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ISSUE #6 LIFESTYLE & SUSTAINABILITY

EMERGING FROM THE DARK


KULAMAG MANIFESTO 2021

KulaMag was launched in June 2020. The concept and goals are a reaction to the world we all find ourselves living in. Especially the path that economic growth has taken us over the past 60 years. Since we began KulaMag, we've already had 83,322 publication reads telling us we're 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.

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.

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

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ALL ABOUT US KulaMag acts as the conduit between the 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. Through storytelling, art and expression, we give 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 world's 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. At the same time, 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;

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. KulaMag already gives a platform to the champions highlighting minority causes, waste and energy reduction, exploitation of workers and environmental vandalism. 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.

There’s more information about these on our website or contact us directly 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 of which will provide 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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FRONT COVER Digital collage by Fatma Al Harthi prints available on www.kulashop.co.uk Isabel Whitaker Entrepenuer nicola desborough podcaster

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Welcome to KulaMag

ISSUE 6 EMERGING FROM THE DARK

Hello again and welcome to the 6th installment of KulaMag. Unfortunately Covid-19 continues to blight our lives but at long last, vaccines are being rolled out and we have a road map out of the pandemic, or do we? As with everything else associated with the Governments response to Covid-19, the platitudes sound all too familiar, the soundbites have lost their impact and we're all just plain sceptical of a return to anything like normality anytime soon. Truth is it's highly likely that some form of restrictions will be the new normal for the foreseeable future, hopefully they are not too restrictive and we can start to emerge from the dark, blinking at the sun like a crazed clubber falling out of an Ibiza club at 6.00am. The very real impacts and consequences of the pandemic will take years to manifest but the highest death rate in the world and worst hit economy in the G7 bear stark witness to the mismanagement we have all been forced to endure in the U.K. KulaMag will continue to support Good Law Project and Doctors Association UK in bringing legal challenges to expose those guilty of quite staggering levels of corruption and profiteering and encourage everyone else to do the same; it's vital that the truth comes out and we don't allow ourselves to be gaslighted by our own politicians. While everyone has been impacted in various ways, the hardest hit have been the young, babies have become toddlers without the interaction of other children or the affection of their wider families. Schoolkids have missed the academic and life lessons learnt from school and young adults have been starved of the usual physical and emotional interactions with peers which form lasting. lifetime bonds. When restrictions are lifted and we are finally able to go to the zoo and theme parks I think I'll go along just to witness the awe and excitement of kids seeing an elephant again or their sheer joy at riding the rollercoaster. I know that older generations have been hit hard by mortality rates and many people will be fearing for their jobs and businesses but the future lies in the hands of the young, and it will be a measure of our society and community how well we protect and encourage them, also how much we trust them to do things better than before. I like to think of us emerging from the dark as a new beginning, an opportunity to do things better, maybe more thought and less greed. Stay safe!

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Artwork by Libby Wells


Contents 2 Manifesto 10 Winter tips - from Dandy 12 Cannabis 14 Kimmy Be 18 The Iceman 21 Covid in Africa 22 Lockdown Entrepreneurs 26 Slake Spirits 28 Death toll 33 SAD 35 kAY'S pOEM 36 Exploring Burberry 38 what's next for The High Street 40 Ikigai 44 Velvet Butterfly 44 Bulgarian Natural Remedies 54 Hanging off traffic lights 59 Biscoff & raspberry blondie 60 Lentil Shepards pie 61 Quick & Easy Lasagne 62 Slake Spirits cocktails 65 Kula Services KulaMag 9


WINTER TIPS! from Dandy at the Sun Clinic Three foods I love to eat at this time of the year

d Oats Rolle In the winter, I love to use rolled oats as porridge or added to home baked cookies, in smoothies or rolled into energy balls. Oats are such a comforting food and as they are full of B-vitamins they help to support the nervous system, promoting better mental health. Oats are also a slow-releasing carbohydrate that help to maintain steady blood sugar balance and steady the body’s stress response.

Mac a Maca is another favourite of mine in the winter months. A Peruvian root vegetable, Maca is a good source of bioavailable plant protein, rich in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and the B-vitamins. As an adaptogen, Maca assists the body in restoring balance especially as a hormone stabiliser. Grown at high altitudes in the Andes mountains, Maca survives in freezing temperatures and I just love the steady, grounding energy that adding Maca powder to my smoothies delivers.

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ACAO Raw C There are so many foods that I love dearly all year round, but if I only had one more option, I would choose raw Cacao. Mood boosting Cacao is a nutrient-dense food, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, healthy fats and neurotransmitters, including anandamide known as ‘the bliss chemical’. As a natural mood booster and full of magnesium, mother nature’s loving hug, Cacao is the perfect food to get me through the winter.

The Sun Clinic will be operating fully as soon as restrictions are lifted until then I am able to offer my Nutrition and Shamanic Healing sessions over Zoom. I am also doing a weekly Wednesday Meditation circle online to support mental health. https://www.silverdragonwellbeing.com/meditationworkshops https://www.sunclinic.co.uk/ Hugs Dandy x Illustrations by @lil.ustration KulaMag 11


CANNABIS Why The War On Weed Has Failed in the UK The law surrounding Marijuana use in the UK has always been a fiercely debated topic, but as more places have legalised the plant for medical and recreational use, people from many different organisations and political affiliations are calling for our government to relax the strict regulations on cannabis that have been in place since 1928.

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WRITTEN BY MADDY KESTERTON ART: FATMA AL HARTHI


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Lockdown relationships: I think you’re suffering from too much Vitamin ME! Having a good relationship is no piece of cake even in normal times, so how can relationships thrive in lockdown? Lockdown has affected every aspect of our lives; from financial worries, physical health issues and even concerns about becoming suffocated by our own four walls. But how about the impact of those couples who aren’t used to being exposed to their significant others 24 hours a day? Now you’re worrying about why his chewing annoys you so much or wondering how her hair is found in every crease of your body! It would be foolish and wishful thinking to assume that this exceptional situation could remain without an impact on a couple's relationship. KulaMag 14

It’s suggested that more quality time together quickly increases opportunities for intimacy, and the result can be more sex; obviously a lot easier said than done! Research has found this not being the case for many couples, Relates survey of 2,058 U.K. adults (2020) reported younger people have been hit hard, with 38% of 16 to 34-year-olds in relationships, saying they have struggled to support their partner emotionally during lockdown. The research suggests that younger people are currently feeling the most pressure on their relationships. More than a third (38%) of 16 to 34-year-olds in relationships said they had struggled to support their partner emotionally during lockdown, compared to 23% across all age groups and just 14% of over-55s. More than a quarter (28%) are anxious about how their relationship will change when lockdown ends, compared to 17% across all age groups.


