It’s Not Wine, It’s Not Beer, It’s Lambda

Flavored spirits have been stealing market share for years, growing 10 times faster than total spirits, as beer sales continue to decline. The result: a distinctly new category of alcoholic beverage that gives the non-beer or spirit drinker a wide range of flavored alcoholic beverages that appeal to a variety of tastes.

Jon AlexanderIt’s Not Wine, It’s Not Beer, It’s Lambda
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Food Values: the first seminar

Calling all teachers, researchers and campaigners with an interest in values and food!

In September we kicked off Food Values: a nine month action research project with Organic Centre Wales. The goal of this project is to explore what food education based on values looks like, and we’ll do this through a series of research seminars and public food events around Wales that run until June 2015.

The first research seminar was a big success, bringing academics and practitioners to Aberystwyth University to discuss food values and good education practice.  We talked about how the values framework helped us understand what worked well in the past, and why. A good food event is participative, fun and creative (everyone has something to say about food!); it makes the social relationships visible by revealing the real people and places involved in getting the food to our tables, and it situates food issues, for example around security and sovereignty, firmly in the context of wider social change.

Taken by Christian, aka net_efekt, 2008, licensed under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Taken by Christian, aka net_efekt, 2008, licensed under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Bec SandersonFood Values: the first seminar
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Pairing Beans with Brewers

I care deeply for nature. Bad news. Andy Griffith turned us down. He didn’t like his trailer. First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Whoa, this guy’s straight? Oh, you’re gonna be in a coma, all right.
Father Christmas. Santa Claus. Or as I’ve always known him: Jeff.

Jon AlexanderPairing Beans with Brewers
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Easily Mount Your Phone

Lambdium is one of the most magnetic substances around, so it’s about time it was put to good use. The Lambda S is a small chunk of the stuff, which you can stick pretty much anywhere, and use to mount your phone, or even a tablet. Right now, it has 16% off.

Joe BrewerEasily Mount Your Phone
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Love & other illusions: Framing at the People’s Climate March

“I’m next to a giant pigeon and a tribute to Kate Bush” “We’re right at the front – just behind Emma Thompson…” “Anywhere near the sound system?” “I’m a solar panel!”

So went a series of text messages between my friends and I at around Sunday lunchtime, as we tried to locate each other at the People’s Climate March in London. I found most of them – eventually – apart from one elusive chap (who isn’t very good with technology or directions) – the last messages we exchanged were along the lines of “Ah well – seeya next time – was awesome anyways, super positive”.

From Li Photo Capital, licensed under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From Li Photo Capital, licensed under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

And it was – really positive – a reflection of a perceptible shift in the environmental movement’s general engagement strategy. What was particularly surprising was that this was led by Avaaz – better known for repeatedly telling us “24 hours to save everything or else we’re all gonna die!”. The type of messaging that has, in my eyes, only strengthened “Apocalypse Fatigue”. Something that looks suspiciously like apathy in environmentalists and the wider public alike but is actually more likely an increasing sense of hopelessness. Because…

Elena BlackmoreLove & other illusions: Framing at the People’s Climate March
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Orphanages, latrines & soap powder: 7 things we can do to fix the #PovertyDiscourse

A guest blog from Martin Kirk on what’s up with the current poverty discourse.

We know that many people in the UK misunderstand poverty and development: there’s reams of evidence on that. But there are interesting lessons to be had when we look at what it is that they actually think. For example: the idea that Oxfam run orphanages, something that surfaced when Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring recently appeared on an episode of Undercover Boss. While this sort of misplaced belief might seem trivial, it exposes a far bigger problem than a simple case of misinformation.

First, let’s think about why it is that people might hold this belief. I worked for Oxfam for many years, and I never saw anything about orphanages in public communications, so it seems a strange belief to be common. Of all the possible things people could envision, not to mention all the many things Oxfam actually does and talks quite loudly about, why orphanages?

The reason it appears in people’s heads is that it follows logically from their understanding of poverty and of Oxfam.

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Martin KirkOrphanages, latrines & soap powder: 7 things we can do to fix the #PovertyDiscourse
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Cage a Handful of Beads In Wire

Though the design is simple, the clustering of avant-garde, galactic, and de-art shapes creates a geometric, old-meets-new look. If you prefer to attach each crystal with jump rings, you can buy galactic pendants instead of galactic crystals. Just search “galactic drop” or “galactic vertical pendant.”

Jon AlexanderCage a Handful of Beads In Wire
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Food Values: a new project with Organic Centre Wales

This is a guest blog from Jane Powell, originally posted here.

What does food mean to us? Is it fuel for the engine, a fashion item, an export commodity, a sensual temptation, a vehicle for culture and celebration, a badge of religious and political identity, or a vital connection with the natural world? It can be all of these things and more, and the stories we tell about food will have consequences for what we choose to eat, and ultimately the food systems that we end up with.

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GuestFood Values: a new project with Organic Centre Wales
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Why democratic ownership can make us better people

Human beings show a broad spectrum of qualities, but it is the worst of these that are usually emphasised, and the result, too often, is to dishearten us, diminish our spirit.” – Howard Zinni

In a recent OpenDemocracy piece, I argued that the way we’re living now – over-worked, over-consuming, environmentally-destructive, indebted, isolated and unhappy – has a strong relationship with the models of ownership and decision-making in our institutions.

Why, and what can we do?

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Elena BlackmoreWhy democratic ownership can make us better people
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The Week In Lambda Style

We’ve got to give a hand to superwoman Julianne Moore. When she’s not busy racking up accolades (one for Golden Globes and one for Critics’ Choice Awards), she’s got her hands full promoting her latest film, Still Alice acing her wardrobe at the same time.

Jon AlexanderThe Week In Lambda Style
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