Lots of excitement has been generated in the print media, regarding the return of podcasting. This is mainly due to the success of “Serial” the true-crime drama that was a spinoff from the “This American Life” podcast and StartUp a podcast for startups, obviously. Marco Arment has written about the supposed comeback. Podcasts in 2010 were a lot … More The return of podcasts
This is the middle title of the Poseidon’s Children trilogy. The Wertzone describes the plot more succintly than I could. “Portgual, 2365. Chiku Akinya is one of three clones, and the only one to remain on Earth. One of her ‘sisters’ is on a dangerous space mission to the edge of the Solar system, trying to … More January books: On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
This book along with David Kynaston’s “Modernity Britain” has helped feed my interest in and knowledge of architecture and housing in postwar Britain. I grew up in a new town and have always been fascinated with modern buildings, though at the time I hadn’t realised I was living in a gigantic social experiment. John Grindrod … More January books: Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain
Any list that includes, The Monkees, New Order, and the Buzzcocks is fine by me. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/25/tim-burgess-soundtrack-of-my-life-charlatans-modern-nature Tim Burgess and the Charlatans are on a bit of a roll at the moment with the success of his solo album and a new Charlatans album.
Modernity Britain Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62 For some bizarre reason I had missed the publication of this in the autumn, though I’ll be waiting for it to come down in price on the Kindle. The other titles in David Kynaston’s epic history series, have all been essential reading for anyone interested in … More Modernity Britain Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62
Originally posted on Information Twist:
I realise I’m slow in getting round to sharing my thoughts on the recent Independent Library Report for England, which was presented by William Sieghart (and panel) to DCMS just before Christmas 2014, but here they are. I’m not going to do a run down of what the report contains. Instead…
A great shame that another use couldn’t be found for this iconic library.
And soon there will be nothing left. No libraries, just the internet. No public housing, just landlords. No offices, just flexible working arrangements (provide your own laptop). No schools, just online individually-tailored learning environments. A lament for the demolition of Birmingham Central Library and the sad state of local government today. http://fuckyeahtownplanning.tumblr.com/post/107345026892/no-you-do-it-for-the-piece-of-sky-we-are-stealing The the post … More Libraries give us power
Originally posted on Bilberry and Birch:
office windows, london “Rather than words comes the thought of high windows: The sun-comprehending glass, And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.” from High Windows by Philip Larkin
Mojo music magazine review asks “Is This the Best Beatles Book Ever”. The answer is emphatically Yes. If you are even remotely interested in the story of The Beatles you will be fascinated and enthralled as the story unfolds. The same review states at 840 pages (an ‘author’s cut’ due in November is more … More January Books: Tune In – The Beatles – All These Years, Volume 1, by Mark Lewisohn