The Legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland

The Culinary and Poetic Legacy of Robert Burns in Scotland

Robert Burns is a cult figure amongst Scottish people for his celebrated poetry and folk songs from the 18th Century. He used to write in the Scots language and also English with Scots dialect. Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns has travelled far beyond Scotland, to become a universal song for New Year's Eve. Every…

How Jazz Up An Itty Bitty Apartment On An Itty Bitty Budget

How To Jazz Up An Itty Bitty Flat On An Itty Bitty Budget (Part 2)

Following on from my previous article the other week about home decorating for tired old rental flats, this article focuses on how to decorate to maximise floor space in a small flat. Even if you live in a spacious unit or home, it's always handy to know how to make the most out of a…

How to Liven Up a Tired Old Rental Flat

How to Liven Up a Tired Old Rental Flat (Part 1)

Here are a couple of cheap and easy ways to bring the funky into a rented flat (a.k.a apartment. Flat is what we call it in New Zealand). These simple tips will allow you to create a bright, funky and comfortable living space while also being able to get your bond back. Ideal for Uni students…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab's Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab’s Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that's aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that's pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including…

What the Linguistic Trails on Yelp.com Tell Us About Ourselves

When Stanford University researchers analysed metadata about food reviews on Yelp (900,000 reviews for 6,548 restaurants), this revealed a panoply of fancy-schmancy and flowery language and colourful comparisons. This is hardly surprising, but that was only the beginning. Cheap, unhealthy, fast-food was likened to crack cocaine, whereas people's vocabulary noticeably improved when they tucked in at…

Ask Us Anything And We Will Answer...Google Before Computers

Ask Us Anything And We Will Answer…Google Before Computers

Remember what it was like when you needed a question answered, and you consulted a book and not Google? Back in the analogue age, we consulted unweildy encyclopaedias which smelt of dusty paper and a pleasant musty ink. Or you could ask the New York Public Library? By writing on a little cue-card, which was researched…

January 1st: An Auspicious Day...For a Hang Over

Winning Life’s Trifecta

It's 2015 baby! Is it time to dust away the cobwebs and start on that new regimen of lifestyle changes? Is it? I don't put much stock in new year's resolutions. Any day is a good day to begin the rest of your life. Without getting all Dr. Phil on your ass, here are some…

Got enough books? What a stupid question!

Got enough books? What a stupid question!

Here are some book inspired goodies that will satisfy the avid bookworm inside of you, or inside of someone you love. Each has a great Christmas snuggle factor to them. Book Bricks Lovingly crafted in Melbourne by Light Reading, these bricks are customised to reflect your literary obsessions. They are novel enough to stand alone…

Iceland’s Powerful Wilderness + Indigenous Wisdom From Around the World

Black Elk: Oglala Sioux (1863 - 1950) The first peace, which is the most important is that which comes within the souls of men when they realise their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all of its powers. When they realise that at the centre of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this centre is…

The Art of Love With John and Yoko

I discovered this beautiful rendering of a classic interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. What a better time to post it than on Christmas Eve. This is a simple message but it's always relevant, fresh and immediate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmvmnYEy9NY I hope you have a great Christmas wherever you are. Love is all you need! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb2YSAVHmIE…

Four Easy Ideas To Inject Some Inspiration Into Christmas

Four Easy Ideas To Inject Some Inspiration Into Christmas

This Christmas, I've felt a little bit more festive than usual. With my own place in another country and away from my family who are notoriously traditional about Christmas, it was up to me to take up the mantle of Christmas nostalgia. Gingerbread Men Gingerbread men double as effective Christmas decorations for the tree. Implant…

Six Great Foodie Inspirations For Christmas

Six Great Foodie Inspirations For Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas, most people consume their body weight in food. But you don't need to spend a fortune to eat posh nosh. Here's ten ways to inject some luxury into the day without the big price tag. 1. Cheese Platter Combos A delectable selection of cheeses can really kick off social…

Short Form Writing on Wonder

Some things lead into the realm beyond words it is like that small mirror in fairy tales you glance in it and what you see is not yourself; for an instant you glimpse the Inaccessible... And the soul cries out for it. Alexander Solzhenitsyn Start with the little things seen through a magnifying glass of…

Book Review: Paul Auster's The Book of Illusions (Plus Get The Copy Free)

Book Review: Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions (Plus Get The Copy Free)

Hi there friends. I recently finished the amazing The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster. It's a truly remarkable story. If you want to read it, then simply like my page and I'll send it to the first person who does so. The Narrative (No spoilers)  Academic David Zimmer's life is completely devastated when his…

18 Rules for Living by the Dalai Lama

18 Rules for Living by the Dalai Lama

At the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued these simple and humble rules for living than anyone can follow. Rule 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Rule 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson Rule 3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others…

Free Online Course for Dreamers: Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

This is quite possibly the most amazing course ever presented on Coursera. It's called Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life. A sweeping epic that begins at the moment of the Big Bang and the creation of matter and careens along at a throttling pace through Deep Time towards the Human…

Freelancing Part 1: How To Work Out If It's Right For You

Freelancing Part 1: How To Work Out If It’s Right For You

I have done my years of freelancing. After a long stint of more than 12 years, I am back to working for an organisation here in Auckland. Last year, I researched freelancing in the UK for an ad agency who wanted me (along with a designer) to create an infographic for a recruitment agency. Here…

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

After a few months of living in New Zealand, I've found the selection of bricks and mortar clothing stores, book shops and electronics outlets very wanting. Particularly when it comes to men's clothing. My boyfriend, although incredibly fussy – was pretty much unable to locate a plain black, classic fit shirt or plain black t-shirt…

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Cruelty Free Product Review: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy's brand genesis essentially begun with the discovery by New Zealanders Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs of the marvelous benefits of rosehip oil. In 2002, the two ladies launched the Trilogy brand based on the efficacy of rosehip oil as a natural and effective alternative to synthetic skincare ingredients. As their hero product, certified organic…