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Jan. 20, 2016 3:50 am
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Dec. 29, 2015 5:21 pm
In case you ever doubted we are living in the ' global village ' : And Now for Something Completely Different: PROOF OF MY IDIOCY IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE Some friendly ribbing banter with my comedy hero Eric Idle: The comic genius John Cleese kindly gives me 10/10 in charity tweet Don't you just love embedding tweets?  Read More
Feb. 18, 2014 6:29 am
In case you’ve missed it, Britain is now officially at war. Here's our news from the home front, published last week in the Bristol Post. Every Prime Minster needs a good war. Mrs Thatcher had the Falklands. Tony Blair had a dodgy dossier on Iraq. On the 30 th January David Cameron called the army into Somerset. Like a modern day King Canute, Cameron has declared war on water. News from...  Read More
Jan. 9, 2014 11:13 am
It's a numbers game. This month's Sustainable Bristol column in the Bristol Post is a heady mix of football and home insulation... Christmas is an ideal time of the year to reflect on how so much of our lives is dictated by tradition. We do things because it’s the way it’s always been done. From Football Managers to Home Owners. So groaning from our traditional over eating of turkey, my...  Read More
Dec. 5, 2013 1:13 pm
In December's Sustainable Bristol column in The Bristol Post we hail the humble winter grit bin as a harbinger of the city's future resilience. It may seem a long way from the news of 100 extra Grit Bins in Bristol, to the on-going Typhoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines, but there is a lot the World can learn from the humble grit bin. It’s all about ‘resilience’ . That’s helping...  Read More
Nov. 9, 2013 5:08 am
The clocks have gone back and now there are just six more Saturdays until Christmas - yes, I know! Definitely time then to start work on my green Christmas list for Santa. I’ve got three things so far... First up I would actually like to return an unwanted recent gift from HM Government. Namely the billion-pound-a-year taxpayers’ subsidy just agreed to build a new Hinkley Point nuclear power...  Read More
Sep. 26, 2013 6:57 am
The Sustainable Bristol column in this week's Bristol Post looks forward to the annual Bristol Green Doors event happening across the city this weekend . At the weekend I can indulge one of my secret passions, checking out the neighbours’ houses. Bristol is a fantastic city for its art trails and open doors events. Where most cities might have a single arts trail annually, every...  Read More
Sep. 17, 2013 12:57 pm
This Thursday is the first birthday of Bristol’s local money. It already feels like the Bristol Pound has been in our wallets forever. But no, it was only 12 months ago the city’s local currency launched in a blizzard of international media coverage around the globe. Today there may be claims the UK is coming out of recession, but the economic case for local currencies remains crystal clear....  Read More
Sep. 12, 2013 12:32 pm
I love it when a plan comes together. But on this occasion it's the C-team, the Bristol Cycling Campaign , instead of TV's A-team who might be celebrating. Earlier this year the Bristol Cycling Campaign launched their latest initiative, the Freedom to Ride Manifesto , including an affordable and deliverable strategy for a comprehensive transport network of 200 miles of Cycling Freeways...  Read More
Aug. 30, 2013 11:36 am
Recent research into public attitudes to energy in the UK has found that contrary to assumptions commonly made by policy makers and the media, the UK public is keen to see change in energy use. According to the study authors, most people want to see “ a reduction in fossil fuels – seen as archaic, polluting and finite – and an increase in renewables ”. The homes taking part in this year's ...  Read More
Jul. 10, 2013 5:30 am
A new project from Friends of the Earth is asking what Big Ideas are needed to navigate towards a sustainable future city. The question is one that Bristol, basking in its newly-awarded status as European Green Capital 2015 , is perhaps well-placed to answer. What are the key ingredients in building a sustainable city? Is Bristol on the right track for the future? And can lessons learnt in...  Read More
Jun. 14, 2013 6:31 pm
Bristol has been crowned European Green Capital for 2015! Bristol beat Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, to the win having been runner-up to Copenhagen last year. Cities are assessed against 12 criteria including innovation and sustainable employment, energy performance, water consumption, waste water treatment and climate change. What will the 2015 year of...  Read More
May 21, 2013 12:33 pm
The Bristol team are in Brussels this week to present their bid for the city to be crowned European Green Capital 2015. Let's hope it is a case of third time luck for Bristol. To mark the occasion, a unique 'thank you' campaign has sprung up around the city, recognising that ultimately it is the residents of the city that make a place sustainable. A team of people have been surprising...  Read More
May 8, 2013 5:06 am
This month's Sustainable Bristol column in the Bristol Post celebrates the arrival of the city's summer festival season. Living in south Bristol, I’ve always felt that summer for me starts on the arrival of the Southbank Arts Trail in May. It all happens on the 18th and 19th this year thanks to over 130 local artists and performers, and I’m pleased to see the warmer weather has arrived on...  Read More
Apr. 12, 2013 9:39 am
Conservative columnist Doug Giles, whom I must have registered on his website or on a site like, which has resulted in me getting e-mails from him, containing various forms of media stories. I get the same type of thing from any number of conservative columnists, and I generally do not have time to read or entertain anything they send other than the headline. This morning I received...  Read More
Apr. 8, 2013 7:05 am
From cardboard bicycles to self-healing concrete, here my latest Bristol Post column first published last week. So would you like to buy a cardboard bicycle? I know what you’re thinking - April Fool’s Day was last Monday! Surely no-one in their right mind would use cardboard as their ideal material for building a bicycle? Flimsy, flammable, collapsing, ruined by the slightest rain. Laugh at...  Read More
