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…

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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…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

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…

Beautifully Branded Letterhead Inspiration

In the previous century, brands, writers, film producers, artists and celebrities knew about the importance of their visual branding, before this even officially became a thing. Here are some examples of elegant, iconic and playful branded stationery that belongs to many brands that you would have heard of, along with some plucky and obscure individuals…

Inter-Planetary Topography and Splashes of Colour

Map Porn Part 1: Inter-Planetary Topography

Have you ever pondered about the topography of the moon's surface? Well I have. My brain works in weird and wacky ways. So naturally before we expose what the moon's surface actually looks like, you need to see what the moon would look if you were on acid. courtesy of The Mighty Boosh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qxQRKAI2o Previously,…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

The Three Step Guide to Buying Cruelty Free

Firstly, The Dodgy List  Although many brands do test on animals or use animal-based ingredients (ie. non-vegan) ingredients, they get around this with some amazing marketing spin. As an self-described spin-doctor for brands myself, I still find this sort of deception repulsive.  Here's some confusing and vague words to watch out for on product packaging:…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

In this new section of my blog, I will review high quality, ethical and cruelty free products that are not tested on animals. Also, I will try and review vegan cosmetics products and those produced from recycled or upcycled materials. I am talking about mostly cosmetics and skin care products, but also ethical fashion, shoes…

John Lewis Christmas Ads Are The Marmite of Advertising

John Lewis Christmas Ads are the Marmite of Advertising

Every year, British department store John Lewis releases a Christmas ad that puts all other schmaltzy Christmas ads to shame. Although these ads are like the Marmite of advertising. One portion of the audience will fall deeply in love with them and the other half 'won't be having any of that Christmas crap, thank you…

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Musical Trainspotting: Feat. Black Box, Loleatta Holloway and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

How many artists can rip a sample from one song? The answer is more than ten in the case of Love Sensation by Loretta Holloway. Do me a favour and listen to this song and see how many samples you can pick... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKmw9UrX99s FYI: These songs would be nowhere near as good without Loleatta Holloway's vocals…

Adorning Cassettes - What's The Modern-Day Equivalent?

Music Part 1: The Thrill of The Hunt In the 80’s and 90’s

Art is what you get when you combine sharpies, pencils, cassette tapes, ancient Word Processors and a whole lot of passion for music. Here's Steve Vistaunet's labour of love that will give anybody over the age of 30, fond and sad stabs of nostalgia for times past. Has The Thrill Of Getting Your Hands on…

Are Sharks A Real Summer Danger in Australia?

Great white sharks are found all over the world and live up to 30 years and grow up to 6 metres in length. Feeding primarily on fish and seals, they are one of the majestic masters of the world's oceans. Sparked by recent spate of fatal shark attacks, Western Australia's Premier recently gave the green…

Six Words To Use In Business Meetings That You've Never Heard Before

Six Words To Use In Business Meetings That You’ve Never Heard Before

These words are brilliantly archaic and devilishly cheeky. They should be employed in those workday moments when you want to have a good laugh. Or if you simply want to shoot the breeze and have a more interesting water-cooler conversation. Pedeconferencing Pedeconferencing is the sensation of holding a meeting while on the move, with coffee in hand…