Most days I wander past the BMA on my way to the office. I noticed that the memorial plaque for victims of the 7 July 2005 bus bombing had gone. Sadly I’d assumed that someone had broken or taken it; I’m glad to find it was actually moved to a new memorial across the road.
A clear-headed view of the impact of Saturday’s People’s Vote march.
If leaving is still the will of the people, they will vote for it again; if they don’t then it’s no longer the will of the people.
Turned up today. The making of a wonderful Friday night.
I haven’t yet had a chance to visit Musette, the new cycling cafe in Aldbury. On 8 November they are hosting an evening Michael Broadwith, a Berkhamsted local who recently broke the Lands End to John O’Groats record. Well worth a trip there.
Stumbled across _ The 150 Greatest Albums by Women before 1964_ complete with Spotify and YouTube links to each album. I may be some time.
Planning to go on the People’s Vote march on Saturday. My young boys are currently debating whether to come with me. I went on the anti-war march in London in 2003 and it didn’t stop anything, but it feels wrong not to participate and just watch this car crash happen.
Watched Rear Window (1954) with my two young boys last night. They loved it! Both were hiding their faces in their hands at the climatic scene, and questioning whether it should be a PG. Hitchcock continues to thrill after all these years. My favourite film.
Ordering pre-release stuff months in advance is great. When it turns up out of the blue, it’s like a little random present from your past self. Looking forward to getting stuck into this.
Loved this episode of the Hobby Horse podcast on semi-secret online trivia leagues. Sign me up!
Listening to Nick Robinson’s interview with Sir John Major and wondering whether people visibly going to jail over the 2007–08 financial crisis would have helped reduce the probability of the rise of nationalism and Brexit.
Reading David Hepworth’s 1971: Never A Dull Moment and feeling the need for more Rolling Stones in my life. My Stones-fan cousin gave me recommendations that included ‘nothing after Exile on Main St..’ Hepworth seems to agree.
Absolutely love this. A workflow to determine whether you really need to hold that meeting. Sometimes you just need to do the work instead.
afterbrexit.tech is fascinating (hat-tip to Chris Weston on the latest WB40 podcast). Stuff I had never thought about, including:
Listening to John Gruber’s interview with Jason Kottke, hearing them discuss 9/11 and pondering how much time has passed since then, seemingly in the blink of an eye.
Lovely to see my friend Dan Parry talking about one of his favourite subjects to Euronews. If you have even a passing interest in the epic and fascinating tale of how we got to the moon, his book Moonshot is one of the best things I’ve ever read.
Loving the Dear Data project. Beautiful visualisations, one a week, recorded analogue on a postcard and sent across the Atlantic to a partner doing the same thing back at you. What a massive commitment this represents.
Really interesting discussion with Tony Blair on Nick Robinson’s weekly podcast. Hoping that the parliamentary gridlock on Brexit that he outlines becomes a reality and that we get another say.
Signed my support for Permanent European Union Citizenship. Unsurprisingly, the campaign has already reached the required threshold of votes in the UK but is some way off getting the required support in another six countries. Go Romania!