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02/2016 posts

It’s time to repair greenhouses and cold frames: glass cutting advice

Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 28-Feb-2016 | 4

It’s that time of year when thoughts have already turned to the vegetable patch and raising seedlings. This is where the glasshouse and cold frame make a huge difference to getting those plants going. Read more

Can you adopt a natural builder for 3 nights in exchange for a free VIP ticket to Ecobuild?

Oliver Swann of Natural Homes | 26-Feb-2016 | 0

Ecobuild is a three-day natural building exhibition at the Excel Centre in London from the 8th to the 10th of March. Ecobuild is the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market Read more

Fly away: reflections on Westerners abroad

Fly away, plug in to your chosen third world metropolis with the arrogant urgency that accompanies our civilisation, departure lounge to lounge, no sense of progression or gradual change necessary within this flying tube. Read more

Mutualism: a philosophy for changing society with a difference – it’s implementable

Dave Darby of | 21-Feb-2016 | 11

There are lots of ideas for changing the world – from voting to demonstrations, petitions, lifestyle change, incremental change, revolutionary change, or more of the same, only harder. The problem with many of them is that they are either ineffective or not implementable. Read more

‘Trade Secrets’ legislation: another little piece of the corporate takeover that most people won’t know about

Dave Darby of | 19-Feb-2016 | 0

EU Trade Secrets legislation will criminalise whistleblowers and journalists who expose corporations and their products or services. It’s another in a long list of steps aiming to put corporations above the law, but the rest of us very much under it. Read more

Strange but true: energy efficiency actually increases overall energy use

In the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, which is based on the Stephen Potter “Gamesmanship” books, there is a scene where Ian Carmichael (formerly one of life’s failures) is playing tennis with Terry Thomas. Carmichael has just finished a course in lifemanship Read more

What’s the relative value of the world’s gold, Bitcoins, banknotes, derivatives, stocks & shares, property etc. See this incredible visualisation

Dave Darby of | 15-Feb-2016 | 0

Do you have any idea of the value of all the Bitcoins in the world, compared to, say, the value of all the silver in the world, or compared to the wealth of Warren Buffet, or compared to the amount of global debt etc.? Read more

Read this German MP’s account of the TTIP reading room and decide what you think about TTIP ‘transparency’

Dave Darby of | 13-Feb-2016 | 1

So, you all know about TTIP? Here’s a link if you don’t, plus see the posts to the right. It’s a proposed ‘trade deal’ that is designed to give more of our economy to the corporate sector. It’s supposed to be ‘transparent’, but of course it’s completely secret. Read more

Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

Barbara Jones of Straw Works | 10-Feb-2016 | 19

I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more

Custard creams and the ‘network of global corporate control’

Dave Darby of | 08-Feb-2016 | 19

I bought a packet of custard creams the other day, and saw that they were made by a company called Crawfords. I wondered who Crawfords were and who ultimately owns custard creams. I have a general feeling that a small cartel of giant corporations owns more-or-less everything branded Read more

Viable self-sufficiency

Back 40 years ago in 1976, John Seymour’s most famous work –The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – was published. It was billed as for dreamers and realists which was pretty accurate. Read more

Where does money come from? A bit of history

Dave Darby of | 05-Feb-2016 | 8

Here’s a story. Only a minority understand this story (although I think that minority is growing), which is surprising because it has enormous importance for the way the world works.  Read more

Win a copy of our partner Sally Morgan’s great new book, ‘Living on One Acre or Less’

Dave Darby of | 04-Feb-2016 | 1

This is a new book by our partner Sally Morgan of Empire Farm. It’s a comprehensive guide to starting and running your own micro-smallholding. Read more

NHS Chief Executive was a founder member of an organisation lobbying for health to be included in TTIP

Dave Darby of | 03-Feb-2016 | 0

Just allow a few seconds for that to sink in. Simon Stevens was Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the US. He was in charge of global expansion of their business. Now he’s Chief Executive of the NHS. Read more

The discipline of economics presupposes corporate capitalism and perpetual growth, which renders it invalid

Dave Darby of | 01-Feb-2016 | 2

Economics is not an unbiased academic discipline, it’s an ideology. Furthermore, economics is based on the false premise that perpetual growth is achievable. It is not, and the reason most people can’t see this is Read more

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