Time for a declutter?

This past month, I read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I started reading it with the thought that I could use a little clutter management in my life. I’m always dealing with storage issues and feeling like my house is “too full.” I was not expecting that this book would call for a whole-house overhaul and declutter. WOW. I decided that I didn’t have anything …

Spotify, licensing and bother like that

This was the conclusion I came to after reading this article on The Guardian website this morning: Spotify opens doors to UK – as record industry slams them shut Basically, it’s an article about how the music website Spotify, hotly tipped to be the next big thing in a new generation of online music services and poised to topple iTunes in terms of popularity, has opened it’s doors to the …

The value of design

In a spare 5 minutes yesterday, I got round to reading those emails that had been sitting filed under ‘Read / Review’ for months, and one of them really got my attention. It was a newsletter from the BDI (British Design Innovation) about the effect the ‘Credit Crunch’ may be having on the design industry. The email’s first paragraph touched briefly on what we in the industry all know so …

What does it mean to be from London?

On 9 August 2011 I was supposed to attend the Ghana vs. Nigeria West Africa Derby at Vicarage Road Watford. I was ready to support my team and laugh at Nigerians in the process after beating them yet again. But young rioters, mostly born and raised in London, of all genders and races decided to set about destructing their own city. When my selfish rage relating to the postponement of …

Grief

Some of you may be aware – perhaps through my inconsistent post rate of late – that the last 12 months have been the most difficult, sombre, yet most enlightening period of my life. Tragically, last May I lost my father to cancer quite suddenly. Just getting through each day is a battle not just for me, but the whole family. In the midst of this grief, my family suffered …

New therapy centre @ Aquarium Gallery

Aquarium Gallery Lounge – Centre for Health & Well-being We offer a wide range of therapies in a relaxing, calm enviroment, conveniently located in Harborne High Street (just 10 mins from central Birmingham). All Therapists are fully qualified, insured and trained to a very high standard. We pride ourselves on the treatment rooms, level of service and clinical excellence. We are delighted to be able to offer a range of …

Profiles of my favourite composers

Laura Reid – Crossing Born in Sheffield in 1977, Laura studied music at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and graduated in 1999. Laura lives in Newcastle and works primarily with singer songwriter Kathryn Williams playing cello in her band and collaborating on arrangements and music. Other collaborations have included working with electroacoustic musicians ‘Artwhore’ and DJ ‘Salad Butty’. Laura also performs with the experimental improvisation duo, ‘A String Thing.’ …

Reduced Shakespeare Company

Kyle Dadd Performer Kyle, who is more of a concept than a human, was conceived and reared in a boobopolis in Canada. A spendthrift of his own genius, he now lives chronically in debt in North London. Kyle has a keen sense of smell and is particularly fond of moose.Gary Fannin Performer Despite Gary’s thick Canadian accent he actually hails from America, Texas in fact. After years of riding the …

Welcome to the spirit world

We have all seen the movie ‘Ghost’ with the ever lovely Patrick Swayze, where he dies and then walks the earth like a discarnate soul, encountering other souls on his journey. Some more friendly than others. But is this just fiction or are we surrounded by ghosts in our everyday life? I was recently fortunate enough to sit-in on a workshop aimed at teaching people about the world of negative …

Helping children in Africa

When it comes to helping children in need, education is the key tool for any child to dig their way out of poverty and build themselves a better and brighter future. Aquarium Gallery is particularly invested in improving the life chances of African children by teaching them the skills they need to earn a living and not fall into the poverty traps that await them. However, for many young girls …