It’s Time to Change…

This week (4 to 8 September 2017) Time to Change are celebrating the contribution that Time to Change Champions make towards ending mental health discrimination.

I became a champion way back before Time to Change even formally existed; I remember giving feedback about potential names and logos for the campaign. Since then I’ve been involved in a number of ways.

Last year, I shared my own experience of mental ill health at a large local construction firm as part of an employee mental health awareness day with Time to Change. It was a mainly male audience and the place had a decidedly ‘macho’ vibe. So it was a daunting experience talking about the world of emotions to a group that you don’t necessarily expect to be particularly psychologically minded. But I hope that if just one person in that audience afterwards felt able to speak out about their problems and seek help then I may have changed, or even saved, a life that day.

So, this week, what could you do to challenge mental health discrimination?

 

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Top Floor at SMITHS of Smithfiled – Restaurant review

I took a step back in time recently to revisit John Torode’s famous London steakhouse SMITHS of Smithfield. My final word? “A classic rooftop dining destination where the steaks are as special as the view.”

Find out how I got on jostling with the suits and read my full review over on VADA Magazine here.

Read more of my writing on food and drink here.

The Jam Tree – Restaurant review

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It’s the season of the roast. But who can be doing with all that slaving over a hot stove? Not to mention the washing up. The smart move is to venture out and make someone else do the work for you! I recently checked out the Sunday Roast at The Jam Tree, on the King’s Road in Chelsea. Despite rumours, not a Made in Chelsea ‘star’ in sight!

Find out how I got on over at VADA Magazine here.

Read more of my writing on food and drink here.

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Pretty in Pink

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Fear not, it’s not another dubious ‘pinkwashing’ project…

Artist Stuart Semple has today released his own brand of pink paint, ‘PINK’, which he claims is the world’s pinkest pigment. It’s a highly reflective and rich powdered paint pigment, which repels light to effect a powerful fluorescence.

It’s not the first time a British artist has called ‘dibbs’ on a particular pigment. Semple’s project recalls Anish Kapoor’s famous acquisition of exclusive rights to use the world’s ‘blackest black’ in his art earlier this year. Developed by NanoSystems, ‘Vantablack’ is composed of a series of microscopic vertical tubes. When light strikes Vantablack, it is continually deflected between the tubes, becoming trapped. The pigment is currently the blackest substance known – so dark that it absorbs 99.96 per cent of light. Although originally developed for military and astronomic purposes, NanoSystems subsequently confirmed that Kapoor alone had been authorised to use the pigment for artistic purposes.

However, Semple (as always) takes a more democratic approach and intends to make his paint available to as many artists as possible – except Anish Kapoor. Semple remarked: “It’s not really very fair! We all remember kids at school who wouldn’t share their colouring pencils, but then they ended up on their own with no friends. It’s cool, Anish can have his black. But the rest of us will be playing with the rainbow!”

Purchasers of PINK will be required to make a legal declaration during the online checkout process, confirming that: “you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make its way into that hands of Anish Kapoor.”

PINK is available to artists everywhere (except Anish Kapoor) for £3.99 from www.culturehustle.com

Read more of my writing on visual art here.

Brexit means… pyjamas?!

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First came Fifty Shades of Grey worked into the title of every media release. And now… Brexit!

I love the audacity (and ludicracy) of this latest missive from Bown of London: Ross Thompson, CEO, says “maybe it is down to the patriotic Brexit effect… or more likely, an increased number of people working from home and increased leisure time, coupled with an ageing population” which is leading to increased pyjama and dressing gown sales. Yeah, maybe Ross, maybe…

Perch & Parrow

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This week a new online design destination, Perch & Parrow, launches with an impressive range of classic and contemporary furniture and home accessories. Highlights include a selection of over 100 fabrics which allow you to create a bespoke look with their made-to-order furniture. There’s also a covetable collection of easy updates, from cushions to handmade rugs.

Founder Astrid Limal says “We inspire you to feel confident about how you dress your home… with style guides, decorating tips and advice from interiors insiders. The aim is to inspire with timeless pieces of furniture to make your space unique.”

One of my favourites is this Odyn Desk

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Or how about a Butch Sofa Bed?

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Subscribe to Perch & Parrow’s online magazine, Le Journal, for interiors trends, ideas, and profiles.

Read more of my writing on deisgn and interiors here.