Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

Meditation in the Time of Disruption When I was 8 or 9, I became preoccupied with death. It wasn’t that I was afraid; I just like to be prepared. Meditation. Good for you? Or just another big business cashing in? Why do some people hurt more than others? Anyone who came of age in the…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

This Melissa McCarthy Story Just Might (Maybe? Possibly?) Cheer You Up Melissa McCarthy was hovering six feet above Los Angeles, in a glass tube, wearing a helmet and goggles. Just when you thought you couldn’t adore her more. There is no non-wanky way to sign off an email, study finds THERE is no way to…

IDLES

Reading time: 2 mins

If you’ve not heard of them, then sod off and give them a listen as a lot of what I’m about to write won’t make much sense if you haven’t heard their music and ideologies. Done? OK good. When you tell people you are off to a gig at the weekend, people always ask you…

Weekend Reading

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The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it’s too late During the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package from Taiwan. I can’t imagine NOT having bananas. That Time Coca-Cola Released a New Soda Just to Spite Pepsi Few…

Weekend Reading

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This Is Your Brain on Nature When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car. “Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte Alertness is the…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins

Kitchen machismo off the menu as female chefs blaze a trail in Scotland Julie Lin MacLeod worked in male-led kitchens for years, and her experiences there – inappropriate sexual advances among them – served as motivation to open her own place, one that would be run by women. Some of the best eateries in Glasgow…

Fit and fat

Reading time: 9 mins

I stepped out of the shower the other morning, dried myself off, wrapped the towel round my waist and turned to face the sink. I reached up to retrieve my electric toothbrush from it’s charging point and caught my reflection in the mirror. I don’t really look at myself all that often, I’m not exactly…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

The outrageous plan to haul icebergs to Africa If towing icebergs to hot, water-stressed regions sounds totally crazy to you, then consider this: the volume of water that breaks off Antarctica as icebergs each year is greater than the total global consumption of freshwater. And that stat doesn’t even include Arctic ice. Given the state…

Reading to escape

Reading time: 7 mins

There were two routes I used to walk to my primary school, both of them down main roads that spanned the top half of the town. One took me down Townhead Road and offered the chance to nip in to a corner shop for some illicit sweeties, the other took me off Bonhill Road and…

Weekend Reading

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Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong In food and drink, we all want to do the right thing. We want to shop and eat sustainably. But, sometimes, it is easier said than done. Our willingness to jump on the latest eco-trends and unquestioningly accept reassuring labelling can…

45 miles

Reading time: 3 mins

My first bike was a Boxer. It was royal blue, with chunky tyres and these days would probably be called a mountain bike (for kids, it was tiny). It was the smaller version of the Grifter, which itself was a BMX/off-road kinda thing with the most totally awesomest twist-handle gear shift just like an actual…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Innocent people with dirty-sounding last names face the “Scunthorpe problem” Sitting through roll call in school is already bad enough if you have a last name like Weiner, Butts, Cummings, Medick, Dickman, or Suconcock. But if that sounds rough, just try getting past the first stage of an online registration process. Seymour? Is there a Seymour…

Gigs for the soul

Reading time: 5 mins

“Fry your onions in garlic!”, he shouted. It was another evening in the Barrowlands, the ageless dance hall turned gig venue. It was late December, 1991, and I was there to see the Silencers, ably supported by the wonderful Humpff Family (wonderful in both name and in their rock/ceilidh stylings). As we were waiting for…

An ode to the slow cooker

Reading time: 2 mins

It looks like summer is fading away and, as we head into my favourite season, it’s time to look out the blankets and (far more importantly) my old friend the slow cooker. Ohhhh wonderous maker of stews and soups! I know you can do more – I have the books that tell me this –…

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins

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…