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

Reading time: 3 mins
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

Reading time: 4 mins
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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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins
Breaking with tradition, here’s a link to a wonderful newsletter. It’s only a few issues old but so far it’s made me pause and think each time. quotemail Words. Daily. Because finding good words to think on (or use for calligraphy practice or journal pages) takes time and effort. Let me share my time and effort with you. Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for the above link, I just happen to like it and happen to know the wonderfully talented person who has created it. Alexandra Burke: UK has ‘massive problem’ with confident women Alexandra Burke has battled more than her fair share of criticism in the last year – something she says is partly down to the way …

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Six by Nico: New York, New York

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It’s been far too long since my last visit to Six by Nico but – boy oh boy Riff – it’s sure been worth the wait! The last menu – a best of complilation – was a nice way to kick start 2018 but as soon as I saw the first listing for the new menu I knew I had to start spreading the news… (ok, I’ll stop with the New York based puns… maybe). And what a menu, go on, pick a bad one from this wonderful line up! BAGEL – Smoked Salmon Royale / Dill Pickle / Cream Cheese BUFFALO CHICKEN – Confit Chicken / Gorgonzola Mousse / Pickled Celery EGGS BENEDICT – Slow Cooked Egg / Miso …

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Stop blaming Facebook

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“The next two decades it’s gonna be privacy. I’m talking about the Internet. I’m talking about cell phones. I’m talking about health records and who’s gay and who’s not. And moreover, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?” ~ Sam Seaborn, The West Wing. In case you missed the news, it turns out that tens of millions of people have had their Facebook data used by a company called Cambridge Analytics to help skew the last US Presidential election (good summary here). The joys! Facebook privacy has always been a bit of an open secret, at least to those who work in IT. You can control a lot of the …

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