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Music Monday: Victorious

I discovered Victorious over last weekend through someone posting this particular song, and it’s already among my favourite things to watch (art school environment and catchy songs trump it being a kiddie sitcom).

‘Take A Hint’ is literally the Official Anthem of ‘No Means No’ (TM). Someone please explain to me how this gem has existed for five years without anyone dragging it out to play on a loop until the dudebros get it. Boosting the signal here!



We can learn much from the Native American tradition of the potlatch. It is a tradition that values generosity above all else, and a potlatch, which is a very grand ceremony, is an exercise in giving away material possessions, food, and money. It is not uncommon for the host of a potlatch to give away so much of his own resources to his guests that he ends up with nothing. However, he can regain his wealth by attending potlatches at which he is a guest. In this way, a potlatch validates generosity and encourages the flow of resources in a community, while at the same time continually reaffirming the importance of community ties.

When we are held in a web of trust and connection, we can give generously, knowing that when it is our turn we will be supported. In this way, our whole sense of ownership becomes less individualistic and more communal. Resources are in an acceptable state of flux, moving within the community through the vehicle of the potlatch, which serves the additional function of strengthening community ties. This seems clearly preferable to isolating ourselves from one another and hoarding our resources.

Perhaps we can find ways in our own lives to create a community in which a flow of resources happens in this way, in which we support one another to be generous. We might begin by celebrating our own type of potlatch, having a dinner party and giving each guest an object that is dear to us. Or we could give everyone a little bit of money in an envelope to spend on themselves just for fun. Someone might get inspired to throw their own potlatch, and before we know it we might have a tradition that supports and validates generosity even as it creates a safety net for leaner times. In the most profound sense, that is what a community, a tribe, and family do best.


Foodie Friday: Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Linguine

(Serves 4)

Frylight olive oil
3 courgettes, sliced
200g linguine
3 garlic cloves, crushed
400g can cherry tomatoes
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Dash of Tabasco
2 tbsp capers
300g mini mozzarella
Several basil leaves

1. Squirt a non-stick pan with Frylight, add the courgettes and fry for a few minutes over a low heat, turning as needed. Meanwhile, cook the linguine in boiling water, according to pack instructions.
2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, Tabasco and capers to the courgettes and simmer for a few minutes.
3. Drain the linguine and toss together with the sauce. Add the mozarella, season and serve sprinkled with basil leaves.

Wordless Wednesday: December fairies

Storytime: The Frankenstein Teacher

Year: 1998
Author: Tony Bradman
Illustrator: Peter Kavanagh

High in the spooky mountains, a spooky storm was raging. In the heart of that spooky storm, there stood a spooky old castle. In that spooky old castle, there was a spooky laboratory. And in that spooky laboratory…

Something very, very spooky was going on.

Vast vats were hubbling and bubbling. Enormous machines were humming and thrumming. Colossal coils were whizzing and fizzing. And right in the middle of all that sound and fury was… The Doctor.

‘At last, the moment is near!’

He pulled a massive lever.

The roof opened wide to the night, and the wild wind came whistling in. Thunder crashed, lightning flashed… and ZAPPED! on to a metal rod. It sizzled down the wall, scorched across the floor, and jumped once more…

Straight into a strange shape under a sheet.

The Doctor threw some switches. Bright sparks flew, choking smoke billowed, and The Doctor checked his dials. He looked around–and then he smiled. Beneath the sheet there were definitely some… twitches.


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