Monday, 30 December 2013

The state of public transport in Wales


Here's a short and interesting transport article from Planet magazine. Extract:
"Wales’ decrepit public transport system is a natural result of our decades-long love affair with the private car. Since the Beeching axe decimated Wales’ rail network, transport policy has operated on the assumption that most of us drive. The predictable result is that large swathes of the population are cut off, in rural areas especially; transport poverty soars; public health deteriorates; local ecosystems suffer; and millions of tailpipes pump carbon."

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Something for the ladies

The mooncup is getting more of the recognition it deserves.

Big Issue

"The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a tampon!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too." Mooncup site.



Friday, 20 December 2013

Best to avoid Gordon Ramsay and foie gras...


"Crammed into tiny cages, caked in filth, riddled with sores and in agony from broken beaks and wings, these are the ducks used to make foie gras at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. Campaigners last night branded the horrific conditions the “worst ever seen” after being shown the pictures of shocking cruelty at plants that supply the celebrity chef with the posh dish. Ducks lie dead and dying, many have painful eye injuries and abscesses and all are force-fed grain through a tube to make their livers 10 times the normal size during a two-week ordeal in a ­windowless shed before they are slaughtered." Full text.