At 66000mph

Reading-and-WritingSome pieces from us that you may have missed:

Attention span

Far from being helpless victims of technology-driven dumbing-down, we are actively paying attention in all sorts of new and productive ways.

Calisthenics for the brain

The act of writing can help us to explore new ideas, clarify what we know and don’t know, and test the mettle of our views.

Turned out nice again

Tom on the language installation he created for the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood.

Plain wrong

There’s a lot of rot talked about Plain English. Of course it’s good to counter the obfusc and pretentious with clarity and good sense, but who wants to sound plain?


Rules are imposed by people who want to control other people. Writing is not about rules but communicating ideas.

Typographical salvage

Tim discovers a treasure trove of typographica in London’s Leonard Street.

Noisy perfection

Tom gets close to Jane Austen in the Bodleian.

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

On the difficult art of apologising when you are a large corporate organisation.

Thunder of assent

Churchill and his rhetoric, considered by Patrick.

From the heart

On branding, authenticity and Wally Olins.

Leaders and speechwriters

Brian reviews ‘Paddy Ashdown and Max Atkinson in Conversation’.

Home from home

A collaborative poem is giving a new property development character.

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