The Odd Satisfaction of Collections

There is a fascination and compulsion in photographs of ordered collections.

Two people highlighting the environmental impact of the things we throw away:

Stuart Haygarth’s walked the length of the English South Coast and photographed the flotsam he found, organised by colour. Read an article about it in the Guardian (published April 2016) or purchase his book ‘Strand.’

I encountered a beautiful chandelier made by Stuart Haygarth at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln, made entirely of white plastic found on the beach. The picture below is from the milomade website.

Also posting about beach finds is the Lego Lost at Sea account on Twitter, who is locating some of the 5 million plastic bricks lost from a container ship in 1997.

Daniel Webb kept all of his plastic waste for a year, read about it in the Metro (published October 2018)

Life as Art:

Artist YellowYellow has developed a love for his favourite colour adn turned his life into a work of art. View his video on YouTube’s Archipel channel (posted September 2016).

Here are some lists of books

Top 10 Books About Council Housing.  List compiled by John Boughton and published in The Guardian (25/04/18)

8 Best Books on Innovation published in 2017/18, by Nesta – an innovation charity based in the UK. (28/02/18)

25 Must-read Classics for Women, from the Modern Mrs Darcy blog.  (01/02/18)

46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018, by R. O. Kwon, published on the Electric Literature website. (26/12/17)

6 Books Every Boss Babe Should Read, from Zanita Studio. (20/11/16)

These are the 20 best selling books of 2016 so far, published in The Independent.  (09/07/16)

20 books that changed James Altucher’s life (the list is in the comments). (31/01/16)

The 25 Greatest British Novels BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics from outside the UK, to pick Britain’s best novels ever – this is what some had to say about the top choices. (09/12/15)

100 Good Books to Read by James Clear, includes a full reading list of more than 100 great books to read, organized by category.  (31/03/15)

30 Inspiring Books You Have to Read.  A Lifehack post by Jacob Cashman.

50 ‘must read’ social psychology books, a list by Gregory Ciotti  from Sparring Mind.

70+ book recommendations from TED speakers: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations.

77 Books That Changed My Life and 3 Recommendations to Help You Read More.  A Lifehack article by Allyson Lewis.

8 books that might change your life from The Becomer.  These are all about money.

15 books that changed women’s lives.  A serious list from Elle Magazine.

A list from Lifehack of 35 short books anyone can find time to read.



Zero Waste Daniel – Brooklyn designer turns waste scrap fabric into high fashion

Daniel Silverstein looked at what was around him and used his creativity and talent to make a difference (and some nifty clothes. )  As well as being an artist and inspiration, he is reducing landfill and creating jobs, nurturing talent and creating community cohesion through his shop.

Visit Daniel’s webpage // Twitter @ZeroWasteDaniel // Facebook @ZeroWasteDaniel

Buy British

Buying British reduces air miles, supports British jobs and encourages the country to continue to teach skills and crafts to its young. has a directory that allows you to find whatever you want and need and source it from a manufacturer in the UK.  And I’m pleased to say – our little island seems to have most things covered.

Start with one thing, just have a look and see if it is available from a UK supplier and support the people near you.


Must Make

It makes sense to me now that I have learned that the making is an essential component of me not losing my shit. It’s more important than sleep or a sensible conversation when my temperature is rising, more helpful than strategy, more fundamental than insight. It’s the bit that comes before, during and after a crisis that makes sure I don’t get lost, it’s trails of breadcrumbs that mark my path.

Read the whole post on Sooz’s Big Adventure

Charity shop challenge

Caroline Jones

365 outfits to raise money for Cancer Research

Caroline Jones has pledged to wear a new outfit every day styled with items from Cancer Research UK, in memory of her Mum who worked at the charity shop.

Caroline is posting her outfits on her Instagram feed and on Facebook.

She is doing this to raise money for Cancer Research UK and you can donate on her Just Giving page.

The perfect chocolate chip muffins

This recipe was originally from the Channel 4 site and I was going to post a link to it but the recipe is no longer there.

So, for the benefit of all mankind, I am reproducing it here.  I have made 3 batches of these and they’ve all turned out really well.  I think this is the perfect chocolate chip muffin recipe.


  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g plain chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml milk
  • 90ml vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 190 deg C, fan oven 170 deg C, Gas Mark 5.  Grease 10 holes of a non-stick muffin pan, or line with 10 paper muffin cases.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder and salt into a large bowl.  Stir in the sugar and chocolate chips.
  3. Beat together the egg, vanilla extra and milk.  Add the oil, stirring to mix.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.  Do not beat or over-mix – the batter will still be a little bit lumpy.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!! 🙂


Persilles Hjemmedyrk

This is a post that Colin Beavan put on his Facebook page on 7th July 2014:

“This story is amazing!!

A few days back, I asked friends and fans to tell me their stories of how small actions led to big changes in their lives. I reached out privately for more details to some, including Persille. She gave me permission to share her note with you:

I grow all kinds of kitchen scraps that grow entirely out again in just pots with soil in. No fertilizer or such is needed and you can do it year round.

I began regrowing the small root-part from spring onions. They grow out really fast, most of them are fully grown in about a week. My record thus far is eating the same spring onions 11 times and getting them to flower and produce seeds for further germination.

I also regrow cabbage, salad, carrots, cellery, fennel, turmeric, ginger, beets, leeks, onions and even scraps like seeds from lemon and oranges and the stones from avocados and dates are growing in my apartment, even though they can’t really produce any fruit in my neck of the Woods.

I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. My start out point is having anxiety, stress and depression. It’s kind of a long story, but in the end I ended up dumpster diving, in part because I was broke, but also because the sheer industrial waste was killing me emotionally. Also I felt like garbage myself, so dumpster diving was right up my alley.

The financial crisis hit pretty hard here in Denmark and more and more people started dumpster diving. They sometimes even fought over the trash, so I held back and often times came to a dumpster that only had really withered or rotten vegetables in them. That´s when I began experimenting with planting the root-part – and it worked.

I am still a poor person, I still have some degree of anxiety and tendencies toward depression, but the planting of garbage has become my passion and it has just grown and grown in ways I could not possibly have imagined. And it has reduced my feeling of being garbage myself.
At the moment I have almost 3000 followers on Facebook which is quite a lot for a Danish page.

I am in contact with all kinds of people all over Scandinavia, they have begun experimenting with regrowing and they are, as I was, so surprised that it actually works.

Last fall, one of the largest chain of food-stores in Denmark threw out all the seed-packets they had, even though they were still good for another year. Divers all over the country found them and sent them to me and so I hosted a homegrower-award show in my apartment and put it on Youtube. Everyone was a Winner and I sent out the seeds along with home grower-certificats that I had made. I had some musicians come over and play sustainable jazz and we had a blast!

I have tried communicating this thing of growing your own produce no matter how and where you live. And I am still at it. I’ve made music about it, paintings, Facebook posts, Powerpoint presentations and much more. Actually I am writing you from a house where I’m house sitting for a week to finish writing a book about it.”

This is the webpage for Persilles in Danish:

Or click here to see it translated through Google translate.