Articles 

A bibliophilia special

I’m an unashamed bibliophile and I used to run a regular links post called bibliophilia. So as I clear out my links, here’s a special – all you could possibly want related to books Reading Can you really read a book a week? The Rise of Digital Technologies and the Decline of Reading The death of reading is threatening the soul Writing What writers most need to know Editing and Writing Aren’t the Same Skill Making a Living Writing Ebooks Libraries A Look Inside Europe’s Most Enchanting Libraries How to design a…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (30.08.2017)

I’ve been travelling a bit and have collected a whole bunch of random but interesting links so I thought I’d share. Katrina vs Harvey The New York Times offers the comparison between these two devastating storms. Both of which pale by comparison to the 16 million people affected by floods in South Asia Ethical shopping list Luke has created an ethical shopping list and if you have suggestions let him know 16 ways QR codes are being used in China I hardly ever use QR codes but some of these uses…

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10 facts about Hyderabad

So today I find myself in Hyderabad, India – which is a first. Here are some facts I found out before I arrived. With a population of around 9.5 million people, Hyderabad is the fourth most populous city in India (Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore are the top three). It’s a crowded place with around 18,500 people per sq.km. By comparison Stockholm has density of 3,500 and London 5,500 people per sq.km It was briefly an independent state before being annexed into India in 1948 Around 1.7 million residents of Hyderabad…

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Ten facts about India

Today I’m flying to Hyderabad in India for a week. I’ll try & post some pictures and updates throughout the week but no promises. Here are 10 facts & insights about this amazing country. It’s the second most populous nation on earth with 1.28 billion people It’s the most ethnically diverse nation on earth with over 2,500 distinct people groups There are 456 languages spoken and 18 of which have more than 10 million speakers The caste system has 4 main divisions but around 4,700 castes and 25,000 sub-castes India is the…

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Gender 

Opposing ideas but loving people: dealing with the transgender issue

Recently in America President Trump revoked the right of transgender men & women to serve in the US armed forces (or at least that’s what he plans to do); in the UK the Church of England General Synod, passed a motion calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. Not only that but in the UK this autumn a new Gender Recognition Bill will be debated. As Peter Saunders reported on his blog: Men and women will be able to change their gender without a doctor’s report and amend…

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A more nuclear world

Donald Trump has declared that the US military is locked and loaded ready to unleash the fire and fury on North Korea. Mr Trump, who has long shown an interest in the nuclear option, has the power (and in the last resort a power that can only be challenged by outright treason) to launch nuclear weapons. That’s a sentence that should give most people pause for a thought. In January of this year, I wondered here about why more people aren’t worried about the nuclear threat and now a few more people are.…

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Technology 

Smartphones, idols and rescuing a generation (just not the one you think)

I’m usually pretty reluctant to confer the phrase ‘world-changing’ to gadgets and technological frippery but I think the smartphone qualifies. We’ve had ten years of it now so we’re able to stand back a bit and assess its impact. As a technology product it has become ubiquitous and shows no signs of going the way, say of the iPod, who the smartphone made redundant. I own one and have done for the last five years, my wife has one and there’s probably a couple of now pre-historic examples lurking in…

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