Reading, listening, watching

Which works better for you... ?


Growing up a bit of a bookworm, perhaps it would be inevitable that I became involved in writing. But, to be honest, I would prefer to get paid to read than write. Probably why I’m a fan of Farnam Street, especially their writing on reading from which I drew inspiration to write The Art of Reading.


While I enjoy podcasts, I struggle with audiobooks and have accepted that reading is the best way, for me, to absorb and process books. It did take a while but I bounce between physical and eBooks quite easily. All I need is a page, whether in my lap or on Kindle. I do wonder whether it will be different for my children. Why we remember more by reading - especially print - than from audio or video.


It can be disconcerting when you are standing on a stage, speaking into a microphone, and there are monitors that enable you to hear your voice as the audience are hearing it. What our voice sounds like in our head is often very different from the voice that others hear. With smartphones, I guess there is greater opportunity to hear the sounds of our voices. If you haven’t, I would suggest you give it a try, just for the hell of it.

Why do we hate the sound of our own voices?


I have been a fan of Mensa Ansah’s music and creativity for some years now. Loving this new piece of art from him: #FourWordsForForward

He doesn’t just create music … it is the thought, the visuals, the experience, the feeling …



If you have children, and they have been into Lego at some stage, you know the feeling of stepping on a Lego piece in the middle of the night … there is pain and then there is that … and yet, some do this willingly. Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Ice


There’s journaling and there’s what you do with your journals. I haven’t figured out the second part. This feels a step too far right now: Indexing, filling systems and the art of finding what you have


A short playlist of Tricky’s music, just because.


A sculptor and former special effects artist is paving the way in prosthetics for darker skin tones. Until John Amanan, there was literally no-one making prosthetics for Black people. Crazy.

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