Thursday, 1st September (Cres)

1. Here’s two ways of saying the same thing about How Living Abroad Helps You Develop a Clearer Sense of Self: one a Harvard Business Review article and the other a favourite Philip Larkin poem of mine that many of you will have seen me shoehorn into at least one talk, The Importance of Elsewhere – PDF below

2. Alison James from the University of Winchester has made her engaging and idiosyncratic new book, The Value of Play in HE: A Study, freely available here PDF below. She explicitly advises against just reading the abstract, which she calls Gazillions: PDF below just in case you choose not to follow her advice!

3. Two pieces from The Conversation:

Princess Diana: why her death 25 years ago has sparked so many conspiracy theories from Sarah Bennett

Five myths about Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language from Jonathan Culpeper and Mathew Gillings

4. Two obituaries of Mikhail Gorbachev:

the first by Rodric Braithwaite, who was UK ambassador in Moscow at just the right time, from 1988 to 1992, for The Spectator

the second by Jonathan Steele for The Guardian  

5. And, finally, a very splendid white moose:

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