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Bicycle servicing

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I don't want to put anyone out of business but I cannot understand this thing about bicycle servicing. Some people seem to believe that their bicycle needs an annual service – from a specialist – just like their car does and often it is also being touted in such a way.

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First Brazilian supermarket where customers can exchange recyclable waste for food open

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the Brazilian state of Acre the first supermarket opened its doors where it is possible for customers to exchange recyclables for food.

2020 211

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ARS long-reach pruner ? Product review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The ARS-160-0.6 long-reach pruner is a cut and hold snipper, ideally suited for pruning of roses, for instance, but also for other tasks, including harvesting certain crops.

2020 214

Growing your own food wherever possible

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What the COVID-19 pandemic should have shown us that we cannot rely on the capitalist market system to guarantee us a steady supply of the groceries that we need and thus it is important that we, once again, groin for victory, so to speak.

2020 210

Beyond COVID-19, human rights can help save the planet

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Council of Europe statement ahead of World Environment Day (June 5) Strasbourg, 04.06.2020 – The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pej?inovi? inovi?

2020 168

The bee has been declared the most important living being on the Planet

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Following a meeting at the Royal Geographical Society in London, United Kingdom the Earthwatch Institute declared bees the most important living beings on this Planet, however, according to wildlife experts & scientists many bees have joined the long list of Endangered species.

2020 204

There is more to creating a woodland than just planting trees

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people, and, apparently, even most governments, seem to think that all that is needed to create a woodland is to stick some trees in the ground and the rest will do itself. Alas, that is a fallacy.

2020 217

Ivy in the woods

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A great many of – often rather uneducated – people believe that ivy, climbing up trees harms the trees and strangles them but this is not the case.

2019 218

E-bikes vs. standard bicycles

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Contiguous cover forestry

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people will immediately think, and that is what the promoters want everyone to think, of nice woodlands with great biodiversity but, alas, the story often is very much a different one.

2020 182

Late winter gardening tasks

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spring is just around the corner here in the UK Mid February 2020 and the way the flowers and trees are slowly – and some quite a bit earlier than usual – are beginning to come to life it is not going to be far off.

2020 180

Gardening myths most people believe but that are not true

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly.

2020 168

Jetting around the world to save the climate

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Or how else should one interpret the annual COP gatherings?

2020 164

Reuse and Repair

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. What happened? What happened? Simple.

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Holidaymakers encouraged to save their lilos from landfill by turning them into designer bags

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Holidaymakers can see their unwanted lilos transformed into designer bags and pouches thanks to a holiday company that’s pledging to reduce the number of inflatables sent to landfill.

2019 204

Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Needs are problems looking for solutions, not products, and we also have, quite seriously, to learn to differentiate between needs and wants. Often our wants masquerade as needs when they are not needs at all.

2019 172

The possibilities of pallets and pallet wood

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2019 170

Belu becomes first UK water company to make all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles

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GREENWASH ALERT The 100% recycled material used by the British water brand generates 75% less carbon emissions than aluminium and is easily recycled unlike a carton.

2019 161

Everyone talks about climate, too few about pollution and general environmental destruction

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) All we are hearing is CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and occasionally the issue with plastic, especially the kind that is plastic bottles of all sorts.

2020 156

London College of Garden Design to sponsor planting design competition

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The London College of Garden Design has announced their sponsorship of a Planting Design Competition at the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020.

2019 167

Frozen in time

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Your freezer is your friend by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Your freezer can be your greatest friend in the prevention of food waste, whether you have a large family or you a single parent or, simply, single. Save food, money and the planet and move food that’s nearing its ‘use by’ date to your freezer.

2020 146

The hidden cost of your 2019 choccie-filled advent calendar

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Here's why your Christmas countdown is a single-use plastic nightmare In the next few days, millions of children – and quite a few adults – will open the first window on their advent calendars without a second thought of the mountain of waste to which they're contributing.

