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ISSUE #5 LIFESTYlE & SUSTAINABILITY

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KULAMAG MANIFESTO 2020

KulaMag was launched in June 2020 but the concept and goals are a reaction to the world we all find ourselves living in and the path that economic growth has taken us over the past 60 years. Since we began KulaMag has already had 83,322 publication reads telling us were not alone on this journey.

To many of us it continually feels like we are bombarded with new levels of disinformation and fake news, most of it to divert our attention from the real issues which impact our daily lives, such as global pandemics and climate change.

So that’s what we decided to do – form a wholly Not-For-Profit collective of like-minded people focusing on positive change

During these uncertain times it’s paramount that individuals and groups feel connected to their environment and community or we’ll find ourselves on a path to disaster.

Kula run a KulaShop, giving you the opportunity to purchase bespoke artwork, prints, clothes and merchandise, supporting KulaMag in being as sustainable as the businesses and artists we support

ALL ABOUT US KulaMag acts as the conduit between community and the millions of inspiring people and businesses who are making a difference; whether that’s championing minorities, tackling waste, highlighting exploitation or improving health and wellbeing, KulaMag is a showcase for all those doing things well, while shining a light on those who continue to act irresponsibly. We do this through storytelling, art and expression, giving a platform to the unsung heroes who really are making a difference to the environment and our culture. The truth lies at the very core of everything we do and instead of just pointing at problems, we set about finding solutions to the fundamental issues of exploitation and greed which often lie at the core of most of the worlds problems. While we applaud lawful direct action, we are trying to promote systemic change by showing each other just what can be achieved if we all take responsibility, and we can all be happier and healthier at the same time!

We love showcasing local businesses, large and small, which actively engage in reducing their (and our) impact on the environment while producing fantastic food and products which enhance our daily lives. There really is no need to cut out quality and excellence by living more responsibly and we showcase this daily across all our platforms.

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We don’t have billionaire backers sitting in tax havens and we choose not to inundate you with adverts and pop-ups from companies which don’t align with our ethics but it’s no good championing sustainability if we’re not delivering on this ourselves. Currently we rely on four main sources of income, so if you love what we do, you can contribute in the following ways;

KulaMag already gives a platform to the champions highlighting minority causes, waste and energy reduction, exploitation of workers and environmental vandalism, and with your continued help, support and engagement, we will continue to bring forward an inspiring visual interpretation of what’s good and what’s not. 1. Sponsored advertorials showcasing local businesses, talent and excellence. 2. Sales of magazine and direct donation on our website. 3. Merchandising of our fantastic artwork, with receipt shared with the independent artists. 4. Grants and sponsorship. There’s more information about these on our website or contact us direct at info@kulamag.com All income is ploughed back into KulaMag to enhance what we do and develop new and exciting projects in the near future such as KulaTV and KulaMap; both providing platforms for innovative individuals and businesses to show off what they do. Initially they will be focused on Brighton but we hope to spread the word into Bristol, Cambridge and London over the coming months. KulaMag is nothing without contributors and engagement, with a large proportion of our team providing their services for free. However, we are always on the lookout for new talent and ideas on a commission basis.....

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Welcome to KulaMag

ISSUE 5 Fresh Starts EDITIORIAL

A warm welcome back to one and all for the 5th installment of KulaMag. Covid-19 continues to dominate our lives and the media, with a daily bombardment of deeply depressing facts and figures which, above all, bring us two very clear facts. 1/ The U.K. Government has monumentally fucked up the response to the pandemic, and 2/ We are a long way from a return to anything like the "normal" we once knew. As 2020 departed with two fingers rather than any fanfare, 2021 started with real hope, predominantly around vaccines, but is rapidly following in its predecessors clawing footsteps. The roll out of U.K.vaccinations by the NHS and the magnificent response of its staff generally to the virus, stand as a lasting testament to its creator, Aneurin Bevan's core principles, particularly the "Free at the point of delivery" This stands in sharp contrast to the grubby and corrupt exploitation of pandemic contracts by Tory Ministers and their cohorts. We at KulaMag will continue to support Good Law Project and Doctors Association UK in bringing legal challenges to expose those guilty of disgusting profiteering. While other countries come together to fight the economic consequences of the pandemic, our Government inflicts yet another ill-thought out and damaging policy on all of us, yep, Brexit. The nationalists wet dream is here in all its flag waving, utterly pointless stupidity, already claiming jobs and destroying businesses in the very sectors that were conned into supporting it, namely fishing, manufacturing and farming. The rating agency Moody's have produced a sobering evaluation of the economic costs to us all but there is also the deep structural and social impacts which will hit one sector of society particularly hard, young people. This edition is called "Fresh Starts" because despite everything thrown at us, we know we will emerge from this stronger, wiser and better informed. Young people won't be duped as easily as the gullible revisionists, they will demand better and they will build a future based on shared values, a love of their environment and a real desire to come together, socially and culturally. If you enjoy what we do and want to get involved in the future direction of KulaMag please get in touch at Kulamag.com. Stay strong!

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Contents

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10 lily rigby 13 food & mental health 16 zodiac signs 19 d&r waste clearance 20 hand brain turn 22 vegan home furnishing 26 the problem with cocaine 30 ellis d 34 plant based students 38 friends 4 friends 44 you're your mothers daughter 46 cultural appropriation in yoga 48 home normal 51 maddie heyes 58 death of our streets 60 alfa nova 64 decluttering, home and mind 69 air quality 72 quarantine raves 76 gene pool 78 time to inquire 81 vegan thai curry ramen 84 vegan sushi 85 what the pitta 'tzatziki'

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LILY RIGBY Painting from the soul

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Brighton Artist Lily Rigby, Photograph by Alun Callender


Lily's paintings exist somewhere in the space between abstract and figurative. They are rendered with sensitivity and emotion to produce pieces that are alive, vital and dramatic. The finished works are exciting to own, inspiring and also challenging, tapping into the emotions of the viewer, connecting the emotional journey of the artist with that of the viewer. They are mysterious and beautiful. Lily has been in many group shows as well as having her own successful solo exhibition that she puts on each year. She has exhibited in London, Brighton, Bristol, Chichester and Hungerford. Lily is represented by Kevis House Gallery, Petworth.

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"I think art is about human expression, expressing your life and your feelings. It can take some time, but I will get lost in the act of painting and then I don’t think about what I am making. I never premeditate what I am going to create, I love the idea that the painting will show itself. I love that people see different things in my work and that my paintings ignite different feelings in each viewer. Making art is an act of discovery, in more ways than one, and every time I paint, I am learning or discovering something new."

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These paintings came to life during the lock down summer in 2020. I walked in the woods at sunset a lot and took photos as a starting point for my paintings. It definitely felt like a time of change and fresh starts. Most of my paintings are inspired by nature at the very beginning, but then they become more abstract as they develop - I never know how they will turn out. I am always drawn to the colour blue and so in these works I am experimenting with more earthy colours, which was a new experience for me. These two paintings, along with one more, are currently exhibited in Cameron Contemporary Art, Winter Exhibition.

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See more of her stunning work @lily_rigby

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DOES WHAT WE EAT REALLY AFFECT OUR MENTAL HEALTH? After a very different Christmas for everyone across the country, most of us will be starting 2021 with the hope of a more positive New Year. For some, these times have not been easy, with the separation from family and friends, more lockdowns and dark afternoons, it is inevitable that our mental health will be affected over the coming months. In previous New Year’s, it is custom to create a New Year’s resolution, most of us going for the classic signing up for a gym or forcing ourselves to try juice cleansing. But maybe this year our New Year’s resolutions should focus more on our minds.

BY LILLY CROUCHER We know juice cleanses and crash diets work in losing weight, but they are not healthy for our bodies or our wellness.

So what diets are good for our bodies and our wellbeing?

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NUTRITIONAL PSYCHIATRY A relatively novel field of science that looks at the relationship between our digestive system and changes in mood. Where most psychological research would focus on the brain directly,

Our diets control the diversity of bacteria in our digestive systems, so for our guts to be diverse, our diets must be too. IT'S ABOUT VARIETY

Speaking to Morgan Coy, a A 2011 study on 'mice medical science student at modelling anxiety' aimed to the University of Leeds, she test depressive tendenciesFOOD by AND MENTAL HEALTH 2 explained that ‘high giving the mice a dose of inflammation [in the gut] natural gut bacteria into the has been seen to correlate to digestive system. The mice more depressive symptoms’. with the bacteria were more motivated and alert whereas The Mediterranean diet is the control group with no more desirable as it contains bacteria, were less willing to anti-inflammatory foods that finish the task and gave up may improve our mood. easier. So, what does this mean for us?

If you like eating Spanish or Italian food, then you will know the Mediterranean diet is well varied, containing foods like: Fish Nuts Oils and lots of fruit and veg.

It means that our eating habits have a large effect on our mental wellbeing. Natural bacteria, like the ones fed to the mice, can be found in yogurts, sauerkraut and other fermented foods. These are With these foods, plenty of known as probiotics which natural fibre is broken down are essential for the healthy in the gut which exerts antiregulation of bacteria in our inflammatory effects. gut. CLEARLY It is important that B12 is vital for neurological our diets contain a variety of function and mental health, healthy foods that will found mostly in dairy and improve our wellbeing. meat, it can also be taken as a14supplement. KULAMAG 14 KULAMAG


‘THE GUT IS YOUR SECOND BRAIN’ Constandia Christofi, a Nutritional Therapist, explains that whatever happens in your gut will affect your mental wellbeing. Specialising in Naturopathic Nutrition, she describes food becoming your ally to support your wellbeing. ‘Its ‘holistic’ in that your mind and body have to work as one. If you haven’t got mindfulness you will struggle to reach a full state of wellbeing’. She suggests meditation and yoga, as well as foods that improve mental health.

RAW CHOCOLATE One of the most surprisingly nutritional foods is chocolate. Cocoa in its natural form is the bean from the cocoa fruit and is considered to have a vast nutritional value, containing antioxidants which can reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and replenish hormones. Cooked chocolate loses its nutritional value, like vegetables, so raw is better, but even 70% dark chocolate can have huge benefits on our mood. Constandia makes her own raw chocolate which you can buy from her online shop. www.silverdragonwellbeing.com or email dandysrawchoc@gmail.com

Magnesium 'Natures tranquiliser', helps you to relax. Found in: Rich green leaves Pumpkin seeds Avocado Peanut butter, help release serotonin.

