Monthly Archives: February 2010

Can Fairtrade be Frugal?

We are in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight which runs this year from 22nd February to the 7th March. I have to be honest and admit that while lately I have made a conscious decision to buy more local produce, … Continue reading

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Say no to 2356% APR loans

I am often inundated with requests from old school friends to join this and that group on Facebook. I don’t log in very often now – I’ve got a bit bored of reading updates about people’s online scrabble and mafia … Continue reading

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The Ministry of Food: Rationing remembered

It’s 70 years since the government introduced rationing during World War Two. To mark the anniversary, the Imperial War Museum in London has just opened an exhibition about it and the Dig for Victory campaign called the Ministry of Food. … Continue reading

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Home-Brew Happy

How did you spend your Valentine’s Day? I spent mine watching DJ rack out and bottle his home-brew wine while I tried and failed to rid our kitchen floor of the Essex clay from the garden that’s caked all over … Continue reading

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New Hens on the Block

Back to life in Essex and – as I told you the other week – we sadly lost Molly, one of our hens, after a fox broke into our supposedly ‘fox proof’ egglu. Since then, we have been busy reinforcing … Continue reading

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Do We All Need a Stint at the Tower Block of Commons?

Have you been watching the new show on Channel Four – Tower Block of Commons? If you haven’t seen it, four MPs are sent to live on tough council estates in Barking, Birmingham, Hull and Acton and experience life on … Continue reading

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Voucher Codes for Valentine’s Day

February is here and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For weeks the shops have been filling up with the usual multitude of cards and chocolates for the big day. DJ and I usually have a pretty low key … Continue reading

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