How To Bake Fresh Bread In Under 20 Minutes

by RachelPattisson

Is baking bread a huge hassle? No! Rachel Pattisson guides you through the simplest recipe in the book and it takes less than 20 minutes! If Rachel can spare the time to bake her own bread with three under-fives then you can definitely spare a couple of minutes and treat yourself.

Rachel also maintains a baking blog called: Fresly Baked which offers yet more mouth-watering inspiration!

The relationship between Plato's Philosophy and Christianity considering Plato's Form of the Good as a Concept of God

by Carolyn Deane

Plato has always been Carolyn Deane's favourite philosopher. In this essay Carolyn takes Plato's Theory of Forms and tries to find similarities between the Form of the Good and the Christian concept of God. She sets out to solidifiy the relationship between the two and also to highlight the differences.

Chicken Murder

by Julian Haywood Smith

Tragedy strikes in the hen-house! The day-to-day of keeping chickens doesn't usually involve gut-wrenching emotions but if you're in the game long enough disaster is inevitable. This particular crisis has repercussions throughout the whole family but hopefully not as far as the dog...

How To Win A Publishing Deal

by Henry Venmore-Rowland

Henry Venmore-Rowland landed his first book deal at the age of 21. A writer of historical fiction, in this article he describes how the deal came about and discusses the advantages of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. He writes: "First of all I ought to say that I have been very, very lucky. Given my tender years I am hardly in a position to tell others how best to win a publishing deal, but at a friend's behest I will give what advice I can to the next Rowlings, Cornwells and Dan Browns out there."

Christmas Spirit

by coldclimate

Many, many years ago I used to make flavoured spirits for fun and profit. One of my most successful (in both categories) was made at Christmas. I called it Mince Pie Vodka but one of my good friends renamed it Christmas Spirit. The instructions I kept hidden, telling no man, but now this all changes. Here I release all the notes, under a Creative Commons License, in tribute to Ben Fleming-Williams, it's most ardent and eloquent fan. If you get started now, you should be able to crack a few bottles out before the season is upon you. This article was originally published on coldclimate.co.uk.

The Perfect Pie

by coldclimate

Oli Wood shares with us his recipe for the perfect pie! Originally published on Oli's blog. You should check out Oli's new company MemoryMerge, or hire him to help you with technical issues.

What A Miserable Bunch Of Lame Bastards You Are

by coldclimate

In this glorious rant, Oli Wood lets off steam about the two unpleasant characters sitting next to him on the train and how unfair they are to whine at the poor bloke pulling the food trolley. Originally published on Oli's blog. You should check out Oli's new company MemoryMerge, or hire him to help you with technical issues.

Laundry As Therapy

by coldclimate

Oli Wood enjoys a moment of Slow living and finds the humble launderette to be an underrated institution. This post was originally published on Oli's blog. You should check out Oli's new company MemoryMerge, or hire him to help you with technical issues.

Foam Is Not Food!

by coldclimate

Oli Wood vents about one of his pet foodie hates: the use of foam. He also despairs other pretentious concoctions churned out by celebrity chefs. This post was originally published on Oli's blog. You should check out Oli's new company MemoryMerge, or hire him to help you with technical issues.

It's OK To Be Small

by coldclimate

Inspired by irritating yobs on a bus, Oli Wood has a moment of clarity. He offers his insight into what we must focus on for our four score years and ten and emphasises the importance of modesty and relationships. This post was originally published on Oli's blog. You should check out Oli's new company: MemoryMerge, or hire him to help you with technical issues.

A Little Routine

by coldclimate

Oli Wood, a geek based in the North East of England, used to work for a large consulting firm. He writes: "I used to run at very high stress levels. I worked like a trojan, I cleared shit at a good rate, and I punched above my weight and age in the IT business. I thought nothing of starting a 14-hour work day with a hot shower, a dose of shakes from nerves and being a little bit sick. Then it all went wrong: I collapsed a disc in my spine and came close to a nervous breakdown. This might not be my most exciting article, and some of it may seem obvious, but I promise it will help de-stress your life. These are my tips to help you avoid getting into that state." Oli is now building his own company: MemoryMerge. You can also hire him to help you with technical issues by contacting The Approachable Geek.

