It’s summer holiday time in the northern hemisphere, and for the first time in a couple of years, I've actually been on holiday. We've been camping in a coastal valley with no WiFi and the merest sniff of 3G connection (if you climb part the way up a hill, and balance on a gate).
It was bliss.
I've been reading actual books and magazines while I've been away. And it felt good. A much-needed reminder of how stressful our always-on, constant distraction culture is.
But I'm back, and catching up on what I missed while I was away (and before I went away, if I'm honest). Here's a first selection of things I found interesting.
I hope you will, too.
This is a neat reversal of the normal arguments against an electric car, written from the perspective of someone driving one, but contemplating a switch to petrol…
There's been much talk of rewilding over the last few years — even on The Archers — so it's useful and interesting to read about how a long-term rewilding project worked out.
Random encounters create innovation is one of the defining myths of the workplace. It's been a decade since I last worked in an office full time, but I never saw any evidence of this. And now this NYT piece effectively drives a hole in one of the arguments that many are making for a full-time return to the office.
I've been “working from home” for nearly a decade. And that often means working from a coffee shop, from a train, from a client's office, from a nature reserve… Hybrid working models could involve more creative places to work.
The ejection of a Member of Parliament for pointing out the lies of the Prime Minister is a practical example of the function-failure of the UK constitution
David Allen Green has been doing a fine job of highlighting the problems with the British system, especially when we have people in power who are ill-disposed to play by the unwritten rules.
Surprise: a recent study suggests that Disney princess culture actually has a positive impact on the attitudes of young children. (The more recent crop of “Princesses” are better models, though. Moana is an excellent film.)
My daughters have out-grown Peppa Pig, but I found it a surprisingly agreeable watch. Many of the later episode are clearly written with a nod and a wink towards the adults watching. Interesting to see the culture infection going this way across the Atlantic…
(Hey, Duggee is better, though.)
Oh, and if you're wondering why I've been absent from Twitter, this is why…