Thursday, 9 October 2008

National Poetry Day

Find out more here about National Poetry Day

I sat down to write a poem
For National Poetry Day
But when I tried to think one up
I'd nothing much to say...

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Squirrel tracasserie...

No, not a recipe...anyone who watched Marco Pierre White's face as he tasted squirrel on the Great British Menu will know why 'tree rat in a basket' never features on pub menus... but what happens at this time of year when the squirrels, in a desperate bid to bury a winter's worth of nuts in my flowerbeds and pots, take up swearing at anything and everything that ventures into what they consider their territory.
It occurred to me that I haven't resurrected the word game on this new blog and tracasserie is too good a word to let slip by so here are the rules:

The Word Game

1) Award yourself ten points for dropping the word casually into conversation without anyone rumbling that you are playing the game.
2) Ten points for getting it into print.(Newspaper, magazine.)
3) Fifty points if you get to use it, in context, on a tv/radio broadcast.
4) Blogs, emails, letters - five points but only first use counts.
5) Ten points for spotting it used by another person.
6) The word stays in play until I change it...

The word in play is tracasserie.

(Disclaimer: Should you want to play you will be entrusted to keep your own scores, you can let me know the score for each word, if you want, when the word is no longer in play and I might even set up a scoreboard. Any trouble you get into for playing silly games when you should be working etc is entirely your own fault and I accept absolutely no responsibility at all! Play at your own risk.)

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

1.6 million litres a year and we all pay...

It was revealed yesterday by The Sun that Starbucks was wasting 1.6 million litres of water a year in the UK by leaving taps running. Apparently they are now going to turn off the taps which is a relief as it is exactly this kind of big, corporate waste that we all end up having to pay for with higher water rates.
I hope that this water was metered and charged for, if not there should be a mechanism for the water companies to reclaim the cost of that wasted water rather than passing it on to the domestic user because what is the point of us all fitting water efficient taps, showers, duel flush cisterns, smaller baths, water efficient washing machines, water butts etc if the commercial sector are, quite literally, emptying it down the drain?
(rant over)
Thought this was a great idea for an alternative power source, the hot water mines as this article in the Times yesterday revealed. Why isn't the UK investing in this sort of industry? Localised power for communities from a raft of green technologies (renewable wood/rubbish burning, wind, water, solar, ground heat etc) coming under a nationalised overall umbrella is exactly what we should all be investing in, not these sub-prime money markets. It means we stop reliance on the power giants and give people a really viable alternative local green economy to invest and work in. Well, I am sure there will be a million reasons why this is a rubbish idea...

Sunday, 5 October 2008

3BT, navel gazing, Strictly not enough time and gardening on the web...

Haven't done a 3BT for a while and so 'ere tis:

1) In a moment of random navel gazing indulgence I discovered that if I add up the day, month and year of my birthday it totals 2000.

2) Last night's Strictly...sadly I haven't the time to devote to blogging about it this year but if you are a fan you can relive the last night's action on the Strictly website (check out Tom and Camilla's black and gold brilliance!)Also Jaye's blog has updates and news...

3) Garden blogs, great for when it's hounding down with rain like today..try: Blackpitts Garden (lots of links as well to other well-known gardeners)
The Garden Monkey (blogger online) and
MyFolia where you can not only blog yourself but organise, share and track your garden's progress and that of the online community. (You'll find me in there somewhere...)