Finding the glimmers

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As a child of the 70s our future was bright, so bright we had to wear shades. It was full of rockets and space exploration as the buzz of the moon landing continued to pervade my childhood years, spurned on by Star Wars and the promise of galaxies far far away… It’s easy to question where our jetpacks are, why I’m not eating meals in pill form, and what ever became of space elevators anyway? We had dreams and hopes and aspirations all of which were to be manifest in many wonderous objects that would impact our daily lives. It makes me wonder though, what do the youth of today aspire to? What do they dream for their future? Is …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 6 mins
Public Place Meditation Exercise Excited to share my all-time favorite thing to do on the subway, or other public transportation. It’s also one of the best empathy exercises I’ve thought of and really helps to remind me to feel the moments of love and pain we all go through. Tried this a few days this week (identify the person and you can close your eyes or look away, staring is creepy!) and… it kinda works. Turkish Delight For all the haters. Turkish Delight is a thing of wonder. Who has time for that? Above: art-making advice from our 40-year-old ovens. You always have more time than you think. Twenty years ago, Netflix.com launched. The movie business has never been the …

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No such thing as over sharing

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I’ve only ever taken one shower with my clothes on. I was alone at the time and can still remember the sensations as my t-shirt started clinging to me, my jeans growing heavy and cold on my legs. I was drunk, had just thrown up then crawled into the bath and turned the shower tap on. I lay there as the water fell on me and I cried. My wife had (rightly) just left me and gone back to Scotland, I was alone and in the early grips of the darkest days of my depression. I’m not sure why I turned the shower on, perhaps a memory from a movie scene was my inspiration, yet looking back it all seems …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 7 mins
Africa is splitting into two after tear in Kenya’s Rift Valley [Video] After heavy rains and seismic activities on Monday, the earth has split open at Kenya’s Rift Valley leaving a huge tear that is more than 50 feet deep and more than 50 feet wide weaving through the arable land in Narok County. And here we all are worrying about Trump, meanwhile in Africa… Drawing is back in fashion as British Museum offer pencils and paper for new blockbuster exhibition It was once the staple of every artist’s practice, before falling out of fashion at the hands of conceptual art, formaldehyde cows and unmade beds. What a great idea! What About “The Breakfast Club”? Earlier this year, the Criterion …

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Podcast: Distraction Pieces

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Hosted by Scroobius Pip, this weekly podcast is always, ALWAYS, interesting. Not only because the host is a smart guy but because he manages to put his guests at ease no matter how dark or deep the topic. He’s as adept at bringing out moments of humour and humanity as he is treading the fine lines of discussions around, for example, addiction. And what a mixed bag of guests. Refreshingly, for every episode I’ve listened to so far, each guest realises this is a conversation about wider topics and no-one appears to be selling their latest product or pushing a certain storyline. Yes, it’s an interview, but it’s more a frank exchange of ideas and thoughts between intelligent, erudite, people. …

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Weekend Reading

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13 Tips For Losing Weight Without Going Broke If you think you need to spend a lot of money to lose weight, you can blame the expensive juice detoxes and plans that call for super powders and other uncommon ingredients. While you can spend a ton of money on such plans, you don’t have to. Step 1, stop following a ‘plan’? ‘As if’ Some movies have a way of infiltrating our everyday conversations. “Clueless,” for example, influenced the way an entire generation of kids talked. In the mid-1990s, suddenly every teen was dishing out a blase “whatever” when they weren’t totally buggin’ or Audi. I’d love a British version of this, although most of our cultural influences are from the …

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Six by Nico: Vietnamese Street Food

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It doesn’t seem that long since we last ventured to Six by Nico, largely because it isn’t. Due to the vagaries of multiple calendars, we ended up booking to go on day 2 of the newest menu which was taking us to Vietnam. I’m a huge fan of eastern flavours, and have to admit I was pretty excited to try the Six by Nico take on some of my favourite Vietnamese street food style dishes, I mean check out this menu! SPRING ROLL – Rice Paper / Crayfish & Crab / Vietnamese Herbs PHO – Chicken ‘Noodles’ / Tiger prawn / Aromatic Broth CHÁO VIT – Rice Porridge / Duck / Peanut / Mooli SEA BREAM – Rice noodles / …

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Barcelona

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No, not the Ed Sheeran song, if anything my recent trip to this wonderful city evoked the original (and best, and I’ll fight anyone that says different) song performed by two soaring talents… Barcelona It was the first time that we met Barcelona How can I forget The moment that you stepped into the room You took my breath away Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Gaudi with ALL the filters.. amaze!! A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Mar 11, 2018 at 3:49pm PDT This was my second trip to Barcelona, the first being a lifetime ago as part of an off-site working weekend. I don’t remember much about that last trip as we didn’t really have time to …

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Coffee in a blue cup

Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins
The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things. So many diets, so many foods to eat, to avoid… this pretty much nails it all. (for now at least). Lift your way to strength – and help your body stay young Weightlifting isn’t just the preserve of musclebound hulks. Now women of all ages are increasingly turning to barbells as a way of staying healthy and warding off the effects of getting older Any woman can be strong. …

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Pianoforte

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I’m sure I had full length trousers I could’ve worn – I know for certain I had a pair of dungarees at some point during the height of my Oor Wullie phase – but for some reason in my memories of cycling to my childhood piano lessons I’m always wearing shorts. Wheeling my big black Raleigh Enterprise out of the garage as the first snow of winter falls, I sling my music bag over my shoulder and head round to see Mr. Pullen (he wasn’t ‘Robert’ until much later on). To properly paint this picture, let me give you some more detail. This was at a time when everyone, EVERYONE had a BMX. My bike was not a BMX, it …

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