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I am taking a break from social media and WordPress

Hello friends I've been feeling rather down and directionless lately. After watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix, I concluded that being on social constantly probably isn't helping my mental health. I will be available on email for all those who I regularly chat to on here and if you want to reach me send an…

Polar Bear rampages through Dundee

10 Cool Things I found On the Internet #25

If you have had a bit of a downer week then this will bring your aura back up to bright again and hopefully make you laugh. Hope you enjoy it. How cultures deal with haunted places and people who have shuffled off this mortal coil A fascinating Zoom Workshop. "If you see a Monarch Butterfly…

If we want to do something well, we cannot do it all

Comforting Thought: If We Want to Do Something Well – We Cannot Do It All

"Opt out of the relentless pursuit of personal optimisation of our lives. Opt-out of picking and choosing a new partner when we get bored of the person we have been with for many years simply because we are bored. Opt out of trying to become a social media influencer with a million friends on Instagram…

Ancient Word of the Day: Deliquium

Ancient Word of the Day: Deliquium

Latin v. delinquere: "to lack, to fail In 1836, Francis Baily travelled to the Scottish Borders to see a solar eclipse. He witnessed a macabre and beautiful phenomenon. A row of lucid points, like a string of bright beads of irregular distance and size from each other. These suddenly appeared around the circumference of the…

Tracey Emin. About Neon Art and Loneliness http://wp.me/p41CQf-aU

Comforting Thought: The appetites of the soul by Aldous Huxley

Two great appetites of the soul – the urge to independence and self-determination and the urge to self-transcendence – were fused with, and interpreted in the light of, a third – the urge to worship.~ Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception and Heaven & Hell Entrance to the Night by Michiel Schrijver We live together,…

Disco Dingo by Sylvia Ritter

Artists and Writers in their own Words: Sylvia Ritter

Self Portrait by Sylvia Ritter German Artist Sylvia Ritter has made a name for herself and gathered a dedicated following in the open-source IT community with her funky and psychedelic animal art. Ritter is best known for her astonishing digital paintings that coincide with all of the releases of the Ubuntu Linux operating system so…

Autumn Riders by artist Emily Balivet

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet #24

This week it's going to take some intense eye-bleaching and palate cleansing to get the gross taste out of your mouth. So here are some things to hopefully brighten up the rooms and windows of your mind. Future Imperfect by River Crow The future may be hopeful. The future may be fearful. The future will…

Ancient Word of the Day: Uiscebeatha

Ancient Word of the Day: Uiscebeatha

Uisgebeatha: n Irish Gaelic uisce "water", and bethu "life" or Water of Life. Another variation is the Scots Gaelic Uisge beatha. Pronounced Ish-ka ba-ha. This was a Gaelic name given by Irish and Scottish monks in the early Middle Ages to describe distilled alcohol. It's a translation of the Latin aqua vitae 'water of life'.…

A Peaceful demonstration for wildlife conservation

Change-Makers in Their Own Words: Cheche Winnie

Kenyan conservationist and activist Cheche Winnie believes that humans are the custodians of nature. Hence it is our duty to protect nature not destroy it. Her work in conservation, education and awareness is essential to conserving the native animals and the landscape in Kenya. She is one of many brave and bold Kenyans who are…

COVID angry-face cake from Turanga-nui-a-Kiwi in New Zealand

10 Cool Things I found on the Internet #23

Does your brain need to be plunged into icy-cold water? Consider this weeks picks to be a refreshing and brief dunk into a frozen arctic pool...when you know that a sauna will be waiting for you afterwards. Where the river begins A look at how linguistics, word origins and paleo-climatology are linked. "If you pause…

Book Review: The Pregnancy Diaries Vol. 1 by Googie McCabe

Book Review: The Pregnancy Diaries Vol. 1 by Googie McCabe

Infused with the vast and never-ending love of a mum for her unborn daughter, The Pregnancy Diaries Volume 1 is an absolutely hilarious, witty and enjoyable romp through pregnancy from conception to birth. Any woman who has given birth (or any supportive man who has gone along for the journey) will be able to relate…

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Greig Johnson

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Greig Johnson

Greig Johnson creates epic, surreal and downright bizarre musical comedy on YouTube. He is a one-man meme generating machine who writes, films and designs all of his sets, costumes, VFX and songs to satisfy nobody else except for himself. His pitch black memes are dredged up from the depths of the internet and underneath of…

Toshi Yoshida ( Japanese, 1911 - 1995 ) - Autumn In Hakone (1954)

