Artisans, Makers, Manufacturers

Week of January 31st

February 6, 2022

What caught my attention the Week of January 31st? A Shell First  Shell opened its first all-electric fueling station in Hammersmith and Fulham, London. Not a gas or diesel pump in site. Ultra rapid chargers bring car battery capacity from 0% to 80% in less than ten minutes.  Built of sustainable construction materials, the charging […]

Week of January 17th

January 21, 2022

What caught my attention the Week of January 17th? Covid Risk Calculator  In its January 19 newsletter, the New York Times  publicized this online tool. Scientists at Oxford University developed this calculator available to UK clinicians on the NHS web site. It helps determine patients that can be returned home safely. Sample calculations: If vaccinated […]

Really Good Indian Food!

September 13, 2021

I love really good Indian food! When I visit the United Kingdom, I have to get my fix. My cousin lives a five-minute walk from Akash Tandoori at 500 A Edgeware Road (Maida Vale), London. A small restaurant with a really good neighbourhood feel, Akash delivers big on taste. Chakra at 33 C Holland Avenue, […]

What Have I Been Reading – July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

Learning to live well on this fragile planet is far more important than dreaming about the next one. Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey. Tim Jackson, The Alternative UK, July 24, 2021 Essay – the Plutocrat Space Race Fear of […]

Buy Better, Buy Less – Issue 26

December 3, 2020

I bought a royal blue Patagonia jacket with a red lining in 1983. I wore it for several years. Three of my children claimed ownership and fought over it. After 25-years it still looked new. The only reason we don’t have it anymore is because it was lost or, even more likely, stolen.  I have […]

The Ability to Create, Issue 25

November 26, 2020

I worked at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Viateur from late 1973 to mid-1975. I then worked on Chabanel Street in 1979 and 1980.  In that era, much of the clothing that we we wore in Canada was still designed and made in those areas of Montreal. The garment trade granted me my informal business […]