Cinema and the Roaring 2020s – @DAaronovitch

The creative sector looks forward to the Great Release.

The landline

When you’ve forgotten your door keys, and the batteries in the doorbell are flat, and your teenage son can’t hear the door knocker, and he keeps his mobile on silent when he’s asleep, then a good, old-fashioned, landline phone is essential.   Photo on

Visions of Earth – @NatGeo

A breath-taking collection of images from National Geographic. My favourites include the raccoon ambush, the butterflies, the polar bear, frosty trees and red fox. How many favourites am I allowed? Images: National Geographic This post also appeared on

30 of the most majestic libraries in the world –

These are mouthwateringly beautiful: I was lucky enough to visit the above – the State Hall of the Austrian National Library in Vienna – earlier in August.   Drool over the full list, here.

Abandoned buildings

There’s something wonderfully evocative about abandoned buildings. The Mind Circle has 22 outstanding images, including this one: Image: @carlos_santero

Trees. Awesome.

There is something truly awesome – in the true sense of the word – about trees that have stood for hundreds or even thousands of years. Thousands! Can you imagine? Before Rome, before the pyramids, before the internet. The BBC has a piece on the oldest living things on earth, including trees 5,000 years old: […]

Hungarian Soul – curator of beautiful images

After a long break, Hungarian Soul is back: Mostly a collection of beautiful images from across the web… Worth a visit just for these, but if further incentive is needed, Mr Hungarian is on a Deep Purple roll.

Equality vs freedom, a timely reminder from Cultural Offering

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.  A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) A timely reminder from economist Milton Friedman, via Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering.  

Why rare books are thriving – @Spectator_Life

The Spectator has an interesting piece on collecting rare books in the digital age, here. The article centres on one of London’s oldest antiquarian booksellers, Maggs Bros (, which I feel must be worth a visit.

A perfect retreat

This, via, looks like a perfect retreat … if a little post-apocalyptic and brooding.

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