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Arrival City film trailer is up!

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Packing!

Ahh – feels like finishing a jig-saw puzzle: just finished planning a day-trip, a conference weekend, 2 months on a traveling gig, and a round of holiday visits. The future’s looking much more settled now.

I hate relying on Starbucks. But I hate going without caffeine, toilets and wifi too. Such a whore for convenience.

Arrival City: how life on the fringe is shaping the world

I seem to move around at an ever-increasing pace these days, at last count having stayed in 38 places over the last 4 months, packing/unpacking 39 times, and closing or reconfiguring storage in three countries. Shedding weighty items like books, which I adore buying but have little time to read and no place to keep, has … Continue reading

[Pending] Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Figures. I’m 10 days away from a 4-month absence, and everything in London seems just a little brighter and better than usual. We’re seeing Peter and the Wolf live at Royal Festival Hall tomorrow; a rogue swimmer crashed the Oxford-Cambrige Boat Race today to protest elitism; Boris called Ken a “fucking liar” publicly (and repeatedly) and will no … Continue reading

What a walk in the garden can do…

By Sitala Peek, BBC News Birmingham   Rising early each morning, the young Charles Darwin and his brother Erasmus were led by their father Robert on a walk of silent contemplation around the grounds of their home in Shropshire. The daily ritual lasted about half an hour and was designed to encourage the boys to … Continue reading

Shipwrecks in the Night and Dickens’s 200th

  Just read Richard Carter’s great article about the 1859 ‘Storm of the Century’. In it, he cites Charles Dickens’s piece on the tragic wreck of a cargo ship in the Irish Sea, where nearly 460 lives were lost. Dickens’s The Uncommercial Traveller, where the account appeared, is one of my all-time favourite travel books – … Continue reading

Charles Darwin, father of… shrubbery?

American polymath Benjamin Franklin, 10th and youngest son of a working-class family, had to leave school at age 10. Sir Ernest Shackleton was invalided out during his first Antarctic trek; he was later marked for heroism in saving the crew of Endurance. Marie Curie (a.k.a. Maria Sklodowska) was refused entry by Krakow University because she was female, and went … Continue reading

Mongolia bids to keep city cool with ice shield experiment | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Geo-engineering trial aims to store winter temperatures in a giant block of ice that will cool and water Ulan Bator in summer. Guardian Online: Mongolia bids to keep city cool with ice shield experiment | Environment | guardian.co.uk. Well, my feelings about this are in the comments following the article, but while the natural engineering involved … Continue reading

Training to work

Something delicious about solo train travel for work, isn’t there?