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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
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 29th September 2009
I've always hankered after a woodturning lathe but until now lack of space has prohibited it.However the Scheppach DMT450 stands on a tabletop rather than the floor and is therefore much easier to find room for. As with all Scheppach products it is solidly made and well thought out. The lathe has four speeds and comes with centres and a drilled... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 3rd August 2009
Q is always coming up with high-tech gadgets for 007, and I rather like some of the clever devices that cross my desk, but sometimes it's the really simple things that turn out to be the most impressive. One such item is the Serbian Kotlich & Tripod that we used for our summer solstice supper here at the Sustainability Centre. It consists of... more
 
Jenny Larby |
Sunday, 1st March 2009
The average UK wedding – with its long-distance guests, elaborate dinner, hothouse flowers and fleet of taxis – has a carbon footprint larger than the average person has for a whole year. It drains fuel and sends vast quantities of waste to landfill. Planet-conscious alternative choices for brides are multiplying rapidly. If you love luxury, a... more
 
Dr Chris Johnstone |
Friday, 1st September 2006
When confronted with issues like climate change, peak oil or mass starvation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. How can we find our power to respond to such huge problems? For nearly twenty years, I've been running workshops to help people strengthen their capacity to address the alarming realities of our world. I've trained and worked closely with... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 1st August 2006
Who are you? Looby Macnamara. I am currently chair of the Permaculture Association (Britain). I run my own business – Spirals of Abundance – fairly trading gifts and organic cotton clothes from Nepal. I also teach permaculture and have a six year old daughter, Shanti. Hence, I lead a productive, interesting and busy life. Where do you live? I live... more
 
John Adams |
Wednesday, 1st March 2006
I first encountered peg loomed woollen rugs when I slept on one in Ben Law's old caravan. It made for a surprisingly warm and comfortable night's sleep. I was struck by its simplicity, decorative qualities and obvious durability and wished I had one of my own. I asked Ben how they were made and he showed me a simple peg loom in his workshop and... more
 

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