Off on a wee cultural excursion with some pals to Modena, Italy this week. Catch you on the flip side.
"Even if people look at their clothes and think, ‘oh no, that’s junk, no one would want that’, we will take it,"
Laura Mac, co-founder of Glad Rags thrift shop in Glasgow, Scotland, a non profit that sells second hand clothing and bric-a-brac to fund The Glad Foundation, a local music charity and help divert waste from landfill.
“I was amazed by her comfort and ease as she began handling the grand eagle for the first time in her life. She was fearlessly carrying it on her hand and caressing it somewhat joyfully." - Asher Svidensky photographer and travel writer
Ashol-Pan, 13 year old golden eagle huntress.
A wee 17km lap of the red route at Kirroughtree trail centre - flowing single track with lots of small rock drops. Eager to return to try the black!
" ‘What? Wait. You get to fight and flip and get paid?’ I was like, ‘Mum, dad, check this out - I could do this stuff and get paid instead of having you guys pay for me to do it.’ "
Zoë E. Bell, stuntwoman and actress. Zoë can be seen above in one of her earliest roles as Lucy Lawless in the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. Zoë has since played stunt doubles in some of Hollywood’s most successful films - Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, Iron Man 3 just to name a few.
“Sewing for me has been a long love affair; even as a child I had an insatiable need to make stuff! I messed about with my Mum’s sewing machine a lot as a teenager, but it wasn’t until I studied shoemaking though, that I realised my love of craftsmanship and decided to start really honing my skills. Charlotte was always a thrifting and customising expert and has had the sewing bug for the last couple of years, simply out of a desire to have more control over her style and is fast becoming a very skilled seamstress!”
Elisalex de Castro Peake, Charlotte Hintzen and Victoria Elliott creators of By Hand London, an independent sewing pattern label and soon to be producer of on demand fabric aimed at the new generation of DIYers and makers.
What are you doing today to live outside the box? We hit the local skatepark again this morning for a wee skate about in the sun.
Day 4 skateboarding, decided to head to the skatepark as the sun was rising to get free reign of it while it’s empty - learned to turn on a slope and skate back down and had my first fall (not quite mastered riding switch yet)! Feeling very proud!
“Part of you is just so terribly sad to find that another person grew up in that kind of environment and to realise that they had no chance at life because of what happened to them there. Another part of you is just happy because it’s just more evidence to make a stronger claim, which is more persuasive to a court and it’s something that could be used to save their life. So even though they had this terrible terrible upbringing, it could be turned around and used to benefit them, which is ultimately all that we’re trying to do.”
Kelly Hickman, recently graduated attorney who works with the Texas Innocence Network in the University of Houston Law centre and recently featured in the documentary Life and Death Row: Crisis Stage on BBC Three.
“I started my blog when I was planning my own wedding…At the time I didn’t even consider this could become a career, I simply wanted a place to collate all my wedding ideas and inspiration.”
Kat Williams, creator of the hugely popular Rock n Roll Bride blog and yearly publication and public speaker with the Blogcademy.
“Power of a Jamaican, luck of the Irish.”
Shanaze Reade, professional BMX racer and track cyclist, 3 time winner of the UCI BMX World Championships and mostly recently the female winner of the Red Bull Hill Chasers event - an uphill event in Edinburgh in which she competed against road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.
Set my alarm for 6:30am this morning to go skateboarding round at the local skatepark, but it’s raining! So been making website tweaks and drinking copious amounts of tea until the climbing centre opens at 10!
“Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13 3/4 year old undiscovered intellectual.”
Sue Townsend, novelist and playwright; well known for her humour and wit. She will be missed.
Philosopher and author Mary Midgley didn’t disappoint at the Aye Write festival tonight as part of the launch of her new book ‘Are you an illusion?’, in which she argues we are not. At age 94, Mary’s sharper than most people a quarter of her age; her forward thinking is mind opening and I left thinking ‘why didn’t I think of that before?’.