Sheep safely grazing Seen on our walk this evening as we passed a large meadow containing lots of contented sheep. Click on the image to see a larger v…
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Quote of the Day “Ireland is not a romantic dream; it is not a flag; it is 4.5 million people divided into two powerful traditions. The solution will b…
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Quote of the Day Can the planet afford more and more machine-learning? This morning’s Observer column on GPT-3: The apparent plausibility of GPT-3’s pe…
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Waving, not drowning Click on the image to see a larger size. Today’s musical replacement for the morning’s radio news Jan Lisiecki: Chopin’s Nocturne …
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Quote of the Day Why is flying so bad? Because it takes a lot of energy to lift a metal bucket full of people and suitcases into the air. Go figure: a …
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Quote of the Day Every time Trump opens his mouth, he convinces somebody out there to vote for Biden. Jack Shafer Musical alternative to Radio 4’s ‘Tod…
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Summer by the lake Wednesday 29 July, 2020 Today’s musical alternative to Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme John Field’s Nocturne #5 in B flat major played b…
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Quote of the Day A handful of very large, very rich companies that need fewer and fewer workers doesn’t add up to an economy. Rana Foroohar, Financial …
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Windows into the past My wife is currently going through her family archive, and keeps coming up with astonishing photographs. This is a shot of a Moth…
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A note to subscribers If you elected to receive this blog as a daily email and are finding that it’s not arriving regularly (as some people have been),…
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Crooked timber I never see trees like this without thinking of Kant’s sardonic observation: “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing w…
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Quote of the Day “Most of what we call civilisation depends on reciprocal vulnerability” Thomas Schelling (one of the many things demagogues don’t unde…
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