So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed: Review

Journalist Jon Ronson has sold many thousand books. He’s also sent many thousand tweets, a good deal of which have set out to shame a person or organisation guilty of some deep social transgression.

As such, he sees Twitter as a bright new dawn of ‘democratised justice’, where the people, when acting together can bring down mighty institutions. At least, he did see it that way. Now, he’s not so sure. Continue reading “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed: Review”

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed: Review

Chasing Bigfoot with science

IN Russia, they call it almasty. In Sumatra the orang-pendek, in Bhutan the migoi and North America the sasquatch. But it’s the Himalayan name we know best – the yeti, or perhaps more popular still, the Abominable Snowman… Bigfoot.

But does it exist? That’s the question Oxford University’s professor of genetics Bryan Sykes sought to answer. For proof, he would use the science of DNA. Footprints, film footage and eyewitness accounts would not be enough.

The account of his entertaining and intriguing investigation is detailed in his book, The Nature Of The Beast.

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Chasing Bigfoot with science

High Hanborough Heat

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By his own admission, my mate Bushnell is something of a completist. One of his projects is to complete all 53 of rambles in volume one of Time Out’s book of Country Walks Near London.

Another is to read the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die in chronological order. He’s got as far as Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility (1811), which is not bad going by anyone’s standards.

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High Hanborough Heat

Lightning Strikes

The forecast was right, a storm is coming.

It’s late evening, midway through a long, hot summer and we are driving south through Kent. The plan had been to take a sundown dip in Hythe or perhaps Dymchurch before an overnight stopover on our way to a wedding party in East Sussex.

My shirt against the leather driver’s seat is soaked through with sweat and R is looking a little shiny herself.

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Lightning Strikes

White Denim – Review: Live At The Forum London

As I’ve mentioned before White Denim are, in my view, the most exciting guitar band in the world right now.

They played the Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Tuesday, and nothing I saw or heard led me to change my mind.

They walk onto the stage without a word. And that’s as talkative as they get. They don’t it appears, do banter.

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White Denim – Review: Live At The Forum London