The Ethical Carnivore

I briefly met Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore a couple of years ago at a friend’s birthday dinner at her Bruntsfield flat in Edinburgh. It was a ‘potluck’ style affair, where everyone brings something to share. I remember tasting one of Louise’s yummy venison sausages, while being told that she shot the deer, … More The Ethical Carnivore

The Guilt of Privilege

The student’s caring bespectacled eyes beckoned me, “Teacher! Come and have some of my lunch. Please!” Dishes of vegetable, chicken and rice were quickly exhibited. “Oh thanks! But, I already have my lunch,” I replied. Some two hours later, having changed out of my teacher’s uniform, I was wandering through school carrying a small backpack. “Teacher! Where are you … More The Guilt of Privilege

Tangled in the Net

Koh Chang? The man points to a boat. 2 o’clock. Ticket on boat. Great, I’m in the right place. Plenty of time to devour my market-bought lunch, sip a fresh coconut and observe pier happenings. An hour or so later, I clamber on board a long tail boat, sit on a wooden plank perched above bags … More Tangled in the Net

Nature Attacks!

Those pesky humans, they just keep on pestering me. Right when I’ve just laid the perfect nest and my little ones are preparing to come into the world. I’ve spent ages getting everything just right. They just come along, right under my tree, making me really anxious. Today a human with a body the colour of … More Nature Attacks!

Why Waste?

In my recent post ‘What a Load of Rubbish!‘ I talked about how litter has infiltrated our urban and natural spaces, our growing waste problem and some of its consequences.  Recent media attention has drawn attention to waste, so that our consciousness of the issue appears to be growing. I’m an optimist, so surely this is the start … More Why Waste?