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John Adams |
Tuesday, 3rd August 2010
Burgon and Ball have introduced a range of very useful hand tools to help with the harvesting of fruit, vegetables and herbs. If you have just read the article in PM65, ‘Useful Trees in Public Spaces’ and feel inspired to try public fruit picking, or you have fruit trees of your own, you might be interested in a Burgon and Ball Apple Picker. It... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 15th July 2010
In these times of disruption, change and transition, all of us can be excused for sometimes feeling perplexed, challenged, even a little lost. We are watching the old world slowly disintegrate. Our financial and political systems in the West are under the greatest of duress. Our natural global resources are seriously diminished as we face not only... more
 
Chris Johnstone |
Thursday, 1st July 2010
"Can we take some of this tree–hugging crap out?" asked Fox executives, after reading the script for Avatar the movie. "No", said James Cameron, the director, "that's why I'm making the film". His vision was to take audiences into a different world, to show a different set of possibilities. "Avatar asks us" he said, "to see that everything is... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 10th June 2010
In our world of rising fuel and food prices prices, practical life skills are becoming increasingly important. One of the best things we can do with our children is to show them how to grow their own food. Even at an early age it is both fun and empowering and they will never forget these important skills nor the time a parent has taken to pass... more
 
Emma Stoner |
Tuesday, 1st June 2010
On the 1st May a group of people gathered on Parliament Square to occupy the space and demand that 'the war in Afghanistan ends and the troops are brought home with immediate effect'. The peace camp is now running into its 7th week, despite the opposition of the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who is pursuing a court injunction against the... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 29th April 2010
The first power tool I ever bought was a B&D electric drill which came with a free rotary sanding disk attachment. I struggled on for years with this and its successors because it seemed easier than sanding by hand. I suppose it was if you could stand the wrist strain and didn’t mind the swirl marks and occasional gouge in the work piece. Over... more
 
Dave Seeker |
Thursday, 1st April 2010
When cracks started appearing in the flint walls of his 19th century house, owner Pete Nowall thought there had to be an innovative solution... "Flint houses in this area were traditionally built with no foundations straight on to the chalk," reports Pete Nowall. "In my case the toll of time was ringing in my ears. When I saw cracks appearing that... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 1st February 2010
Most of us that own woodworking tools have at some time or another bought a carbide bench grinder, while knowing full well that what we should have bought was a wetstone grinder - but they were too expensive and difficult to source. Scheppach, who supply professional wetstone systems have released the Tiger 2000s Grinder which is made affordable... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 1st February 2010
Back in PM51 I reviewed the Owl Monitor. I still have it, and it has proved to be the best energy saving device I have tried. In the meantime energy monitors have evolved and Owl have responded by updating their product with the addition of a memory function. So now it displays (current and historical): electricity (kW), greenhouse gas (CO2), cost... more
 
Emma Cooper |
Monday, 25th January 2010
Delving into seed catalogues is a great way to pass the time until spring arrives and we can all get back to planting. They have a tendency to arrive all at once, and there are so many of them these days that they can be overwhelming. Personally I pitch all the mainstream catalogues straight into the recycling bin and concentrate on the companies... more
 

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