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Super Monday

13 Dec

It’s been a while it’s true, and one of my new year’s resolutions is to figure out what to do with this blog and which features I want to keep / start / ditch / tweak etc. But in the meantime.. well, there is just so much superness to reflect on!

1. I went to Papered Parlour over the weekend for their DIY Couture Make a Cloak workshop and it was great! A race against time admittedly, but I was very happy with the finished product, plus we got tea and cake. And now I can pretend to be from the 50s, or that I’m a BAT. Because capes are versatile like that.

2. Bento boxes are super. The BBC actually did a report on them, so it’s official.

3. I was interviewed for the Think Act Vote Futures series a while back, which was really nice.

4. You’ve seen Feminist Ryan Gosling. Now brace yourself for Handmade Ryan Gosling. It’s the future of swoon.

5. Talking of handmade, remember these that I made back in the spring? Well they have been selling like hotcakes! I have had orders and requests without expecting any, and I have done so much panic sewing that my left hand is all claw-like. Worth it though to think of these slogans adorning a few christmas trees this year. Haha.

6. I’ve been back at work full time for 2 weeks now as Green Jobs Director at The Otesha Project UK, and it’s nice to be getting back into the swing of things. The coolest thing is that we are trialling a flat, non-hierarchical structure. You can read about how it’s going here. I’d really recommend it, as it’s going super well so far!

7. By far the superest thing this week was Occupy Cop 17 at the UN climate talks in Durban. The outcome of the negotiations was not perfect, and in no way puts us on track for mitigating climate change, but the fact that they came away with ANYTHING was largely down to this protest. The negotiators overran the talks by 36 hours after this public show of dissent. It proves that protest does and can work. To read more about what happened at the negotiations, read this overview.

hanna ♥


Uber Wednesday!

21 Sep

HELLO! We are not quite back to normal scheduling as I have the Alliance launch event tomorrow (woo!) and then I’m off to Paris for a few days on hols before returning to regular life again. But, I am stealing a few moments now to collate aaalllll the fun stuff I’ve come across or done and wanted to share over the past few weeks but haven’t had the time to! Here’s to uber wednesday.

1. If you are a teenage girl, have ever been a teenage girl, or know any teenage girls, you have to check out Rookie Mag. It’s an online magazine that I know I would have loved, loved, loved. Full of beautiful photoshoots like this one (don’t you just want to be in a girl gang?), musings, music, and advice, it’s just lovely. Read about Miranda July’s first feminist action here.

2. I’ve just finished Julia Child’s My Life in France and it might actually be one of my favourite books now! She was obviously an extremely funny lady, as you can see from these photos, and it made me want to run away and become a culinary chef.

3. I was very lucky to be a finalist in the Sheila McKechnie 2011 Campaigner awards this month, for my work with the East London Green Jobs Alliance! Check out the other finalists and winners, they are all amazing.

4. You have to listen to this, it’s only 6 minutes long and very funny. Starlee Kine’s mission to eliminate small talk from the world.

5.  I’ll be moving back to London in just over a month! I am so, so sad to leave Brighton and the loveliness that is the little nest I built for myself over the past year. But work and friends and new beginnings beckon, and these beautiful photos of our capital from What Katie Does are making me quite excited actually!

6. How to get out of a creative rut – Nextness.

7. GO SEE JANE EYRE. NOW. It’s so good.

8. I’ve been listening to the Diamond Mine album by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins on repeat.

9. I wrote another blog for 10:10 – Where are the green jobs?

10. I used my trusty KitchenAid to make these chocolate souffles when my sister came to visit. SO YUMMY. I made this vegetable paella for the main course. Now morbidly obese.

I’ll be back soon!

hanna  ♥

Super Sunday

24 Jul

1. I got a very amazing present this weekend – a KITCHENAID!!!! I am so excited! Mine is yellow/almond colour, very retro (which means the picture is sadly not of my kitchen, although I wish it was… one day).

