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A finger on the pulse of sustainable food business

29 July 2016

This year two sustainable food topics have caught my attention. We are halfway through the UN’s International Year of Pulses (IYP2016) to “position pulses as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients”. And secondly, the growth in the consumption of insects as a nutritious source of food, or entomophagy to give its official name.

Words will eat themselves

28 July 2016

There is something romantic and tragic about iron gall ink. It has allowed the most beautiful words to take form. The best and the worst words. Dull and incidental household inventories; execution warrants for kings; orders for wars; scientific discoveries;...

Richard Burbage and The Dead Man's Fortune

28 July 2016

Over the next three weeks the curators of Shakespeare in Ten Acts will be picking their favourite items from the exhibition. First up is Zoë Wilcox. Having curated Shakespeare in Ten Acts, I must admit somewhat sheepishly that my favourite...

Petrus Cuniculus, Noisy-Noisette and Frau Tigge-Winkel: Peter Rabbit’s foreign friends

28 July 2016

Of all the fortnightly pieces which Paul Jennings (1918-89) wrote for the Observer between 1949 and 1966, few are funnier than ‘Babel in the Nursery’, collected in Golden Oddlies (London, 1983; X.958/20513). Glancing at the translations of Beatrix Potter’s works...

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