Sunday, 9 February 2014

Western black rhino declared extinct

Tragic times: no wild black rhinos remain in West Africa, according to the latest global assessment of threatened species.

"The annual update of the Red List now records more threatened species than ever before."

Monday, 3 February 2014

Goodbye Morris & Son

Here's an Aberystwyth sight you'll never see again

Ceredigion County Homewrecking Council's policies are now business-wrecking too. We're already feeling the first impacts of their plans to bring big supermarkets in to Aberystwyth, which they will push through regardless of opposition.

This time it is Aberystwyth's only independent greengrocer, Morris And Son. It closed on Christmas Eve 2013. Not only was it a great business, selling the things that make us healthier, but they were friendly and offered a personal service, free delivery, cheap prices, and minimal packaging.

Why did they close? High business rates, harrassment from the council about parking and their lovely display, competition from the supermarkets that the County Council had already allowed into Aberystwyth, and the knowledge that with the new developments things will only get worse. A perfect example of how the County Council and their decisions finished off local independent business in favour of big multinationals that suck money out of the area.