Five Tiny Big Things #3 Flourless Bread / Free Agatha Christie / The Power Of Journalism / Be Not Boring / Walk & Talk

  1. 1-Ingredient Flourless Buckwheat Bread. Got to be worth a try, surely? (Thanks L!)
  2. Public domain Agatha Christie ebooks. Technically not out of copyright in the UK, but I don’t have an ereader so I’m not about to test how far the strong arm reaches. Another idea: go to the library.
  3. Reporting on Long Covid Taught Me to Be a Better Journalist: an uplifting redefinition of the power of journalism by Ed Yong. See his newsletter The Ed’s Up for more of this sort of thing and, this week, a digest of readings on the Israeli assault on Gaza.
  4. How not to be boring (according to some psychology studies): change the subject more often than you might feel is polite; tell old family stories that you know get a laugh; nod slowly three times when someone seems to have stopped speaking.
  5. Walk and Talk by Derek Sivers. A week of walking with a group of friends. ‘It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Very healthy for your brain, body, and friendships.’

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David Charles is co-writer of BBC radio sitcom Foiled. He also writes for The Bike Project, Thighs of Steel, and the Elevate Festival. He blogs at

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