Delving into this further, almost a third (30%) of respondents aged 16 to 34 who have a partner are worried they will feel lonely if or when their partner stops working from home, compared to just 11% of respondents aged 35 and over. Also, more than a fifth (23%) are worried jealousy will become an issue in their relationship again when lockdown ends. A third (33%) said that money is going to be the biggest issue for their relationships as a result of lockdown and, while 16 to 24 year olds were less worried about the potential impact of redundancy on their relationships (20%), this rises to almost a third (32%) for 25 to 34 year olds. Knowing this, preventative strategies can be implemented into a couples daily routine to ensure intimacy and the ability to continually grow as a team. But how... Luckily I’ve taken the initiative for ya’ll and looked into how you can improve your fitness, couple intimacy, trust and just have a good time with each other. Obviously, science does support my theory as you’ll find out as you read this riveting article. First, Duetsche Welle (2021) suggests by accepting your own definition of normality has just been turned upside down, can lead to a lower demand on and on your your relationship partnership. If "business as usual" no longer applies, the relationship must also find new approaches, don’t worry I have loads of ideas to try!

Additionally, Aymerich-Franch (2020) report on ‘COVID-19 lockdown: impact on psychological well-being and relationship to habit and routine modifications’; found that psychological well-being was more pronounced in younger participants - supporting the Relate (2020) findings. There was also a notable increase in media and social media consumption thus resulting in a significant increase of negative affect and a reduction in positive affect. Subsequently, younger couples are more likely to do nothing with their time together and also may become restless with the time given due to the distinct lack of social outings. Activities which are enjoyable as a couple or alternatively, being independent for a few hours of the day, enabling space and the ability to be spontaneous can all keep the spark in a relationship alive! Why do nothing when you can try my challenges? KulaMag 15


So! There is hope! Sociologist Barbara Rothmüller conducted surveys about changes in intimacy and intimate relationships during the pandemic in Austria and Germany. She found seventy-four percent of couples who live in the same household said in April that they were having a lot of fun together and enjoying their time together. In Rothmüller's second survey in November, that figure was still 69% (Duetsche Welle, 2021). When was the last time you asked your partner to have your back or never let you fall? These answers can now be found in action by implementing new fitness activities in daily routines. Engaging in fitness challenges as a couple can help focus on rebuilding the foundation of a relationship. Fitness challenges involve trust, intimacy and motivating one another, these factors can easily be lost in the mundane routine of lockdown life. Positivity can now be injected through action by implementing new fitness activities in daily routines. Maybe fitness activities wouldn’t usually be your cup of tea during the prepandemic times, but why not try a new thing while you have nothing better to do? It may also be that "business as usual" is simply no longer possible in our dealings with ourselves. We can handle this in a variety of ways: Permanent frustration would be one possibility. However, a perpetually negative climate will never change the partnership or make it any better. "It's time to develop new interests," says psychologist Dewitte, (2020). At the very least, it can do no harm. And maybe something or other will end up actually KulaMag 16 being fun in the end.

As we all can confirm our sexuality is highly influenced by how we feel about ourselves. Drinking a bottle of wine a night together with bags of junk food won’t make you feel any better about yourself but implementing a fun fitness routine together can increase endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline and serotonin levels, increases the likelihood of you both feeling healthier, sexier and happier.

Exercising together also ensures intimacy and affection. For nearly a year now we have been drilled not to touch anyone but ourselves which can lead to low selfesteem and a sense of emptiness. Gurnwald (1996) says “touch stimuli is quite important for stress regulation, a side effect of body interaction, it ultimately serves to reassure us that we are not alone in this world." In this respect, touch has a central social function, he said. "This physical level of our communication also serves to develop, build, and maintain good and stable relationships, quite apart from any sexual activity and far from any sexual motivations”.


I teamed up with Tom, ex Royal Marine, now personal protection officer & owner of Primal Retreats, we tried new exercises which helped us build up a sweat, created many giggles and built our communicative and physical strength. We had a great time working out together and plan on bettering ourselves during the lockdown. We hope you try out our ideas and will be back soon with more ideas to spice up your life! Written by - Kimberley Edmonds

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"Seek discomfort, discomfort becomes power"

THE ICEMAN

Reset your immune system

Learn to breathe

Written by Saffron Inch Illustratuion by Inez Tully

Swimming in ice-cold waters for 66 meters, running half a marathon above the arctic circle barefoot, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, sounds near to impossible right? Surely you would start to feel the effects of hypothermia? But these are the average escapades of Wim Hof, otherwise known as the ‘Iceman’, whose extreme activities have required dedication, training, and powerful mental strength. Don’t feel put off Wim Hof claims that these abilities are available to anyone and has set out to share his methods with the world. Hof has been shown to control his automatic nervous system and withstand conditions and situations most would consider beyond human capacity through 3 main components; breathing technique, training of mindset, and gradual exposure to the cold. Wim Hof promotes his methods of breathing, meditation, and cold exposure as a breakthrough defence to the heightened stress and sickness of today’s society. He says we have become alienated from our physiology and feel a false sense of control over nature in a world bound by exploitation, power and abuse. At the young age of 12, Hof set out to move beyond the modern-day comfort zone and test the boundaries we are often told to live within. Ancient practices such as yoga and qigong use techniques grounded in the Wim Hof methodology, that our mind is a powerful tool and can enable us to go beyond our body's imagined limits. But most surprising about Hofs’ method, is that scientific evidence is actually proving these ‘superhuman’ abilities possible; that humans can deeply and powerfully influence their autonomic nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system, turning fantasy to fact. Brain over Body A study from Wayne State University known as “Brain over body” found that Wim can activate areas in the periaqueductal gray, a part of the brain that controls pain suppression. This is a pioneering discovery that could result in the future use of the Wim Hof method for severe pain relief. Pain is not the only aspect we can regulate with Wim Hof techniques. When we use the breathing method and expose ourselves to the cold, white blood cell production is significantly increased, removing blockages to our highest functionality. Mental health issues prevalent today such as depression, anxiety, stress, and psychosis, indicate that something is not working well. Hof describes his discoveries as a “transformational technique that will change mental health care”. Here is how it works.


