HISBE’s refill bar is such a great idea! Using this to replenish washing detergent and other cleaning fluids should go some way to helping me reduce my plastics consumption in 2018.
Events, dear boy, events
That was the answer I gave Kate when she asked me why I thought Brexit might not happen. This was Harold Macmillan’s response when asked what he thought would most likely knock a government off course – although some dispute whether he ever actually said this.
At the time, I had wrongly attributed this to James Callaghan, having confused it with “A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on”, which he said in an address to the Commons. But variations of this phrase have been around since the 18th century.
Where’s a Winston Churchill quote when you need one.
Currently watching series two of The Crown. Claire Foy’s impersonation of the Queen is impeccable, matched only by Bertie Carvel’s embodiment of Robin Day. Both are genuinely believable – unlike HMY Britannia, whose CGI reminds me of that used in Titanic, twenty years ago.
Tickets booked for Richard Herring: Oh Frig, I’m 50! at The Old Market in March (or RHOFIFATOMIM, as all the cool kids are calling it).
Michael Lopp on how to write:
Randomly think of a thing. Let it bump around your head a bit. If the bumping gets too loud, start writing the words with the nearest writing device. See how far you get. The more words usually mean a higher degree of personal interest. Stop when it suits you.
Wait for time to pass and see if the bumping sound returns. Reread what you’ve written so far and find if it inspires you. Yes? Write as much as you can. No? Stop writing and wait for more bumping.
This perfectly articulates what I was trying to get across in my last post. This bumping sound can too often get drowned out by the sound of tweeting.
Not sure what to make of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Suspect it was unable to meet my heightened expectations – partly due to a trailer which focused on its comedic rather than dramatic aspects. Requires a second viewing.
The Web is not Google, and should not be just Google.
Lego, board games, playgrounds, hide and seek, digging holes, building sandcastles and bodyboarding… after a week in Brazil playing with my three wonderful nieces, returning to Britain (somewhat bitten and burnt) having rediscovered my inner child!
My favourite feature of Brazilian bathrooms is electrical sockets in showers. Mixing electricity and water? Está bem!
Finally watched The Trip to Spain on my flight over to São Paulo. Having already seen the first few episodes I thought this instalment lacked charm of the first two. Watching this feature-long edit only cemented those concerns.
This series has clearly run out of ideas, as evidenced by the weirdly drawn out conclusion. You should always leave the table a little hungry; I’m full.
The fine folk over at CSS-Tricks asked me to write about the accessibility improvements I made to 24 ways. As ever, happy to oblige! Added a few thoughts about celebrating the act of maintaining older projects, too.
Asked to pick a favourite memory from 2017, my trip to Galway and Connemara in May stands out. So glad I took the time to write about this experience, in what was an otherwise barren year for blogging.
The new icon for micro.blog makes a world of difference. With this change, I can finally move the app to my home screen!
Love that I can walk to the end of my street, and pop into the Duke of York’s to watch a film. I should do it more often!
Just seen Ink – a play about Rupert Murdoch and his purchase of The Sun – with his current wife sat just a few rows behind me. She’ll have approved, as Bertie Cavel depicts him in a remarkably good light. Less so the monsters he created.
When it comes to generating the white heat demanded by modern industry, there are few good options but to burn stuff.
– Lewis Dartnell, Out of the ashes
This is Britain in 2017. A Britain that increasingly looks like a ‘managed’ democracy. Paid for a US billionaire. Using military-style technology. Delivered by Facebook. And enabled by us.
Poor @aajhiggs. Thought he could enjoy a quiet pint, instead got me ranting about the performance of his website – and more besides! 😆
Posting to my new microblog from the Micro.blog iOS app. If everything’s setup correctly, this will cross-post to Twitter, also. 🤞🏻
Getting started with Micro.blog. First decision, to import tweets or not to import tweets? I suspect that by hosting content on my own site – and given the slightly longer format also – the content (and possibly tone) of my micro posts will be different to that of any previous tweets. For that reason, think I’ll avoid importing my Twitter archive, at least for now.