B Vitamins 'Natural defense' increases energy and brain function. Found in: Green vegetables MESSAGE Meat Fish From reducing unhealthy foods to Eggs keeping a varied diet, making small Shellfish changes every day can make a big Oats Contributers: Morgan Coy, University of Leeds Constandia Christofi @silverdragonwellness

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ZODIAC PREDICTIONS FOR 2021 Written and illustrated by Inez Tully

We made it to 2021! 2020 was a whirlwind of a year to say the least. Luckily, 2021 will bring us newfound clarity and strength to trust our intuition and grow. Let’s see what 2021 has in store for your sign!

Aquarius January 20- February 18

Pisces February 19- March 20

This year will force you to grow. The Saturn placement will lend you power, so don’t be afraid of getting the things you want or doubting your success. It is also the year of learning to put yourself first, it can be difficult but remind yourself that you deserve it!

2021 will bring lots of reflective energy. Now is the time to look at your boundaries and see whether others are taking advantage of you. Trust your instincts! This year will also bring opportunities, say yes to the ones that feel right.

Aries March 21- April 19

Taurus April 20- May 20

In 2021 you will have a more aligned point of independence. This independence will make it easier for you to get what you want and feel driven to accomplish things on a daily basis. Trust yourself and put yourself first. 16 KULAMAG

Your strength will guide you through this year. By using this strength, it will help you to realise your self-worth and be confident in the decisions that you make.


Gemini May 21- June 20 2021 will help you to be aligned and present. Your intuition will help you to grow and remove the people in your life that are holding you back.

Cancer June 21- July 22 This year you are focusing more on your own personal needs and removing others who don’t mirror your values. This energy will help you to be more independent and remove those toxic relationships.

Leo July 23- August 22 In 2021 you will become much clearer in what you want which will help develop your personal growth. Remember to practice patience and move away from seeking instant gratification. Good stuff is on the way, it’s just a waiting game.

Virgo August 23- September 22 In 2021 you will see career growth, this is because you are not afraid of hard work or a busy calendar. However, for this to succeed you should set boundaries, prioritise your health and make sure you don’t burn out by taking on too much at once. 17 KULAMAG


Libra September 23- October 22 This is the year to self-reflect. Set yourself boundaries and take time for yourself. By reconnecting with your ambition, it will drive forward positive change.

Scorpio October 23- November 21 You will become more emotionally stable and independent this year. This stability will help you to look inward and find healthy ways to feel good about yourself. With this energy, it is the perfect time to start a new project.

Sagittarius November 22- December 21 2021 is the year to engage in self-care. By focusing on yourself this year you will strengthen your body and mind which will help you can become the best version of yourself. Capricorn December 22- January 19 This year is about doing and getting what you want. Do what makes you happy so now is the time to pick up those creative projects. Self-reflection is also important this year as now is the time to drop those behaviour patterns that cause you trouble, there may be better ways of handling those emotions. 18 KULAMAG


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A Hand Brain Turn The Psychological Benefits of Hands on Making A short insight into the positive effects hand crafting can bring to our lives in these difficult times. Written By Christian Wood

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ake something, anything, the results may surprise you. Creativity comes in many different forms, all of which have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing. One specific type of creativity however, that holds power above others, is the stimulus from your hands. Crafting with your hands creates a sensory experience proven to reduce anxiety, draw focus and process emotions. It gives your brain a chance to slow down to create original, impulsive ideas. You don’t have to be creating a work of art either! Creating something hand crafted that you can devote your attention to such as pottery or even bread making gives the same result. Studies have shown physical craft helps to promote mindfulness and stress relief. The sensory experience of physically touching materials whilst simultaneously creating original work activates parts of your prefrontal cortex that can suppress the influx of negative emotions. The Amygdala is an area of your brain responsible for your ‘Fight or Flight’ responses. It sends signals through your nervous system to activate glands that produce adrenaline, resulting in the influx of intense or negative emotions. Focusing on repeating the same physical process with your hands activates the prefrontal cortex, which regulates emotions and dulls activity in the Amygdala. This results in an even balance of emotions, much like the effects of meditation.

Creative blocks? We all know that familiar feeling, staring at a blank page trying to summon inspiration for a new project. Crafting by hand, even if it’s just to experiment with your thought, is a great way of generating original ideas. As a Graphic Designer I occasionally find myself at a loss for creative inspiration, I try to overcome this by applying myself to a hands on process. Sometimes it could simply be playing around with materials, perhaps it’s experimenting with artistic mediums to generate new ideas. The approach often depends on the type of creative block. Writers block can also apply to this type of situation. By stepping away from the work and applying yourself to a hands-on craft you are able to reconsider your ideas whilst in a state of calm. 2021 isn’t the year for bold new year’s resolutions. Last year was tough on people in so many ways and moving forward we need to be reflecting on being kind to ourselves and others around us. Hand crafting is a simple, easily accessible way of bringing creativity back into your life. Perhaps you always wanted to take up sewing, or even painting? Hand crafting offers a break when you need it and can be picked up and put down whenever it suits you. We’ve all spent a lot of our time online these past few months, go and grab a paint brush, or even a piece of clay and get creating!

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A home that is furnished with vegan and cruelty free alternatives is completely achievable. All that animal abuse and misery in your home’s furnishings is so avoidable. There is a growing demand from consumers worldwide to find alternatives to animal derived products and animal testing. We can instead use alternatives that are healthy and non-toxic, whilst avoiding petrochemical materials as well. Even better still, we can opt for low impact, sustainable options that reduce waste. I believe that most people will now settle for vegan and cruelty free choices. Many of us want to look at all aspects of the materials and products used. Socially conscious and health driven shoppers are seeking non-toxic alternatives and these consumers are not always necessarily vegan. People are becoming increasingly aware of the unhealthy chemicals and toxins associated with animal derived products and they wish to avoid wearing them and using them in their homes. We are now also becoming more aware of the negative impact this has on home furnishings.

This got me thinking, THIS is the perfect opportunity to replace one problem with another so I thought I’d guide you through some of the innovation I’m watching happen in my industry. While it's not all in the mass market yet, there are exciting innovative materials starting to be used. I really hope you find it interesting!

Problem: LEATHER Furnishings originating from animals have a negative, horrific impact. “Nearly 1 billion animals are slaughtered yearly for the global skins and hide industry.” “The leather industry is not a byproduct of the meat industry. It’s the other way round. Leather is more valuable.” (both sources: ’Vegan Design’ Deborah DiMare) 22 KULAMAG


Leather alternatives using waste:

The pollution created by cows and the tanning of the skins, for example, is one of the most dangerous pollutants globally. Add to that the methane produced by the cows, the feces running into rivers and local waters, and the amount of land destroyed to grow feed for the cows is devastating. And then there’s the tanning process itself. The average tannery worker in India dies by the age of 50. The workers stand barefoot in pools of chromium and other poisonous chemicals such as formaldehyde, cyanide to treat the hides. Aside from the cruelty and harmful processes, leather is out-moded and doesn’t perform well. I haven’t used it for years. Alternatives perform better. But we need to ensure those alternatives are not harmful. Even though it’s reported that even the very worst of the plastic leather alternatives is only a third as bad for the environment. LET’S DO BETTER!

Waste by-products from food production: orange leather (Philippe Stark), mangoes, apples, pineapples (Pinatex) coffee grounds, wine waste. Tômtex leather alternative made from waste seafood shells and coffee grounds Leather alternatives using plants: Mylo leather (mushrooms) used by Adidas, Stella McCartney, Lululemon and Gucci. Cork leather - it takes 25 years for a tree to reach harvesting age. It’s bark is then removed by hand with a small axe every nine years. The tree can live over 200 years, regenerating its spongy coat up to 20 times. Cactus leather - a durable and breathable alternative is really starting to have an impact in the designer bag/luggage and is starting to be used for upholstery. Bio leather - lab grown leather using cells, proteins and other living materials. Uses animal fat, blood and bones.

Problem: OCEAN PLASTIC 1 million bottles sold every minute. Most of it is not recycled. It is said that only 6% of all plastic produced EVER has been recycled.

“Every minute one truckload of garbage is being dumped in our oceans. If we carry on as usual, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050.” Source: World Economic Forum 23 KULAMAG


Solutions: Use recycled PET bottles as a resource. It can currently be found used for textiles, rugs, duvets as well as apparel - but avoid using for highly washable items as there is concern over them shredding micro plastics into waterways and seas and into the food chains. Fishing net. Retrieving ghost nets provides fishermen with an income off-season. Look out for use of the recycled fibre in furniture, fabrics, carpets and also apparel.

Problem: POST CONSUMER WASTE We need to immerse ourselves in the circular economy. Keep items in their most valuable form for as long as possible before breaking down to recycle. “Yearly we throw away 1.6 million tonnes of bulky waste''. If you combine the percentages for furniture and bulk textiles (such as mattresses) it’s over 60%! 51% of this is either instantly reusable or reusable with a slight repair.” Source: WRAP/RSA

Solutions: REUSE is the optimal solution. Recycled TV and computer screens used for wall tiles Recycled yoghurt pot packaging, hopping boards and PET - used for worksurfaces Look out for manufacturers who recycle their production line waste back into their products. 24 KULAMAG

Problem: AIR QUALITY & GREENHOUSE GASES “The average person spends almost 90% of their time indoors where air quality can be 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality.” Source: The WELL Building Standard

Solutions: A new innovation in carbon dioxide absorbing paint. This nonpetrochemical graphene based paint claims that 45 litres will absorb over 14kg of carbon dioxide, as much as a mature tree will absorb in 12 months


Chemicals amount to a large percentage of the weight of most fabrics. You just need to watch the film Stink to find out more about the effects on humans and air quality.. EU protections are better than in the US but we still need to be conscious of chemicals used. Use Oeko-tex labelled fabrics which are monitored for safe chemical use. Some commercial furniture suppliers are now providing carbon footprint calculations for furniture materials and some also have a delivery calculation - so that can now be a part of the buying decision If using cotton, try to use organic cotton. As well as using hugely less water and better soil health, growing organic cotton produces up to 94% less greenhouse emissions than conventional cotton. Opt for organic, preferably GOTS certified or Soil Association cotton. Textiles generally are one of the largest water polluters.

I really hope this insight is thought provoking and informs any buying decisions you might be making. Home furnishings have a surprisingly large impact on the environment. After working in sustainability in my industry for over half of my life - I really am starting to see changes happening in my industry and I am certainly seeing more consumer awareness and industry response.

Keep up the pressure on suppliers! Be inquisitive.

Notes Chloe Bullock is a BIID Registered Interior Designer® at the British Institute of Interior Design – the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. She creates animalfriendly, human-friendly and planet-friendly interiors.Chloe supports both entrepreneurs and home owners - designing with a focus on sustainability, health and cruelty free specifications. She is a FitWel® Ambassador and keen follower of human-centric, healthy design using standards such as WELL building standard, Building Biology as well as FitWel® to ensure spaces are healthy for the users.Prior to setting up her own company 15 years ago, she was part of The Body Shop team delivering ethical global store concepts and specifications. Her ongoing commitment to environmental awareness, sustainability using circular economy principles and cruelty-free specifications learnt at The Body Shop, has translated into her own interior design business. She was the first interior designer in the UK to be VEGANDESIGN.ORG

Artwork for this piece all created by our supergirl @inezmae

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THE PROBLEM WITH COCAINE Written by Maddy Kesterton

One of the most pressing social and environmental issues in Latin America is the degradation of important ecosystems via the cultivation of the coca leaf, the key ingredient in the production of cocaine. Colombia has suffered heavily from drug cartel activity and political instability and cocaine production has been a key component in the expansion of guerrilla groups in remote areas of the country. The majority of coca growers are poor farmers, as the profits from cocaine come from higher up the chain. The fact is the trade provides many farmers with a steadier and more reliable income than if they were growing only government approved crops like coffee or cocoa. This is because the lack of agricultural subsidies to manage food prices mean that poor farmers cannot compete with imported farm produce from rich countries like the USA; who ironically have been heavily involved in the war on drugs in Colombia. Fumigation of the cocaine fields has been a countrywide solution to reducing cocaine production, developed in partnership with the US.

Since 2000 the Colombian army have been provided with the herbicide 'Roundup' to destroy the coca farms in remote locations, often by helicopter. As a result, important rain-forest soils have become heavily polluted with glyphosphate (Roundup) throwing the whole ecosystem out of balance. This damaging practice was suspended in 2015 following research on the possible health impacts to humans; glyphosphate is banned in 20 countries for its links to cancer and damage to the environment, including the USA.. Perversely pressure from America to rapidly reduce cocaine exports, has resulted in the Colombian Government pushing to restart its disastrous fumigation programme.

actually directly contributing to the destruction to one of the world’s most important assetsLITERALLY, THE EARTHS LUNGS! As if permanent damage to the rain forest soils is not bad enough, some larger farms that are key in drug cartel activity use their own 'agrochemicals' to increase potency of the coca leaf; affecting local marine life when it drains into local rivers. FURTHER, SHORT SIGHTED, SELFISH DEVASTATION FOR .....DRUGS

THE RESULT IS DRUGS ARE POLLUTING AND DESTROYING THE RAIN FORESTS

As a result of the mass spraying of coca, poor farmers who rely on growing the crop are forced to destroy more rain-forest around them to grow their crops as the fumigated soil is too polluted to grow on. The fumigation policy has been unsuccessful in fighting the production of cocaine in Colombia,

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As long as coca remains the only good source of money for farmers along with an absence of any other socioeconomic solutions, the production of the drug cocaine will not cease. It seems obvious that the failure to focus on and support the vulnerable growers is contributing to the ability of the cartels to continue with their supply to Western markets. If social and environmental issues surrounding cocaine are to be effectively managed, we must also acknowledge and start addressing drug dependency with users and managing the consumption. Given the complexity of the problem, there are a myriad of possible solutions, here are a few: � Education Educate all parts of the supply chain, particularly the end user, about the destructive results to the environment, the toxic ingredients used to refine the cocaine which are then ingested and the devastation the drug causes to millions. Decriminalisation of cocaine A controversial one but it remains an option, this would help to remove power from drug cartels and regulate the production and price of the drug in Colombia. Support for Farmers Offering real benefits and support to agricultural workers to keep food prices steady, encourage sustainable crop production and reduce the importation of food from countries like America. One thing is for certain- those in the West who believe themselves to be ethical but partake in the use of the drug are directly fueling this corrupt system, for things to change people must first connect issues in Latin America with their own lifestyle.

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‘’"To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into realities of habitable order’’ Jordan B Peterson – 12 rules for life, An antidote to Chaos


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L as t December Ku l a's girl s met up with lo cal B rig hto n t alen t E ll is.D to ta lk ab ou t cr eative p ro cesses and f res h new be ginn ings. We ma na ge d to get an exclus ive interv iew and ha d th e excit ing opport un ity t o w at c h th eir s ocially d ista nced liv e set!

E ll is. D's fro nt ma n E ll is Dickson , is a guit aris t, drum mer and s i nger a nd began his project 'Ellis.D' a year an d a h alf ago. El lis tel ls us h ow pleased h e is t hat h is band man ag ed to get to ur ing an d pla ying bef ore the pand emic st ruck, an d th at to d ay he feel s f ortuna t e t o b e b ack o n s tag e on ce ag ain, p la ying a l ive set a t Th e Prince Alb ert.

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As a musician, Ellis tells us that Covid19 has presented many new challenges, especially in getting his music heard, as he tries to find a space in the void of the internet. However, he is appreciative of the free time that he has in order to create, write and produce more. He believes that with this free time, many musicians from all over are finding themselves to be producing new and incredible pieces of work. We asked Ellis what advice does have for his audience and he tells to us all to continue creating, continue experimenting and most all to simply enjoy it all.

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To catch the full interview, visit our Kula Mag instagram IGTV: @KulaMag. Photography and interview by Ina Todorova & Maddie heyes

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Switching to a Plant-Based Diet as a Student by: Maddie Heyes Why I wanted to go vegan at Uni: A goal of mine this year was to become more sustainable as a student. Helping the environment is something incredibly important to me and I believe going vegan is the best thing I can do to help that goal right now. Trying to change to a plant-based diet while on a student budget was really intimidating at first but it’s not necessarily as hard as people might think.

Creating a plan of the ways I wanted to change my diet and researching the best ways to go vegan as a student helped me tons. I haven’t gone completely vegan yet but I have drastically changed my diet these past few months. Looking after the world is increasingly important and even making one change to your diet can help you become more sustainable, creating a positive effect for our planet! Researchers from Oxford have studied environmental effects of consuming a plant based diet and found that removing dairy and meat products can help reduce your carbon footprint on the environment by up to 73% which makes a huge difference! I still have a long way to go but by changing my eating habits slowly I am getting there. Learning new recipes was really fun and I feel like this has made me healthier than ever too! For my student budget vegan sites like thestingyvegan.com are a great resource to have! Talking to my peers at University helped me immensely. The majority of my friends are vegan or vegetarian which is amazing and I have learned so many great recipes from friends. My favourite place to buy fruit & veg in Brighton is at the amazing local Open Market! Doing my weekly shop at the open market is so fun and 34 KULAMAG really helps out local businesses!


Eve's vegan pesto My vegan friend and student, Eve Wilson's amazing & super simple vegan pesto!

Ingredients 2.5 cups basil a handful of spinach (optional) a handful of pine nuts 2 cloves roasted garlic 2 tbsp melted vegan butter a few drops of olive oil Method Simply add all the ingredients together & blend them up!

vegan grocery list: Fruit (to freeze for smoothies & snacks) Plant-based milk (I usually buy soy, oat or hazelnut) Lots of vegetables (carrots, peppers, bean sprouts, cucumber, onions, red kale, cabbage, avocado, zucchini, mushrooms) Pasta and noodles Brown rice Vegan ice cream Honey Lots of different kinds of beans

Raw nuts & seeds Olive oil or vegan butter Tomato paste Potatoes Tofu Bread, wraps, tortillas or bagels Peanut butter Tea Dark chocolate Cereal / weetabix Quinoa Lentils

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my veggie weekly meals: veggie stir fry bibimbap inspired bowls cucumber salad french onion soup veggie curry veggie sushi wraps homemade vegan pesto bean burgers vegan falafel

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I’ve decided to continue moving towards a plant based diet because I love animals and the planet and want to do something to help. Whatever your reasons for wanting to change your diet to a more sustainable one, remember that it’s okay to not change everything all at once. Taking it one step at a time or even just cutting one thing out of your diet truly will make a difference. It makes me so happy that more and more students are going vegan and I’m glad to be a part of this great movement. 36 KULAMAG


collage by Fatma Al Harthi Resurrection - prints available www.KulaShop.co.uk

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A ta le of bet rayal , pai n, gas lighting an d fru stration, tu rned into a be ac o n of h ope and he lp for thousands W e disco ver t h e s to ry o f 'Fri ends 4 Frien ds' a B righton bas ed ' not fo r pro fit' o rgani sat io n who o ffer support, help and gen ui ne love for o ur p reci ous but pres suri s ed c omm unity. Th is is a very pers ona l an d tra uma ti c st or y for al l in volved and w hile Ku laM ag are at pains to stress t he re are t wo s ides to every story, thi s one prov es that goo d c an c o me fro m th e unl ike lie st of beginni ngs.

How I came to create Friends4Friends... I had just fallen pregnant with my third child. and told my husband the happy news but his reaction was not what I had expected. He told me flatly that he didn't want another child; I tried to convince him but it was no use, eventually, I gave in and agreed to his request to terminate the pregnancy. My mum came with me that day as my husband was 'too busy’. Upon returning home from the clinic I went into a short and painful labour and within a few hours gave birth to an 11-week old fetus. This affected me greatly, I was devastated but I told myself it was over and done, time to move on right? Work demands increased and I threw myself into it because of the guilt. I thought helping people with my work might dull the pain of what I had just done.

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Despite needing the distraction, work life was not a positive one. I was working approx 70 hours plus a week in a high demand job of lower-tier management in health and social care for a company that, looking back, the more you gave them the more they wanted. I started domiciliary care work at 19 just to earn some money and from day one I fell in love with helping people and stayed with it for many years. The people you work with can make the day fly by or drag out every second; due to a bullying boss my time passed very slowly. We've all had to deal one of these at one time or another but no one deserves that, especially when deeply depressed. Eventually I caved in, I gave up the job I loved and my position and found an admin role elsewhere.


I really needed something to look forward to, so when my husband announced his work's ‘Christmas Party’ I was excited. It was a short-lived joy! He told me I wasn't welcome with the excuse it was ‘no partners allowed' so stayed home with the kids and he strolled back in the early hours completely intoxicated. You might be getting it by now, by my husband was somewhat of a bully too.

I took his hand unlocked his phone while he slept and went to the bathroom to look. My world crumbled! I found weeks of messages to a work colleague back and forth, flirting, arranging meetups and you guessed it his two nights away ‘for work’ he was with her. Photos from her, even discussions about me had been had. I was raging, shocked, sad, embarrassed, upset, literally everything hurt.

I did get to enjoy a lovely Christmas with our families, it meant so much to me having the big gathering and I really needed it. I felt hope for the New year and looked forward to a fresh start.

A gut feeling kicked me back down a couple of weeks later, something wasn't right at home. My Husband had been going to work ridiculously early every day and returning very late. He also stayed away for two nights 'for work'?. A woman always knows and though I'm not proud of it, I had to know, so I took his phone. The passcode had been recently changed. What!? That made no sense. OK fingerprint access, hmm he was asleep. Could I? Should I? He was glued to his phone, constantly hiding something, I had to see what was irking me.

A knock at the door woke him and he immediately looked for his phone, I emerged and confronted him. His response…............. ‘it's nothing I will end it'. The next 2 weeks were a mix of arguments tears and more lies. He hadn't ended it with her of course, just continued to spin shit to confuse me. It was the deception that was making me feel crazy, I never got the chance to make sense of my feelings or the situation because I was never afforded the truth and the time to process it. He made me question my sanity, he had hurt me and then was angry I was upset. One day I went to his work and caught him out with her. After then I will be honest a lot is blank. But you get the gist. 39 KULAMAG


This played out for weeks until the 13th February. he had walked out again after another blazing argument and I'd asked my mum to have the kids overnight. I couldn't take anymore, I went out to try and clear my head but immediately received a message from him telling me to ‘’come home or we were over’’" I was frightened and confused, but I did. After we spoke he said he was going to stay at his mum's and left in anger again. I was emotionally exhausted, confused, in pain and with no sign that anything was going to change. I'd had enough.

I'm told I was found, cut down, given CPR and taken to hospital. I was placed in intensive care and put into an induced coma due to the swelling around my brain. When I had recovered enough, I was transferred to to specialist Brain Rehabilitation Centre. Everything was different. I was different. I had suffered hypoxic brain damage due to the lack of oxygen to the brain. I had lost brain function permanently and that wouldn't be all I lost. Months went by as I remained in hospital learning to walk again, trying to remember parts of what had happened.

Weeks of anguish finally caught up with me and all at once I felt every bit of the pain slice through me. I wanted out. I secured a noose to my wardrobe, wrote a letter to my loved ones then wrapped the noose around my neck, all I had to do was drop to my knees. In the back of my mind, I thought if I changed my mind I could stand up. But I didn't want to stand up. Completely calm, I hung until I passed out. 40 KULAMAG

What felt like a lifetime passing, all I wanted was to get back home with my husband and kids. Eventually, I discharged myself.


But so much had changed since that night. I discovered that my husband had assaulted my dad twice while I was in the hospital. My husband told me I wasn't allowed to see my family again, that they were evil. and if I contacted them I would never see him or our children again. I was captive in my own home. When he was around he would ignore me or taunt me, always somehow making himself the victim; then he started getting violent. Truthfully at this time I blamed myself, I told myself things like shoving me or shutting my hand in a door were accidental, he didn't really mean it. It came to Fathers Day 17th June and I thought to myself, ‘’is this what life has become?’’. I hadn't spoken to my family in months and I missed everyone and so desperately wanted to speak to them.

Gaslighting-Ladies and Gentlemen Seems so obvious when you look from the outside but if you have ever been Gaslighted you know how hard it is to see the truth. That's the trademark, the Gaslighter will intentionally confuse you, isolate you, and bully you until your weak enough to submit. Then they make you think they are the only one one who cared about you and convince you to trust only them. Officially Gaslighting is a psychological term, it refers to a specific type of manipulative abuse where the manipulator is trying to get someone to question their sanity, reality, memory or perceptions. Generally, they do this because they crave control, the need for dominance often stems from narcissism, antisocial personality, or other deep seated issues. Often the abused will make the target believe they are the cause of the aggressor's bad behaviours. Think; have you ever looked back at a relationship and thought, wow they tried to make me think I was crazy, but I really wasn't, I was right all along and I was justified in being upset!

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later that evening hee said he was going out for a meal with his Mum. I found the courage, took my chance and I called my Dad. Sadly my husband had my children trained to contact him if I defied his wishes. My eldest heard my call and immediately called her Dad. He came home in a rage, he told me he was taking the children if I didn't leave the house! I didn’t know what to do but I knew I couldn'’t leave my kids with him again, it hit me how he had been indoctrinating them, creating toxic feelings in my own children, gaslighting them too. It was all very traumatic for all involved.

I didn't want to go but I had to. I remember thinking about my children and I wanted them to be in their home with familiar surroundings, so I called my folks asked them to pick me up. I went to go but I hadn't been outside in months, I had effectively been a prisoner and now I found I couldn't walk! It took 2 hours for me to get from the front door to the car.

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Though it broke my heart being separated from my children; being away from him began to heal me. I spent months recovering from all I had experienced, processing the reality. I saw things more clearly and every day I felt a little better.

Finally, after a long gruelling battle I divorced him. He and ‘the other woman' now live in our home. I lost all my money in the process but my freedom and the ability to rebuild my life now is worth more than anything else. I am free of him! My life is now mine!


Several months of work later I started a Facebook page to give aid to anyone struggling MH (Mental Health) illness or DV (Domestic Violence). The group was called ‘Friends4Friends’ for anyone suffering and needing to reach out for advice. From there it has just kept growing within the community and before we knew it we had an emergency chat line that any members can contact for specialist free support.

We became a private group so members could share their illness or abuse and their recovery if they wished without the general public access. On top of this, there are private chats available with the admin outside of the Facebook group on a one to one basis for support. We work within government guidelines for health and social care, so for example, anything said to us is treated as confidential. Unless of course it puts anyone at risk, in which case we then report to the relevant agency or emergency services to safeguard the individual at risk.

I found local people who have been through MH illness or qualified as therapists to all work together to aid our members. They all saw the value in the FB page and joined forces with me to help give support to those in need. We have had several sad moments where we have had to require emergency services. (Who have been fabulous!) but sadly as we all know the NHS is struggling with underfunding so this is where we can help pick up some of the slack. Time is critical to someone with MH illness, their recovery is not going to be overnight and with NHS and councils constantly having funding cut, service users are not receiving the one to one support they need

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Q&A How has the coronavirus subsequent lockdowns affected organisation and incoming clients?

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The initial lockdown saw a lot of people struggling and for the first few months, we were run off our feet. As we are a non-profit organisation everything is done on a volunteer basis and we were short-handed. But we managed and ensured any member that approached us was given the time and support they required and that they where then followed up with further support. MH illness increased so many people isolated, stuck in lockdown with just their dark thoughts. The second lockdown was easier and now with this third one, we are still here doing what we do helping anyone that reaches out to us. With dedicated MH professionals available the team is able to support on an individual basis and, where required, refer members to specialist organisations in the individual's local area.

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How do you intend to proceed with your amazing work going into 2021? Right now the group is running well. The team has worked hard to get to where we are and it is there for anyone requiring it. We had a lot planned for last year which was moved to this year and if COVID-19 eases with the new vaccinations then hopefully we can resume our plans but only time will tell. Our coffee mornings are very much missed so I think the members are looking forward to these being able to start up again when it is safe to do so. I can't wait until we can be back organising our flash mob, information days, coffee mornings and fundraising days.

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Can you give our readers any advice to help anyone struggling? If I can advise you of anything. It is not to ignore it and think it will go away on its own. Nor that you are on your own in this. I made the mistake of thinking I could handle it alone and look where that got me. There is no shame in having a mental health illness. 1 in 3 people in the UK suffer with these issues at some point. There are ways to manage and live a full and happy life. There are so many therapies you can try every day while in lockdown. Whether Friends4Friends(F4F) or another organisation or charity, reach out. It can be the hardest step but it can be the most beneficial step you can make. Admitting you are struggling is not easy and asking for help is even harder; this is why we have an anonymous feature so you can reach out without anyone knowing it is you as a new addition to our group. Friends and family are great but sometimes to first open up you need to be able to talk frankly about your feelings and how they are affecting you to someone outside the situation. First things first. Talk to someone, anyone that you trust. If you feel you don't have this person in your life then contact your GP they can put on in touch with talking therapy groups etc. Some are online so through COVID-19 there is still that support out there.

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HYBRID STYLE

YOU’RE YOUR MOTHER’S DAUGHTER

DO YOU REMEMBER 90'S RAVES? ''Juxtaposition between authority and nonconformists''

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Scarlett Lawrence Brighton Uni - New to Kula I am a multidisciplinary artist, studying Fine Art and Sculpture in Brighton. I am currently exploring fashion installation with links to music, politics and culture. My journey into this work began with my 2nd Year installation piece titled “You’re Your Mother’s Daughter”. This work was focused on my relationship with my Mother looking at the similarities and differences between us growing up. A rich element that arose here was our differing interest in music, with my Mother involved in the Northern Soul scene, and myself within the Rave scene. I began combining the elements of each fashion style to create a hybrid between myself and my Mother’s interests. From here I have delved more into music politics, centering around the 1994 Criminal Justice Bill, which resulted in the banning of free parties and the birth of illegal raves. Following on from my interest in merging styles, I have been taking elements of police uniforms and combining those with traditional 90's rave fashion, to create a juxtaposition between authority and nonconformists. From here I am interested in expanding my knowledge and experience within the realm of visual merchandising and hope to branch out into window dressing post university as I am passionate about marketing fashion in non-traditional ways, which evoke strong feelings and stir a response in the viewer.


HOW GORGEOUS ARE THESE CREATIONS ! All pieces made by Scarlett How it's made Using her own photographs, Scarlett prints off her images using a laser printer and then applies these to the clothes using a photo transfer medium called 'Mod Podge'. Appliques Scarlett took her old used tickets from raves and recoloured them in photoshop, to get a rainbow sequin effect. These where then applied to the neon green cord blazer with acetate.

As one of KulaMags newest recruits, Scarlett will be teaming up with our talented band of misfits to help launch our new 'Kula up-cycling line' where we take vintage treasures, apply our artistic licence and create a new and totally unique piece - all for sale on our KulaShop! Sustainable, creative and one of a kind - hows that for 'made with love'!

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CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IN YOGA Written by Saffron Inch Illustration by Inez Tully

Do you practice yoga? Yoga is a beautiful ancient practice, birthed in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. There are numerous old sacred texts which explore the lifechanging qualities of yogic practice and lifestyle. One of the primary scriptures of Hinduism, The Bhagavad Gita explains;“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Today, yoga is a global phenomenon, and the chances of finding a yoga class nearby are high in thousands of places across the world. In the process of yoga becoming a worldwide interest, it has also been whitewashed, colonised, and appropriated, losing touch with its deep cultural roots for a consumer capitalist culture. In the words of Kallie Schut, yogi, educator and activist; “the story of modern yoga has been about the privileges of race, social status and wealth packaged as an antidote for stress and for the body”.

If you have ever attended a yoga class, you may have heard the word ‘namaste’ used to close the class. Have you ever wondered what it means? It is a greeting; ‘I bow to you’ and it is often argued that the word is not relevant to a traditional yoga practice. “Tattoos of Hindu gods and the Om symbol, poorly pronounced Sanskrit chants and puns on the word Namaste” are, as yoga teacher and writer Nadia Gilani explains, all forms of cultural appropriation seen in whitewashed yoga spaces today. This was common amongst European colonists, taking things and using them in a different context without a real understanding of their source and meaning. This can create an appearance of being ‘cultured’ or a façade of superior knowledge, but in reality, is exploitative, disrespectful, and inaccurate. Britain colonised India in 1858, degraded Indian culture as ‘savage’, at the same time as taking its resources, goods and ideas to then thrive off in the UK. The deep contradictions of colonialism arise here – if British colonists aimed to eradicate the ‘native superstition’ and 'barbary’ of Indian culture through a ‘civilising’ mission, why do we see aspects of Indian culture everywhere today? Yoga is a booming industry today and came from the very heart of what British colonists insulted and shunned. Now, in 2021, Yoga is a billion-dollar industry, with endless overpriced yoga leggings to acquire and ‘Yoga with Adrienne’ videos gaining over half a million views on YouTube.

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Of course, yoga is clearly something worth being shared and experienced by those across the world. However, it is equally as important to know its journey. Yoga is Hindi for ‘to yoke’ meaning ‘union’ and we mustn't let media and consumerism blur the lines between a fitness trend and a true yogic existence. Yoga has many branches and styles, there is space for everyone in yoga. However, social media places unrealistic expectations on what yoga should look like. Not everyone needs to be upside-down to reach their potential in yoga. And the yoga scene has a lot of work to do in opening spaces to more BIPOC communities because most yoga communities in western countries are dominated by white ablebodied people. This creates a realm of exclusivity and steers far away from the true meaning of yoga; union. We need to listen to those who are affected by the exclusivity of yoga environments today. Author Susanna Barkataki expresses; “As an Indian woman, this is often the feeling I get in many Westernized yoga spaces today. I’ve been ignored, kicked out, and uninvited to teach in yoga festivals and spaces, been looked up and down in yoga classes as if I didn’t belong, had teachers dismiss me except to ask me how to pronounce Sanskrit words, and when I raised concerns about how a practice didn’t sit well with me or folks in my family, been completely ignored or even mocked.”

Yoga shouldn’t be a privilege. You shouldn’t have to pay extortionate prices to attend a class, but unfortunately, in the UK today you can pay more for a single yoga class than some people's weekly food shop. So, yogis and yoga communities need to work harder to be more inclusive, open, and affordable. We need to refrain from the blase use of ‘namaste’ for a trend or t-shirt and start to honour, respect, and actively learn about yoga’s history.

To give you a small introduction, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra involving ‘the eight limbs of yoga’ or ‘Ashtanga’ provides a deeper insight into the many faces of yoga. Here, we can see how the physical aspects are merely one part of the entirety of yoga’s depth. 1) Yama- How we conduct ourselves in life, our ethics, and behaviour. There are five Yamas to live by; Nonviolence, Truthfulness, Nonstealing, Continence, and Noncovetousness 2) Niyama- Self-discipline in your spiritual practices. There are five Niyamas; cleanliness, contentment, discipline, self-reflection, and surrender to a higher power. 3) Asana- Yogic postures and the physical practice 4) Pranayama- Breath control. Gaining mastery over the respiratory system 5) Pratyahara- Withdrawal, moving our awareness away from the external stimuli, and drawing our attention inwards. To observe our unhealthy habits. 6) Dharana- Concentration. After turning our attention inwards, we can now focus further on one point which can lead to meditation 7) Dhyana- Meditation, quiet awareness. With the ability to be still and aware without too much focus. 8) Samadhi- ‘State of ecstasy’. This happens through meditation when you become to feel an interconnectedness with the divine and all beings. Or a state of enlightenment, which some say all humans aspire to deep down.


INTERVIEW WITH IAN FROM HOME NORMAL Could you tell us more about Home Normal and the journey from founding in Tokyo to moving to Peacehaven?

Home Normal is a small ambient label with a particular focus on analogue-sourced works. We typically master the bulk of the work on reel-to-reels these days as a way to open up warm modulation and textures in our releases.

HOME NORMAL WRITTEN BY INEZ TULLY

An uplifting binge-worthy gem! founded in Tokyo now based in Peacehaven, East Sussex. Their latest album, also named ‘Home Normal’, is an exploration of living at ‘home’ while being in Lockdown. I discovered Home Normal on Bandcamp and was immediately hooked. My favourite song from the album is 'In Flight' by 'Wil Bolton'. Since entering the Lockdown in March 2020 I’ve found myself gravitating towards ambient music for its calming and stress-reducing effects, I play this genre when I need to concentrate. Ambient music emphasises tone and atmosphere and uses textural layers of sound which can encourage a sense of calm and contemplation. I spoke to Ian from Home Normal about the journey from the founding in Tokyo, moving to Peacehaven, staying creative during this wild year and feelings about going into 2021.

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The label was founded in Tokyo in 2009 by myself amongst an ever-evolving group of artists and friends and came from the live ambient scene in Tokyo and the netlabel scene I was part of mostly in Germany back then. After moving to Poland in 2016 the label was run in Tokyo mostly by friends and our distribution partners but after I moved back to the UK in mid2019 I decided to restart the label from our home by the sea in Peacehaven. We are now a smaller label quietly releasing great ambient music from artists around the world. We're still solely distributed in Tokyo and run an online store in the UK now.

For those who haven't listened to the album yet could you describe it for them?

The 'Home Normal' album is a celebration of being 'home' which is relevant given the various lockdowns


people all around the world find ourselves in. But it is also a note that the label name stemmed from living much of my own life in other countries and trying to understand what the concepts of 'home' and 'normal' really meant as an obvious outsider, really. The label finally feels 'home' now we are in Peacehaven and working with artists who are great friends from over the years, just reinforces that sense.

The music in the compilation features a track from each of our releases in 2020 . Due out in 2021 the album crosses different forms of ambient music from piano-based composition through to modular ambient textures. Featured artists who are some of the most respected ambient artists around including Chronovalve, Silent Vigils, James Murray, Mike Lazarev, Stijn Hüwels, anthéne, Pleq, Hakobune, Wil Bolton, Andrew Tasselmyer, David Cordero, and myself.

"WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THINGS OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL." How have you stayed creative while being in a pandemic?

I had to move my studio space home during the lockdown, but this actually sparked a lot of creativity due to the quietude here. I found myself creating music in the early morning, rather than hearing the usual hum of traffic in the distance, we were blessed with the sound of the birds and wind. I've had much more time to play with my tape machines and simplify my own set-up to be focused solely on creativity, I have nothing else to do during the day really now, and that focus has been a real gift.

In the About section of the album on Bandcamp, you talk about the uncertain future, creating a sense of hope and journeying on. Do you have any advice for going into 2021 feeling uncertain or recreating that sense of hope?

It isn't a boundless sense of hope and energy I must admit. Personally, the idea that we've been unable to really leave the country this year has been hard as we've lived abroad for so long and have so many friends in different countries we wish to see. However, despite this, being forced to stay at home has forced one to be totally present and in the moment. Days have seemed slower but not in a bad way really, and that sense of modern living calming down has given me and the label more focus and optimism as it slows right down, ironically. We can't do anything about things out of our control, so I guess all we can do is rather than rage against anything and everything (as is increasingly the way these days it seems), just go with the flow of these strange times in our own ways and look out for each other as best we can. That gives me hope, even if life will be much changed and harder itself on another level. At the top of the article is the album cover, where did the inspiration for this image come from?

The cover image was taken on one of my many flights to either the US or Japan when I was university age. I actually think it may have been my first time going to Japan when I was just eighteen on my gap year, and if so it was a trip that completely changed (or should we say 'directed') my life.

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What are you listening to right now?

'The Weather Up There' by Jeremy Cunningham. I only came across it today and it really is an amazing jazz-infused album that he wrote in response to the loss of his brother from a home invasion. It is filled with emotion, whirling melodies and the human spirit. What's next for Home Normal?

What drew you to ambient music in the first place? As strange as it might sound, I went to a Bible School for 6 months in my gap year before university. I met my great friend Corey Fuller there and we made music by quietly playing the piano in a hall during breaks so as not to disturb people reading in the library or lounge next door. I started making 'quiet music' from then on really, much to the annoyance of the bands I was in then. A couple of years later I went to meet Corey in Chicago and he introduced me to Brian Eno's music, among others. It just clarified the music I'd been making really and I was also into the ambient side of Warp Records at the time as well from another friend. I spent that summer travelling in the USA listening mostly to Eno and Reich, and it was the start of really and absorbing ambient music understanding the genre. Where do you find inspiration?

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We've got 5 releases on CD from January through to May by Wil Bolton, Andrew Tasselmyer, Hawgood | Murray | Hüwels, Stijn Hüwels and myself, and finally David Cordero. We'll then take a break until late autumn before issuing vinyl releases with Rosales (Brad Deschamps and myself), Federico Durand (Argentina) and Asuna (Japan) which is very exciting indeed.

Inez' Review I've found myself listening to this album on most days. While at home in Lockdown, listening to this album reminds me of nature and the outside world. The composition of the tracklist flows smoothly from song to song, which makes it a relaxing listening experience. If you haven't listened to ambient music before or you're looking for a change of pace I would highly recommend this album.

Find Home Normal: Bandcamp- homenormal.bandcamp.com Spotify- home normal Website- www.homenormal.com Instagram- @homenormalism


Brighton Artist Maddie Heyes, collage, 2020

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Moving to Brighton for Art University Artist: Maddie Heyes I am an artist and photographer from Columbus, Ohio and I've just started my first year of my BA Illustration degree at University of Brighton! Moving from America to Brighton this year has had a massive impact on me as a person and artist. Creating has always been an essential part of my life and trying to find ways to be more sustainable as an artist is really important to me. the diver, painting, 2020

I love using found images and vintage magazines within my hand-cut collages. I am still trying to find my style as an artist by creating as much as I can in a variety of ways. I'm most interested in collage, printmaking and photography at the moment and have loved our workshops at Uni this semester.

Hello Luna, photograph , 2019

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collage postcards, 2020

Exploring Brighton has been so much fun this fall, I live really close to the Level skatepark and the Lanes. Resident Records and Snoopers Paradise are two of my favourite shops. Looking for images and old magazines from Snoopers for my collage artwork and finding new artists to listen to in Resident is really inspiring. Pelicano Coffee co. and Trading Post Coffee Roasters are two of my favourite coffee shops here in the city and sitting down to draw or come up with new ideas for projects with my uni friends in cafes is one of my favourite things to do.

My latest work at Uni focused on juxtaposing ideas and creating new worlds. I was really inspired by the compositions of old 70's film posters and the style of film director Wes Anderson for the project. I focus on colour and composition a lot in my pieces. For this project I created 12 collage postcards using different 90's fashion magazines, American National Geographic from the 60's/70's and other found images.

Moving 4,000 miles away from my family and close friends has been really difficult, but I feel so lucky to be privileged enough to be able to study in such an inspiring city. I love to travel and moving overseas for Uni has been an amazing adventure already and I can’t wait to see more of the world. I know that I’m going to have an incredible experience working towards a degree in Brighton and I look forward to seeing how I develop as an illustrator and person throughout the next three years here. 55 KULAMAG


collage postcards, 2020

Exploring Brighton has been so much fun this fall, I live really close to the Level skatepark and the Lanes. Resident Records and Snoopers Paradise are two of my favourite shops. Looking for images and old magazines from Snoopers for my collage artwork and finding new artists to listen to in Resident is really inspiring. Pelicano Coffee co. and Trading Post Coffee Roasters are two of my favourite coffee shops here in the city and sitting down to draw or come up with new ideas for projects with my uni friends in cafes is one of my favourite things to do.

My latest work at Uni focused on juxtaposing ideas and creating new worlds. I was really inspired by the compositions of old 70's film posters and the style of film director Wes Anderson for the project. I focus on colour and composition a lot in my pieces. For this project I created 12 collage postcards using different 90's fashion magazines, American National Geographic from the 60's/70's and other found images.

Moving 4,000 miles away from my family and close friends has been really difficult, but I feel so lucky to be privileged enough to be able to study in such an inspiring city. I love to travel and moving overseas for Uni has been an amazing adventure already and I can’t wait to see more of the world. I know that I’m going to have an incredible experience working towards a degree in Brighton and I look forward to seeing how I develop as an illustrator and person throughout the next three years here. 56 KULAMAG


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Photography by Ina Todorova


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DEATH OF OUR STREETS ONCE CROWDED NOW DORMANT Quarantine Isolation Lockdown Tier 4…... So many words, all means the same...pandemic! ‘COVID-19’. The world has changed and so have our mindsets. It seems unnatural

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without a mask. There is hand gel in every entrance to every shop and testing sites situated around every corner. The once busy, loud world has gone quiet and crowded spaces are now empty. It's apocalyptic yet peaceful. I

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photograph of a once busy street in Brighton, now idle. The occasional bus on the road, the only

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The

gleaming lights brighter than usual, reflecting against the night sky.

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Illustrated and written by Charlotte Boswell-Smith


MY SILVER LINING! AS MUCH AS I HAVE ACHED FOR A NIGHT WITH MY FRIENDS AND FAMILIE, I HAVE TO ADMIT THERE HAS BEEN BENEFITS TO THIS NIGHTMARE. PERSONALLY, I HAVE LEARNT TO LOVE MY OWN COMPAN, ALBEIT FORCED EXPERIENCE. FOR A LONG TIME, BEING ALONE WAS SCARY AND DAUNTING. I WAS ALWAYS BORED OR RESTLESS WITH NOTHING BUT MY OWN THOUGHTS. THE PANDEMIC AND QUARANTINE HAVE COMPELLED ME TO BE BY MYSELF AND I AM LEARNING TO FIND JOY IN MY OWN COMPANY, 61 KULAMAG THOUGHT IT HAS COME AT A HIGH COST!


Alfa Nova WRITTEN BY KAY KNOFI

Alfa Nova’s music is a trippy dream set in the eighties. But there’s no shoulder pads or perms in sight, just synths and drum machines. Informed by the darker side of synths, Alfa Nova’s “groovy beats and moody vocals” emulates undeniable angst. Brooding, but make it dancey. “Our love of dancing and grooving is imbued in our work,” says Nick, “Balint and I bonded over going to Italo-disco club nights and dancing until 3am!” There’s no surprise their biggest influences are the French kings of otherworldly synth beats: Air and Faux Real. But the pair’s bonding over synths wasn’t immediate.

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Balint was the new member of Nick’s then-band Møss. Nick explains: “I was like: ‘synths? You don’t need that!’ I didn’t really get it at the time, but as soon as Balint plugged in I was like ‘Oh my God, this is great!’” And the rest was history. Alfa Nova has been creating music for over two years now, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’ve been in 4 or 5 bands with many different musicians, but I don’t think I’ve worked with anyone else that I can just bounce ideas off of straight away,” Balint says. Nick, used to love being the ‘idea’ man, but learned “to trust someone, creatively.”

Brooding, but make it dancey.

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When I asked about the main themes for their debut EP, Nick answers: “There’s definitely a feeling of longing.” “Yeah,” Balint agrees, “a longing for something that’s never gonna happen. It’s bittersweet and nostalgic.” I totally agree too. A romantic partner who always lets you down on ' Golden Promises' , the feeling when something’s about to end and never be the same on ' Woozle' . But make no mistake, the Brighton duo’s lyrics are enigmatic. Nick says: “it’s nice when people tune into the emotional resonance of our songs, without being explicitly told what the meaning is.” It made me think of a quote by philosopher Roland Barthes, “The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author.” Well, considering Nick cites David Lynch films as an influence (he says Lynch “explores dark themes without being overt”), I’m probably not far off. Despite the intensely visceral nature of their songs, they don’t actively put these themes into their music. Nick says “they just kind of come out”, Balint adding: “It makes it more organic and authentic if you don’t overthink it.” It’s no surprise Alfa Nova’s music is so cathartic, Nick uses music as “an emotional release”.

“I feel like any time I make music it disconnects me from the real world"

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Their psychedelic elements are inspired by their knowledge that music can “take you beyond this plane of existence.” Balint thinks escapism is a huge part of this, “I feel like any time I make music it disconnects me from the real world, I feel more present - just the music.”


"There’s nothing like not knowing what’s going to happen when you plug in a new piece of equipment" Funnily enough, to take them to such an abstract frame of mind, they look towards the concrete. “We’re both super nerdy for gear so anything analogue like drum machines or vintage synths,” Balint admits. “There’s nothing like not knowing what’s going to happen when you plug in a new piece of equipment,” Nick gushes.

Sadly, it looks like they won’t get to share their music with an audience any time soon. I asked, what if the lockdown ended tomorrow? “We’d definitely be in the rehearsal room with our backing band, preparing for live shows,” Nick answers enthusiastically. “Hopefully we’ll be playing some gigs in Brighton this Summer…?” Balint says with a gleam of hope in his eyes. It’s time for us to record their live performance of 'Golden Promises' for Kula Mag’s Instagram, so I ask if they have any last words. “Fuck Trump!” Nick immediately suggests. We laugh, as I wonder if I can keep that in the interview. Balint, in a cheesy but oh-so professional voice, says “Check out our next single As It Is, coming out on Spotify this February!” 64 KULAMAG

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Up cycling project Coming soon to Depop... KulaMag's Reworked Jackets and more!

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Inez and Scarlett have been busy working on reworking vintage clothing. The first item is a Levis shearling denim jacket. On the back of the jacket will be a bespoke combination of screen print, image transfer and heat transfer, creating a one of a kind piece. This is the first item of many more to come, check out our Depop shop @KulaMag to shop!

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The design of this jacket was inspired by spring, flowers, 70's patterns and abstract shapes.

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DECLUTTERING FOR A BETTER HOME AND MIND

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We are currently living in a time where plenty of us are overloaded with stress. Yet, many have been unable to recognise how our personal space and habits contribute to our daily unease. Ever got to your home and thought “I am so overwhelmed”? It all can be understood when analysing how our brain is wired, and clutter has a lot to do with it! Clutter is not just physical. It also appears in our minds in the form of to-do lists, constant notifications on our phones, and negative thought habits that we sometimes tend to spiral down into. In this article, we are going to discuss the science behind physical clutter and the KonMari decluttering method, which was founded by a tidying expert, Marie Kondo. Enchanted by organising and its physical, emotional and spiritual health throughout her childhood, Kondo wrote her book The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up and it became a cultural phenomenon peaking in January of 2019, where thrift stores were overwhelmed with donations in the wake of Netflix’s release of “Tidying Up” – a series Marie was also starring in. Her book inspired thousands of people who are natural hoarders to give away piles of excess things to charity, where the objects can continue to serve a purpose. Ms Kondo’s theory promotes the idea that inanimate objects can outgrow their surroundings and simply turn into clutter that you are better off without, both physically and emotionally.

The principle behind the KonMari method is simple: Marie Kondo wants you to recognise and remove all items in your home that do not “spark joy”. Before doing so, the items are appreciated and thanked for their service in your space. She promises that once you tidy your home according to her unique methods, you will never return to disorganisation and building a pile of clutter ever again. The orderliness will influence more than just your home. Kondo further explains in her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don’t, and what you should and shouldn’t do.” Drawing on the study by The Association of Consumer Research (2017), examining the phenomenon of Marie Kondo’s decluttering method and what the role of happiness means in the process of objects moving through the journey of “possession”, “organisation” to “dispossession”. Hsin-Hsuan Meg Lee (2017) directed in-depth interviews with those who have, in some way, used the 67 KULAMAG


method. Around half were pure KonMari converts who devotedly followed every step in the method whereas the remaining moulded plenty of steps into their personal preference of adaptation. The findings of this research displayed that all participants reported a change in their perception about getting organised, feeling that this mundane activity now has a greater meaning and is a highly enjoyable experience. Why? “Order feels good, in part, because it’s easier for our brains to deal with and not have to work so hard,” explains Cindy Glovinsky, a psychotherapist and professional organizer. This can be understandable because the brain loves order. The human body consists of thousands of interdependent neurochemical systems functioning along circadian rhythms that will collapse without order. And plenty of other scientists have agreed that it is instinctive for the orderliness within our bodies to reflect outwards in our homes and daily life. You perceive decluttering your space to be highly enjoyable because the latter builds up stress that has three major neurological and biological effects on you – your ability to focus and output of creativity, experience of pain and, your cortisol levels. A hormone produced in response to stress. (Gambelin, 2018) Lasting clutter was also explained to generate prolonged feelings of stress,

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which pushes the brain into continuous low levels of fight-orflight – a scheme designed for our survival. It includes the interaction of numerous organs and body systems that activate required functions and minimise the use of unnecessary ones. To result in optimum physical and psychological health, these systems must be balanced. Oversleeping, eating junk-food and other avoidance and coping strategies can also be triggered by clutter, according to a 2016 research by Cornell University. We usually get most of our cortisol levels in the morning if we aren’t stressed. If relaxed, the levels are then decreased throughout the day, which allows us to enjoy psychological well-being. An untidy home environment can prevent our body’s cortisol levels from naturally declining. Growing this habit eventually results in higher levels of anxiety and a lower capacity to make decisions, think clearly and be focused. (Gambelin, 2018) For the body to supply its energy to deal with stress, physiological changes occur that include increased heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar and a diversion of blood flow to the brain muscles from other parts of the body. When no relief is provided for stress, these changes cause long-term harmful changes in brain function. It also results in the suppression of our immune and reproductive systems, organ damage and disruption of our sleep cycle, to name a few.


When the energy in your body is channelled into coping with stress, maintaining a state of calm becomes challenging. The Princeton University Neuroscience Institute conducted a study in 2011 to monitor participants performance in two environments: one was organised and the other was not. The results were that their stress levels increased in the disorganised environment, where they were unable to be more productive in comparison to the organised space. Another key finding of this research was that physical clutter can compete for our attention in our brain which interferes with our ability to process information and focus, as it overloads the visual cortex. Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, Pamela Thacher conducted a study and found that those who sleep in messy rooms are more likely to have sleeping problems, which she explained includes rest disturbances and insomnia. In addition, people who make their bed every morning experience more restful and longer sleep.

unorganised and messy homes were 77% more likely to be overweight. The scientific effects and evidence of decluttering is no surprise as to why Marie Kondo has influenced thousands into tidying up. In a more tidied space, there is more time to plan, relax and live slower – and from the information we have gathered, it is something that is of value to the brain.

So, how is it done?

Tidy everything all at once One of the many reasons we are constantly re-organising our space is because tidying bit after bit rarely works.

Identify why you want to live clutter-free. Kondo explains that it is not about what to declutter, but about what to keep. To understand why we want to live without clutter in our homes helps us keep things that hold more value for us.

Determine if each item In other research by the University “sparks joy” of Minnesota, it was found that people who spent time in organised rooms were more likely to eat an apple than a bar of chocolate. There was also a link exposed between hoarding and obesity, observing that those with extremely

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Clothes In this part of the exercise, you must hold the item and ask yourself “Does this inspire me? Does it spark joy? Does it make me happy?”. Marie Kondo explains that this is not an intellectual process but is intuitive, and that you should allow your emotions to simply tell you.

Tidy by category In many households, multiple storage places are used for items that fall under the same category. If you are going to start with clothes, then you must get all your clothes from every drawer and closet first. Marie Kondo also teaches you in the art of folding, which frees up vast amount of closet space.

Tidy in the right order In the KonMari method, the following order is the way to tidy:

Books Papers Miscellaneous items Sentimental items Discard before anything back

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“Decluttering using the KonMari Method, just like other transformations, releases joy, motivation and a sense of accomplishment. It can even be a form of meditation,” explains Dunya Karagoz, a London-based photographer and home décor blogger. She also suggests that decluttering can be a spiritual process for many, perhaps with other methods too, as it all helps us feel more comfortable and connected to our space. Clutter causes many negative side effects in the brain and in result, affects our bodies too. Considering how much time we are spending indoors, perhaps decluttering and organising your living space is an of ideal way to achieve a sense of renewal this year.

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Good Air Quality is a Human Right, Right? In December 2020, a landmark ruling occurred which experts hope will spark tougher environmental regulation regarding Britain’s air quality. For the first time in the UK, and most likely the world, air pollution has been officially listed as an individual’s cause of death. Witten by Maddy Kesterton Art: Inez Tully

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When a nine-year-old girl suffering with severe asthma lost her life in 2013 after a fatal asthma attack, her death was investigated due to having seemingly no trigger. The Coroner’s report was finally amended with strong evidence suggesting air pollution most likely induced and exacerbated her condition. The girl, Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived in London, just 25 metres away from the A205 in Lewisham; one of the city’s busiest roads.

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ir pollution monitoring in the area shows that it exceeds the World Health Organisation’s air pollution guidelines for safe air quality for both nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM) both of which are directly linked to a range of health problems such as strokes, heart disease and lung cancer. This is not the first time we have observed the growing problems linked to poor air quality in England. In 1952, London suffered a severe smog that directly caused the deaths of an estimated 4000 people; although research suggests it was probably responsible for around 12,000 deaths. The cause? High levels of sulphur dioxide and smoke particles in wintery conditions, causing a deadly fog. This incident marked the move away from using coal in urbanised areas or as an energy source in the UK, which immediately improved the air quality.

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Although these extreme pollution events have subsided here and in many other parts of the world, we are now exposed to invisible pollutants in our cities; the majority of which originate from diesel vehicles. The U.K. has consistently failed to meet legal air quality limits set by the EU since 2010, spending millions on legal challenges rather than addressing the core issues. The World Health Organisation has classed all forms of air pollution as a serious risk to human health, suggesting that an estimated seven million people worldwide die from poor air quality every year. There are still many unknown impacts of airborne pollutants on public health, and some researchers have found evidence that PM and NO2 may contribute to the development of dementia and other disorders.


The December ruling is a step forward to improving national public health, as in the past air quality was only seen as being associated with health problems, rather than a direct cause of death. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, remarked that the Government ‘must do much more to tackle the deadly scourge of air pollution in London and across the country.’ Brighton Many cities suffer the same air pollution struggles as London, and Brighton is no different. Although the city is compliant with safe air pollution guidelines for most pollutants, it exceeds safe levels of nitrogen dioxide. Research suggests road traffic emissions dominate local emissions of nitrogen dioxide. Tiny particles can travel long distances, so some industrial sources could be outside of the city. Furthermore, in 2020, the NO2 levels surrounding the Clock Tower were found to be some of the worst pollution levels in the country, indicating immediate and severe action is required at source, to tackle this serious health hazard. As 2021 begins we can only hope that more will be done to improve the health of the UK’s people and environment, to avoid the deaths of more innocent people like Ella.

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For most of us, staying at home and ‘staying alert’ are the defining slogans we were told to live by for 2020. For others, ‘staying alert’ may have meant something different, like venturing out to a forest or warehouse to escape the constraints of pandemic lifestyle and dance the night away at an illegal rave. Raves have been a thing for the past 30 years or so, but the spirit of 1980’s antiestablishment escapism is more prevalent in 2020 than ever. This summer was defined by many things; exhaustion, grief and chaos. But within the rave scene, it has also been referred to as the third summer of love. Illegal rave culture properly emerged in the UK in the 1980's and 90’s during Margaret Thatcher’s Neo-liberalist Conservative Government. This was a time of privatisation, constraints on the union movement, and increasing disparity between the rich and poor. Working-class communities were angry and for some, acid house music, ecstasy and partying outdoors became a highly politicised act of expression. Frustration at Government and social injustice was lived through raving. Today, amid a global pandemic, there are more layers of political meaning to illegal raves. Moral expectations surround social distancing, safety and co-operation. Mass groups of people not adhering to social distancing is the epitome of defiance to these rules. British headlines point at ravers in dismay as “Off their heads” whilst MP Priti Patel describes them as a “small minority of senseless individuals”. But is there more

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to the Lockdown boom in rave culture than the headlines suggest? Is it simply recklessness, or are we seeing a political movement on some level? In an interview with Zara, a regular DJ at London’s underground raves we dive further into what the scene is like. It’s a “varied group with different attitudes” she says, “lots of people who are die-hard ravers are anti-system, whilst some are criminals just trying to get money”. There are different kinds of parties held across the UK, some more established, with safety measures and an experienced crew, others established, free and more community based, and finally those known as “money grab parties”, with sole aims to make profit. One of the largest raves seen this summer was in Manchester, named the ‘Quarantine rave’ and estimated to hold up to 4000 participants. Some were much smaller, with more of a communal ethic; as Zara explained, Illegal partying is multifaceted. Zara says “it’s generally a very calm environment”; while the Government are eager to focus on the drugs and violence of the scene and position ravers as the enemy, there is more care for the safety of others than the tabloids suggest, as Zara highlights, “People have announced publicly on group chats that they have COVID-19”. This is not to say raving should be advocated because of its potential calm environment or because people are kept in the loop regarding COVID-19 scares. But it is worth looking into why lots of young people are going to raves during a pandemic, when it is clear they are not all


“senseless individuals” with a complete Help Out’ scheme which openly lack of care. encouraged people to go out and socialise, as well as numerous Government officials Finding ways to express yourself as a failing to adhering to their own guidance! young person is extremely limited when Do they expect us to act responsibly, when you’re are bound to your home and they, as ‘role models’ are not? unable to socialise. Kiana, 23, emphasises the open atmosphere a rave This is not to say that illegal raving is the offers during a lockdown and how answer for the lack of trust and endless important this is “as many people feel contradictions the Government have they cannot express themselves in the presented us with throughout the same way at the moment”. Raving offers pandemic. But instead of disregarding a community and a release from the ravers as ‘senseless’ or ‘irresponsible’, dig stresses and anxieties faced by young deeper and look at the reasons why this is people in these unprecedented times. happening. Is it just a party, or for some, a statement? Is this now one of the only An increased lack of trust towards outlets of expression in an environment Government also proves a strong with little else to offer for young peoples mental health? motivation for lockdown raves. “I do think that the Government have been very selfish when it comes to young people over this period. It’s all about restricting our movement. People are coming out of Uni and trying to get jobs. Depression and mental health is affecting so many people. Issues are not being addressed, it is horrific. Which is why I care less what measures are being put on that end of things?”- Zara

“Going to a rave during lockdown gave me a sense of freedom which is not possible to have in any legal form under all the restrictions. I think this is why they carry such a poignant political meaning. Many people who attend raves share the same political values and therefore, it is easy to feel instantly comfortable at a rave” Kiana

There are of course other ways young people can relieve pressure in these trying Questions of mental health are not being times which does not involve gathering raised enough by the Government. with several hundred people, wearing no People are living in fear, losing loved masks, and not social distancing. But ones and staying stuck inside. If, as Zara where there is compliance, there will says, there is nowhere near enough always be rebellion. support being provided for people’s mental health, then why would people In a climate of heightened social insecurity trust in the measures being placed on and stress, it's not surprising that a every other aspect of their lives? Government who fail to provide hungry children with a nutritious school meal, Young people were largely blamed for the have also failed to inspire young people to second spike in COVID-19, despite the comply. Can we really expect an entire Government implementing the ‘Eat Out to population to adhere to every single guideline proposed by a Government that has so consistently failed to deliver? 76 KULAMAG


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HELLO TO This months KulaWolf, made by Maddie Heyes. Every month we show off our favorite KulaWolf. To enter your design simple send it over via DM or email-info@kulamag.com or Tag us on your feed @kula_mag We cant wait to see what you come up with! #KULAWOLF #KULAMAG 77 KULAMAG


Gene Pool The Kula team got to have a zoom interview with experimental Brighton-born band Gene Pool about their music & fresh starts for 2021!

