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Friday, December 09, 2011

Thread-Brazen: Ooty’s Garden


Mumbai writer Lubna Kably discovers a garden in Tamil Nadu that stays in bloom year round. Thank you, Lubna!


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Embroidered “houseplants”, including Begonia Rex,

Thread Garden in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

Photo: Shomita Mukherjee

By Lubna Kably

Ooty, known as the Queen of the Hills, lies in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu and is rich in flora. Wild flowers sprout along walking tracks, tea gardens flourish on the slopes, a myriad varieties of trees especially the eucalyptus tower overhead. Yet, bang opposite a well known tourist landmark – the Lake—lies the Thread Garden.

It took twelve years and a dedicated team of 50 trained workers to create this garden, using a ‘self invented’ technology of four dimensional hand woven embroidery.

“This unique art of creating natural looking plants and flowers makes use of self developed techniques under the ‘Hand-wound Embroidery system’ without needles or machinery with specially selected and developed materials. All parts of a plant such as flower petals, leaves and stems are fully wound with thread using a shaped canvas bases inside for flowers and leaves and steel and copper wires for stems with keen concentration coupled with patience, keeping a machine made perfection, avoiding any overlapping or knots or gaps between the windings.”


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Posted by Julie on 12/09 at 01:44 PM
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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Youths Choose Tech over Scent


What would you sacrifice for your cell phone? What have you already sacrificed?


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Taking a break from texting, for roses and alyssum

How do you “connect” with a lilac?

We’ve just discovered a multi-national marketing study finding that a majority of 16-22 year olds would rather lose their sense of smell than give up their cell phones and other social networking devices.

The research, carried out by McCann Worldgroup, polled youths in the U.S., United Kingdom, Spain, China, India, Brazil and Mexico using some kind of random sampling, then followed up with qualitative research in 17 countries. (You’ll note that France wasn’t included.)

“While technology has often been referred to in jest as an appendage of today’s youth, over half (53%) of 16-22 year olds said they would rather give up their sense of smell than give up their technology.  For this generation, technology is not an add-on.  It is a tool that enables them to sense the world and make sense of the world.”

What is cantaloupe or a pine tree, or, surely, sweet alyssum? How do you “make sense” of b.o. without a sense of smell?

McCann studied 7000 16-30 year olds in April 2011. Along with their shocking finding about the strong attachment to gadgetry, the researchers conclude that the young most prize “Justice” and “Truth,” and see themselves are reliable arbiters of both. How does one know the “truth” about whether spring has arrived, or the bread’s ready, or the house is on fire?


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Posted by Julie on 12/08 at 11:32 AM
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Saturday, December 03, 2011

It’s All in the Delivery


Flowers sometimes can melt long iced-over resentments. Sometimes not.


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Former Canadian football quarterback Joe Kapp offers flowers to ex-tackle Angelo Mosco

Photo: HFP via youtube

The Canadian Football League set up a reunion at a recent alumni banquet: an on-stage reconciliation between two old rivals of the gridiron.  Joe Kapp, 73, once quarterback for the British Columbia Lions, and Angelo Mosco, a tackle turned pro wrestler now long retired from both those tough occupations, had held a mutual grudge since 1963. At least.

In the Grey Cup game (Canada’s Super Bowl) of that year, Kapp and others accused Mosco of delivering “a late hit out of bounds to BC running back Willie Fleming and they’ve been niggling ever since.”

Kapp and other BC players and fans must have taken it especially hard in that the Lions lost the championship game at home to Mosco’s Tiger-Cats of Hamilton. Still, still! It’s been 48 years. There has to be more to the story.

Well, now there is. At the recently staged “reconciliation,” Kapp stood up first and dawdled a sprig of white flowers he’d plucked from the table arrangement. As Mosca was invited forward and toiled up with his cane, Kapp at first shuffled to the other side of the stage. He then held the flowers limply out to Mosca, who seemed to ignore them and take a seat. Kapp retreated, then stepped forward again, poking the flowers comically toward Mosca’s face.


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Posted by Julie on 12/03 at 01:15 PM
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