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  • 12 Aug 2013

    Finding positive news

    Listening to the news can be a disheartening activity. We are bombarded with stories reminding us of what a violent, dangerous and disconnected world we live in; where people bomb each other and steal and attack and kill, and the natural world is a predatory monster devouring lives. It’s good to have an antidote to all that doom and gloom. To stop every once in a while and remind ourselves that yes, bad things happen, but plenty – PLENTY – of incredible, awe-inspiring, heart-warming, life-enhancing things happen too…every second. […] more

  • 6 Aug 2013

    4 ways to support left handers

    In a recent survey on left handed people, 16% felt there was an advantage in being left handed at work. Most of these advantages centred around perceptions of personal creativity, artistic ability and the speed at which they felt they learned new information. But for a lot of left handers, there can be frustrations in a right handed world, from tools and equipment geared to right handers to work station layouts. […] more

  • 6 Aug 2013

    Day devoted to play

    A national day devoted to play? Yes please! Playday http://www.playday.org.uk was founded in 1986 when rumours of cuts on school-based play centres and adventure playgrounds in London were rife. Three playworkers, Kim Holdaway, Mick Conway and Paul Bonel decided to do something about it, and called for a meeting to campaign London boroughs. Simple beginnings, but fast forward twenty six years and Playday is the biggest celebration of play in the UK, if not Europe, with 850 events taking place last year. […] more

  • 29 Jul 2013

    Loaves for Lammas

    1st August marks the ancient harvest festival of Lammas, when the wheel of the year turned from growth to harvest. Celebrating the first wheat harvest, the festival was traditionally more important than Christmas. The Anglo-Saxon name ‘hlaefmass’ translates as ‘Loaf-Mass’, but the celebration has roots in the pagan festival Lughnasadh which honoured the god Lugh. Lugh is the Sun-god and his power is waning after Summer Solstice – this is his farewell celebration too. […] more

  • 27 Jul 2013

    Edinburgh fringe free events for kids

    When Edinburgh Festival comes to town in August, it’s more about deciding (painfully) what you’re going to have to miss than deciding what to do. With so much choice and fantastic events for all ages, there’s literally something to keep you busy morning, noon and night all month. We’ve looked at the Festival Fringe to see what’s on for kids – the best thing about these fantastic events are that they’re all FREE! […] more

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