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The Book of Trees – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Book of Trees by Piotr Socha (Author), Wojciech Grajkowski (Author) Published by Thames and Hudson (Big Books) (13 Sept. 2018) Hardcover: 80 pages Size: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm ISBN-13: 978-0500651698 Why are trees so important? How many types are there?

2018 163

Poverty Mindset vs Voluntary Poverty

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What was once called voluntary poverty is now referred to as voluntary simplicity because some people seem to have had problem with the word poverty.

2018 141

What does it mean to be frugal?

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There is more to frugality than penny-pinching. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The dictionary defines frugality as "the quality of being economical with money or food," but there is far more to it than that.

2018 141

Russian backyard agriculture

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Around 35 million backyard gardens are in private family possession in Russia and the government supports this with a legal right to a free, tax-free piece of land from 1-3 ha (in some regions even up to 6 ha).

The madness of perpetual growth on a finite planet

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is amazing how many, apparently same, people believe that you can have infinite perpetual economic growth on a finite Planet such as ours.

2018 151

Take back the tap

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Take back the tap: Let's put and end to the big business fraud of bottled water Corporations like Nestlé are wasting your money, and not just Nestlé.

2018 185

WATER SAVING INSPIRATION FROM ELHO

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Press Release We're in the middle of a heatwave and saving tap water is becoming increasingly important. Any rain that falls is precious, so it makes sense to catch it while you can. With the Pure Raindrop water barrel, doing the right thing doesn't have to be dull.

2018 141

The real reason behind austerity

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The real reason behind austerity is to erode hope, to increase inequality and to make people's lives so hard that they do not have a chance to demand better. Nay, not just that, but that they even do not dare to demand better for fear of falling every deeper into poverty.

2018 164

Fewer toys definitely beneficial for children

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The other day I observed a small boy – about five to six years old – in the Park, while I was cutting the grass on the estate, playing for hours happily on his own with a toy truck while his adults were sitting on a bench.

2018 141

DIY gardening apron from an old pair of jeans

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling an old pair of jeans into a gardening apron. Almost costs nothing and should give a long service, especially if sharp tools are put into the pockets in pocket protectors, made from old leather or plastic lotion bottles.

2018 141

DIY watering can

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Transform a milk jug into a watering can This project will have you saving your milk container to create a kid- friendly watering can. But, obviously, it can also used by an adult. Children love to water plants.

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Huskup – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reusable and plastic free, Huskup brings takeaway coffee back down to earth Durable, biodegradable and entirely free from plastic, Huskup is tackling the UK’s disposable culture one flat white at a time with a brand new reusable coffee cup made from rice husks.

2018 153

In the heat do not drink (ice) cold water

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Water, yes, lots of it, but (ice) cold no. We have all heard, and often assumed it to be an old-wives-tale and thus even discarded this warning, not to drink really cold water in hot weather conditions. Turns out though that it is good advice.

2018 141

Upcoming GDPR regulation used to spam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) One cannot call it any other way. In the last couple of days, aside from the ones I have been/am subscribed to, there are emails arriving from organizations, PR companies, and whatever that I have never heard of and never been subscribed to any of their mailing lists.

Europe drowning in plastic waste

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Young people and knives in Britain and elsewhere

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have had knives in our homes, etc., for how long? Boys used to carry a knife on them, in years gone by, and that is not really that long ago, more or less routinely, especially in rural areas, from the simple pocketknife to fixed bladed sheath knives.

2018 141

Zero waste myths: should we really be avoiding plastic?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) First of all it also must be said that “zero waste” is a myth itself. There is no such thing as “zero waste”. It will never be possible.

2018 169

Spear & Jackson Select Stainless 3-Piece Mini Tools Set – Product Review

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2018 158

Philanthropy is a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalists are fooling the world with the hoax of Philanthropy Philanthropy is a scam as it allows the (super) rich to influence global affairs and gain political power with no consequences.

2018 173

Technology-addled children have trouble holding a pencil

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Children have been found to have trouble holding pencils, due to so much time on iPads and other such devices Experts say that children lack the muscle strength required to write.

2018 158

Uses for chopsticks in gardening

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2018 158

The state of Yugoslavia stood in the way of the strategic plan of the USA

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The aim of the US government, through the CIA and proxy-warriors of the CIA, was to eliminate the state of Yugoslavia as a geopolitical power factor, as a regional power.

2018 158

How to keep cool in the summer heat without cranking up the AC

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many, when the temperatures soar in countries in the “West”, with the USA in the lead, rather crank up the air conditioning which is no good for them, their wallet, nor the Planet.

