I just want to share another great example of frugality and recycling that I read about in the Express recently – and all done without losing any of the joy and celebration in life:
A couple, Cherie Harris and James Mainwaring, approached their wedding arrangements in a rather different and heartening way.
Instead of paying the usual cost of a wedding breakfast for their 140 guests, they spent a mere £6 a head by sourcing a delicious meal from food that would otherwise have gone to landfill via The Real Junk Food Project.
Other eco-friendly touches included home-made invitations and decorations, a wedding dress lined with bamboo pulp and gifts of seeds as wedding favours which their guests could then plant afterwards…
Doesn’t this just show what can be achieved with a touch of imagination, ingenuity and co-operation.
I’ve written previously about the negative effects of technology on our lives – but there is good in there, too.
This was highlighted by the ‘Tech4Good’ awards for which Anna Bawden was a judge and about which she wrote recently in theguardian.com.
Amongst these are apps helping people to:
- communicate and navigate – taking account of particular impairments such as deafness, blindness and partial sight
- call emergency services if in distress or danger and unable to speak – particularly useful in instances of breathing difficulties, allergies or domestic abuse
- manage neurological and physical physiotherapy
- identify and express feelings
- support mental health recovery
On the topic of missing people who have died, at just over 3 minutes, I think Hussain Manawer performing ‘The White Rose’, his poem about the loss of his mother is worth a watch:
These days it’s so easy to be drawn into buying only the fruit and veg that look ‘pretty’, that conform to a standardised idea of what they ‘should’ look like.
So I was really pleased to read at theguardian.com this week, that sales of wonky fruit and veg have been an important element in the current success of the UK supermarket, Morrisons.
It’s that time of year again – my ‘guilty pleasure’ Britain’s Got Talent is back on ITV in the UK.
I caught up on the audition stages last week and was incredibly touched by Father Ray Kelly’s rendition of the R.E.M. classic (a 7 minute clip including his introduction to the panel before he sings):