2. And here are the red velvet cupcakes I made with said Kitchenaid last night. Yes yes yes.

3. I was super psyched this week to see the report published that I worked on with IPPR last month – Green Expectations: Lessons from the US green jobs market. I think it’s rahlly good (obviously!) so do read and let me know what you think!

4. I saw War Horse at the New London Theatre and cried buckets. It was amazing.

5. Caught up with family this week with visits from my dad plus my sister and her boyfriend Ben! I don’t know if Ben knows I have a blog yet… 😉

6. I really enjoyed reading about The Oxford Project. Photographer Peter Feldstein took pictures of residents of Oxford, Iowa in 1984 and then again in 2005, tracking how their lives had changed. Some amazing stories in there.

7. You should totally read these amazing facts about the Japanese women’s soccer team. Trust me! They are awesome.

hanna  ♥

Super Sunday

10 Jul

1. I saw Mark Thomas perform his current show Extreme Rambling – Walking the Wall at Glastonbury and was just blown away by him. He is an incredibly talented comedian and author, but what got me was what a brilliant actor he is. His show definitely isn’t what I’d call stand -up, it’s a one-man show where he brings different characters to life through his body and voice. I was really mesmerised and it was the first time that I had really started to understand the Israel / Palestine conflict. That might seem really blinkered of me, but I never learnt about it at school, and whenever it came into the news I just never had a real grasp of the history or context. So, I decided to change that and I have nearly finished reading Mark Thomas’s book of the same name. A really, really enjoyable way to educate yourself.

2. I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick recently. I’ve also finished this coming-of-age novel,  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It’s incredibly 90s and incredibly good. The devastating news is that Emma Watson is going to star in the film version next year which just. isn’t. on.

3. On Monday I spoke at Mutiny Presents Work on Trial about green jobs and got some interesting questions from the mainly Marxist audience about the relationship between work, the environment and the future we want to see. A different perspective but all food for thought. It was great to be on a panel with Sian Berry from the Green Party too, who talked about the idea of the Citizens Income. I hadn’t heard of it before but it’s definitely worth checking out.

4. I am really lucky in that someone that I really admire has agreed to be my mentor and we had our first meeting this week. It was just really nice to get an objective eye on the work I’m doing, some really sound advice, and a few prods to remind me to take care of myself as well! Sometimes, you do need someone else to remind you to do that!

5. IPPR has published an update from the San Fran trip on their website here. This picture was taken at the ever-inspiring Richmond Build. Look how embarrassing I am right in the middle, blocking out poor Jim from Oxfam! Dear me. Nice shoes though, right? 😉

6. In a roundabout way this week, I stumbled across New Bohemia Signs, a hand-painted sign company based in San Francisco that seems to account for much of the reason why the city is so beautiful. It’s the little things.

7. And in conclusion – SLIDES INSTEAD OF STAIRS. I feel this is what my life is building up to. So super.

hanna  ♥

Super Sunday

3 Jul

1. Glastonbury, as mentioned in my last post, was incredibly super. I was there as part of the panel for the Green Jobs and Sustainable Futures debate that was scheduled on Saturday in Billy Bragg’s Leftfield tent. I think it went really well, 150 people turned up (and stayed!), we got some good questions, and I got to talk about my work with the East London Green Jobs Alliance. Best bits though – Emmy the Great also being on the panel, staying afterwards to hear her and Billy Bragg sing, and the debate getting a brief mention in Tim Dowling’s column for the Guardian!

2. I am going to post some more pics later on this week, but Paris with my sister was so much fun. There was badly spoken French, cocktails at the Ritz, croques monsieurs, long walks, boat trips, book shops, the Eiffel Tower and macaroons. Beaucoup de good times.

3. We also had the fun adventure of meeting a crew of Parisien dancers and acrobats. They were amazingly talented and a couple of them are in this parkour (or free-running) video which shows them in the Forum des Halles. It’s made me reflect a lot on what makes good art, and what makes good protest. Of course, these aren’t necessarily the same thing, but both seem to require people who are willing to end their complicity with the norm, to take a moment to show others the inherent absurdity in the way we live, and what a different world could look like. Inspiring.

