM8tJU


What makes for the best villains in drama? Brian Cox/Economist podcast
https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2021/11/04/what-makes-for-the-best-villains-in-drama?


Highest Railway Station in Europe: Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCiCO8YNuAw


Greenland's government bans oil drilling, leads indigenous resistance to extractive capitalism
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/greenlands-government-bans-oil-drilling-leads-indigenous-resistance-to-extractive-capitalism/


At the End of the World. it's Hyperobjects all the way down
https://www.wired.com/story/timothy-morton-hyperobjects-all-the-way-down/


Embarassing tank gaffe turns Cheshire remembrance into 'Dad's Army'
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/dads-army-gaffe-cheshire-idea-22184994


A look at what sewage is doing to a beach in England
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9IpOcJqgX0

Support for populist sentiment falls all over Europe, survey finds
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/18/support-for-populist-sentiment-falls-across-europe-survey-finds



Home Office covering up its own study of why refugees come to the UK


AOC: What's so hard about saying this is wrong? 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxiK3tGpHuE


Living in Poverty as Politicians Argue over Huge Salaries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KibJsTOOvsI


James Garner as Marlowe: Grey Tweed Jacket
https://bamfstyle.com/2018/09/12/marlowe-garner-tweed/


Paisley Sunset, 27th November
https://youtu.be/diiX1wG7W6k


Jaques Pepin: Onion Soup
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9gLR1reGU










Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday, November 07, 2021

Things I noticed this week, 7th Nov 2021

These Climate Science Deniers are attending the COP26 climate summit

https://www.desmog.com/2021/11/03/heartland-cfact-cei-gwpf-climate-science-deniers-are-attending-the-cop26-climate-summit/


You want to see a modern country commit suicide? Take a hard look at Britain

https://eand.co/want-to-see-a-modern-country-commit-suicide-take-a-hard-look-at-britain-fdeb3ad4bd3c


Foreign Office secretly targeted British news outlets

https://www.thecanary.co/investigations/2021/11/03/exclusive-foreign-office-secretly-targeted-leading-british-news-outlets/


Mark Zuckerberg and Nick Clegg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWqa70DvD3s


Peter Millray - Time Machine (1976)

https://youtu.be/lHAXax4BDdUI


A castle for sale in North Ayrshire: probably some of the cheapest property (per square foot/acre) available in the UK...

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/81354984#/


David Lammy: the Tories think rules are for little people, not them

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/06/the-tories-reveal-yet-again-their-belief-that-the-rules-are-for-little-people-not-for-them


Transparency over emissions remains a sticking point at COP 26

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/06/transparency-over-emissions-remains-a-sticking-point-at-cop26


The Ahr Valley Flood

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct1gy6


The Filmmakers’ Hut, Salo, Finland

https://www.dezeen.com/2021/11/06/the-filmmakers-hut-pirinen-salo-finland/


Ibrahim Maalouf - Live in Istanbul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le-e37ZMck8


A Ramen Cart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqCz5u4U9M4


November mushroom foraging

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7AN7j_STeE

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Things I noticed this week, 30th October 2021


Hey Facebook, I Made a Metaverse 27 years ago: it was terrible then, and it’s terrible now https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/10/facebook-metaverse-was-always-terrible/620546/

Brexit chaos: the crisis that shouldn’t be

https://www-blaetter-de.translate.goog/ausgabe/2021/november/brexit-chaos-die-krise-die-keine-sein-darf?_x_tr_sl=de&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-GB&_x_tr_pto=nui#_ftn1


‘We’ve been hammered’: on the breadline in Burnley

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/24/weve-been-hammered-on-the-breadline-in-burnley-covid-universal-credit


The BAM: Russia’s Unknown Trans-Siberian Train

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2d7kJPimyE


Glasgow imagines its post-covid future

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-28/glasgow-imagines-its-future-after-covid-and-cop26


Hey Facebook, I Made a Metaverse 27 years ago: it was terrible then, and it’s terrible now 

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/10/facebook-metaverse-was-always-terrible/620546/


An Energy System Fit for the Future? a report on the ownership structure of the Big Six energy companies

https://www.common-wealth.co.uk/reports/power-ahead-an-energy-system-fit-for-the-future


Russia strengthens its internet censorship powers     https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/22/technology/russia-internet-censorship-putin.html


Parliamentary Committee on Standards: Mr Owen Paterson

https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7644/documents/79907/default/


An overlooked London walk - Erith to Dartford Creek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhOD5-lzc2s


Dreamlands: stories of enchantment and excess in a search for lost sensations

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14744740211053613#.YXkXaN98j60.twitter


End of the Line for Uber? Accounting tricks and tech gimmickry… |

https://marker.medium.com/end-of-the-line-for-uber-901e3077bbbc


Saturday, October 16, 2021

Things I noticed this week, 16th October 2021

Lynsey Hanley: a home of our own: the story of Clough Close, Middlesbrough

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010gxz


Performing Shakespeare in GTA V Online (thanks to Henry Bell for the link)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54sCXRvP3Y0


Just 20 visas issued to foreign lorry drivers, government admits

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/13/just-20-uk-visas-issued-to-foreign-lorry-drivers-government-admits


UK rail firms move to shed thousands of jobs

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/13/uk-rail-firms-move-to-shed-thousands-of-jobs-amid-covid-cost-cuts


Film: Banksters

https://vimeo.com/542074145


Salt and Pepper Pork Chops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufciKMijGkk


Vinnie Colaiuta, Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller, Joni Mitchell - Los Angeles, California, 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKbol2dsBjQ