Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Regent's Park


Just another quick post tonight as I have some other writing to complete (my next marmaladya article and the post about women and children). Have been trying to walk to work every day at the moment; I took these photographs in Regent's Park yesterday morning and was very nearly late as the sight of the sun on the trees and buildings in comparison to the frost on the ground and the low lying mist was rather beautiful and distracting. If the weather forcast is anything to go by tonight, I will be able to take some rather different photographs tomorrow...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do you pronounce Marmaladya?
Is it Marmalady- YAH? As in OK YAH?

Rachel said...

I pronounce it Marma-La-Di-Yah but I'm not sure the exact way that it should be written phonetically.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the site im sure its called Marmalady-YAH so that the sloanes who use it can pronounce the name easily. Thats all the internet needs- a site for daddys little rich girls who have no more ambition in life than to shop and play house.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we anonymouses (12.37 wasn't me, by the way) should agree that this blogger's outlook and values are somewhat different from ours and leave it alone, hmmm?

Rachel said...

Perhaps you were looking at a different site. The marmaladya that I write for is all about local businesses and supporting local communities.

Marmaladya is defined by the editors as: 'Noun: a web based realm with a tasty character; evoking the pleasures of 'heart, home and hearth' problem-solving; capturing the old-fashioned spirit of fruitful female interaction.'

As usual, everyone is entitled to their opinion. It is my aim not to delete comments unless they are racist or defamatory or deliberate insults aimed at someone other than me and as such I have only ever deleted one comment. I welcome discussion and constructive criticism but if this blog is not for you, please read something else.

londonlass said...

Nice pictures! Although marmaladya.com is a pretty website-I can't see how it is helping communities simply by giving tips on how to survive Valentine's Day if youre single and showcasing some expensive shops. A lot of people can't afford this stuff and so like every other women's magazine, the content marmaladya.com is simply 'aspirational'. If they really wanted to help communitites they would actually give advice on practical action and write articles on local issues- instead of where to but some nice shoes- which just pigeon holes women even more as beings who only care about shopping. They could also provide information relevant to women from all walks of life, not simply those with a large budget. It seems that at the moment the website is just another glossy womens magazine.

Fred Flintstone said...

And are women from ethnic minorities represented?

Rachel said...

I did not say that marmaladya was helping communities - I said supporting local communities (and independant businesses).

The idea and ethos of marmaladya is "to create an online community for women which would combine all the things they loved about glossy magazines, women's groups (e.g. the indomitable WI) and supporting independent businesses".

lain said...

Forget all these abusive anonymous types and just concentrate on the fact that you take great photos!! Think they look fanastic

x

londonlass said...

I still cant see any evidence of the presence of womens groups-or anything that encourages women to think or act outwardly. Too often we are encouraged to think of our appearance, our career, our homes- nothing about other people. Thinking about the people around us is what will really support a community- not having a 'boutique' lifestyle where you form part of a clique of the upper eschelons of society. In that respect marmaladya.com is just like every other magazine- there's nothing to make you sit back and think. A real shame as it could be so much more.

Rachel said...

Thank you for your views LondonLass. It is nice to get some constructive criticism and while I do see the point that you are making, I think that there are a lot of positive things to marmaladya.com which you haven't touched on. Surely one of the first things that a community needs is awareness and support of the local businesses - boutiques included. Once this has been achieved there is room to discuss other ways of furthering that community.

I also personally believe that it is important to be happy and in control of one's own life before involving oneself in anyone elses. I think marmaladya.com encourages this through interesting pieces, well written columns and the reinforcement of 'old-fashioned' values.

I have though e-mailed your comments to the editors for their consideration as I think they will be interested.

Rachel said...

Thank you for your views LondonLass. It is nice to get some constructive criticism and while I do see the point that you are making, I think that there are a lot of positive things to marmaladya.com which you haven't touched on. Surely one of the first things that a community needs is awareness and support of the local businesses - boutiques included. Once this has been achieved there is room to discuss other ways of furthering that community.

I also personally believe that it is important to be happy and in control of one's own life before involving oneself in anyone elses. I think marmaladya.com encourages this through interesting pieces, well written columns and the reinforcement of 'old-fashioned' values.

I have though e-mailed your comments to the editors for their consideration as I think they will be interested.

fred flintstone said...

I wonder what old-fashioned values are. Though you've said you're right wing, so I can imagine.

londonlass said...

Thanks Rachel- could you also ask what they mean by 'heart, home and hearth' problem-solving'? Its mentioned a lot on their site but I dont understand what they mean at all- unless you know?

fred flintstone said...

They must be the old fashioned values. That's sweet.

arthur rimbaud said...

Life is short and love is always over in the morning
Black wind come carry me far away

fenella fudge said...

On the whole networking is very important, and this is what Marmaladya and the Fulham WI are in essence all about. 'It's not what you know it's who you know'- very true.

Sarah said...

I have to say I was really disappointed when I heard the reason at least some women attended FWI meetings was for business networking as I do not feel that using the organisation to further their careers fits in with the spirit or purpose of the WI. I personally use it as a break from work and I hope that at least most people have joined so that they can make friends, widen their interests and help the local community through fundraising as well as raising awareness on issues important to women.

Rachel said...

I too joined FWI to make friends, engage in new activities and learn new things and skills. However, I don't think business networking as a reason for joining the WI is wrong per se (as we all have different motivations for doing something) but it is, in my opinion, a shame if their involvement only ever goes so far as business networking as the FWI offers so much more potential than that.

That said, one of the aims of the WI is to support women, and if a member is starting up a business, I don't see anything wrong with her using her contacts within the WI to promote the business. But perhaps simply using the WI for personal gain without ever giving anything in return should not be encouraged.

An interesting subject, networking. Thanks for bringing it up. Perhaps I will try and expand on it at some point.