Essentials 101, the complete list from Nicholas Bate

The full 101, well worth a ponder:

96. Visit places where there is no concrete, no electricity, no wi-fi. Just as a simple reminder of where you really are and its wonder and power.

 

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Talk your way to power

Language lover and Inky Fool, Mark Forsyth on the figures of rhetoric.

Entertaining and informative:

His book The Elements of Rhetoric is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in effective language.

A couple of others are Sam Leith’s You Talkin’ To Me?

and Joseph Romm’s Language Intelligence.

 

 

 

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The most regretful people on earth …

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

Mary Oliver, via Brain Pickings.

 

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The Office of Introspection

What a great idea, from Execupundit:

“Large organizations could benefit from an Office of Introspection, which would ideally have a small staff with the job of identifying two things …”

Find out what they are, here.

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Songs for Sovereign Professionals: Maggie’s Farm

This song has been hijacked so many times, not least by the UK’s loony left, protesting against Margaret Thatcher. Wikipedia will tell you it’s a protest against protest folk songs.

Take the song at face value: as a protest against wage-slavery and a call for the freedom of sovereign professionalism.

There are numerous recordings of this. I love the original, from 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home, but the version from 1979’s Bob Dylan At Budokan is perhaps my favourite.

Here’s the infamous Newport Folk Festival:

And, the original album:

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My word for the month: omniana

“Omniana – Notes or scraps of information about all kinds of things.”

Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

I love stumbling across new words. Omniana sits well with the habit I’m trying to acquire of maintaining a commonplace book.

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39962485 – old books in a vintage library shelfs

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The Essentials, from Nicholas Bate

We love well-constructed lists. Nicholas gives us the Essentials 101.

We’re up to 60 so far, but I’m behind the curve.

Personal highlights:

6. Build your library

11. Manage your mood with walks, play-lists and sufficient sleep.

40. Have time free from technology

54. Watch less news

Regarding 54, we should all be informed, but 24-hour news channels of journalists interviewing each other doesn’t equate to considered analysis. Maybe just read the Economist instead.

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