Interesting links this month

Paris in mourning
Paris in mourning – photo from Twitter
One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. This month I’ve read little beyond news reports about the Paris attacks, Belgian lockdown (we are visiting next month) and the debate around air strikes in Syria. This article struck me particularly: “Bombing civilians will recruit new terrorists.

Here are a few less serious links:

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On houses

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“To buy is to choose where the future will take place” – Frances Mayes on houses.

This quote comes from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, which has wise words for anyone moving house (as we are hoping to do next month). 

What if you did not feel uncertainty […] Are you exempt from doubt? Why not rename it excitement? […] Think: What if the sky doesn’t fall? What if it’s glorious?

Interesting links this month

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One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. It’s also a handy way to remember what I was reading about in any given month. With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• The Mayor of Bath talks about mental wellbeing and confronting stigma.

• I discovered  The Physic Blog by Bristolian Sara Venn via Instagram and it lead me down a rabbit hole of reading about gardening, allotments and community projects. I especially loved this post and this video and this other blog and the Edible Bristol movement.

Sanctum is an incredible arts project happening in Bristol for the next three weeks. We dropped in on Friday and saw potters, spoken word poetry and an impromptu lecture on the ideas behind the project. The temporary structure alone is worth the trip.

This new-ish blog, The Spike, is like helpful advice from a cool aunt or sister.

A slightly scary but also hopeful podcast about our relationships with our smartphones and how they affect us as humans. And a similar article about parents and their phones.

• “If you have more stuff than you do space to easily store it, your life will be spent a slave to your possessions

• Finally, the grass isn’t greener in Norway (with regard to relations with the EU).

Links I found interesting this month

Bournemouth sunset (jennybegoode.wordpress.com)
Bournemouth beach at sunset earlier this month.

One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. Not only is it a great way to share/find new and useful things to read, but it also means I’ll be able to find the links to those articles later on! With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• There’s a proposal in Bath to build an observation attraction called the AquEye or AQ-Y, which is causing plenty of debate. The local paper last week had a debate with Bath Tourism Plus in favour and a local businessman and former Councillor against (also on video here).

• Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol has the “biggest screen in the country“, a new sports bar & grill and “English tapas” by the Eat Drink Bristol Fashion team. This could be the best place in town to watch the Rugby World Cup Final!

• Two points of view on housing in Bristol: gentrification says Bristol 24/7 vs social change, according to The Bristol Cable.

• Did you hear about the string quartet stuck in a jam who gave a spontaneous recital on the M5?

• The Humans of New York photographer is sharing stories from refugees in Greece on Instagram.

• How to turn off ‘Wi-Fi Assist’ mode in iOS 9 and save your mobile data allowance.

• Finally, this mash up of movie dance scenes and Uptown Funk has many of my favourite movies in it:

Links I found interesting this month

Richard Long exhibition at the Arnolfini, Bristol 2015 https://jennybegoode.wordpress.com

One of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. Not only is it a great way to find new and useful things to read, but it also means I’ll be able to find the links to those interesting articles later on! With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• An oldie, but a goodie: “Why the modern world is bad for your brain“.

Twitter jokes collated.

• I used to play those point-and-click escape-the-room games online; now there’s a live action version in Bath (Bath Escape) and two in Bristol (Puzzlair-4D and Fathom Escape)! I wonder who would like to try this out with me?

• Last weekend we went to see an exhibition by Richard Long at the Arnolfini in Bristol (photo above) – I first saw one of his exhibitions in St Andrews in 1997 and his work has always stuck with me. Definitely worth checking out and it’s free entry!

• This article about living on a ketch made me want to stop house hunting and buy a boat.

• I recently rediscovered Kerstin Rodgers’ blog and alter ego ‘Ms Marmite Lover’. I love the way she writes about the places she visits – blending a whirlwind of sensory impressions with contextual information and her personal reactions, all delivered in a matter-of-fact tone – evocative but not gushing. It’s exactly what I need to get enthusiastic about travel.

• Finally, I can’t stop watching this astonishingly beautiful tilt shift video of Bristol:

“Fashion on the Ration”


“A decline in clothing standards may be accompanied by a decline in self respect and a consequent slackness of the mind.”

– Memo from the Women’s Group on Public Welfare regarding the Make [Do] and Mend campaign, as displayed at the Imperial War Museum London ‘Fashion on the Ration’ exhibition, which is on till the end of the month. I visited earlier this week with my Mum – a rare chance to get away.

Links I found interesting this month

Lanhydrock, CornwallOne of my favourite types of blog posts to read is a round-up of links and stories from around the web. Not only is it a great way to find new and useful things to read, but it also means I’ll be able to find the links to those interesting articles later on! With that in mind, here are some items I found interesting this month:

• This blog post from Slow Your Home inspired me to delete all the social media apps on my phone last week.

• I sent this article about gender-neutral dress to my friend whose twins don’t have ‘his’ and ‘her’ clothes.

• Fantastic illustrations of Bath by Perry Harris, shown to me by the Mayor no less!

• Bristolians are loving the Shaun in the City sculpture trails.

• The Great British Bake Off starts next week (Wednesday, 8pm)!

• An enormous list of minimalism resources.

• Terrifying article about rescuing women from Isil (and women’s own testimonies).

• Finally, am I the only one with a bit of a crush on Mhairi Black?