The mini bouldering wall was much more fun.
Not remotely interested in her sister’s school sports day, originally uploaded by Andrea See.
“We found there are four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car free, and having smaller families. For example, living car-free saves about 2.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, while eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.”
If you can (you know, based on where you live or work), you should give up the car. Just hire one when needed. It’s completely doable.
Part of the revised draft guidance – which the Observer has learned will now be dropped – removed the requirement that sprinklers be included in the design of new schools and stated, instead, that “school buildings do not need to be sprinkler protected to achieve a reasonable standard of life safety”. It also said it “no longer includes an expectation that most new school buildings will be fitted with them”.
When the draft guidelines were published, teaching unions and fire safety organisations protested again but formed the impression that ministers were not listening and that the consultation was a sham.
Last week, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, the revised draft guidance had been removed from the DfE website. Amid signs of panic, officials tried to insist that there had never been any intention to change policy.
The Conservative Party: no longer watering down fire safety requirements for schools because it’s a definite vote loser after Grenfell. So nice to know the country has them on which to rely.
I’m getting tired of posting this over and over again; people really need to stop being complete dicks to one another.
Our family’s almost-vegan food prep this week includes:
- roasted broccoli and red kidney beans
- stir-fried white cabbage, baby corn and shredded courgette (neither rugrat will eat courgette unless it is well-disguised, so this is attempt number Deity Knows)
- boiled broad beans
- tofu crumbles (inspired by this corn soup and tofu larb recipe)
These are theoretically going to be mix and matched into a myriad of delicious combinations served with noodles, rice, pasta, and so on; in reality, one child will just whine about how she doesn’t like it, while the other one will make a face because she can’t speak in sentences yet (the “What is this crap you’re trying to feed me?!” expression).
I should have known that large pieces of blank card, even when split up via a string (lightly-pencilled ‘guide lines’) wouldn’t hold my attention. Teeny tiny tiles make tangling much more satisfying and meditative for me.
How to improve the health of the ocean, The Economist:
Humans have long assumed that the ocean’s size allowed them to put anything they wanted into it and to take anything they wanted out.
By the middle of the century the ocean could contain more plastic than fish by weight.
… but, really, we are completely fucked, aren’t we?