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 Hardscape Design Professionals Make Short Work of Long Lasting Beauty

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Published at Thursday, October 11th 2018, 15:30:29 PM by Shelby G. Backyard.

Hardscape design is exactly what it sounds like

Hardscaping doesn't stop there, however many hardscape design professionals will also readily draw up plans for a patio, a barbeque pit, a deck, walkways, decorative retaining walls, exotic fences and gains, and even artistic sculptures as well! The applications of hardscape design are as varied and beautiful as any live garden -- just more permanent. But don't think that hard means large -- hardscapers will just as readily put together small details in an otherwise 'soft' environment. For example, having a Japanese-style concrete lantern or a copper Foo dog set up to grace your backyard is right up a hardscapers alley.


 The Top Five Plants to Use in Desert Landscaping

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Published at Saturday, October 06th 2018, 14:53:00 PM by Shelby G. Backyard.

Cast Iron Plant

Buffalo grass, Maiden grass and Zebra grass are perfect choices for any desert landscape. They make few demands and can tolerate a variety of unpleasant water, soil and temperature conditions. The airy spikes of grass add an ethereal quality to the landscape design of any type of garden, but are well suited for a more arid environment.


 Stone Fire Pit Ideas - Will These Dramatically Turn Your Lifeless Backyard?

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Published at Wednesday, October 10th 2018, 14:00:42 PM by Shelby G. Backyard.

Still others may have to hire an experienced contractor who has the expertise to do the job. Just take note that creating pits may pose as a dangerous project. When it is not done right, fire pits can cost a large sum of money for damages. It would be advisable that you entertain several bids to do the project for you. As they compete for your business, in addition to their estimates, designs and ideas including the finish type of materials that they will use. These bids will provide you with more ideas to choose from. Just be careful about some unscrupulous bidders, who would lower the cost of the project just to win your business but they may somehow finish the project below your expectations. Still, others may not finish your stone fire pit at all and you end up hiring another to finish it. The lowest bid may not always be the best value for money.

For others who don't have the natural ability but are open to follow simple DIY instructions, searching for stone fire pit ideas may allow you to turn your dream into reality. Try searching for video clips from YouTube before buying the products you need. There are lots of ready-made models that you can assemble yourselves. Just take note of the precautionary measures and fire safety features that you need to know in choosing the ideal location of your stone fire pit. Make sure the ideal location is away from your home, it's not near structures that could easily catch fire like branches of trees, chemicals, etc. You also need to take note of the materials that you need to buy that can withstand the fire. Fire bricks should be considered within the interior part of the fire pit.


 The big day: Our favourite moments!

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Events. Published at Thursday, October 01st 2015, 15:03:39 PM by Shelby G.

Binki Taylor was the first of our 17 speakers to take to the stage and left the crowd in standing ovation with a moving story on her childhood as a black girl fostered by an all-white family. “I know exactly what it’s like to have a voice that isn’t understood. You feel like you don’t belong. Under the skin is where I found my voice. I had to tackle how to belong from the bottom.”Rebecca Trevalyan, Sam Hall and Steadman Scott also delivered their pieces on what Brixton means to them and thoughts on improving local communities. “What does Afewee mean? It’s for the community, it’s for us. Our mission is to put belief, passion, hard-work and discipline together,” Steadman explained.

some for the first time and some regular TEDxBrixton fans who shared positive feedback about the event and revealed their own thoughts on the theme Kaleidoscopes.


 TEDXBRIXTON TEAMS: The guys behind the finance

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Events. Published at Wednesday, September 30th 2015, 15:01:49 PM by Shelby G.

1. Tell us a bit about your background? I’m the partnerships manager, which means I look after our relationships with local businesses and sponsors.2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I’ve lived her for a while now and this answer changes weekly, but at the moment I love hot yoga classes at Fierce Grace, after which I stagger down the road to Lucy’ Juices for a pick me up. As I expect most people who live here say, Brixton Market is a favourite spot – Fish Wings and Tings is an institution and Dave from Market Row wines will always find you a great bottle. Oh, and Three Eight Four on Coldharbour Lane does the best cocktails I can find.3. What’s your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? I’ve been working with a lot of local businesses this year and the theme has been very meaningful for a lot of people, as it represents the mash-up of old and new that Brixton is currently experiencing.4. What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? A few! Currently switching, depending on my mood, between Tim Jackson’s Prosperity without Growth (he has a great TED talk by the way) and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient, which is a favourite of my dad’s, so he’s chuffed I am finally reading it.5. What’s your favourite TED talk? An all time great and one that I always pass on to others is Jackson Katz – Violence Against Women: It’s a Men’s Issue. Heavy title I know, but just a genius argument and one that never fails to spark debate.

