Wednesday, 29 May 2002

The twits and on the BBC...

Listening to:

Mahler, Das Lied von der Erde.

Just read:

Roald Dahl, The Twits.

Somehow I have been accumulating children’s books by Roald Dahl. This is the shortest of the ones I’ve read recently (less than a hundred pages I think), but pretty good nonetheless. It’s a very simple story about an awful couple called Mr. and Mrs. Twit. They are eventually brought to a sticky end by some talking animals. They and their awfulness are really the focus of the story, making it much more engaging than the goody-two-shoes Matilda.

The text for Anne Atkins’s Thought for the Day piece that I so disliked is now available online.

And on the radio this morning, another encouragement to go and look at the BBC’s web-site. The Today Programme has just held an online survey about Britain's most liked and disliked professions. The full results are here. Doctors, nurses and fire-men; good. Journalists and politicians; bad. Scientists and university staff don’t do so badly either, so that's nice.

A cute essay by Jeff Vogel on why side-quests in computer RPGs are a good idea.