Looking back on 2016

2016 has been a game-changing year. Next year we will face the real consequences of the political decisions made by the majority of people in Britain and the United States this year, as Brexit and the inauguration of President Trump actually happen. When it comes to the environment and climate change policy, we are still … Continue reading Looking back on 2016

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Book Review: ‘The Dirty Life’ by Kristin Kimball

When you set out in your early adult life it is tempting to establish goals or to second guess the direction in which your life might head. It seems that, for my generation, we expect or are expected to be high achievers in every 'area' of life - career, relationships and gaining that apparently oh … Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Dirty Life’ by Kristin Kimball

”And A Partridge in a Pear Tree”…but how are the birds really doing?

One of the most famous festive carols has to be 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', in which a very fortunate person is gifted some extraordinary things, ranging from nine ladies dancing to five gold rings and twelve drummers drumming. Within this list of generosity are a number of birds, but if someone was actually trying … Continue reading ”And A Partridge in a Pear Tree”…but how are the birds really doing?

Why do people kiss under mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe has become a core Christmas tradition in Britain and if you find yourself standing underneath a sprig with somebody else over the festive period you should prepare for them to lean forward for a kiss. However, how did it all come about? Why do we feel compelled to have a peck on … Continue reading Why do people kiss under mistletoe?

Through the Window

I have finally succumbed to a winter cold and have been banished to bed, despite having a list of things to complete as long as my arm, which could be a problem, especially with Christmas now so soon on the horizon. With pounding head aches, continual sneezing and unrelenting runny noses there are few things … Continue reading Through the Window

‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 2. Elm Tree Farm

Elm Tree Farm is a care farm and social enterprise located in Stapleton near Bristol and has been run by Brandon Trust since 2000. The farm is 47 acres in size and the farm team run a market garden as well as keeping a small number of beef cattle, pigs, chickens and ducks. Over 50 people with … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 2. Elm Tree Farm

Google Earth Engine: Evidence of Our Impact on the World

This evening, whilst having dinner with some friends, the remarkable technological historical source that is Google Earth was mentioned. It is an amazing record of our times and charts the impact that human beings have had on this planet over a relatively short time span (roughly 30 years). The record is made up of over … Continue reading Google Earth Engine: Evidence of Our Impact on the World