The sharp slap of the familiar

Today’s press is full of discussion about whether, in the event of a Yes vote in the Scottish Independence referendum, the remaining UK should have a new flag.  According to a survey by the Flag Institute (the UK’s national flag charity – who knew?), the answer is yes and a new flag should include an element […]

We didn't lock the door

“If we were not at home, we used to leave the broom against the door as a sign.  If our neighbours wanted to drop by for a coffee, they saw that no one was at home.” Different place, different time.  I love this post from pkettunen. I grew up in the countryside too, though I […]

We didn’t lock the door

“If we were not at home, we used to leave the broom against the door as a sign.  If our neighbours wanted to drop by for a coffee, they saw that no one was at home.” Different place, different time.  I love this post from pkettunen. I grew up in the countryside too, though I […]

30 manifestations of a lust for literature

From BuzzFeed via Kurt at the appropriately named Cultural Offering, 30 beautiful book collections: public, private and commercial.

Sales, engineering or marketing?

Dilbert, via Kurt at Cultural Offering:  

The illiterate of the 21st century…

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Alvin Toffler, Future Shock I found this while browsing the newly discovered Book Mania! site.  It feels even more true today than it must have seemed in 1970 when Future Shock was […]

For cultivators of ideas…

From Book Mania!, via Nicholas Bate, home libraries, bookshelves and reading havens to make your mouth water. I admit the wolf-skins gave me pause for thought but this one is heaven: “Interior designer Matthew White’s library gallery, located in the upper level of his living room. (Photo by Art Gray)”. Digging a bit deeper, this seems […]

9 essential marketing insights about typography – BadLanguage.net

Fascinating insights from Matthew Stibbe at Bad Language about something we take too much for granted. Worth reading for the first point alone: typography affects your credibility.  The underlying research for that point (also worth a read) is here. And an essential reference for if you would like your writing to be read and to be persuasive: […]

Boardroom aspiration?

Tischgesellschaft’ / Company at the Table – 1998 art installation by Katharina Fritsch. Via the very visual Hovercraftdoggy, here.

3 kinds of mess: a clarty, sottery bourach

I’m indebted to James Lawther for dusting off a word I haven’t heard since I was a kid.  I remember “clarty” being waved in my direction, generally attached to “mess”. When not being accused of making a clarty mess, I was usually in a bit of a sotter or making a bourach (and until I looked it […]

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