Category: Downtime

Be a man of letters

Michael Wade calls for a revival of proper correspondence

Those odd things that you might spend a chunk of time writing and then you’d mail them and not expect an answer that afternoon. It might be a week or so before you’d seriously expect a reply. And when you received a letter, you might study the letterhead and the quality of the paper and, of course, the person’s signature.

The rest is here.

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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

This looks interesting, a new exhibition at the V&A exploring the influence of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Times’ Ben Macintyre has some theories on the book’s inspirations, here.

Here are a couple of fine songs inspired by Alice…

… and, of course…

The books themselves – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – are worth a read, too. It’s good to go straight to the source.

Image: John Tenniel’s illustration from the original publication (Source: British Library: https://www.bl.uk/alice-in-wonderland/articles/alice-at-150#)

You may not have heard … Dr Feelgood

Dr Feelgood came out of the UK pub rock / rhythm and blues scene in the mid seventies. I’m not sure that they ever really broke through in the US, but they toured hard and were/are a fantastic live band.

Wilko Johnson was their iconic, original guitarist, later famous as the executioner in Game of Thrones and, in real life, for not dying.

I always preferred Gypie Mayo’s playing.

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You may not have heard … The Black Sorrows (@TheBlackSorrows)

The Black Sorrows and founder Joe Camilleri are legends in their native Australia. Sadly, they’re a well-kept secret in Europe.

Sublime, rootsy music. Listen closely and you’ll hear elements of Van Morrison, Dr John, JJ Cale, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan and so, so much more…

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Matt Ridley and Jordan Peterson

This was my weekend watch. It’s a fantastic, far-reaching discussion across the evolution of virtue, morality, free trade and more. It touches on the green revolution and on Ridley’s Rational Optimist perspective (similar to Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now.

In fact, it’s all that you might expect from a discussion between Peterson and Ridley.

Well worth a watch.