This 20th Century Irish artist's illustrations in the Táin are the best illustrations of a human swarm that we know.
We want to be with you on that drive into the country. Here's a playlist for open roads, tentatively greening. Starts with a little electronic pop to get you out of the city, dreamy indie for the suburbs and then something sentimental for the country.
BRAVE GEOMETRIES GO FROM ADVERTISING TO FINE ART
After a childhood disrupted by WWII, Riley tried out several different professions – she flourished in advertising in the London of the 1950s and 60s.
However, an intuition for bold geometric statements left her restless, wanting to say more than she could for adverts. Influenced by seeing the shockingly abstract expressionist work of Jackson Pollock among others, she began placing her own geometries in an art context.
Her belief in the aesthetic power of what others might have dismissed as an optical illusion or...
GERMAN AUTHOR RETREATS TO THE MAGICAL SCHORFHEIDE LANDSCAPE
Hans Fallada was a German writer who lived a brave, troubled life. When it became clear that his observations of life under fascism would get him into trouble, his English publisher sent a private boat for him.
However, he couldn't bring himself to leave his beloved home in Carwitz, about 90 minutes north of Berlin in a unique ice-age landscape known as the 'Schorfheide'.
The Fallada house is a real gem, fitting squarely into our series 'Homes for Heroes'. We have been looking at the homes of great thinkers....
5 MINUTES PREP TIME
for a small side for 4 pers. you will need
4 beetroots, (pre cooked, vacuum packed)
1 sourish apple
Small cup of Sour cream or Creme Fraiche
A few sprigs of fresh dill
2 tblsp. of ground or flaked almonds.
Salt, pepper, cider vinegar, to taste
Simply dice the apple and beetroots into cubes less that 1cm accross, mix in the salt, pepper, cider vinegar and almonds. Then you add the creme fraiche and dill, stirr untill that wonderful vibrant colour becomes uniform and garnish with a sprig of dill.
SIMPLE, DELICIOUS FOOD TO PREPARE WITH LOVE
Rich in the best sort of healthy fat, this is a perfect february warmer. Ideal for a cosy, intimate night at home, even after a long stressful day out in the world.
This dish is simply exquisite when made with fresh ingredients, nothing is better.
But today, we're going to reveal how it can be made with the kind of ingredients you can keep at home, on standby, so you can whip up a wonderful dish in a flash without even popping out to the shops.
1 packet of frozen salmon fillets
WISER, BRAVER, MORE OPTIMISTIC
George Orwell was elegaic about the effect of black tea on the soul, but if you're not a fan of the plain and simple version, you should try mixing in some spice. Stay away from sickly sweet processed Chai products, it's so easy to make your own, just how you like it. This is how we like ours, quantites for one big mug:
3/4 mug water
3 whole smashed cardamom pods
thin slice of fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece star anise
milk to taste
2 teaspoons loose black tea leaves
sugar, if you must.
Boil the spices in the water until it...
A RICH, EAZY, BOOZY DESERT FOR LONG EVENINGS
This dish is so easy it's almost not really a recipe.
While you are making your main course, simply put a pot aside and slowly simmer some prunes in lots of red wine. Add a few cloves, cardamon pods and some anise seeds.
When you're done with your main, serve the prunes with a great big wicked dollop of artery-hardening Mascarpone cream, or some good yoghurt if you're watching your health.
The taste is somewhere between the sunshine trapped in the...
THE MOST ADDICTIVE THING YOU CAN DO WITH BROCCOLI
We've always loved broccoli for it's incredible fractal geometry. Look at the photo above closely. The way the stems split and split again to form bushy heads is delightful.
It is very easy to over cook this fantastic vegetable by boiling it. However, most people find it a little too tough to be eaten raw. There is a middle path for those of us tortured by this paradox, and that is the slaw. You may know coleslaw, a cabbage and carrot salad that...
ARTIST THAT INSPIRED THE FUNDAMENTAL LOGO & MUCH MORE
Revolutionary femme fatale Anni Albers was raised in Berlin. Learning and teaching at the Bauhaus and later inspiring the students at Black Mountain College she moved textile artistry to a new level, combining traditional and industrial techniques to form timeless and beautiful objects.
Some lush, wistful thoughts as summer begins to chill – low key electronics cut with equal measures blues and country.
But as night falls, friends come over, and the party starts.
This month's playlist starts moody and slow, but ends in joviality.
Due to your much appreciated feedback, this month we made it available on both Spotify AND Soundcloud.