Fantastic interview with Simon Amstell. He brought up the reasonable point that the BBC seem to have segregated youth radio into Radio 1 (white) and Radio 1 Xtra (everyone else). The producer had an on-air flap – “I don’t think that’s the right thing to say” – and then the BBC censored the interview by removing it from the iPlayer playback edit.
Obviously the last thing anyone should be doing in the week Nelson Mandela died is challenging their thinking about race or examining the status quo.
Shame on the BBC and the producers of the Radio 1 breakfast show.
Link: Uncensored Simon Amstell Interview on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show
The Daily Mail is a remarkable institution; full of bile. It’s very interesting to see it from an outsiders perspective. I’m fascinating by how the editor of the Mail believes that people who aren’t married with children couldn’t edit the paper because they “wouldn’t understand the human condition”. I think that summarises it’s lack of perspective on the world perfectly.
Link: Mail Supremacy
A great walk in Grasmere that isn’t too hard but feels like a real achievement and has some lovely views. Wainwright used to do it before eating when he arrived into Grasmere late in the day but I think it’s worth spending a day over, along with some tea and gingerbread in Grasmere of course.
Link: The Lion & The Lamb, Grasmere
David Hoyle is back at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this Thursday for another run of hectic performances. He’s going to be singing a lot which is great news if his Soho Theatre show with Richard Thomas, or his incredible version of Hallelujah with Dusty Limits, is anything to go by. He’s never quite topped 2007’s Magazine but he still rules London for a crazy, fun night out with a hint of danger.
Link: David Hoyle – Heavenly Voices
Nice whole day walk along the Grand Union Canal starting in Tring with a few reasonable pubs for refreshments on the way. You can do it as a day trip from London by leaving from Euston and coming back to Leighton Buzzard. Buy a day return to Leighton Buzzard for a more reasonably priced ticket.
Link: Tring to Leighton Buzzard walk
Lovely museum of the English domestic interior in Hoxton. As well as permanent galleries showcasing the English home it has rotating exhibitions and a lovely herb garden. The gardens in front of the museum are a great green space for when it’s sunny in London. Free entry.
Link: Geffrye Museum
A video of a presentation by a 13 year old to the Raspberry Jamboree 2013 in Manchester, UK. It’s really inspiring to see the Raspberry PI is really working by helping kids to learn about how to program. As Amy says: “I wanted to know how it worked and how I could get it to do what I want it to do instead of what the people who are working for Apple or Android want it to do”.
I vividly remember when, aged 7, I wrote my first program which drew a white line on a magenta background; that was all it took – I was hooked.
Link: Amy Mather – Game of Life in Python on a Raspberry Pi