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High/Low: The Modern Banker’s Desk Lamp

News of a new product from one of our favorite lighting makers, UK-based Original BTC, recently landed in our in-box.  The company’s banker’s desk lamp is a modern take on the traditional version—instead of an emerald glass shade, it has a shade made of white bone china and a graceful brass base. Here’s a look (plus a lower-priced version): Above: The white bone shade is hand-cast from a mold at the company’s ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent. The brass base, meanwhile, is fabricated at its ...
Tags: Home Depot, Books, UK, Birmingham, Lighting, Btc, Lamps, Task Lighting, Desk Lamps, Product Discoveries


10 Easy Pieces: The Perfect High-End Luxury Sofa

At Remodelista, we often feature sofa designs that are economical to mid-range in price, but for readers in search of a truly luxury sofa, we decided to cover our bases (plus, one can dream). There are sofas past and present that are priced upward of $60K, but in our book, expense alone does not merit quality. This roundup includes our most-dreamed-of luxury sofas, and while none of them are $60K, all tend to ring in above the $8K mark. Above: New York City atelier Dimitry & Co. designs some ...
Tags: Books, UK, Julianne Moore, New York City, US, Toronto, Furniture, Belgium, Manhattan, Seating, Knoll, 10 Easy Pieces, Sofas & Couches, Børge Mogensen, Florence Knoll, George Sherlock


Steal This Look: A Grand Scale Double-Height Kitchen in Brooklyn

In an 1850s brick townhouse in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood, serial renovators Jean Lee and Tzu-Wei Lee called on architect Elizabeth Roberts to rethink the building, which had been divided intwo four apartments, as one. The biggest change? A three-story addition to the back of the building which now houses the fully custom double-height kitchen. The 1,200-square-foot space is inspired by modern Shaker design with an almost Seventies style twist. That’s thanks to beadboard-paneled cabinet...
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, New York, London, Etsy, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Appliances, Vermont, White, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts, Cobble Hill, Arne Jacobsen


Oyinkan Braithwaite’s serial-killer thriller: would you help your murderer sister?

The Nigerian author’s darkly comic debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, has become a literary sensation. She explains her struggle with the moral ambiguity of her writingWhen Oyinkan Braithwaite sent an early draft of her debut novel to a few friends, one of them told her it was the best thing she had ever written. “I was offended,” Braithwaite says, her voice heavy with irony. “I knew how I had written it.” She might not have thought much of it at the time, but this quick draft ended up u...
Tags: Books, UK, Fiction, Nigeria, Africa, US, World news, Culture, Braithwaite, Oyinkan Braithwaite


10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe

Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner makerTao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The sc...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, Craft, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Christiana


'It felt as if we had landed on the moon': Malala Yousafzai on life in the UK

In this extract from We Are Displaced, a collection of true stories by girls seeking refuge, Yousafzai recalls settling in Birmingham after being shot by the TalibanAs I walked out of the hospital to start my new life – nearly three months after I was airlifted to England from Pakistan to save my life – the first thing I felt was a cold that cut through the purple parka someone had given me. It was two sizes too big, and I felt like a small doll. The frigid air crept down my neck and up my sleev...
Tags: Books, UK, England, World news, Culture, Pakistan, Refugees, Malala Yousafzai, Birmingham, Islamabad, Yousafzai


The Entertainer retailer stockpiles summer toys as Brexit fears mount

Founder Gary Grant says ‘no shortage of toys’ likely because company had shipped own-label items earlyThe UK’s biggest independent toy retailer has stockpiled 100 container loads of paddling pools, slides, wheelbarrows and other toys to try to ensure there are no shortages this summer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Gary Grant, the managing director and founder of The Entertainer chain, said it had doubled the amount of containers it usually brought into the UK at this time of year to ensure se...
Tags: Europe, Business, Toys, UK, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Brexit, Gary Grant, Entertainer, Brexit Gary Grant


The Entertainer retailer stockpiles summer toys amid Brexit fears

Founder Gary Grant says ‘no shortage of toys’ likely because company had shipped own-label items earlyThe UK’s biggest independent toy retailer has stockpiled 100 container loads of paddling pools, slides, wheelbarrows and other toys to try and ensure there are no shortages this summer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Gary Grant, managing director and founder of The Entertainer chain, said it had doubled the amount of containers it usually brought into the UK at this time of year to ensure seaso...
Tags: Europe, Business, Toys, UK, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Brexit, Gary Grant, Entertainer, Brexit Gary Grant


Boox Nova Pro?

