Caroline Kettlewell, Skin Game
What have I done in 2013? It seems as if I have accomplished so little this year compared to the ones before. Possibly (and truely) because I’m in army and not given any opportunity to decide how to spend my free time.
I spent most of my time in 2013 as a trainee. First as a recruit in BMT, followed up by being a SCT and then being a CIP personnel in unit. I passed the new year as a trainee. So what does being a trainee entail? A lack of “privileges” - or removal of rights in my perspective, which ultimately leads to a lack of free time and choice.
Since we are onto the point of perspectives, I feel that mine has changed quite a lot since the start of 2013. I have become more jaded, more skeptical and more reliant. Jaded, because the continuous training which fails yet again to cut through my boredom - the ennui seeping into my soul from partaking in the endless army routine yet again. Skeptical, because my removal from the artificial “microcosm of society” which you call school has let me see the harshness of reality - the selfish behavior of some which makes me believe that the concern and care from others is only so because it is convenient. Reliant, reliant on others because I have been uprooted from familiar terrain - every time I feel as if I belong I am immediately woken up to my sensibilities by a grinning demon personified in a faceless green uniform. It took me quite some time to realise that I do not fit into the army system - and never will - no matter how hard I try. I then looked towards my family and friends as anchors to a world (an “outside” and idealised world perhaps), becoming more reliant on them and treasuring our relationships even more. Maybe it’s the only good that happened to me since I have enlisted.
Compared to all the achievements and the information which I have learned in school, I have gleaned absolutely nothing from my one year in NS.
CAA JAN 2014
It just made me understand what I value - or had to value - in life.
Patterned Paint Rollers by The Painted House
I really like these clever paint rollers that recreate the look of traditional handmade block printed wallpaper. Reusable and interchangeable these fantastic rollers come in 9 different designs and can be used on both fabrics, papers and walls.
THIS IS TOO COOL
The Guillemot is a seabird that lays its eggs on a bare rock ledge on a cliff face. When an egg is accidentally dislodged, its shape causes it to spin in a tight circle, which prevents it from falling off the ledge into the sea. (Springwatch - BBC)
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how fucking awesome this is?
These eggs no doubt started out like all other avian eggs, but they had the problem of rolling off the cliffs. The eggs that were slightly more oblong tended to roll off the cliffs less, and thus the genes contained in those eggs lived to be passed on. Fast forward a few million years, and BAM tight-circle eggs.
Naturally selected for your viewing pleasure.
Buzz Aldrin took this picture of Neil Armstrong in the cabin after the completion of the first EVA. This is the face of the first man to set foot on the Moon, just hours earlier, on July 20th, 1969.
Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made “one giant leap for mankind” with a small step on to the moon. The modest man who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter million miles away has died. He was 82.