Wednesday, 19 March 2008
A common refrain amongst my single girlfriends is where are all the decent men?  This weekend I found out where - in Wales at the Centre for Alternative Technology learning how to make biodiesel fuel.  At a ratio of 3 women to 40 men they should abandon the hairless, over groomed metrosexuals stalking London’s bars and head west immediately.  Ladies, real men are not extinct judging by the hordes seduced from their sheds by the happy thought of making their own fuel from cooking fat.  Read more >
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
I am intrigued by the forthright views of French writer Corinne Maier who has written a book called No Kid: 40 Reasons Not to Have Children.   Miss Maier bravely defies the current bout of baby mania by suggesting that having children is environmentally destructive as well as `boring’.  She reckons she’d have had a far more interesting life if she’d never had any herself.  Then instead of stacking washing machines and getting up at the crack of dawn to do the school run she could be writing more books and having a far jollier time all round.  Read more >
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Recently I've had a spate of invitations to speak at various eco gatherings. Public speaking is an alarming prospect, but in the spirit that if it doesn't kill you it'll make you stronger, I've been saying yes to them all. Besides, nothing will ever be as terrifying as throwing myself off the top of a telegraph post strapped to a safety harness on a course with Tony Robbins, the uber life-coach. People think fire walking is scary, but that's just a question of running fast. Anyway I digress. Read more >
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Over the past few months it seems as if every glossy magazine is having a green issue moment. A Hollywood celeb is put on the cover wearing glam green garb and extolling their commitment to organic veg and their Toyota Prius. But they usually remain spookily silent when it comes to their use of carbon-busting private jets. Read more >
Thursday, 17 August 2006
Feeling it was time to stimulate the grey matter, I booked a low-emission weekend course at the eco-friendly Farncombe conference centre in the depths of Gloucestershire. To green the lily further, we took the train. I sold my car a year ago and have been relying on public transport ever since. I haven't missed it once. Indeed, every day I offer a prayer of gratitude for being shot of the hassle. Read more >
Thursday, 6 February 2006
At this time of year I don't often venture out on my roof terrace except to tend occasionally to my worm compost bin. This is a complicated, fairly athletic procedure involving my climbing up a steep ladder and crossing onto my next door neighbour's roof, balancing a slop bucket full of kitchen waste. Read more >

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