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How allotments lost the plot

The arrival of the BBC's The Big Allotment Challenge shows that grow-your-own is a pursuit worthy of the same attention as baking, dating and home improvement. As an allotment holder myself, albeit very much the head gardener's lackey, I'm ambivalent about this. Allotments are wonderful things but the rise, fall, and rise again in their popularity tells a story about social change that is both encouraging and dispiriting...

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  • HOUSE OF COMMENTS PODCAST. "In the week of St George’s Day, Nick Denys tries to find out what England and English is. He talks to Sunder Katwala (Director of British Future), Caroline Kent (feminist columnist for the Telegraph) and Julian Baggini (philosopher and author of Welcome to Everytown). Sunder is interviewed at the beginning, Caroline at around 14 minutes, and Julian from 26 minutes 20 seconds." Listen here#
  • TODAY - BBC RADIO FOUR. I was on the programme this morning talking, with Ray Tallis, about whether it would be good to know how much longer you've got to live. If life is not too short to listen, you can catch up here. (Last item, 5 minutes from end.) #
  • THE POLITICS OF FOOD - GLASGOW, 12 APRIL. Talking at the Aye Write! book festival alongside Compassion in World Farming's Philip Lymbery. 13:30 at the Mitchell Library. Full details here. #
  • WISE WORDS - CANTERBURY, 6 APRIL. I'm giving two talks at this weekend festival. The first, at 2pm, is on my book about the self The Ego Trick, while the second, at 4:30, is about my new one, The Virtues of the Table. #
  • THE VIRTUES OF THE TABLE - OXFORD, 25 MARCH. I failed to post advance information about this event which took place yesterday. Donald Sloan of Oxford Brookes University, led a discussion with me and two of the UK’s most admired chefs, Antonio Carluccio and Michael Caines, to explore our relationship with food. Details, for the record, here. #

What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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