Vicki Watson

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10 reasons to choose a TV-free life

Though there are now many other technological devices vying for our time and attention, the oldest form of entertainment is the humble TV. Invented …

TV

5 natural stress relievers

As a parent, there’s no such thing as clocking off. Even if your little ones stay over at Grandma’s for the evening, you’re still on call. 24/7. …

5 things to do this National Gardening Week

National Gardening Week is a good excuse to get out there and engage with the beautiful world around you. Launched just three years ago by the Royal …

Gardening

An Illustrated Taxonomy of City Bikes and Cyclist Archetypes

<i>“A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning,”</i> E.B. White wrote in his timeless love letter to New York. <i>“The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.”</i> And …

IKEA makes big investment in wind energy (some assembly required)

IKEA — though not exactly a friend to forests, and way too fond of dubious meatballs for our taste — still wins greenie points for having a …

Renewable Energy

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Two women from Israel saw opportunity where most other would only see scrap metal. Instead of letting a decommissioned public bus end up gathering …

Housing

Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston

The City of Boston has officially enlisted bike sharing in the fight against obesity. Under the recently launched “Prescribe-a-Bike” program, Boston …

Why green milk bottle tops are not a green option

If you have a suspicion that supermarkets have been subtly changing the colours of milk bottle tops, then you are a more observant person that I am, and you are right. The green colour of the semi-skimmed milk bottle tops has become an issue for materials engineers over the past few years, and it …

Iain Banks's final book – of poetry – to be published in 2015

The final work by Iain Banks – a collection of poetry by the late author – will be released next February, his publisher has announced.<p>Banks died last June, two months after revealing he had terminal cancer. He would have been 60 on 16 February, and his publisher Little, Brown said it would mark …

Why are booksellers afraid of children's poetry?

Children dive into poetry with the same natural ease as swimmers into water, climbers into trees and sleepers into dreams. I've seen this alchemy at work on countless visits to schools, visits which have convinced me that poetry's narrative, rhythm and vibrant imagery is the real language of …

Danny Dyer and David Cameron record poetry album

David Cameron and Danny Dyer record poetry readings for charity album commemorating the First World War<p>David Cameron and Danny Dyer have recorded readings for an album of poetry to mark the centenary of the First World War.<p>The Prime Minister recites Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier, intoning the famous …

Literature

Mary Oliver on the Mystery of the Human Psyche, the Secret of Great Poetry, and How Rhythm Makes Us Come Alive

<i>“Poetry makes possible the deepest kind of personal possession of the world,”</i> James Dickey wrote. <i>“The way to develop good taste in literature,”</i> Joseph Brodsky advised, <i>“is to read poetry.”</i> Wordsworth believed the poetic form to be <i>“the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge.”</i> For Edward Hirsch, it …