- Vinoth Ramachandra, in the midst of a very stressful situation, writes trenchantly from a Sri Lankan perspective about the Healthcare debates in the USA. I have to say I’m inclined to agree.
- In case you missed it, Frank Skinner’s wonderfully fresh and wry take on persecution and being a Christian minority
- Helpful advice on how to review books from Tim Challies
- Some equally helpful advice on how to lead public prayers by Kevin DeYoung.
- Breathtaking: a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel (without any other tourists!) (HT Francis Meynell)
- An amazing ‘apology’ from the New York Times. What more needs saying…? (HT Charlie Cumming)
- Calendars can be reused every 28 years… so go on… what’s stopping you?!
- It’s estimated that the bee population in the UK halved between 1985 and 2005. Could you be a key to reversing the decline by keeping bees in your urban garden???
- The Brand Quiz – much harder than it looks… but definitely absorbing (in a fairly pointless way)! I got 16 by the way (which probably means I’m branded for life).
- How millennial are you? A quick quiz from the Pew Foundation.
- The London Olympic Site in Stratford is gradually taking shape:
- Ingenious: Dorling Kindersley’s Future of Publishing (HT Ed Moll)
- This picture on the right is, believe or not, a clock. Click on it to find out more. How cool is that?
- I love Google Earth – here is a rather cool list for the armchair traveller.
- Yet more perils of using online translators for Welsh road signs.
- Madagascar’s incredible stone forest – another gem from National Geographic.
- It helps to keep your eyes peeled: what happened when someone noticed an unbelievable airmiles deal on puddings.
Here are a couple of websites to keep an occasional eye on:
- Curious Expeditions – a lovely concept – looking for the quirky and bizarre from history (HT Peter Collier)
- NCBI-ROFL – from the plain weird to the downright dodgy, this keeps you up to date with the oddest, published scientific research papers.
- The development of 4 stories. Thanks to the reliably wonderful Strange Maps blog, hereis a map tracing 4 seminal plotlines, through history: