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Newsy Snacks For Busy People…

May 4, 2015

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I used to write a column for another website called Newsy Snacks For Busy People. It was fun to write and fun to read… I thought I’d write a pared-down version of Newsy Snacks for you. Just to welcome your week in. Here goes!


Caroll Spinney (cover your eyes children) the person who lurks beneath Big Bird is not only 81 and has been Big Birding for 40 years… he’s also a man. Gee. Growing up I thought Big Bird had a lady in him but I was totally wrong. There’s a new documentary about Big Bird coming out and you can meet Caroll in the flesh via that. Sort of.  More on that here.

I found out that ultra-violet radiation and high winds can make stars. From clouds. Or something like that. This beautiful image is of the southern constellation Ara and it’s 4000 light years from us.  This is the best image ever captured of this constellation. More on that here.

Does a loving family create social inequality? Interesting! ‘One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field’ says philosopher Adam Swift. All the more reason to get all village-y again… Read on here.

The American Humane Association marks 100 years of ‘Be Kind To Animals Week’. The association was started as a reaction/protest against the huge number of horses lost to battle in WW1.  More here and here.

A new series shines a light on life in Sydney’s Mount Druitt. It’s called Struggle Street and it begins on Wednesday night on SBS. More here. I’m going to watch it on catch up. Hopefully better awareness of what people are enduring will result in better support.

What happens when kids skip a grade at school? The good, the bad or the ugly? More here. I skipped two grades. It explains SO MUCH, doesn’t it?!

Rookie published a great piece called ‘How to talk to your parents about transitioning’. Read and learn a bunch of good stuff here.

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Spring flower posies at Mollie Makes – here
Make the cute and coconut-ty tarts we baked on the weekend – my recipe is here
Make crumpets with my friend Michelle. She’s a great cook AND a great person – here
This is pretty much all my friend Gemma wants to eat (she’s having a baby one day soon!)
The sixth Spice Girl (found via Rookie)
Seth Godin knows how to tackle creative fear. (May feature drips)
Could Jenny’s photos be any more gorgeous? No they couldn’t! So good.
This punch sounds exotic and fragrant. I don’t know if we can get Woodruff here…?


I hope that was fun to read! So much darkness about, I thought I’d help you out with some other bits and bobs (sans click bait and sensationalist snippets!) If you have any good/interesting newsy links then pop them in the comments for us to read? Good on you!

Love to you.

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  • Reply Tracey May 5, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    You find the BEST things on the internet, Pip! I am such a fan of these posts.

  • Reply Courtney May 5, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Thank you Pip, I loved reading your newsy snacks!!

  • Reply julie May 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Thanks Pip! I used to love your Newsy Snacks and it is so nice to read happy, interesting news.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 5, 2015 at 7:16 AM

      Aw thanks! So glad you enjoy reading the snacky bits! x

  • Reply Corrine May 5, 2015 at 2:32 AM

    Hear a Carroll Spinney interview this week. Looks to be a great documentary.

  • Reply Deb Baker May 4, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Thanks so much for this. I love these types of posts. I’m going to work my way through all the bits over the coming days. I can’t wait to see the Big Bird doco. Doesn’t he sound like a lovely, lovely man?! There are so many good people in the world.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 5, 2015 at 7:16 AM

      And Caroll is not always a girl’s name. GOOD TO KNOW! x

  • Reply Helen May 4, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Will look forward to more Newsy Snack Posts! loved it! I have “Yum, crumpets..” going round my head now! I love crumpets! And, wow, you put almost as much butter on yours as I do on mine!!!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 5, 2015 at 7:17 AM

      haha! This photo is via Michelle Crawford – the queen of crumpets – you can thank her for the buttery goodness! Thank you for reading! xx

  • Reply Karin @ Calm to Conniption May 4, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    I love this post! I learnt so much and I can’t wait to try to make those crumpets. They look delish!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 5, 2015 at 7:17 AM

      They are golden and delicious looking, aren’t they?! x

  • Reply jmj May 4, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    I’ve got Woodruff growing in my front garden, wish I could send you some to make punch, lovely ground cover, fine white flowers are blooming now, with a sweet smell, they came from my mothers garden.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 5, 2015 at 7:18 AM

      I am going to find out more about Woodruff!

  • Reply tash May 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Yay! I love Newsy Snacks! Thanks Pip!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes May 5, 2015 at 7:18 AM

      I am so glad you do! I love them too!!! x

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