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Rare and Beautiful Apples

A new enzyme eats plastic bottles.

Werner Herzog on Bruce Chatwin.

Matt Berry, fellow Oldfield fan.

The world’s most famous shipwreck.

Britain’s coming Brexit humbling. Ireland will pay the price.

“It’s like an open prison.”

What to do when the future feels hopeless.

Stop being a people pleaser.

Stop putting things off.

Break bad habits.

Abandon originality.

The emotions you never knew you had.

Rare and beautiful apples.

3 October 2020

Muddy Knees

Sight-seeing on Flight Simulator.

Restoring a ratchet screwdriver from 1891.

The best insults you’ve ever heard.

Window swap.

The origin of mud.

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6 September 2020 · 1 Comment

Green Sand

There’s growing evidence that Covid-19 is airborne.

Serious brain disorders are developing in people with mild coronavirus symptoms.

It’s not enough to not die.

How well do masks work?

Parenting in the Covid-19 economy.

Those “all over the place” feelings are symptoms of stress. Here’s what’s happening.

Thucydides in times of trouble.

When lies and incompetence collide.

A Caribbean beach could help us slow climate change.

Crocodiles aren’t “living fossils” (via Mefi).

The Hamilton Polka.

15 July 2020

The Madness

How the virus conquered America.

Brazil faces the worst-case scenario.

Europe’s post-lockdown rules. Telling detail: the UK has had by far the longest lockdown.

Britain has gone completely mad during lockdown.

More madness: We can’t fight covid and Brexit at the same time. But as of midnight last night, we’ll have to.

The UK government’s coronavirus testing statistics are missing most of the current new cases.

Our kids have turned 9 and 13 during lockdown and have been trying to keep up with schoolwork on Microsoft Teams day after day after day, and this short film about lockdown life by Canadian teenager Liv McNeil felt so true that it reduced me to tears.

Les poules rentrent à la maison pour se percher.

You can’t understand the world without learning about empire.

A letter to a granddaughter about Earth’s history.

Ukulele Batman meets his match. Aw, come on!

1 July 2020

Light Relief

Villanelle as muppets. David Tennant as thermos flasks.

Neil Finn’s lockdown podcast.

Papercraft models of vintage PCs. I’m having a go at making the 128k Mac, the first I ever used.

23 June 2020

Rebel Botanists

Good Omens: Lockdown.

Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama.

N.K. Jemisin interviewed.

Tom Hardy’s bedtime stories.

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17 May 2020

Fermented Breakfast

More grouse recipes from Nat’s What I Reckon: Wham Bam Thank You Lamb, Chili Con Can’t Go Outside and Eggs-istential Crisis. Recipes do not involve actual grouse.

Cooking food on the Internet for fun and profit.

The stay-at-home bread boom.

Duck eats yeast; man loses eye. It checks out.

Big Butter and Big Cheese have taken over France.

17 May 2020 · 1 Comment

Four Weeks

It’s almost a month since I last posted any coronavirus links here, so I should do something with the dozens I’ve accumulated before events overtake them.

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25 April 2020

Happy Anzac Day, You Legends

It’s the swearingest Aussie YouTube cooking channel that we need in these difficult times: Nat’s What I Reckon shows you how to make Quarantine Sauce, Carbo-Rona Sauce, Quarantine Spirit Risotto, End of Days Bolognese, Sin Bin Soup and the Crowd Goes Mild Curry (all NSFWFH if you have kids or other sensitive humans around). Made me intensely homesick, especially when he said to give the risotto “a good belt of white wine”. F&^% jar sauce!

25 April 2020 · 1 Comment

Tension and Compression

A newly discovered enzyme recycles plastic bottles in hours.

The Polynesian navigator who helped James Cook reach Australia.

People from Oceania share their extinction stories.

The history of prohibition in the U.S. shows how Brexit will end.

How John Steinbeck used a diary to discipline his writing. Steinbeck on creative integrity and the art of changing your mind.

The celebrated phenomenon of teleportation.

Lego Tensegrity, as first demonstrated by Matthew Nolan.

A French pensioner was ejected from a fighter jet after accidentally grabbing the wrong handle.

25 April 2020