Queenies and smoked bacon

Last night, I boiled an egg

I love this dish. It’s lazy, tasty and healthy with a good dose of naughty, too. It’s the kind of dish I’ll throw together on an impulse so long as the ingredients are available and the sun is shining. Queen scallops are a medium sized scallop, about as big as a button. In the Isle of Man, ‘queenies’ are served with pride as they are the local dish of choice.

Around this time of the year, queenies become widely available. I bought ten of these little beauties for €2 today and at those prices, I couldn’t resist. Mind you, there’s just enough in ten for one person. For a dinner party, I’d buy 50.

The first thing I did to put my super delicious lunch together was to build myself a Grteek salad with some fresh chard and little gem lettuce from my garden, then some thinly sliced red onion…

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Conor Harrington -Watch Your Palace Fall

Stunning art, by an Irishman, too

London-Olios

Pace London Gallery

15 September – 9 October 2016

Last week saw the opening of Irish-born, London-based Conor Harrington’s solo show ‘Watch Your Palace Fall’ in Pace London’s Soho gallery in collaboration with HENI Publishing.

You might have seen Conor’s work adorning the walls in the streets of London and elsewhere around the world, from New York to Puerto Rico and all over Europe: huge murals depicting Renaissance and military inspired figures, often two of them mid-fight. I first came across his work in Dulwich, at the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Project during Dulwich Art Week in 2013. Initiated by curator Ingrid Beazley, it featured originally commissioned art works by leading street artist from around the world reimagining classic paintings from Dulwich Picture Gallery. I have since ‘discovered’ his work in Shoreditch, in Whitecross Street, in Fashion Street, in Brick Lane and in Soho.

The exhibition show ten new paintings by…

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The Fascinating ’80s Public Access Films Produced by a California UFO Cult

This love-filled collective and its compelling leader had quite the creative output. by Ella Morton September 15, 2016 18,106 Ruth Norman, a.k.a. Archangel Uriel, and some Unariuns dressed up for a psychodrama. In the early ‘80s, American channel surfers began to encounter some pretty out-there public-access programming from a California collective known as Unarius. Led…Read more The Fascinating ’80s Public Access Films Produced by a California UFO Cult

One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess

Meet Lady Margaret Cavendish. by Natalie Zarrelli Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle. (Photo: Public Domain) No one could get into philosophical argument with Lady Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and walk away unchanged. Born in 1623, Cavendish was an outspoken aristocrat who traveled in circles of scientific thinkers, and broke ground on proto-feminism, natural…Read more One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess

SILENCE

  Words written but hardly spoken, tell the story of a man who brought his faith to those who would not listen and persecuted, made a show of turning coat while believing that much stronger and with more conviction. Now twenty five years waiting, the story will be told about Silence. Silence is the name…Read more SILENCE

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke at Standing Rock: It’s Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels

 Winona LaDuke spells it out, uncompromisingly September 12, 2016 Winona LaDukelongtime Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. While Democracy Now! was covering the Standing Rock standoff earlier this month, we spoke to Winona LaDuke, longtime Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives…Read more Native American Activist Winona LaDuke at Standing Rock: It’s Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels

Loneliness will be the next great moneyspinner – The Guardian

People walking is just the first signs of a growing social illness, loneliness, a topic I've touched on with my poem, Social Fretwork. Emily White Isolation among young people is increasing, spawning a new industry in companionship. Soon paying for walks, dinners and dates will feel normal Recent research suggests 18- to 34-year-olds are more…Read more Loneliness will be the next great moneyspinner – The Guardian