[Summary: cross-posting a contribution to the discussions on the International Open Data Conference blog] There is a lot of focus in the run up the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa next week. Two of the Action Area workshops on Friday are framed in terms of standards – at the level of data publication best […]
I love shopping at my local farmers market and produce store, so I thought my next sewing tutorial for BraintreeClothing would be a classic tote bag, perfect for filling up with seasonal goodies.
Braintreekindly sent me two lovely striped men’s shirts to upcycle into this tote bag. You could of course use any fabrics new or old.
Cotton webbing (Navy 2 lengths 3 x 122cms)
Cotton thread (cream & navy)
To start with, cut out your pattern pieces.
You will need two body pieces (pale stripes) 41 x 46cm , two lining pieces
(dark stripes) 41x 46 cm and 2 pocket pieces, 21 .5 x 35 cm.
I’ve cut my fabric out of two men’s shirts, using the front, back panels and sleeves.
Sew on the pockets.
Centre your pockets by Ironing the two body pieces in half lengthways, do the same with the two pockets. Open out a body piece and lay the pocket on top, matching up the creases and bottom raw edges.
Sew on the handles.
Take one length of webbing (122 cm) and with the body piece facing up, align the webbing to the bottom raw edge, keep the webbing straight and cover the pocket seam until you reach the top, pin as you go. At the top make a loop for the handle (40cm appox) making sure you don’t twist the webbing, carry on down the other side to the bottom raw edge.
Repeat on the second body piece.
With the body pieces face to face, match up the handles and the edges, pin it all together and sew around the three raw edges.
Turn inside out and with an iron press sides and corners.
Put the two lining pieces face to face, neat hem at the top. Pin and sew around the raw edges.
(Do not turn out.) Insert the lining in to the bag, matching up the side seams, to attach the lining pin along the top and sew around the opening.
Give your new tote a press and you’re ready to shop…
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12 medium asparagus stalks, woody ends removed
12 slices of thinly sliced pancetta or bacon
free range eggs
sea salt and pepper
While the asparagus is cooking, Carefully place the eggs into lightly salted boiling water, for 5 minutes, drain, cut off the lids and put them in egg cups.Serve with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
On a recent trip to Brighton I fancied seeking out something a little different. I’ve spent most of my life wandering in and out of the vintage shops in the North Laine area, and so I was keen to discover a few new places. You know, shake things up a b…
Day 10: Grand Canyon to Zion Canyon / Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
When I moved to Oxford in 2001, I thought it would only be for a couple of months as I had planned to use the move as a stepping-stone to London. Fourteen years later and I’m still here having never quite made it to the Big Smoke. Oxford worked its peculiar magic on me and […]
Increasing security (somewhat) by locally generating QR.This article is © Copyright Marcus Povey 2008-2015
Day 9: Grand Canyon North Rim
From Bright Angel Point
There needs to be a cultural change in how we approach building for the web. Yes, some of the tools we choose are part of the problem, but the bigger problem is that performance still isn’t being recognised as the most important factor in how people feel about websites (and by extension, the web). This isn’t just a developer issue. It’s a design issue. It’s a UX issue. It’s a business issue. Performance is everybody’s collective responsibility.
I’ve been a vegetarian for about twelve years. The main reason I gave up meat and fish (yes fish. Vegetarians do not eat fish!) was because of ethical reasons. For me, there is no cruelty free way to eat meat or fish. And no, I’m never tempted by a bacon sandwich and I’m certainly not […]
Day 8: Monument Valley to Grand Canyon / Antelope Canyon photographers
Walking and working. That’s all I seem to be doing at the moment. While I’m happy doing both, a little time to put my feet up to do something else would be nice. Next week is half term and while I’ll be going on lots of walks with Poppy, I’ll also be enjoying some time to […]
My new book is out – ‘Sissy: Poems on growing up gay‘ – and to celebrate I thought I would post five poems that feature in it. This is one of the most personal poetry collections I have written and I think it’s also my best work to date. If you would like to purchase […]
I don’t normally blog about what I’m reading in my spare time, but I’ve found a gem that deserves a wider audience. Jane Austen’s The History of England is a light-hearted pocket history of England from Henry IV to Charles I, as recounted by a chatty, bitchy, biased pro-Stuart narrator. I laughed out loud at lines like:
I’m pleased to announce that my new poetry collection, Sissy: Poems on growing up gay, is now available. I’ve been working on this collection for the past eighteen months and I’m glad it’s finally seeing the light of day! BUY NOW! Print book – £7.99 | eBook – £1.99 The term ‘sissy’ has long been […]
Day 5: Taos to Mesa Verde / Mancos valley storm clouds
A couple of weeks ago, husband and I visited Buscot Park, a country pile near the town of Faringdon in Oxfordshire. Part of the National Trust, this austere neoclassical house might not be the prettiest of the large houses in the county but it boasts one of the best art collections (equal to Waddesdon Manor) […]
….which headline is a direct quote from this article.
The other day I wrote about soundbites, and how they can be divisive and misleading, drawing you away from the truth of something towards the impression the user wants to convey.
And clearly politicos and journalists aren’t listening to me, because they’re using exactly the same methodology to try and convince people that the NASTY EVIL TORIES are coming to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.
The quote in question, currently being wailed throughout a lobby that have suddenly become devoutly pro-freedoms despite trying to introduce ID Cards, a DNA Database, 90-day detention without charge, Control Orders) is this:
“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.”
Oh. My. God….
Cameron is sending in the jackbooted fascist thugs to stop us from criticising the NASTY EVIL TORIES over our organic morning granola!
“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.
“This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach. As the party of one nation, we will govern as one nation, and bring our country together. That means actively promoting certain values. Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality.”(emphasis mine)
Wow, that looks a bit different, doesn’t it? A bit less Mein Kampf?
The legislation itself hasn’t been finalised yet and I’m not saying it’s going to be good law – we’ve seen before how well-meaning legislation can be misused – but sources indicate that decisions on what constitutes extremism won’t be lying with politicians either, but with the High Court. The point is we don’t know yet, and journalists are using a selected quotation to drive traffic and whip up opinion without knowing either.
Cameron’s speechwriters and spinners really need to have their heads banged against a desk for coming up with such a stupidly spinnable headline, but that’s only half of it.
We need to read more. Rather than blithely assuming that the headline writers are giving us the facts, we need to recognise that they’re steering our interpretation the way they want to.
Read more. Read multiple sources. But most of all, read past the apparent money quote.
Because this one was rather different to the headline, and many others are too.
Day 3: Bandelier National Monument native American cliff dwelling
Pretty cakes in Vienna :: Five sunny days in Brighton :: Quaint fishing ports, cream teas and adorable cottages, that’s what good holidays are made of :: Dreaming of Vegas :: There’s no place like home :: Watering the plants :: Pink front door perfecti…
Day 4: Santa Fe to Taos / Ranchos de Taos Adobe walled church and pickup truck