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What does Brussels mean to you?
04/01/2016
Thoughts of Brussels | The Urchin Movement

What does Brussels mean to you?

I first visited Brussels as a student in 2007. I was backpacking after classes finished in London and had just started to eat my way around western Europe.

'Now that the sunny, halcyon days of my 20s are dark behind me, I have begun reading up on cognitive aging. Senility is ...
03/31/2016
A Snowboarder Learns to Ski – And Avoids Senility | The Urchin Movement

'Now that the sunny, halcyon days of my 20s are dark behind me, I have begun reading up on cognitive aging. Senility is no longer a theory for tomorrow; it is an all too certain fact in my rapidly approaching Future.'

Now that the sunny, halcyon days of my 20s are dark behind me, I have begun reading up on cognitive aging. Senility is no longer a theory for tomorrow; it is an all too certain fact in my rapidly approaching Future. After all, things start going downhill at forty, right? This is no laughing matter.

Brussels has long been a very special place to Margaret, Sarah, and Geo. Our thoughts are with this great city.
03/29/2016
Thoughts of Brussels | The Urchin Movement

Brussels has long been a very special place to Margaret, Sarah, and Geo. Our thoughts are with this great city.

I first visited Brussels as a student in 2007. I was backpacking after classes finished in London and had just started to eat my way around western Europe.

Sierra Club
03/23/2016
Sierra Club

Sierra Club

Not only does Donald Trump not have a plan to address climate change, he won't even admit it is happening. Trump's reckless, dangerous positions are based more in Reality TV ratings than actual reality.

The climate crisis is one of the most pressing threats to our families, our economy, and our future -- it's time every Presidential candidate recognize that reality rather than burying their heads in the sand.

#JeSuisBruxelles
03/23/2016

#JeSuisBruxelles

'A Bigger Splash.' David Hockney. 1967.
03/22/2016

'A Bigger Splash.' David Hockney. 1967.

'When I turned old on February 1st, I decided it was time to learn how to ski.'Margaret learns to ski in a last-ditch ef...
03/21/2016
A Snowboarder Learns to Ski – And Avoids Senility | The Urchin Movement

'When I turned old on February 1st, I decided it was time to learn how to ski.'

Margaret learns to ski in a last-ditch effort to avoid senility.

Now that the sunny, halcyon days of my 20s are dark behind me, I have begun reading up on cognitive aging. Senility is no longer a theory for tomorrow; it is an all too certain fact in my rapidly approaching Future. After all, things start going downhill at forty, right? This is no laughing matter.

NRDC
03/11/2016
NRDC

NRDC

Good news! This will help us combat dangerous climate change and transition to a cleaner and more prosperous economy.

'I’ve always thought that travelling meant something to me. I’ve always regarded it as an essential part of life, the be...
03/10/2016
The Anti-Purpose Traveller | The Urchin Movement

'I’ve always thought that travelling meant something to me. I’ve always regarded it as an essential part of life, the best way to understand cultures and, by extension, the people that keep these cultures alive.'

Musings on the purpose of travelling and whether we are better off not having a purpose at all.

'Montagne Sainte Victoire.' Paul Cézanne . Watercolour on paper. 1905-6.
03/10/2016

'Montagne Sainte Victoire.' Paul Cézanne . Watercolour on paper. 1905-6.

Paul McCartney
03/10/2016

Paul McCartney

I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

It’s hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song 'Yesterday’ to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After I had done this George Martin said to me, "Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record". I said, “Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don’t think it’s a good idea”. With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, "Let us try it and if it doesn’t work we won’t use it and we’ll go with your solo version". I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.

He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson in how strings were voiced for a quartet. When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.

This is just one of the many memories I have of George who went on to help me with arrangements on 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Live and Let Die' and many other songs of mine.

I am proud to have known such a fine gentleman with such a keen sense of humour, who had the ability to poke fun at himself. Even when he was Knighted by the Queen there was never the slightest trace of snobbery about him.

My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids.

The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.

God bless you George and all who sail in you!

Paul

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03/09/2016

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'Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea." James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1871. Oil on wood. On display at the Tate Britain.
03/02/2016

'Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea." James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1871. Oil on wood. On display at the Tate Britain.

Take a break from the anxiety fest of Super Tuesday and check out our review of this year's Oscars, from who was robbed,...
03/02/2016
There’s Been a Robbery: Oscars 2016 | The Urchin Movement

Take a break from the anxiety fest of Super Tuesday and check out our review of this year's Oscars, from who was robbed, who was redeemed, and who wore it best.

http://www.urchinmovement.com/2016/03/01/theres-been-a-robbery-oscars-2016/

I’d like to report a crime. On Sunday night, three 13 ½ inch golden statues were taken from their rightful owners at a party in Los Angeles. Now, I understand that this might seem like a petty crime compared to the heist-in-progress of the sanity of American citizens in the current presiden...

