Ten years ago today, it seems, I was wandering around Portland, taking photos. I wonder how many of these sights are still there.
"Cause for Alarm" by Eric Ambler is a very exciting engineering spy thriller. So worth reading if you like engineering + spies + thrills.— Rachel Coldicutt (@rachelcoldicutt) March 11, 2015
This line sums up the mood:
"It was not until I was soaking blissfully in the steaming water that it occurred to me to wonder why General Vagas thought it necessary to carry a swordstick."
And this is what someone gives as the list of things they import and sell (it's a cover):
"Moroccan perfumes, Czech jewellery, and French bicycles"
I remember thinking the reason 'we' liked the Olympic Ceremony so much was because it marked the moment where 'our' culture had come top.
We/our meaning, I guess, mostly people like me; white, male, rich, middle-aged, metropolitan, educated, digital, a bit techy, a bit media-y, with a non-southern chip on our shoulder. Or is that just me? (WEIRD)
Increasingly this makes me feel uncomfortable, I'm the establishment. That's bad.
But, on the other hand, it means Radio 4 are making many more programmes aimed directly at me, which is obviously brilliant for me.
Recent favourites, which you might enjoy, if you're like me, of even if you're not:
Tom Armitage on writing, learning and thinking in code.
Aleks Krotoski on Codes that Changed the World.