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Yes, humans are destructive and stupid. But that is not the whole story.

George Monbiot has written a furious, bitter and very sad indictment of humanity in the Guardian today. He is right – and wrong. I’ve had days, weeks, months, even a couple of years at one point, when I have also wondered … Continue reading

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For Ninka van der Zee

I was thinking about my sister late one night – she died in April 1992 but I still think about her every day – and I absent- mindedly googled her name. It was very strange when nothing, well nothing connected … Continue reading

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Being Pregnant Is Dangerous!!!

The Guardian, June 5 2013 Another day, another list of things that pregnant women might do wrong. The latest report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) worries about the chemicals in food, drink, barbecues, cosmetics, moisturisers, new furniture, cleaning … Continue reading

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Borough market back in business

The Guardian, Feb 7, 2013 A steel-and-concrete viaduct weighing more than 1,200 tonnes, to be built through an area of historical sensitivity, passing 16cm (6in) from the nearest building in places? No wonder the Borough Market railway project caused trouble. … Continue reading

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Bring back the Fava bean!

The Guardian, February 2, 2013 I interviewed the lovely Nick Saltwater for this piece; the beans really are delicious! I used to go off foraging when I was at school; the school food was not really up to much, so I’d … Continue reading

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The Guardian, January 14 2013 Protests both for and against an offshore windfarm gathered on Swanage seafront on Sunday, in an unusual demonstration of pro-windactivism in the UK. About 400 protesters turned out in response to plans for a 100-330 turbine … Continue reading

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Protesters going underground for the “second battle of hastings”

The Guardian, January 7 2013 (this is the full length version by the way… it got cut a bit for the paper) Under a blue tarpaulin at the foot of the protest camp, Simon Sitting Bull is having a brief … Continue reading

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Interview with Caroline Flint

The Guardian and The Ecologist, December 5 2012 There is a point in her constituency from which Caroline Flint can see both the chimneys of Drax and an array of wind turbines. She mentions this when I ask whether she likes a … Continue reading

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Cheap energy? Yes please!

The Ecologist, November 21 2012 It’s one of the first questions many people ask when they hear that a wind turbine is being put up near them; “Will I get cheap energy?” The answer, finally, may be yes. For now, … Continue reading

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Sky magazine tax loophole saved up to £40m a year

The Guardian, p.1, November 19 2012 With David Leigh A magazine for satellite TV customers published by BSkyB was used as a tax avoidance scheme that saved the company up to £40m a year. The broadcaster had been saving millions in VAT by charging … Continue reading

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