Archive for April, 2011
The soil is warming now, even our claggy Oxfordshire clay so, having dug the garden and spread the muck, it’s time to get serious about sowing vegetable seeds for a succession of fresh, crisp vegetables in the coming months. Here are some guidelines about what to do in your vegetable garden in April.
Depending on your Point of View, bike rides are either cake stops separated by bouts of digestive peddling, or riding broken up by the occasional cake stop. Whatever your PoV, cycling is a lot less fun without the bits in between.
Look into the mind of the regular bicycle user and a mental map unfolds based not on geography – hills being a notable exception – but on a topological network of Points of Interest linked by a mesh of routes. Post-its and scribbled annotations abound; “Closes at one on a Tuesday”, “Quick but busy”, “Bit of a slog but nice view”.
One can’t buy this map and it’s organically interactive in a way web developers have yet to crack. Even if Greytooth and Universal Fleshy Interfaces had already evolved, we’d still be struggling with the too-much-information filter during download – “Caught short here last week”. This map is available only in exclusive, serialised instalments from the publishers of Experience.
In between “Sweet Gene Vincent” and “Hit Me with Your Rhythym Stick”, Ian Dury penned a ditty about doing the right thing – in his case playing the fool in a six piece band.
As far as I recall, back in 1978 waste as a topic only made the news under the umbrella of “The Winter of Discontent”; pictures and VT of bin bags taking over the streets, juxtaposed with picket lines of bell bottoms, platforms and sideburns.
Last year I signed a letter for a campaigner asking major tea manufacturers to make their products Fairtrade. That prompted me to take a look at the tea I drink, only to find there wasn’t a Fairtrade version being sold in Witney.
I wasn’t keen on moving to a different type of tea in bags, but luckily for me and the tea-pickers, the campaigning paid off and packets of Waitrose Darjeeling now sport the Fairtrade symbol.
Even more impressive has been the campaigning work of the local Fair Trade Action Group WAFTAG. For the past three years it’s never been clear exactly what it is about Fairtrade that would be unfair to Witney, and that in itself has made countering the objections an almost impossible task.