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 TEDXBRIXTON TEAMS: a spotlight with our set designers

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Events. Published at Tuesday, September 29th 2015, 14:55:48 PM by Shelby G.

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TEDXBRIXTON TEAMS: a spotlight with our set designers

An incredible amount of work goes into creating a TEDx experience and TEDxBrixton is no exception. With this years’ theme being so full of colour shape, it was down to our Executive Producer and Stage Designer to visualise and create a kaleidoscopic atmosphere that works seamlessly with the iconic TED brand. From the staging and venue design to the way finding and external branding, every detail was uniquely crafted by this talented team whose knowledge of events and design ensure TEDxBrixton 2015 leaves a lasting and impactful legacy.


 TEDxBrixton TEAMS: A roundtable with the talented operations team!

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Events. Published at Monday, September 28th 2015, 14:53:27 PM by Shelby G.

Rima

1. Tell us a bit about your background? My role within the team is Project Coordinator. I help all the teams where necessary on a variety of tasks and have been working on sourcing the merchandise for the event.2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I love going to Brixton Market at the weekend: having a browse and trying all the different food there, picking up fresh bread from the Sunday Farmer’s market and have particularly enjoyed Pop Brixton this summer, especially the savoury crepes from L’Amuse Bouche!3. What’s your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? For me, kaleidoscope means something that is rapidly changing, something vibrant and colourful which is full of energy and continuously creating something beautiful that comes together perfectly.4. What book(s) are you currently reading? I am currently reading I Am Pilgrim, a fantastic thriller entwining the lives of a former intelligence officer and an international terrorist – I can’t put it down and would highly recommend!5. What’s your favourite TED talk? There are so many amazing TED talks that I have enjoyed, but one that stands out to me is Susan Cain’s The Power of Introverts because it really examined the social emphasis on being bold, assertive and outgoing and discusses how we should change our perspective and understand the value of introverts. In our society, I think there is bias thinking that the ideal students and employees are extroverts as opposed to introverts, and I think it is important to shed light on the positive differences between the two and strive for more of a cultural balance between the two.


 TEDxBrixton Teams: A Q&A with the comms All-Stars!
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Events. Published at Saturday, September 26th 2015, 14:48:34 PM by Shelby G.

Tell us a bit about your background? I’m a researcher and news writer for a legal magazine. I also write music and pursue other business ventures in my spare time. For TEDxBrixton, I write the blog/online content.image1What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I’m not from Brixton but when I’m in the area, I buy music from the local music stores and there are loads of great places to eat which is awesome.What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? Multifaceted people with interchanging experiences.What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I am currently reading ‘US’ by David Nicholls. It’s a funny, sad and tender tale of man trying to save his marriage. It details a thoughts, emotions, highs, lows, failures and disappointments of the journey of marriage and family life and includes brilliant observations about life, art and culture.What’s your favourite TED talk? I have a few faves but ‘Own your body’s Data’ by Talithia Williams was the very first TED talk I watched and I was hooked from then. It really opened my eyes about getting to really know the body that I’ve been living in all this time!




 Meet the team hustling to make social good a wearable fashion
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Events. Published at Saturday, September 26th 2015, 14:41:02 PM by Shelby G. Meet the team hustling to make social good a wearable fashion

With a growing desire for more ethical fashion initiatives, fashion enterprise HustleBucks, co-founded by Samuel Ade Alebioshu, is picking up huge recognition for marrying social good with innovative clothing. “Our ‘hustle’ began in 2009 with a team of young people keen on making a difference through clothing by using it as medium to express ourselves and the issues we felt were relevant,” says Samuel.

https://www.facebook.com/hustlebucksbrixton


 Meet the Brixton inventor who’s creating power from poo!

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Events. Published at Thursday, September 24th 2015, 14:38:18 PM by Shelby G.

A huge TEDxBrixton supporter

Fast forward seven years later, Loowatt has evolved tremendously winning multiple awards and has graced the fields of several major festivals and national trade shows across the UK, as well as our very own TEDxBrixton stage where Virginia revealed how her waterless toilets turns human waste into energy. “When we built the first system in Madagascar, we made bio gas tea to share with the community. On the other side of the wall was a toilet which produced the energy to make the tea. So this is real.”




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