Has anyone heard of the Nova Pro? I asked https://twitter.com/onyxboox about the Nova's availability in the UK. They said... "The Nova will not be available in the UK but the Nova Pro will in early 2019 on EU Amazon." I thought they meant the Nova Plus - and I expressed my disappointment, because I really want a front light. They said... "The Nova Pro has a front light and better than the Nova. If you can wait, wait for it." So... errr....? I can't find any information about the Pro onli...
Tags: Books, UK, Onyx Boox, EU Amazon, Boox Nova Pro, Nova Pro




Bloody Hell Bruzzy Lottery

Zukaty has announced the first Bruzzy release of 2019 - a collaboration with @figure_fx. Available via lottery, the  Bloody Hell Bruzzy will be available in Red and Purple editions (2 of each). The Bruzzy stands 7 inches tall with 5 points articulation (neck, arms and legs) and comes packed in a bag with a header card, stickers, and a mini omake Bruzzy head. The figure will run $150.00 plus shipping ($10.00 for UK, $25.00 rest of the world). Entries will be accepted until Wednesday January 9t...
Tags: Toys, UK, Miscellaneous, Zukaty, Bruzzy, Bloody Hell Bruzzy, Red Bloody Hell


10 Easy Pieces: Best Canister Vacuums for Small Spaces

The beauty of the canister vacuum? If you have, say, 20 inches of storage space, you can keep your dust-busting, allergen-eliminating machine well out of sight. While the upright vacuum is another option (see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Upright Vacuums for Small Spaces), most of us at Remodelista prefer the canister style for the sake of storability. Here are our 10 favorites; just in time for that New Year/New You spring cleaning job. Above: The Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Vacuum is d...
Tags: Amazon, Cleaning, Books, UK, John Lewis, Walmart, Eu, Appliances, Dyson, Vacuums, Bosch, Miele, Brandon, Electrolux, 10 Easy Pieces, Remodelista


Report from Sweden: Introducing Arket (the Next Muji?)

I’m just back from a cold, dark, magical New Years week in Stockholm. What to do when it’s 28 degrees out and there are there’s just about six hours of sunlight? Do as the Swedes do: bundle up, go for a brisk walk, then hunker down inside and implement the Swedish knack for brightening the home in midwinter. Among the lagom ideas I’m taking back with me: candles on every surface to combat the January dark, remembering what it’s like to be quiet (no incessant background music in restaurants; calm...
Tags: Europe, Books, UK, Budget, Sweden, Portugal, Ikea, Airbnb, Candles, Stockholm, Alexa, Swedish, Muji, Scandinavian, Södermalm, Shopper's Diary


New Leaf Vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, England, New York, London, Patricia Highsmith, Australia, China, Germany, India, US, Frankfurt, Britain, Italy


How women really got the vote

In 2018 we commemorated property-owning women over the age of 30 getting the vote in the United Kingdom. Two years later we will mark 100 years since all women received the vote in the United States.These are important parliamentary milestones but the lauding of campaigners has given priority to organised women’s movements in gaining the vote. This edges women’s suffrage off the main stage of world politics and makes it a pressure group issue; interesting enough in its way, but of no great conse...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, UK, Featured, Indonesia, Australia, China, Russia, India, Africa, US, History, World, United States, New Zealand


Kitchen of the Week: Making the Leap from Dark to Light—and from Ikea to DeVol

When we first dropped in on photographer Laura Muthesius and stylist/gluten-free baker Nora Eisermann of Our Food Stories, they had just installed an Ikea kitchen in their new weekend getaway in the countryside outside Berlin. It was compact, composed of black cabinetry, and made from scratch: see A DIY Ikea Country Kitchen for Two Berlin Creatives. Several successful years and 1 million instagram followers later, the two have joined the design obsessed: in their Berlin studio, they installed a ...
Tags: Books, UK, Berlin, Ikea, Copenhagen, Laura, Nora, Kitchen Design, Pamono, Kitchen of the Week, Beth Kirby, Nora Eisermann, Laura Muthesius, Frama, Kabe, Kitchen Remodels


