Lancaster must be a city – it’s got a cathedral and a market and a city council. Proof enough! But of a Saturday we all go "into town” and every seeming stranger that we meet there, knows someone who knows someone that you know.
Something about wood construction fascinates me and always has done. As a child I coveted my brothers’ balsa wood kits and got into trouble for stealing the tools and little blocks and planks to fashion sheds for toy farm animals. As I got older, my education took me even further from wood – while my brothers went to after school classes and made stools and benches that we sat on fo
The British love their woodlands; if there was ever any doubt about that, the outraged protests when this tory government suggested selling off publicly owned forests, made this very clear. But how these woods are valued today is very different to how they were valued in the past.
The current job market is not particularly enticing for young, enthusiastic, inexperienced and transition-minded individuals. Young people across the country are struggling to get any kind of job, let alone a meaningful one, and once you do get a job there are no guarantees you are going to get to keep it.
As I mentioned back in April, I live 25 miles from Edinburgh and am a transitioner-without-initiative. But I've made it through the ranks of Guest Blogger and am going to try my best to keep you updated on what's happening with me and my initiative.
Paddington station feels like the Blitz. It's two days before the Olympic opening ceremony, and everyone with a choice is evacuating fast, escaping a million extra people in London and the fear of transport chaos. I struggle through the crowds with our bags in the heat, and collapse with relief onto the cool train.
Looking over 12 acres of land on the Sheffield Organic Growers site that is 'in conversion' to organic standards has started me thinking about the work we are doing here as a symbol of the transition that still remains to be done across the city.
When I signed up for this week I was quite excited about all of the possible things that I could get up to. Of course, what with moving down the country and various other activities I haven't managed to organise anything. And I am not currently in a Transition Initiative, so there isn't even something that I can go and join in with.