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Seven iconic English bridges (I’d have said 6.5 with the Severn Bridge in there!) 20210127
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I’m glad to see there are people out there making bike friendly clothing that’s not all skin tight lycra. I need to figure out how to sew something like this for the summer. 20210123
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I’m amazed there has ever been any science behind TV detector vans, I always thought they were completely fake 20210121
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Electric Cargo Bike Delivery Service – I hope that what starts in Hebden Bridge grows elsewhere! 20210118
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See saws on the US-Mexico border. 20210114
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Simulated Traffic Junctions, trying to keep traffic flowing is hard! 20210108
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Reading about Japanese manhole covers and needed to go looking for pictures. 20210107
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It took me a while to work out what the problem with this Tripod coin was! (I was thinking of John Christopher tbh.) 20210107
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Sillitoe Tartans and Battenberg Markings 20201225
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“a book which began as a scourge of the establishment had become, in the end, a totem of national pride.” – it’s fascinating how culture spins like this. 20201221
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“Humanity’s history is a continuous battle between us and the microbes.” 20201217
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Crochet postbox toppers! Fab. (Apart from the bit where they recognise it as crochet, then call the creator a “knitter” ?) 20201213
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Maps of alternate histories. I want to explore them all! 20201212
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Good news for future pandemics, I hope. Though I agree this will all be forgotten too soon and the funding will dry up. 20201208
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The World in 2050. Good to read something hopeful that says it is not a burnt up plague-ridden post-apocalyptic nightmare. 20201208
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Paris to Cambodia (so far) by ebike. I’m jealous! 20201206
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You can view this as quite prescient, or conclude that this pandemic was reasonably predictable and just badly prepared for by most countries. 20201204
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How to Vaccinate the World, my new favourite podcast from Radio 4. 20201203
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I’m just finishing knitting one blanket… it’s too early to think about planning a crocheted one but this is a rather nice planning tool! 20201203
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It feels fabulous that the good news is finally starting to roll in. Hang on in there! 20201202
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It’s pretty amazing what can be done with a BBC Micro emulator nowadays 20201201
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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords, though I wish they’d learn not to put squishy things under heavy things. 20201129
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The idea of Boris as an “over-promoted elf” is on the nose! My family do quiet Christmasses at home and a big get-together in the summer (better weather, easier travel, plenty of food, drink and present exchanges) I think we’re ahead of the curve on this. 20201127
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I love the idea of an “anti-library” of unread books being a good thing. It’s all about the framing. Also agree on the excessive browser tabs. 20201125
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COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool 20201124
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“Words of an Unprecedented Year” 20201123
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A lovely story about a bit of well deserved but unexpected success. 20201123
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I’m never quite sure why video games are so demonised (especially when compared with TV) either. 20201123
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“No one understands how sand works.” 20201119
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Excellent! It’s always seemed odd that this junction of footpaths relies on stepping stones. I didn’t even know it was supposed to be a bridge. 20201114
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I’m finally ready to knit the final installment of this year’s mystery blanket. 20201113
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Though trig points are pretty interesting too! 20201112
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Trying to figure out what counts as a hill…. 20201112
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Nice bit of non-fraudulent election number detection. 20201111
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The “workation” digital nomad lifestyle appeals to me, but this year I’m very happy to be staying at home. 20201109
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“reflect how arbitrary it can be whose side we end up fighting for, and whom we stand next to when it’s all over and done” 20201109
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It’s pronounced Nevada. 20201106
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Watching them counting all the votes…. ? 20201106
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Directory of UK independent bookshops. 20201101
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Can you get a diagnosis just by coughing into your phone? This might be the most optimistic futuristic thing I’ve read in ages, I hope something like this works! 20201030
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Yup, I’m deffo going to stay in quiet well ventilated spaces! 20201030
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An article about why other people believe such nonsense, and I, of course, don’t (but, obviously, probably do). 20201028
