Walking, joking, sponging, whitewashing and precedent-setting:

A whitewashed Earthsea – Ursula K LeGuin on how her characters changed from non-white to white once they appeared on TV
The ‘only known joke about collective nouns’ – From local copywriter Ben Locker
New Kosovo president Jahjaga sets a precedent – You know how a sign of getting old is that the police look younger than you? Well, Kosovo’s new president is a police officer, and she’s younger than me, which makes me feel doubly old.
EXCLUSIVE: TPA sponging off the taxpayer – Tim Fenton finds the Taxpayers Alliance aren’t averse to taking advantage of taxpayer-funded resources.
Jane’s Walk comes to Colchester - “A weekend of local walks led by local people, taking place simultaneously around the world, celebrating the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). Jane’s Walk takes place on the first weekend in May each year (marking the anniversary of her birthday) and invites local people to get out into their neighbourhoods and to host free local walks on any theme, bringing people together to share stories and to talk about the local places in which they live, work and play.”

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Another quick collection of interest:

My views on the Liberal Democrats in government – A very good post by Duncan Stephen on his opinions of the party in Government. Too nuanced for a simple summary to suffice, but worth reading regardless of your views of the party and the government.
The Lib Dems need to whistle their way through these dark days – Andrew Rawnsley provides some good advice in his Observer column.
Solving the Lembit for Mayor problem in one easy stroke – Dan Falchikov suggests a much more plausible Lib Dem Mayoral candidate than Lembit. Though admittedly, ‘more plausible Mayoral candidate than Lembit’ isn’t exactly a small field.
Would You Please Fucking Stop? – Ursula K Le Guin on the use and overuse of swearing. May offend people who react badly to certain combinations of letters. (via)
If humanity went extinct, what species would replace us? – Some interesting speculation from io9. My money’s on the elephants, not that I’d be around to collect on that bet, obviously.

And a special bonus: Talking with the Councillor about culture – Jason Cobb’s article about his interview with me, this time on his blog in case the link to 101 disappears.

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