This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson’s return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. http://io9.com/the-best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-of-2014-1676427116 I’ve only read a few of these so plenty to … More The 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014. (From io9)
Let’s face it, if the Conservatives get in next time then libraries as we know them are gone. Public Libraries News Special on Sieghart: The Independent Library Report This is a well judged analysis of the report, coupled with a look at the press coverage. The most worrying aspect to me is the person chairing … More Cappuccino?: More on the Sieghart Independent Library Report
Libraries are facing unprecedented cuts and closures up and down the UK. A new report adds very little to the debate. Lauren Smith has an excellent first look at the shortcomings of the Sieghart report. “WiFi. Yes, god, yes. It blows my mind that all public libraries don’t already have WiFi, but it’s for two … More Sieghart’s Independent Library Report for England
Outsourced and unaccountable: this is the future of local government The gutting of Barnet council means even births, deaths and marriages are managed elsewhere. Your town hall may be next. A very depressing read over at The Guardian. Your “local” town hall will be a distant call centre away. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/15/local-services-barnet-council-town-hall
How We Used To Live is a film by Paul Kelly created using rare footage drawn from the British Film Institute’s National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne with a narration by Ian McShane. John Grindrod over on the blog Dirty Modern Scoundrel calls it …a kind of melancholy nostalgia for the recent past, from … More How We Used To Live
Its been a good year for both new music and reissues, and these are my highlights of the year. King Creosote – From Scotland With Love His soundtrack to archive film of scottish life was probably my favourite album of the year. You can find out more about the film on the official website “From … More Music 2014
John Peel was a huge influence on my musical tastes. I listened to him from his first show on Radio 1, and off and on for the next 40 odd years, gone but not forgotten. See other posts on this topic at The WordPress Blog.