Tuesday, August 30, 2005

We Can't Afford Our Gasoline

. . . is the title of this clever and amusing flash movie.

Well, what a week. Oil above $70/barrel, and Hurricane Katrina destroying New Orleans and killing people. My other half and I watched "The Day After Tomorrow" for the first time the other night, then turned on the news to see the USA being battered by a huge hurricane.

"The Wrath of God", some might call it. But as global warming is "anthropogenic" - human-induced - perhaps this destruction is more of a lesson in how we can be gods: if we are battered into submission as a result of our apalling disrespect for the planet we inhabit, then perhaps we will learn to take responsibility for our own existence here.

Traditionally, the Wrath of God came upon people who had behaved badly and abused their special status as favoured species on Earth. It came to chastise and to correct. Perhaps we should take note, and change our ways. Perhaps it is just that the largest polluting country in the world is currently being battered and humiliated on international television - by nature itself.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Fame at Last!

The local press seem to have picked up on my little home Green Cottage recently.

A couple of weeks ago the local BBC station GMR interviewed me, today I am in the Manchester Evening News and tomorrow I will be on Channel M - the local TV station for Manchester.

I just hope that the fortune follows soon!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Green Fingers

Here's a brief description of my little back garden, reproduced from the Powerswitch forums:-

"I live in a terraced house, but I've still managed to cram a fair bit in.

I have some raised veg beds with potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions, peas, beans, sweetcorn and stuff in, which seem to have done OK. I have a mini-greenhouse which I've tried to grow peppers in, but those have failed dismally this year.

Apart from the storage space I've set aside for logs for my wood burner, most of the rest of the garden is given over to herbs and fruit trees - I have an apple tree and a pear tree. I also have a few non-edible bushes and flowers and the like, for a bit of biodiversity. You need flowers in any case, in order to get the bees in, to pollinate your fruits etc.

The only other things I have are a blueberry bush, a raspberry cane and a grape vine. I like the idea of low-maintenance fruiting plants, which just produce food every year without effort like planting and harvesting vegetables.

I'm currently digging a small pond too - I'm hoping to get some toadspawn in the spring. I desperately need an organic remedy for the thousands of slugs and snails which I get every year, especially when it gets wet! Toads would be the ideal answer. "

The New Ageless

My new E.P. is now available for download.