Wednesday, 28 December 2011


Do you make resolutions as the calendar trips over from one year to the next? If you're stuck for ideas and want to get healthier in 2012 then consider some of the following. Note that it is best not to be too ambitious!
  • Eat more fresh fruit and fewer sweets.
  • Give the dog an extra walk each day.
  • Involve friends or family in exercise (sports, walks, games) - then you can socialise and exercise at the same time.
  • Drink more fresh water each day, avoid tea/coffee/fizzy drinks.
  • Park the car as far from the work entrance/shops as possible, so you walk more each day.
  • Use stairs, not lifts or escalators. 
  • Adopt regular exercise, sleep and eating habits.
  • Walk to your friend's house instead of driving.
  • Run or cycle to work instead of driving.
  • Adopt some form of exercise you enjoy doing (you'll be more likely to stick to it).
  • Go vegetarian or vegan! If you do, then consider joining an organisation that will support you with advice and recipes, such as Viva!, The Vegan Society, The Vegetarian Society, Animal Aid, or PETA.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

When will they learn?


First, the good news - Defra figures show cattle TB is down 37 per cent in Dyfed without killing any badgers (bear in mind this is the county where the killing of badgers has been proposed by the Welsh Government). David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust said: "Surely any decision to kill badgers cannot now be justified. This reduction in Dyfed is too big, too rapid and too sustained to be ignored [...] Furthermore, Wales as a whole saw a 28 per cent fall over the same periods, again too big to be brushed aside."

However, it is disappointing that bovine TB figures for England show a provisional 6 per cent increase in the number of new TB incidents for January to July, a result of less stringent testing and movement controls in England.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Community meeting about Mill Street developments in Aberystwyth

Homes are under threat due to Ceredigion County Council and Tesco wanting to have a huge Tesco store in Mill Street, Aberystwyth. (We're not sure where Aberystwyth Town Council stands on the issue).

A community meeting has been organised for Wednesday 14th December in the Morlan Centre, Aberystwyth, 6-8pm, in order to discuss these proposals and suggest alternatives. What would be better? (CIN would say - turn half of the car park into a green community park with lots of new trees, and keep the Day Care Centre!)

Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Tetra Pak recycling in Aberystwyth

Tetra Pak waste piles

We've been informed that CK's supermarket in Waunfawr, Aberystwyth, has insisted on the removal of all recycling banks (thanks for contributing to the local community, Mr Supermarket!). Unless Ceredigion County Council can find alternative locations then that is one recycling site in Ceredigion lost.We tried to contact CKs but their online form did not work at all if you typed anything into their comments box. Well done CKs!

That site included Tetra Pak (and glass) recycling, so was important because Ceredigion County Council don't collect either of those in their kerb-side recycling schemes. Hopefully they will relocate the recycling facilities soon. In the meantime there is another Tetra Pak bank in Mill Street car park, opposite Matalan, until that site gets built on by Tesco (thanks for contributing to the local community, Mr Supermarket!).

Sunday, 4 December 2011

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