The Main Benefits Physical

Higher energy Anti-inflammatory Improved sleep Migraine relief Lower blood pressure Improved metabolism

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Improves overall psychological wellbeing Relieves and controls stress Increased willpower and happiness More creativity Boost endorphins Better concentration

The Science Gas exchange is the biological process whereby oxygen is absorbed by the blood and carbon dioxide is dissolved. By practicing the Wim Hof breathing technique you can influence the ratio between oxygen and carbon dioxide. According to studies on Wim Hof, after 45 minutes of him performing the breathing technique, the oxygen levels in his blood had doubled and carbon dioxide significantly decreased. This decrease of carbon dioxide allows more oxygen to flow through cells as well as temporarily alkalising the body, from the average ph level of 7.3/4 to 8. This enables you to hold your breath for longer. Our need to breathe is related to the amount of carbon dioxide in the body. This spike in pH levels, also activates the adrenal axis, the system related to survival. This system regulates the body's response to stress, immune function, energy expenditure, mood, emotions and libido. Lowering carbon dioxide in the body, also allows us to withhold from breathing, with the consequence of accessing deeper parts of our brain. According to Hof we are “chemically breaking the pattern of breathing in the brain”. He goes on; “Then we can influence the presence of adrenaline, cortisol, norepinephrine, and potentially also endorphin, serotonin, dopamine, melatonin. Based on my experiences with people, we can consciously activate it to release emotional trauma” Another element of the method is cold exposure, where the cold on our body acts as a stressor and trains our immune system to be stronger and more resilient. Over time, we can also train our vascular smooth muscle, enabling much longer exposure to be possible. Essentially, implementing both the Wim Hof breathing method, and exposing ourselves to the cold creates the ability to control and activate numerous systems in our body, notably the autonomic nervous system. Building these levels of selfcontrol with a focused mind and controlled breathing can give us powers to do things we are told are impossible.

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Cold Exposure Cardio vascular related diseases are one the most common causes of death in the world. Wim says this is because we have become disconnected with nature, we wear clothes all the time and our bodies are less exposed to the elements. Wim describes a cold shower as a vascular fitness exercise. When we voluntarily expose ourselves to the physical stress and shock of the coldness we stimulate millions of little muscles which lowers our heart rate and increases blood flow. The vascular system is more activated than someone who is running. Try starting with 30 seconds, and follow on like this; Week 1- 30 seconds Week 2 - 60 seconds Week 3 - 120 seconds Week 4 - 120 seconds Week 5 - 120 seconds +

"A cold shower a day keeps the doctor away"

The Breathing Technique

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1) Take a comfortable position seated or lying down making sure your lungs are open for breathing deeply. 2) Relax and close your eyes. Inhale deeply through the nose or the mouth and exhale unforced through the mouth. Repeat this breath 30-40 times powerfully. 3) After the last exhalation, inhale deeply. Breath out and hold your breath until you feel the urge to breath again. 4) Once you feel the need to breathe, inhale deeply and hold for a further 15 seconds and then release. This is one round, the method recommends repeating 3-4 times. Once you have finished your rounds, sit quietly and feel the blissful effects! KulaMag 20


Africa has reported a mere 1% of the globe’s Covid-19 deaths according to the world health organisation. The West has a history of labeling Africa as the developing ‘third world’ with a supposedly less efficient healthcare system than places such as the UK or USA. So why has America and Britain suffered a catastrophic number of Covid-19 cases compared to Africa as a continent? Research suggests a number of factors play a significant role such as a young population, a lack of Covid-19 testing and a faster response to the virus, but let’s get down to the facts. Covid-19 is a recent phenomenon so more in-depth research is needed to get to the bottom of why the virus has had varying consequences for different areas of the globe. These issues are complex and come down to a range of variables. Africa is a very large continent, home to numerous cultures, demographics, and variations. The research draws to Indigenous Africans having “higher levels of within– and between– population genetic diversity compared to non-Africans” (Campbell et al, 2014). Most compelling within this is the higher resistance to several infectious diseases that this genetic variation has shown. There is no recent proof or further investigation into this regarding Covid-19 resistance. However, genetic variation proves a considerable factor when looking further into the disparities of Covid-19 infection rates. Africa has an extensive history of dealing with infectious diseases, such as malaria, Ebola, cholera and HIV. As a result, Africa has played an important role in the discovery, science, and treatment of these deadly diseases. Is it then fair to suggest, that African nations with this experience of epidemics and diseases are more resilient or prepared? For example, the prevalence of AIDS/HIV in Africa is not to down to ’underdevelopment’ or an incompetent healthcare system. This follows the colonial narrative of a ‘backwards’ way of living in Africa that has been used for many years to justify conquest. Rather, it is the history of the virus itself. The first case of HIV/AIDS was found in Cameroon in the 17th century. It was not until the 19th century, with increased colonial conquest, forced migration, labour and trade that the circulation of HIV increased, along with the severity of the virus. The virus still exists today, but medical knowledge and defence against viruses have been advanced significantly during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The method of ‘therapeutic sovereignty’ used during the HIV/AIDS epidemic is similarly used in Covid-19 intensive care units today.

More recently, Ebola was found in 2014 in Western Africa and expected by western nations to be a disaster. In reality, Ebola was controlled rapidly with successful information delivering to populations, emergency measures, isolation clinics, quarantining rules and much more. “The most effective eradication was led by African caregivers and experts in active liaison with the local population. On the contrary, where foreign teams acted alone, the fight against the disease ended in relative failure” (Richards, 2016) Looking at the HIV/AIDS and Ebola epidemics over a broad spectrum does not account for individual national responses but does provide an overarching view of the diseases in Africa. It also reinforces the importance of Africa’s experience and effectiveness in dealing with life-threatening diseases, possibly providing more preparedness for viruses like Covid-19 than the West. This immediate response was evident when Rwanda went into lockdown following exposure of its very first case and the Ivory coast implemented efficient surveillance at its borders and airports as early as January 2020. Despite the rapid action taken in many countries across Africa, Covid-19 testing is one area of low capacity. As we saw at the beginning of the emergence of Covid-19, resources such as testing kits, PPE and emergency equipment was at very low levels worldwide. This made effective Covid testing sparse or unavailable to many African nations; diagnosis was largely done by symptom assessment. As Malaria exhibits very similar symptoms to Covid-19, this inevitably caused issues with accurate case counting. Lastly, Africa as a continent has the largest proportion of young people in the world, with a median average age of 19.7 years (Diop et al, 2020). This next to the median age range of 40.5 in the UK shows a huge disparity. Research into Covid-19 vulnerability shows that risk of death and serious symptoms increase with age. Consequently, a lower average age in most African nations means that although the virus is more likely to spread asymptomatically among the population, there is a lower risk of dying. In conclusion, it is clear that a number of complex factors contributed to the relatively low 100,000 Covid-19 deaths across the entire continent of Africa, in comparison with the staggering 130,000 in the UK and 500,000 across the United States. The Covid-19 pandemic has destroyed the privileged stereotypes of a poverty-stricken Africa, lacking medical resources to defeat deadly viruses. When we look at the facts of Africa’s long history fighting diseases, coupled with a younger, more resilient demographic, we need to embrace Africa playing an essential role in global medical knowledge and recognise it as the vast and resilient continent it is.

