75 years ago today, on the morning of September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Just 2 ½ weeks later, Soviet Russia’s Communists marched across Poland’s eastern border with their own invasion. Read more
Ally’s life is changing! What a year – from Chicago with San Fran man, then moving back home to her parents in Ireland, Ally summarises the last year and fills us in on the exciting new challenge ahead. She is off to Normandy to start a MLitt – a Master’s by Research, at the Université de Caen. From the sublime to the ridiculous! Read more
Well we had a lot of fun kicking around the various book suggestions between the P505 team. The prize for the greatest number of suggestions goes to Nina who was clearly on a roll. The emails packed with suggestions just kept on coming! Read more
Welcome to Platform 505’s new style section. Here we hope to guide you through the tricky waters of style and dress, and aim to give you that little bit of additional confidence which will have you feeling on top of the world. If you feel constantly frustrated by the time and effort getting ready takes and find the whole process too daunting, then read on…. Read more
TheCarapace reviews Cold Comfort Farm and Lucy Henson reviews Marriage Material for Platform505′s Book Club. The books that we love are rather like old friends. We seek their company again and again and are always warmed by their presence. And because of that emotional link, as with old friends, it is hard to be objective.
Liz Henderson interviews Sathnam Sanghera, the author of the darkly comic Marriage Material which has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and is one of our first Book Club books. Read more
Rosie probably makes hummus more regularly than any other dish in her life. It is pretty much fast food, that’s good for you. This nutritious dip is made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and a variety of other seasonings. And Rosie has a specific combination of ingredients that she believes makes a winning batch. Read more
Human nature being what it is, we tend to look around for something or someone to blame when things don’t go to plan. Here’s an example. Last September, Sally tripped when out walking and tore the tendons in her ankle. The pain was awful, the enforced immobility like some kind of torture, and the prognosis was anybody’s guess. Her journey back to pain free fitness took the form of walking, a lot! Read more
If, like Lisa, you’re feeling the effects of post holiday blues and trying to restore your skin/hair after a couple of weeks of sun exposure, then this month’s must have beauty buys offer an insight into exactly what you need. Lisa’s suggestions for this month range from Dr Lipp’s Nipple Balm for Lips, to Temple Spa Repose or The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil. Read more
From the heady heights of procrastinating to making friends with your personal tutor (Part 1) to a few tips about Group work and getting down and dirty with your University Library. Bring it on!
This is Platformation, where we aim to disentangle and clarify complex issues. This week we focus on the imminent Scottish Referendum, and consider how much is still unclear as far as key facts are concerned. The clock is ticking. Read more
Vicky decides to branch out and see some of Beijing on her own: the hutongs beckon. Hutongs are the very core of the city, vibrant and thriving communities, which date back to Mongol times. In the 1950s there were as many of 6000 of these streets crisscrossing the city, but the bulldozers moved in Read more
Fifty years on, Face à l’oeuvre celebrates the Fondation Maeght’s timeless magic. Sue writes about the atmosphere and aura of one of her favourite art spaces in the whole world, an environment created fifty years ago to embrace the art and architecture of the time amid the natural splendour of Provence and blessed by the pure southern light. Read more
The mind-body connection lies at the very heart of the homeopathic approach. Sarah Davison, qualified homeopath, feels that ignoring this mind-body connection is akin to replacing the flashing light bulb indicating your petrol tank is getting low, rather than filling up the tank. Read more
Platform505 is packed with a wide range of posts from thought-provoking analysis of current affairs to health issues to must-have beauty buys. Our regular Newsletter brings you a synopsis of our week’s posts and advises on what to look out for in the coming week. Each Read more
- Maria’s Story – The Extraordinary Second World War Tale of a Polish War-Camp Survivor
- From The Ridiculous To The Sublime
- Platform505 Book Club – Books For September And October
- The Way Ahead To A Beautifully Stylish New You
- Cold Comfort Farm And Marriage Material – P505 Book Club Reviews
- Marriage Material – An Interview With Author Sathnam Sanghera
- The Best (Quick) Hummus Recipe
- Walking Back To Happiness
- August Must Have Beauty Buys
- University Challenge Part 2: Be A Good “Groupie” And Love Your Library
- Scottish Referendum Update: Can ‘Better Together’ Hold On To Its Lead?
- Solo Sightseeing: Walking Round The Hutongs Of Beijing In 42°C
- The Fondation Maeght At St Paul De Vence
- Mind-Body Connection: Are We Overlooking A Major Cause Of Illness?
- Platform505′s e-newsletter
Following the start of the new series of the Great British Bake-Off, Sally has decided to take on the technical challenge of baking her own sourdough bread, though fortunately for the nation it was to be produced in the privacy of her own kitchen. Read more
Florence Parot shares with us some of her advice on getting a good night’s sleep. Sleeping is switching off. It is important to understand how sleep works in order to make sense of those “gaps” during the night when sleep is eluding us. Read more
You might have heard that Mr. Putin has banned food imports from the US, the EU, Norway, Canada and Australia. Olga grew up in the USSR in the 1980s. Of course, she doesn’t remember too much, although she does recall enormous lines in all stores, and how it took her family hours to buy Read more
Tizy has been travelling through France and Spain and has been enjoying the brilliant yellow of the sunflower fields in full bloom from about Toulouse up to somewhere around Poitiers. To examine a sunflower in its various stages from bud to open flower is to appreciate an intricate and amazing plant; no surprise that so many artists have chosen to paint them Read more
Eve Tibber continues the story of her cohousing endeavour by talking about the difficulties of finding the right site.
Doing something unexpected at fifty-five that even the younger generation find cool – cohousing.
Doing something for myself that is also good for society and the environment – cohousing.
Living ethically, cheaply and for longer (that last one maybe wishful thinking) – cohousing.