Oliver Ruuger -Making Umbrellas

I love these videos of craftspeople making quality products.

After honing his craft producing exclusively made-to-order pieces, we are proud to present the very first retail collection from Oliver Ruuger. The collection launches with four distinct umbrellas, commissioned especially for www.LN-CC.com in a custom range of materials and colourways. Each umbrella is hand crafted in Ruuger’s small, London workshop using many intricate processes in order to execute these bold, premium pieces. Umbrellas are used as traditional, everyday items and have almost been forgotten in design. Oliver Ruuger however, has reintroduced these familiar items as something luxurious and indulgent by using specialist, time consuming techniques and carefully-sourced exotic leathers, woods and metals.

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Muslim Groups Urge Peaceful Response to New Charlie Hebdo Cover

From Mediaite:

The Muslim Council of Britain issued a statement signed by 53 Muslims leaders criticizing the magazine’s cover but calling for a peaceful reaction to its publication. (The MBC has long worked with the British government in the aftermath of radical violence.)

“Most Muslims will inevitably be hurt, offended and upset by the republication of the cartoons,” the Council wrote. “But our reaction must be a reflection of the teachings of the gentle and merciful character of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Enduring patience, tolerance, gentleness and mercy as was the character of our beloved Prophet (peace and Blessings be upon him) is the best and immediate way to respond.”

Likewise the Council for American-Islamic Relations decried to cover but maintained the ability to do so peacefully and respectfully.

“Just as Charlie Hebdo has the right to publish, we have the right to peacefully challenge negative portrayals of our religious figures,” CAIR’s director said in a statement. “The answer to speech one disagrees with should not be violence, but should instead be more speech promoting tolerance and mutual understanding.”

Top publisher bans mentions of pork or pigs in schoolbooks ‘so as not to offend Muslims or Jews’

From the London Evening Standard:

Authors are being warned not to mention pigs or sausages in children’s schoolbooks – in an apparent bid to avoid offending Muslims and Jews.

Top academic publisher the Oxford University press has issued guidance that authors should avoid using pork-related words.

The move was revealed during a BBC discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris terror attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Today Programme presenter Jim Naughtie, who is married to writer Eleanor Updale, said: “I’ve got a letter here which was sent out by Oxford University Press to an author doing something for young people.

“Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following; ‘Pigs (plus anything else which could be perceived as pork.'”

He added: “Now, if a respectable publisher tied to an academic institution is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.”