Very Wicked Chocolate Orange Truffle Cake Recipe

by Jenny-Wren Charlton

Writer and cook, Jenny-Wren Charlton, shares a special recipe inspired by the depressing February weather: "On a horrid mid-February day when the whole world looked depressed, and I was in desperate need of something delicious and full of chocolatey endorphins to boost my spirits, I turned to my trusty store cupboard for comfort. I frantically pulled out all possible ingredients that had the potential to make something that would tick all the boxes, and with a little inspiration from the Avoca Cookbook (if you haven't heard of them and you like cake look them up - they bake truly amazing things), I came up with this wonderfully decadent (and rather trashy) cake that managed to put a ray of sunshine into a rather mizzly day. This is not an everyday cake by any stretch of the imagination, it is far too rich for that, but it's supremely tasty and very easy to make which makes it a great cake. It's ideal for anyone in need of a chocolate hit at tea time with a long cup of coffee or as a very yummy dessert served with some cold sharp crème fraiche, a glass of Cointreau and an espresso.

The St. Mary-Mead Model of Intercultural Relations

by Eddie Arthur

In this paper, missionary and anthropologist Eddie Arthur proposes a model for cross-cultural relations gleaned from the work of Agatha Christie. The plots of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels usually follow a similar pattern and Eddie proposes that that pattern can be useful to help us bridge cultural gaps.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe Bible Translators UK of which he is a director.

Social Organisation Among the Kouya

by Eddie Arthur

In this paper, missionary and anthropogist, Eddie Arthur studies the social organisation of the Kouya people of the Ivory Coast. He studies the family unit, the structure of villages and disctricts and the processes by which they govern themselves. In particular, he looks at how they handle conflict resolution and the significance of face. He also includes two case studies to help illustrate his arguments.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe Bible Translators UK of which he is a director.

Kouya Funerals

by Eddie Arthur

Eddie Arthur is a missionary, anthropologist and director of Wycliffe Bible Translators UK. In this (his favourite) anthropology paper, Eddie looks at how the Kouya people of the Ivory Coast use funerals as one of their few excuses for celebration. He describes the various traditions including how the body is laid out and the parts played by of women, children, music, sorcery, money. Eddie also looks into the implications of funerals on wider Kouya society.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe.

The First Five Weeks

by Eddie Arthur

Eddie Arthur is a missionary, anthropologist and director of Wycliffe Bible Translators UK. In 1988 he moved, together with his wife and young child, to live in the Kouya village of Déma on the Ivory Coast. This is his fascinating diary from the first five weeks of that adventure. In his amusing style, he documents his arrival in the village and first steps towards integration. He paints a colourful picture of the characters he meets, adjusting to the local food, tropical diseases and the psychological impact of settling into a completely different culture.

Eddie has agreed to donate his revenue from this article to Wycliffe.

In Praise of Slow Food

by Carl Honoré

In this piece originally posted on The Huffington Post, best-selling author of In Praise of Slow, Carl Honoré goes from eating while walking in the street to growing herbs and cooking with fresh ingredients. For many years, fast food has been on the rise but now the tide is turning and the Slow Food movement is on the up. The benefits for personal health and society as a whole are significant. Read on for tips on how to get started.

In Praise of Slow Thinking

by Carl Honoré

Why do Google value Slowness? And what effect can it have on creativity and employee happiness? In this article originally posted on The Huffington Post, Carl Honoré - author of the bestseller In Praise of Slow - seeks the answers. He highlights the importance of going slow in fostering innovation and takes inspiration from some of the great thinkers in history.

In Praise of Slow Sex

by Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré - author of the bestseller In Praise of Slow - applies the Slow Movement principles in the bedroom. In this article, originally published on The Huffington Post, he looks at how the rush of modern life and the commoditisation of sex are having a detrimental effect on our sex lives. Carl then shares some ideas on how to slow down and rediscover the "lost art of unhurried lovemaking".

The Slow Revolution is Growing... Fast

by Carl Honoré

It was only when Carl Honoré started skipping parts of the bedtime stories he read to his children that he realised he had a problem. He then set about writing In Praise of Slow to try investigate "whether slowing down was still an option in the modern world." In this article, originally posted on the Huffington Post, Carl describes how going slow can be applied to many different parts of life including at home and at work. He closes with how the movement is growing and what effect going slow has had on his personal life.

The Lamp Posts on Brick Lane

by Carl Honoré

The mobile phone is possibly the invention that has had the biggest impact on modern life. In this article, originally posted on the Vodafone Receiver blog, author of In Praise of Slow, Carl Honoré discusses the profound effect of technology on our lives. He talks about how valuable it is and how it brings us closer together. Carl also describes the damage technology can do to our lives: in a simple, light-hearted way and in a more serious neurological way. Carl then introduces the Slow Movement as an ethos that makes new technology more manageable and, ultimately, more effective.