Portrait of the author as a young dog
I almost forgot to write this today as I had other things to do - but actually publishing this on Tuesday appears to be something of a Joy & Forgetfulness tradition.
Podcasts from the National Archives
The web is full of hidden riches and there are plenty of good things out there. I was directed to this by chum and all round good egg UberAlex. The National Archives in the UK have a large number of podcasts available for download on a wide variety of subjects. You can find them here.
Of particular interest to readers of Joy & Forgetfulness are;
Anthony Beevor on Stalingrad
Ben McIntyre on Spying during the Second World War
Ralph Thompson on The Post-Restoration Army
Pen & Paper
I love paper and pens. My father is a calligrapher and while my penmanship will never be as good as his; I respect the craft. Professionally, the ability to make clear, readable notes has been invaluable - but I think perhaps one of the many gifts my father gave me was a appreciation of the care and attention required for the correct forming of letters. I am in my way, a very 21st century man, I use 21st century tools and live a life that is only made possible for information technology that has cropped up in the last twenty years. That said, I compose most of my prose long hand, I keep a prayer notebook* and I write and receive letters.
Composing with a pen and paper enforces a certain discipline that doesn't come from typing on a keyboard. Much like life, you can't erase your mistakes and that brings with the necessity to stop, to think and to compose. This chap seems to agree with me.
Try writing a letter or two. You might surprise yourself.
A Terrible Old Man
The Unlikely Douglas McKenzie in addition to being a man much given to puns, has a gift for the spoken world. He is a rather good reader and has been taking part in a project to read or create dramatic recordings of the public domain works of H.P. Lovecraft.
You can hear his recording of "Dagon" here.
*If you can achieve the syllabic balance desirable in an Anglican collect in your head, I will show you a cleverer man than I.