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  • English Shocking Levels of poverty

    01 August 2020

    Levels of poverty in this country are shocking. With 14m identified by the UN and dismissed as a number not recognised by the last government there’s little chance that things will improve. A living wage as defined by this government will do little to...

  • Just leave nature alone.

    03 August 2020

    'The enemy of conservation is tidiness' Oliver Rackham - History of the Countryside. The trouble with all our tidying up of the place, our golf courses, our sterile grass lawns is how many of us there are doing it and how little room is left for other...

  • human beings are learning beings:

    04 August 2020

    human beings are learning beings: they know hardly anything at birth but seek out and develop incredible capacities. It should make us less worried about children during this difficult time, and even more hopeful about ourselves. explore the frameworks...

  •  Eastern European Summer food

    04 August 2020

    Eastern European food is always forgotten and highly under-rated. Cold versions of summer borscht are great but my all-time favourite cold summer soup is okroshka, made with kefir and sometimes kvass. I have included the recipe I use, given by some friends...

  • four seasons of a beehive

    02 August 2020

    The spring is the start of the beekeeping season. Getting off to a good start will set up for rest of the season. March This is a critical time for your bees. As the days are becoming longer the queen will starting to lay more eggs and the colony will...

  • A distinction in reading matter.

    25 August 2020

    It's important to make a distinction in terms of reading matter. Many emails and work-related content doesn't engage the brain in the same way as an engaging novel or an interesting article. We react differently to different content but it doesn't mean...

  • A prayer railing at Kilcreggan pier, Scotland

    03 July 2020

    A prayer railing has been created at Kilcreggan pier, as well as outside St Modan's and Craigrownie Parish Churches The Three lochside churches in our peninsula will remain closed for the time being, despite updated Scottish Government guidance allowing...

  • The twelfth of July: Ulster History of the Boyne

    13 July 2020

    The twelfth of July is the climax of the Ulster Protestant marching season, with Orangemen marching to approximately 19 venues across Northern Ireland. The Loyal Orange Order is a worldwide Protestant fraternity that celebrates a distinct religious, cultural...

  • Provence Lavender marvellous Fragrant France

    18 July 2020

    There are around 30 types of lavender, producing flowers of varying colours including purple, pink and white. The most widely grown is lavandin, a hybrid. France has 1,700 lavender producers working 16,000 hectares of lavandin, along with another 4,000...

  • Pope Francis: Attractive Qualites

    18 July 2020

    Pope Francis: Complaining Is Not An Attractive Quality Pope Francis’ preached a message that all of us need to consider, and is especially important for all people who are looking for a lasting relationship. He warned that complaining about others and...

  • Facebook harvest our souls

    19 July 2020

    Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or any other platform they all do the same thing. They harvest your most private details about you, run it through a algorithm and sell you garbage like fake autism treatments. Yet we all buy into this based on the delusion...

  • Sleep as a healing process.

    20 July 2020

    Sleep is a state of body and mind where a person’s nervous system, sensory perception and action of voluntary muscles are inactive and inhibited. It is essential to be content and be in happy mood. Not having adequate sleep increases the urge to reach...

  • protecting the environment is expensive

    21 July 2020

    Relying on market-based solutions to protect the environment, like relying on any significant, large organisation to self-regulate, is fundamentally flawed and lazy (and possibly only truly invoked by those who don’t sincerely want scrutiny). Also, protecting...

  • Bees working hard for Honey

    22 July 2020

    Bees working for some lovely Honey The worker bees live a very short life. Their average life span is about six weeks. The worker bees are the sterile females of the bee population. They feed honey and pollen to the queen of the hive. The worker bees...

  • Always smile and say please

    22 July 2020

    Always. Always smile and say please and thank you. Always help with doors and parcels and prams. Always compliment if you think to. The world is so dark and horrible in so many ways at the moment, and so many of us are struggling. See other people for...

  • Poisoning both ourselves and the planet.

    29 July 2020

    I have been increasingly concerned about the use of disposable plastic. I hadn't realised until the pandemic hit that ALL PPE used in medical settings is single-use; I thought some of it at least was washable. And all the disposable masks. Very disheartening,...

  • Out of Lockdown- Into the unknown

    27 June 2020

    For months, there has been speculation about how society will emerge from lockdown. From a rise in digital communication to an increase in neighbourly spirit, there have been promising signs of a better way out of this crisis, a way just benefits millions...

  • Out of Lockdown- Into the unknown

    27 June 2020

    For months, there has been speculation about how society will emerge from lockdown. From a rise in digital communication to an increase in neighbourly spirit, there have been promising signs of a better way out of this crisis, a way just benefits millions...

  • Even without a garden.

    25 June 2020

    Even without a garden. We could grow things. Growing plants. Growing nice plants Growing creation. Even in a lockdown. With a hand of seeds. Seeds, seeds, seeds. Tiny wee seeds. Lavender seeds. All needed was Sun. Feburuary to March Lockdown had begun...

  • Electric refuse collection vehicles

    08 September 2019

    Electric refuse collection vehicles were not uncommon in the early decades of the 20th century, and one manufacturer claimed to have 50 local authority customers for its vehicles. In the mid-1920s, 7% of London refuse vehicles were electric, when ones...

  • Morning.

    10 September 2019

    Morning. It's lovely to see all the seed saving and sharing going on. My first proper garden was partly stocked by people giving me seeds and cuttings, for which I was very grateful. These days, I have the pleasure of doing that for others and it is deeply...

  • Wealth is not evil.

    19 September 2019

    Wealth is not evil. What we need to do is think of the environment as well. Eat less meat, if at all. Because of earning money I left my country. like millions of others for a 'better' (meaning life with plenty of money) and enjoy reading about the 'evil'...

  • plastic research is necessary

    05 August 2019

    Research into alternatives to plastic ought to be encouraged. Nature has already invented millions of alternatives. The breakthrough might be to find ways of artificially adapting natural processes and scaling them up. Keratin telephones, without using...

  • down hill without brakes

    05 August 2019

    My last bike was both cheapo and scandalously maintained (by me). I have a weekly work journey that ends in a steep little road that goes into the main road. It's Stornoway not Manchester so the main road is not massive, but still pretty busy. One day...

  • Who pays for environment damage?

    08 August 2019

    In our economic system, we generally do not pay for resources we extract from the earth nor for the pollution we give back to the earth. Most of the cost of goods and services is just the cost of human labour and the returns to human investment. Our governments...