It’s been a busy week so I haven’t be able to read as much as I would have liked, but on the plus side I’ve been able to listen to a lot more podcasts and music than usual. There is comfort in familiarity so I can often be guilty of listening to the same old thing instead of exploring something new. Luckily new releases from old favourites help to bridge the gap.

TO READ

Kim Leuenberger and the Travelling Cars

A lovely project which shows that the exploration of an idea can yield results even if it’s not how you originally intended. Travelling around the world in a VW campervan might not be possible, but with a miniature and a shift in perspective you can get the next best thing.

 

Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers’ lives

I was once told that hard cases make bad law. This isn’t much of a consolation to the outliers for whom justice is lacking. There should be an allowance for common sense in this case, for a man who is trying to do good in a time where that is in short supply.

 

The Year I Learned To Quit

Sometimes, despite the preparation and the time invested, you have to say no.

 

TO LISTEN

Frank Turner – Be More Kind

Frank Turner’s latest release is less album and more manifesto. Maybe even sermon would be a better description, with the usual pounding guitars and screamed vocals replaced with handclaps, gospel melodies, and hushed tones. Frank has ditched the introspection for a call to arms, to set the world to rights and to encourage the listener to do one small thing: be more kind. He is no longer the sinner amongst saved men, he’s our guide to the lifeboats and the salvation beyond. This album may be a departure from his previous releases sonically, but it’s still unmistakably Frank Turner.

 

Bob Mortimer – The Adam Buxton Podcast

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I listened to this podcast. There is nobody who can weave the absurd into the mundane like Bob Mortimer, as this episode attests.