So, if this shambolic stuff is – whether for low, craven or visionary reasons – to be increasingly commonplace on BBC news and current affairs, the conflict between its traditional, informing ambitions and this form of mischief dictates some rapid adjustments to the editorial guidelines. Would it be simpler, in fact, to reclassify this sort of pointless improv as entertainment? Already, BBC rules look radically more permissive than in 2014. Then: “Vox pops are a tool of illustration, NOT a tool of research… Avoid terminology such as: ‘We’ve been out on the streets to find out what the people of Manchester think about this’.” Now, on The World at One, we’re introduced to “the view from Stoke”. A view that, as extracted and depicted by the BBC plays colourfully and, as above, influentially into narratives of the people versus parliament. … [Read more...] about Is the rise of the unscientific vox pop a fresh take on news or just plain laziness?
I realise that this sounds achingly right on, but CAT turned out to be populated by extraordinarily down-to-earth, practical people. Our course leader, Carwyn Jones, was a local craftsman who happens to have a wonderful gift for creating small places to live. A star of the Channel 4 programme George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, he welcomed us into the hangar-sized shed where we would collectively build our tiny house. If any more inspiration were needed, we would be constructing our little wooden abode beneath the gaze of Carwyn’s latest project: a transportable living space made to look like the eye of a Welsh dragon – it’s now competing in Channel 4’s Sunday night series Cabins in the Wild. … [Read more...] about Build your own tiny house on a short break in Wales
They discovered the messages from bin Salman including one which they say likely led to a trove of data being taken from his phone. It was sent in May 2018 and showed a Saudi flag and a Swedish flag with Arabic writing across it. … [Read more...] about Who else did the Saudis hack on WhatsApp? UN warns world leaders at Davos over dangers of swapping details with Saudi officials after Crown Prince MBS hacked Jeff Bezos phone
“Our sense of smell is strongly connected to our ability to taste therefore experiencing food related cues such as smelling a bacon aroma, can lead us to imagine the act of eating that food. Imagine eating enough bacon and you might find yourself sated." … [Read more...] about Scratch ‘n’ sniff patch to help vegans and vegetarians beat their craving for bacon
A bit later, I read Jane Jacobs. She wrote a great book in the early 1960s called The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jacobs drank more gin than coffee. She particularly liked her local – New York’s White Horse Tavern, on the same Greenwich Village block she lived. Jacobs didn’t much like what planners had done to cities both sides of the Atlantic, nor what they were to mastermind. They peddled the silly idea that functional separation was the way forward, that spaces should have mono-uses – work here, residence there, leisure someplace else. Jacobs said this destroyed the mixed land uses and diversity that made neighbourhoods vibrant, that brought life to cities of all shapes and sizes. The city block that worked best, she said, was the block “with high-yield, middling-yield, low-yield, and no-yield enterprises”. … [Read more...] about Why a little French surrealism (not big chains) can save our high streets