Written by Saffron Inch

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LOCKDOWN

Lunar by Isabella

Isabella started Lunar By Isabella in lockdown where she sells her beautifully handcrafted jewellery made from an array of ethically sourced crystals. Every piece is uniquely made by her very own hands. She offers customs designs and her creativity proves endless with continuous, new designs and collections becoming available. “I started Lunar By Isabella during lockdown as I felt the urge to pour my energy into a creative outlet. I have always been drawn to jewellery and constantly find myself on Etsy looking for new pieces to add to my collection. It clicked one day that instead of buying jewellery, I could make it. I was immediately taken with creating unique pieces using natural crystals and metals. I started listing them on Etsy and before I knew it, I was making orders every day. It is such a privilege to work on something that brings me so much joy” Find Isabella’s @lunarbyisabella

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LIT by bloom Can you think of a better name for a candle business than LIT? Bessie began making and selling candles at the beginning of the pandemic. A perfect gift idea, her candles come in various shapes and sizes, but most notable are those shaped like the female form. Even better, they are sustainable and eco-friendly. “I started making candles in the first lockdown. I wanted to do something to make a difference during the pandemic and I had all the gear and no idea on how to get started. My mum used to make them as presents for her friends when she was younger, and I thought this was such a good idea. I started making them and putting them on my insta page. I wanted to help with COVID-19 and the other pandemic, racism. I started selling these candles and all the profits I made I donated to BLM charity and the NHS. I stopped doing them for a while as I started uni, but due to the success of the first ones and the demand for more, I thought was a good idea to start a small business. I make all my candles out of soy wax and all packaging is recyclable. Designed to make any room literally lit!”

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Voluptuous candles at @LIT_by_bloom


ENTREPENEURS IZSI Colourful crochet creations are what you will find at I SI, a newly formed business by Issie in London. Handmade pieces, ranging from hats and matching earrings to uniquely shaped crop tops. Just getting started, Issie is taking on requests of colours and styles, constantly experimenting with a number of patterns. “Crocheting has been one of the first thing s in a long while that I haven’t given up on - I’m actually addicted! I initially started to give myself something to do in lockdown that wasn’t endlessly scrolling on my phone. It’s been so exciting turning this little hobby into a little business! Get your wavey crochet garms at @izsi.studio

F-O-R-M Business partners Natasha Greenwood and Tamieka Dixon set out to empower women with F-O-R-M, offering a beautiful range of colourful, sleek and delicate lingerie. When speaking with Natasha, I felt her words expressed best what the newly born business means to her. “As Women , we all know the pressure we feel in accepting one’s self at times, often without knowing it our composition is sexualised, compromised or always subjected to scrutiny. It can be hard to find that emotional balance and friendship with accepting yourself. Forever curve, scars, stretch marks or cellulite. On that road to self-a cceptance, you can easily miss the point - that this was once a journey to comfort that has turned into a journey to perfection. These may seem like small issues, like a grain of rice in this vast universe however, these small things happen to have a big mental impact on many individuals. At F-O-R-M we wanted to formulate a brand where women of all sizes, shapes, forms and skin tones can learn to embrace themselves and feel sexy again. That's why we chose that name as we feel it's symbolic yet summarises the brand at the same time.

F-O-R-Mwas founded by two friends that understand the struggles and changes that our bodies go through as women, from puberty, motherhood through to menopause, within these unavoidable phases and the challenges pos ed throughout our live s, underwear can play a big part. From your first bra and many other points in your life, how you look can have a bearing on how you re feeling emotionally, how physically comfortable you are in yourself. Whether in the bedroom with your other half or just generally having support for your figure in lingerie. F-O-R-M use a wide range of models in a variety or shades and shapes that s relatable to their customers.

"F-O-R-M would like to support you with embracing, whatever shape you are and feeling sexy again” - Natasha

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Fluid podcast “Exploring queerness in its entirety, and the lost connections between all of us.” In the new podcast series Fluid, Nicola dives deep into conversations on queerness. No matter how you identify, these discussions are vital, enforcing us to look beyond the heteronormativity our lives have been constructed around for centuries. Nicola's deliverance is captivating, taking us through dismissed queer history, stories and exposing the personal relevance these topics have to all of us. “Creating Fluid for me was about bridging the lost connections between the queer community and wider society. Fluidity is important for everyone, queer or not, and I wanted all of us together to be able to relate over that.” Nicola shared with us. Find Fluid podcast on Spotify, Apple music Google, Audioboom and more. Instagram @fluidpodcast

Exotic fruit shop The pandemic has laid significant restrictions on travel, forbidding many who would usually travel across the globe to enjoy sun, sea and possibly some fresh, juicy fruits. Princess has found a way to bring you slightly closer to that holiday feeling and during lockdown began a delivery service for the rarest and tastiest exotic fruits. These winter days can leave us feeling grey and lacking the vitamins we would get in the summer. Exotic fruit shop delivers across the whole of the UK, so its time to fix that and get some juice back in our lives! “During the pandemic, it really taught me that nothing was ever guaranteed, especially jobs. So I decided to start my own exotic fruit business where I taught myself the trade and started connecting with plantations/farms across South East Asia, mainly Sri Lanka to supply me their produce. I thought it was perfect timing to start a business like this during times where we need to keep healthy and our immune systems up! Also, to educate people about exotic Fruits, I grew up in the Philippines, eating many of these fruits," Princess shared. Written by Saffron Inch KulaMag 24

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Slake Spirits

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Since we spoke to him back in issue 3, Tom Martin-Wells has been busy creating exciting new products, redesigning the branding and moving to a new premise to grow his award-winning gin company SlakeSpirits. I caught up with Tom to see how he's doing and what's planned for the future. What have you been up to since the last time we spoke to you?

