My Favourite Childhood Poem

I was just sitting in the park today when, all of a sudden, I remembered a line from a childhood poem. I feel like in most European kids have to memorize poems by heart when growing up. (My Italian flatmate did confirm this, so we’re 2/2). Reading the poem again made all the memories of being a 3 years old in Sofia come back.

And to this day, РОДНА СТРЯХА is one of my favourite pieces of writing:

Бяла, спретната къщурка,
две липи отпред.
Тука майчина милувка
сетих най-напред.

Тука, под липите стари
не веднъж играх;
тука с весели другари
скачах и се смях…

Къщичке на дните злати,
кът свиден и мил!
И за царските палати
не бих те сменил!

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VegFest London 2016

I should probably start by saying… I’m not a vegan (despite having been to two vegan festivals in different countries in October!) I do have a few close friends/flatmates that adhere to that lifestyle and I’m quite health-conscious and sustainability-minded. But my favourite thing about the vegan community is their innovative and inventive spirit. Plenty of small business owners I met today said, “no one was meeting my needs, so I decided to make it for myself and others.” Who knew you could make blue cheese from cashew nuts? Or filling tacos using jack fruit?

Here are my top discoveries from today’s adventure:

1 . Black Seaweed Pearls (aka Vegan Beluga Caviar) from Cavia.

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2. Hazelnut & Carob Spread (tastes exactly like Nutella, but has only 3 ingredients) from Nutural World. 

3. Organic Chufa de Valencia Tiger Nuts from The Tigernut Company . What on earth is a tiger nut? That was my question as well! It’s not actually a nut, it’s a small root vegetable, grown in a field and harvested in pretty much the same way as a potato. Known in Spain as the ‘Chufa, it’s a super little tuber, nutrient dense and packed with superfood qualities.

4. Soap Nuts by Living Naturally. It’s the 100% natural hypoallergenic alternative to laundry detergent. Clothes also come out soft and fresh, so no need for scent boosters or fabric softeners!

And for the branding – I’ve added:

5. Pepo Papa Pumpkin Seed Oil. This product screams ‘OCTOBER!’ and Autumn. A Hungarian-founded company just starting to get distribution in the UK.

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When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Can we please take a moment to honour the framing, colour, lighting, and design of shots in Miyazaki animation? His animated films are visually beautiful and a nice stylistic difference from the traditional western aesthetics.

Note to Self: the cinema of Asia is artistically exceptional and I should watch international films more often.

BBC Olympic Coverage – Day One at Sochi 2014

Well, it’s the end of the first day of Olympic Coverage. If you’re in the US, you can watch it online through NBC. Or if you’re in England, through BBC sports. Unfortunately, the live online feed only works in their respective countries. So the distribution rights are exclusive to each country. It’s only day one of the Winter Olympics, there’s still plenty of time to figure out how to watch the Olympics online! Tonight my sister and I were real-time messaging while watching the couples figure skating freestyle event – her in America and me in London.

It’s amazing how well the athletes perform on the international stage. I cheer, cry, scream, and hope for Team Bulgaria and Team USA. But at the end of the day, I love the Olympics and all the nationalities. International events like the Olympics can bring together the population of the worlds – especially with the aid of social media. It allows people to connect by talking about the same thing at the same time, which believe it or not doesn’t happen a lot. It’s the same principle with the American Superbowl in the US; love it or hate it, the Superbowl connects people in live-time, an impressive feat on a national scale.

As this BBC advert points out, the Olympics raise the hopes and spirits of every nation through the display of perseverance of the human spirit and body. Also, can we please talk about the Snowboarding’s Slopestyle? Making its Olympic debut … these athletes appear to be having such a fun time.  I enjoyed watching Sage Kotsenburg casually win the first Olympic gold and then tweet about it!  And shout out to Norway, congratulations for getting the most metals after the first day!

PIANO – a simple idea and tune.

In St. Pancras International Station, there are a couple of unlocked PIANOS scattered about with the words “Play Me.” This is a brilliant use of public space: in the midst of suitcases, departure announcements, and sad goodbyes, the tune of a complete stranger calms the atmosphere. When I went today, there was a pianist playing one of my favourite contemporary composers – Ludovico Einaudi. It made my day and so I link to you Einaudi’s music. Although I cannot play piano and spread music in St. Pancras station, I can spread it through the Internet. And that is my goal in life: to spread and recognize brilliant art and ideas.