Journal 87

Houses of Parliament

This week — a look at evolution and intelligence through the study of a unique animal, a history of the iconic game Civilization, crisis at Lake Chad, and the predicament facing the Houses of Parliament. 
If you only read one thing — GQ on the Grenfell Tower fire is worth the time.


Trapped: The Grenfell Tower Story // GQ // Society

A powerful and moving piece describing the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire through the experiences of a firefighter and a resident who survived the night.

Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster // The New Yorker // Politics

A thorough piece of reporting looking at a crisis caused by a toxic blend of issues — weak government, climate change, violent extremism, and structural weaknesses left behind by colonialism.

The complete history of Civilization // PC Gamer // Entertainment

A history of the seminal strategy computer game provides insight into the process of creation, development using ever-evolving technologies, and how to create sequels when your first edition spans all of human history.

‘A tale of decay’: the Houses of Parliament are falling down // The Guardian // Society

The iconic building of the British state is in a state of serious disrepair. It caught fire forty times in a four year period, and the list of required repairs is mind-boggling. Yet the way to deal with this increasingly pressing concern is not at all clear.

Aliens in our midst // Aeon // Science

Whilst we look for alien life on other planets, this piece examines ctenophores — creatures closer to home that are “profoundly different from any other animal on Earth” — so much so in fact that they may be on an entirely different evolutionary path to their planetary cohabitants.