Monday, 30 March 2009


Gorse starting to flower

Walking the dog this morning I noticed the Gorse is starting to flower. When in full the bloom the air is scented with a strong coconut scent. In a months time, if you walk on the moor the strength of the coconut will be powerful.

I had intended to participate in the BJJ class tonight but it hasn't worked out for me timewise, but i feel that I'm on the precipice of getting back in there. With the change in clocks and sleep disruption - Caz is on early shift so a 4am rise - i've slept the latter part of the afternoon too long.

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone."

Ginger has been shown to:
• Reduce abdominal bloating
• Stimulate digestion
• Keep intestinal muscles toned
• Reduce nausea and vomiting
• Support the cardiovascular system

The world's first biodegradable chewing gum is arriving on British supermarket shelves, potentially putting to an end the sticky mess caused by the conventional product.

Chicza Rainforest Gum is manufactured in Mexico by Consorcio Chiclero - a consortium of 56 co-operatives employing some 2,000 chicleros (gum farmers) and their families. The workers extract natural gum from the sap of the chicle tree, which is then used to make the product.

Unlike conventional chewing gum, which contains petrochemicals, the organic chewing gum does not stick to clothing or pavements. And once disposed of, it will crumble to dust in about six weeks, dissolving harmlessly in water or being absorbed into the soil.

It is costly and difficult to remove conventional chewing gum from public places because of its chemical content, with cleaning typically costing between 10p and 30p per piece. It takes 17 weeks for chewing gum to be removed from the entire length of Oxford Street in London, for example, but only 10 days for it to be littered with gum again.

Local authorities spend up to £200,000 a year each on clearing gum; the average cost is £13,000.

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