It's been busy, especially over Christmas, but this year has been very different. I would usually be going to markets and festivals to promote the gin but this year it was cancelled, so we have moved a lot of our promotion online. We’ve been doing a lot of renovating and re-designing, including the packaging and branding. SlakeSpirits has moved into the new premises in Worthing, in a beautiful Victorian granary with a ground floor extension with tall beams. The move is still ongoing as we are still working at the old site. Now is a very quiet time of year, so we are making the most of the time to make improvements and create an exciting space for people to come visit and host workshops.

Previously you said most of your ingredients come from foraging, how did you get into that?

I was a chemist and worked in a lab and found academic life to have challenges, it was pretty lonely and lead to depression. I fell into old habits because of the intensity of life. I started to spend more time outdoors, working in a lab all day I wouldn’t see the sun, so spending more time with nature, it sorted my mental health. I also got a dog and he massively helped me reconnect with nature every day and pay more attention to plants through their life cycles. It sounds kind of mundane but there’s something so important and powerful about being able to see that. Given enough stimulus you become distracted and then your brain can process stuff, starting the healing process and keeping you well.

"it's more than the product. It’s getting people to experience something really important for their wellness and the planet."

What are the workshops going to be about?

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When I saw how restorative it was for me, I wanted to turn it into something, like Slake Spirits, but its more than the product. It’s getting people to experience something really important for their wellness and the planet. With foraging, people find it scary if food is not in a plastic bag in a supermarket, so it falls on you to decide what is safe. For some that are exciting, for others it makes them nervous. We are trying to empower people to make them feel more confident and take those next steps by curating the experience of a luxury product and frame it in a positive way.


Have you got any new products coming out soon?

How have you changed the branding to fit with the identity of Slake Spirits?

With branding, you have to communicate what you are trying to do and what it’s about succinctly to get the message to people. Keeley, who helps me with my branding, showed me how important it is to focus on the product. We went on a walk and I picked some ingredients which she pressed into silk as an eco-print to capture the pigments out of the plants. She turned them into beautiful wraps that are printed onto thin paper so you can see the package underneath. it's a surprise and quite amazing to see the layers come through!

We have a couple of different gin recipes coming out this year. I’m most excited about my collaborative products working with a local vinyard. Working with new products and wine we made a small batch of Sussex brandy which we aged in oak casks using Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Bacchus from Stopham Estate. We only made 60 bottles which were put into beautiful dark blue bottles. It has a raisin-like character, great with cheese and best served neat.

With the wild elixir range, We had the opportunity to use a product that would usually go to waste; integrated with wild flavours and Bacchus grapes, our new product has so much natural sugar blended with gin, it opens up a new audience to the gin. It’s great with cheese and can be drunk as a dessert wine, as a chilled product with food or, even more exciting, as a cocktail ingredient. Made with Bacchus, it’s a single varietal with the gin, being a fresh product it’s brighter and zestier, making a great summery spritzer. These new products are great, and I could have easily polished them off by myself. What are your plans for the spring? Mainly getting into the new site and moving the distillery. Renovating is one thing but there is a lot of legal stuff to get on with so that will be the real focus. We might have some new visitors come through depending on the lockdown and social distancing. Hopefully, maybe too hopeful, the summer events will be going ahead. We attend Sussex gin fest every year at Borde Hill Gardens and crossed fingers that will go ahead. Hopefully, we can do more stuff around Worthing and Brighton, but I feel if we can’t get people to us, maybe we can do some outside things like cocktail walks and workshops. That might be trickier, but that social aspect is really important after the lockdowns. Whatever the future challenges we’re sure that everyone will be hearing plenty more about Slake Spirits and Tom over the coming months, one of Kula’s favourite local heroes! If you want to keep informed or sample any of Slakes outstanding products they can be found at https:/www.slakespirits.com KulaMag 27


CORONAVIRUS FIGURES HOW DO COUNTRIES COMPARE TO UK? A look at COVID-19 cases and mortality rates as of week 1 of February 2021

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After the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, the World Health Organisation declared the disease as a global pandemic on the 11th March 2020. Since then, many countries around the world have responded to the pandemic with varying levels of seriousness and action. As of week six, February 2021, the total global number of cases is 107,454,322 with 2,357,406 deaths. On the 26th of January 2021 the UK hit the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths and over 3 million cases. With PM Boris Johnson responding with, “we did everything we could”, what went so wrong? and how do other countries compare in response to the newest wave of deaths that seem to climb the curve each day?

Brazil Cases: 9,659,167 Deaths: 234,850 Population size:212,559,417 Stay at home order Face coverings

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On the 26th January the UK hit 100,000 deaths.

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It is now mandatory to quarantine in hotels and pay £1750 or a 10-year prison sentences for anyone that lies about their past travels.

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United State cases: 27,288,483 deaths: 471,765 population size: 331,002,651 Stay at home order Face coverings International travel Domestic travel

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South Africa cases: 1,482,412 deaths: 47,145 population size: 59,308,690

Spain cases: 3,023,601 deaths: 63,704 population size: 46,754,778 Stay at home order Face coverings International travel Domestic travel

New Zealand cases: 2324 deaths: 25 population size: 4,822,233 Stay at home order Face coverings International travel Domestic travel

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Countries recording fewer than 20 daily deaths on average are excluded (Source: OurWorldinData.org)

According to figures collated by Oxford University, the UK currently has the highest daily death rate in the world and is also predicted to be one of the worst affected economies in the world. The question we all want answered is why?

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Do you have the winter blues? Are short dark winter days getting you down? We are currently in a third national lockdown, stuck at home in winter. The weather is often grey and the days shorter. So it is no surprise that our mental health is suffering. Before COVID-19, 1 in 3 people suffered from the winter blues. Also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that's related to the changes in seasons which can sap your energy and make you feel moody. Symptoms of winter onset SAD include, oversleeping, appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates, weight gain, tiredness or low energy. It is common to be affected by the changing seasons and weather. But if your feelings are interfering with your day to day life and they keep coming back at the same time each year you should talk to a professional.

What Causes Winter Depression? Scientists believe that the problem is related to how our body reacts to daylight. Alison Kerry, from the mental health charity MIND, says: “With SAD, one theory is that light entering the eye causes changes to our hormone levels in the body. Within our bodies, light acts to reduce the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, making us wake up. It’s thought that SAD sufferers are affected by shorter daylight hours in the winter, producing higher of melatonin, causing lethargy and symptoms of depression.”

