Well now, who would have thought a migraine could lead to such pleasure? After applying the usual remedies (coffee, Voltaren, head massage, bed) I rediscovered the joys of Morning Report on Radio New Zealand's National programme. Radio and the web are so closely intertwined nowadays that it's hard to imagine one without the other.
First a discussion on labelling food with the country of origin. Ruth Pretty responded to objections, namely that processed food has so many ingredients that the label would be huge, and that manufacturers often have to suddenly source a new ingredient, invalidating labels. Why not put the information online, says Ruth, with computers in supermarkets to consult on the spot?
Second up, Waitakere City has an interesting scheme to engage teens in reading books. They release selected books into the wild, challenge students to capture, read the books, register the details online - and re-release. As they say, teens live online, so the library is meeting them in their natural habitat.
Thirdly, Sir Ian McLellen charmed me with his erudite, funny, modest analysis of his film, stage and television work. Then he discussed his web site as 'a sort of living autobiography'. But he warns that he hasn't written a thing since starting the current productions of King Lear and The Seagull, saying, 'I've just been too darn busy'.