An early Leaf Collecting post suggested that the single greatest benefit of the internet could be the opportunity to play back (bits of or whole) radio programmes which you were not able to hear at broadcasting time, like the BBC’s Late Junction or Desert Island Discs.
This is still true – but another huge plus is the ability to find out about community arts (and food!) venues spread all over the UK. You therefore feel you can share regularly just a little in the riches of such as the Glad Café and Mono and the Glasgow Women’s Library in Glasgow or Dundee Contemporary Arts in that city or the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool or the Portico Library or the Working Class Movement Library in Manchester or the Ship Inn at Low Newton in Northumberland or the Black Box in Belfast.
Some I’ve been lucky enough to visit, others I’ve walked past and others I’ve only read about. A further afield venue which maintains a detailed website which allows you to know almost as much as the local regulars do – while you are always thinking “how can this possibly work commercially?” – is Conflict Kitchen of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.