A purge of notes from my organiser, mostly items spotted in the newspapers in library / pub / cafe.
We need a dug-out canoe to navigate the net (Ben Macintyre, The Times, 28 January, 2010) on the "fox vs. hedgehog" (generalisation vs. specialisation) approaches to knowledge, and its application to the Internet. Southmouth doesn’t exist. Thank the Green Belt (Tristram Hunt, The Times, 28 January, 2010): celebrates British 'Green Belt' land policy. Sweet, sour, salty, bitter... and now it's the fifth taste (Cahal Milmo, The Independent, 9 February 2010): the rather well-trodden story of umami, and the recent launch of Taste No 5, a commercial umami paste (as if we can't get it from trad inexpensive sources such as cheese, tomatoes, soy sauce, anchovies, etc). Maps - the new rock’n’roll (Andrew Pettie, The Telegraph, 16 Apr 2010): a nice taster for the Britsh Library's recent Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art exhibition. Read my lips (James Fenton, The Guardian, 29 July 2006 - found via more recent comment): debunking the common myth that the ancients, apart from a handful of Great People, were incapable of silent reading. Mysterious snake appears in painting of Queen Elizabeth I (The Telegraph, 4 Mar 2010): news from the National Portrait Gallery (see press release) of how an artist appears to have got cold feet over painting Queen Elizabeth I holding a snake. Verse that will make you feel better (Jeremy Laurance and Amanda Hall, The Independent, 24 Mar 2010): on the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Campaign to restore Burton mausoleum (The Times, 26 April 2010): regarding the explorer Sir Richard Burton's unusual 'Arab tent' tomb at Mortlake (see the church page and Borough of Richmond site). What happened when Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin? (John Walsh, The Independent, 28 April 2010): "When giants of science, literature and culture get together, we expect to feel the earth move. But these stellar gatherings are as likely to disappoint as dazzle".