every cloud…

By Sarah Bates

Every cloud has a sliver lining and today it did!

Sat in the garden taking 10 minutes out of a busy day I was overjoyed to see the sun shining only to be overwhelmed with a large black cloud. Rain threatened but then the sun shone out from behind and all was saved! Promise this has not been Photoshop-ed just iPhone camera – stunning isn’t it?

I looked up the meaning from “phrase finder” and this is what it said, ” Every bad situation has some good aspects to it”. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome. So for every pessimist out there this could be a new way of thinking. Generally I think it is a good way to look at things and keep you moving forward rather than looking back!


John Milton coined the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634

I see ye visibly, and now believe
That he, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill
Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,
Would send a glistering guardian, if need were
To keep my life and honour unassailed.
Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err; there does a sable cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night,
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.

‘Clouds’ and ‘silver linings’ were referred to often in literature from then onward, usually citing Milton and frequently referring to them as Milton’s clouds. It isn’t until the days of the uplifting language of Victori’s England that we begin to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with – ‘every cloud has a silver lining’. The first occurrence that is unequivocally expressing that notion comes in The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1, 1840, in a review of the novel Marian; or, a Young Maid’s Fortunes, by Mrs S. Hall, which was published in 1840:

As Katty Macane has it, “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”

‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud’ was the form that the proverb was usually expressed in the Victorian era. The currently used ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ did appear, in another literary review, in 1849. The New monthly belle assembl√©e, Volume 31 include what purported to be a quotation from Mrs Hall’s book – “Every cloud has a silver lining”, but which didn’t in fact appear in Marian, which merely reproduced Milton’s original text.


Brilliant Exhibition @ Selby College

By Sarah Bates

Well, I have to say it has been a roller coaster week in the art department. We started on Monday morning with 60 blank boards that needed painting both sides, paint to buy, a studio that needed clearing and a stressed tutor (me) and that was just the start! The students worked as a team, helping each other out and by the end of Tuesday we had the boards up, the creative direction pep talk given and by the end of the day everyone’s exhibition was already starting to take shape.

The students had to show off their work and really think how they were best to display it. We wanted a little bit of drama, excitement and to make it visually stimulating and enjoyable for all to see. They were fantastic; choosing their own particular pieces, making business cards and even bringing props in, it was a very steep learning curve and I have to give credit to them – they stepped up and should be very proud of themselves as I am.

The results were simply stunning, considering the students have all had the same projects, were taught the same skills, processes and techniques – each student’s exhibition was individual and unique and what a wide breadth of work they have produced.¬† We teach a wide range to enable to students to progress onto different pathways; various printing techniques, a wide range of visual recording skills, digital design & image manipulation, sculpture, photography the list goes on – as well as professional practice – where proper hand shakes are a must!

It was also great to see students from the past – with a few texts – they came in droves and what a joy to catch up with them all and find out what they have all been up to at university. With a little bit of persuasion they’ve even promised to come in and chat to the first year students and show some of their work.

So a great week was had by all. Proud tutors, proud and relieved students and hopefully proud parents and family too!

Best Meal Deal

By Sarah Bates

It’s now official and launched… Best Meal Deal!

Working with Stephen at Orange Crush Design is always a pleasure and this is our latest collaboration working for Sazaad, Best Meal Deal offering a fresh approach to voucher deals, exclusively serving the restaurant industry. Though there are many voucher websites, there are few that exclusively offer dining experiences and this is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the exciting new venture.

There’s a very funny video and a catchy tune – so if you want to find out more and get the best meal deals… register here www.bestmealdeal.co.uk or call Jenni 08435 236 046.