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Lieutenant Stitchie
The quality of the video is nothing to write home about but the music and the lyrics are so much fun! Cleveland (born c.1965), better known as Lieutenant Stitchie, is a Jamaican DJ who originally worked in the dancehall style but switched to gospel reggae in 1997 after surviving a car crash, thereafter working under the shorter name Stitchie. (Wikipedia) Teacher, father, author, honorary doctor, singer, performer… there are few things that this man is not. Enthroned and revered as the dancehall Governor, he has been one of the genre’s most acclaimed icons, his energetic and mesmerising live appearances, coupled with his message of Love, Peace and Righteousness, makes him one of the most sort after artiste in the Reggae Music Industry globally. (Reggaeville.com)
Orchard Music, 2007


Nuff Respect
Lady G
Janice Fyffe (born 7 May 1968), better known as Lady G, is a female dancehall and reggae deejay. She is best known for her song Man a Bad Man  from the film «Third World Cop». Lady G’s other songs include Nuff RespectRound Table Talk (with her mentor Papa San), Certain FriendsBreeze Off and Girls Like… Us as a featured artist. She records on the label Greensleeves. Lady G performed at Europe’s biggest reggae festival, Summerjam, in 2001. She has also toured the United States with Buju Banton. Typically, there is little info to be found about this fantastic lady artist.
Greensleeves, 2011


The Best of Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown
Dennis Brown was born in Kingston, on 1 February 1957, and began his music career at age nine, as a street singer. When he was eleven, he made a guest appearance with the Fabulous Falcons who asked him to join them as a vocalist. In 1972, he recorded his first album bringing him instant acclaim in Jamaica’s dancehall scene. By 1973, he had exhausted himself, stayed home and concentrated on his studies. He toured the United Kingdom in 1977, moving to London in 1978 to relaunch the DEB Music label with Castro Brown. He recorded many well-known artists of the day and also worked as a back-up vocalist. His own albums included Visions of Dennis BrownSo Long Rastafari and Josep’s Coat of Many Colours. In 1981, Brown signed a record deal with A&M Records, releasing a great number of songs during the 80ies. His 1994 Album «Light My Fire» was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was his posthumous album «Let Me Be the One» (2001). Unfortunately, his health deteriorated around the turn of the century. He contracted tuberculosis and died on 1 July 1999. (sgs)
EMI Music, 2013


1Xtra in Jamaica
King Jammy, Beenie Man, Lt Stitchie & Josey Wales at King Jammy’s studio 
«Lloyd James (born 26 October 1947, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, better known as Prince Jammy or King Jammy, is a dub mixer and record producer. He began his musical career as a dub master at King Tubby’s recording studio, being known for his clear sound and use of effects. After earning money from building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment from his mother’s house in Waterhouse in the late 1960s, he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems. After a few years in Canada, he returned to Kingston in 1976 and set up his own studio. Jammy improvised Reggae and Dancehall, he digitalised old riddims, like Real Rock, and Far East. King Jammy then began working with top artists in Jamaica throughout the 1980s and 1990s such as Admiral Bailey, Admiral Tibet, Chaka Demus, Frankie Paul, Lieutenant Stitchie, Pinchers and even Dennis Brown.» (Wikipedia)
BBC Radio 1Xtra, 2017


Ricky Trooper Live & Direct @ the Maroon festival 2019
«The Jamaican DJ Ricky Trooper is a prominent dancehall selector. Despite the loss of his US visa, due to gun possession, Trooper frequently plays dates in Africa, Europe and the wider Caribbean area. Garfield McKoy (Trooper’s real name) says his interest in sound systems started when he was eight years old and living in St Mary. That fascination grew when he and his family relocated to Spanish Town where his neighbour, who owned a sound system, gave him his first opportunity to operate the turntables. While attending St Catherine High School in the 1980s, he and a friend started their own sound system called Ultimate Touch. Next stop was Kilimanjaro, the era’s top ‘sound’. It was not until 1995 that he got his big break.» (McKoy’s News)
Culture For more Quality, 2019

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I recently heard Jeremy Narby talk about Psychedelic Plant Teachers; it was an excellent presentation. Thus I came to rethink my own connection to nature. Unfortunately, my relationship with the natural world is more theoretical than practical. Apart from my visits to the parks, the lake and the rivers that flow through the city I live in, and the sky above me, “real” nature is something I experience only exceptionally. That’s how it is for most city dwellers. Therefore I am not surprised that the more we lose contact with nature, including our inner nature, the more we worship her as our Mother. Our love of nature has taken on a quasi religious form, comparable to the love of distant gods or goddesses, which we can admire all the better because they remain alien to us. Will this love be enough to save the natural world as we know it and to save ourselves?

Naturally yours,
Susanne G. Seiler

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All nature has a feeling

All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal: and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay
Is the green life of change; to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.