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This is an interesting database of Covid superspreading events. 20201027
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24 hour magical mathematical YouTube show. Looks like fun! 20201027
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A tale of two plagues. 20201026
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It’s like a strange variation of the Turing Test but I have no idea whether this story about the president of the United States’ Twitter password being “maga2020” is a satirical news story or not. 20201023
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You can control the sky laser light show! Fab idea, I wish I had an excuse to go to Leeds and play. 20201023
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Timepage: my new favourite iOS calendar app. 20201022
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The fascinating story of how the author of “How to Lie with Statistics” got involved with doing just that for the tobacco industry. 20201021
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I can understand the residents of Asbestos, Quebec wanting a new town name, I really needed to know more about how they decided upon “Val-des-Sources”! 20201020
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I once went looking for the Coventry Street of the Monopoly Board with the aid of the London A-Z, we reckoned Covent Garden was a decent replacement but this is probably a better set of replacements. 20201019
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“Celebrated Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos creates vibrant, often monumental sculpture, using fabric, needlework and crochet alongside everyday objects from saucepans to wheel hubs.” 20201019
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Mechanica – board game with jigsaw factories and robot vacuum cleaners. Utterly delightful. 20201018
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Visit the Biden HQ Animal Crossing Island 🙂 20201016
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AwShuX – this weekend’s online board game convention. 20201016
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“an attempt to create a pedestrian highway system, a slow alternative to our main roads and motorways.” excellent idea! 20201016
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“every number is a potential friend rather than a traitor waiting to be exposed.“ 20201015
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The Spreadsheet News Network reporting on last week’s Excel debacle. 20201014
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“Flights to nowhere” – I do not understand why people want the plane experience without the going somewhere experience! 20201013
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I want pockets everywhere all the time. I am not weird, everybody wants pockets. Apart from over 60s in their pyjamas apparently. 20201013
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I don’t think I’ve ever made butterscotch Angel Delight in my own Kenwood Chef! (Made it a squillion times in my mum’s as a child though.) 20201011
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I confess I’ve dismissed KonMari out of hand as not for me, but Daniel’s take on it has me interested. 20201010
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I rather hoped the government careers quiz would tell me to retrain as a lighthouse keeper…. 20201009
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…but I think the issue is when it funnels you into choosing an industry at the end. If I pick “sports & leisure” my only choice is “cinema projectionist”. If I pick science or IT I get perfectly sensible selection of career options for introverts. 20201009
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… but also, it doesn’t change the fact that telling the entire music industry to “find new opportunities” is utter bollocks. 20201009
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Ooh, this article gives me ideas for making cycling routes that cover every lane round here. 20201007
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Swatch, another game backed on Kickstarter for when we can get back together board gaming again one day. 20201006
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“It’s better to be a poor pupil in a rich country than the reverse.” Intriguing kinks on the graph indicating that richer pupils with do worse in some countries though. 20201005
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Have we reached peak-dumb on this pandemic yet? PHE discover Excel isn’t a good place for oodles of data. Who knew? (Spoiler: Many other people, including me & probably you.) 20201005
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“pay at least as much attention to the air you breathe as you do to sanitizing surfaces and your hands” 20201004
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I feel rather icky wishing anyone ill, but Trump’s response to Clinton’s campaign trail pneumonia sets me right again. 20201003
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Among other interesting insights here: are we doing track n trace backwards? 20201002
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Paul Stephenson: the hero who refused to leave a pub – and helped desegregate Britain 20201002
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Just testing. There’s lots of broken bits if you dive into the old content on nocto, it might get fixed up sometime. 20201001
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The penultimate installment of the patterns for my 2020 knitted mystery blanket are out! I’m still finishing off September’s knitting though. One square to go. 20201001
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We’re looking forward to Streets, new board game from Haakon Hoel Gaarder. 20201001
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Cosmic Cruiser, best Lego set ever. 20201001
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So, I published one blog post and then hastily redesigned the site… see you in a couple of years probably 😀 20200930
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The source of coronavirus stats that I keep returning to. 20200930
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