John Rylands Library: The Trekgaskis and Anthony Dowd Collections

John Ryland Library - Tregaskis Collection

In our increasingly digital world, I sometimes mourn the loss of sensory experiences. The ability to feel textures, to judge the weight of an object or savour the subtle smell of the material in my hands.

As much as I love to work with and surround myself with technology – there will always be a need and appreciation for books. Real books. The printed type! So I was very excited to be invited by a bookbinding friend to visit The John Ryland’s Library (on Deansgate, Manchester) for a behind-the-scenes session to see the Trekgaskis and Anthony Dowd Collections. John Hodgson, Keeper of Manuscripts & Archives at the library guided us through the collection. Continue reading

Year of the Sheep 2015

Year of the Sheep

Today marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year. 2015 is the Year of the Sheep!

Not sure which animal you were born under? Have a look at the Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator. It seems to be a trend among my relations to look up their predictions for the next 12 months ahead. Fortune is offering a sneak peek at your financial future this year.

Regardless of what the Feng Shui master might have in store for you, have a very Happy Chinese New Year!