@Tattooed_mummy Completely agree. It's a shame so many people just give up on it after reading it at school - like I nearly did. Seeing it live completely changed my opinion.

I'd never understood or "got" Shakespeare until I saw a live performance.

One of the best I've seen was by "Shakespeare in the Squares" doing Midsummer Night's Dream in 2019. Highly recommend for anyone in London.

I'm hoping to see them this summer; they perform outside so it's quite safe in terms of Covid.

shakespeareinthesquares.co.uk/

Some much needed optimism about politics from the New Statesman's UK local election coverage:

"While in much of the Western world social conservatives have made impressive political gains by tapping into economic discontent, the growth of the Scottish Greens and the survival of the liberal centre are just the latest indication from Scotland that it is eminently possible to make national identity and cosmopolitanism mutually reinforcing."

(newstatesman.com/politics/scot)

Who's genius idea was it to 1) put the areas where elections are *not* taking place in white and 2) where they are taking place in a similar colour to the background?

Almost a little pathetic by how excited I get by elections. I should be embarrassed but I'm not!

Internautes is French for Internet users
Quite good that me looking at funny animal videos online could sound like something as extraordinary as space exploration.

Just the government's Social Mobility Tsar praising the work of notorious Islamophobe Douglas Murray. Great stuff; I'm sure there'll be no repercussions.

Reading this at the moment. It's the final part of a four book series. I preferred the first one. There are quite a few battle scenes and I just gloss over them.

Got to learn that the Duke of Wellington's name was Arthur Wellesley and how Napoleon appointed members of his family as rulers over various European countries. I'd add that Scarrow captures Napoleon's genius and unquenchable thirst for power quite well.

#FediTip When sharing birdsite links, you can use alternative frontends like nitter.net which are faster and without "Please sign up I beg you" popups.

There are many frontends, just replace the url and you got it.

You can also follow users via #RSS

Turns out the British public are quite woke - nearly 80%. This is according to polling by Global Future as reported in the New Statesman.

I call this the "celebrities and journos meeting Trump at Trump Tower" stage.

Between this and a recent Wired article I'm more pessimistic about twitter than I was a few days ago.

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ONS infection survey for week ending 23 April 2022 shows infection levels continuing to decrease in the UK and (fortunately) in all age groups too

Have you noticed that you can't see the numbers on the boosts and favourites from the timeline, only after you click on a post? This is another great feature, not a bug. This works against the gamification you see in corporate social media sites. Preventing the economy of likes and retweets that drives behaviours elsewhere. I personally love this.

And @ChardineTaylor (over at the other place) recommended Le Monde Diplomatique (English) as an alternative to The Guardian. So I'm looking to try that out too.

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Being obsessed as I am with politics I've even been trying to follow French politics during this election season.

I've found it difficult to find sources that suit my liberal/leftish/anti-racist sensibilities but I think the youtube videos by @blast seem quite good - and they have subtitles!

This graph shows how response for ambulances for Category 2 ("needing rapid assessment and transport": includes intense chest pain and strokes.) have increased.

(credit: PaulMainwood)

I see we've reached the "his billionaire peers, who's opinion he respects, will be able to restrain Trump" part of the story
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The government won a vote on the in the House of Lords by 202 to 181. This means they can now interfere with the independence of the Electoral Commission.

Labour could have opposed it better, I think. Here's what The Independent's Jon Stone says:

(screenshot from Duncan Robinson)

I'll be following anyone who's remotely left of centre (centre-left/liberal/leftist/socialist/etc) and is over here from UK twitter. Feel free to follow or not.

One of the things I already love about is that being here is like being in a room of people talking about things they love, their hobbies, their jobs, themselves. It’s a very different world from what I’m used to on social media.

If it’s ok, I’m going to do the same. I’m a professor of music (specifically piano) and am going to talk a little about one of my favorite topics: American composers.

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