Georgia Melodie Hole
Science poet. Photographer. Nature lover. Arctic climate researcher. Writer.
A Whole Made of Pieces
Music for me has always been a place of refuge, where the melodic tones can soothe my mind and provide a calm harbor in the tumultuous waters of life. I am sharing a playlist that is a port of call for when I need to reset, restore, and remember what really matters. The songs of A Whole Made of Pieces may stir up memories and a sense of self and purpose, or simply take me to a slower tempo and more harmonious state of mind:
For the Fantastic
If This, Then That These are movie recommendations for the dreamers out there - for those that journey into film to remember that the world is full of endless possibilities which can come in many shapes and forms in one beautiful life. Movies have the ability to show us all the lives we haven’t led, the ones that seem exotic and far from our routines, or the ones that remind us of opportunities and forks in the road that, had we chosen different, may have led us down a whole new track. We may yearn for those choices and chances, or the movies may help us see the perfect and imperfect that is common to us all. They also show us life's key connections found in love, family and friendships, where they may lead us astray or give us redemption and hope. The best movies, for me, are those that show us that there is no one way to live and to love.
The Slippery Issue of Palm Oil
Forget the adage that you never more than 6ft away from a rat. In all likelihood, you are never more than 6ft away from palm oil in some shape or form, which may in fact be a scarier thought than those rodent residents. Palm oil is the most popular edible oil in the world. Check the back of the nearest packet of biscuits, your tube of shampoo or your daily makeup and in all likelihood you’ll see it there - PKO or Palm Kernel Oil. It may even sneak in under disguise, with around 500 different processed forms, or ‘derivatives’, that make up about 60% of global palm oil use.
From the window
I push open the windows. Sun-warmed air flows to forgotten corners; turbulating sensory vignettes, emotions, memories,
The lifeless, opaque air of yesterday is cut through; iridescent shafts vanquish the old winter darkness it is replaced by the tingling, humming breath of expectancy
After witnessing the spread around the world in the wake of COVID-19, we are one year from the moment life changed as we know it, of a global pandemic and the transformation of societies around the world. Along with the rest of the UK and the world, the city I have called home for six years has emptied of the richness of friends, connections and community.
Gazing into nature’s aquarium; a replica of the distant life in the ocean, rock pools show us a glimpse of the distant, marine world of crabs, shrimps and all manner of crustaceans jostling for life in their aquatic domain. But is the coast as far as they venture? The holidaying shores of the seaside may hold the classic rock-pool, but a similar crustacean abundance exists unknown beneath our dry, clad feet. Deep within our inland geology, a rich biodiversity of crustaceans is only yet beginning to be unearthed, living squeezed into the tiny nooks and crannies carved into the subterranean landscape.
Small Mercies in Ocean Microplastic Pollution
We’ve all heard of the increasing burden of plastic pollution to our world – encroaching further and further into our lives and into nature’s ecosystems. Microplastics in particular are small pieces of plastic less than five millimeters long, and have become renowned as a notorious pollutant which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life. They enter these ecosystems from many different sources, whether from waste travelling from rivers or from including industrial and manufacturing processes and losses from shipping spills.