Restoring and Repurposing a Printer’s Tray

I bought an old printers tray off eBay and set about cleaning and refurbishing it to hang on my wall as a 'cabinet of curiosity' for my trinkets. I have very little knowledge of how to do this sort of thing, but thought I'd share my process as it came out pretty well! The next [...]

Pale Blue Dot

As NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Carl Sagan pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system. The resulting image of the earth from 3.7bn miles away became known as 'the pale blue [...]

I Must Go Down To The Seas Again

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn [...]

Green Grow The Rushes, Ho! An English Folksong

I wanted to share a fantastic English folk song common in Somerset and the Westcountry which I recently learned. It's really difficult to get out of your head once started and its great for making long car journey's fly by! It's called Green Grow The Rush, O! though is sometimes referred to as The Twelve [...]

Song: Go and Catch a Falling Star

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One of my favourite poets is John Donne, who was born in London is 1572 and is considered a pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His poems have a great rhythm and often mix fantasy with metaphors and 'Song', often known as 'Go and Catch a Falling Star' is one of his best. GO and [...]

How To Play British Rules Mahjong

I am a massive fan of Mahjong, a game which originated in China and is massively popular in the East, though it's harder to find players in the West. It's a game for four players involving skill, calculation and a good dose of luck and is played with an absolutely beautiful set of tiles which [...]