Resist-The-Plastic : You Are What You Eat

          Welcome to my kitchen.  It’s not very grand, but it’s warm, and nourishing, and like this blog, it knows the value of a good experiment.           Plastics, as inedible as they are, feature heavily in the context of food.  They’re used as containers and for packaging, from those triangular sandwich cases to the ubiquitous…

Resist-The-Plastic: Time for a Splash

Ready for a journey through our plastic-ridden lives? First stop: bathroom. Ohhh… Lordy.           As I gathered up the various plastic artefacts, I was close to becoming disheartened. The cheerful band of bottles and jars was a fine testament to how addicted we are to plastic (or at least to their contents) and how deeply…

Arctic Wheels : Malaysian Nomad Project

          I think I’ll go for a little cycle tomorrow.  I haven’t been out on the bicycle since late November because the weather’s been shocking.  With the thermometer plunging down to around -20 C this past week, the roads were nothing but a treacherous mélange of ice, snow and salt anyway.           However, the temperature…

Watchu mean ‘Vortex’?

          Although it’s still 11 degrees below freezing this morning, it looks like the arctic winds have left us.  I guess it’s gone back to restore the polar vortex in the north.           As Narnia-y as that sounds, a polar vortex did indeed descend upon us earlier this week, and the vicious head of the…

Reclaiming 2014

          It’s the 1st of January, the year two thousand and fourteen.  It’s hard not to feel ambitious with the strident strokes of the number 1 scratched in quick succession, followed by the number 14, which we haven’t seen in a hundred years.           It’s an auspicious time for making resolutions and working on lists…