John Clare

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Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

Oliver Sacks
Dr. Oliver Sacks spent more than fifty years working as a neurologist and writing books about the neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatMusicophilia, and Hallucinations. The New York Times referred to him as «the poet laureate of medicine,» and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians. His memoir On the Move was published shortly before his death in August 2015. Everything in Its Place is a celebration of Sacks’s myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.
Random House, April 2019

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed

Lori Gottlieb
Therapy used to be a taboo subject, but thankfully seeing a professional to help us is no longer looked down on. In Maybe You Should to Talk to Someone, therapist Lori Gottlieb helps patients in her Los Angeles practice, including a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness and a 20-something who can’t stop getting together with the wrong men. And then, one day, disaster strikes and Gottlieb finds that she is the one in need of a therapist. Enter Wendall, a quirky but seasoned practitioner who helps Gottlieb with the questions she’s been struggling with. Candid and deeply personal, this is a book about being both patient and clinician, and one that offers hope to us al.
Scribe, May 2019

The Age of Living Machines

Susan Hockfield 
Today, the world’s population is projected to rise to well over 9.5 billion by 2050, and we are currently faced with the consequences of producing the energy that fuels, heats, and cools us. With temperatures and sea levels rising, and large portions of the globe plagued with drought, famine, and drug-resistant diseases, we need new technologies to tackle these problems. But we are on the cusp of a new convergence, argues world-renowned neuroscientist Susan Hockfield, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies—next-generation products that have the potential to be every bit as paradigm shifting as the twentieth century’s digital wonders.
Norton, May 2019

Into the Forest: How Trees can Help You Find Health and Happiness

Dr Qing Li
Humans are increasingly becoming an indoor species. We spend 90 per cent of our life indoors. And, on average, we dedicate eight hours a day looking at screens. Our increasingly domestic lives are having huge consequences to our health. In Into the Forest, Immunologist and Forest Medicine expert, Dr Qing Li, examines the unprecedented benefits of the world’s largest natural health resource: the great outdoors. Applying cutting-edge research and emerging science, Dr Li explores the inherent connection between nature and improved wellbeing. This practical guide will help you overcome some of life’s most problematic health issues. From mindful strolls in your local park to listening to the wind, from watching the sunset to walking barefoot in the grass, Dr Li reveals the life-improving advantages of spending time around trees, for a healthier and happier you.
Penguin, June 2019

Taking Up Space – The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change

Chelsea Kwakye / Ore Ugunbiyi
As a minority in a predominantly white institution, taking up space is an act of resistance. And in higher education, feeling like you constantly have to justify your existence within institutions that weren’t made for you is an ongoing struggle for many people. Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, two recent Cambridge graduates, wrote Taking Up Space as a guide and a manifesto for change: tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism, and life before and after university. Featuring honest conversations with students past and present, Taking Up Space goes beyond the buzzwords of diversity and inclusion and explores what those words truly mean for young black girls today.
Penguin, June 2019

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Climate neutral cars
eco |  Futurism, 30 April 2019
Gasoline to be produced from CO2

Not enough to get high
life | Guardian, 2 May 2019
Cocaine and ketamine found in all shrimp in County Suffolk, GB

Taking over
eco | Futurism 2 May 2019
In the US renewables beat coal for the first time

Doing it for themselves
psychoactive | Guardian, 3 May 2019
Mothers microdosing mushrooms

Sociobiology
science | Quanta, 5 May 2019
An Interview with Edward O. Wilson

A higher high
science | Rolling Stone, 7 May 2019
The best strains of cannabis

Three months
culture | Wired, 7 May 2019
Put a cap on Google storing your web and app activity

Cold water immersion
life | Guardian, 8 May 2019
Meet the Ice Man (if you haven’t already)

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide
psychoactive | Podcast
Tim Ferris talks with James Fadiman

Carl Sagan’s Dream
science | Planetary News, 13 May 2019
Crowd-funded LightSail 2 to be launched next month

Fly me to the moon
science | Ars Technica, 14 May 2019
Artemis to visit the planet she rules

Shrooming in Denver
psychoactive | Guardian, 18 May 2019
Colorado’s decrimininalization paves the way for legal medical use elsewhere

Hungry
nature | Science, 20 May 2019
Tiny microbes eat plastic ocean waste

Single dose
psychoactive | Expanded Consciousness, 20 May 2019
Psilocybin relieves depression in cancer patients

Mitigating Factor
science | The American Journal of Psychiatry, 21 May 2019
CBD could curb heroin addiction

Earth-like
science | Max Planck Institute, 22 May 2019
Eighteen exoplanets discovered

Collaboration
science | Nature, 22 May 2019
Europe’s cross-border science programs

Forestry
eco | Mongabay, 23 May 2019
What kind of trees benefit the climate most?

The Ocean Cleanup
eco | 24 May 2019
System design upgraded

Hybrids
nature | Independent, 25 May 2019
European wolves and dogs interbreed

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The Five Percent Challenge
is an invitation to join an open collaborative action plan to cut GHG emissions from the mobility sector in cities by 5% in the first year

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