Kitchen of the Week: Making the Leap from Dark to Light—and from Ikea to DeVol—Outside Berlin

When we first dropped in on photographer Laura Muthesius and stylist/gluten-free baker Nora Eisermann of Our Food Stories, they had just installed an Ikea kitchen in their new weekend getaway in the countryside outside Berlin. It was compact, composed of black cabinetry, and made from scratch: see A DIY Ikea Country Kitchen for Two Berlin Creatives. Several successful years and 1 million instagram followers later, the two have joined the design obsessed: in their Berlin studio, they installed a ...
Tags: Books, UK, Berlin, Ikea, Copenhagen, Laura, Nora, Kitchen Design, Pamono, Kitchen of the Week, Beth Kirby, Nora Eisermann, Laura Muthesius, Frama, Kabe, Kitchen Remodels


The continuing life of science fiction

In 1998, Thomas M. Disch boldly declared in The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World that science fiction had become the main kind of fiction which was commenting on contemporary social reality. As a professional writer, we could object that Disch had a vested interest in making this assertion, but virtually every day news items confirm his argument that science fiction connects with an amazingly broad range of public issues.Take the ongoing debate over different ...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science Fiction, Usa, UK, Featured, Film, Nasa, Avatar, Cameron, Literature, Sci Fi, Scifi, Philip K Dick, James Cameron, Neal Stephenson


Stories behind Oxford’s top 10 carols and Christmas pieces for 2018

The OUP hire library is a hive of activity running up to Christmas. Months in advance, the hire librarians receive requests for perusal scores of longer Christmas works. From September, hundreds orders for carols flood in – sometimes up to 15 carols in one order!Singing carols at Christmas is a tradition loved by many and every year there are some recurring favourites. This year is no exception with O Come, all ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Twelve Days of Christmas retaining the...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, Featured, Christmas, United States, Oxford, Cornwall, Choral music, Christmas Music, King, Carol, Bethlehem, Jingle Bells, Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley


Top ten developments in international law in 2018

This year was, once again, one of great political turmoil. The international legal order is not immune from the impact of the rise of populism and increasingly strained relations between many of the world’s most powerful states. A positive view is that we are witnessing a period of global re-adjustment. A more negative take is that there is a real risk of the fabric of the international legal order, created so carefully in the aftermath of the First and Second World Wars, unravelling. One of thi...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, Featured, Human Rights, Supreme Court, Law, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Israel, Court, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv


Ikea Kitchen Upgrade: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Kitchen Hack

Love the price and functionality of Ikea kitchen components but not the cabinet front choices? An array of new companies is offering custom cabinet fronts to pair with Ikea’s kitchen systems. “Ikea cabinets are like building blocks,” says Finnish company A.S. Helsingö. “The quality is solid,” adds John McDonald, founder of SemiHandmade. “And we especially love their price; even with SemiHandmade doors, you’ll easily save 30 to 40 percent on the cost of a typical custom kitchen.” With the bones o...
Tags: Books, UK, London, La, Brooklyn, Netherlands, Ikea, Portland Oregon, FSC, Kitchens, Dunsmuir, Sandy, MDF, Blum, Sussex England, Lisa Jones


Gun Owners, the New Social Outcasts

Opinion New York Times Gun Owner Discrimination Harassment Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- The new “Avarnas.”The movement, propagated by amoral leftists/Marxists, to marginalize American gun owners continues to recruit the finance industry aggressively.Their apparent goal is to stigmatize gun owners, so that we occupy the lowest possible status-rung in American society, in much the same way as do “avarnas/dalits” (untouchables) in modern-day India.In a recent NYT editorial, the author implor...
Tags: UK, Guns, India, Dick, Planet Earth, John Farnam, BATF, Gun Rights News, Defense Training International, Farnam, Gun Owner Discrimination, Gun Owner Harrasment, Collins CO AmmoLand, Opinion New York Times, Theodore DalrympleIt


Twist: American Criticizes UK Shooting Traditions?

