50 Thoroughly Good bookmarked tweets from 2020

I have a habit with social media of scrolling and bookmarking. Its instinctive. There is no bookmarking strategy as such. I only really noticed I did it around February 2020.

As it’s the end of the year I figured I’d take a look at the tweets I’ve bookmarked. This selection isn’t trying to be representative of the year, other than a record of the kind of things I’ve responded to in the moment.

Just a warning: there are fifty media-rich tweets in this blog post. So it does take a bit of time to load!

I’m particularly interested in the subjects which have resonated for me, especially discussions around workplace bullying, the advice from Phoebe Waller-Bridge about writing. These two things in particular were clearly dominant themes throughout the year.

Nearly all of the tweets I bookmarked featured video which I think also reminds me of where my thinking has been in terms of content creation strategy, and specifically work. This combination of videos creates a story that I find compelling, reminding me in some cases of pre-COVID news and its impact, in particular the suicide of Caroline Flack which hit colleagues hard.

They’re also illustrations of how thinking has changed throughout the year with regards to the pandemic. The Royal Albert Hall Organ was genuinely funny at the time when the pandemic was beginning to impact UK life. I’m just not sure one would post that now.

Seeing the Imogen Holst post again reminded me how when my mood was low the nostalgia contained within previously unseen footage created an emotional uplift.

Sheer Joy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s advice for writers: find a friend and write for them

Pre-COVID concert going experience

Mild news fail

Margaret Atwood on a scooter

Rite of Spring without a conductor

Tricky plane landing

Laura Whitmore’s on-air tribute following the suicide of Caroline Flack

Sir Philip Rutnam resigns from the Home Office

Supporting employees who call-out workplace bullying

Deborah Meaden on Workplace Bullying

Design choices inside the Festival Hall

Who wouldn’t want to be Cherry Wainer?

Painful journalism (stick around until 1.40″)

Priti Patel

Yay. Dogs.

Royal Albert Hall Organ to the rescue

Wash your hands to the lyrics of Britten’s Friday Afternoons

Memories of the last recital I attended

How Government changed in a short space of time

Before lockdown, there was self-isolation

Rotterdam Philharmonic play Ode to Joy in lockdown

Dealing with first UK lockdown with regular dance sessions in the street

Lockdown shoulds

CBSO trumpeter and viola player with a lockdown rendition of Star Trek theme tune

BBC News theme tune played by a weather guy and members of the public

Boris Johnson challenged in the park

Carrie Gracie’s last day on BBC News

Tristan Chord on a floor keyboard

Paul Harvey improvises on four notes

How France made concert going possible in September 2020

Freelance musicians protest in Parliament Square

Kevin Brennan MP asks Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden about false claims regarded self-employed musicians support

Samar Ginsberg plays Thomas The Tank Engine

Rishi Sunak’s reskilling comment is underlined in a Government campaign

Suffolk murmaration

Footage of Imogen Holst conducting her father’s brass band suite

Dominic Cummings leaving Downing Street cut to the Imperial March

Will society be back to normal by Spring 2021?

Reverend Richard Coles and Danny Jules sing and dance for Sally Phillips

If Carols for Choirs could talk

Original footage of Dave Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance

Charlotte Higgins writes about how British classical music is struggling in the pandemic

Why one Spanish opera house put on a performance to an auditorium full of houseplants

Oliver Dowden’s committment to the arts

Questionable social media posting from Andrew Lloyd Webber

Spotify’s committment to supporting artists comes to the fore at a time when musicians can’t perform live

Intrepid Dunedin Consort head back from France concert on a hired fishing boat before travel restrictions are imposed

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s return to the concert hall

Susan Calman’s re-post of her Strictly Semi-Final Dance with Kevin Clifton

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