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Birthday Schmerfday

Had a birthday recently – it was ace! Stayed up until after mid-night the night before to cuddle Kathryn. Then it was a bit of a lie in until 10am and I was chasing up my present. A while ago I organised the delivery of an old valve, bakelite radio to this address. The plan, under Kathryn’s guidance, was to convert it into something workable for today. The plan was to allow the use of…

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Procrastination

Kai 2015 – Where Did You Go?

As this is the first blog post of 2016 I thought I would recap and recalculate the dots and dashes of 2015. A lot of my friends had a terrible year – with the loss of loved ones, losing jobs and relationship break-ups. However, 2015 was a bit of a vintage year for me. I piloted Harrogate Alternative Radio through troubled seas and made a group of friends in the process. I gained secure employment…

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Creativity

T-Shirt Designs

Me and a close friend, Jason, run a clothing brand in Harrogate called Kalama Insa Designs. The aesthetics are street wear with a nod to minimalist sacred geometry.  I have rattled off a few more designs – I hope you like them. We keep our production costs low and source our wares from sustainable sources that do not use slave labour.Well, here are some of my most recent designs … The tees are available for…

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Getty Images

I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to contribute images and videos to the Getty Images database. Getty are one of (if not the) biggest image license market places on Planet Earth for stills and videos – I am absolutely over the moon. The fact I am now with Getty means there is a bigger opportunity to have my work in the press and on advert boards. Getty distribute the photographs for…

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Activism Review (Of Sorts)

Rewilding Britain

Rewilding Britain is a charity set up by people with a passion for nature. [They] believe rewilding provides hope for the future for people and nature. Through rewilding we can start to reverse centuries of ecological damage. We can re-establish natural processes, reconnect with nature and regain wonder for the natural world. The above is what the website www.rewildingbritain.org.uk says about itself – and I am all for it! I have an interest and an academic background in Wildlife…

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Activism

Laurence Cadbury

Everybody I know has heard about Cadbury’s Chocolates – but this letter entry piqued my interest. I found this on www.whitefeatherdiaries.org.uk. The white feather diaries is a social media storytelling project marking the centenary of World War I. It offers an insight into overlooked aspects of war: resistance to killing and the relief of suffering. This diary entry I stumbled across was eloquently penned by Laurence Cadbury. Laurence was a Quaker engineer from Birmingham. As the son of George Cadbury,…

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Procrastination

Where Would I Like To Holiday In 2015?

Prague is a city steeped in history both known and otherwise, and the darker side of the Czech capitol’s past is brought to light in evocative displays at The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, which looks at some of the famous dabblers in the dark arts that have called the city home. As king of much of eastern Europe and eventually Holy Roman Emperor during the 16th century, Rudolf II was not…

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Heterotopia Bibliography – Proposed MA in Lens Based Media

Aksit, E. E. (2011) ’Harem education and heterotopic imagination’Gender & Education.  23 (3) 299-311. Allweil, Y. and Kallus, R. (2008) &#x 2018;Public-space heterotopias: heterotopias of masculinity along the Tel Aviv shoreline’ in M. Dehaene and L. De Cauter, (eds.), Heterotopia and the City, London and New York: Routledge. Anderson, T. (1994) ‘Drawing upon Levinas to sketch out a heterotopic poetics of art and tragedy’. Research in Phenomenology. 24. 69+ Andriotis, K. (2010) ‘Heterotopic Erotic Oases…

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Family

Congratulations To My Brother & His Wife

My brother, Michael, married his long-term partner, Hannah, at the weekend. The event was held at our parents farm – Newby Hall. The service kicked off at 1230 at Christ the Consoler with me on ushering duties. I was handing out Orders Of Service to the multitudes along with Dr. Hannah’s Brothers. The weather was Yorkshire-ish through out. The glowing bride made her entrance twenty minutes late but looked absolutely gorgeous in a back-less dress accompanied…

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Kathryn The Girl Guide Volunteer

My wife, Kathryn, recently took up the challenge of that of Girl Guide Volunteer. She seems to enjoy it. The troop is based at the Baptist church where goes to sing some Sunday’s. It is held once a week and they get up to all sorts of shennaigans. Tonight they had a go at Circus Skills; Poi Manouvering, Tight-Rope Walking, Juggling and there was even a uni-cycle! A right laugh was had by all – mainly…

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How was your Christmas?

Kathryn and I spent out yule at my parents – we take it year about with each others parents. It was great to get away from the drunks and traffic noise of Harrogate and back to the silence of Home Farm. As soon as we rocked up on Christmas Eve we were greeted warmly by Sir Paddington Poo-Face III (Paddy to his mates) and it set in motion a blinder of a Christmas. My sister, Alison,…

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Rustic Derives

Today, I went for a wander with my camera. The (fixed) destination is Newby Hall and the surrounding farmland. When bored in town, I try to frame my walks as little adventures into the unknown and try and get thoroughly lost in the back streets and ginnels. This is a bit hard to do when you are in acres of open field – there are no reference points. When in town this activity falls under…

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