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  • Recycling or not?

    10 March 2019

    What can be binned in the re-cycle bin? Dos and don’ts Top five items we wrongly believe can be recycled • Soap pump dispenser tops • Used kitchen roll • Shiny or metallised gift-wrapping paper • Coffee cups • Glass that isn’t a bottle or jar (for example...

  • Tuesday

    12 March 2019

    Tuesday Spring announces with songs on the radio Easter with chocolate will soon be here Yet a freezing snow challenges the day Happy that seedlings are warm at home Happy that there is a real warmth within For a grand porridge keeps us stoked up Am old...

  • cultural appropriation

    14 March 2019

    Appropriation occurs when someone claims the authority or positive cachet underlying a culture without really possessing what is required to claim it, for example understanding or immersion in a culture. Profiting from a culture's reputation without giving...

  • Competition or Monopoly

    10 April 2019

    Unlike the market in consumer goods and services which are generally considered to be highly competitive, markets in which the government is the main or only customer, which happen to be some the most closed in the world with public procurement contracts...

  • Disordering Dictionaries is Fun

    27 May 2019

    The refiguring, disfiguring or disordering of a dictionary’s format has a particular anarchic and ludic appeal. In this sense it’s reminiscent of comic writing, which can be most effective when it appears in literature that relies on expected forms and...

  • The Relationship of Land in Scotland

    02 June 2019

    The relationship between the land and the people of Scotland is fundamental to the wellbeing, economic success, environmental sustainability and social justice of the country. The structure of land ownership is a defining factor in that relationship:...

  • taking control

    07 June 2019

    Some women like to wear make up for themselves and if more women are taking control of that and meeting the diverse needs of other women surely that’s a good thing, and if a woman and a man pursue a goal together surely that’s a good thing too? Searching...

  • Iona

    11 June 2019

    The Iona Community is an ecumenical Christian organisation which was founded in 1938 by George MacLeod, then a Church of Scotland parish minister in Govan, Glasgow. George brought together young ministers in training and unemployed craftsmen to rebuild...

  • King Cnut

    13 June 2019

    King Cnut King Cnut (Son of Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark 1018-35, King of England 1016-35, King of Norway 1028-35 and King of part of Sweden.) A man known more in England for commanding the sea to turn back was in fact a powerful unifying force and...

  • headphone jack

    16 June 2019

    the 2.5mm headphone jack, which is slightly smaller than the standard 3.5mm headphone jack people are used to. Bose and several other headphone manufacturers use this jack to plug into their phones via cable, but it’s a standard cable like any other and...

  • Sweden Re-cycling

    18 June 2019

    Is this recycling sustainable thought through? Or is it just encouraging a different kind of consumer Sweden infinitely better than the UK of course, but that shouldn't really be a barometer. What is it working towards and what are the next steps? To...

  • plastic bottles re-cycling?

    18 June 2019

    The problem with reusing plastic bottles is the microplastic that ends up in the water which we ultimately end up ingesting. Refilling plastic water containers is not solving any problems and could be making it worse. The more breakdown in the plastic,...

  • Summer heat so be careful

    01 July 2019

    There's a lot to do when the weather is right: family picnics, working on your tan at the beach, a homerun derby on the softball field, endless hours on the golf course, or lounging in your backyard hammock. Unfortunately, too much fun in the sun can...

  • Three envelopes

    02 July 2019

    Three envelopes ...an incoming manager is replacing a recently fired outgoing manager. On his way out, the outgoing manager hands the new manager three envelopes and remarks, "when things get tough, open these one at a time." About three months goes by...

  • sharon fruit /persimmon

    04 July 2019

    sharon fruit /persimmon I expect there are loads of kinds of sharon fruit /persimmon, but over here they fall into two main categories: the kind that's longer than it is wide, and the kind that's a more squashed, tangerinish shape, wider than long. The...

  • The natural world

    06 July 2019

    How many products do you use that do not rely on the natural world? Do you consume vegetables and fruit and believe in so doing you are obtaining vitamin C? Do you consume milk and believe you are obtaining calcium? Are there no materials in the products...

  • Flowers that work magic

    17 July 2019

    Bamboo is known for attracting joy and wealth. It offers protection and luck, can break hexes and grants wishes! Bamboo is said to help increase mental flexibility, aid in spiritual growth, help people to develop artistic talents, and encourages good...

  • wildlife

    18 July 2019

    Making allotments more wildlife-friendly, and were just discussing yesterday a strip of public path edging under the railings, which is difficult to keep neat and also connects the allotments to a woodland area nearby. That made me wonder whether the...

  • The World is now of cuteness

    29 July 2019

    The World is now of cuteness In such uncertain and uneasy times, and with so much injustice, hate and intolerance threatening the world, don’t we have more serious things to focus on than the escapades of that feline girl-figure Hello Kitty? Or Pokémon,...

  • The Baltics

    29 July 2019

    Have you ever considered visiting the Baltic countries? I’ve often visited the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, all of them are worth to visit. There are great people, nice cities, beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes in the Baltic...

  • News from Germany

    29 July 2019

    Solaris @Solaris Hello Jack Elliot. Not a nice day at all in Germany! Today an Eritrean Merkel-Asylumseeker pushed a Mother and her 8 year old son in front of an arriving express-train in Frankfurt main train station. The boy died at once, his mother...

  • Cycling along the Baltic

    29 July 2019

    Baltic Coast Cycle Route - The pearls of the Baltic Sea Your journey of discovery along the Baltic coast begins in Flensburg. From here until the island of Usedom, the sea will be your faithful companion. A tour that bears the promise of sandy beaches,...

  • get into a routine

    30 July 2019

    get into a routine of placing your keys and other essential items in the same place each time you get in, be it on a hook or in a tray or a drawer: “Have a home for everything.” Decluttering your home can also lead to a more streamlined routine. “The...

  • What is prorogation

    28 August 2019

    The parliamentary process, with precedent going back centuries, is a way to end the sitting of a parliamentary session, allowing the executive to carry out its business without interference from MPs. Traditionally, it's been the King in the driver's seat:...

  • Prodigy Maths Game

    29 August 2019

    Prodigy (a maths adventure game for primary aged children), kids can "friend" each other and play alongside each other, but they can only pick messages to send from a preset list, with no free text, so they can't send private information. By the top age...