'The most striking feature of Moore’s work is his ability to frame a photograph in a way that makes it art regardless of...
02/25/2016
David Moore: Cities | The Urchin Movement

'The most striking feature of Moore’s work is his ability to frame a photograph in a way that makes it art regardless of the subject.'

Australia photographer David Moore spent over half a century photographing the world for publications such as National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, The Observer, and Sports Illustrated.

Facing retirement in the face, the Black Mamba lets his guard down and introduces us to Kobe Bryant.
02/25/2016
Kobe Bryant’s Farewell Tour | The Urchin Movement

Facing retirement in the face, the Black Mamba lets his guard down and introduces us to Kobe Bryant.

A retrospective look at the career of Kobe Bryant, from his early years as a Jordan bootleg to the ascendance of his chilling alter-ego, the Black Mamba.

It's true. There are plenty of things to look forward to this year other than the US Presidential Election (although, th...
02/24/2016
Looking Ahead: 2016 | The Urchin Movement

It's true. There are plenty of things to look forward to this year other than the US Presidential Election (although, that's one of them, too!)

The New Year of 2016 could perhaps be one of the most memorable and important years in recent history. Let's take a look ahead at what we have in store for 2016.

'As a travel writer myself, I must confront the power of words and how my depiction of another culture might influence t...
02/24/2016
‘God’s Middle Finger’ and the Dangers of Travel Writing | The Urchin Movement

'As a travel writer myself, I must confront the power of words and how my depiction of another culture might influence the opinion of others.'

Margaret Hedderman explores the oft-ignored dangers of travel writing.

'God's Middle Finger' by Richard Grant brings the light the dangers of portraying different cultures from a Western perspective.

Desert hiking season is nearly upon us (yay!) Read up on an Urchin's guide to backpacking in Canyonlands National Park. ...
02/23/2016
An Urchin’s Guide to Backpacking in Canyonlands | The Urchin Movement

Desert hiking season is nearly upon us (yay!) Read up on an Urchin's guide to backpacking in Canyonlands National Park. (Don't worry, it's not ultralight.)

By Margaret Hedderman Photos by: Margaret Hedderman and Rory Chapman Canyonlands National Park is like something that couldn’t possibly exist on Earth.

'I am currently unable to move past the fact that another Grand Jury failed to indict one man who was without a doubt re...
02/19/2016
On Doing Nothing | The Urchin Movement

'I am currently unable to move past the fact that another Grand Jury failed to indict one man who was without a doubt responsible for murdering another. I have so many questions.'

The fact that another Grand Jury failed to indict one man who was without a doubt responsible for murdering another raises a lot of questions.

'After a rather long career built upon literature and anthropology, invention and evidence, praise and critique, attenti...
02/17/2016
A Headstone for an Aunt: How Alice Walker Found Zora Neale Hurston | The Urchin Movement

'After a rather long career built upon literature and anthropology, invention and evidence, praise and critique, attention and neglect, Zora Neale Hurston not so much died as she did vanish, slowly but surely, sometime starting around the year 1959.'

& when we woke, dear reader, we'd landed in a city of 100 old women telling their daughters things.

'For farmers around the world, the seed monopoly created by GMOs has caused an inescapable trap that ruins livelihoods, ...
02/17/2016
The Emergency of Seed Freedom from GMOs | The Urchin Movement

'For farmers around the world, the seed monopoly created by GMOs has caused an inescapable trap that ruins livelihoods, and quite often, takes lives.'

How GMOs threaten biodiversity and the future of farmers worldwide. Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, who has been a vocal advocate for the seed freedom movement, speaks out against GMOs and the mega-corporations that own the patents to seeds.

Eric Ravilious. 'The Vale of the White Horse.' 1939. Graphite and watercolor on canvas. Located at the Tate in London.
02/17/2016

Eric Ravilious. 'The Vale of the White Horse.' 1939. Graphite and watercolor on canvas. Located at the Tate in London.

'It’s not apathy. They care that something is wrong, they have just ceased to believe in the possibility of change.'
02/16/2016
An End to Cynicism | The Urchin Movement

'It’s not apathy. They care that something is wrong, they have just ceased to believe in the possibility of change.'

For the past six years I’ve watched a sociological shift occur in the US every two to three years. I first noticed it at the start of 2010 with the palpable and disturbing societal drift away from the optimism of Obama's 2008 election. At the time, I wrote an article entitled Hippies v.

In the 1960s, Bernie Sanders organized student protests and attended civil rights sit-ins. During the same time period, ...
02/16/2016
When Does Your Vote Count – And Who Should Get It? | The Urchin Movement

In the 1960s, Bernie Sanders organized student protests and attended civil rights sit-ins. During the same time period, Hillary Clinton helped her college avoid such protests by working with the administration to recruit more black faculty and students.

