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Weather changes – global warming or typical season? April 29, 2008

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Yesterday it was around 14-16c and sunny all day, it was lovely and warm, hardly any wind and it felt like spring was finally here and we could look forward to a nice hot summer.

Today … less than 24hrs after yesterdays lovely warm day, it’s 6c outside and it’s been cloudy and drizzling all day … then about 20 minutes ago it started absolutely pouring down with hale, quite big bits of hail too (for around here!) … and it’s even more cold now then it was earlier.

Whats going on with this weather?

Certainly makes you want to stay in all day and work on the website … so that’s what I’ve been doing, can you tell with the amount of blog posts today, haha!


A Silent Tsunami Sweeps the World April 29, 2008

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Unless you’ve been hidden under a stone for the last few weeks, you’ll probably have heard of the food price problems worldwide, and most recently of the ever rising price of oil.

The head of the UN World Food Programme made the statement A silent tsunami which knows no borders is sweeping the world” when she was asked about the global food shortages.

Interesting statement, but not one I believe is related to the food price rises or oil price rises. Nor infact do I believe anything that the UN or anyone else in power says about the food and oil crisis, I firmly believe it’s all a manufactured con result of over consumption. Sure we probably are running close to the end of oil, but they’ve known about it for long enough, so why haven’t they done something about it??

It is simple after all, come up with an alternative form of energy … theres plenty of options out there…

So why haven’t they come up with something else? … greed and control thats why …. I’m not going to go into details as this blog isn’t really the place for it.

Also, thinking about population levels around the world, again unless you’ve been under a stone, you will probably have read at some point that the worlds population levels are unsustainably high …. so what are the people in power doing about it?

Hmmmmm …. let me see …. manufacturing ever rising food prices, rising oil prices due to it running out various different problems, increasing levels of diseases in poorer countries resulting in more deaths.

Those people in poorer countries are the least able to retaliate against the people in power …. hmmmm, I wonder why there’s never anything as bad that happens in the poorer countries happening over here in the more developed countries …. oh right, it’s not because we’re more educated about whats going on, more capable of retaliating, got access to more weapons …. it’s to do with because we’ve got better facilities … riiight, thats it…

Ahwell, if someone’s gotta die to decrease the worlds population so we can all become more sustainable … why not those people in far off countries … right?!

A Silent Tsunami Sweeps the World ….. indeed it does, but it’s not what we’re being told it is.


Welsh Government to Cull Badgers April 9, 2008

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I notice that as always the government doesn’t pay attention to what it’s own people say.

I have a particular interest in this story as I am Welsh — but even so I suppose it’s stupid of me to think my own kindred government would be any different to the English.

I just don’t get some people, if a 10 year study has been completed and proven that a badger cull would not have an effect on controlling TB in cattle, and many animal organisations back this same study, why then do the governments still choose to go ahead with a cull?!

The main story about this can be read here on politics.co.uk

If you also want to read more on the Badger Cull here in the UK — check this link out to … Stop the Cull


The Coming Apocalypse and Life’s Cycles April 7, 2008

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There hasn’t been a-lot to write about from the business side of things lately, we’ve been ticking over nicely, but without any serious growth, which suits us just fine!

Someone asked me an interesting question yesterday “Why don’t you want to grow the business”? — and it made me think about life’s cycles and the apocalypse that our civilization is bringing upon ourselves, if only because we always want to grow, and consume more.

My first response was a bit like a parry back to what they had just said, in that I felt like I had to defend my reason for not wanting to grow the business, to constantly consume more and more.

I tried to keep calm and collected and offer a good well thought out response – what came out may not have been calm and collected as I ended up ranting about our civilizations constant need to grow and consume, but I think I got my point across in the end!

What I tried to say was that I didn’t think that a business had to constantly grow, to constantly consume and to be classed as successful, I mean, in the end what is success?

At the end of the day when we started out with the business, we wanted it to provide enough of an income for us to be able to work from home — we are nowhere near that yet, but it will come, one day. If that day doesn’t arrive then I’ll know that this business wasn’t for me, that it wasn’t supposed to provide me with a full time income — maybe because I don’t really need one perhaps?

If I had some land to live off of and could build myself a house etc, then I’m pretty sure I could be self-sufficient and not need a full-time income, but it would be nice to still have the business, and provide the products we do to people who wanted them, knowing that we could run the business at a small level and still provide ourselves with an income whilst helping others out with things they wanted.

I suppose that’s one of the things that is wrong with our civilization – that we always want things, which I don’t think is wrong in itself, but because there are so many of us on this planet now, it has devastating effects on the planet when a large number of us want things, especially considering that most things we want are unsustainable!

But the main problem I see is that of over population, no matter what things we want, it could be sustainable if there wasn’t as many people on the planet as there is now. I firmly believe that even if every single person on the planet was to live sustainably there wouldn’t be enough room for everyone to do so.

The earth can only carry everyone it does right now because we are all living so un-sustainably – and even then it is now severely stretched to the limit and is showing signs of cracking.

And a part of this problem is that unlike most animals and plants, we humans survive beyond a certain environments carrying capacity. Whereas an animal or plant will normally only survive in a particular environment if it only eats and uses what it needs to survive and no more – we continue to consume more than is neccessary.

