Many of us grieving for someone today. Sympathies.
Thank you to everyone who came to Interesting. I think it went OK. Sorry about the AV issues. I'm especially sorry because I spent time messing about with broken HDMI cables when I wanted to chat to all you lovely people. The good news is the PA company are returning the money and have paid us some compensation. Combining that with the speakers who donated their fee means we can give at least £1K to Arts Emergency. Keep an eye on @interesting for news of more Interestings.
For those who asked: Russell Davies' trousers were by Universal Works.
Quite a lot of audio spelunking this week, trying to avoid the endless news coverage turning us all into fawners-by-proxy. This interview with Self Esteem is magnificent. (Starts about an hour in). It's one of those wide-ranging chats that connects to all sorts of other things. Her discussion of South Yorkshire & Welsh pride came back to mind when all that Michael Sheen bubbled up on the socials. (Michael on the sons of Speed. On English oppression. On the Prince of Wales). And her talk about class and accent was a welcome contrast to the current media landscape. It reminded me of one of the great things about the summer Euros: women on the telly with working class accents. (And Self Esteem / Rebecca seems to be a very good egg)
Some UK jazz and groove with Tina Edwards. Immaculate vibes.
I'm a little obsessed with people who wear the same thing every day. This is a perfect example (from an FT interview with Kim Scott (of Radical Candour fame)).
"A petite 54-year-old with rimless glasses, shoulder-length blonde hair and irrepressible energy, her preferred uniform is a T-shirt, jeans and an orange zip-up cardigan. I notice she wears the same cardigan in multiple TED-style talks. She later tells me she has 12 of them, in different weights, for summer, autumn and winter. She’s had so much flak about her clothes throughout her career that she decided to wear the same thing every day."
In a week where I've wanted to shout at the TV a lot, this was a useful quick read.
Hang in there.
(There are 872 of you. Ki no Tsurayuki was born in 872. He's one of the Thirty-Six Immortals of Poetry. Nice.)