March 24th, 2010

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Whistle and I'll come to you, my lad

Yesterday we took a walk into the Old East End, down Commercial Rd, past the Whitechapel Bell Foundry (birthplace of Liberty Bell) through streets broad and narrow, to the Cable Street Studios, an arts centre in an old warehouse. Here and in the dim light of a low dive, with motley collection of stools and chairs, 60 of sat wrapped up in the ghostly poetry of Helen Mort’s 'A Pint for the Ghost’, stories from the moors and city of Sheffield, of women who took a wrong turn in the mist or a beggar sentenced to starve for crime of hunger.

Then the incomparable Robert Lloyd Parry transported us to another time and place with his telling of M.R. James' Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad. If you ever have the chance to see Parry (such as this Saturday in Crawley), do. His storytelling is Jackanory for adults.

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Local Podcasts

Resonance FM is a local arts radio station that broadcasts in a 5km radius from Borough High St. We can just about get it, it's next to XFM on the dial. They have regular podcasts many of which talk about webcomics.

The other one is Reality Check an SF podcast that recently interviewed(MP3) a couple of gamers from the Phoenix Games Club (including Matt Nixon).
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Even if ...

An economist at work attended a lecture on what economics can learn from other social scientists. One of the speakers was Paul Ormerod who is an economist but not mainstream. I read his Butterfly Economics some years ago, it's about introducing dynamics into economics and attacks the idea of equilibrium.

Anwyay, here's a glorioous quote from the review of the talk, and an excellent summary of economics:
"Paul Ormerod believes that the economics profession should give more weight to empirical findings even if they are not backed up by economic theory."