The human cost

Stills taken from Last Train Home, a film by Lixin Fan, about migrant workers in China. It’s pretty devastating to watch… in an understated sort of way, and though I can draw vague personal parallels, I think it would be affecting for anyone to watch. It focuses on one family’s story, and its unique, tragic relationships and situations – and then you are told to imagine the other 130million similar stories. The human cost to get China to where it is today is immense.



Is it the weather or something? London feels a bit like a trap right now. No plans for a holiday, or even a short trip away, and now I feel like I’m being punished for all of the amazing things I got to see and do last year (even though I earnt that & saved etc). My love for London gets pushed to some extreme limits, and right now I would rather be spending my summer in Scandinavia.

boredom · journal


What with the changeable weather, horrible News of the World scandal, daily boredom and lack of money, July is getting me down.

I am reading the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu though, and trying very hard to be content.

“Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.”

journal · things to go see


…at the Urban Physic Garden.
They had free plate painting when I went recently to show my friend the space. I took the opportunity to make a garish psychedelic creation.
They also have free talks, yoga sessions and other activities. Go down and I’m sure you’ll find something to get involved in!

exhibitions · things to go see

Summer Science

There’s a science exhibition on at The Royal Society this weekend. It’s a great chance to talk to scientists about work they are currently doing research on, and it seems particularly geared towards people who have no prior knowledge of these areas of science.

It was worth going to see just for this display: