Broken Homes. Fourth book in the "Rivers of London"/"Peter Grant" series about a magic-using London policeman. I got this on impulse after finding out the new Dresden Files was delayed till next year, but it's a good series in its own right.
A suspicious death takes Grant to a fictional tower block in Elephant and Castle. Seems loosely based on Erno Goldfinger and Trellick House, but the design is very different.
Good fun and entertaining. Not particularly outstanding though. Feels a bit like it's marking time until the big plot development at the end..
Saw Nut at the National Theatre shed. Low-key play about a mental illness. Well written and well acted, with some plausible and sympathetic characters. It's a bit lacking in events though: it's an interesting slice of life, but doesn't have much resolution
Having watched "The Iron Lady" and a couple of other things lately, I found it pretty obvious from the start that some characters were figments of her imagination. The play might have more of a feeling of drama if that comes as a revelation.
Overall, well-crafted and compelling, but not essential watching.
Socioeconomics. Against forecasts: "You don't expect a doctor to tell you what your next ailment will be". Supermarket wine price graphs. Fewer women in tech: female undergraduates fell from 37% in 1985 to 18% in 2010.
Video. 17th century London flythrough. Starships were meant to fly. Phone call through electromechanical exchanges. Tow truck fail. Wind sculptures.
Pics. Top of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dog catches frisbee in bullet time. Architects build yachts. Museum of Soviet arcade games.
Politics. Whatever happened to the Left's passion for full employment? (Not a great article, would be interesting to see exactly how unemployment went from moral failure to macroeconomic issue and back to moral failure again). British journalists lock each other up. Vigilantes murder man falsely accused of paedophilia. Universal credit: £120m could be written off to rescue welfare reform. Shoesmith didn’t get a fair hearing: FlipchartFT issues a well-deserved I Told You So.
Random. Tunnel under Mexican/US border. America needs fewer time zones.
Articles. Dr Who fan same age as series looks back. When and why did it become cool to use both straps of a backpack?
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