Exercise 2: The Mixer If I am in a noisy place like a coffee bar or in nature at a lake try to identify the different noises. How many individual channels of sound can I hear? Where are they? It improves the quality of my listening.
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening."
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I feel more Irish than English. I feel freer than British, more visceral, with a love of language. Shot through with fire in some way. That's why I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I'm part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be.