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I Had a great time talking to Sarah and Jack of Gene Pool on Zoom about their creative process as a band and what their plans are for 2021.

Gene Pool started from the DIY solo projects of Sarah Jean Ryan and Jack Pool while both at College. After experimenting with other musicians, they've now come full circle, closing out the old era and reverting back to a duo. They're both excited about the challenges to come in 2021, moving to London and learning to play other instruments to become more self-sufficient.

Gene Pool's 2020 album "Space Inside" came out just before the pandemic hit.

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TIME TO INQUIRE

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We can probably all agree that our government has not dealt with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the most effective way. Finding ourselves in a third lockdown, the reality of getting back to ‘normality’ feels like it is drifting further and further away. If we want to continue the discussion about the exhausting cycle of the government ignoring, delaying, panicking and repeating the whole process all over again, it seems all you need to do is switch onto the BBC news. You will get your daily fix of alarming figures, maps and pandemic guidelines to remind you of both the heart racing times we are living in and the uncertainty of what is next. Of course, the climate we find ourselves in today gives us every reason to be confused, anxious and fearful. Many have lost loved ones, and our freedom is significantly restricted which has an enormous impact on our mental health. However, I can’t help but feel a portion of skepticism towards the monocular set of views we are fed in mainstream media, as well as the extreme fear-mongering flooding our daily feeds and TV screens. Society has become starkly polarised. On one end of the spectrum, people are fed up, wanting the situation to ease up and others are eager for stricter measures to be put in place. Is this kind of division healthy? People are becoming more reluctant to express their views on the current Covid-19 situation, Brexit, lockdown, and vaccines for fear of appearing ‘selfish’ or ‘part of the problem’ while others don’t want to appear ‘uptight’.

When did it become such a crime to obtain an alternative view? It seems our supposedly ‘liberal’ society has forgotten the concept of debate. “Free speech harms the vulnerable, we’re told, and victimises the weak,” Explains sociologist Frank Furedi. “Politicians, academics and commentators now routinely talk of the ‘weaponisation of free speech’, usually by nefarious, farright forces”. It is empowering to hold an opinion on something, but it takes even more courage to inquire, and constantly question your own view against those around you. Especially when we are given constant ‘public health’ validation for a narrow set of views This can give us a sense of security and no need to search for other answers. Our government seems to be making it up as they go along at the moment, so it is only logical to take what they give us with a pinch of salt. What seems more 'dangerous' here is not the person with the diverse view to yours, but rather the moral high ground that people take in such a polarised climate, inevitably exacerbating this disparity. But even more dangerous is this extending to levels of censorship and restriction by our government on the information we are digesting. "That free speech, which is the very precondition for democracy, can now be portrayed as a threat to it, showing the increasing extent to which those in control of cultural and political institutions are reluctant to tolerate dissenting opinions.”- Frank Furedi This is not an article promoting anti-mask and anti-lockdown arguments, but rather an encouragement to widen your arenas of information and question news that is ‘reliable’ solely because it is shared on the largest platform of information in our country.

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There has been huge controversy towards ‘The Great Barrington declaration’, which proposed a method of ‘Focused protection’ or some say this is a fluffed-up name for herd immunity. One of the co-authors, Sunetra Gupta based her theory on the Swedish response to Covid-19, whereby we segregate the vulnerable and let everyone continue life as normal. This, of course is near to impossible. The declaration lacks an explanation for how to categorize society around who is ‘vulnerable’. Evidence from the Women and equalities committee found that “BAME people experience the virus more severely and with more adverse health outcomes, including death” and therefore can come under the category of vulnerable. There was no suggestion by the declaration as to how this would be considered. This leaves us questioning the declarations real concern for the vulnerable when a huge amount of the population comes under this category. However, the scientists behind the declaration have been heavily scrutinised and attempts have been made to be push them out of the public sphere. Possibly due to the ‘danger’ of these alternative ideas, which if acted upon, could well be detrimental to our society. But instead of shunning the statement altogether, an open debate and exposure of what’s wrong with the declaration and raising ideas about the motives and people behind the petition would be more productive. Is it just another strategy like the mitigation strategy, which was initially used in Sweden at the outbreak of the pandemic?

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If we look at the places where Covid-19 has been dealt with more effectively, for example, Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand - they largely used the elimination strategy. In an attempt to contain the virus, they closed borders at the first sign of any infections. Whilst some say this would be ineffective in the long term and instead just delay the spread, it has made a positive change as there are lower numbers of Covid19 cases and deaths in these countries. The immediate action towards the virus seen in these parts of the world is a distant reality to that in the UK. However, there are numerous factors that contribute to different countries solutions and outcomes. It is not one fit for all, and this is what we need to take with us in attempting to understand another view. This is not to say we should withdraw from judgement altogether, but rather stop framing the alternative as a ‘threat’ and instead inquire. Challenging the status quo has become precarious in a time where we are fuelled by fear. Maybe following the daily news without question seems 'safe’ in a period of instability. But at the same time, isn’t this instability leaving us space to question things more than ever before. In Frank Furedi’s words; “This potential for developing knowledge, without claiming certainty or to have discovered The Truth, is vital in today’s distinctly uncertain world. This is important not just for the development of science, but also for the flourishing of a democratic public life.” Written bySaffron Inch Artwork by Ina Todorova


VEGAN THAI CURRY RAMEN 4 servings

RECIPE BY JENNA KYLE

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Recipe

VEgan thai curry ramen 10-15 minutes

30 minutes

prep Time

total Time

ingredients Sesame oil Flat Rice Noodles (or noodles of choice ) 4-5tbsp Vegan Thai Red Curry Paste 1x Onion 2x Garlic Bulbs cut finely 1x Thai Chilli Large chunk of Ginger (cut or grated finely ) Red Peppers Pak Choi Oyster Mushrooms (or you can choose your own veg! ) Chopped Spring Onion Thai Basil (only if you got it! not essential ) Coconut milk (canned ) 1x Vegetable stock (cubed and dissolved in water ) Tofu (optional! Tofu recipe on next page )

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Method: 1. With a Wok, start on a low heat and add a drizzle of Sesame oil. To this add the onions, garlic, ginger, chilli and thai curry paste. Allow this to become aromatic in the wok, up to 5mins, stir constantly ensuring it doesn't stick or burn. 2. To this mix, add remaining vegetables (Not the spring onion, as this is for later!) 3. Allow the vegetables to become covered in the curry paste and cook for 5 minutes. 4. You will now want to add your coconut milk. Use all of it. Once this has mixed nicely with the paste to create a lovely creamy red colour, add your vegetable stock. You may want to add more of the curry paste, it's a personal taste. 5. Allow the broth to continue to heat on low-medium. You will want the vegetables to slowly cook but not become too soft. 6. After about 15 minutes, you can add your noodles of choice. Once they've cooked (per instruction on packet,) you'll be ready to serve. 7. Jenna recommends to serve in a deep bowl if possible. top your curry ramen with the chopped spring onion and basil leaves and top with fried crispy tofu if you so wish.


Recipe VEgan thai curry ramen TOFU RECIPE

Ingredients: 1 Block firm tofudried well and pressed Corn flour Salt Pepper Curry Powder

Method: 1. Cube the tofu into nice bite size pieces and pop them into a bowl. 2. Add enough corn flour visually to coat the tofu. You don't want to add too much as it won't stick! 3. Add a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper and 1-2 tbsp of curry powder. 4. Heat a generous amount of corn oil or oil of choice in frying pan. 5. Make sure the tofu is fully coated in the corn flour mixture and then add to the pan of hot oil. It should sizzle. If it is not sizzling it is not hot enough! 6. Let the tofu fry until golden brown and you are done!

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Veggie Sushi Recipe INGREDIENTS rice vinegar sugar and salt

TOPPINGS

sushi rice nori sheets

spicy mayo, sesame seeds crispy onions

carrot sticks cucumber sticks

soy sauce wasabi

cream cheese

INSTRUCTIONS cook & cool the rice add a splash of rice wine vinegar & a pinch of salt & sugar to the rice have a bowl of water ready to stop the rice sticking to your hands pat out some rice onto a mat or cling-film

& then place

a sheet of nori on top add your fillings (its recommended to slice them with a mandolin or very thinly roll it all up slice about a thumbs width apply your favourite toppings and enjoy!

RECIPE & PHOTO BY CHEF MARK HEYES

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what The pitta's Easy Vegan Tzatziki Ingredients: 1/2 Oatly Greek Style Oatgurt (or any other plain plant based yoghurt of your choice) 2 cloves of garlic, crushed or grated ½ cucumber, diced or grated 1 tsp salt (add more to taste if needed) 1 tbsp dried mint

Directions: Pour your vegan yoghurt into a big bowl that will be suitable for mixing all of the ingredients Peel and crush 2 cloves of garlic. Add these to yoghurt. Dice half a cucumber and add this to the mixture. Finally, add 1 tbsp of dried mint and 1tsp of salt. Mix all of the ingredients together and taste to make sure you’re happy with the seasoning. Add more salt or mint if required. The longer you leave it to rest the garlic becomes stronger and will taste much better! Put it on your favourite kebab or use just as a dip for warm pitta bread. 87 KULAMAG


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