Beautiful Infographic on Loneliness


Beautiful Infographic on Lonliness

Here I’ve linked a video that I found a little personally confronting. As far as an analysis on the effects of the online world on human connection and interaction, it’s nothing that new, but what I found interesting was that at times, I wanted to stop watching as it was painful to hear certain points that I was all too familiar with in my own life. However I finished watching it, not because I put aside my own discomfort in favour of personal betterment, but because the animation of it was beautiful.

It’s really obvious to say, but it’s a great real world example of why good packaging or design is important. Even more so with critical, or important information. Anyway, I recommend a watch. If not for the intellectual content, then for the artistic content.

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Eat Me: Coriander

Old School Garden

coriander leavesNote: This is the first of a series of articles on how to grow and use different food plants. It’s one of a number produced recently by particpants in a ‘Grow Your Own’ course I’ve been running in the village of Foulsham, Norfolk. I thought the work deserved a wider audience and hope that you find it useful. I’ll post other articles in coming weeks.

Guest blog by Jacqui Carr

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in small umbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the…

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The “Open Air” Fireplace – A New Way of Thinking

MK and Company Interior Design and Decoration

New Open Air Fireplaces open all new possibilities of how we can design around them. If Not for Heat – Then for Drama.

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This burning collection of new age fireplaces by Planika Fires was imagined under Ayers Rock in Australia, the creators tell us “The atmosphere created by the flames inspired the two (creators) to find an easy way to have the same fire in contemporary interiors. Their intention was to overcome the existing difficulties in the form of soot, ash and the need for a chimney.” Here’s what they came up with…

A low-level central fireplace is reminiscent of a cozy patio fire pit, evoking fresh air summertime memories of roasting marshmallows and late night story telling.

Open Air Open-sided-firplace-665x496Open fronted, open-topped contemporary fireplace solutions look fabulous in the home of a young professional couple who love to entertain friends and colleagues, but if young children are part of your life then this…

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The sound of silence

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Today there will be a two minute silence, an act of Remembrance. How many will hear it?


‘Quite. Do you realise that the word silent and the word listen are comprised of the same set of letters arranged in a different order?’

‘And what can be gained from listening to the silence I wonder?’

‘Well, nothing actually because you can’t listen to silence you have to listen in silence. Try it!’”

Heart of Albion: Tales from the Wondrous Head

Outside the world sleeps, birds are silent, there is no noise from the road in the pre-dawn darkness. I have to get up. It was the silence that woke me. It often does.

The kettle is on, filling the kitchen with prophetic, protective noise. The fridge hums and the computer whirrs. The dog whimpers and chases birds in her dreams, snoring occasionally. I am grateful. It is, for me, a…

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Sharpening the quill

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Deep in the perilous realms of the grammatical jungle a lone figure stalks silently, pausing occasionally to sharpen the quill, its only weapon. With fierce determination it hunts the elusive comma, the errant exclamation mark and the dreaded reflexive pronoun…. From out of nowhere, a typo appears, starkly horrifying in its blatant nakedness, laughing wildly as it romps across the page intent on escape….

It sort of feels that way sometimes, this editing malarkey.

With three books in the editing process and due for imminent release I’m going cross-eyed hunting the darned things. The Osiriad and The Living One I have already mentioned. Heart of Albion: Tales from the Wondrous Head I may have neglected to tell you about yet…But rest assured I will in due course…

Meanwhile I am also working on the upcoming Silent Eye event in Glastonbury in a little over a week’s time, so I could…

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