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Cafe Surplus – a new venture

On May 21, 2018, Posted by , In Food waste,Lifestyle,Vegan, With 1 Comment

Every year in the UK alone, 10 million tonnes of food is sent to landfill. I’ve been involved with organisations since arriving here in Bristol that address the issues of food waste, FoodCycle among them, and have learned loads about the issue at all stages of the process. My next big project…

The Kids Conundrum

On April 11, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With 10 Comments

When I was at primary school my sister Sarah and I ran a ‘Save the Earth club’ in our bedroom with whichever friends we could coerce into coming. It was fairly boring: let’s do some wildlife word searches and then go and pick up some litter. The irony that we…

The Drastic No Plastic challenge: conclusions

On March 2, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

I wandered along the shingle for a while, my steps uneven on the shifting ground, noticing just how much litter there was. Almost all of it was plastic. How ironic, I thought, that these single-use items are made from a material that lasts forever.

The Drastic No Plastic challenge

On February 3, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

Plastic waste has loomed large in the public consciousness in recent months, due in no small part to Blue Planet II, campaigns such as Switch the Stick, and the extended 5p levy on carrier bags. Companies are queueing up to reduce plastic packaging and broadcast their plastic-free credentials. But just how…

Get Outside in 2018

On January 28, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,GetOutside,Lifestyle, With No Comments

Fresh air is a wonderful thing. Spending time outdoors makes us happier, healthier and gives us time to enjoy the miracle of nature; something that is all too easily overlooked in the hectic routine of modern life. In January I spent two days enjoying some fresh air in the New…

Carrot or Stick?

On January 5, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

A proposed 25p tax on coffee cups has been all over the news today, and in my inbox appeared an email from 38 Degrees asking me to share the petition supporting the tax. It stated that the levy could seriously tackle plastic pollution and save the environment. Obviously, I agree…

BAM January sale

On January 3, 2018, Posted by , In BAM,Lifestyle, With No Comments

I write this as I sit here in my BAM Raja yoga pants. I don’t even practice yoga but my, these pants are comfy. I am proud to put my name to the BAM bamboo clothing brand: as one of the latest BAMbassadors  it’s my job to wax lyrical about…

My car-free year

On January 3, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With 6 Comments

My New Year’s Resolution way back in 2012 was to live without a car for a year. This wasn’t just my car, it was any car: friends, colleagues, taxis, Dad. The challenge was an illustration of what’s possible when you try; I wanted to demonstrate that car-free could be a…

Resolving to be resolute

On January 2, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With 3 Comments

I nearly broke my New Year’s Resolution last night, less than 24 hours into 2018. It is to spend less time on Twitter (and to stop reading the news*) and resist being drawn into Twitter spats with people with whom I’m likely to never agree. But to see a tweet…

BAMbassador

On December 21, 2017, Posted by , In BAM,Ironman,Lifestyle, With No Comments

I’m excited to be a new BAMbassador for Bamboo clothing, a UK company that manufactures clothing from bamboo. BAM is exactly the kind of company I support: ethical, environmentally friendly and honest. In fact, their ‘sales’ pitch is “We’d genuinely rather make a bit less money and have loads of…

Go vegan for January

On November 23, 2017, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With No Comments

I have a request. For the first month of 2018, go vegan. It’s not often I suggest people change their lifestyles: usually I present my own choices and leave others to make up their own mind. But this time I am making an exception, because in all the actions I…

Time to call time on The Archers?

On October 4, 2017, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With No Comments

My mother never liked The Archers. Radio 4 would always be playing in the kitchen while we were getting dinner ready, so Just a Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The News Quiz were staples of my childhood, but when the opening bars of The Archers theme struck…

King of falafel #2

On September 9, 2017, Posted by , In Falafel Friday,Lifestyle,Vegan, With No Comments

I was released from my bar shift early last night, so I went on the hunt for falafel. Falafel King in Clifton Down was a long walk up a hill (isn’t everywhere in Bristol) but worth venturing out for, so I’d heard, and still open at 10.30pm when others had closed…

The morals of having children

On September 4, 2017, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With 13 Comments

When speculation emerged in July that Kate Middleton might be pregnant with her third child, a letter from charity ‘Having Kids’ urging the couple of reconsider met with a considerable public backlash. The charity: for the good of the environment, we should be having fewer children, and those in the…

Falafel Friday: week one

On August 11, 2017, Posted by , In Falafel Friday,Lifestyle,Vegan, With No Comments

As a vegan in a new city, seeking out places to eat can be a challenge. But there’s one dish that I’m pretty much guaranteed to be able to find: falafel. For years it’s been a staple of mine, from take-aways to street stalls to restaurants. So, how will Bristol…

Slow travel

On July 6, 2017, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

We emerge from the Channel tunnel into hills that roll just as they do in Kent. The rain still falls. Graffiti adorns trackside walls. People stand on station platforms clutching mugs of coffee as we flash by. By being on the ground we see others, the homes they have built,…

The social media bubble

On March 6, 2017, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With 3 Comments

A recent programme on Radio 4 explored the concept of the Social network bubble – the fact that our Facebook timelines show us only a limited number of posts, using algorithms to determine the information it thinks we would most like to see. These same algorithms are responsible for bombarding you on…

The philosophy of sewing

On February 28, 2017, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

The curtains in my bedroom hang too long and the sunlight filters through them, nudging me from sleep each morning. Cutting them to size and stitching blackout material to the lining has risen to the top of the to-do list. Not for me the sewing machine, its power requirements too…

My vegan week

On October 15, 2016, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With No Comments

My sister’s house has been home this week while my boat has some work done in the marina. To say thanks I’ve cooked dinner each night. For a sister and brother-in-law who are both meat-eaters, my vegan cooking has been something of a change for them. They’ve really loved it…

In praise of lentils

On July 26, 2016, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With 2 Comments

As a vegan, I’m often asked, “What do you eat?” One of my staples is lentils – a food I had barely eaten before becoming vegan, but something I couldn’t now live without. Lentils are high in protein and carbohydrates, and a good source of iron, fibre, B vitamins and…

The Daily Shower

On April 27, 2016, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

Chris Stark from Radio 1 doesn’t shower in the morning. Scott Mills thinks it’s disgusting. I don’t shower in the morning; I don’t shower in the evenings either. Often I go an ENTIRE WEEK without washing. But don’t I smell? Well, no. Let’s start with hair. It’s a fairly common rumour…

Why do I do it?

On February 24, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Lifestyle,Round-Britain, With 1 Comment

For as long as I can remember I have ridden a bike. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision to be a ‘cyclist’ but it just so happened that cycling ticked all the boxes. It was the quickest way to get to school, the cheapest way to get to university,…