Need a New Year’s resolution? Avoid 24-hour news

I’m late in flagging Michael Wade’s post on News Noise.

He makes a great point:

There is an Orwellian twist to how the press hypes certain stories and then, as interest wanes, reverses course with a “Never mind, but look at this exciting new report!”

Twitter, other social media 24-hour news channels, even the “quality” daily  newspapers are over-filled with breathless excitement and journalists interviewing other journalists. What you eagerly watched or read yesterday is obsolete today.

Better to devote your reading time to a considered viewpoint like the Economist, or other weekly. Better still:

If the subject is truly important, read a couple of books on the subject and scout out magazine and newspaper articles from all sides of the ideological spectrum.

Read the rest, here.


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Contemplation, inspiration and thanks

Happy Contemplation! It’s a week of sleeping and walking, eating and drinking, reading and pondering. Plans for the coming year will hatch, but slowly.

Goals will be set, and scratched, and set again.

Current sources of inspiration:

Established inspiration:

  • Nicholas Bate – always, always a source of pithy perspective. When I was at Microsoft, I was lucky enough to attend several of Nicholas’ courses.
  • Michael Wade – the Execupundit, I love Michael’s blend of business and military wisdom, …
  • Kurt Harden – music, life, perspective, food, politics, life

I can’t now recall which came first, but these are essential daily reading. Highly recommended. I dip into a long list of blogs and find inspiration, but these three are established, regular reading.

My thanks go to all three for their commitment and continued, high quality output.


Image: Winchester Cathedral

Brunswick Green

London. Around the corner from Brunswick Square (not far from Charles Dickens’ home on Doughty Street) and opposite an ugly development called the Brunswick Centre, I found a row of dark green doors and a childhood memory.

During a brief and unsuccessful flirtation with Airfix kits, I fell in love with the rich range of exotically named Humbrol enamels. Brunswick Green was one of my favourites, along with Prussian Blue.

Back then, it never occurred to me to ask where (or what) Brunswick was. Good old Wikipedia.

Brunswick green is a common name for green pigments made from copper compounds, although the name has also been used for other formulations that produce a similar hue, such as mixtures of chrome yellow and Prussian blue. The pigment is named after Braunschweig, Germany (also known as Brunswick in English) where it was first manufactured. It is a deep, dark green, which may vary from intense to very dark, almost black.[42]

The first recorded use of Brunswick green as a color name in English was in 1764.[43] Another name for this color is English green. The first use of English green as a synonym for Brunswick green was in 1923.[44]

Deep Brunswick green is commonly recognized as part of the British racing green spectrum, the national auto racing color of the United Kingdom.

Brunswick green
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Honoured and flattered by Cultural Offering

I’m honoured, flattered and, frankly, quite chuffed to find the Sovereign Professional on Cultural Offering’s annual list of 25 Blogs Guaranteed to Make You Smarter.

Kurt Harden’s Cultural Offering was one of a handful of blogs that inspired me when I started blogging more than 10 years ago. The Sovereign Professional is a new venture and I’m honoured to make Kurt’s list in such esteemed company.


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