I’d love to add to this list so let me know if you are aware of any other suppliers.
In Chris Arnade’s article in The Guardian on 27th May 2014, he ponders how easy people find it to donate to support animal charities because animals are ‘blameless’ but become more conflicted about donating to humans.
“It is uncomfortable for many people to contemplate that perhaps homeless addicts are just as smart and just as ethical as anyone else. It requires us to come to realize that maybe “success” (as society defines it) has to do with luck, with being born in the right place and at the right time, and with being subject to laws and law enforcement that are designed to help instead of hurt you.” – Chris Arnade
Nek Chand’s Rock Garden near Chandigarh is featured in the India episode of Monty Don’s “Around the World in 80 Gardens”. (Go to 50 minutes 12 seconds in to the video).
The garden was built in secret out of recycled materials. It is an enchanting example of folk art and a true demonstration of Inverted Commerce, making something beautiful from things that were going to be thrown away.
See more about the garden on the website of the Nek Chand Foundation.
Picture from swirlsfromthebowlofchina.
I don’t really go in the UK equivalent – The Pound Shop and it’s variants – but I think it might be time to have a look next time I pass one.
Also, today I learned of the existence of zebra-print duct tape. The possibilities are endless.
I was reminded at the weekend of a project which I saw on the internet a long while ago. The amount of effort that went in was phenomenal, and I can understand her story. She calls it The Unemployment blanket. Read more about it on The Runcible Spoon’s blog.