The Garden Journal

When I was a kid, I was raised to love the land. My family would go on walks whenever we could, and mum and dad would point out all the plants you can use: cleavers, comfrey, gorse…plants that are often mislabelled as weeds, pests and useless are actually remarkably good for us. Meanwhile, plants liveContinue reading “The Garden Journal”

Cultural Tips: Dating in China

Extract from The Way We Communicate, Volume 2, by Xu Zhenya Find a good excuse before talking with a female stranger, especially with good-looking ones. Most Chinese still think it improper for girls to talk with strangers on the street, though helping a stranger would be acceptable and considered a good deed. One should comeContinue reading “Cultural Tips: Dating in China”

Plant Research

I know this is a little different from what I usually post, but given the panic buying at supermarkets I figured it’d be good to share some info on free food with you guys. When I was a kid, my family loved foraging. This is what I’ve learned from a young age: 1. Stinging NettlesContinue reading “Plant Research”

What Good Is Studying?

This picture was taken in the Red Sea, during a holiday in Egypt. Five years ago, Egypt seemed like a romantic dream, but too dangerous, too poorly understood on my part, for me to even consider going there. The news is often filled with stories of attacks and dangerous happenings going on in the world,Continue reading “What Good Is Studying?”

Extinction Rebellion and Suicide

I woke up, I read the news, and I got extremely p-ed off. A measure that Extinction Rebellion is hoping to employ involves suicide. Now, if this was just a group of adults fighting for something they believe in, fine. I can accept that. I disagree with it, and think they can do a lotContinue reading “Extinction Rebellion and Suicide”

Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu

There’s something degrading about having food thrown at you. Usually it’ll be something like eggs or tomatoes, but in Israel one woman decided that these soft, breakable foods just didn’t do the trick. So she went for an apple. Zehava Brinish Beck, an Israeli teacher of Ethiopian origin, was sick of Netanyahu and his unfairContinue reading “Teachers, Apples, and Netanyahu”

Is Filial Piety Still A Thing?

For myself, yes. Personally, I grew up in a very working class neighbourhood. Everyone who could work did, taking it in turns to look after us children. Mum and dad weren’t married, and didn’t live together, so she counted as a single mum. The same could be said for my sister, who had her firstContinue reading “Is Filial Piety Still A Thing?”

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