Words Worth Reading

A new bi weekly series that I will be doing exploring interesting reads that I think for whatever reason are worth picking up and turning through the pages.

                                                        Educating, interesting and full of personality.

Damn good advice (for people with talent)

I have never heard of George Lois which after reading this book I am quite astonished that It has taken me this long to. Without plagiarizing his entire Wikipedia page every great piece of advertisements and campaigns from the last few decades have essentially come from him. Many attribute him to being the inspiration for the main character of the popular TV series Mad Men. Although he would  quite passionately dispute that and condemn that show for it over sensationalist of 1960’s rise of campaigns and ads. When my eye caught the bold lettering whilst I was shopping in Topshop I didn’t expect for it to be  as a good of a read as it turned out to be.

This book says it’s for a creative mind but I think it offers something to everyone with any ambition or lacking some. He is honest, frank and  funny. It provides  concise but inspirational advice and tips for you to start realizing your potential in any field you chose.

And even if you don’t quite agree with advice and it is worth the read just for the amazing antidotes like how  he helped Tommy Hilfiger come to fame.  How he saved MTV from failure. And what one of the biggest racial justice issue, Muhammad Ali and a shooting arrows have in common.

SuperFreakanomics

Now you probably have heard of the phenomenon of the Freakanomics a book that soar to popularity over it’s ground breaking approach to economics and everyday and issues.

Superfreakanomics is bigger, better and so much more mind boggling. This type of book is again something I think everyone would love to read. Why? Well because it does everything a good no fiction book should do educates and entertains. Whether you are knowledgeable  about economics or  a big data geek it provides the most intriguing arguments , experiments and observations I have ever read. It’s  brilliant and with ease explores a plethora cases that keep your wanting to turn the page whilst slowing crushing all your previous beliefs in the norms of social life.

Moreover both co authors have enormous wit and humor leaving you to fall in love with their personality too. Which is great as you also get a q&a and a podcast transcript too included in the book. So if you want to know about why it is better to prostitute with a pimp, how pumping sulfur into the air with a hose will help global warming, or maybe the questions on your mind are  whether monkeys can learn to use money and why doctors won’t wash their hands … then this is the book for you.

Strawberry Jam swirl cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 125 g of self rising flour
  • 125 g of sunflower oil
  • 125 g of  caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (or any other substitute milk of your choice)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat your oven to about 190’c and prepare your baking tray and cupcakes cases.
  2. Mix the flour, caster sugar, sunflower oil, baking powder, together in a bowl.
  3. Then add the honey,  and the milk.
  4. Feel free to add more milk until you get the smooth consistency of your choice.
  5. Spoon out your mixture into the cupcake cases (Tip-using an ice cream scoop will make things easy and ensure you have an even bake )
  6. Using a knife swirl your jam into each cupcakes.20160803_122502 (2)
  7. Place the cupcakes in the oven for 20 mins or until they are golden brown ( Tip- place a knife into the cakes and if it comes out clean the cakes are cooked throughout.)
  8. Leave them to cool and enjoy.

Vegan Ginger cupcakes

My latest food obsession has been Ginger. And honestly there is nothing quite better; fiery, sweet and packed with great benefits for your mind and body so I decided to make these cupcakes for a friend to make her feel better and she loved them. Fluffy and delicious, these are easy and vegan.

INGREDIENTS

  • 125 g of self rising flour
  • 125 g of sunflower oil
  • 125 g of  caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup of soy milk (or any other substitute milk of your choice)
  • 2 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • Ginger nut biscuits (optional for crust)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat your oven to about 190’c and prepare your baking tray and cupcakes cases.
  2. Mix the flour, caster sugar, sunflower oil, baking powder, together in a bowl.
  3. Then add the agave nectar, ginger, and the milk.
  4. Feel free to add more milk until you get the smooth consistency of your choice.
  5. Spoon out your mixture into the cupcake cases (Tip-using an ice cream scoop will make things easy and ensure you have an even bake )
  6. Crush the biscuits using a rolling-pin and sprinkle then on top the cakes. 20160706_112343
  7. Place the cupcakes in the oven for 20 mins or until they are golden brown ( Tip- place a knife into the cakes and if it comes out clean the cakes are cooked throughout.
  8. Leave them to cool and enjoy.

Brexit Blues

This shall be a rather short piece as I’ve been struggling to write for the past few weeks.

For the past year or so I’ve felt more disillusioned about politics than I ever have. This is rather strange for me as from a young age politics was always something I was heavily into. I would watch the news everyday read at least  three different papers  on daily biases. Studied politics at A levels, visited parliament three times, I even chose to study intentional relations for a degree. Yet at this current time it is something that I would rather runaway from.

The current political atmosphere recently has been ever so depressing. And why would you constantly want to engage into something that does nothing but upset and anger you. Last week as I’m sure you are well aware of and quite sick of was the biggest referendum Britain has taken to date.  As a pro European  never have I been so down about politics and my country . The result to leave, the uncertainty it has brought, the rise in hate crimes and the chaos that the Labour party is currently you wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that  everything is in ruins. However, as easy as a  route of thinking  this is to go down it never does anything to help the situation. As hard as the pill is to swallow the decision has been made. The only option now is to work towards making the best of it

In a strange way this has brought on a few revelations . The first is a reality check that the UK is not as different from America as we would like to think. Granted we may not be electing a Trump any time soon but we sure are deeply divided among class, race and religion. The second being that Westminster is really a child’s game that has gone on for far too long. The actions of various politicians over the campaign and the fall out has been nothing short but a disgrace , this really puts into place how much ego and career plays a part in even the most important of decisions. Thirdly, that anger isn’t necessarily a bad thing , it is how you shape that anger that makes all the difference.  It is these sparks of anger that light the fire of change. And it is important no matter how small the flame is, to believe that we can all do something.  Hope for something new , fuel it by anger of injustice and never let the fire die out.