The Guardian: Stephanie Merritt: The Wych Elm by Tana French review – a forensic examination of privilege

This sounds interesting.

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Watched Beautiful Boy (2018)

How far is any of away from this kind of behaviour? We may not charge at the touch line, but we certainly make a lunge for the goal. Be it sugar or alcohol, nicotine or heroine, money or fame, we all try to change our realities. Trying to morph one reality into another. As if one is better?

Mattha Busby’s bias

The article above by Mr Busby presents a deeply confused piece of opinion that conflates wrangles over Brexit with Mr McDonnel’s negative view of Winston Churchill. As if characterising Churchill as a villain somehow negates the Labour position on Brexit.

Ms Kuenssberg inject a squirts of capsaicin into the conjunctiva with her comment, “these remarks at @politic event could stir a lot of trouble.” Neither Ms Kuenssberg or Mr Busby quote Mr McDonnel correctly. He actually said Winston Churchill was “more villain than hero”. A subtle but substantial difference. Yes Churchill was a great wartime leader, but there are many more situations in which his actions could, at best, be described as villainous. Both parties could do worse than listen to the episode of Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast “The Prime Minister and the Prof“. They might also like to take a few minutes to read Tom Heyden’s article “The 10 greatest controversies of Winston Churchill’s career“. Both offer a very different view of Churchill. Yes he did great things for this country, but he also had some very unsavoury attitudes, and took some “villainous” action. To wilfully ignore and misrepresent this aspect of Churchill is an act of “villainy” all of its own.

The Guardian: Damian Carrington: Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

On the one hand this makes me very sad, and scared, and angry. We have the worst kind of self serving politicians trying to isolate us from Europe under the guise of trade with, who know? What they should be doing is finding ways to integrate, and partner with other countries to do something about this. On the other hand I look at this story and think there’s a great film in their somewhere. What happens when nature collapses?

Finished watching S:1 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017– )

Somehow we managed to watch Season 2 before watching Season 1. Several of the things in Season 2 are now a lot clearer. Testament to the writing that we were able to watch the entire Season without realising. Also an insight into what can be understood by an audience. We just filled the gaps from Season 1 without thinking there was something missing. There’s a lesson in that for all writers; you can leave lots out and the audience still gets it.