The return of podcasts

  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

January books: On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds

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

January books: Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain

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

Modernity Britain Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62

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

Libraries give us power

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

January Books: Tune In – The Beatles – All These Years, Volume 1, by Mark Lewisohn

  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