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It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. So, the Tennyson saying goes. I am not sure if he was thinking of greenhouses when he wrote that line, but I can assure you it is true. Many years ago, I was somewhat spoilt by the possession of a double greenhouse and sufficient land to put it on. Not only that, but adjacent vegetable plots and an orchard. And now, sadly, space does not allow for such extravagances. I must admit, for quite a while this left me somewhat bereft over the whole thing, and even wistfully clicking over online suppliers of… dare I say it… polycarbonate sheet!


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If you have the space and the time, you might want to consider raising your own animals. It doesn't have to be acres of land where you can keep a cow or two and a few sheep, it can be as manageable as a few chickens in a pen in your back garden. So why would you bother? What reason could you possibly have to put in the work, time and money needed to raise your own animals? Here's three reasons why.

Because of Ethics

Perhaps you're horrified at the idea of factory farming. It's a hot topic and animal welfare activists have been able to gain more attention in the media than before regarding the conditions of factory farmed...

Working animals have played a hugely important role in human society for millennia. Animals such as donkeys, oxen, camels and horses still provide substance from their work for around 600 million people in the world today! Even in industrialised countries where machinery covers labour heavy functions, service animals are still extensively used. From police dogs that sniff out drugs to monkeys that aid people with disabilities, we rely on our working animals for a number of tasks.


Working Dogs

Our important and unique bond with dogs has meant that dogs have fulfilled many roles for humans throughout millennia. From herding...

It seems you can't get through a news cycle without some terrible end of the world crisis in the making.  Whether it's bellicose wars of words between nuclear armed states, global warming or outright collapse of the biosphere, it can be hard to shake off a progressive sense of doom. For the more pragmatic minded, the end of the world isn't necessarily the end. For such unfazable souls the question of the day after the end is nothing more than an abrupt, "What now?"

Amongst the many concerns in a post disaster scenario, food and water rate at the top of our priorities because they are amongst our most fundamental human needs. However,...

Attlee and Bevan


In 1948 on this day Aneurin Bevan, Health Minister in the Attlee government, signed off on the creation of the National Health Service. This was against the wishes of organised medical professionals, including the British Medical Association, but managed to create the cornerstone of the modern British welfare state. This major development was not at the whim of Attlee or Bevan but instead was the result of a shift in attitudes after World War II that made the creation of the welfare state possible. The experience of war had brought people closer together in both a political and social sense. There was an...

What does Cui Bono? Mean?

The Latin phrase cui bono? can be loosely translated into English idiom as “who’s getting paid?”. The phrase has been central to critical thinking for thousands of years. The first recorded example of it is in one of the court cases of Cicero, a Roman lawyer who lived in the first century BCE, but even Cicero was quoting someone else saying it. Today the phrase remains one of the cornerstones of critical thinking, and it’s becoming increasingly important in our modern money-oriented world.

The idea behind cui bono? is that before we believe anything we are told, we need to know who profits from the...

The realm of wildlife conservation is fraught. Our wildlife is under direct threat from all sorts of, most of it can be directly attributed to human activity. Plastic pollution, poaching, pesticides, human development decreasing habitats and farming all contribute to ecological decline across the board. We are living in times where we are seeing mass extinction and the media continually points this out, but we are not acting fast enough or at enough of a scale to really make an impact.


However, this does not mean there is nothing we can do. At this stage, any effort to help a species out is better than nothing. And there has been...

Self employment is on the rise in the UK. At first that may sound like terrible news, but if anything, it's never been more popular to set off on your own and make your own living for yourself and becoming your own boss.


So, have you been itching to get away from your 9 to 5 job and desperate to get into your own business? Well there are several industries with lots of opportunity and I've listed some below for you:



If you have a flair for the written word, video editing, photography, illustration or any other freelance creative field, then you are in a prime position to build a client list. With...


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