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I’m keen to keep these newsletters short and sweet going forth instead of the 2,000 word behemoths they sometimes are! Consider this one a bulletpoint special.

What I’ve been doing

I saw War Horse for the first time since 2012 at the New Oxford Theatre on Wednesday. Better than the first performance. If you haven’t yet and you intend to see it, get in the first four rows.

I set my Facebook account to delete after watching The Great Hack on Netflix, a documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal of 2018. More than anything else in this newsletter, I encourage you to make an appointment and watch it.

What I’ve been writing about

Speaking of Facebook and data, I wrote a blog post on privacy and encryption. It’s all about why you should protect your stuff and why ‘having nothing to hide’ isn’t a good reason to leave yourself vulnerable.

Yesterday I shared some of my favourite places to get coffee in London and beyond. Places worth mentioning include England’s first coffeehouse, social enterprise Redemption Roasters, and Monocle spin-off Kioskafé, which I wrote about in Recently #009.

What I’ve been reading

On Monocle, they’ve been making a weekly summer newspaper series handily called the Summer Weekly. I’ve been enjoying those – a truly international affair; edited in London, printed in Italy, shipped from Zurich, read on trains between London, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire! The Summer Weekly is a more light-hearted read than these things…

“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now we have three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them” – Filipino President and professional tosspot, Rodrigo Duterte. This video from the BBC about the war on information and drugs is both harrowing and inspiring.

How Hong Kong’s protesters can stop Beijing muting them, from the Financial Times

From pecan pralines to ‘dots’ as currency: how the prison economy works, from The Guardian.

Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do?, from The Guardian – see also the list of charities I donate to, one of which is Cool Earth, who work in the Amazon.

Lost glacier to be honored with memorial monument, from Rice University in Texas.

The plaque reads:

Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as glacier. In the next 200 years all our main glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it. August 2019, 415 [parts per million].

What I’ve been watching

Please watch The Great Hack.

I selected Dan in the Great British Bake Off sweepstake at work. He left in the first episode. I’m annoyed but also grateful I can check-out from it so early.

Millennial Mick Jagger, Matty Healy, fronted a good performance at Reading Festival last weekend. Catch up on BBC iPlayer until the end of this month.

What I’ve been listening to

The Week Junior Show is something I work on at Fun Kids. It’s a weekly news podcast for 8 to 14 year olds from the team behind the magazine. Dennis, the publisher, also has very nice offices with very nice coffee machines. Thumbs-up from me.

Kraig Adams is a YouTuber whose work I dip in and out of occasionally. I like his podcast, which feels like a casual chat about whatever’s going on in his life.

What I’ve been liking

I record The Week Junior Show on a RODEcaster Pro. It’s a solid bit of kit, well-built and designed, and not at all expensive for what it does. One-button recording makes the whole thing a breeze.

Clothes spray Day 2 helps save water and solves the ‘not dirty enough to wash, not clean enough to wear’ problem. It’s particularly good for overshirts and jeans. (But please continue to wash your clothes, I sit next to enough smelly train people.)

I’ve been digitising and getting rid of a lot of old documents and photographs again so my Doxie SE WiFi scanner has been coming in handy, as has a shredder!

The London Refinery make some nice candles – I got the kit of three as a gift from the Not Just a Shop shop in Holborn.

Despite having a Smart Battery Case, I constantly forget to charge my phone which means I’m always plugging it into questionable USB ports. These USB Data Blockers from PortaPow will hopefully stop anything untoward from happening. In true nerd fashion, I’ve even 3D printed a case for it.

01 September 2019

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