Poverty Wears a Young Female Face

Up to the mid 1990s, the advanced economies largely succeeded in delivering the promise of growing prosperity for the majority of their citizens.   Prosperity was built on post-colonial systems exploitation of resources … and by and large the sharing of that prosperity was anything buy equitable for those outside the advanced economies.   The peopleContinue reading “Poverty Wears a Young Female Face”

Elizabeth Fraser: Voice & Magic

For me, few voices are as magical as Elizabeth Fraser’s.   The former Cocteau Twins vocalist has also worked with Massive Attack, Future Sound of London, Craig Armstrong and others.   In each collaboration the curiously liminal quality of her vocals add a sense of mystery; of belonging and immersion, yet also of separation and something otherworldly,Continue reading “Elizabeth Fraser: Voice & Magic”

The sound of gender and race in film

An odd concept perhaps, but this data visualisation is a great way to make the point that diversity needs to be fought for. The ugly sound of the way the data plays mirrors the ugly truth, white males and their stories dominate mainstream films, theatre and culture to the exclusion of almost everyone else. AndContinue reading “The sound of gender and race in film”

Exploring Community

‘Exploring Community’ – a recurring event looking:

to find out what really concerns local people
to ensure that different community groups get together – speed dating style
to erode some of the artificial / assumed boundaries between groups to ensure more cohesive working.

Punjabi Kadi and Pakoras

The Punjab is a hugely fertile part of India. Outside the big cities of North West India, Punjabi families are typically engaged in landowning or farming. This connection to the land influences what people eat, when and how. Punjabi food tends to be seasonal. The style of cooking and depth of flavour varying according toContinue reading “Punjabi Kadi and Pakoras”

Game Birds: Pheasant, Partridge and Quail

I love game – whether Pheasant, Quail, Partridge, Venison or Boar.   Game meat is typically stronger in flavour than farmed meats like chicken, pork or beef. These recipes came about when a friend turned up with a Pheasant, a pair of Partridge and four Quail.   I was unsure what to do with the feathery carcasses.  Continue reading “Game Birds: Pheasant, Partridge and Quail”