So back in the days when the internet was steam-powered I’d listen to the late, great John Peel on the wireless set, broadcasting for BBC Radio 1 from various locations including Groningen, where he’d be covering the Eurosonic festival and dazzling my ears with sounds I’d never heard before, and frequently would never hear again.
Fast forward to the present day and his son, Tom Ravenscroft, was broadcasting from that very festival last week. During his broadcast he featured tracks from Superorganism, a group I’d never heard before but instantly found myself attracted to.
So if a cross between the laconic musings of Black Box Recorder and the rapidly sampled, high energy of The Go Team appeals to you I suggest you check out Rolling Stone magazine’s #25 pick for the Fifty Best Songs of 2017, Superorganism’s “Something For Your M.I.N.D.”
As I lay awake at 3am this morning a thought slowly drifted into my sleep addled brain. “You’re 42” it said, “and you left the UK in 2003, fourteen years ago.”
Great, my brain was throwing numbers at me instead of sleeping, and it’s a persistent thing.
“You do realise 14 is a third of 42, don’t you?”
Now my brain did a little jog, it knew it had won and woken me fully with this surprising fact.
So here I am pondering what it means to have spent the last third of my life living somewhere other than the land of my birth. I still speak with a recognisible English accent and in my sleep still dream of driving Warwickshire’s country lanes to visit friends, but I wouldn’t change the adventures I had. I know that if I had to go back and spend the rest of my days in England I’d forever be driving folks mad with tales of life overseas, and how things are in other places.
I know there are many adventures still to come!
I’m trying to keep a curated playlist of new music I’m enjoying on YouTube. You can follow along with the continuously evolving list here…
Earworms – a Playlist on YouTube
I’m a news junkie. I don’t believe the hype, I want to see good quality coverage from multiple sources and breaking news so fresh I can still hear the splinters tinkle on the floor. In doing this I’ve found there are a few places I tend to wander more than others and in the interest of sharing here they are:
Print and Online
The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.
EPA has released the 2016 edition of Climate Change Indicators, which includes seven new indicators and a feature on climate and health.
EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change. The indicators were originally published in EPA’s report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, which is available from the links below.