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The System Garden

Welcome to The University of Melbourne’s System Garden where plants are grouped together in families/subclasses.<p>Displaying plants in this way …

Australian Universities

How to write anything

“I’m going to make a lot of money, and I’ll hire someone to do all my writing for me.” That was the rationale offered by a student many years ago for …

Academic Research

Trees of life: forest bathing blossoms in Britain

One pine tree looks very much like another. This is my first thought as I wander into the forest looking for a tree to “connect with”. When I find this special tree, I’ve been instructed to greet it like an old friend, to share what’s on my mind, maybe even give it a hug. I’m hoping to find a …

Immune System

The 10 Best Poems According to a Professor Who Teaches the Best 100

The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman<p>If there is one poem on this list that you should memorize, it’s this one. A.E. Housman, pessimist, classicist and connoisseur of melancholy, was also one the greatest formal masters of his age. The elements he employs here are deceptively familiar: the rhymed …

Literature

Public Places to Read (Other Than a Café)

Finding places to read in public is a difficult thing. The tendency for me is to go to a cafe, but that can sometimes get monotonous (not to mention …

Libraries

Leon Wyczółkowski - Spring in Gościeradz (1933) https://t.co/32hbp6cBZq

Our Imaginations Need to Dwell Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak’s <i>Where</i><i></i> <i>the</i><i></i> <i>Wild</i><i></i> <i>Things</i><i></i> <i>Are</i><i></i> (1963) is two months older than I am. Since it was not a book that was regularly read in Ireland in my youth, I …

Books

Férié. Pas bouger. Café. #BonneJournée https://t.co/VoD9P9JC7c

Sometimes the Best Way to Read is to Mark Up the Book

Nineteen years old, I sat at a long table in a small room, a poem in front of me. “Harry Ploughman” by Gerard Manley Hopkins felt impenetrable. A …

Literature

Hartley Cycles: ‘Some new customers are surprised I’m a woman’

<b>Hartley Cycles</b><b><br>Price</b> from £5,000<b>Build time</b> 4 weeks<b><br>Frame</b> steel<b><br>Gears</b> your choice<p>The most common response Caren Hartley gets when she tells people what she does is: “But you can buy a car for that!” She is one of the brightest stars of Britain’s new breed of bespoke bike builders. Following on from the …

Customers

Routes and roots: mapping my walks

I map my walks in flowers, or at least in interesting trees. There is the heavy-scented perpetual rose I will take a wide detour for if I am walking towards Regent’s Canal; and there’s the semi-wild, three-cornered leek that fills a Kentish Town front yard whose flowers I always enjoy and smell.<p>In …

Wildflowers

Bike gears: shifting explained for beginners

<b>If you haven’t a clue how many gears your bike has, how many you actually need or even how to use them properly, don’t worry — you’re not alone. We</b> …

Forget mines: Rudd and Abbott should look to libraries to drive our next boom

The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported that information technology and biotech entrepreneurs are beginning to displace mining magnates at the …

After a bruising year, the kindness of strangers made our wedding unforgettable

As I drove around the city to pick up boxes of secondhand decorations, I was overwhelmed with the loveliness of it all<p>During the marriage equality campaign, it became harder to trust strangers as a queer couple. Homophobia had become a valid, widely publicised, political argument again. So when it …

Weddings

Lionel Shriver: ‘Few writers are willing to put themselves on the line for free speech’

Lionel Shriver is a US writer and journalist whose novels include <i>So Much For That</i>, <i>The Post-Birthday World</i>, <i>The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047</i> and the bestselling <i>We Need to Talk About Kevin</i>, which won the 2005 Orange prize and was turned into a film by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton. In 2014, …

Books

Panel Discussion: Older Women in Cycling - Total Women's Cycling

A leading figure within Cycling UK (formerly CTC), Julie Rand sat down a couple of years ago and asked herself what are the main barriers to women …

Rebecca Solnit on a Childhood of Reading and Wandering

<i>This essay is adapted from a talk given at California’s Novato Public Library earlier this year.</i><p>There are ecological reasons to question how books …

Books

A Roundup of Fierce Fictional Librarians

Wishlist upcoming releases you're dying to read. Get exclusive podcasts and newsletters. Enter to win swag. Do it all when you join Insiders—and …

Books

The Strange Magic of Libraries

Our era is a digital one, to be sure, but libraries of physical books are still holding on defiantly, even triumphantly. According to the Library Map of the World, there are over two million public and school libraries on planet Earth. Of these, 103,325 are in the U.S. and 12,570 in my native …

Books

Ali Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel top poll of best UK and Irish authors

Ali Smith has topped a poll by the Times Literary Supplement of about 200 critics, academics and authors that set out to find the best British and Irish novelists writing today.<p>Four of the top five places in the TLS’s ranking of what it dubbed the “New Elizabethans” went to women, with Smith …

Books

Behold 3,000 Digitized Manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Palatina: The Mother of All Medieval Libraries Is Getting Reconstructed Online

The internet, one occasionally hears, has overtaken the function of the library. In terms of storing and making accessible all of human knowledge, …

"P is for Persimmon, Q is for Quaking Aspen, R is for Redbud": artist @katieholten's wonderful new New York City tree alphabet, soon available as a free font, and already being used for planting words, names & poems in NYC. Speaking in trees... https://t.co/0h4xt4T0HZ

Explore the delights of the Danube on thrilling 200-mile bike tour from Bavaria to Vienna

To a non-cyclist, the thought of biking almost 200 miles over seven days perhaps does not sound like much of a holiday.<p>But with the sun shining down …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you?

Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I am much mocked for that, but I hope people lock their cars … lock your doors at night. I …

Privacy

A Fortress of Solitude; or, The Perfect Reading Room

I work two jobs, which means I am away from home over twelve hours a day, so I often have to read in noisy locations. I have the attention span of a …

Playlist

Garden Designer Visit: Annika Zetterman’s Ode to the Swedish Coast

Swedish garden designer Annika Zetterman, author of <i>New Nordic Gardens</i> ($30.59 on Amazon), brings to life gardens that seamlessly extend the natural …

How to do 'the flamingo' – the secret to strengthening your core

If you want to improve your balance and strengthen your core then you should try imitating a flamingo – or at least how the wading bird tends to stand on one leg. That is the advice of personal trainer Nadya Fairweather, who has suggested standing on one foot, then outstretching both arms to the …

The Brain

40 Great Book Club Discussion Questions For Any Book

I’ve been in a lot of book clubs, and I know it’s not always easy to get a conversation going on a book. I’ve found that the best book club …

Writing

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

How to grow your own veg: a beginner’s guide

<b>Where do I start?</b><p>First, write down which fruit, veg and herbs you love to eat, then cross off those less likely to crop in the UK (bananas and avocados, say). If space is at a premium, don’t grow inexpensive staples such as jacket spuds, peas or onions. Instead, go for favourites that don’t store …

Gardening