Friday, 26 November 2010

The Story of Stuff

“The Story of Stuff” is an inspiring film about the amount of stuff we buy, why we buy it, and the effect our consumption is having on the planet.

The film is part of a project to encourage us to make an informed decision to consume less stuff and to buy responsibly in the hope that reduced consumer demand will eventually lead to happier people, a healthier planet and a more sustainable economy. In contrast to the many misguided environmental initiatives and films (such as the self satisfying “No Impact Man”), this makes an important and well presented point which needs to reach as many people as possible. The 20% of us humans living in the developed world manage to consume 80% of the planet’s resources. Not only does this cause damage to our environment but also exacerbates the unfair distribution of wealth around the world.

Tomorrow is National Buy Nothing Day which I will be taking part in as my own little protest against consumerism and to remind me to think about what I’m buying and where it comes from. Thousands of people around Europe are due to join in.

I encourage you all to do the same.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

How to be alone

Delightful video from Andrea Dorfmann.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday afternoon at a Popular Education crochet workshop at The Cowley Club on London Road.

Next to me around the table sat a friendly individual named Pearl, who helped me learn how to make granny squares and at the end of the session presented me with issue 17 of her zine.

When we saw Josie Long a few weeks ago, the programme was in the form of a zine and when I showed Jonathan the edition of Peach Melba that Pearl had given me, he showed me a pile of zines that he has been collecting over the years. A zine is a self published amateur magazine on a subject of the author's choosing, for fans of the same subject. A fanzine. The issues that Jonathan owns contain a fascinating mix of comics, stories, poems, lists and recipes amongst other things. Peach Melba mainly consists of lists, and the clever folding mechanism means that pages overlap, so that the bottom half of the 'Food for mice' list can also become responses to 'A sample menu of a stereotypical Wallace and Gromit themed party' and then, perhaps more confusingly, a list of weapons morphs into 'Words you can add the word cat to'. It's great fun and I hope this won't be the last issue of Peach Melba that finds its way into my possession. I'm not the only fan; Matthew over at 365 zines has dedicated many a post to Pearl's work! Really interesting to see what has been in previous editions.

Whilst we're on the subject of magazines, let me introduce you to another recent discovery; "Oh Comely", a magazine that is surely written just for me, about all the things I love. Here's their blog, hope you like it as much as I do.

Monday, 22 November 2010


A subject I do not spend enough time blogging about.

There's an article in The Guardian this week in praise of Avocados and with reader comments on the best way to enjoy them.

We bought some nice, old fashioned avocado bowls a year or so ago and the best way to enjoy one is simply in the bowl , drizzled with some vinaigrette!


Second best, mashed on marmite on toast with a soft boiled egg on top. The ultimate comfort food.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Blast from the past

I've had this Ohrwurm for a few weeks now. I remember it from when we were little but kept forgetting the tune every time I spoke to my dad so wasn't sure what it was.

Luckily it popped into my head at work on Friday and Ray was able to recognise my humming and direct me to this youtube clip.

It nearly made me cry in the middle of the office.


...Gefunden heute Nachmittag in dem Brightoner Flohmarkt.
Sehr huebschen Ausgaben mit vielen kleinen eingesteckten Notizblaetter von dem letzten Besitzer! Jaa.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

White Night

A few weeks ago, it was White Night in Brighton. In celebration of the end of British Summer Time, the city stays alive until dawn with dozens of events to take part in or watch throughout the night.

When we arrived at New Road around 11pm, we found ourselves thrown into a celebration of life and death. Life size puppets had been created to symbolise Maria de la Muerte marrying a Man of the Living. The warm weather has brought out hundreds of people and we slowly made our way through the bustling crowd into the Pavilion Gardens to catch our breath and look around at all the strange sights; actors, musicians and spectators all mingling with incredibly drunken, noisy freshers in Halloween costume celebrating with their new found university friends for life. We came across a couple of pianos on our walk, simple placed outdoors, in the park, surrounded bysinging and dancing and people having a splendid time. We saw a french singer and accordion player in the Dome and went to an all night knitting workshop at the Komedia. Onto the Lighthouse for an exhibition and a few video installations and we were ready for bed. We stayed out until about 3. Quite a poor performance considering I'd have loved to see the dawn chorus on the beach, but at least there's something left for next year!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Seed Markers

Look at these gorgeous upcycled seed markers from Not on the High Street.
They're made of broken ceramics and wooden sticks.

I'm feeling inspired to make some of these next year when I plant the next year's crops on the allotment, Broken crockery is easy to come by but save your lolly sticks for me please!!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


On my walk round to Jonathan's, I always pass a pretty little gift shop called Sixty Seven which I could quite happily live in. It stocks lots of bits and pieces from many of my favourite design sources; rice dk, lisa stickley and more recently Kissy Suzuki who makes teeny tiny crochet jewellery just like this Acorn necklace.

Monday, 15 November 2010

The life of a home made crumble

Mmmm, apples and blackberries all from around the site at work