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Issue #341


I woke up on Monday having a strong urge to see the sea. I re-arranged my working days and, as my wife had the car, decided to walk to the beach. According to Google Maps, I'd just have time to fit in walking three hours there and three hours back. You'll be able to read more about my thoughts on walking in a post that will be unlocked next week.

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Articles unlocked this week for non-supporters:

Heists and escapes

Friday fabrications

Things I've come across this week that made me smile or think "that's cool".

Dark forest

Men fear wanderers for they have no rules

A few years ago, when I was at Mozilla, a colleague mentioned a series of books by Bernard Cornwell called The Last Kingdom. It seemed an obvious fit for me, he said, given that my interest in history and that I live in Northumberland. A couple of years later, I got around to reading the series, and loved it. The quote that serves as the title for this article is from the second book in the series: The Pale Horseman.

Cosmos (via Pixabay)

We give nothing so generously as our advice

How I set up and run Thought Shrapnel now it's no longer (really) a newsletter.

Hot air balloon

Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them

So said Ivan Illich. Another person I can imagine saying that is Diogenes the Cynic, perhaps my favourite philosopher of all time. He famously lived in a large barrel, sometimes pretended he was a dog, and allegedly told Alexander the Great to stand out of his sunlight.


We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves

We don't always know what we think about things, so how on earth are we supposed to know what others are thinking and feeling?

Until next week,
PS Read what I've been up to this week in Weeknote 23/2019
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Doug Belshaw
Dr. Doug Belshaw is an Open Educational Thinkerer, currently working with Moodle and We Are Open Co-op to improve our world.

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