Market ecologies

It’s a commonly held view that the world is hurtling through change at a breakneck pace. That our increasingly globalised culture is being changed by technological disruption faster than our brains, bodies, business and government processes and structures can cope with. Stop. Step out of your bubble. Realise this: the pace of change is subjective.

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Poem Portraits

Poem Portraits is brought to you by Google. It’s an art experiment, part crowdsourced, and part AI driven, learning as it goes.  Donate a word to become part of an ever evolving collective poem and create your own POEM PORTRAIT – Try out Poem Portraits It’s diverting, but I’m not sure the quality is what […]

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Online Nation

Ofcom’s Online Nation was released yesterday. It offers a useful insight into how and why people in the UK use online tools and resources. And the findings may surprise some. They should. Check out the really handy thread from Rob Blackie which summarises the reports main findings – then get your grandparents to teach you […]

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Indian Food

Authentic Indian and South Asian food in the UK is on the up. Reflecting the authentic flavours, techniques and regional differences of India is something younger chefs and entrepreneurs excel at, and are going all out for. Not before time. So much Indian food in Britain was junk, and outside our bigger cities, still is. […]

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Developing Audiences

As someone who works in the Cultural Industry, I’m fascinated by the ongoing evolution of audiences: the way that some stick to what they know, detest change and just want to see their cultural and social type reflected while others feel freer to experiment, see new work which challenges them and respond to that, and […]

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Aromatic, warming, Lamb Curry

This dish is a favourite, and one I must have at least once or twice in June. It’s never quite the same when you have it in a restaurant. For the best warming and aromatic flavour experience, you really ought to try making this Lamb Curry with whole spices yourself. Sheep farming has long been […]

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Spaghetti alla Norma

It’s a classic dish, Spaghetti alla Norma. Yet too often I’ve had versions which are bland, with aubergine undercooked, and rubbery. Vile.  I encountered Italian food as a child. One of Kenya’s hidden secrets is its long-standing Italian population, resident there since the 1920’s – some fleeing Mussolini’s fascism, others a legacy of Italian misadventures […]

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The History of a City is Rubbish

Really?! Yes. Look at it this way. Humankind has been throwing things into rivers for thousands of years – rubbish, talismans or coins, items which accidentally fall in or which are dramatically dumped, and we all know about the ubiquitous shopping trolleys right? River beds are a microcosm of human history and chart the development […]

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Odds and ends

Rifling through the fridge. It’s a weekday evening. Life is busy – barely had any time to shop and get food. You’re ravenous … A mismatched array of things came out of cupboards and the fridge; smoked mackerel fillets, purple sprouting broccoli, brown rice, some seasonings. The major food groups are all present and correct; […]

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A Theory About Food

Food and especially its preparation are becoming ever more of a fetish. As we all (should) know by now, the moment something becomes a fetish, it’s on its last legs. It’s time to take stock of our relationship to food.

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