Ever enjoyed the movies “Megamind” or “Despicable Me”? They both depict stereotypical bad guys who are thrown into the role of being good guys. Who, today, are our cartoon bad guys? We were challenged for our obvious delight that Hobbycraft were coming to Wycombe Marsh retail park. The anguished-cry went up that we should be AGAINST any big box store. If not, the argument went, then it must mean we are against buying locally. Is it that simple? Is there no middle path? Is this issue so polarising?
ISBN 978 1 905570 33 1. “The End of Growth – Adapting to Our New Economic Reality” was written by Richard Heinberg and published by Clairview Books in 2011. This is a “living book” and updates can be found at www.endofgrowth.com (although this just takes you to http://richardheinberg.com/!). For your money you get 322 pages including Acknowledgements, an Introduction of ten parts followed by 7 chapters broken down into 48 topic-based sections, Notes and Index. The inside cover bristles with “advance praise” (how does that work?) from the likes of Herman E Daly, Lester Brown, Bill McKibben, Caroline Lucas and James Gustav Speth. This is Heinberg’s sixth major outing in print. His seminal work “The Party’s Over” has been a springboard for countless thousands of people who previously didn’t comprehend what Peak OIl meant for them. Continue reading
It is easy being in Transition but not when your gazebo wants to be a kite. The day was Saturday 16th June and the event was our stall at the Hamilton School Fete. We erected the stall little realising that it would turn into quite an adventurous day. Or maybe that should read “torturous”. It is testimony to the fortitude of our local team that any of us survived the day. Why do we do it? We must be nuts. Continue reading
At the back end of May this year the TTHW Food Google Group whipped into a frenzy of life. The reason? The topic of local markets had been broached in connection with a letter published in the Bucks Free Press. The letter writer had hinted of disappointment that there were no local-producer markets in the town. Now doubt this may have been in response to the Italian Market that was prominent at the Mayoral Weighing Ceremony and May Fayre. Continue reading