Opinion Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Americans are often encouraged by   to embrace United Kingdom-style gun control.This would entail restrictive gun owner licensing, a near total ban on all handguns (handguns are permitted but heavily restricted in Northern Ireland), a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles, and a near prohibition on the use of firearms and even non-lethal alternatives for self-defense. Moreover, U.S. gun controllers are egged on in the...
Tags: UK, Guns, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Prince William, Prince Harry, Harry, Telegraph, William, Sussex, Elizabeth, Fairfax, Phillip, Meghan, MEGHAN MARKLE, Hunting News


POTD: SAS with Colt Canada C8s During Counter Terrorism Op

During a counter terrorism operation in Newcastle in the UK British counter terrorism police were joined by operators believed to be members of the British Army’s elite SAS. A 33 year old suspect was arrested on the 11 December during the operation. Armed police, specialist Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officer and members of the UK’s SAS […] Read More … The post POTD: SAS with Colt Canada C8s During Counter Terrorism Op appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: UK, Guns, Canada, Newcastle, British Army, Sas, Special Forces, Photo of the Day, MIL/LE, Colt Canada C8


How politicians tried to sell Brexit to us

If we examine the two campaigns in terms of their message strategy, i.e. the way in which they sought to influence swing voters, significant differences become apparent.Remain is widely regarded to have been poorly executed – not a difficult accusation to sustain, given that it lost – however, I’d argue that it was not the execution, but the message strategy that was flawed. From a brand communication perspective its campaign is built on a classic proposition: Britain – Stronger in Europe. This ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Books, UK, Featured, US, Barack Obama, Nike, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ukip, Brussels, Nigel Farrage, Audi, Brexit


Feeling my oats for the last time this year

Having sown my wild oats (see the post for December 12, 2018), I can now afford the luxury of looking at the origin of the word oat. It would be unfair to introduce the holiday season by discussing a word of unknown etymology. A Christmas carol needs a happy end, and indeed I have something reassuring to say.The Latin for “oats” is avena, a word known to some from botany and to some from the family name Avenarius “pertaining to oats,” oaty, or oat–some, as it were. Two special terms exist: avena...
Tags: Books, UK, US, Murray, Avena, Walter W Skeat, Skeat, Oup, Wulfila, James A H Murray, Matthew XIII, Richard Avenarius, Hans Kuhn, Oatmeal Berries, Melissa Belanger, Kylo Public Domain


Michelle Obama topples David Walliams to secure Christmas No 1

The former first lady’s memoir Becoming sold 92,000 copies last week – well ahead of Walliams, who was the bestselling author for the previous two years Michelle Obama has unseated David Walliams as Britain’s Christmas favourite, with her memoir Becoming set to be the UK’s bestselling book during the festive period, after shifting 92,000 copies in the final shopping week before Christmas Day.Christmas is a crucial period for UK booksellers, with the four weeks of December accounting for approxim...
Tags: Books, UK, Christmas, UK News, Culture, Britain, Michelle Obama, David Walliams, Walliams


The merits of and case for Land Value Taxation

Politics matters for tax as tax matters for politics. The high-minded Scottish economist Adam Smith had four maxims of taxation:Tax should be progressive.Tax should be certain, not arbitrary.Tax should be paid at the time most convenient to the contributor.Tax should take as little from the contributors as possible to pay for the state.In contrast, Jean-Baptiste Colbert reportedly said “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers wit...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Featured, Law, Scotland, Economics, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Winston Churchill, Philosophy, Colbert, Smith, Property Tax, Council Tax, Taxation, Adam Smith


True Colors: Historical Paint Expert Pedro da Costa Felgueiras’ Beautifully Idiosyncratic London Home

Most people wouldn’t call a centuries-old home that had been abandoned for 30 years and had no roof, no working electricity, and no reliable plumbing a “dream house.” But Pedro da Costa Felgueiras is not like most people. The Portuguese-born Londoner is a hot-shot expert on historical paints and pigments (see T Magazine‘s profile of him here), and where most of us would have seen a tear-down, he saw his next project, one that would unite his professional life with his personal. “When I first sta...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Paint, Ireland, Times, Pedro, East London, Historic, House Tour, Plaster, Modern House, Rita, Spitalfields, Architecture & Interiors, Palette & Paints


Introduction

Hi all. I'm Alex Went, originally from the UK, now living in Prague. I'm a freelance editor/copywriter/voiceover artist, so I do a lot of reading! I'm currently using a PocketBook InkPad 3, which I have to say is pretty fantastic, with a few *very* minor reservations. Hoping that this forum will be useful in supporting my use of this device, and perhaps giving some idea of where to go next.
Tags: Books, UK, Prague, Introduce Yourself, Alex Went



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