Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Six of the Best 145

Virtually Naked attended the launch of the Yes2AV campaign: "There was, of course, a Nick Clegg shaped elephant in the room that the journalists set about pointing out with glee. The Deputy Prime Minister is currently in South America, but his lack of presence is becoming a focus for No campaigners, there was even a group of Labour No types outside in Clegg masks. It is clear that he and Miliband need to lance the boil and share a platform."

The Liberal Democrats are to leave Cowley Street. The Potter Blogger has found ideal new premises for the party.

Nat Wei looks at the prospects for community councils in the Big Society.

"it's more important than ever to give children's remarkable, spontaneous learning abilities free rein. That means a rich, stable, and safe world, with affectionate and supportive grown-ups, and lots of opportunities for exploration and play. Not school for babies." Alison Gopnik on Slate argues that teaching children more and more, at ever-younger ages, may be counterproductive.

Spitalfields Life looks at the work of John Thomson, a 19th century pioneer of street photography. The blog reproduces a series of stunning photographs, one of which I have borrowed.

Cricket was already being played in London 200 years before Thomson took his photographs, as Flannelled Fools shows: "Mitcham was the venue for the game by the late 1680s and claims to be the oldest cricket ground still in use.  Lord Nelson of Trafalgar fame is reputed to have been a spectator to games at the turn of the 18/19th centuries. It still retains its pub, the Cricketers Arms, though the original was destroyed by bombs in World War II."

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