The sea knows

For the many thousands of people who were dragged into servitude through the Atlantic surf from Elmina this fort was their last link to African continent. The stones of the rough slave quarters and the passage through the gate of no return leak sadness. Consigned in sweetly evil trade. Enslaved, diseased, murdered. The deep bears … Read more

A migrant people

A young person wears a t-shirt reading No human is ilegal

Humans are a migrant people. Before the land was marked, we walked into the furthest corners of the earth. By mystery even the furthest islands were settled. It is the dust of the earth: carbon, that gives us life. In its abuse we make our stewardship pain. Pain for the earth. Pain for those who … Read more

Working age social care

A hand holds a growing plant over a bed of compost

Time and laterally the crushing impact of Coronavirus have destroyed any illusion that resolution of the social care crisis in England can be delayed. Proposed solutions must meet ethical tests around the essential value of all people – and also be just for adults of working age who need adult social care. People of working … Read more

Hiroshima 75

Near Ground Zero in Hiroshima

Down the rabbit hole into a crazy word: 75 years ago, nuclear weapons were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This first sight of the weapons of light which bring only darkness was sufficient for the Word Council of Churches to declare war with atomic arms: “sin against God and a degradation of man,” For the … Read more

Subtitling on zero budget

Accessible subtitling is critical for disabled users, and increasingly essential for all users, due to the popularity muting sound while consuming social video. Producing subtitles is not difficult, and can be done for free. This guide helps explain how subtitling works and takes you through the process of creating a subtitle file at zero cost. … Read more

Sony PXW-Z190, ffmpeg batch transcode to ProRes Quicktime: Explained

Specific guide on using ffmpeg to transcode Quicktime (ProRes) from the native MXF as recorded by Sony PXW-Z190 cameras. Also of interest to users of the PXW-Z280. For those of you desperate to cut and paste an incantation into Terminal – here you go: Read on to understand what it does and why it works. … Read more

Have a nature bath

In these frenetic times the #NatureBath series aids reflection, prayer, mediation and peace. This is social media for the common good. To see more or keep in touch: follow @ianwyllie on twitter. A #WheeelyBeastFilms project. Everything you see has been filmed from a wheelchair. @IanWyllie is available for your creative interview or project around faith, … Read more

The Hillier’s meditations

Hillier’s Gardens, are full of life at the moment, and as spring tends to summer the plants are at their flourishing best. I’ve spent a few afternoons there recently, in part to explore making some mediative reflections for Disability and Jesus, who are a user led collective doing all sorts of transformational access stuff as … Read more

Music therapists in the wild

Meta Killick from Living with Harmony Music Therapy, has a side gig busking in Winchester. She finds it a non threatening and impactful way of engaging people and sharing the difference music therapy can make to wellbeing and mood.  Living with Harmony is a specialist Music Therapy practice run by Alistair Clarkson and Meta. Together … Read more