Monday, October 29, 2007

25 hours a day again and 'carbon-trading'

It must be my favourite day of the year. Better even than Christmas. Yes, the clocks moved 'back' last Saturday and we got that extra hour of sleep.

An extra hour of sleep? Not quite.

Sunday was also the day before the start of a new term. So we tried very much to get our son back on schedule. As such, rather than the usual lie-in, he was woken up ... quite early, shall we say.

I was also on 'meet-and-greet' duty at church which meant that we had to be there earlier.

Husband is now talking about getting that eco-friendly hybrid car again. We have been a one-car family for such a long time. But recently with my new duties at church it appears sensible to have another car sometimes.

We have now ordered a new car with such low CO2 emissions that the tax is only £35 a year. I won't get it till at least February.

I've never been comfortable driving husband's gas-guzzler. It comes in useful when we need to make certain kinds of journeys. I do not feel guilty about him owning one, as most of the time it is sitting in the drive doing zero miles. He simply pays a hefty road tax.

With this new car he's thinking of buying (hope he's not going to change his mind again), our combined CO2 emissions would come in one or two grammes above his current gas-guzzler.

On top of that our combined road tax will be LESS than what he is currently paying.

More importantly, we will get more boot space for all the airport runs that we seem to be doing (I AM a foreigner, after all, with loads of relatives outside the country).


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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sea or Air?

In a previous blog I talked about sea freight.

My supplier in Canada (or a former staff member) did not like the idea of sea freight. She thinks ships dump too much rubbish into the sea.

This goes against our normal perception of sea freight being more eco-friendly than air freight. So I was, to a certain extent, surprised by this article in The Independent. On the other hand, having had this conversation with this person so jealous of keeping the water around her piece of coastline clean, I was not.

Hmm, another ethical dilemma then.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007


I've just pressed the "Send" button on the email to my parents/teachers committee telling them that I am stepping down as Chairman as of January 2008. And you know something? I feel very good about it.

I've been talking about stepping down for some time. Every time I broached the subject they ignore me -- in a kindly sort of way. But after last week, I think it will be best for me and the committee if someone is 'forced' to take over.

I am still recovering physically from last week's busy schedule, but feeling better every day, and am looking forward to half-term fortnight next week, although the first week is more or less booked up!

And of course a mother does not actually get a 'holiday', does she?

We need a butler.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Last week was a tough week.

One of the mothers who is such a rock when it comes to organizing PTA events like Quiz Night was suddenly taken ill, very ill. So I had to make alternative arrangements.

The lady who was supposed to arrange food notified me of the new prices and I nearly choked. I had to make alternative arrangements.

Fortunately the school cook stepped in and catered for us at very reasonable prices.

Last Wednesday was very long as we had a parents' evening at school and we were able to see what son has been doing in class. He was very keen to show us his books. I was a bit perturbed that he had been doing little more than adding three digit numbers together. He was complaining that this was far too easy. He wanted something more challenging.

Friday and we were told to collect our boys at 4pm instead of 5pm after their trip to the theatre. But this class returned very late and so the whole bunch of parents were standing around, getting impatient.

When the hall was free for me to start setting up, the parents were still loitering with intent. I had a bright idea: why not ask them to come help me move the tables into the hall?

Some of these parents did. Others refused to help. O well, maybe standing there would make the boys return faster, I don't know.

But I was feeling very depressed about this.

Here I am organizing events to raise funds for the school so that the sons of these parents could benefit from new equipment. We just gave the school £16000+ to build a new playground and are giving them even more money to decorate the playground.

Not only is the response so very dismal from parents in my son's Form in terms of attending events, some of them are even quite negative.

So I felt very, very hurt when after I've asked -- nicely -- please if only each person would move a table into the hall I won't have to carry all the 15 tables in by myself, some parents refused to help.

I am too tired now to write any more.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

We've got hankies! And table napkins

The slow boat from Canada docked a short time ago and the hankies and face cloth and tea towels arrived this afternoon! Yay!

Some of the items now come with even less packaging. Yay, Yay!

We now also have the once discontinued Radical Primitives Box of Eight back in stock.

Forgot to mention we now also have Fairtrade organic cotton table napkins in four beautiful, beautiful colours.

These are now being sold at an introductory price here.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Not-so-green TV cook

This is another gripe about Nigella's cookery programme.

She seems to love putting food into plast-c bags to marinate when using reusable bowls and other receptacles would do.

And disposable aluminium trays.

And what's the point of transferring cooked food into brown cardboard boxes when reusable pla-tic boxes could be used?

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