About Something Different by Tim Prevett

When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to play my friends my latest acquisitions of music diligently sought out from high street shops. Each time they’d come over I’d be like ‘I’ve got to play you this!’. Like it or not, they’d hear it. Tape or 33 / 45rpm vinyl would be produced with pride.
Having a somewhat deviant (from my peers) taste in music, covering the likes of Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, this gave me an identity strongly linked to the music in which I bathed my mind and ears. Explorations in the universe of sound was my mission, and I  would share it with anyone given an opportunity. Read more…

19th Feb 2013: Wangari Maathai; some lessons for a Steady State Manchester by Judith Emanuel

Judith Emanuel
Judith Emanuel

On the 19th February 2013  Judith Emanuel will be leading a discussion at the Castle Hotel on Oldham Street in Manchester

Name of speaker and subject:

Judith Emanuel
Wangari Maathai, was the first environmentalist and African woman to get a Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement.  The Green Belt Movement works at grassroots, national, and international levels to promote:

  • environmental conservation
  • build climate resilience
  • empower communities, especially women and girls
  • and foster democratic space and sustainable livelihoods.

Title of talk:

Wangari Maathai – some lessons from the Global South for a Steady State Manchester
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City of Edinburgh Council: Allocate Space in Harrison Park For a Community Garden

Gardening and food-growing knowledge builds confidence in people. That confidence can lead to all sorts of exciting things; children who learn how to garden are then able to teach their friends, or their siblings and parents. There is a distinct lack of land in Edinburgh for growing produce, and most allotment waiting lists are on average 5 years .

We are doing something on a much smaller level, but encourage anyone and everyone to get involved, and hopefully inspire people to grow their own food as well.

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The More, The Merrier: Facts And Beliefs About The Bilingual Mind by Antonella Sorace

Anyone who has seen a small child switching from one language to another is likely to be amazed and perhaps envious at how effortlessly they are able to do this. Stories of immigrant children interpreting for their parents are commonplace, and in some parts of the world it is quite normal for children to be exposed to two or even more languages right from birth. Yet in modern industrial societies growing up with more than one language is often regarded as ‘special’. Read more…

Music: Joolz

From as young as I can remember I have had troubles with my hearing. I had 3 separate operations on my ears as a child and eventually my hearing improved enough that I was able to hear music properly for the first time.

From then I started to appreciate every single note. I couldn’t stop singing to my Dads records such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones etc. Read more…

Media Headlines Concerning Mental Health Service Users In England By Dina Poursanidou

Looking at media headlines from 2011 and 2012 concerning users of mental health services in England evokes in me a strong, odd sense of living and operating in two parallel and contradictory universe a sense of paradox that brings to mind Alice and her transportation from the boredom of her riverbank reality (she was sitting with her sister at a riverbank, the story goes) to the adventurous fantasy world of Wonderland Read more…