Where there’s muck, there’s brass

Where there’s muck, there’s brass

  I was lucky to grow up in a lovely neighbourhood, in a street lined with huge Victorian and Edwardian houses, complete with servants’ quarters, surrounded by large gardens with beautiful trees. My mother described it as a ‘professional’ neighbourhood, however, the...
What is cultural appropriation?

What is cultural appropriation?

  Today I would like to think about cultural appropriation, which I find confusing. Doesn’t the saying go that ‘copying is the sincerest form of flattery’? Apparently, in some circumstances it is considered insulting and decidedly ‘uncool’. Cultural appropriation is...
Out of the ashes

Out of the ashes

  Last week, EU ministers of culture met in Paris to talk about an Erasmus programme for artisans’ apprentices, redistributing European funds to conserve the continent’s legacy and to design a coordinated response to disasters like the one that damaged the Notre Dame...
Turn it off or leave it on?

Turn it off or leave it on?

  We all want to save energy and get the best performance from our electronics, but nobody tells us how to do it. For example, should you turn off your computer at night? Some people believe that shutting down and starting up again wears out components, but at the...