Of Note. 1

Of Note. 1

Lately we have been taking time to notice what catches our attention and curiosity. Partly recommendations, partly a way for us to explore the places our minds have wandered to, we thought you might appreciate them as well.

Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast with Dr Katy Milkman (No 77) this conversation explores ideas on implementing change and overcoming procrastination, for example including a reward within the activity you are procrastinating on like scheduling your favourite podcast to listen to while doing the activity. If you’d like to delve deeper, get yourself a copy of Dr Milkman’s book ‘How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be’. 

Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool until 5 September 2021 Leading photographer of conflict since the 1960s, McCullin’s extensive body of work captures war, displacement and famine around the world. In this exhibition with more than 200 photographs, all of which has been printed by McCullin in his darkroom at home, we see a snapshot into these troubling times. McCullin’s interest in landscape photography is also shared through images of his home county, Somerset.

Boyan Slat announcing the worlds first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. 80% of ocean plastic stems from 1000 rivers. The Interceptor is The Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste. It is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers.  It is 100% solar-powered, extracts plastic autonomously, and is capable of operating in the majority of the world’s most polluting rivers.

Chef on Netflix, a great series overall, but one story really stood out and it is that of Will Goldfarb, a former NYC Pastry Chef who decamped to Bali to open Room 4 Dessert, a tasting menu restaurant devoted entirely to sweets. In it we find out about the difficulties he experienced in New York with critics and his continued passion to keep following his calling now resulting in one of the most celebrated yet understated restaurants.

Reading random snippets from published letters...notably 'Letters from Tove': 'Somewhat bedraggled, we flew onto Paris and checked into our hotel in rue de la Gaite where Ham and Faffan once had a studio. Their Atelier Impasse was exactly as it had been. Ham said, with its ivy, sculpture fragments and cats; the only change was that bits of abstract paintings were visible through the decaying windows...'.

The Art of Fairness by David Bodanis. Does being nice really make you finish last? Detailing a plethora of historic case studies that provide insights on how simple fair decency can prevail. 

MAIZU Studios Mai Izumitani is a ceramicist and yoga teacher based in London. Her studio is a space to cultivate both practices, which are centred round what she describes as a deeply minimalistic approach, an homage to her Japanese background and upbringing.

Manicured gardens. Day-dreaming of wandering around the gardens of Penny Morrison’s home in Wales, weaving between the geometrically shaped shrubs of Parc de Sceaux and marveling at the bubble-like greenery at Marqueyssac. Yellow and white flowers; Lilies, daisies, jasmine, camellias, anemones, amaryllis, clematis, hellebores and primrose.The list of current favourites goes on and on

Easby Abbey, also known as the Abbey of St Agatha, this well-preserved Premonstratensian ruin in Richmond, North Yorkshire is worth a visit.

Toast topped with avocado, feta and balsamic glaze. Easy to make, looks great on a plate and tastes very good too. 

Potter’s House, Mallorca currently in the coming soon phase, when it is completed Potter’s House will create space for a residency programme allowing makers and artists to explore their practice in an alternative environment. 

Lemon Drop Martinis for a refreshing treat at weekend before dinner. 

Gua Sha Stone we have been using ours by Guy Morgan Apothecary to practice self care, to soothe headaches and even on our sinuses to alleviate hayfever.

Picnics with checkered green blankets, wooden boards filled with cheese and bread, fresh fruit, sitting in the sunshine. A summertime moment we have been waiting for.

We love hearing recommendations, so let us know if you've got anything to share and it may feature in our next 'Of Note'.


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