'These histories are microcosmic examples of what we could expect from a Sanders or Clinton presidency.'

Sarah Jost discusses the importance of getting out the vote this primary season.

The 2016 primaries and caucuses are underway. In less than five months, the Democrat and Republican parties will have their nominees for president of the United States. From there it will only be another four months before we have elected the next president.

The Bears Ears is a beautiful and important part of wild Utah. (And it has a really cute name.) Help us protect the Bear...
02/04/2016
Protect Utah’s Bears Ears — AddUp.org

The Bears Ears is a beautiful and important part of wild Utah. (And it has a really cute name.) Help us protect the Bears Ears by encouraging President Obama to make it a National Monument!

Tell President Obama to take action and designate Bears Ears as a national monument to protect these lands for the generations to come.

Here's some artist inspiration for you: meet Mathias Olson who wrote a song a day for an entire year.
02/03/2016
Writing A Song a Day for 365 Days | The Urchin Movement

Here's some artist inspiration for you: meet Mathias Olson who wrote a song a day for an entire year.

It isn't everyday you write and record a song. Well, it is if you're Mathias Olson, who has decided to write one song a day for a year. To most writers, that kind of discipline is admirable and very, very supremely scary.

'The last thing I want or need is the government, or any government for that matter, discovering that I have learned how...
02/03/2016
How to Time-Travel | The Urchin Movement

'The last thing I want or need is the government, or any government for that matter, discovering that I have learned how to time-travel.'

I have stumbled upon a secret that I am with much risk choosing to share with you. I only ask that if you spread this secret, which I would like you to do (for this is my reason for telling you), that you share it with responsible individuals and also that you cover your tracks.

'After centuries as one of the world’s greatest empires, Mongolia is now faced with the unique task of forging a nationa...
01/29/2016
Mongolian Modernism: Forging a National Identity through Art | The Urchin Movement

'After centuries as one of the world’s greatest empires, Mongolia is now faced with the unique task of forging a national identity from a distant memory.'

After centuries as one of the world’s greatest empires, Mongolia is now faced with the unique task of forging a national identity from a distant memory. From the 17th century, Mongolia spent 200 years under Chinese rule.

'Sometimes I’d go to the dog park and decide which owners I could outrun should I accidently steal their new puppy. The ...
01/29/2016
Top 3 Reasons to Walk your Cat | The Urchin Movement

'Sometimes I’d go to the dog park and decide which owners I could outrun should I accidently steal their new puppy. The children were generally a safe bet, with their short little legs.'

I once really wanted a dog. I mean, I really, really wanted a dog. And it just wasn’t fair how everyone had a Labrador (or two, those greedy #$%@$!) except for me. I couldn’t go for a run without seeing some smug so-and-so frolicking through the mountains with her Australian Shepherd.

'Bumping along rocky roads in the back seat of a sweltering minivan with no shocks, I wrote about travelling from Bagan ...
01/28/2016
Hell in the Heaven of Mountains and Water | The Urchin Movement

'Bumping along rocky roads in the back seat of a sweltering minivan with no shocks, I wrote about travelling from Bagan to Inle Lake. Leaving the arid, pagoda speckled plains of Bagan, hot wind swirled dirt and dust through the thick, hazy air. A faint outline of mountains was sketched on the distant horizon.'

A few months ago I wrote an article about my March visit to Burma. It was something of a follow up to the three part series I wrote about my last visit in 2013. Like the first time, I had written so much while I was there.

Roy Lichtenstein. "Sunrise." 1965.
01/28/2016

Roy Lichtenstein. "Sunrise." 1965.

'In many cases, people are more willing to support a viable independent business to be a part of some positive, driving ...
01/27/2016
Nay Rather: The Independent Bookstore's Re-emergence and the New Attitude It DemandsThe Urchin...

'In many cases, people are more willing to support a viable independent business to be a part of some positive, driving force in the community than charitably patronise a struggling independent business where one’s good intentions may ultimately feel futile. In this case, a bookstore’s reputation is actually quite important.'

The independent bookstore has re-emerged once again as a viable business model and essential part of neighbourhood community, and the American Booksellers Association and bookstores all over the country need your support now more than ever.

Meet the women who refused to be objectified by rap and instead took control of their story in Maria Pasquini's feature ...
01/27/2016
All Hail the Queens | The Urchin Movement

Meet the women who refused to be objectified by rap and instead took control of their story in Maria Pasquini's feature story.

A look at the past, present, and future of female rap MCs.

Saying 'goodbye' to Kobe and at last learning who he is:
01/26/2016
Kobe Bryant’s Farewell Tour | The Urchin Movement

Saying 'goodbye' to Kobe and at last learning who he is:

A retrospective look at the career of Kobe Bryant, from his early years as a Jordan bootleg to the ascendance of his chilling alter-ego, the Black Mamba.

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