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  • Seeds to grow in March

    02 March 2019

    If you are growing on windowsills and countertops, then most things should wait. Some things sown now might come up quickly but will then tussle with the limited light conditions and cossetted indoor temperatures. This always, however hard you try, results...

  • Celtic Cornwall

    03 March 2019

    Who were the Celts? Was there ever a distinct people known as the Celts? Was there ever a mass invasion of Celtic peoples into Britain? The word 'Celt' is thought to be derived from the Greek word 'Keltoi' - a name given to a tribe from around the Massilia...

  • Gambling on the internet: Loot Boxes

    07 March 2019

    Loot box is another form of gambling. The heart of the issue is whether loot boxes should be considered as gambling or a kind of mini-game. Anti-gambling activists argue that loot boxes imitate similar mechanics that you find in casinos, like slot machines...

  • Legalism in ancient China.

    14 March 2019

    Legalism in ancient China. Started in the 4th century BC in the Kingdom of Chin by Yang Shang, it required that each and every individual to provide the community with the best personal performance. Performance was measured and rewarded; meritocracy was...

  • Saturday. Spring Preparation

    23 March 2019

    We tend to get some Frosts during the Spring so it is important to protect. Protect Seedlings from Late Frosts those which are in the garden Early spring plantings are vulnerable to hard frost, which can set in overnight. If you expect a hard frost, cover...

  • Depiction of rural life today

    26 March 2019

    Frost and snow went in a night; meadows sloping from the down are green, daisies, but not many, bloom in corners near the hedge, cattle are out again to grass. In the elms rooks are busy, beginning their nests, swinging on the top branches, discarding...

  • Why did we start building our churches?

    31 March 2019

    The New Testament speaks of a large church in Jerusalem meeting together in a public space (e.g., the outer court of the temple in Acts 2:46) and in smaller groups in houses (e.g., the house of Mary, mother of Mark, in Acts 12:12). This practice must...

  • Time now to make Dandelion wine.

    31 March 2019

    Dandelions Dandelions are everywhere here there and everywhere For about a week or two Dandelions - Dandelions Everywhere is dandelions Brilliant wonderful is Spring We make some nice posies Lovely Dandelion bracelets Decorated each other with Dandelions...

  • Lavender protects from Ants

    01 April 2019

    This lovely nice weather has brought lots of nice things but also it has brought some ants that are starting to march all over the house. It would be great to find something to fight this invading army and then realised that the lavender which is in seedlings...

  • Spring Lambs

    05 April 2019

    Spring comes along with Lambs A lambing system concerns when lambing will occur (what season or months), how often a ewe will lamb (annual vs. accelerated), and how and where lambing will occur (shed vs. pasture). There is no one "best" lambing system...

  • Easter Lavender

    22 April 2019

    The ancient name of lavender was spikenard. There are many Biblical references to spikenard and to its price. Lavender products were extremely precious at that time. From the Gospel of Saint John: “Then took Mary a pound of spikenard, very costly, and...

  • The dominance of Apps,

    24 May 2019

    The dominance of Apps, hobbies, social media, commercialisation of communal and social activities that have cultivated a culture of casual approach and mannerism of indifference. its uncool to have manners; shake hands, stand up to greet or offer what...

  • Sunday Spiritual Lavender

    26 May 2019

    Throughout the ages, the lavender plant has been revered for its sweet aroma and healing qualities. The sweet scent of lavender has been recognized for thousands of years and the plant has been a coveted herb since the dawn of man. The word lavender comes...

  • Those Toxic Chemicals on our skin

    01 June 2019

    It’s a known fact that we (adults) absorb 60% of what we put on our skin. Over time, that’s a lot of toxic yuck- and it accumulates! There’s a difference between putting things on your skin compared to in your mouth. Because at least the enzymes in your...

  • Freedom in Scotland

    08 June 2019

    The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland Religious freedom is the bedrock of all other freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press. Religious freedom is not the freedom to disobey the law or be exempt from the law because...

  • Tax the plastic

    08 June 2019

    There is never going to happen about all this plastic poisoning the earth until proper incentives are in place. Plastic bottles? Simple. Start by monetising them. A £1 deposit makes throwing them away a nice pocket money experience for some one else....

  • Dire situation of today

    15 June 2019

    Many people have not yet understood how dire the situation of today has become. When we first raised the alarm forty years ago, the cost would have been manageable. Yet by now knock-on effects are in play. It is not only a question of carbon dioxide through...

  • Lavender in London

    26 June 2019

    Lavender in London (Sutton) It may surprise you to learn that Sutton was once the lavender capital of the world! With its chalky soil and mild weather, the North Downs provides the perfect conditions for growing lavender, a tradition that dates back to...

  • Avoid plastic packaging

    12 July 2019

    Using our own containers to buy foods from bulk bins is one of the primary ways to avoid plastic packaging while grocery shopping. But it’s not always easy, especially when you’re just beginning your plastic-free journey. First, you have to find shops...

  • The Haptic Baton for the Blind

    29 July 2019

    A Haptic Baton A conductors baton that communicates to visually impaired players. The baton captures the speed, angle, attack and sway of the conductor’s hand in real time and beams it directly to all players wearing receiver bands. They feel the expression...

  • what is information?

    29 July 2019

    Just what is information? For such an intuitive idea, its precise nature proved remarkably hard to pin down. For centuries, it seemed to hover somewhere in a half-world between the visible and the unseen, the physical and the evanescent, the enduring...

  • Argyll, Scotland in August

    01 August 2019

    Autumn is a great time to visit Scotland – especially for a road trip around the beautiful, yet highly underrated Argyll region Scotland is top-notch road trip territory, but to be honest, there are two things that can turn a fun day on the road into...

  • British Butterfly caterpillars feed on Nettles

    31 August 2019

    British Butterfly caterpillars feed on Nettles Many people don’t like Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) because they sting and are thought of as weeds but a lot of these same people don’t realise just how many pretty butterflies have caterpillars that...

  • The targeted voucher scheme

    06 July 2020

    The targeted voucher scheme mooted by the Resolution Foundation is ideally tailored to this purpose. It is an excellent idea, quite apart from actively encouraging people to visit venues, it may also grant many an opportunity to experience something new,...

  • Scotland is healing the planet

    21 November 2020

    Scotland offers one of the best opportunities for industrial scale clean hydrogen production in Europe. There are many reasons that Scotland is the right choice for companies looking to develop hydrogen energy solutions. None more so than the fact that...

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