Lockdown reawakened my childhood love of chess. Now I can’t do anything else 🔗

The alert I get when an opponent has made their move gives me the shot of excitement I used to get from social media notifications


Comes to Rest 🔗

Ancestors by Alice Roberts review – a story of movement and migration 🔗 📚

Compulsory worship of national symbols is the sure sign of a culture in decline - Article by Nesrine Malik, The Guardian 🔗

Should Feminists Read Baudelaire? BBC Radio 3 - Sunday Feature 🔗

The CricViz app has improved to become a great way to follow live cricket scores - I’m currently keeping an eye on the first match of the IPL and the opening matches of the English County Championship. 🔗🏏

Ryley Walker: ‘Going two days sober was impossible since I was a kid’ 🔗 🎵

… the first sound you hear on Course in Fable is exalting major chords, before burrowing into fiddly prog shifts in time signatures.

Interesting and informative podcast series from the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and Keats-Shelley House. John Keats’ Bright Star 1820: read by heart with analysis is one of the highlights for me. 📚🔗

Jazz audiences are always On the Road 🔗 🎵

Laundromat and on Bandcamp 🔗 — Three EPs. Blue, Green Red. Electronic and relaxed. Laundromat is Brighton based recording artist Toby Hayes. I know nothing more but am enjoying listening to the music. 🎵

Michael Rosen blog post on Reading for Pleasure 📚 🔗

A child
A book
A read
A chat.

This is the way
the mind grows.

Not with a test
but a tale.

He’s writing for teachers and children but I think a lot of his points are applicable to all readers.

The Great British Art Tour: why is Keats at Guy’s hospital? 🔗

The Romantic poet John Keats died 200 years ago today at the young age of 25. He has long since been celebrated for works such as Ode to a Nightingale and To…

John Keats: five poets on his best poems, 200 years since his death 🔗

Ode to a Nightingale (1819) My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains…

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘AI, gene-editing, big data … I worry we are not in control of these things any more’ 🔗

For the Ishiguro household, 5 October 2017 was a big day. After weeks of discussion, the author’s wife, Lorna, had finally decided to change her hair colour.…

‘It shook me to my core’: 50 years of Carole King’s Tapestry 🔗

James Taylor: The singer-songwriter genre was named around 1970, give or take, and was said to apply to me and, among others Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens and…

Great news - India vs England TV coverage: Channel 4 seals rights 🔗 🏏

It means the first Test in Chennai starting in the early hours of Friday morning will be the first live Test cricket on free-to-air TV in the UK since the iconic Ashes series in 2005, which was also on Channel 4.

‘Healthy and positive’ communities: Facebook and the restriction of political content 🔗

Recently Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his team are working on stopping political content from circulating within the platform in order,…

The Dig: Will Gompertz film review 🔗

It’s late summer in England, 1939. The sight and sound of RAF planes flying overhead is an ominous reminder that war looms.

Facebook is banning leftwing users like me - and it’s going largely unnoticed | Akin Olla 🔗

In response to the fascist riot at the US Capitol, Facebook engaged in a flurry of dangerous and misguided corporate authoritarianism. I, along with a number…

Viral Lies 🔗

Some falsehoods about the pandemic are so dangerous that they should be banned. By George Monbiot.

Antiquarium of Pompeii reopens 🔗

The Antiquarium of Pompeii reopened today after an extensive refurbishment and decades of closure. You’d think a site like Pompeii which under normal global…

There’s no need to peel ginger | Waste not 🔗

I used to peel my ginger badly, trimming off chunks of skin until I was left with a hexagonal prism and throwing a good third of the original unpeeled knob in the bin.

Why are the Labour party turning their back on the Green Industrial Revolution? … 🔗

Labour’s ‘Green Recovery’ report actually represents a quivering withdrawal from Labour’s bold 2019 manifesto pledge to deliver a Green Industrial Revolution.

Mary Wollstonecraft finally honoured with statue after 200 years. 🔗

It shows a silvery naked everywoman figure emerging free and defiantly from a swirling mingle of female forms and, thanks to a 10-year slog of fundraising, is the world’s only memorial sculpture to a woman known as the “mother of feminism”

Mary Wollstonecraft Tate portrait

John Keats was born #OnThisDay, 31st October 1795. And on 31st October 1820 the 25 year old poet also first set foot on Italian soil after 35 days at sea and 10 in quarantine. Keats-Shelley Memorial Association podcast 🔗