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Yesterday I went to the sixth BLAB event organised by Northern Digitals at the Deaf Institute in Manchester. The first speaker Hoss Gifford gave an account of his life so far with insights he’d learnt along the way.  Working under the job title of “innovator” he ran us through different projects he had done, including those for Glasgow Film Festival and the Commonwealth Games. But his biggest achievements seemed to be more personal, the things he had taught himself, done on a whim or projects he had taken on that may have been out of his comfort zone.

Hoss showed how important it is to always be open to learning new things, especially technology, as he said “if you don’t know there is always a book that can teach you.”  His talk really seemed to inspire the room without us feeling like we were at a self help meeting.

It was great to hear someone with so much experience and knowledge speak really honestly about how they think and work, living by the rule that we all should, “basically if in doubt just fucking do it.”

Next up was Mr Bingo, you’ve probably seen the hair illustrations before .This guy finds inspiration everywhere, he shared some of his photo collection with us, the funny stuff he sees on the street and the weird little details of handwritten notes, postcards, vintage drawings and really bad typography.  It was kind of strange to hear someone talk about how they imagine chairs in a room to have conversations and describe in depth their complicated personalities, not because I found it weird but because I was nodding my head in agreement. Mr Bingo basically makes a living by drawing all those secret odd things that you think only you think about.


FiveMinutesFivePounds Happiness Remedy

Its the FiveMinutesFivePounds Happiness Remedy of the day:

What you will need:

A big glass, an ale jug is preferable

Two straws, pink for her, blue for him

Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Sauce, Milk – Blend.

A sparkler

A polka dot dress and a checked shirt, (which naturally you already have) and a table with opposite seats.

Well it worked out alright for these two

true story

tattoo ideas

I want a pretty one


One way ticket

Today two very good friends of mine are catching a one way ticket to India with an open plan to travel the world. They have been saving up for a long time now, living in the same little uni room and working like mad to get the money together. I am so excited for them and I know they are going to have an amazing time.

Emma makes bracelets and Dave plays ukulele, and as a fellow hippy at heart I can’t wait to hear about all their adventures busking across the globe.

Good luck Emma and Dave!




We have lift off

Well I’m going to kick it off with this, because it really sums up my perspective on things. I think I probably found it at galadarling which is a really great website if you are ever in need of a little positive thinking. Its actually a manifesto from the design company Holstee, they practice what they preach too. “Mike and Dave left their full-time jobs to pursue their passion for a sustainable lifestyle through innovative design” I like that a lot.

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