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A Handmade Information Age Bouquet Fit For a Queen

As well as being a creator of handmade paper flowers, I am also a science geek.

As a graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick, I am a science communicator by day, and a crafter by night. So imagine my joy when I read a news story combining both passions: science AND handmade paper flowers!

It all started with a tweet. Not just any tweet, but the very first tweet made by Elizabeth II, Queen of England as she attended the opening of a new ‘Information Age’ gallery at the Science Museum in London.

Using the official @BritishMonarchy Twitter account, she said:

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Guardian Small Business Live Q&A: How to start a craft business from home

How to start a craft business from home
How to start a craft business from home? (This is not my office by the way – far too tidy!) © Ianus Keller, via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Yesterday I took part in my first Guardian Small Business Live Q&A session, ‘How to start a craft business from home’.

The live question-and-answer session was conducted via the Comments section on this article, and the moderator Emma also fed in questions from Twitter directed to @GdnSmallBiz. Questions were answered by a panel of experts, including Jane Guaschi from Direct Line for Business (@DL4Bnews) which sponsored the event), representatives from Folksy (@folksy), UK Craft Fairs, the Craft & Hobby Association (@CHA-UK), and several successful craft business owners.

I had a number of questions for the panel, and they gave great advice. I started by reiterating a question I’d previously asked on Twitter during #handmadehour, which was “What are your top tips on how to start a craft business from home?” Read more

Paper Flowers for Anna Politkovskaya Memorial

Paper flowers for Anna Politkovskaya memorial
A Russian activist holding an Anna Politkovskaya banner at a public demonstration. © Amnesty Finland, via Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)

Yesterday, October 7th, was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday. It’s also, I discovered, Anna Politkovskaya memorial day.

Anna Politkovskaya was a Ukrainian-born Russian journalist and human rights activist. Between 1996 and 2002, she  worked as a journalist for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, known for its hard-nosed, outspoken investigative journalism. She became particularly renowned for her commentary on the Chechen wars in which she often criticised the Russian government and military forces, accusing them of committing atrocious abuses of human rights against ethnic minority groups and refugees. Read more