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet This Week #22

I hope these things cheer you up or make you smile. They certainly made my day better when I found them. Bulgaria's Kooky Kukeri Festival Each year, people across Bulgaria gather in Blagoevgrad to partake in the annual Kukeri Festival. Draped in elaborate costumes made from long goat hair, participants dance away the evil through…

Book Review: Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams

Book Review: Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams

A compelling, rich and lush blend of essay, poetry, reflections and personal stories by one of New Zealand's most preeminent Māori writers. I have to admit that I didn't know much about Haare Williams before picking up this book in Te Papa Museum in Wellington. This is a definitive collection of Māori wisdom that is…

A roadtrip through the Bay of Plenty and Eastern Cape of the North Island

Comforting thought: A 10th century Japanese poem about courage

Although the wind Blows terribly herethe moonlight also leaks between the roof planksof this ruined house ~ Izumi Shikibu, 10th Century Japanese poet Izumi Shikibu More inspiration Remember that if you wall up your house too well you will stay dry, but you will stay moonless. We should strive to let the world into our…

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

16 Self-Promotion Tips for Artists and Musicians on Twitter

This post was inspired by a music producer whom I greatly admire. On Twitter he was asking how to get more engagement with people. I thought it a good moment to give out my tips and ideas, based on my own experience in what works. 1. Find your audience across multiple disciplines Your audience is…

Dog groomer creepy - scary clown edition

10 Creepy Things I Found for Spooky Samhain

Samhain is a pagan religious festival that originates from the archaic Celtic spiritual tradition. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time to usher in the dark half of the year. For us antipodeans, it's the other way around and we welcome the light with open arms. Here in the unterland, we welcome flowers, frolicking…

Welcome to the rumbling belly of the shaky isles: Orakei Korako https://wp.me/p41CQf-JXQ

Ancient Word of the Day: Hell Kettle

Hell Kettle: n. A deep abyss or bottomless pool The deep pools in Darlington, Co. Durham in England are a part of fearsome local legend. These mysterious pools are said to have inspired Lewis Carroll's endless rabbithole, where Alice tumbles into another world - in his classic book Alice in Wonderland. They are known as…

Book Review: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

*Contains no spoilers Right from the start I was hooked on this novel by the celebrated author Michael Ondaatje who wrote the classic The English Patient which won the Booker Prize in 1992 and was turned into an equally successful film. His follow up, Anil's Ghost failed to hit the mark, at least for me.…

Ancient Word of the Day: Cuneiform

Ancient Word of the Day: Cuneiform

Cuneiform: n. The oldest known writing system that originated in Mesopotamia circa 3400BC. It was etched onto wet clay tablets using a wedge-shaped stylus. Cuneiform is the original ancient written language that underpins all modern forms of written communication. Many languages throughout a vast geographical span over thousands of years were written in cuneiform, including…

Boplicity # 2 Collage by Wayne HW Wolfson

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Wayne Wolfson

Northern Californian artist and writer Wayne H.W. Wolfson is completely self-taught and has had an expansive career. He has amassed a large body of work in a riot of colours and eclectic styles. This makes him one of the most striking, interesting and chameleon-like artists around. Summer's Last Dusk by Wayne HW WolfsonA Million Ways…

A friend of mine told me that she doesn't believe in COVID yesterday....

A friend of mine told me that she doesn’t believe in COVID yesterday….

As though she was speaking about the boogeyman, Easter Bunny or Santa. I am baffled as this is a normally intelligent, coherent and sane person who gives sound advice to me. She (along with everyone else) has been living in a place (Melbourne, Australia) which has been under one of the world's most harsh lock-downs…

A cross-section of a Juarassic subterranean world by Gozz on Twitter

10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #21

If the internet is making funny sounds and has crapped itself a few times in your house, well then perhaps it's time for a reboot.... Mountains, Cass, 1936 by New Zealand painter Rita Angus Mountains, Cass, 1936 by New Zealand painter Rita Angus Dead Can Dance- ACT II The Invocation video filmed in Bulgaria Dead…

Every Picture Tells a Story: Lake Menteith in the fading light of a winters night

Comforting thought: The World of Terrifying Beauty By Karl Ove Knausgård

I remained where I was, standing with one hand in my pocket and the other around the handle of the pram. The triviality of the ketchup and mustard bottles, the blackened hotdogs. The camping table where the soft drinks were lined up, was almost inconceivable there beneath the stars, the dancing light of the bonfire.…