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Seth on words – @thisisseth #writing

Two useful posts from Seth Godin on the power of words; use sparingly… “… if you try to say three things, we will hear nothing. Because most of the time, we’re hardly listening. Ads, instructions, industrial design—they all work better when they try to say one thing at a time.” and … “Words matter. They […]

Meditation and creativity – essential basics from Nicholas Bate

Two more essential sets of basics from Nicholas Bate: Simple Meditation 7 A time to be not just do. … Sit somewhere quiet. Be quiet. Creativity 7 7. … practise the skill of creativity daily. Related? Quite possibly.

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green – @mattwridley

Some powerful data on the wrongheadedness of the pursuit of wind power: “…we can see that wind provided 0.46 per cent of global energy consumption in 2014, … world energy demand has been growing at about 2 per cent a year for nearly 40 years… If wind turbines were to supply all of that growth […]

Ravens – @execupundit

Insight and a pointer from Execupundit. At the risk of spoiling the surprise, I’ll say that I hadn’t before encountered Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven. A world of cultural allusion has just opened up for me.

Something for the weekend? How stories last – Neil Gaiman #Writing

Here’s a delicious use for 100 minutes of your weekend. In June 2015, Neil Gaiman gave a talk at the Long Now Foundation on the nature, power and evolution of stories. Are stories alive? He talks about our symbiotic relationship with stories and how animals live for, perhaps 30 years at most; trees can live for a […]

The Ned – this looks superb

The Ned is a new hotel in the City of London, carved from the former Midland Bank designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens. The public areas look fantastic:   The full story and images are on Dezeen.com, here.

The long and short of successful content, #contentmarketing

How important is the length of content? As content marketers and storytellers, should we write long or short? And, does it matter? It’s tempting to assume that, in today’s time-squeezed, distraction-packed world, only short, snackable content can cut through. After all, if it’s good enough for @realDonaldTrump, then surely it’s good enough for us? The data, […]

Writing and Reading with Nicholas Bate – #Writing

Two sets of seven basics, from Nicholas Bate: Basics: Writing 7 “1. Get up and write. Rain, snow, bad mood, flu. Tough: write.  2.Practise makes better.  3. Force out quantity. Then edit for quality … Basics: Reading 7 “5.Join the library. Support the library. Wander those shelves and discover hidden gems.  6. Give your children from age 3 a book […]

The work will fall back to meet you – @execupundit

Sage words from Execupundit’s Michael Wade: “I find that I get more work done by slowing down…” The rest, here. Click slowly.

Classic Dr. Feelgood

The classic Brilleaux / Johnson line-up on home turf: I prefer the later, Gypie Mayo line-up but there’s no denying the raw energy of the original. The band’s site is here.

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