Friday, 24 April 2009

The Ballad of Blue Bell Hill


Finally! The Ballad of Blue Bell Hill, (along with footnotes) is up on the Ripplestone Review...just in time for the Sweeps Festival 2009 in Rochester over the May Bank Holiday.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Hell's kitchen - reality burns...

I saved up the best part of two weeks worth of Hell's Kitchen shows to watch while tackling the ironing mountain..(this was not a good idea as I actually managed to iron over one of my little fingers as I was so engrossed in the show)and I'm completely hooked and horrified in equal measures. Claudia's fabulous pink dress, 'Granthea',the pasta-nicker, Marco's 'Heathcliffe with a meat cleaver' impression, live eels, dead eels, guts,entrails, blood, blisters, walk outs, tears, toast, toast, toast...not to mention the most bizarrely styled interior yet for the restaurant. (I thought the 80's were fashionable again, shouldn't it all be chrome, black leather, industrial stripped concrete and neon pink, silver and teal? Just say no flock wall-paper..)Phew..I feel drained, only half an hour to go and I can have another helping...

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Spring in the garden continues







Golden hops galloping away...


Very early strawberries on the way if this sunshine continues...


The tulips that have decided to grow up through the lavender...

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Road safety has caught the kids imagination...

While a lot more grisly than the hedgehog campaign (not too mention Charlie the cat and for those of us old enought to remember the squirrel...what was his name?), Tales of the Road seems to have caught the kids imagination... so well done to whoever was the brains was behind this cool campaign for road safety. Check out the website for more info, games and competitions for your children to help keep them safe on the roads.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Say no to nuclear power plants...

Here's a link to a petition to sign against an increase in nuclear power in the UK. I have read a couple of articles with interest recently, on in the gardian abou the propossed 11 sites for new nuclear power plants , this article about Spain's wind power farms in La Mancha having a record breaking output recently and how they already supply 12% of the country's power and in today's Independent, this article about how the UK could be about to miss out on an green energy boom by not investing in wind power. Why is this government so scared of wind power yet prepared to saddle us all with the short-term power solution of nuclear whose legacy will be the huge financial/ecological burden of 11 extra nuclear plants to decomission for future generations? Generations that will already be paying well into their 70's for the economic chaos of today.