A curated collection of links to sites to inform, inspire, entertain and delight.
The Conversation – Curated by professional editors, The Conversation offers informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. Plus a Plain English guide to the latest developments and discoveries from the university and research sector. In-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers.
Wired UK – An award-winning printed monthly and online publication. WIRED is an agenda-setting magazine offering brain food on a wide range of topics, from science, technology and business to pop-culture and politics.
The Week UK – The best of British & international news, opinion, sport, people & business. The Week brings you all you need to know about everything that matters. More than a news digest – it’s an original take on world news as it happens.
Politics.co.uk – an impartial political website with no political affiliation, which prides itself on standing out as an independent voice in a landscape where the norm is to nail your colours to the mast.
Swim wear made of recycled materials is now very much A Thing.
It makes sense – if you love the sea, the ocean and the beach, you’ll care about keeping it clean. It was a logical step to consider recycling plastics that could otherwise end up in the sea and making it into swimwear.
If you are dreaming of summer holidays or need to replace your swimmies for the local pool, consider making a purchase that helps the planet at the same time.
If you’re looking to buy from the UK then try Batoko, “a small independent swimwear brand based on the North West coast of England.” They create fun, bright swim suits with a flattering cut. Very reasonably priced at around the £40 price point.
Lilput and Felix are based in Essex and offer a range of different styles, their current collection has a ‘modern vintage’ theme. Priced around £150-£200 for a swimsuit. Also has a sale section!
London based Riz Board Shorts ” are crafted from Eco-Friendly 100% recycled and recyclable fabric”. They offer a range of designs, mostly just under £100.
If you know of any more UK based brands for recycled swimwear then do let me know!
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)
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.
Buying British reduces air miles, supports British jobs and encourages the country to continue to teach skills and crafts to its young.
makeitbritish.co.uk 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.
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.