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Why I’ve Stopped Using Amazon: Hired by James Bloodworth

Hired

I popped over to Southwold a few weeks ago with my gorgeous friend Anna (who runs an Etsy shop here) and we happened upon a lovely little bookshop. I had thought that it was an independent shop but it was a Waterstones in disguise (is it me or are lots of places like this now? Perhaps it’s the only way bookshops can stay alive).

I don’t know what it was about Hired that made me buy it, but within a few moments I’d picked it from the display, glanced over the back and then bought it. [Read more…]

Teacher Appreciation Day

teacher appreciation day

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day. It is something I have been vaguely aware of in the past due to Americans on social media, but I’m pretty sure British people don’t celebrate.

I think we should start.

There’s a financial awareness game that this wonderful organisation called CHYPPS do in schools sometimes. In the activity the students firstly pick a job, then pick a home, then make choices based on how much money they have left. Do they have enough to shop at Tescos each week, or do they need to shop ad Aldi? [Read more…]

Voices that Need to Go Viral

Rebecca Louise Law

Back when I was in Japan, there was a viral news story in the west about children in Japanese schools licking each others’ eyeballs. I had never heard of it before. None of the children I knew did it, and when I asked Japanese friends they also said that they had never heard of it.

As far as I could see, there had been one mention of it on an online forum and then the world had just jumped on this small window into a culture that no one is able to understand. People are much less likely to look into the credibility of such a story, instead wave their hand and say “gosh, those Japanese people are just WEIRD!” [Read more…]

Book: Do / Fly

Do Fly

Back when I was in Leeds, I stumbled across an amazing little book shop called Village Books. It was full of really rare magazines on very niche subjects, and as I moved around the small shop I wanted to find something to buy, to support such a unique shop. Every corner I turned, I was amazing at the items on sale but none of them spoke out to me enough to actually buy them. [Read more…]

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