Podcast Show Notes

Listening to a new podcast can be daunting. “I hope this is good” “What is this anyway?” “Who is this person?” “Who is this person?” Podcast quality is widely variable. There are some shows I would listen to over watching a multi-billion dollar film. Others are almost unlistenable. When I start listening to an episodeContinue reading “Podcast Show Notes”

1% Better

I’ve been reading James Clear’s brilliant book, Atomic Habits. In it, he tells the story of the British cycling team, who went from mediocrity to winning everything there was to win at the 2012 London Olympics. And they did this, says Clear, by improving everything they could think of just by 1%. They improved theContinue reading “1% Better”

Why Podcasting is AWESOME

I just want to take a second to talk about podcasting. I launched a podcast called Level Up Human with Wellcome Trust funding in 2015, and 5 years later, we’re still going strong. It’s my opportunity to learn about evolutionary biology, to talk to an audience of loyal fans, and to hang out with myContinue reading “Why Podcasting is AWESOME”

Remembering Towel Day 2018

On May 25th, 2018, the second Towel Day was held at the Star of Kings in Kings Cross. Photos by Mike Conterio. If you’d like to attend Stay In for Towel Day, which will be on May 25th online, due to lockdowns around the world, you can RSVP to Save the Rhino here: https://www.savetherhino.org/get-involved/events/stay-in-for-towel-day-2020/

6 Easy Ways to Start Writing

The blank page is terrifying. But the good news is, writer’s block doesn’t exist. Not really. Not being able to think of anything to write is easily overcome with a few strategies. And if writing is what you do, and you’re serious about it, not being in the mood is not a good enough excuse.Continue reading “6 Easy Ways to Start Writing”

Remembering Towel Day 2017

If you’ve RSVP’d to the Save the Rhino event on Towel Day 2020, you might like to know what #Team42 got up to at previous Towel Days*. The very first Stand Up for Towel Day was in 2017 in the basement of Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road. My sister, Helen Puddefoot, very kindly made meContinue reading “Remembering Towel Day 2017”

Pen and ink vs computer

Is it harder to write now that it’s easier to write? Hundreds of years ago, there was no digital editing, paper was expensive and to find a pen you had to butcher a peacock*. *Or something. Turns out quill pens were made from goose, swan and turkey feathers. 19th century landowner, explorer and ‘first modernContinue reading “Pen and ink vs computer”

Stay In for Towel Day 2020

Delighted to announce that Towel Day this year will be performed online in collaboration with Save the Rhino. Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour. Due to theContinue reading “Stay In for Towel Day 2020”

Stand Up for Towel Day at the British Library

To celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the original radio broadcasts of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the British Library are hosting a whole day of events. Stand Up for Towel Day will be there, with Steve Cross, Cerys Bradley, The Underground Clown Club, Declan Kennedy, Jonathan Hearn and The Story Beast all performing homagesContinue reading “Stand Up for Towel Day at the British Library”