Category: Quick Reads

  • Bloggers line up for the Blooker Prize

    Above: One of the entries on Postsecret.com, which has been shortlisted for the Blooker When is a book not a book? When it’s a blook, of course. OK, it might seem a bit of silly word but it does describe an increasingly common process — turning popular blogs into books. Not only does putting your…

  • A code for bloggers

    ‘Ah, ye knights of the pen! May honour be your shield, and truth tip your lances! Be gentle to all gentle people. Be modest to women. Be tender to children. And as for the Ogre Humbug, out sword, and have at him’ William Makepeace Thackeray, 1861 Thanks to Roy Greenslade at the Guardian

  • Real time world statistics

    Worth bookmarking: Worldometers – real time world statistics. Here you’l find live statistics for world population [including births, deaths, absolute population growth for the day], world expenditure on military, education, production [cars, bicycles, computers, year to date], and details statistics for education, the environment, food, water, energy and health. Fascinating and absorbing, and scary.

  • Bush losing his audience in heartland

    You won’t read it on the front of the New York Times (although they were eager to place under a microscope every salacious inquiry into the marriage of the Clintons). But you will find it blaring as the front-page stories of the tabloids read by Bush voters in the fly-over states. “Bush Marriage Over! Laura…

  • Noted

    “They rediscover bin Laden every two years right before the election. If you had a business strategy that worked all the time that was premised on scaring the living daylights out of people, you just keep doing it.” — Bill Clinton, in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s Political Capital with Al Hunt, about the Republican…

  • The BBC’s Green Room

    A well-hidden secret, the Green Room is a series of opinion pieces on environmental issues running weekly on the BBC News website. Here’s a link to one of the more recent contributions — “The fair choice for climate change” by Aubrey Meyer. Check the site’s right-hand column for more lively reading. The comments are also…