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Podcast: Beautiful Anonymous

Reading time: 1 min
Human beings are fascinating and the Beautiful Anonymous podcast is a fascinating sight into the life of that weeks caller. Some people come on and talk about how they can’t visual memories, one told of her escape from a violent abusive relationship, and a recent favourite was a German caller who was picking cherries in Australia and handed the phone to a ‘bushman’. 1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard. Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he can’t hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins
Fluid Dynamics: How a Wall of Lava Lamps Helps Encrypt 10% of the Internet Computers have a real problem when it comes generating truly random numbers, which has led one web-critical cybersecurity firm to reference an array of lava lamps to create unique and unpredictable code. Clever and pretty. Nothing like me then! Attitude of Optimism “In 2018, how about cultivating an attitude of optimism? Not as a judgement, or a reaction to the world around you, but as a choice, by which you navigate and affect the world around you.” Much needed in the wake of 2017. Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions …

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Ballet Swan lake

En Pointe

Reading time: 2 mins
It’s always good to try something new and so I kicked off this year with a first; my first ever live ballet performance (watching, not performing) of Swan Lake. Having spotted it on Facebook late last year, I posted to see if anyone else was interested and one of my awesome gym buddies Martha said yes, and so it was that Martha and I found ourselves taking our seats, both a little unsure of quite what to expect but excited nonetheless. I’d figured that Swan Lake was a reasonably safe bet for a ballet virgin (no doubt those in the know will correct this assumption) if for no other reason than I know the music. I’ve not been to many …

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Happy 2nd Birthday

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This is what an awesome (but sleepy) 2 year old looks like A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Jan 14, 2018 at 4:52am PST Dear Lucy, You are two. TWO! How this has happened so quickly is beyond me (heaven knows what your parents must think!), but there you have it. You are now two years old and as your character and personality has started to show, I think, if possible, I’ve become even more smitten with my gorgeous little niece than ever. So, what’s new now that you are two. Well you are now a proper little person, with your own sense of humour, your own quiet inquisitive nature, and you are turning into such a beautiful …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins
STOP! If you haven’t seen Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, go and watch it right now, don’t worry. I’ll wait. Watch Prince Play Jazz Piano & Coach His Band Through George Gershwin’s “Summertime” A rock enigma wrapped around an R&B quandary, wearing platform shoes and purple velour. The cheekbones of an angel, dances moves and lyrics from an infernally sexy place, and more musical talent than it seems possible for a single person to possess in one lifetime…. Two things from this: 1. Good GOD the man was talented. 2. I really wanna buy a piano. David Letterman’s Netflix Talk Show Sets Obama as First Guest David Letterman has amassed an all-star roster of guests for his …

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Six by Nico: Best of 2017

Reading time: 4 mins
The eighth incarnation of Six by Nico and as we move into a new calendar year, they’ve decided to go back to some of the best dishes from 2017, but there was a twist! The menu was announced on the 5th January, and in the days prior to the announcement it was up to the public to choose what dishes would make the cut. For each of the six courses we were given a choice. Chips & Cheese (The Chippie) vs Ratatouille (Disney) Pancake (Route 66) vs Steak Pie (The Chippie) Mac & Cheese (Childhood) vs Wild Mushroom (Forest) Sea Bream Taco (Route 66) vs Fish & Chips (The Chippie) Duck (Illusion) vs Burger (Childhood) Egg (Illusion) vs Lemon Tart …

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Podcast: Hidden Brain

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I discovered the Hidden Brain podcast late last year and it’s quickly become a favourite. The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. It’s a mishmash of topics, all delivered by a curious, engaged host who has enough background knowledge to ask good questions and never fails to get me thinking about how I act, how I engage with the world, and how I am affected by the world around me. The most recent episode is one that touches on the world we …

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Coffee in a blue cup

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins
Thanks to the people who threw a couple of these my way, if you do spot anything and think ‘that weirdo will probably find this interesting’ then send it on (Twitter usually best way). And yes, it takes a weirdo to know a weirdo… Commencement 1999 Rocker David Bowie and jazz innovator Wayne Shorter accepted honorary doctorates while 580 graduates received their diplomas at the 1999 Berklee Commencement last Saturday. No idea why this bubbled into my timeline but it did, and it’s Bowie, and it’s wonderful. What better way to start 2018! Every Last Jedi This is a spoiler-filled first set of reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Yes I’ve seen it. Yes I’m in the ‘well that …

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What’s Next?

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The new year looms ahead of us and whilst I know that logically it’s purely an arbitary numbering scheme that governs this thinking, one can’t help but think of the coming weeks and months as something fresh and full of possibilities. I guess the secret will be to keep that thinking through the rest of this year. Sticking with my say yes more than no approach to the year, it’s probably worth remembering that I already have a few things booked in this year, and whilst I know more will appear, it’s good to have things to look forward to. First up is the first visit of the year to my favourite dining experience, Six by Nico. This time round …

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Hello 2018

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I don’t do resolutions, but I do have a few things I want to focus on next year. These are things that I’ll try, they aren’t goals, they are just things to have in mind at the start of the year. Some will stick, some won’t, and that’s all part of the fun. Fundamentally I refuse to shape my life based on one day, but as one year ends and another begins, I can’t help but pause and take stock. Material stuff I’m pretty happy with my home, although I definitely need to have another clear-out of my clothes as I am still changing shape/losing weight, which is a good problem to have. Aside from that, it’s upgrades rather than …

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