The second biggest carnival in the world

The second biggest carnival in the world

Notting Hill Carnival first marched the streets of London in 1966 and every year since on the August Bank holiday, this year Sunday the 25th and Monday 26th of August. The carnival celebrates Black culture and is known as a lively and colourful event aimed at an all-inclusive crowd of all ages. So where and why did this vivid explosion of culture originate? As with...

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What is sustainable-consumption?

What is sustainable-consumption?

Ever heard of sustainable consumption? It may sound like a recent response to the current environmental awareness movement that has been emerging over the past few years but the term has actually been around since 1994. The Oslo Symposium on Sustainable Consumption defines it as "the use of services and related products which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimising the...

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The Rudes

The Rudes

The British Summer, with its delights and vagaries, so far this year it seems to have been reasonable kind to us. With lots of sunshine along with the odd heat-wave, and most of us have been able to enjoy something of a “staycation” if we so wish to. Barbecue's, festivals and beach days are all part of the fun come rain or shine and we...

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Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese concept of the “wisdom of imperfection” or the “beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. There is an ancient story set in one of Kyoto’s majestic gardens whereby a tea master asked his disciple to prepare for tea ceremony. After trimming the hedges, raking the gravel, picking the dried leaves from the stones and clearing the moss path of twigs, the...

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Summer holidays: expectations vs reality

Summer holidays: expectations vs reality

So, the summer holidays are finally here and that trip, planned months ago, is finally about to happen.  Whether it’s a beach holiday or something more active, I’m sure, like me, you just know that this is the one time of the year when you will transform yourself into that “other”, more glamorous person – you know the one; that sophisticated woman who floats around...

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The Winner Effect

The Winner Effect

It hasn't been a great week for our friends in New Zealand. On Saturday, after an extremely close game with England, they lost the cricket world cup. Yesterday, just to make matters worse, one of their roads lost its global title as the “world’s steepest street”. For many years, Dunedin’s Baldwin Street has held this vertiginous title in the Guinness Book of Records (yes the...

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