Richard Godwin: Children need the words to make nature come alive

Acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, conker, dandelion, fern, hazel, heron, kingfisher, lark, otter, pasture, willow.

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The VPME NEWS : Lush announce 2nd London Roundhouse show – Saturday May 7th 2016.

Lush announce 2nd London Roundhouse show – Saturday May 7th 2016.

 Having sold-out their first London Roundhouse show, Lush have announced details of a 2nd gig at the prestigious venue in Camden on Saturday May 7th 2016.

Their first shows in almost twenty years, the tickets for the first show on Friday 6th May 2016 sold out in a matter of hours.

 Tickets for the May 7th show are on sale now via http://ift.tt/1YK1DQE and are priced at £27.50.

 Further worldwide shows will be announced shortly.

 Lush played their last show in Tokyo in September 1996.

 “The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking,” explained band member Miki Berenyi. “But we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again.”

 Formed in London in 1988 by childhood friends Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi, Lush also included Chris Acland on drums and Phil King on bass (originally Steve Rippon, who left in 1990), and were widely acknowledged as one of the pioneers of a sound that was to be christened ‘shoegaze’.

 Signed to 4AD in 1989, over the course of 3 full-length albums, an early mini-album and a number of EPs and singles, they went on to sharpen their pop sound, outliving and outgrowing the ‘scene’ with which they were initially associated.

 4AD are also releasing a vinyl reissue of Lush’s ‘best of’ compilation Ciao! in November, followed by a limited edition box set titled Chorus at the beginning of December.

 The box is a five-disc set, comprising the early compilation Gala (1990), the three studio albums Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) and the B-sides collection Topolino (the Canadian version, also 1996), plus all manner of rarities (B-sides, radio sessions, remixes and demo, some previously unreleased). The artwork is by Chris Bigg, who, alongside design chief Vaughan Oliver, was responsible for the iconic 4AD covers in the Nineties.

 Justin Welch, formerly of Elastica, will be playing drums for the live performances.

 

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Owen Jones: Seven final thoughts on the Labour party conference | Gaby Hinsliff, Jonathan Freedland, John Harris, Matthew d’Ancona, Owen Jones, Rafael Behr, Martin Kettle

As the conference winds up, our writers address the Ben Okri question, the party’s year zero mentality and Corbynistas v Corbysceptics

There’s been a niggling question in the background at Brighton; call it the Ben Okri question. Jeremy Corbyn quoted the novelist and poet (along with Maya Angelou) and the audience loved it; one fan told me how blissful it was to be led by someone who loved writers like that too. Then an MP told me the response in their constituency would be “who the fuck is Ben Okri?”.

Related: Maria Eagle says Corbyn’s comment on not pressing nuclear button unhelpful – Politics live

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Digital Inspiration Technology Blog How to do Reverse Image Search on your Mobile Phone

The Reverse Image Search option in Google Images can help you quickly discover related images from around the web. Upload a photograph from your desktop to Google Images and it will show you similar images used on other websites and also different sizes of the same photo almost instantly.

Journalists can use the reverse search option to find the original source of an image and also know about the approximate date when the picture was first published on the Internet. Photographers can use ‘search by image’ feature to know about other websites that are using their photographs.

Reverse Image Search on Mobile Devices

The little problem is that ‘search by image’ is only available on desktop computers and not on mobile devices and tablets. Thus, if a friend has sent you an image on WhatsApp or Facebook that you’d like to verify, you’ll have to first transfer the photograph to a desktop in order to perform a reverse search. Too much work, right?

Not anymore. I wrote a little web app that lets you perform reverse searches on a mobile browser as well. Go to http://ift.tt/1O1Mghz on your mobile phone, click the “Select Image” button and choose an image from the photo gallery of your phone. Next click “Search” and it will upload your photo to Google Images much like the desktop version.

Find related images with Google Images on a mobile device.

Find related images with Google Images on a mobile device.

I’ve tested the search app on Chrome for Android and Safari for iPad but it should work on most other devices since it uses the standard HTML5 File System APIs. Internally, it takes your image file, converts it to Base64 (data URI) and submit the encoded image as HTTP POST request to Google Image. The browser then automatically redirects to the search page.

Also see: Find out where a picture was taken

There’s another workaround as well that will let you use the official Google Image Search website for reverse search on a mobile device. Open the Chrome browser on Android and under settings, choose “Request Desktop Site.” Now open images.google.com and you should see the Camera icon to upload an image for searching.


The story, How to do Reverse Image Search on your Mobile Phone, was originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 30/09/2015 under Google Images, Images, Internet.

Dave Hill | The Guardian: Sadiq Khan: London mayoral race is ‘referendum’ on Tory housing policy

Labour’s London mayoral candidate has been setting out his stall and trying to put his likely Tory opponent in a tight spot

In telling Labour’s conference that housing will have pride of place in his already up-and-running London mayoral campaign, Sadiq Khan not only pledged action on soaring rents, falling home ownership and big, unfriendly property giants, he also made his likely Conservative opponent Zac Goldsmith an offer designed to be awkward to refuse: “Let’s work together and stop the government making the housing crisis even worse.” Khan had the forthcoming Housing Bill in mind, but more than that he was aiming to making the well-heeled MP for sylvan Richmond Park and North Kingston squirm. Goldsmith has been touting himself as a dissident free spirit, more than ready to break with his party’s line. Khan was putting that line to the test.

You can’t accuse the Labour man of failing to look for chinks in the shiny armour of the Tory Prince Charming or of missing any chance to contrast his own, upwardly mobile life story with Goldsmith’s text book tale of Etonian privilege and wealth. He began his speech with a new variation on his now familiar account of being the council house-raised son of a bus-driver, recalling works family outings to Brighton when he and his siblings were children “or as we in Tooting call it in ‘London by the Sea.’”

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