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Leah Green |
Wednesday, 29th June 2011
It's 1991. The first Intifadah is raging. A group of Americans walks quietly through the twisted alleys of al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron. We can hear Israeli soldiers moving through the other side of the camp. We turn a corner and come upon a middle-aged Palestinian woman picking through rubble. Our host explains to her that we have come... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 25th June 2011
Caroline Lucas, Britain's only Green MP, popped into Glastonbury yesterday to address an audience at the Speaker's Forum in Green Fields and speak on the Pyramid stage for the non-nuclear debate. Besides mud, celebs and some stunning bands, Glastonbury has a long tradition of non-conformism and political activism. Michael Eavis, a Methodist, comes... more
 
Brad Rowland |
Thursday, 23rd June 2011
As with everything, there is controversy around how to make compost tea. The two basic camps are anaerobic, or aerobic, and there is 'scientific research' to back up both sides that you can easily find on Google. The aerobic method 'brews' beneficial bacteria with added oxygen, introduced by something like an aquarium pump, creating an environment... more
 
Dougald Hine |
Monday, 20th June 2011
Since Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth published the Dark Mountain manifesto in 2009, the project has become a gathering point for writers, artists and musicians, gardeners, engineers and psychologists — in fact, all kinds of people who are interested in exploring the deep roots of the crises we are living through. The situation of the world... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th June 2011
If you want to make green gooseberry jam you have to use very firm, slightly under-ripe green fruit. I have used a mixture of mostly firm green cooking gooseberries and a few of the deliciously sweet red dessert gooseberry, Hinnomaki Red. While the forest garden was in all its bounty, I added a few jostaberries and worcesterberries too. It is... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Friday, 17th June 2011
"I hope you're husband's alright with that love!" said a lady as she cruised by leaning on her tiller arm watching me crouched on the towpath, painting my planters hot pink. "Yeah, he's in touch with his feminine side!" I laughed. And so my cobbled-together-from-free-wood planters received a makeover after a rather fortuitous find of left over... more
 
Alex Jackson |
Thursday, 16th June 2011
More than 2,000 people have written to Jim Paice MP to demand this change, including lots of his constituents in Cambridgeshire. Many of these people were persuaded to act because of your support for the campaign and we're going to write to thank them for taking a stand.  Previously 4 out of 10 fish bought by Whitehall were to be excluded from... more
 
Tim Green |
Monday, 13th June 2011
A long time ago, back in the days of folk, a fox went out on a chilly night with the express intention of greasing his chin on a farmer's goose. The fox duly succeeded and the farmer and his wife were mighty miffed. Some centuries later a particularly fantastic Mr Fox made three farmers' lives an utter misery with his thieving antics. It seems the... more
 
Tony Rollinson |
Thursday, 9th June 2011
As ever this internationally celebrated festival, now in its 29th year in the UK, seeks to reinvent the term 'diverse' by presenting artists and musicians from every corner of the globe. Some you may have heard of, most you won't. But that's the beauty of WOMAD – you never know what you'll discover and experience. Every age of the family is... more
 
Joanna Macy & Maddy Harland |
Monday, 6th June 2011
In the 1970s, Joanna Macy was a lecturer in comparative religion when she became an anti-nuclear activist. It was her research into the health hazards at atomic power stations and her involvement in a citizen's law suit that led her to understand both the realities of radioactive contamination and the phenomenon of psychic numbing. This led... more
 

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