Don't call me Shirley

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Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, author & motivational speaker. 
I saw his Do Lectures talk a while back and thought he was one to watch and recently he has resurfaced in my social media feed with his pretty amazing Microadventures. You can listen to a short BBC radio interview here.
Here is what he has to say about Microadventures on his website:
There are good reasons why I spent over 4 years cycling round the world rather than doing it in 6 months.
Similarly I chose to run the London marathon in less than 3 hours and collapse over the finish line rather than jogging round at a leisurely pace.
There is a point towards me striving for a 1000-mile trek across the Empty Quarter rather than a week-long trip to Dubai.
To everything there is a season…
However, you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to undertake an expedition. You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained or rich to have an adventure.
Adventure is only a state of mind.
I believe that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
If that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Adventure is accessible to normal people, in normal places, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money.
Adventure is only a state of mind.
That is why I came up with the idea of microadventures. Simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise. Ideas designed to encourage ordinary people to get Out There and Do Stuff for themselves, even in these tightened financial times. This year is my year of British microadventures. This blog entry should tell you everything you ever needed to know to try a microadventure for yourself.
They may be small but microadventures can still be challenging and rewarding. Each one is designed to inspire others to set their own challenges, challenges which may be short but which grasp the spirit of adventure.
This is the goal of my microadventures.

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, author & motivational speaker. 

I saw his Do Lectures talk a while back and thought he was one to watch and recently he has resurfaced in my social media feed with his pretty amazing Microadventures. You can listen to a short BBC radio interview here.

Here is what he has to say about Microadventures on his website:

There are good reasons why I spent over 4 years cycling round the world rather than doing it in 6 months.

Similarly I chose to run the London marathon in less than 3 hours and collapse over the finish line rather than jogging round at a leisurely pace.

There is a point towards me striving for a 1000-mile trek across the Empty Quarter rather than a week-long trip to Dubai.

To everything there is a season…

However, you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to undertake an expedition. You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained or rich to have an adventure.

Adventure is only a state of mind.

I believe that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.

If that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Adventure is accessible to normal people, in normal places, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money.

Adventure is only a state of mind.

That is why I came up with the idea of microadventures. Simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise. Ideas designed to encourage ordinary people to get Out There and Do Stuff for themselves, even in these tightened financial times. This year is my year of British microadventures. This blog entry should tell you everything you ever needed to know to try a microadventure for yourself.

They may be small but microadventures can still be challenging and rewarding. Each one is designed to inspire others to set their own challenges, challenges which may be short but which grasp the spirit of adventure.

This is the goal of my microadventures.

PUTPUT is an interdisciplinary Swiss/Danish artist duo established in 2011 and currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Referencing a classic product pack shot the ‘Popsicles’ series creates an imitation of a common object through a purposeless addition. Both products represent different aspects of everyday life and are recognizable in their own right. They are morphed into a fictional replica creating a visual double take and a dysfunctional bi product. Basically it’s sponges with sticks in them.

(Source: putput.dk)

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David Shrigley created a pretty cool tableware range for London restaurant Sketch.

IMDB has a funny 404 page, the quote changes each time too.

IMDB has a funny 404 page, the quote changes each time too.

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OZ lives in Milan. OZ listens to T.Rex. OZ drinks Coca Cola. OZ wears stripes. OZ stands for Olimpia Zagnoli. 

http://www.olimpiazagnoli.com

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Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who’s Really in Charge of Women’s Bodies. By Brazilian designer Carol Rosetti.

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There probably isn’t a single person amongst us that hasn’t, at some point, dreamt up several untimely demises for our phones and the emails, calls and texts it can bother us with.

A far away island might even be our happy place, but it’s the rare few that make the break from connectivity and modern society to move back to the land and live off grid.

Photographer Antoine Bruy has been travelling and living with off grid families for three years, capturing the organic simplicity of their existence in quiet isolation. Away from the screeching horns of cities and the bright lights of motorways, these families have sacrificed all manner of modern comforts, but have gained autonomy and the sanctuary of nature at its purest.

Via Do Lectures

(Source: thedoblog.com)

Today is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Today is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

I have pledged some cash for a Lomo Instant Camera, dispatched in November, cannot wait! :)

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yep…

yep…

(Source: site.politecards.com)

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Tumblr’s 404 error page

Tumblr’s 404 error page

Niche Obscenity Investigator

Niche Obscenity Investigator

Thanks for the scary log-in screen Tumblr!

Thanks for the scary log-in screen Tumblr!

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These beautiful Harris Tweed clocks are made by Juniper & Jane in the Ayrshire craft village of West Kilbride. (just up the road from my home town)

The awesome opening credits for Quantum Leap!

My husband has been watching episodes of Quantum Leap back to back and I’m now hooked (again)