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Read it on github - the Corrected version has the original names.

bhrgunatha  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What is a sandwich?

There's a weekly radio show / podcast called Talk the Talk hosted by linguist Daniel Midgely about linguistics, aimed at non-linguists.

Their Sandwich episode was pretty interesting.

WTF?

    Too late, my time has come,

    Sends shivers down my spine,

    Body's aching all the time.

    Goodbye, everybody, I've got to go,

    Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth.

So will he do the Fandango on his way out? A week is a long time in politics.

I never understood why Cabaret Voltaire weren't more popular. Maybe a classic example of "before their time" and a big influence on future developments?

bhrgunatha  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: An Ode to Shopping Malls

The space. Yeah. It's really hard to grasp. I get it superficially after visiting Australia, but it's never like growing up with something fundamentally different.

I understand the isolation though - we used to live in a small village where the most exotic purchase was Spiderman comics from a guy who built a business travelling around villages in a van selling shit. Back then there was no culture of driving around much so that isolation was cultural too. People then in the UK just didn't drive around much except maybe Christmas or weddings.

bhrgunatha  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: An Ode to Shopping Malls

    Though upscale malls in wealthy communities continue to do well, Mr. Bell isn’t interested in those; he visits dead malls, and among the deadest are ones in working-class and rural communities.

Trickle down economics in a nutshell.

Growing up in the UK I never understood the appeal of malls. Towns and cities in the UK developed organically and mostly unplanned meaning there are always plenty of small backroads and alleys to explore for hidden gems. That's also disappearing or disappeared completely now in favour of virtually identical, almost cloned main high street town planning and out-of-town shopping centres - the modern equivalent of malls.

The large cities still have hidden coves and small unique shops but they harder to find these days.

They've recently added an AI module to the iPlayer.

They chose Tay.

bhrgunatha  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Your Memories Aren't Your Memories

When I was 4 we moved to Singapore and a family who lived nearby had a small pet monkey

While I grew up I remember - extremely clearly - when it escaped and climbed up onto a neighbour's roof and I was worried because it was howling and screaming .I was scared it would come into our house and ... well I don't know what I thought it would do but obviously mad, screaming monkeys in the house are undesirable.

Some years later after we'd left Singapore I spoke to my mum about it and indeed there was a family with a pet monkey, but it had never escaped and run amok, although it did climb up onto their roof once, but I never saw that - I only heard about it.

That set my head spinning. I couldn't imagine how something that I remember seeing so vividly wasn't true.

I can easily understand how people can have different opinions or misremember details but to completely fabricate a memory like that? As far as I know I don't have any other completely false memories but it makes you wonder, not just about your own memories but other people's too.

I Was Philip K Dick's Reluctant Host on BBC Radio 4 might interest you.

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