Daily archives: October 2, 2005

The greening of Casa Spinneyhead- month 1

One month in to living at the new house and we have taken a few green steps. All the lights are now low energy, and we have Eco Balls-

They’re each about the size of a tennis ball and filled with little pellets that make a pleasant rattling sound when shaken. Clare claims to have seen them fizzing in the wash but I have to say I’ve never looked that closely. Our clothes now smell of nothing, which is nice, and are just as clean as ever. They should last anything up to a thousand washes and save us hundreds of pounds. Find out more at www.ecozone.co.uk.

The house doesn’t have recycling bins. There are bottle banks quite close by, but I’m lazy and want to be able to just walk out of the house and throw the bottles into one of the skinny bins like other people on the street can. I’ve called and asked to have some supplied, but none have turned up and it’s possible they won’t supply them to blocks of flats, which is annoying. There’s a great pile of paper waiting to be shredded and thrown in a bin should one ever arrive.

On the keeping things local front there are four butchers and a fish mongers within walking distance and they all supply quality stuff with the minimum of packaging. There’s also a whole food shop in Withington and a number of small grocers. Hopefully we can cut supermarket purchases to a minimum if not stopping them altogether.

We’re going to work out another set of targets for this month and announce them as soon as they’re decided. Stay tuned.

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Jon Stewart is my hero

It often seems that The Daily Show is the only thing on American TV that dares to challenge the status quo. I regularly find myself downloading clips and laughing out loud.

The Guardian interviews Jon Stewart

When Condoleezza Rice admitted to the Senate that she had seen a presidential daily briefing in August 2001 … “I believe the title was ‘Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside The United States’ “… Stewart just stared at the camera for 20 seconds. Then he covered his face in his hands, lifted his head up and moaned. “You’re fucking kidding me, right? Please say, please say, you’re fucking kidding me.”

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Do you know what A Levels you need to be a fairy princess?

Children as young as five should be given career advice, according to a group of MPs.

‘Careers advice should be given to every child of primary-school age,’ said Barry Sheerman, a Labour member of the forum. ‘For too many children, a future as a fairy princess or pop star is the only dream they have, and it doesn’t occur to them to aspire to go to university, be a doctor or a scientist.

‘It would, of course, have to be done in a delicate way,’

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