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What if the bin lorry never came?

By Trash Talk on Jul 30, 08 10:00 AM

A real zero waste community in Japan is finding out.

The town of Kamikatsu on the island of Shikoku in Japan has adopted a zero waste strategy and rather than just talking about "a commitment to zero waste" or stating "they are working towards zero waste", they are doing it for real.

I never thought that when I started at Premier Waste Management that I would be writing a film review.

But it is not every year that the summer blockbuster from Disney-Pixar is about the waste and recycling industry.

As thick as a pig farmer

By Blog on the Box on Jul 22, 08 01:48 PM

Thank you, Tim Healy, for perpetuating the image of Geordies as thickos.

That was sarcasm, by the way, I didn't really mean thank you.

Tim appeared in the 1960s Northumberland cop show George Gently as a pig farmer who was intellectually-challenged.

I think I'm developing an aversion to decision-making. It's one of the trials of modern life.

It's all about choice and everywhere you turn, there are just too many options . . . too many TV channels, too many radio stations, too many websites offering too many services.

But the choice explosion is not confined to the digital revolution . . . it has even infiltrated the humble sandwich.

Last Thursday night I had to make a decision as I had double booked - should I go to my monthly Book Club Meeting (for which I have to admit I hadn't read the prescribed book) or the Live Theatre Writers Group?

Son No One has just given us a wonderful surprise by passing the first year of his university course and announcing he won't be deferring for a year after all...

WITH much of the news dominated by youths stabbing other youngsters it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking all teenagers are bad.

But of course this is ridiculous - the vast majority of young people are decent, law-biding and, well, mostly respectful.

Those are the kids we rarely get to hear about in the news because helping or proving to be an inspiration to others ain't as 'sexy' as a good old bad news story about young thugs.

Now the Sunday Sun recently featured a story about a 16-year-old youth called Daniel Squires who sadly died from cancer after a two year struggle.

Teenagers are generally lazy, thoughtless, stroppy and uncommunicative . . . and that's just their good points.

Generally, attempts to discipline them are usually pretty lame. Most criticisms, however diplomatic, tend to be met with the mumbled "whatever" or "stop going on" followed by the obligatory rolling of the eyes.

But even by our standards, my wife's latest attempt to tick off our 17-year-old was, frankly, useless . .

How low can you get your waste

By Trash Talk on Jul 9, 08 12:50 PM

Having embarked upon a journey of weighing my rubbish at home and investigating some ways to increase my recycling I thought I'd present the results so far.

Mr Smug rides again

By Blog on the Box on Jul 3, 08 11:46 AM

A smug b+++++d has made his return to Police Camera Action.

Remember Alistair Stewart. He was the finger-wagging tut-tutting holier than thou presenter of the series on dangerous drivers.

The same Alistair Stewart who got nicked for drunk driving.

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