Susan Whiteway |
Tuesday, 1st August 2000
So, there we were. It's the early 1990s: we have two small children, a business that has been sunk by recession and no home. Oh, and we're both in our forties. Forty it seems is the decade when employers assume that those seeking employment over that portentous age are in the early and inevitable stages of creeping senility. We therefore disposed... more
Robina McCurdy |
Thursday, 1st June 2000
Tui has a steady stream of visitors, coming to experience community life for a short period of time. Most people are primarily interested in the social aspects of community living. Of all the questions asked, by far the most common are around issues of human relationships within a close living context. As a reflection of 'Western' society today,... more
Richard Edwards |
Wednesday, 1st March 2000
Cookbooks are full of them, Charlie Dimmock has had her hands on them and, as one has come to expect, the supermarkets have sourced their own plastic versions... We are, of course, talking about 'wild' mushrooms. Not only are we being told how to cook them but there are maps telling us where to go to collect them; what time of year to go looking... more
Sir Julian Rose |
Wednesday, 1st March 2000
The traditional rural economy appears to be in a state of terminal decline, a process which probably started with the Enclosures Act in the 17th century, accelerated by the Industrial Revolution, and became virtually moribund in the latter half of the 20th century. By traditional, I mean a rural economy whose lifeblood is essentially agrarian;... more
Jonah Reynolds |
Monday, 1st November 1999
The Hut Earthship is earthquake proof and hurricane resistant. It offers quick and immediate shelter that is strong and easy to build, catching water from the sky and providing clean water for the inhabitant. Earthship Architecture is designed to be modular, to grow, to open like a beautiful flower. The 'Hut' is the smallest Earthship type... more
Paul Allen |
Monday, 1st March 1999
As 1999 gets underway, many people around the globe will be wondering what this year's weather will bring. Even before 1998 came to a close, it was clearly one for the record books. Average global temperatures broke all records. China was swept by its worst floods in three decades, two thirds of Bangladesh was underwater for most of the summer. At... more
Malcolm Burgess |
Thursday, 1st October 1998
Imagine living in the middle of a 400 acre ancient oak wood. As I write this in May, I'm listening to singing wood warblers, redstarts and recently fledged tawny owls. The wood is teeming with life and bursting with spring growth. Following the path through the wood you come to an open barn, the working area of the wood. The path continues past.... more
Tim & Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st June 1998
We moved into our house on the edge of the South Downs in Hampshire in the mid 1980s, a few years before we discovered permaculture. It was two one-up-one-down 19th century flint cottages knocked together with a hideous 1960s flat-roof extension on the back and side, and a very small garden. It was like living in a split personality: cosy,... more
Dave Kilroy |
Monday, 1st June 1998
A credit union is a money co-operative owned and run by its members. It provides a safe and friendly place for savings, and low interest loans to members. It exists for service to its members, not for profit - any surplus it makes is given back to the members. Credit Unions are there to help people save - most credit union members join in order to... more
Siobhan Mitchell |
Sunday, 1st February 1998
Genetic Engineering is now a part of all our lives whether we like it or not - and surveys show we don't. It offers new assaults on old issues of protest, from human rights abuses (particularly those of indigenous peoples) to animal welfare, and environmental issues such as biodiversity. Its impact on our health is as yet unknown. There are also... more