4. I have become a bit obsessed with photo booths, but we don’t have any of the old-school good ones in the UK. I have found this fun website though (cue me being incredibly silly in my living room).

5. Love these cameos carved from Oreo cookies! By artist Judith G. Klausner.

6. I was in Stoke Newington today and dropped by a local school fair with some friends for the tea and cake. One corner of the playground was devoted to loads of mini placards, in preparation for the “Mischief Makers Protest March” that was going to take place later in the afternoon. The kids had been encouraged to make placards about things they cared about and they were absolutely brilliant, ranging from the eco-warrior-in-training “Save the Tiger”, to the cute “I Love Golden Syrup”, to the weird “Don’t Destroy Daleks Dr. Who”, to the plain heart-breaking “Don’t Leave Mum”. The best had to be the massive “Let Children Teach” banner! A gorgeous idea all round, I wish I could have stayed to see them march around the playground.

7. A new Hummingbird Bakery has opened up near my offices off Brick Lane. Massive yay.

hanna ♥


9 Jun


Today was a very good day! I found out that I’ve got funding for the East London Green Jobs Alliance for the next 6 months! WOOOOOO.

So, my job over the next 6 months will be to meet with employers, unions, local councils, community colleges, community representatives, and young, unemployed people to put everything in place to create a green jobs “pipeline”. What we’re trying to do is to create a pathway into green employment for young, unemployed people in East London in either solar installation or energy efficiency. I met with a few organisations in San Francisco who were way down that road and had had inspiring results. One of those was Richmond Build. I was listening to a recording of our meeting with them the other day and I transcribed this quote from one of the programme participants, Kevin.

Kevin is 45, an ex-offender, and had just got his FIRST EVER job as a result of completing the programme.

“I give myself credit for one thing, but I mean I give the Build credit for really showing me smart things, they might not be big things but you put them all together and as you know it’s a real good program that gets you in stride to be able to start working consistently and feeling positive because I mean you don’t really have time for no negative. You get home, you’re tired, eat, go to sleep, wake up, it’s time to go back and you know, learn something else, do something else. It’s just repetitive like that and pretty soon you just love it. I’m like into it right now you know, so I’m on my first job ever, I’m happy, I’m a little nervous but I feel like if I need some advice I can always come back, it’s a family, so I call them and say ‘I’ve got a problem here, a problem there’. I know they’ll always be there for me. It’s a good thing, a good thing”. 

If I can make something like this happen for people in East London, I will be very, very happy.



Super Sunday

22 May

1. Well hellooooo. It would be foolish of me to pretend that this has been the superest of days because I have, in fact, spent the entire weekend thus far writing a funding bid for the East London Green Jobs Alliance and researching my dissertation proposal, also on green jobs. But if we’re being grateful and all, I guess I’d have to say that it’s very nice to have the freedom to spend time on an issue I really care about. Care about so much, apparently, that I have dreamt about it for the last three nights! Argh. I have however, been spicing things up by eating directly out of the nutella jar and dancing around my living room in my favourite heels.

2. Loved this style rookie post on Rayanne Graff from My So Called Life. I am on such a 90s kick at the moment.

3. If you look up “super” in the dictionary, you’ll get Ryan Gosling in a blue tuxedo at Cannes. It’s gorgeous. But Do Not Try This At Home. Sadly, you are not Ryan Gosling. I know. I wish you were too.

4. I’ve not been looking at tattoos so much lately, but this knuckle tattoo caught my eye on account of its general brilliance. If I was really drunk, I would get this. Thankfully, I don’t really drink all that much.

5. I am reading my way through Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism. This morning, I listened to Patriot Games by Ben Calhoun on This American Life, “An unsurpassed case study in how idealistic people who enter professional politics wind up compromising their values.”

6. This picture is super.

7. If you are on twitter, follow Yoko Ono. I don’t have to explain, do I?

hanna ♥