Silent Night – Harry Jelley

Originally posted on First Draft:

We liked poet Harry Jelley‘s piece at our Heathens’ Christmas Party this week so much that we persuaded him to let us publish it…


Silent nights
are the most settling/
They can be
slashed so cleanly
from one into the other
— like that moment you
      realised the comforting
      presence of a single smart suit on
      an almost-empty-but-for-them-bus
      at 3am
      isn’t chatting calmly on the phone
      but is
  a complex international
  business deal
  into a remote control
  & then you see the mud (maybe blood) (maybe hair) under their fingernails
      & thoughts go forensic.
That is how brittle…

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Mr Thomas’s Chop House, Manchester UK.

Originally posted on Trevor Burton, Author.:

Mr Thomas's Chop House

Mr Thomas’s Chop House., corner of St Anne’s Alley (leading to St Anne’s Square) and Cross Street, Manchester, UK. Featured in the Detective Fiction Novel, Tangled Roots

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Mellow Miranda and not-Beautiful Bonito

Originally posted on Love Child of the World:

14 – 27 May

Owing to the vast distances between states in Brazil, I was on the bus a good long time before I alighted in Campo Grande, capital of Mato Grosso do Sul. However, that was not my final destination, and a few hours after I alighted, I jumped aboard a different bus headed west – destination Miranda, a small town in the Pantanal wetlands region of Brazil. I had arranged to be a Workawayer for a host there for the few weeks of my time in Brazil (my visa was sadly, expiring). My host, Tracy, was supposed to pick me up from the bus station, but as my bus was delayed (of course, why had I ever expected it to be on time?) she sent her partner/husband, Daniel to pick me up instead. Once at their place,

Which had a really cool gate Miranda, Brazil, May 2014

Which had a really cool gate
Miranda, Brazil, May 2014


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Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting – Filmed October 2014 at TEDGlobal 2014

Originally posted on Just Sayin':

In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he’s experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.

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The most fun you can have by yourself

Originally posted on A Progressive Rake:

My voice broke ridiculously early. I was about ten, and still in primary school, when gravity took a quick look at my thorax and certain related items, and decided she wanted a bit of them. There was no squeaky period, no teenage yodelling. I simply went to bed one night with a high, clear child’s voice, and woke up the next morning growling like a hungover badger, and with my bollocks banging around my knees. I can only presume that it is as a reaction against this precocious physical development that I have steadfastly refused to undergo any kind of emotional maturation whatsoever. Consequentially, as well as a love of smut, a total inability to defer pleasure, and the use of manipulative egocentrism as my basic interpersonal operational principle, I have never lost the childhood fascination—nay, celebration—of the various icks and oozes that evolution has bestowed upon our bodies. True…

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Manchester Children’s Hospital Shakespearean Sensory Roof Garden

Originally posted on mmumakeadifference:

PicMonkey CollageStudents from Manchester Metropolitan University with the help of Unilever have created a sensory garden Royal Manchester Children Hospital featuring plants and herbs referenced in Shakespearean plays for patients at the hospital to enjoy.

Scott Tanswell, a second year History student at MMU who is project managing the garden said: “The terrace is a lovely space, but there’s no greenery up there so it was an ideal spot to make the garden. It will have a huge impact on these children who aren’t very well, and will hopefully help aid their recovery.”

All the plants in the garden can be found in Shakespeare and will be be tied into the hospital school’s curriculum and children will be able to visit it to learn why fennel was mentioned in Hamlet, or what the connection is between Othello and lettuce.

Sarah Naismith, Head of Charities for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We…

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City Hall | Haddad, The Tax Man

Originally posted on The New World Lusophone Sousaphone:


Our beloved Avenue of the Owls is undergoing an accelerating rate of rezoning — a fancy supermarket  with a café that makes excellent pastéis and an office and retail property just around the corner.

They even put in asphalt. So much for the medieval charm of our paralelipípedos. I suppose we had better pay attention.

Source:  Carta Maior.

Topic: Housing Tax, Urban Renewal

In the next few days, São Paulo city hall will begin notifying the owners of 150 unused and underused  properties in the expanded downtown area of São Paulo about PEUC, a tax incentive plan that provides for Compulsory Parcelization, Construction and Use of real properties.

The measure, included in the Strategic Master Plan as a means of guaranteeing the socially valuable use of private property, serves as an ultimatum to landlords: If their properties are vacant or the built-up area they occupy falls short of the target set for each…

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Originally posted on The World's Fare:

How far would you go to prove a point? For Ferdinand Magellan, the answer to that question was “all the way around the world,” and the point he was trying to prove is when east becomes west.

In 1493, Pope Alexander VI had set a Line of Demarcation one hundred leagues west of the Azores and Cape Verde Islands. The line stretched from the Arctic pole to the Antarctic pole, cutting through Greenland and separating Brazil from the rest of South America. According to the pope’s decree, everything to the west of that line belonged to Spain, while everything to the east belonged to Portugal–European countries excluded, of course. This seemed like a good way to make peace between the long-time rival countries. It gave Africa and India to Portugal, along with a bit of land (basically, Brazil) in the New World, and Spain got the rest of the New…

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Cool table—exceptional

Originally posted on Later On:

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Another Reason To Carry Nail Clippers

Originally posted on "Knee How" Shanghai:

Not only do you carry nail clippers to take care of your personal grooming needs when you are at your desk at work, on the metro, on a plane, walking down the street, in the airport lounge (Todd) all things I have seen. You also keep them handy to trim your food’s nails. A friend of mine who works at the CCTV building in Beijing (the one that looks like pants) took this when eating at the cafeteria. I am concerned he was eating chicken feet and will take that up with him later.  I have heard them called chicken paws and chicken claws. I thought it was a translation thing when going from Chinese to English. I am rethinking that.. they are really chicken claws, I think chicken talons is the better word choice. EEEEWWWW!

Bring your clippers!

Bring your clippers!

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