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Lace in Fashion, But Not To My Taste

There are certain things I think of when ‘lace’ is mentioned. The initial thought is of delicacy and intricacy. A fragility that seems at odds with its practical usage. Lace is a luxury. A material that I long to own and wear, but have to admit that my practical lifestyle could not sustain – throw in ownership of a cat and you instantly have a recipe for catastrophe. So for me lace is a fantasy – the type of cloth that, if my lifestyle allowed I would inhabit. Contrasting its delicacy with  ...

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Rediscovering Spode – #SoT2021

I have made a number of contacts in recent months as I have ventured out from my academic hibernation to explore the cultural landscape that has been blooming on my back door step. I wrote recently about why Stoke-on-Trent is the ideal candidate for City of Culture 2021, and I am fully behind their bid. One site that I have been particularly fascinated in is the Spode factory which is going through some exciting renovations. Many of the historic ceramics sites in Stoke-on-Trent fell into  ...

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International Day of Happiness – Book Recommendations

So 20th March is International Day of Happiness! It’s OK, I didn’t know about it until this morning either… But it got me thinking. So here’s some thoughts on that, art, and a few book recommendations that have helped me with the whole ‘happiness’ thing. [This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click through and buy the product I will receive a small amount in return at no extra expense to yourself. All opinions, however, are my own  ...

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Middleport – Daytripping to the Home of The Pottery Throwdown

How many of you are addicted to the Pottery Throwdown on the BBC? Have you ever wondered where it is filmed, or wanted to walk down the same Victorian alleyway between the factory buildings where the potters carefully carry their wares out to the kiln? If so then you need to visit Middleport – the home of Burleigh pottery and the Pottery Throwdown. It’s is one of those things, you never seem to get the full benefit of the culture on your back door step. Or should that be that  ...

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