Reading Matter

A curated collection of links to sites to inform, inspire, entertain and delight.

News

  • The Conversation – Curated by professional editors, The Conversation offers informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. Plus a Plain English guide to the latest developments and discoveries from the university and research sector. In-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers.
  • Wired UK – An award-winning printed monthly and online publication. WIRED is an agenda-setting magazine offering brain food on a wide range of topics, from science, technology and business to pop-culture and politics.
  • The Week UK – The best of British & international news, opinion, sport, people & business. The Week brings you all you need to know about everything that matters. More than a news digest – it’s an original take on world news as it happens.
  • Politics.co.uk – an impartial political website with no political affiliation, which prides itself on standing out as an independent voice in a landscape where the norm is to nail your colours to the mast.

Blogs

Art and Design

Websites

  • RSA – Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (added 17/08/19)

Donors will go out of their way to save cats. People? It’s complicated.

In Chris Arnade’s article in The Guardian on 27th May 2014, he ponders how easy people find it to donate to support animal charities because animals are ‘blameless’ but become more conflicted about donating to humans.

“It is uncomfortable for many people to contemplate that perhaps homeless addicts are just as smart and just as ethical as anyone else. It requires us to come to realize that maybe “success” (as society defines it) has to do with luck, with being born in the right place and at the right time, and with being subject to laws and law enforcement that are designed to help instead of hurt you.” – Chris Arnade