2022 – Dervella Murphy: The adventures of a girl who showed us how to live in her full force | Rebecca Nicholson

In the first few months of lockdown, there was no better book than this at full capacityDervala Murphy’s famous account of her solo bicycle journey from Ireland to India.

I bought a dashing copy from eBay with a cover from the ’80s and used it as a catalyst for a travel dream when travel itself wasn’t possible. Murphy, who died a week earlier at her home in Lismore, Ireland, at the age of 90, embarked on her most famous journey in 1963, fulfilling her ambition since she was 10. I arrived in India in July 1963. I often think of Murphy. The reasons are mostly sentimental, which one can only guess from her writing that she would have hated her. It’s one of the least emotional writers I’ve read, and frankly that’s part of its brilliance.

I think of the simple bravery and astonishing recklessness of her travels, often alone, never in chariots (at least not because she was driving), but in mules, bicycles, and on foot, over mountains, deserts, and forests. She was known to have been attacked by wolves, which she filmed during the movie at full capacity Travel in Bulgaria. She said the first thing to be brave was to be afraid, which you never were.

Little boys grow up with tales of adventure and adventurers, but little girls need to find them. reading at full capacity I felt like I was eight years old again.

It is easier than ever to accept that the world is a terrible place, that people are bad, and that kindness and compassion are dying qualities. But it’s Murphy’s words that come to mind when desperation creeps in. It describes traveling through countries with little or no money, and you don’t know the language or what or who you will meet. There are bad people, but most of them are hospitable and inquisitive as they are, opening their homes and cafes to this Irish woman on a bike who has made her way into the mountains of Afghanistan or Pakistan. Written by a reminder that most people are basically good.

But Murphy had no illusions that the world was not what it is now. “Politically, the world has changed a lot,” she said. financial times In one of her last interviews in April. But there is still a lot of joy in her work. Talking about guardian In 2018, she denied being an adventurer to be conquered. She said quite simply: “I travel to enjoy myself.”

George Clark: How to Turn a Property Into a Game Show

Stuart Douglas, George Clark and Scarlett Douglas, presenters of Flipping Fast. Photo: Andrew Fox/Channel 4

Architect and TV presenter George Clark knows there is a housing crisis in Britain. He has written eloquently and passionately about the multiple problems facing the UK, the offensive against greedy developers, ineffective government policies, and the lack of affordable social housing. “I am someone who doesn’t really believe in the globalized capitalist world,” he told Diem A big problemIn 2021 last year.

Why is the new Channel 4 series presented? George Clark FlipWhich started last week? The program is transforming a frenetic real estate market that has decimated the idea of ​​home ownership as everyone’s basic right to a game show. this is Someone learning a craftSimilar to the competition, you see six teams armed with £100,000 in cash to buy, renovate and then ‘flip’ the property, i.e. reselling it for a profit.

It’s like getting to the scene of a fire, realizing it’s hot, and then pouring gasoline on it just to see what happens next. The winner gets £100,000. It was initially suggested that at least two candidates could not move up the real estate ladder and that this money would make it possible. But the show promises to put her on that ladder and push her out of anyone else’s reach.

After watching the first episode I wondered if there was another way to watch it. There may be a subversive message buried deep in the fuzzy functional rugs and plain white walls. It makes “flipping” seem like an absolute nightmare. Maybe that’s what Clark will be working on after all.

Halsey: Viral demand for TikToks is causing content fatigue

Halsey: “It’s all marketing.” Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Singer Halsey sparked controversy on TikTok last week when she posted that she had a song ready for release, but her label wouldn’t “let me” so she could “fake a viral moment on TikTok.” She wrote: “Everything is my marketing.”

Other pop stars have expressed similar complaints. Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine posted a clip of her singing to a capella and claimed that her poster asked her for “Lo fi tik signs.” She wrote “Please Send Help,” sounding like she’d rather be somewhere else. Charli XCX and FKA Twigs have joined the chorus of disapproval with their own contributions about the ongoing demand for content, and this is a great group I’d pay to see.

Social media is part of the artist’s “branding”, but it’s not like advertising, although tags often blur the lines. Whether success should be measured by listeners, followers, viewers, sales, likes or shares is controversial. It ends up being an unfortunate mixture.

It is worth noting that these women are seasoned artists who, after years in the industry, feel empowered to speak. Halsey’s TikTok went viral, of course.

Rebecca Nicholson is a columnist for The Observer