Weekend Reading

New No’s by Paul Chan After the 2016 election, artist and writer Paul Chan wrote the following poem that he called “New No’s”. I ran across this several times at The Whitney; it’s part of their great exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest. Print and put up in every school and workplace! If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer Veganism has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years – from an estimated half a million people in 2016 to more than 3.5 million – 5% of our population – today. Science says… (as ever, it’s all about balance, something humankind just isn’t that great at) This company embeds microchips in its employees, and …

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Six by Nico: The 70s

Another menu, another visit to Six by Nico. This time round a menu inspired by the joyous food of my childhood in the 70s. I was tempted to don my flares and cycle there on my Chopper, but I was wary of being in some freak headline accident, ‘Man gets flares trapped in Chopper chain, falls under lorry’. Still, it was good to revisit some of the beloved dishes of my childhood although I don’t recall ever having SPAM! SPAM & MASH – Potato Espuma, Smoked Ham Hough, Pickled Mustard Seed PRAWN COCKTAIL – Tiger Prawn, Baby Gem Ketchup, Tomato, Shellfish Marie Rose CHICKEN KIEV – Black Garlic Emulsion, Pea Pesto, Rainbow Radish SALMON TIKKA MASALA – Onion Bhaji, Caramelised …

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Robot says: Whatever In Henry James’s intriguing novella The Beast in the Jungle (1903), a young man called John Marcher believes that he is marked out from everyone else in some prodigious way. The problem is that he can’t pinpoint the nature of this difference. Next week: We’ve made a robot that cares! From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster The resounding click-clack muffles the murmur of anticipation as the train inches up the wooden structure. When the riders reach the apex, the bright blue summer sky swallows everything. Then, with a lurch, gravity takes over. Everybody screams. I have not been on a rollercoaster in years. Already making plans to rectify that! Do Nothing …

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Turn off the TV

“I saw this advert in a window that said: ‘Television for sale, £1, volume stuck on full.’ I thought, ‘I can’t turn that down.’” Do you remember the TV series “Why Don’t You?”. It had a really catchy theme tune, the type that stuck in your brain for the rest of the week, I bet some of you can hear it right now? Sing along! “Why Don’t You, WHHHyyyy don’t you, Why. Don’t. You… just switch off your television set and go outside and do something less boring instead”. Ahhh the memories. It always struck me as odd though, that a TV show was suggesting I should turn off the TV. I know the late 80s were strange times for …

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We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From? Your third-grade phys ed teacher used them all the time. Your neighbor does, too. Even your kids pull them out every once in a while. We’re talking about sports idioms, those everyday phrases ingrained in our lexicon, handed down from generation to generation. Also interesting to see how many of these have crossed the Atlantic. Home Office refuses visas for authors invited to Edinburgh book festival The festival, which starts on Saturday and includes appearances from 900 authors and illustrators from 55 countries, routinely provides assistance for visa applications. It has reported a jump in refusals over the last few years. This country is getting worse. Bill …

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Euro2018

When the Commonwealth Games finished, 4 years ago, I took with me many fun memories and a real sense of pride in my home city (I wrote about it too). So when the chance to volunteer to help out at another major sporting event being held in Glasgow, I leapt at the chance. I was offered a role as a T1 driver, which meant I spent the last couple of weeks driving various ‘Presidents of…’ and ‘Executive Directors for…’ around some of the venues being used to host the European Championship events in Glasgow. Whilst not on the same scale as the Commonwealth Games, given that this was the first year this new ‘Championship’ had taken place, I think we …

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France outlaws lewd cat-calls to women in public amid attack uproar France voted to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros as part of tougher legislation to fight sexual violence. Good. Somebody at Fitbit needs a lesson on the menstrual cycle How long was your longest period? Eight days? Ten days? Two weeks? A month? It’s the “how long is a piece of string” of the female body, isn’t it? I’ve had periods that have lived, like a Mayfly, for a single day. In 2016, I had a period that lasted the entirety of the Rio Olympic games. More women in tech would help with this …

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What made Darth Vader such a visually iconic character Darth Vader was only on screen in the original Star Wars movie for 8 minutes and for a little under 34 minutes in the whole original trilogy. I can STILL remember that opening scene. Scary. Volcano Coffee Recyclable pod coffee – not an advert – I ordered some and they are fab. I swapped apps for dating in real life – this is what happened Over the past five years, my online dating CV looks like this: two one-year relationships, five four-month relationships, several flings, 30 first dates, and around 2,500 Tinder matches. No frickin comment. Liberty Media’s Ellie Norman: ‘We want to show F1’s raw emotion’ These are challenging times …

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Worcestershire from You’re Probably Pronouncing These 30 Food Words Wrong I’ll raise my hand, it’s not “kweynoah” (quinoa) Elena Ferrante: ‘I used to devour news. Now, the uninterrupted rain of it feels like chaos’ I don’t feel desperate to be informed about everything that happens in the world. As a girl, I merely glanced at the newspaper headlines and occasionally watched the TV news. But a growing interest in politics, which erupted when I was around 20, inspired me to amass information. Chaos is the word. Where is the truth and who knows it? Bet You Didn’t Know These Animal Facts Vanilla flavoring comes from *what*? My favourite ice cream flavour just got complicated.. 34 years ago, a KGB defector …

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The baseball

A few days ago a short video clip went viral, in the way short video clips do. It was taken during a baseball game and showed a foul ball (a hit that lands out of bounds) landing in the front few rows of the stand. A child scrabbles under his seat to get it but the ball rolls under his seat and a man sitting behind him reaches down and snatches it up, laughing, and then hands it to the woman sitting next to him. Watching it and you can’t help but be horrified, a grown man, snatching a ball away from a child and LAUGHING about it. Needless to say the backlash was swift and I re-tweeted it myself …

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