I follow @LisaWeihman on Twitter, thankfully, because if I didn’t I never would have run into John Cooper (@JOhnBOyC), whose blog, Britain is No Country for Old Men
, is a treasure trove of British history, politics, and culture.
Lisa wrote the first tweet above, and I latched onto the mention of the Netflix film, The Dig
, having just watched it three nights ago. Then John Cooper saw the reference and came on to share the piece he wrote
about Basil Brown, the amateur archeologist (and subject of the film) who discovered a massive Anglo-Saxon burial ship under a mound on a private estate where he was a gardener/handyman.
I loved the “The Dig”, but Cooper’s backstory is the icing on the cake. Cooper did his homework, but it’s his style of writing that drew me in and took me along for the rest of the story. He’s a real storyteller.
And I can thank Twitter for opening this door.
So I thought I’d throw this out here as a reminder of how serendipity is such a big part of Twitter. I find some truly amazing stuff on Twitter, often by accident. One tweet leads to another and another, and retweeting lures me in even farther.
We get to choose who we follow and in that sense we’re community-building. Most often I’m over in the Liberal/Progressive village but it’s easy to wander off and find other villages where stuff is happening and where I can either lurk or participate.
On the other hand, I can stay out of any neighborhoods that look too funky or too silly or too dangerous. I get to create my own surroundings. And I do.
I’m going to share more of these serendipitous happenings in this newsletter in the coming days and I hope I find something you might be interested in. There’s a whole Twitter world out there!
So for all those who think it’s cool to shun Twitter and brag about not wanting to step foot in there, let me just say…