This is great news. Very carefully targeted and appropriate use of these vehicles that will save …

This is great news. Very carefully targeted and appropriate use of these vehicles that will save a lot of money. Clearly there are still environmental considerations around manufacture, disposal and energy generation but on balance this seems like a great step. H/T: +Mike Downes #green #environment #electriccars via Google+ Read more […]

Next meeting, 21st Jan @8, theme: ethical trading

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE PUB TO CHAT ABOUT GREEN ISSUES, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES OR WHATEVER TAKES YOUR FANCY …… NEWPORT GREEN DRINKS MEETS EACH MONTH COME ALONG TO OUR NEXT MEETING AT ‘THE BRIDGE INN’, LOWER BAR, NEWPORT TF10 7JB ON THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY 2010 at 8PM – for the theme ‘The minefield of ethical trading’ led by Bob Unwin. Green Drinks – How it all started In 1989, at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, Edwin Datschefski was sitting Read more […]

Train, Bus or Car

My youngest daughter has to buy a bus pass each term to cover her travel to/from her college in Telford. This also provides unlimited travel throughout the area every day of the week. Sadly, she lost the pass last week. It costs £5 to get a replacement (about the same as a normal peak-time return) the first time, and around £35 the second time. Fortunately, this is the first time she has lost the pass. She has a letter from the college which lets her travel for a short time on a very limited Read more […]

I am not a car snob nor am I am environmentalist

At least, I don’t think I am a car snob. I decided earlier this year to go back to having a company car to save hassle. I chose a Ford Mondeo. This was after having two S-Class Mercedes and a Volvo XC90 as personal cars. I am a big guy and not many cars are roomy enough or comfortable enough for me. I was surprised to find that the Mondeo was more suitable for me than my wife’s Series 5 BMW. I could have gone for a modest engine size. I didn’t. I went with a 2 litre diesel automatic – so not the Read more […]

Fortnightly rubbish collections

I had to take a load of household rubbish to the tip today. I was clearly not the only one. Every now and then, the regime of fortnightly rubbish collection proves to be too  big a stretch for us. I am not sure why. Perhaps we just spend more money than a lot of people. We shop cheaply, we avoid over-wrapped produce as much as possible, we are biased towards fresher foods and avoid ready-meals like the plague. We are diligent about sorting out our recycling , which is also collected fortnightly Read more […]