ARTICLES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES THAT I FIND INTERESTING…
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- The full story of Thailand’s extraordinary cave rescue – Saturday 14 July 2018 – bbc.co.uk/news – The story of the dramatic rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach from deep inside a cave system in Thailand
- David Sedaris: ‘If I come across a man my size, I squeak’ – Saturday 30 June 2018 – theguardian.com – Elfin, diminutive, bonsai-size – the 5ft 5in author has heard it all. What’s the big deal?
- From ‘ghost town’ to ‘jewel in the crown’ – how New Brighton fought back against the curse of the seaside resort – Thursday 29 December 2017 – liverpoolecho.co.uk – by Rebecca Koncienzcy, digital journalist – Pictures reveal how close the original development plans were to the town’s new look.
- Before you ridicule a transgender person, you should realise what we’ve been through – Sunday 19 November 2017 – independent.co.uk – by Sophie Cook – Recently whilst looking at images of a transgender friend’s previous self I realised that I was looking at pictures of ghosts, not simply because this was someone that is no longer here but because, in many ways, they never were.
- How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone – Saturday 18 November 2017 – theguardian.com – by Sara Watcher-Boettcher – The algorithms Facebook and other tech companies use to boost engagement – and increase profits – have led to spectacular failures of sensitivity and worse. How can we fight back?
- From Peppa Pig to Trump, the web is shaping us. It’s time we fought back – Friday 17 November 2017 – theguardian.com – by Jonathan Freedland – Social media algorithms have assumed a sinister supremacy, directing us in ways we barely understand. Are we content to let them control our lives?
- Trans people already face a hostile world. Now the media is making it worse – Friday 17 November 2017 – by Paris Lees – Trans children are at high risk of self-harm and bullying. What they need is understanding and support; what they receive is vilification and ridicule.
- Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: the tragic life of Hollywood sensation Gloria Grahame – Tuesday 14 November 2017 – theguardian.com – by Frank Cottrell Boyce – She starred with Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart. But Gloria Grahame refused to bow to Hollywood sexism and was driven out. Frank Cottrell-Boyce on a new film about her finding love and a second life with a chaotic Liverpool family
- No One Knows What Britain Is Anymore – Saturday 4 November 2017 – nytimes.com – by Steven Erlanger, the chief diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times, just completed four years as London bureau chief.
- The Gay Architects of Classic Rock – Tuesday 17 October 2017 – nytimes.come – by Jim Farber – Who created that gorgeous 20th-century creature, the rock star? Consider the gay image makers of the day, from Brian Epstein to Jann Wenner.
- ‘America, stand up’ – Eminem’s freestyle and the 10 best anti-Trump protest songs (so far) – Thursday 12 October 2017 – theguardian.com – by Michael Hann – A look at some anti-Trump songs by Pussy Riot, Rocky Mountain Mike, Joey Bada$$, Roger Waters, YG and Nipsey Hussle, Brujeria, Aimee Mann, Loan, and others.
- When do we reach 25th Amendment territory? – Thursday 12 October 2017 – washingtonpost.com – by Jennifer Rubin – A critique of whether Donald Trump can be removed from office under the provisions of the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution.
- Right-wing figures ridiculed for outrage at ‘jihadi terror attack’ that turned out to be car crash – Sunday 8 October 2017 – independent.co.uk – by Lucy Pasha-Robinson – Nigel Farage, Katie Hopkins & Tommy Robinson declare the car crash a terrorist attack within minutes. It was not terror-related but a road traffic accident.
- Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself”, new book reveals – Sunday 8 October 2017 – independent.co.uk – by Natasha Salmon – Frank Sinatra’s manager reveals Sinatra’s falling out with Donald Trump in 1990.
- Unbuilt Liverpool: the city that might have been – Tuesday 4 July 2017 – theguardian.com – by Givovanna Dunnall – Liverpool’s mercantile grandeur endures – but its architectural history is littered with compromised visions, botched projects and grand designs never realised.
- Raves, riots and revolutions: Manchester’s radical history of mass gatherings – Wednesday 7 June 2017 – theguardian.com – by Luke Bainbridge – From Peterloo to the MIF Procession, via Manchester Pride and acid house, Manchester’s communal happenings have helped shaped the soul of the city.
- We learn nothing from Ian Brady. We’re just fetishising him – Sunday 21 May 2017 – theguardian.com – by Catherine Bennett – The coverage of the murderer’s death says much about our glorification of celebrity – no matter the cause or cost.
- Glad to be gay: leading figures on 50 years of liberation – Sunday 21 May 2017 – guardian.com – by Kate Kellaway – How has life changed for gay men in the UK since homosexuality was decriminalised in 1967? From actor Antony Sher to novelist Alan Hollinghurst, men of different generations from across arts and politics share their stories
- Trump has a dangerous disability – 3 May 2017 – washingtonpost.com – by George F. Will – It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.
- Why is the UK still printing its laws on vellum? – 15 February 2016 – bbc.co.uk/news/magazine – A look at the UK parliament’s use of goat’s skin to write its laws on and the pros and cons of digital archiving against physical archiving