2019 162

London College of Garden Design to sponsor new design series for leading podcast

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Supporting podcasts are an integral part of our marketing strategy now.

2019 160

Stirring Paddle

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Eastern European Gypsy pot stirrer by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one, relatively inexpensive, hand-carved, wooden tool will replace more or less all your other kitchen utensils that are used for stirring. Its versatility is second to none.

2020 145

Used Electric Vehicles batteries could be used for rickshaws in Bangladesh

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2020 148

England is too lazy to hit recycling targets – Time to get tough

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PRESS RELEASE – Republished as received The UK's waste management agency says it's time to start fining companies that don't recycle their waste Britain could quite easily hit its 50% waste recycling target overnight if only people, companies and organisations up and down the country could be bothered.

2019 146

Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam, perpetrated by big business on the citizens and municipalities to make us all feel good about single use packaging. It won't save the planet.

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Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Making do is a deeply pragmatic philosophy. One that our ancestors, and many not even that far removed, definitely had. It means asking of our things the only question we should ever ask of them: “Can you fulfill your intended use for me?”

2019 148

Become a wildlife guardian this autumn

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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.

Three in ten children can't tie their shoelaces when leaving primary school

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And 62% of parents admit they have no time to teach them by Michael Smith (Veshengro) 3 in 10 children are still unable to tie their shoe laces on leaving primary school according to findings from a survey commissioned by OSGO* to coincide with National Feet Week (13th – 20th May).

2019 162

Futurekind – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Futurekind Design for and by the People by Dr. Rob Phillips Published by Thames & Hudson, May (16) 2019 240 pages 900 illustrations Hardback 25.5 x 21.0 cm ISBN: 978 0 500 519790 Price: 39.95

2019 162

Sprout Lands – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan Published by W W Norton, April 2019 Hardcover 165 x 244 mm / 384 pages ISBN 9780393609417 Price: £19.99 Arborist William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia.

2019 156

No Plot? No Problem

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Grow your own salads, fruit and vegetables, even if you don't have a garden I know that I am in danger of repeating myself again with this article but it would appear that still far too many people seem to think that in order to grow fruit and vegetables they need a large garden plot or an allotment or two.

2019 162

Chemicals from sunscreen products do seep into bloodstream

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Sunscreen chemicals seep into bloodstream a new study by the FDA confirms by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Summer is on the way (well, at least according to the seasons) and soon everyone will be lathering on sunscreen and more of it onto their children to protect them from the possible impact of the light of the sun.

2019 150

Dumping garden waste in woods

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people believe that dumping their garden waste in woods, parks and the countryside is a good idea as it goes back into soil but far from it. This practice actually spreads diseases as well as invasive species.

2019 150

In the past – not that long ago – people were happy with less

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the past – not so long ago – people were happy and content with less. Today people are not even happy if they have everything; they still want more. And then? Well, they are still not happy and need more, and then more still. But happiness never comes.

2019 148

Plastic recycling

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) UK plastics recycling industry under investigation for fraud and corruption The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste.

Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Burgon & Ball Container Root and Transplanting Knife - RHS-Endorsed RHS Container Gardening £16.99

2019 143

Biodegradable and compostable plastic

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First of all it is still plastic by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Biodegradable is often understood by the general public almost like that is composts, and that is also the intention of the word being used, but it does no such thing.

Paper is a near-perfect barrier to hackers, ransomware and other exploits

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The most “futuristic” data security is a pen and pad, and also the old-fashioned typewriter.

2019 146

Open Source and Open Design

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It all started, I guess, with computers, or better with software, from general programs, such as Open Office, The Gimp, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc., to entire operating systems such as Linux, and others.

2019 143

Off the boil: Mayor’s cashback scheme fails

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The Mayor has pulled the plug on a £10 million boiler cashback scheme as only two projects ever got off the ground – Caroline Russell AM discovered the money has been ‘diverted’ to business projects instead.

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