Tips for dealing with the Winter Blues Not all of these tips will work as everyone responds to things differently. Only try what you feel comfortable with and don't put pressure on yourself.

GET MORE LIGHT

EAT HEALTHIER

MOVE YOUR BODY

If the winter blues stems from a lack of daylight, try to organise going for walks with friends or family. Sitting by a window or arranging your remote workspace to a window can also help.

It is essential to eat well during the winter. The winter blues can make you crave sugary, high fat and heavy carb meals. Don't forget to include fruit and vegetables. You can also try to plan ahead and make meals in advance and freeze them if you know that you lack energy during this time.

Moving your body for 30 minutes three times a week can be really effective against depression. That could be walking, running or yoga. Guided meditation is also a great way to relax the mind.

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Lampposts, glassed Filled with fairies Dancing in DNA Led my way Down the esplanade Invisible Waves Carried a child's chuckle Safely to my ear Majestic clouds of pink smoke Like acid under my tongue Made me feel like I drifted away Into a memory A constant loop of dragging teddybears by the hand And my first date with my father At the blank slate that I've grown so familiar with The void My void Our home Afterall We're only on vacation Black above and black below Amphibious ancestor Ancient soul

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exploring BURBERRY How Burberry responded to their association with the working class and the unsustainable lengths the brand went to to rebuild a reputation. To many of us, Burberry is one of the most prestigious names within high-end fashion. The brand began in 1891 and catered to lords and ladies. The brand grew strength by strength as it progressed through into the 20th century. In the 1990s Burberry introduced the Nova Check to their collections. The beige twist on a classic tartan became the identifying factor for the brand and it's what we all recognise today. To Burberry's demise, the Nova Check fell victim to its own simplistic design, due to the fact it did not feature any brand logos or names, this allowed for counterfeit goods to be created which quickly made their way into the working class domain. Appearing in sports shops and market stalls, and with thanks to the iconic 2002 image of Daniella Westbrook, the Nova Check was now synonymous with the working class. Burberry deemed this to be the downfall of the brand, once dressing the highest members within. society, Burberry was now associated with "Chavs". Reinforcing the beliefs that there were deep-rooted classist beliefs at the center of the brand, and in a desperate attempt to shake off the perceived stigma, Burberry stripped the Nova Check from their collections to only 3% and destroyed all the remaining stock. KulaMag 36

In order to reduce the amount of waste mass producing fashion brands accumulate, a secondary marketing platform has sprung up to combat the need to unethically destroy products.

"The Grey Market - an unofficial market with goods that have not been obtained from an official supplier." The Grey Market is a distribution channel for selling products outside of the original stockists, allowing for a sustainable and legal way of selling goods. High-end brands often use the selling platform to continue making sales out of old season products while launching new products through usual channels. Controversially, Burberry decided against this and burnt £28,000,000 worth of stock. A spokesperson for Burberry released the following statement outlining why they decided to destroy the items rather than use the available form of redistribution:

"Burberry has careful processes in place to minimise the amount of excess stock we produce. On the occasions when disposal of products is necessary, we do so in a responsible manner, and we continue to seek ways to reduce and revalue our waste."


"THE WORLD CANNOT AFFORD TO WASTE PERFECTLY GOOD CLOTHES ANYMORE. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS EXACERBATED BY THE FASHION INDUSTRY. FASHION IS NOW RESPONSIBLE FOR 10% OF GLOBAL EMISSIONS." The above statement is from an open letter posted via Twitter by Thredup, an organisation who fight for sustainability within the fashion industry, in retaliation to Burberrys actions. The open letter gained many people's support in solidarity with a distaste for Burberry and their lack of sustainability. Alongside this, their destruction of products felt like another attempt at maintaining the brand's exclusivity by not allowing these items to end up within the working-class domain. Through the dissection of Burberry and their links to the working class, we have developed an understanding of how brands respond when they begin to appeal to an "undesirable" clientele. With the growth of Burberry taking place in London, one of the world's fashion capitals, it's to be recognised that fashion is to be celebrated and explored however one may choose. Gatekeeping trends will inhibit the metamorphosis of fashion styling and add restraint to selfexpression.

As a brand, Burberry openly display high levels of classism, reinforced by slick media to exude exclusivity and luxury, but they have a long way to go in terms of sustainability and performative actions. Also to keep pace with ever-changing fashion trends, which increasingly lean towards urban street style, Burberry must begin to address how their attempts to maintain exclusivity are greeted by the pioneers of the ambiguous style, the working class. Written and Illustrated by Scarlett Lawrence

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WHATS IN STORE FOR THE HIGH STREET? It comes as no surprise that the retail industry, already transitioning into the online realm, has fallen victim to the effects of the Coronavirus As a result of the National Lockdowns we have seen stores lay vacant for months on end, a sector solely relying on online purchases to stay afloat. The furlough scheme implemented by the Government has allowed for retailers to continue paying a portion of their staff's wages which has been a lifeline for struggling business, however, the ongoing cost of rent is taking its toll on the high street, forcing business across the country to close. In recent events, Arcadia, a major multinational retailing company, has gone into administration due to financial issues in relation to the Pandemic, resulting in the closure of some of the biggest names on the high street such as Debenhams and Topshop. Topshop has now been bought by online retailer, ASOS, meaning their stock will now be sold through them. This may feel like a positive for those saddened by the loss of Topshop, but what does this say for the future of the High Street? Personally, I feel like the experience of inperson shopping cannot be matched,

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the hustle and bustle of a busy high street is at the heart of every community. The ability to try clothes on and get a feel for material quality, alongside the social aspect totally outweighs the convenience of online shopping. In order to keep up with the everchanging fashion trends, retailers utilise their online platforms to add and take away stock at a much quicker rate than physical shops can compete with - this has meant that brands are now making more sales through online purchases.


The future of the High Street has been uncertain since, as a society, we began relying so heavily on technology. Alongside adapting to consumer trends, we have been heading toward a world dominated by digital retail for quite a while. Unfortunately the pandemic has accelerated this faster than anybody had planned.

