Daily archives: March 4, 2005


Sponge sounds interesting, and, importantly, is UK based. I don’t have a lot of time to digest the site right now, so here’s the group’s own description of itself-

Sponge is a network of open-minded individuals who share a particular interest in sustainable development. These individuals generally work in, or are associated with the development of our built environment; from bricks and mortar through design, engineering and planning to communities and regeneration.

Sponge provides a focus for fresh ideas in building; demonstrating how sustainable development can improve the quality of our built and natural environment.

Sponge works with existing groups who also have an interest in sustainability and individuals who wish to be kept informed. The group is aimed at young professionals and participation is open and encouraged to all.

Sponge was launched in 1999 and continues to grow at a healthy and sustainable rate….!

via Treehugger

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Touching the Void

Based upon the book of the same name, this is an entirely different type of documentary to Outfoxed. In 1985 two young climbers set out to scale the unconquered face of Peruvian mountain Suila Grande. When one of them broke a leg on the descent it looked as if they both might die on the mountain. What followed was one of those tales that could only happen in real life- as fiction it would just seem too unbelievable. The interviews with the climbers and their companion who stayed in base camp are low key, contrasting nicely with the dramatised reconstructions. Gripping stuff, whether you’re a climber or not.

(Sitting on my book shelf waiting to be read is author Joe Simpson’s follow up to Touching the Void- This Game of Ghosts. Another highly recommended climbing book is The White Spider, tracing the history of attempts on the North face of the Eiger.)

Buy Touching the Void on Amazon

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