If an animal or plant population get beyond what the land can carry, then normally they die off naturally, lack of food, lack of space to live so they compete with each other, and so die off another way.

But us humans have found numerous ways to overcome the lands capacity to only carry a certain population level, and because we cannot see the damage we are doing until it is too late, we continue on with the growth – in fact, even when we can see the damage we are doing we still continue on the growth and take parts of other lands to enable us to continue living on the same way.

But what we all seem to miss is the cycles that the life around us leads – and we must be pretty blind to miss it.

We know when it is Spring, Summer or Winter don’t we? … we know when it is Night or Day don’t we? … and we therefore should know that these continuous events of seasons and days/nights go in cycles … for some time it’s light then dark, then light then dark again, which is a cycle. Then some months it is cold, then warm, then wet, then cold, then warm again, yet another cycle.

So perhaps then we can look at ourselves, and the life we are all leading and say “are we living a cycle” ?

Is the destruction that we have brought upon the earth, just leading up to a massive point where the planet we live on has enough and through earthquakes, tsunamis, weather fronts etc slowly reduces our population, or kills it off completely and starts off the cycle of life on earth again?

Maybe if there are any humans around for the next cycle of life on this planet, we will have learned somehow that our previous attempts at living we’re not sustainable, and actually sped up the planets own natural cycles, but then what if they actually were sustainable, but yet it didn’t matter and the earth continued its own cycle, and kills all life on the planet off again?

Anyway, enough of that, I want to say that I do firmly believe that their is a cycle our planet is going through right now, where I think a massive chunk of our population will die off/be killed off (Apocalypse??) and whether it is from the earth’s very own natural life cycle or it’s from our own doing, I don’t think it really matters.

But it’s coming and it’s too hard to ignore … what I think we all have to think about is how we want to live our lives during this time, and if we do survive through it, what kind of lives will we be able to lead afterwards, and most importantly, what skills will we need? … but that’s for another post!

Until next time…


Earth Hour, Food Miles and Reusable Shopping Bags March 31, 2008

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So, Earth Hour has been and gone. Some of you may not have heard of it, some of you may have got fed up of hearing about it, either way Earth Hour passed by in the Enchanted Gift Shop household with us talking by candlelight about what we have done for the environment lately, and what more we can do in the future.

We decided that we had all made a massive effort to get where we are today, and that by beginning our reduce, reuse and recycle theme so early on in the businesses development, it made it far easier for us to begin new things too.

I think one of the hardest things to do is change a habit that has become ingrained in you, especially if it is a bad habit!

Anyway, we decided that we were very happy with what we had done up to now, but that we had plenty of room for improvement.

I thought it might be a good idea, to show you all what we had talked about improving, maybe you could get some inspiration from it??

So, here we go…

Reducing our food miles:

During operating the business and obviously in our private lives too, we have to eat! … and one thing that we have always done is try to buy as much food from local sources as possible, and buy what is in season.

Spring OnionJersey Royal Potatoes

But somewhere where this fell down, was in buying fruit – most of us had enjoyed eating a varied amount of fruit, and we had compromised on the buying local/UK aspect of it and continued to buy any kind of fruit, without really thinking about if it was in season and where had it come from.

So, after talking about it for a while, whenever we now go to buy fruit, we find out before we go what is in season in the local area and then the UK, and then finally Europe.

We will not be buying any fruit that is from outside of Europe now, and if it is not in season here locally or at-least in the UK, we will reconsider if we actually want it.

If we decide that we really do want some fruit, then we’ll get something from the closest European country possible – but we really think about if we need it, and could do without instead.

If you think about it, in the UK there isn’t much fruit available at this time of year, and there won’t be until it gets closer to summer. But yet we have all become accustomed to eating any kind of fruit all year round.

Not only does this cut down on our food miles, therefore helping the environment, but it also means we are getting much healthier food, as it is grown using soil and climate that our bodies are used to …. our bodies must wonder what is going on when in the middle of winter and we start eating bananas!

Anyway, a good website to start trying to find more local food is Big Barn – it’s easy to use!

As well as the food miles aspect of our shopping, we are making a major effort to not use plastic bags any more!

Green Cloth Bag

We’ve all got cloth bags to do our shopping with, but some of us forget to put them back in the car when we’ve just unloaded some shopping, or even take them with us when they are in the car when we go into a shop.

So we’ve decided that if we walk into a shop without any cloth bags now, that one of us will have to go back to the car to get one, and not buy or use a plastic bag no matter the weather or how far away the car is.

I think the supermarkets are doing a good thing by making people pay for a plastic bag, but I would like to see them put the price up to 20p a bag so that after about 30 visits to any supermarket it would make more sense to buy a cloth bag than keep using plastic bags — or if my partner had his way, they would stop offering them altogether, that way people would have to buy there own cloth bags.

Right, that’s just a couple of things we talked about, amongst other things were the size of the population in our world now, and making a choice to have children based on this. Also the need for an alternate way of living without depending on a fuel of some kind.

These and a number of other issues I’ll leave to post about for another day!