The trend become even more apparent during National Lockdowns, severely restricting access to the High Street. With a divide in what is deemed an essential and non-essential retailer, we are now approaching a time where the idea of a virtual high street isn't too far from reality. When looking at the positive and negatives, it is hard to decide the right way to go with the transition from in-person to online for major chain stores, this opens up the possibility for small independent businesses and creative spaces to inhabit the high street, but this can only become a reality if rent and business rates are manageable. One of the most alarming factors is the possibility that the ongoing issue with fast fashion will only worsen with the probability of retail shopping becoming almost exclusively online, it allows for quick impulse purchases to be made just from the click of a button. Large companies are going to have to begin to evaluate ways in which they can operate sustainably and ethically. With the items often shipped from Asia, this is going to further add to air pollution as a result of increased cargo, and how items are packaged has the potential to significantly worsen the current issues in regards to plastic pollution.

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The recovery process so far has been challenging but with the Lockdowns hopefully beginning to ease, we must try to salvage what is remaining of our High Streets, we should commit to shop small and support independent business that have struggled to cope during the pandemic as well as deal with the transition to virtual shopping. This year has been tough for us all but hopefully, through community, we can begin to rebuild and rebrand our High Streets.

"The UK high street is increasingly a fragile house of cards that suffers from a concentration of ownership, insufficient investment to keep pace with online developments and a general lack of dynamism and engagement between brands and consumers." - Dr Gordon Flecher, Digital Culture Researcher

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Ikigai-The Japanese exercise of finding our life's purpose Ikigai, an ancient ideology on how to live a life that aims for everyday fulfilment by Fatma Al Harthi

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Although “New year, new me!” is an inspiring mantra to carry with us throughout January and subsequent months on the calendar, perhaps there is a more complete way for us to do more, and better. Now is a good time to search for it. Not because our newsfeeds have been full of inspirational New Year’s goals and resolutions, but because you would like to have a stronger sense of structure about where you are headed in life – no matter what day on the calendar it is.

An ancient ideology that has been linked In September 2017, a study was done by a to the populace of Japan having a rather group of scientists in the small town of long-life expectancy is Ikigai; a term that Kyotango in Kyoto, an area known for its translates to life (iki) and value (gai). In summary, it is the life-long process of higher than average percentage of finding your purpose and valuing your residents being older than the age of 100 unique set of skills and qualities that can – three times higher in comparison to contribute to not only your life, but to the average of Japan. The goal of this the world. research was to discover what shared principles these joyful elderly people The best way to encapsulate Ikigai is to follow in their daily lives. look at a Venn diagram, displaying the interconnected four qualities. what the Apart from sharing high rates of DHEA, a world needs, what you are good at, what steroid hormone that scientists believe to be the longevity hormone; what they found was that all the people taking part had a hobby they were passionate about and that they practised almost every day. A man painted, another went fishing and one was carving Japanese traditional masks daily, to name but a few. The scientists suggested that having this drive that keeps you focused, interested and occupied, gives you a sense of satisfaction in life and may boost your DHEA hormone, which in result can lead to a lengthier and happier life.

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you can be paid for and mainly, what you love. The crossover between all of these is where your purpose for life stands.

What activities do you do in your spare time that make you happy? As a child, what did you love doing? What do you miss doing so much? What is it that inspires you?

How do you find yours? For this exercise, it is required that you free at least an hour of uninterrupted time for yourself, as it can aid you in diving deeper into your thoughts. Also, take your time with every section and ask yourself “what else?” constantly. If you are finding it difficult to answer these questions, come back to them later. The easiest part to start off with is what you love. For this section of the exercise, you will explore what it is that brings you so much joy and what you love doing, for hours on end, undisturbed. For example, it can be something like art, reading, sharing ideas, photography, dancing or simply, getting inspired.

Moving on to the second part of this exercise, what you are good at. It covers what you are naturally gifted with and skills you have acquired over the years. Some have trouble differentiating what they love and what they are good at; the key here is to list down things you can bring to the table rather than things you enjoy. Think of this as your vocation. What do people usually ask your help with? Is there a specific skill that holds a lot of value?

After laying out your skills, start to think about what the world needs that you can offer. This aspect of the exercise is pivotal, because to make a treasured input to this world is something that is morally and socially valuable. There is a distinct type of fulfillment that comes from making a difference in the world.

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What makes you frustrated or angry? Who inspires you with their work, and why? Can you make a difference in the world with your particular skill?


Lastly, what would you like to get paid for? This is what is primary source world, all of us profession the aspects.

understood to be your of income. In an ideal would make our chosen outcome of all these

Sometimes, that doesn’t happen. The goal here is to start working towards a job that secures some of what you love, what you’re good at and what skills you can make use of to contribute in this world. What can you sell that will fulfill you and others? In the history of your career, what was your most enjoyable job? Perhaps your Ikigai is not as complicated as it may sound. Physiotherapist, Kieran Rogers explains that “it is very innate to a person to know when they get those natural highs.” Though he always knew that healthcare was something that he wanted to be part of, Kieran decided to bring more to the industry with his unique set of skills and passion in 2019, where he launched Hong Kong-based healthcare company, Momentum. Currently, it is his ongoing Ikigai. “I was hoping a message or vision would be able to be shared across, not just myself and my clients that I could see, but to a larger community. I want to create these changes that have been in the back of my mind for a long, long time.” If you are feeling disconnected with your Ikigai, Kieran suggests that journaling can be a great way to start. “Highlight what it is that you genuinely love to do. What brought you the most amount of

enjoyment where you would do it forever, or for free. That way, you know that it’s something that means more to you than simply just being a one-day thing,” shares Rogers, where boredom can get in the way and sometimes blur the lines of what we like and what we deeply love. “Your Ikigai is something that is always just there, and you will naturally become good at it.” Try to think of a moment where time has flown and you were immersed in a task that you enjoy doing, so much that you had forgotten everything else that you needed to do. This feeling that you experienced is called the flow state and is a state that is accessible to everyone. This is the drive that fuels your Ikigai. Once you can find this flow state for yourself you are deepening your association with your Ikigai. The trick is to incorporate more of what you love and enjoy into your daily activities. In simpler terms, your Ikigai needs you to work for it as it will not happen on its own. This includes eliminating tasks that are unnecessary and not in harmony with your values. Knowing what your Ikigai is creates more meaning in your daily life and builds a space for more happiness to follow.

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There she is again, a velvet butterfly with eyes. She's everything I wish to be, to be born so bold and wise. So who is my little companion today? You won't deceive long with that disguise. I tuck her under my ear, oh this butterfly I do not fear. I take her with me everywhere, now everything is crystal clear. I know that she likes visiting me often, she always thinks that I've forgotten. I n f a c t , c a n a b u t t e r fl y b e a n addiction? She doesn't cause any real infliction. Can I be the velvet butterfly with eyes? because really... I'm the one in the ultimate disguise.

