Tuesday, 28th February (Richmond)

1. I first mentioned Michael Barber’s podcast, Accomplishment, back in June. He’s just begun a new series and his first guest is Malala Yousafzai. On Apple here https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-accomplishment-podcast-with-sir-michael-barber/id1605826027 or Spotify here https://tinyurl.com/56t2eum6

2. I’m not sure that the link for last week’s 21st Century English Teacher Express event with Peartree Languages and English Academy worked for everyone, so here goes for a second time: tomorrow, Wednesday 1st March, at 07:00 UK time it’s a double-header: Developing Critical Thinking Skills & Developing Reflective Practice. Register here for the Zoom link https://britishcouncil.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E9viin0yQ1qpKsBrCtwDqQ

3. Everything you wanted to know about AI – but were afraid to ask from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/feb/24/ai-artificial-intelligence-chatbots-to-deepfakes

4. Two ‘gift articles’ from The New York Times:

Read Your Way Through Tokyo with Hiromi Kawakami https://tinyurl.com/yfkyney4

A Doodle Reveals da Vinci’s Early Deconstruction of Gravity https://tinyurl.com/s6drc7pb

5. And, finally and ‘unlocked’ for this week only, three short stories from The Paris Review, to celebrate their winning the 2023 American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Award for Fiction, each comfortably finished with enjoyment on the bus or train home from work:

‘Trail Run’ by Zach Williams https://theparisreview.org/fiction/7873/trial-run-zach-williams

‘Winter Term’ by Michelle de Kretser https://theparisreview.org/fiction/7912/winter-term-michelle-de-kretser

‘A Good Samaritan’ by Addie E. Citchens https://www.theparisreview.org/fiction/7954/a-good-samaritan-addie-e-citchens

Also nominated for an ASME award, I noticed, while investigating what the acronym ASME stands for, is an Economist podcast, The Prince, on the life of Xi Jinping https://www.economist.com/theprincepod

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