Apr. 3, 2013 12:26 am
The Second of my responses to Bonnie’s Challenge follows: Ted Olsen, the Attorney arguing for “homosexual-marriage” before the U. S. Supreme Court, is arguing, it seems, Equality and “love” i.e., that it is a violation of the 14th Amendment’s “equal-protection” clause to disallow “homosexual-marriage.”Olsen understands “equality” as “under/before the law” and he’s asserting that any accidents...  Read More
Apr. 3, 2013 12:06 am
A woman – Bonnie - whom lives in the general area of the city New Castle, PA issued a challenge via a letter to the editor advocating homosexual marriage. She characterized opposition to such advocacy as predicated upon Scripture, and a belief - upon the part of those opposed – that they know God’s Will. Her challenge was: “I challenge anyone rebutting this letter to do so without referring...  Read More
Mar. 25, 2013 12:46 pm
Note: This is not actually a case for homosexual marriage, as much as it is arguing that "homosexual marriage" differs only in degree from those “heterosexual marriages” predicated upon the satiation of an appetite; moreover that our Culture has been arguing that this very ground for marriage, by intimation – indeed - at least since the dawn of the sexual-revolution. An effect of the sexual...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2013 9:13 am
Bristol is making a third bid to become European Green Capital in 2015 – an award given to a European city which can act as a ‘green’ role model to inspire other cities. Bristol of course came second to Copenhagen last year and the city has a fantastic opportunity to win the award this year, with the support of our new Mayor, architect George Ferguson, who is firmly placing green issues at the...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2013 3:55 pm
When no less of a figure than the British Prime Minister says your Sustainable Development Masters "is a fantastic example of the sort of course we need to create sustainability-literate leaders of the future", then you know you must be onto a good thing. Students looking to fast-track their career as a sustainability leader couldn't do much better than to join this unique, leading...  Read More
Mar. 4, 2013 8:53 am
We are in the middle of the UK's Fairtrade Fortnight right now and it is certainly big business with shoppers around the globe spending almost five billion euros on Fairtrade certified products annually. This Fortnight the Fairtrade Movement are urging people to go further for Fairtrade in two ways. Firstly by continuing to bring about change through the power of our purchasing. What greater...  Read More
Feb. 27, 2013 8:51 am
This month's Tuesday Thought column for The Post looks at plans in Bristol to reclaim public space from sixties road planners at Redcliffe Way in the same way many other cities around the world have already successfully done. At this time of the year my Grandmother was always fond of the saying “As the days get longer, the cold gets stronger”. And although we are still in the grip of...  Read More
Feb. 4, 2013 9:18 am
Here's our latest Sustainable Bristol column from The Bristol Post featuring Blue Monday, Happy City and banana skin curry. How are you feeling? I only ask because Monday 21st January was officially the most depressing day of the year. Psychologists say it’s down to a long post-Christmas hangover combination of ‘debt’, ‘motivation’, and ‘weather’. The weather's bad and the days are short....  Read More
Dec. 26, 2012 10:25 am
Boxing Day seems an ideal moment to talk about the obscene amount of food waste which blights our society. In the UK we spend over £3 billion on food for Christmas, only to throw away more than half. That’s an extra 50m bags of rubbish, or £600m of food wasted. Not surprising then that according to ‘Wrap’, the UKs biggest food waste organisation , internet searches for curry recipes peak on...  Read More
Dec. 19, 2012 7:40 am
In this December's column in The Post I present my 'Christmas Carol' for Bristol's new City Mayor. George Ferguson has been thrown in the deep end as Bristol’s first elected Mayor for a whole three weeks now. Let’s take a peek at some of what might be on his Christmas wish list for the city. For sure these three weeks must feel like a baptism of fire, appointing a Cabinet, grappling with the...  Read More
Dec. 6, 2012 8:19 am
Warning: an evening with Prof Kevin Anderson , one of the UK’s leading climate scientists at the internationally renowned Tyndall Centre , is not for the faint hearted. Nor is he popular with his fellow climate scientists, as he meticulously takes apart current climate models, and entertainingly examines the physiological reasons why most climate scientists are not speaking out. The real...  Read More
Nov. 27, 2012 4:58 pm
Organisers of BIG Green Week, the UK’s international festival of environmental ideas, art and culture, have confirmed that the nine day festival will be back in Bristol from 15 th to 23 rd June 2013. Visitors can expect some heavyweight environmental talks, discussions and workshops as Jonathon Porritt , one of the UK’s leading environmentalists, curates his second year as Festival Chair. ...  Read More
Nov. 8, 2012 9:09 am
Next week voters in Bristol, the UK's green capital city, will choose the city's first ever elected Mayor. In this week's Bristol Post I am challenging whoever that new Mayor is to come and give the citizens of Bristol an annual "State of the Eco-City" speech during Bristol's BIG Green Week festival each June, to hold them to account on delivering their green policies. Bristol's new Mayor...  Read More
Oct. 10, 2012 8:21 am
Bristol's 'Hydrogenesis' ferry, believed to be the first commercial fuel cell boat in the UK, has been unveiled in the city's harbour this week at the start of a six month trial. Commissioned by Bristol City Council , it is hoped the ground breaking Hydrogenesis ferry project will help kick-start the hydrogen economy and attract even more eco-innovators to the UK's green capital city . The...  Read More
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