Elizabeth had her highland dance exam today. It all went well as far as we know but she won’t get any feedback for a little while as it was recorded … Continue reading Highland dance exam
As many of my readers know a pet hate of mine is when motorists sit in their cars with their engines running poisoning us all with their fumes. Last year … Continue reading Don’t be an idler competiton
I’m the most hated parent at Highland Dance. I asked another two motorists today to switch their engines off. They both did and were very good about it but I … Continue reading Engine idling, butt flashing, and balance training
As regular readers of my blog will know, one of my pet peeves is when people sit in their cars with the engine running. This happens a lot outside primary … Continue reading Engine idling and nobody in London needs an SUV
This weekend we’re getting the tail end of storm Alex which has brought a deluge to France and Italy and caused severe flooding. Yesterday we had heavy rain non-stop all … Continue reading Storm Alex, cycling, and cat-shaming
I got myself a face mask. They’re not required here but it is recommended by the Scottish government and also now the WHO. I have been secretly wanting a face … Continue reading Face masks
Air pollution from motor vehicles is harmful to humans but especially harmful to children. We know it can damage the growth of their lungs, raise the risk of asthma and … Continue reading Pollution from cars is harmful to children
Why do people feel the need to tell me this? It’s not my job to defend cyclists who go through red lights just as it’s not my job to defend … Continue reading But I once saw a cyclist go through a red light …
It has been three years since we dispensed with the family car and I don’t regret it, not even a little bit. Car ownership is governed by the same law … Continue reading Living without a family car
I cycled into town with the kids this evening and they had a huge fight in the bike. The fight was because Daniel said he can click his fingers and … Continue reading Arguing in a bike, swishing, and pollution
I copied the following factsheet from George Monbiot’s blog, Car Sick. He is encouraging people to share it: I've written a simple factsheet for schools and parents on what traffic pollution … Continue reading What Traffic Fumes Do to Our Children
I’ll acknowledge there’s a bit of click bait with my title but it’s not so far from the truth. Yesterday the high court ruled that the British government’s plans for tackling air pollution … Continue reading Government loses fight to poison the people
A little part of me grieves whenever someone chops down a tree and this very nearly happened today. This morning some workmen appeared on our street to chop down several beautiful old beech … Continue reading Should I chain myself to a tree?
I have just read the most extraordinary articles and need to have another rant to calm myself down. A friend of mine in Christchurch hinted that there had been some … Continue reading A rant … feeling better already
There’s a documentary screening in New Zealand at the moment which is about New Zealand’s 100% pure image and how – with the rising pollution of rivers and swimming spots in … Continue reading 100% pure?
I have a solution for all of society’s ills. It involves getting fat arses out of cars and onto bicycles. If I were Prime Minister, I’d redirect our colossal spending … Continue reading How to save the world by bicycle