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Toy packaging tarnishes Christmas sparkle

Listen to Ian debate this on Radio Newcastle with Jonathan Miles [Link] So Christmas is over, and the news is pretty much the same as every other year – parents hate Christmas. And it’s not just because it’s a huge expense or because they have to figure out how to entertain their children during the […]

Get off the escalator, Ms Smith

This article was taken from the website, which also featured on Camra’s “Save your pint” website [link]  Open Letter to Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Dear Chloe Smith,   How many more pubs do you want to see close? I was prompted to ask the question following your intervention in a […]

Raspberry Pi anyone?

What is all this talk about Raspberry Pi? Essentially the ‘Raspberry Pi’ is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Their intention is to revive that era of BBC Micro script-kiddies by stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. This essentially failed first time round due to the […]

The Queen’s Jubilee – 25 years later…

Life they say, is a terminal disease… I know it’s going to kill me one of these days! Why does everything seem to be so stress-related. Why do we spend an inordinate amount of time running around trying to complete pointless tasks in order to somehow complete our consumer-driven existentialist lifestyle. When I was a […]

What are the top 10 green issues?

1.    Climate Change Global warming has been concerning scientists for decades, but Al Gore legitimised the crisis with his controversial film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. From the melting polar ice caps to catastrophic weather and threatened ecosystems, not only is climate change real, scientists agree that humans are influencing climate change with our production of greenhouse […]

Why we have too much product packaging

According to WRAP (DEFRA’s Waste Resources Action Programme – across the food and beverage categories within the UK, approximately 40% of packaging is considered over-packaged. The most inefficient sector being beverages. Over-packaging is often justified on the grounds of perceived value because of the gift-purchase aspect of many alcohol brands. Weight and bulk are […]

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