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What Is Literature For?

A belated Happy World Book Day 2017 to everyone!

As an avid bibliophile, I love anything which promotes and celebrates the value of reading.  But, some may ask, why on earth should we care about books?  Surely life is too busy to fit in reading on top of everything else?

In other words, what is literature for?

Check out this short clip by The School of Life which answers this important question.  It is pretty quirky to look at, but the underlying messages are interesting and relevant.  Listen without the pictures if need be! 🙂

Celebrating the building of Scotland’s new design museum


“The long, long dialogue between earth and the water”

~ Kengo Kuma, architect

Something wonderful is happening in Dundee, Scotland.

Not just the building of a new design museum, but the creation of a remarkable and unique art space.

In this short film, we learn about the intricacies and cutting-edge techniques that are being used to develop the first V&A museum outside London.

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The beauty of art: where the web comes in to its own

Here is Scotland we are lucky to have a wide range of fabulous art galleries to visit.  This does not, however, stop me drooling over the thought of visiting other leading galleries around the world.

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Lives closely examined: seven books to savour


"The Explorer" ~ Rebecca Campbell (
“The Explorer” ~ Rebecca Campbell (

“Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

I have spent January reading only fiction.  Not deliberately – it just worked out like that.  Perhaps it is that time of year when hunkering down with a good story, while it is damp and chilly outside, is a cracking option.  Perhaps reality needs escaping from at the moment.

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From Retention to Intention: 5 things I learned during my January Minimalism Challenge

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost

At the start of this month, I wrote about my decision to take on a game suggested by The Minimalists.  I would look for stuff to jettison from my life on the basis of one thing for day one, two for day two etc, for 31 days – a total of 496 items.

What started off as a hunting and gathering exercise morphed into a discovery of a new mindset.

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Simple but not easy: My January Minimalism Challenge Part III

‘It’s important to own your things, and not to let your things own you’

~ Stephen Humphreys (aka Hub)

It’s week three of my January minimalism challenge, finding stuff to get rid of on the basis of one thing for day one, two things for day two etc.

In my last post, I highlighted the ways in which I had reached the 15 day milestone.

This week, for days 16-22, the challenge was to find 133 things to trash, donate or sell.

This proved to be both easy and hard.

I decided to get to work on my jewellery box.  I have accumulated a vast collection of lovely jewellery over the years.  Here’s my tray of earrings for example, all carefully sorted into colours, earring types etc.


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My January Minimalism Challenge Part II

I recently wrote about my decision to embark on a minimalism challenge during January.  At that point, I had reached Day 9, having identified 45 items to pass on in some way.

Today is Day 15.  I should by now have identified a further 75 items to go (ie 10 items for Day 10, 11 for Day 11 etc).

So here is my latest collection of stuff to be moved on:


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Off the needles

I wrote last year (here and here) about one of my mega knitting projects that was hugely enjoyable, albeit rather time consuming.

I am pleased to say that I finally finished knitting my Soumak Shawl shortly before Christmas.

I then made the most of watching The Crown on Netflix (a fabulous production, by the way) to help pass the time while I sewed in the seemingly endless ends…

Endless ends!

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