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John Ruskin

A short blog post in honour of John Ruskin’s birthday. Ruskin’s writing have been a major influence on my own philosophy both directly and indirectly through Gandhi and Morris. The work that has most influenced me is The Nature of Gothic, from the Stones of Venice here is a sample quote. “We want one man […]

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The wonderful craft writing of Jon Henley

Jon Henley writes for the Guardian, his writing is a craft in itself, he is a notebook and shorthand man not a blackberry/iphone/google journalist. He is also a passionate advocate for the crafts and trades and I would love to share some of his choice pieces of writing. I first met him when he started […]

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Just a man

Just found this and love it   What is he?  -A man, of course.  Yes, but what does he do?  -He lives and is a man. Oh quite! But he must work.  He must have a job of some sort  -Why?  Because obviously he’s not one of the leisured classes.  -I don’t know.  He has […]

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great film on simple living

Here is a wonderful film. I am so excited by the 21st century we can use the most amazing technology to find and link up with folks around the world with an interest in simple technologies. Great film making and ace music too. Yoav bought a porringer off me a month ago, if I am […]

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handmade philosophy

Each year around this time we get a load of stuff shared on facebook suggesting we buy local, craftsman made etc. All worthy enough but this year I really liked this one. The sad thing is that it is being widely shared without any credit to either the person that penned the words or whoever […]

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