Before the Internet came on the scene, I used to collect all sorts of cuttings from newspapers and magazines for use as idea starters for articles. I still collect these, but of course now they're collected digitally, (even when I first come across them in print), and I use Evernote for this a great deal. The advantage of digital collection compared to the old print approach is that the items can be searched.
only at Shari's,
where berries are covered in wonderful concoctions of white and dark
chocolate (with one swizzled on the other) and almonds - see the example
on the right.
One of the items that came up in my search under chocolate
was this daft statement from a Facebook friend of mine (he used to live
here in Dunedin with his family, and go to our church): French is just English spoken with a mouth full of chocolate. It's the sort of statement he's prone to at times, but this particular one stuck out as saying something surreal and poetic.
Another item was about the artist, Viz Muniz, who hails from Sao Paulo, in Brazil. In the home page statement about him we're told that he has used dirt, diamonds, sugar, string, chocolate syrup and garbage to
create bold, witty and often deceiving images drawn from the pages of
photojournalism and art history. A slightly different approach to
using chocolate, one might think. You can see his work on his website,
but the reason I originally kept the information was that he was
involved in the making of a documentary called Waste Land, which was filmed on the world's largest rubbish dump where an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of
recyclable materials - live. Muniz collaborated with these inspiring
people as they recreated photographic images of themselves out of
garbage. The documentary reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as
they begin to re-imagine their lives.
A further item was a series of quotes on the addiction to acquiring money. John Cleese was quoted as saying: