Spending a day with a sycamore

Yesterday I spent the day with our sycamore. This is the longest amount of time I have ever spent with a sycamore, or indeed any tree. I am quite sad that I only spent the day with the sycamore because I was cutting off its glorious crown in a pollard. I had a good lament…

Men need to pledge to end violence against women

Many of you will have been sickened by Donald Trump’s abusive comments about women, but men also need to call out people like Piers Morgan, who this week called for a Men’s March. He said “I’m planning a ‘Men’s March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who’s with…

The Do Lectures

http://www.thedolectures.com/ will be with us again in 2017. Apparently they sold out in a day last year so register your interest in advance and you’ll get an email telling you when tickets are on sale. Good luck!

Celebrating delayed gratification

http://www.slow-journalism.com/ is the website home of the brilliant magazine Delayed Gratification. Delayed Gratification tells the news three months after it happens, after the frenzy has passed and we can reflect with some disctance on what actually happened. It also comes with some really cool infographics and no adverts! Because there are no adverts it costs…

The purpose motive

Check out this great animated talk from the RSA looking at what motivates people at work. The science tells us that beyond the completion of simple mechanical tasks people are motivated not by reward but by purpose. This is the purpose motive. Worth watching at any time but especially now if you’re starting the new year…

The Lord of Misrule

By the end of wednesday – day four of 2017 – top earning CEO’s in Britain had already earned as much as the average person earns in a year. This means that for 361 days of the year they are just adding on wealth the rest of us have to get by without. This wealth inequality has been…

The media is the kitchen table we all sit around

The last two mornings I’ve woken up wanting to make a juice. I’ll report back whether this toadish enthusiasm for the early morning liaison with Red is habitual or a short lived fad. At the moment it feels good to start my day watching whole vegetables have the dear life crushed out of them. And the juice…

Happy juice year

I’m on a two month sabbatical from work at the moment and one of the things I wanted to do with my time was work on my mental and physical wellbeing. Lots of people have raved to me about juicing over the years and as a vegan who loves veg and fruit it makes total…