The first flurry of snow to hit the lawn.
The view from our office hasn’t changed for 400 years – well, except for a few 1960’s flats in the distance and a recently opened skate park!
15 minutes from Canary Wharf, the financial heart of Europe (not for long though bahhhhh :(), 20 minutes to London Bridge and 2 minutes walk to our favourite morning cafe, Nutkhut HQ is that careful balance of a place to work a place to think and a place to meet in a big, bustling city.
Come rain or shine, catch us midweek on our regular 20 minute weekly meeting walk -championed by Steve Jobs, Sigmund Freud, Aristotle – walking meetings are now being prescribed by Public Health England (PHE) as a potential cure to chronic sedentary-ism in the workplace.
So out of the back door, around the lawn, past the Ha Ha (the sunken ditch at the end of the lawn), around the rose garden, through the Japanese Peace Garden, huzzah! Meeting done!
So, come rain or shine, flurry or no flurry, our walking meetings are a must!
As the year draws to a close, we feature the mighty Mr Malik.
After retirement, Mr Malik dedicated his time to his local drop in community centre – board member, instigator and ‘the make it happen type’. We thought we knew Mr Malik, but the penny dropped when he shared his life long enthusiasm and love of all things trains. We never asked why and when we did, it all came together.
70 years ago, as a child, his family made a 1000 mile journey from one side of the sub continent to another. Changing steam trains 8 times, crossing borders, open air carriages in many cases, Mr Malik painted an exciting and optimistic picture of this journey, through the eyes of a young child. But rather than being in contempt of this experience, he made it his own. We salute you Mr Malik and look forward to 2019 and working with your experience and sharing your anecdotes and moments to a wider and younger audience.
A chance conversation in Stockton High Street in 2012, resulted in a friendship and connection which has taken us on parades, worked with rural communities in County Durham and now exciting conversations in Cumbria. Julie Ward MEP for the North West has an infectious appetite for bringing people together. A few emails, a few phone calls later, resulted in this.
We were VERY pleased to meet with Adrian Lochhead and Heather Walker of Eden Arts. The meeting, brought about by MEP Julie Ward and attended by Eden District Council Leader Kevin Beaty was the first step in what we hope will be a really fruitful partnership. Julie had first thought of Mela in Cumbria when the Cumbria floods brought a fantastic response from the Muslim community that saw people come to give their time to travel to Cumbria to help with the clean up and show caring and love and compassion. She suggested that Ajay get in touch with Adrian to see if they would be interested in talking about how we could work together – and of course, they said yes!
Kevin is always supportive of looking at how we can bring new initiatives to Cumbria that might help us to further our mutual objectives of making Eden an even more fantastic place to live in and to visit. We very much appreciate that he’s prepared to give his time to join in with discussions like this. Adrian is a dude, Heather is a dude, Kevin is doo–er and can make it happen and Julie is amazing. A Perfect Storm!
So…… SO….! let’s see… we are on it…. #workingforeden #workingforcumbria #workingtogether #adrian
As the curtain opened at the start of the show, over 1000 smiling faces greeted our cast of 75 children. This image, captures the curtain call.. it’s the end of the show, everyone is buzzing, exhausted but happy and elevated.
Storytelling, drama and performance has a magical magnetic feeling – it can bring new people together, give confidence, create everlasting friendships and more.
Being involved with the wonderful Yog Foundation and making a show with such delightful moments of enthusiasm and with such enthusiastic people, in a school hall and close to where people live, makes you realise how important it is, to keep the debate of how the arts are funded alive. We need a proper national debate, where the arts form part of our daily lives, through new housing developments, with new communities and through social cohesion. The arts should and can be accessible to all.