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bulgaria Natural Remedies Ina Todorova

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Sun burn It may sound strange, but if you have a sun burn or your skin is burning in the sun, you can use natural yoghurt to naturally heal the skin! I've tried it myself and it really does work.

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ROSE WATER Bulgaria is well known for it's Rose Valley where the famous Bulgarian rose oil, Rosa Damascena is grown. You can use rose water and oil on just about everything and anything! Rose water can be used as a multipurpose beauty resource, as well as used to cleanse the skin or in hair masks.

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Chamomile If you have swollen and red eyes you can put two chamomile tea bags into boiling water, wait for the tea bags to cool and place them onto your eyelids. for 15 minuets!

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honey Honey can be used for dry and chapped lips. It can be applied just before bed and your lips will be supple and soft, even in the coldest and harshest weather!

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OLIVE OIL After a hot shower you can use olive oil to soften your s in, it is a personal favourite of mine.

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Raw Potatoes I saved this one till the end! It may sound very strange but you can use pieces of peeled raw potato for under eye bags and dark circles! Gently rub your eyes with the pieces or another option is par-boil the potato and apply a piece on each eye for 15-20 minutes.

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Hanging off traffic lights in Washington DC. Writer, Athlete, Artist, Storyteller, Karen ‘Kae’ Wangare Leonard embodies all these things and more. The pandemic has not stopped her from spreading her views on change and fighting for what’s right. From protests to celebrating successes while hanging off traffic lights, she won’t let anything stand in the way of justice. During the weeks running up to the presidential election in the US, Kae spent her time in Washington DC joining the masses, waiting with anticipation for the next President of the United States to be announced. She attended many protests and rallies and said that many people felt “joy and relief” when Biden was sworn in ;“it felt like we were all taking a collective breath”. Kae expressed her feeling surrounding the election through poems posted on her Instagram page @karenwangareleonard.

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Here because someone in a lifetime before saw me as deserving of life and fought for this possible future Here praying for another lifetime when someone will look up perhaps standing on a stoplight in the nation's capitol and give thanks for those of us now that saw their survival as vital and their lives as scared Here because Black women raised me up to full visibillity in front of the President's house witnessed by the crowd and said "today they will see you living"

- By Kae Wangare


Her poetry tells stories and pulls emotions from beneath the surface.

Kae’s latest book ‘Lightning on my Fingertips’ is a collection of 53 poems, sharing intimate stories from her past as well as the emotions that accompany those experiences. When asked why she decided to create a poetry book she said “At my job in Oregon, I was sitting at a desk for long periods of time and just started writing everything I couldn’t say” Although Kae has a prominent focus on writing, she has done an array of work which paints her as an activist, but when I asked her if she was an activist she said “no”. Why? “I’m a writer, I’m a storyteller, but I think that so much of that can be translated to activism; I don’t see myself in that light because I feel I should be doing more”.

-Taken By Kae Wangare

If you would like to learn more about this amazing woman and hear some of the stories that she has to tell, please tune in to our upcoming podcast episode, available soon…

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Written by - Haddy Daniels


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Kulawolf x Helen

Hi, I'm Helen - artist and owner at @Helenillustrationco I'm currently based in West Sussex, England, and I use my travels and love for nature to inspire my art. All of my illustrations are hand-drawn with fine line black pen and white ink, through a combination of dots and lines. I tend to start with a quick sketch but then dive straight in with the ink. Each piece can take up to 40 hours, although are completed through a series of sittings. I then photograph my work to create a digitised version - along with a little help from photoshop to enhance the design, whilst maintaining the same level of detail and intricacy as the original. Before turning my designs into high quality prints! KulaMag 57


Kulawolf x sacha smith

Sacha is a Brighton based illustrator/creator behind the brand Mystic Illustrations. She aims to use comforting, appealing designs to either educate, empower or simply make someone smile in a positive and inspiring way. This illustration was created on an iPad Pro with Procreate. I wanted to create a piece that not only illustrated the Kula's wolf but also presented my style, which usually has a mystical twist. So to do this I decided to plant mushrooms into the wolf to give the animal a more whimsical feel.

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Lentil Shepards Pie Recipe by Phil @beardedveganchef

1 onion diced 1 carrot diced 2 garlic cloves crushed 2 tsp dried thyme 1 'beef flavour' oxo cube 2 tbsp Henderson's relish Splash of balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tin green lentils 1 tin chopped tomatoes 2 large sweet potatoes KulaMag 60

Cook the onion, carrot and garlic for 5/10 minutes before adding the dried thyme, oxo cube, Henderson's relish and balsamic vinegar. Mix well. Mix in the tomato puree then add the lentils and chopped tomatoes and cook for 10/15 minutes to break the tomatoes down, You could add red wine or brown sauce for more flavour Chuck, it in an ovenproof dish and dop with mashed sweet potato and smooth down with a fork Cook at 180 for 15 minutes then chuck under the grill for 8 minutes to brown the top.


Quick and Easy Lasagne Recipe by Phil @beardedveganchef 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 5 carrots 1 punnet of mushrooms 3 tbsp tomato puree Glug of balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp dark brown sugar Glug of Henderson's relish 2 oxo meat-free stock cubes 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 carton of passata Sprinkle of dried oregano A handful of TVP mince White Sauce 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp plain flour Plant milk 1/4 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder & mustard powder Grated cheese

Finely dice an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and cook them on low heat whilst you peel and roughly chop 5 carrots and blitz them in a food processor until they resemble 'mince'. Do the same with a punnet of mushrooms. Add this to the onion and garlic and cook down. Add 3 tbsp tomato puree, a glug of balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp dark brown sugar, a healthy glug of Henderson's relish and 2 oxo meat-free stock cubes. Chuck in a tin of chopped tomatoes, a carton of passata, a sprinkle of dried oregano and a handful of TVP mince. Season with and salt and pepper and cook to your preferred consistency. For the white sauce- melt 1 tbsp of butter then add 1 tbsp of plain flour to make a roux. Whisk in plant milk slowly over a low heat until you have a thick white sauce. Then add a handful of nooch and add 1/4 tsp of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and mustard powder. Layer your lasagne up and top with grated cheese. Place it in the oven for 40 minutes at 200. KulaMag 61


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