Tag: Downtime

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.

From around the blogosphere

‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’

Steve Layman brings us sound advice from another place and time. He also suggests a few simple rules for everyday life.

Michael Wade shares a moment of tranquillity

…along with style, beauty, art and advice.

Nicholas Bate provides pithy advice for better living (always) …

How to get better at anything, 22

1. Read the best book on the subject by the best expert.
2, Practise the skill daily.
3. Fill a notebook with key points, learnings and tips on the subject.
4. Read that notebook (3) daily.
5. Create a plan of incremental improvement. 
6. …

I am in awe of those who produce thoughtful, thought-provoking and inspiring material with such relentless regularity.

More inspiration to be found at Cultural Offering, and with Patrick Rhone, and with Seth Godin (this particularly caught my eye) and many, many other places. Follow the links, hat-tips and references and let your mind wander. Even if your body can’t.

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