Anyone who has ever stood alone in a desert at nightfall – or walked out in the eerie blue half-light of the winter tundra and heard the coyotes, or the wolves, calling back and forth in the dark – has experienced the fleeting, and inexplicable sense of what Jean-Paul Sartre once called the nothingness that haunts being. In a seminar room, or a library, this sounds like a bleak, if somewhat academic proposition – but en plein air, it is strangely exhilarating. Outside, far enough from the town lights to really see the sky, that nothingness can claim us, not, as we might have expected, for some kind of oblivion, but for the call and response that all lives share – with other lives, certainly but also with the void. This may sound fanciful, but it is a commonplace of every speculative tradition that we come from: we go back to nothing, whether we picture that nothing as the absolution of the all-healing earth, some pulverising wind, or just the thin light … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight In winter’s eerie half-light, I hear animals calling back and forth and feel a tug of belonging
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16 October 2018 MigrationRefugees Vanessa Baird looks ahead at how things could be Architect and illustrator Theo Deutinger has made a simple but telling set of graphics showing the number of countries you can travel to without a visa, depending on your nationality. If you are a citizen of the UK or the US, you are free to enter 157 countries. Your world is pretty big. If you’re a citizen of Afghanistan, however, just 22 countries will let you in without a visa. Your world isn’t much bigger if you are Pakistani (25), Iraqi (26) or Syrian (30). You will have noticed an emerging pattern. If you need to travel to escape war, conflict, poverty, then national borders are automatically closed to you. If by accident of birth you are a citizen of a rich and relatively safe country, they are automatically open. And if you are a very rich person from a ‘poorer’ country you can buy, for example, a Maltese passport which will open more borders to you. Advert … [Read more...] about What if … people could migrate freely?
Tortoises, dogs and guinea pigs were among the guests of honour to attend a quirky church service in Killinghall on Sunday. St Thomas’s Church hosted a pet blessing ceremony, and the idea was a hit with residents. Their vicar, the Rev Chrissy Wilson, came up with the idea after hearing schoolchildren mentioning pets a lot whenever they talked about their families. She said: “We had a wonderfully uplifting pet blessing service, with pet owners touched and delighted to be welcomed into church with their much-loved pets. “We are very keen to let people know that the church is here for them, and we are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to invite people in, as well as providing a calm and peaceful environment for prayer and worship.”Although church may have seemed a bit noisier and more chaotic than usual, the event enjoyed a great turnout and proved very popular. Upcoming events at the church to mark the Harvest FestivalOctober 5 - Killinghall C of E … [Read more...] about Tortoises and guinea pigs among guests of honour at quirky Killinghall church service
PUBLISHED: 17:12 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 15 August 2018 Sheridan Winn The Circle of Power � three editions of the first Sprite Sisters story by Sheridan Winn Photo: Sheridan Winn Photo: Sheridan Winn Her books are based on her own magical East Anglian childhood. Now Sheridan Winn is watching them come to life on a film set Sheridan Winn and her daughter Rosie at MONEV Studios, Brussels Photo: Andreas GutzeitSheridan Winn’s Sprite Sisters stories are set in Norfolk, hugely popular in Germany and about to be made into a film distributed by Disney.Sheridan, of Bergh Apton, near Loddon, has written seven Sprite Sisters books, which have struck a particular chord with little girls in Germany, selling more than half a million copies.She grew up in Drayton, near Norwich, running wild in an overgrown garden with ponies, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, a pig, and at one point 63 guinea pigs. She went on to study graphic design and helped her … [Read more...] about The magic of watching my sisters come alive on film
How to holiday: ambassadors, adventurers and chefs on the art of the great getaway My Adventurous Summer Kenton Cool Mountaineer Brian Chesky Chief executive, Airbnb My Mellow Summer Michael Pollan Author Angela Hartnett Chef Olafur Eliasson Artist Jean-Pierre Jouyet French ambassador to the UK Sou Fujimoto Architect My Off-grid Summer Benedict Allen Explorer Philippe Sands Lawyer and president of English PEN My Working Summer Ottessa Moshfegh Author Ali Smith Author Youssou N’Dour Singer Gabriela Hearst Fashion designer Esther Perel Psychotherapist Return to list of names Share on Twitter. Opens in a new window. Share on Facebook. Opens in a new window. My Adventurous Summer I’m spending this summer in the mountains Kenton Cool Mountaineer How are you spending the summer? I’m working most of this summer in the mountains as a mountain guide . . … [Read more...] about My perfect summer