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Thursday, 09 October 2014

Guru Kaur and Francesca at the start of The Wool Ride, 2014

On Sunday I took part in The Campaign For Wool's London Wool Ride on an absolutely delightful sunny early Autumnal day.  This celebrated three things I am really passionate about: Wool, Cycling, and London.  I was wearing what I wear every day. 

It was an honour to receive the prize for the Best Dressed Woman, and my gratitude goes to Toft, who very kindly make my Alpaca dresses, the cream Alpaca wrist-warmers, and the Hyacinth kit from which I knitted my cream snood; Perilla for my favourite pink (and do you see it matches my Brompton!?!); and Renaissance Dyeing, which dyed the yarn with natural plant dyes for the Gitane cardigan I knitted.  

Francesca, my bicycling companion, knitted her hat, sweater, and wristwamers, and crocheted her scrarf  (another Toft Pattern).  

 

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Raw Milk is something which I feel very passionate about.  The rules and regulations on its availability to the public is currently under review through a consultation process being conducted by the Food Standards Agency.

I attended the public consultation meeting where I was called upon to ask a question of the chief scientist advising the FSA.  This was the third question from the floor which was directed at her, the previous two having cast doubt on the validity of the data she was presenting which were both met with a stonewall response.   You can hear my question as it was used in the BBC's The Food Programme special on Raw Milk last Sunday.

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My reply to the FSA's consultation is:

It is totally obvious from the presentations that the FSA has done an excellent job during recent years in ensuring the highest possible standard of raw milk is available to the consumer. My concern....

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Food for Thought, Food for Life

Sunday, 06 April 2014

Yogic Living has republished my original blog post from here which I wrote after my husband, the photographer, Nick Fleming, collapsed in India, using Nick's photograph to illustrate it thus completing the story.  

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Juno Magazine Features Be the Woman

Sunday, 06 April 2014

Juno Magazine, one of the best parenting magazines, features an article written by Caroline Richards, mother of four, and a member of Be the Woman. 

"One particular post by Guru Kaur, who developed and runs Be the Woman..., really inspired me to keep going when I was having trouble getting my brood of four off to school one day: "If their experience is that you don't deserve their respect then you can whistle in the wind to get them to do what you want. You can't be bossy to get things done any more; it has to be open, transparent, cooperative, sharing, and most of all based on trust and not fear. Parenting requires inclusion, understanding, respect."

So what have I gained from the course? Well, firstly, I've sorted out where I stand on many of the practical issues of being a woman:.....

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How Do You Wear Your Sexuality?

Sunday, 06 April 2014

Yogic Living has published my article I wrote for it 12 years ago on How Do You Wear Your Sexuality.  

"How we wear our clothes expresses how comfortable we are with our own sexuality, that awareness of the ecstasy of being alive now, here, in every single cell of the body....

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Guru Kaur - Mindful Baking feature in Spirit and Destiny Magazine's May 2013 issue

I love that this Mindful Baking feature in the new May 2013 Issue (out today) of Spirit & Destiny magazine brings together so many aspects which are close to my heart: the Nihang Singhs, photographed by my husband, Nick Fleming, the Sikh tradtion of being known for the highest calibre food, and Cheese Leaves and oh-so-English Scones, a homage to my Grannie, and the Be the Woman First Wednesday High Teas we host here at home in London. 

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The Guardian Weekender

Thursday, 08 November 2012

Guru Kaur - The Guardian's Weekender 13th October 2012

Read the full article here where you'll learn what I used to do, where I shop, why and what for, and what the most important ingredients are for cooking (and life) and be surprised by what I'm most famous for... 

For those of you who want to know these things, I'm wearing a cream long Alpaca dress by Toft Alpaca, the Botticelli cardigan I knitted a few years ago in Rowan yarn, and a now-vintage Georgina von Etzdorf scarf (well, I bought it over 20 years ago from Picketts), my karas (iron and steel bangles) and kirpan (Sikh knife) are from the Clock Tower Bazaar by the Golden Temple, Amritsar, and no shoes ;) 

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Painting in the Park - Docklands News

Monday, 22 August 2011

Painting in the Park - Docklands News

Painting in the Park is just one of the events which is happening this summer in Russia Dock Woodland, the green sanctuary which runs along the spine of the Rotherhithe Peninsula, London SE16.  It's where we go most days to walk and feel good in the bosom of nature, a small droplet of Kent in zone 2.   Docklands News' feature on it says: 

The event, designed to encourage community use of the site, is being organised by the Friends of Russia Dock Woodland (FRDW) and is part funded by the UK Lottery Awards for All.  Guru Kaur, a Rotherhithe resident and FRDW supporter, said: "Russia Dock Woodland is a jewel in the crown of urban London."  I passionately know that we all need access to green spaces whose silence is birdsong.  Painting, just like photography and meditation, the other events this summer, is just such a perfect way to appreciate this space.  Never take anything for granted.  

