On palm oil: what if we said no?

Every day, thousands of animals are displaced from their habitats for the sake of palm oil plantations. These days, palm oil is in half of all products in the supermarket. It is used worldwide on a devastating scale. I read an article the other day about a bear. It was so disfigured from malnutrition after its habitat had been destroyed that when it crawled into a palm oil plantation, the workers thought it was an alien. They beat it unconscious but didn’t have the decency to put it out of its misery. When it woke up, they chased it away…

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Living for the moment – learning from our children

When and why do we ever grow out of living for the moment?  Watch any child and you’ll see that they’re not worrying about what might happen next, or dwelling on what they did yesterday.  Offer a child an opportunity and they’ll bite your arm off.  There is something that happens alongside growing up and having responsibilities that seems to stop us from living in the moment.  As parents, we become even more concerned about doing the right thing, planning things and of course trying to do the best for our children.  But do these concerns, responsibilities and worries actually…

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Here comes the sun

The other day, I heard on the radio that the Meteorologists regard the 1st of March as the start of spring.  And after a few days that were a bit touch and go, right on cue for the weekend here comes the sun.  It’s days like these that make me love working from home. I dropped Libby off at nursery where she spent a considerable amount of time playing outside in the sandpit by the sounds of it.  Lia, Pluto and I headed for the hills to make the most of the glorious sunshine. On a sunny day, I wouldn’t…

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Help them home

In my role as a copywriter, I often find myself providing commentary on the pressures on the NHS. It is widely accepted that the aging population has a significant effect on our health service alongside economic pressures. So I was saddened today to read the results of a survey carried out by the Royal Voluntary Service.  It turns out that 40 per cent of people aged over 75 years old who are in hospital at any given time are well enough to be discharged. And 70 per cent of nurses delay releasing elderly patients purely because there is insufficient support…

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Woods Alive

Most weekends we try to get out and about at least one of the days. After a hideous day of rain yesterday, this morning was looking a bit more promising.  Breakfast was rather a relaxed affair with poached eggs on toast and chocolate croissants on the menu. Lia is able to feed herself now, but she hasn’t quite got the hang of doing it without any mess.  So after a rather urgent clean up and clothing change, we headed to the Worcester Woods Country Park. Today, they had woodland crafts and working shire horses in the woods for their Woods…

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