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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The port from west coast park…

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

An inspiring book about living local for a year; I am struggling to do that for a day, but we have resolved to only buy from Thailand,Malaysia and Indonesia. Still not clear what is in season when! It’s all so different..

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Really??? Sells hello kitty and hair bobbles. I’m perplexed.

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on April 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

So excited – first produce from our balcony. Pitiful I know but we all have to start somewhere. Three passion fruits ready for harvest! I’ve spent some time today trying to source locally grown veg; it’s thin on the ground so the only solution is to create a community garden, which is my next plan. […]

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

These incredible ceramic pots are to be found in the foyer of Marina Bay Sands hotel (that’s the ugly colossus that dominates the city skyline, see blog from October). The interior was an unexpected pleasure, with 83 of these glazed stoneware pots with trees inside! Quite a commission for Chongbin Zheng. I’d love to know […]

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on March 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

After Durham’s magical Lumiere, we went to Singapore’s iLight Festival unsure what to expect, but found it to be thrilling, with a strong sustainability message. The city backdrop was spectacular and we even found a piece commissioned by Artichoke for last November’s Lumiere, featuring a Robin Reliant with stained glass windows depicting the Angel of […]

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

A good day making pots. Trying my hand at teapots, hence the spouts in the middle. Received De Waal’s The Pot Book for my birthday, so am enjoying experimenting with shape.

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Dead epiphytes.. I am writing this whilst in the midst of an ear-splitting thunderstorm; it will be easy to forget that Singapore has just experienced the driest period in living memory. Meanwhile, the UK is recovering from the wettest and it seems the US has been the coldest. Climate change is real but how do […]

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Posted by Janie Bickersteth on March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

‘90% of Everything’ taken from article in NY Review, photo of Rotterdam port by E Burtynsky. Very similar to Singapore – feels apocalyptic

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‘Welfare state not for us’

Posted by Janie Bickersteth on March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Here’s a quote from Singapore’s Straits Times yesterday ‘first, a welfare state is inherently unfair. It means that the healthy will have to subsidize the sick, and those more hard-working and able will have to subsidize those who are less so.’…hmmm, what can I say? Just a big sigh of disbelief.

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