52and39/21 Reach Out and Touch

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People touch the toe of the David Hume statue on the Royal Mile.

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Some say for good luck or knowledge, others make pilgrimage to ensure Uni exam success – particularly in philosophical studies – Hume’s speciality.

It’s a magnificent statue.

The man with the now sticky out toe was pretty sassy, overall. He went to university at around twelve years old from a financially challenged home.  He rejected religious dogma, survived mental ill-health, wrote a bestseller and gifted us wisdom; “It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.”

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52and39/20 Kingfisher Karma

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Last year, around summertime, I fixed on the idea that 2014 would be my year to see a Kingfisher again.  Cheesy?  Maybe.

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I’ve only seen one once before, in childhood.  The rarity of the sighting was impressed upon me excitedly.

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In 2014, the memory of the Irn Bru glitter ball bird of tiny glory came back to me.

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I invented some whimsical folklore in my head that I’d see one again soon, thus meaning that the heavens would be aligned, the cosmos cleansed, and the laundry tamed, etc.

So, erm, 2015 for sure, right?

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52and39/19 Not Dead

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Banksy / Robert W Service

You can change the world, or yourself, if you want to.

It’s been done before.

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Rosa Parks, sitting on a bus. Image credit Don Cravens/Time Life

Just work out where you sit.

Inez Milholland Boissevain, 1913 Suffrage Parade, Image credit: Library of Congress
Inez Milholland Boissevain, 1913 Suffrage Parade, Image credit: Library of Congress

If death and taxes are two certainties in life, they rank below the certainty of change.

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Why shouldn’t change travel in the direction you want to see the wind blow?

Great change comes from gestures big and small.

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Unlike graffiti, it rarely happens overnight.

Peaceful protest is positive protest.

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Often, if you can represent a cause with a powerful image you can propel a change and better tell its story.

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52and39/18 Someone Else’s Treasure

I dropped in at an auction for the first time yesterday.  There was a good balance of weird and wonderful.

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As we inject more light into our old house, I’m re-opening my ideas to beautiful old bits and pieces, with less fear of adding shadow.

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Afterwards I went next door to EFI – my familiar comfort zone of price, possibilities and ethos.

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Last weekend I visited EMMAUS in Pau, France.


Like EFI, EMMAUS is a place where people and things come together to get new beginnings; an imagination firing, lifeblood shopping experience.

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