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Meditation in the Park

Wednesday, 06 July 2011

Meditation in the Park

Meditation in the Park was featured in our local Southwark News and you can read all about it on the Meditation in the Park web site .  

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My Chocolate Secret

Friday, 15 April 2011

On Friday 8th April we bicycled along the river Thames from home on a pilgrimage to the Chocolate Festival at the South Bank.  

 

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Vaisakhi on BBC Radio Network

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Happy Baisakhi!

BBC Asian NetworkThis morning I was a guest on Sonia Deol's Morning Show on BBC's Asian Network.  We talked about how I came to live a Sikh lifestyle, what it means to live by Sikh values and the transformation in attitude which Baisakhi symbolises for me, all interspersed with some celebratory Bangra-dance music.  

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It was the music which first carried me back to my year living in Punjab, in the run-up to the Baisakhi Tercentennary Celebrations of 1999 when we spent many evenings dancing to its traditional rhythms with its updated beat.  Its contrast with the devotional music heightened the build up of the celebrations creating an exuberance such as I'd never previously witnessed.  

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Vaisakhi on BBC1

Friday, 08 April 2011

BBC OneSunday, 10th April, I on BBC1 in the programme "The Story of Vaisakhi".  Vaisakhi is the Spring Festival which is especially significant for Sikhs.  It was at Vaisakhi 1699 in Anandpur Sahib, a small, beautiful town in Punjab in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh created the Sikh identity that we continue to enjoy today.  He gave all those who have the courage to stand up and be outstanding the majesty and humilty to serve.  

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A Different Breed

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Yes, that is Millie-Pup and me in our Sacred Space! It's all rather incongruous and surreal but in the midst of all the rather extraordinary canine love-ins there's a description of the embodiment of a graceful being:
"She doesn't complain;
she does't explain;
she doesn't blame;
she doesn't claim;
she doesn't shame;
and she doesn't aim".
I'm talking about Millie-Pup but also, I hope, all women who aspire and are inspired to be graceful.  
Here's the short form of the trailer, there's a longer version too if you want the full impact:

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Page Three Girls

Friday, 25 March 2011

Page Three Girls

Millie-Pup and I are on Page Three of this week's South London Press.

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The Art and Science of Turbans

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

It's literally years and years since someone asked me why I wear a turban, it's just part of who I am. Anyway, for those of you who always wanted to know, but never asked, you can see here the full, extended interview Jay did with me for his forthcoming documentary programme called Turbanology.  The programme is being broadcast on Digital TV and is also available as a DVD.

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The Tercentenary of The Guru Grandth Sahib

Wednesday, 03 December 2008

On Thursday 20th November my husband Nick (yes the cool photographer with a beard in the Microsoft advert)  and I attended the celebrations to mark the 300 years of The Guru Grandth Sahib at the House of Commons. It was a wonderful event with highlights of music, tea and guests, and speeches.  In particular, I enjoyed meeting Simon Hughes MP, who, as well as being the local Member of Parliament for the constituency I live in, is also the Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sikhs.  You can read about the event as reported on Sikhnet.

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Regally Graceful™ Teleseminars launches a weekly series, starting Tuesday, June 17th, of globally accessible interviews with guests from around the world. I'm looking forward to hosting it and bringing a different perspective together with the expertise of the guests to issues such as relationships, careers, sleeping, eating, health and well-being.
read the news release here

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"I've always been put off by self help type things thinking them faddy and aged hippie, but this course makes me smile every time I think of it", that's Nicki, one of our first Be the Woman... Alumnae writing in her monthly column in Knit Today's June 2008 issue.

She's totally got the whole vibe of the Be the Woman You were Born to Be... ...

 

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On 14th November here in London, during Enterprise Week, The Pink Shoe Club, of which I am an ambassador member, organised a summit for 100 phenomenal, enterprising women. During the afternoon I hosted 10 outstanding women in David Cameron's office at the Conservative Central HQ to discuss how our passion has inspired us. I so enjoyed that Theresa May MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons joined us. In the evening we adjourned to the Royal Society of Arts where I presented the outcome of all the 3 passion discussions to the All-Party Parliamentary Entrepreneurship Group and Emma Harrison, Chairman of A4E, who gave the keynote speech.

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Click to view Guru Kaur's opening speech on YouTubeIn May 2007 the Nehru Centre, London, hosted the Living Divinely exhibition of photographs by Nick Fleming. It was the culmination of 8 years of his work, during which time he spent many months living with various spiritual communities recording their daily lives. In this opening address I answer the two questions that are most asked about Living Divinely: what started the whole idea, and how did it keep going. The answers may surprise you. At the end I daringly called a fabulous Nihang Singh (Sikh Spiritual Warrior) in full regalia up to lead everyone in a Sikh Battle cry. We nearly brought the roof off. It was probably the first time that something like that's happened in Mayfair. Click here to see it on YouTube.  You can skip the introduction of it and go straight to the speech. 

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