2018 141

Don't try to impress people with what you can buy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't try to impress people with what you can buy. Instead impress them – or at least try to impress them – with what you can do and make. Make from natural materials, from trash, and whatever, and thus don't have to buy.

2018 158

Rekindling our connection to print and paper

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have always been a paper guy – preferring to sit down with a good book in hand, not a digital device. And on the writing side, at least as far as notes and drafts of articles, etc., are concerned a pen & paper guy.

2018 164

All you need is one

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “A man with one watch knows what time it is. The man with two is not quite sure.” Unknown So many homes are clogged with duplicate items, which are supposed to make things easier, but end up contributing to clutter and cost.

2018 158

Drinking the hipster way

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There definitely was a time when you used a jam jar or other glass jar as a drinking vessel you were looked down upon and was surely regarded as being seriously poor or a strange eccentric.

2018 158

Don't weed them – Eat them

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How to use and benefit from Dandelions We are now entering the season where people will start to do battle again with the weeds in the garden beginning, no doubt, with the humble Dandelion.

2018 164

Plogging. or picking litter while you jog

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plogging is a new concept in and from Sweden that hopefully is going to make its way to other places as well. Plogging is the Swedish word, or better the English translation for it, for just picking up trash while you are out jogging. It is also super easy.

2018 176

ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) ALDI Gardenline Foldable Saw Length approx. 18cm Carbon steel saw blade with 3-sides ground teeth, ABS handle with TPR grips Thickness: 1.2mm (Blade) Price (when available) £ 4.99

2018 158

Solar power installations suck away the light of the sun

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The council of the US town of woodland rejected the installation of a small solar array along of Highway 258 by reasoning that those photo-voltaic installations suck away the light of the sun but not only that.

2018 158

Make you own hanging basket liners

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You can make an efficient, hanging basket liner, white or whatever color, that costs next to nothing. This kind of hanging basket liner will keep your plants in place and moist and it, generally, comes for free, and will last for years, unlike the coir, moss, or even fake moss ones.

2018 141

Unbranded vs branded products

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We have been led to believe, through clever advertising and marketing, that branded products, be it cornflakes, cellphones or whatever, are better than those that do not have a brand label, especially not a “recognized” one. But is that really the truth?

2018 158

The label “natural” on food and other products means absolutely nothing

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The word “natural” helps sell $40 billion worth of food in the USA every year and the label means nothing, absolutely nothing. It is worth less than the paper it is printed upon.

2018 158

Co-op unveils 50% recycled plastic bottles for own-brand water

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Cop-op has announced that all of its own-brand water bottles will be switched to contain 50% recycled plastic, as part of a plan to "test the water" on how shoppers will react to a change in design.

2018 158

Uses for empty plastic containers in your garden

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic bottles to garden cloches : It all, obviously, depends on the size of the bottles but I, personally, use everything from 1 liter (over 3inch pots) to bigger ones – for seed raising.

2018 164

Elderly should do community work or lose pension, said peer

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Lord Bichard, an ex-chief of the Benefits Agency, said in October 2012, and while I know that this is almost six years ago, that the elderly should get rewards and fines to make sure they are taking a more active part in the world.

2018 158

Why children benefit from fewer toys

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Renown child educator, Maria Montessori said “Play is the child's work.” With that she meant that children are not just playing when they play, but they are working.

2018 141

Paper planners, diaries and notebooks in the digital age

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) One would have thought that paper planners, diaries and notebooks would, by now, have died a death with all the digital “alternatives” available on the PC and online. But they have not – which is also a good thing – and I doubt that they will.

2018 158

The peace sign is 60 years old this year

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The symbol of peace, the peace sign, is 60 years old this year (2018). It could be seen on VW mini-buses and other vehicles of the Hippie generation, on the helmets of some soldiers in Vietnam, at Woodstock, and many other places.

2018 158

Bioplastics and biodegradable packaging

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A more sustainable solution? Maybe and then again maybe not. Plastic packaging is all over the media at the moment and that in an incredibly negative light.

2018 164

Marriott Hotels to remove plastic straws from UK hotels

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Some good news from one of the big hotel chains. Maybe some other places could follow suit? Chance would be a fine thing, I know.

2018 169

Why upcycling must become an economic sector

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Upcycling is, in general, the process where (at least) some of the shape and properties of the original waste product are retained – though not always, and we will come to that later – and where another useful product is produced from it.