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Monday, August 23, 2010

Dancing panda - This will cheer you up!

Cute dancing panda!

Isn't it nice not to have a care in the world, just eat, sleep and dance....LOL

I love pandas! They are so cute, cuddly and so peaceful, they don't trouble anyone.

Short video of the Cycle Hire Scheme in Kennington, London

Cycle hire scheme, Kennington, London

While out and about in South London, I came across the bicycle hire scheme in London.

Above is a short video clip of the bicycle hire scheme introduced around London recently. From my footage you can see that these bikes look to be quite popular, there were only four bikes when I passed by the hire spot some days ago, which is located near Kennington Park post office on the junction of Bowling Green street and Kennington Road in London just around the corner from the Oval Cricket ground. So, if you live near that area you know where to hire your bicycle. The cycles appear to be quite popular, there were only four bikes available when I walked past. Looks interesting enough and appears to be taking off.

On the temporary Android phone that I have, the Samsung Galaxy S, I downloaded the Cycle hire widget from the Android market, this app seems to do a good job of locating the cycle hire points around London and I was easily able to locate the place where I recorded the video in Kennington park complete with a map of the area in a matter of seconds. It's a free app, so this adds to the convenience.

If you have used one of these bikes or the Cycle hire widget on Android, leave a comment and say what you think about the scheme.

If you have hired one of these bikes, leave a comment and say what you think about the scheme on my youtube page as well.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Videos from the Ideal Home Exhibition 2010, Earl's Court, London

Ideal Home Exhibition 2010, Earl's Court, London

A fun-filled day at the Ideal Home Exhibition 2010 


Green Blogger said...
Love the videos from the Ideal Home Exhibition, wish we could have been there, watching the videos it looked like a great "green" event.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Grow your own vegetables - Gardening at home

Plant and Vegetable grow bags
This is a little piece about one of my favourite hobbies, gardening. I enjoy growing things and the anticipation of seeing the results of my hard work come to fruition. In the past, I have successfully grown a garden full of potatoes, spinach, onion and a few other things.

While out and about a few weeks ago, I came across some vegetable grow bags, which is the main focus of this article. You can also buy plant grow bags for flowers and other plants for decorating your home and garden.

The Grow Me! seed bags are similar to the brown paper bags you get when you buy things in a coffee shop. They contain a number of seeds, which are easy and fun to grow. So, even if you have a small garden, window-sill, lawn, patio tubs, planters, containers, a flat or backyard you can have a go at growing some lovely and fresh vegetables in no time at all. It's easy and you also have instructions telling you what you have to do.

While I was choosing my grow bags, I came across a woman who was browsing and we got talking. She was giving me instructions on how to pickle my beetroot with vinegar, once I had successfully grown them.

These grow bags are also an excellent way to introduce children to gardening and nature, helping them to appreciate how things grow and seeing the fruits of their hard work....So exciting for them.

I bought three of these grow bags, which were:

Beetroot - I love beetroot. In the bag you have 4 plants pots, instructions on how to plant them, some compost and about 100 seeds, which is more than enough for you to attempt at growing your own fresh and tasty vegetables. According to the packaging, these are easy to grow. 

You can use beetroot to add colour to salads and soups. Boiled or pickled, they are sliced or diced to accompany lettuce, tomato, and radishes for any typical British style salad.

Beetroot vegetable grow bag with pots, seeds, 
compost and instructions

Carrot - I have always wanted to grow some carrots. Carrots can be eaten raw, cut into sticks for snacking, can be shredded into a salad, sliced for stews and casseroles or boiled and eaten along with a wholesome meal or you can throw them in a blender or juicer and make a nice nutritious drink. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, calcium and a number of nutrients for health and vitality.

In this grow bag you have the early Nantes variety of carrots. The bag again contains all the things you need to successfully grow your own carrots. It comes with 400 seeds, 4 plant pots, instructions, and compost. There are other varieties of carrots that you can buy.

Vegetable grow bags - Carrots, beetroot and lettuce

Lettuce - I love fresh lettuce with beetroot. In this bag you get 500 lettuce seeds, 4 plant pots, instructions and compost to successfully grow your own succulent lettuce. The dark green leaves of lettuce are a good source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A and have a high water content.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Brixton Farmer's Market - Every Sunday 10am - 2pm on Brixton Station Road

I first found out about the Brixton Farmers' Market while in Brixton in October last year. At the Brixton Farmers' Market, I was able to taste some fresh organic cheese, talk to some fruit and vegetable sellers and take some pictures. Also on offer are free range eggs, and organic meat.

 Brixton Farmer's Market Placard

English apples, seasonal vegetables, speciality juice, traditional meat, free range eggs, homemade preserves, local honey, handmade bread, fresh fish, regional sausages, farmhouse cheese.

When you visit, you will be amazed at how fresh everything tastes.

It is located on Brixton Station Road in Brixton, just past the bridge near Brixton Leisure Centre every Sunday between 10:00am - 2:00pm.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Recycling old batteries

While I was out and about, I came across a battery recycling scheme taking place at Currys Digital stores where I saw that they had a container filled with batteries for recycling.

I have an old Bisto container which houses all my used batteries (while I tried to figure out what to do with them), so I was glad to see that I can dump all my used old batteries for recycling. I now use rechargeable batteries most of the time so I don't really have to worry much about recycling old batteries which contain mercury, a poisonous chemical found in batteries. Well, at least you know that batteries can be recycled.

While talking to one of the Managers in-store, I was given some information about some other recycling schemes that they have. He told me that customers can drop off their used and old electrical equipment that needs to be recycled at Currys. I was impressed as sometimes you see these used electricals lying in the streets causing an eye-sore, so you can drop them off at Currys Digital for recycling.

How much do you get for recycling old batteries?

Well, as far as I know, you don't get anything for recycling old batteries in the UK, but you may get something for your battery recycling efforts in other parts of the world.

However, it is good to recycle them because batteries contain toxic chemicals and are dangerous to just dump in the dustbin.

Recycling Batteries at Currys and PC World

You can also recycle your old printer ink cartridges in the recycling bins provided instore.

Ink cartridge recycling at PC World and Currys

Update 18 June 2013

I saw an advert online where some people are buying old ink cartridges. So many you can do a search and see what's on offer for your old ink cartridges. I normally just send mine in those plastic charitable envelopes when I get a few piled up.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Deep freeze costing Americans big money

Well, I don't think it's just the Americans that are losing money from the big freeze...However, shouldn't there be contingency plans in place for this early winter weather?

In the meantime, in the UK, transport chaos as usual and closed schools, oh and a shortage of grit....what's new...

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy - Deep freeze costing America big bucks

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Snow disrupts European travel, sport etc

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