Monday, May 02, 2016

Sozzies

Apologies all for recent lack of post and activity on this blog, busy at home, busy at work, excited about the election! Remember to vote on Thursday! 

I'm also about to go travelling in Japan for three weeks, so I'm putting a wee pause button on the blog until June 2016, where it'll be back in all its glory. In the meantime if you'd like to find out what I am up to in Japan, please follow me on my Instagram account

Finally not to leave you high and dry, I thought I'd like you know about Scotland's Big Nature Festival happening at Levenhall Link in Musselburgh the weekend of May 21-22 2016.

Organised by East Lothian Council and RSPB Scotland, the festival is now in its fourth year and will have events, hands-on workshops, games, talks and over a 100 exhibitor stands with plenty to do for both nature enthusiasts and families alike. Why not try pond-dipping (if you'd like to see my last exciting exploit and pond-dipping, check it out here!), hunting for mini-beast or hop on board the seabird cruise? If that wasn't enough, CBeebies presenter Rory Crawford and Ferne Corrigan will lead storytelling sessions for little ones and CBBC stars Leah and Ricky Boleto wil be running workshops for budding presenters of the future. 

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Big Nature Festival website here


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

So many hustings


As we quickly approach the election date of May 5th 2016, make sure that standing candidates know about the issues that are important to you and one way to achieve this is by attending a husting event. A 'husting' is a temporary panel or platform that candidates participate in during their election campaign. Hustings can be hosted by anyone and are usually themed to help focus the questions and discussions. They are a chance for the electorate to quiz candidates directly on issues important to them. Some people are intimidated by standing up and asking a question in public, but luckily hustings are changing formats to make them more accessible to people whether that is through candidate cafes or online debates. Below are some upcoming hustings themed around the environment and climate change and am sure they is one to suit everyone's taste and timetables. 

Monday 11th April - Inverness - Eden Court
Food and Environment Candidate Cafe hosted by RSPB Scotland and Nourish Scotland
Find out more here

Wednesday 13th April - Edinburgh - Paterson's Land
Environmental Matters - husting hosted by Scottish Environment LINK
Find out more here

Monday 18th April - Aberdeen - Queen's Cross Parish Church 
Food and Environment Candidate Cafe hosted by RSPB Scotland and Nourish Scotland
Find out more here

Monday 18th April - Across Scotland
Holyrood Election Online Climate Debate hosted by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Find out more here

Wednesday 20th April - Edinburgh - Summerhall 
Food and Environment Candidate Cafe hosted by RSPB Scotland and Nourish Scotland
Find out more here

Thursday 21st April - Glasgow - Adelaides Cafe
Food and Environment Candidate Cafe hosted by RSPB Scotland and Nourish Scotland
Find out more here


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Re-post: Hands Over Our Scotland


Campaign group 'Hands Over Our Scotland' has organised a Scottish tour of the new documentary film 'Groundswell Rising', featuring the testimonies of people in towns across America who have to live side-by-side with the fracking industry. For further details see http://www.groundswellscotland.com .

Executive producer Mark Lichty is coming to Scotland to speak at screenings of the film. Mark is an attorney and former CEO of Bustin Industrial Products. Having been in manufacturing for many years, he is deeply concerned about the safety issues not being addressed by the oil and gas industry. Mark Lichty said: "I'm really looking forward to bringing Groundswell Rising to Scotland. The film shows how an industry rich with political connections managed to slip into a position of almost untouchable power and how at-risk communities have come together to fight back.”

The full list of UK dates is as follows:
Tues. 1st March 7-9pm Westminster - Committee Room 6, Sponsor George Kerevan MP
Wed. 2nd March 7-9pm Room G.04 50 George Square, Univ. Edinburgh
Thurs. 3rd March 7-9.30pm Dalkeith Miners Welfare Club, Dalkeith
Fri. 4th March
7.30pm Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

7-9.30pm North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh EH4 4TZ
Sat. 5th March
2-4pm The Station Hotel, Shotts

6- 8pm, Garnethill Room, Renfield St. Stephens Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP
Sun. 6th March 7-9pm Trinity Church, Falkirk
Mon. 7th March 6-8pm The Void Cinema, Univ. Sheffield
Tues. 8th March 7-9.30pm Ribby Hall, Wrea Green, Lancashire
Wed. 9th March 7.30pm Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome

NB. Mark Lichty will attend all screenings except for those on 27th Feb and 4th March.

Further information about Groundswell Rising can be found at http://groundswellrising.com/ & http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/gsr.html

Friday, February 12, 2016

Re-posting: Show the Love




Don't lose what you love to climate change. 
#Showthelove this Valentine's Day and let's protect the life we love from climate change.   

Watch the 3-minute short film I wish for you… written by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, starring Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake and made by Ridley Scott’s team. The film is based on a letter from a grandfather to his granddaughter about the world he cherishes and wishes for her to grow up in - a world threatened by our changing climate.  

Make a green heart and spread the word using the #showthelove hashtag!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


Chuffed with my moment of inspiration to pin my heart on with my starfish pin badge

Showing the love at work - origami making session