Sunday, 23 October 2011

Bamboo, the wonder material

Bamboo has long been considered to be an amazingly versatile material. One of the reasons that it is becoming even more popular is because the environmental benefits of bamboo are now more widely known and accepted. It can be processed into a fantastic textile for making clothes from:
"Lightweight, almost silk-like, Bamboo material has a superb natural softness.  A material that is ideal for wearing next to the skin, it has antibacterial properties and is naturally hypoallergenic. Also, due to the natural hollow cross-section in the fiber it is 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton and very breathable so it might be your first choice when you want to get sweaty. Add this to the fact that bamboo clothing is naturally anti-static so will not stick to you and that it is 98% UV protective ( this equates to an approximate Sun Protection Rating of 50 ) it begins to look like a miracle fabric."
Muchbetteradventures site

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Ideas to improve the world #1 and #2 - Food!

We are taking part in Blog Action Day 2011 (as mentioned here). The topic this year is food. This also happens to coincide with a new series on CIN - 'Ideas to improve the world'. Suggestions for things that could be changed, whether by governments or by personal action, that would improve the world in some way. We are going to put the first two into this post since both are food-related. As usual, feel free to send us suggestions for things to cover.

Monday, 10 October 2011

'Regeneration' through more shopping?

Following recent news about 'regeneration' and funding for it, one of our readers has submitted the post below. We are publishing it in its entirety.

"Recent news that Tesco is in the tender of the preferred bidder for the Mill Street building works is not greeted with glee by everyone in Ceredigion. Some people feel that with five supermarkets already (Morrisons, Co-op, Lidl, CKs, Spar, not including Iceland), Aberystwyth is pretty well served on that front providing sufficient choice for shoppers. What would Tesco, or any other supermarket, provide that these don't? It will provide low paid jobs for some people, and competition to all the small, local, independent stores in the town centre.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Blog Action Day 2011 - Food!

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. It aims to raise awareness and trigger global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all. Fellow bloggers - this year Blog Action Day coincides with World Food Day so the topic is food. If you want to take part then just register on the site before 16 October 2011 and do a post about food on that date. Soem of the topics they suggest as possible ones to consider include the following, which fit the green credentials of CIN:

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

We've been nominated!

The CIN blog was nominated for the category of ‘Best Political Blog’ in the Wales Blog Awards 2011 - and has been shortlisted as one of three finalists for that category of the awards! This is excellent news. The prestigious awards were set up to help encourage people to blog, and to highlight those who do it well, so all the writers who contribute to CIN are honoured to have got this far. The judges are making their minds up and will announce the results at an awards ceremony in Cardiff at the end of October. There is also a 'People's Choice' award where you can vote for the single blog you like the most, with a deadline for votes of 21 October. Vote here (at the end of the post). We're grateful to everyone who has supported us and voted for us so far, and to anyone who does in the future. However there are loads of excellent blogs shortlisted so we won't ask everyone to vote for us - look at all those on shortlists and vote with your heart (we have even promoted one of the other finalists in the past). There are so many excellent blogs in Wales that whoever wins, we're sure it will be well-deserved. Diolch yn fawr!