Get your bike out of the shed!

Get your bike out of the shed!

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It is time to get the bike out again and leave the cosiness of the gas guzzler behind. You can warm up slowly too with the bike that gives your body and the environment a break. Among our favourites is a little electric bike and super stylish folding bicycles… Here’s more:

The Founder-S is a folding bike by koga miyata. It is stable and comfortable to ride, details we liked were the built-in spherical back light and luggage rack… All so stylish. Price £995

The Mezzo is a great looking folding bicycle, created by ex-Formula 1 engineer Jon Whyte. It is well balanced, which means comfortable ride and good control of the bike. Approx £500.

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Microgrids

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Microgrids promise reliable, efficient, environmentally-friendly electricity in a ‘peer-to-peer’ network:
In 1996, a sagging power line in Oregon brushed against a tree, and within minutes 12 million customers in eight states lost power. Such is the vulnerability of today’s power grid. To address this, Berkeley Lab scientists developed a cluster of small, on-site generators serving offices, industry, homes.
The system designed to shoulder the US’s growing thirst for electricity without building the 1,000 new power plants required to meet demand, will lead to a revolution in the way we can live.

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Jamie Oliver’s Camper Van Adventure

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So it IS true.

We broke the story TV chef Jamie Oliver ‘s production company denied — and today it was confirmed.

On 24 Feb we announced that Jamie was going to live in a camper van in Italy for his next series. Today he set off on his trip. We wish him well.

Jamie Oliver and wife Jools make a meal of their tearful farewell – as he set off on the six-week cooking tour. The gossip in London’s Primrose Hill is that Jamie is not a happy man. Whether his marriage is truly on the rocks or it is being done for the benefit of the cameras remains to be seen.

Jamie has become a national hero since he reinvented school food, and a knighthood cannot be far off.

Now he will reinvent off-grid cooking. A new TV show will follow Oliver on a trip round Italy in a converted camper van carrying all his kitchen kit.

It is no coincidence at all that Sainsbury’s is overhauling its Italian food range under the single banner of Simply Italian.

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Off-grid living made easy

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We will bring you details of job opportunities and advice on every area of off-grid living as well as off-grid books like this one: Eating Off the Grid: Storing & Cooking Food Without Electricity: 1

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Help and advice to get started

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Professional help is available whether what you need is advice on which solar panels to buy, or how to build the most eco-friendly and efficient house.

Ecoarc drawing
Drawing of eco house by Ecoarc
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Greenbuild Expo

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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2004 in Portland, Oregon on 10th to 12th November – 3 days of workshops, talks and exhibitions for anyone involved in green building. There’ll also be tours of green buildings.

Exhibition

Fees vary depending on how many events you want to attend.
For more information and registration see the website

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How to grow a vegetable garden

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10 easy steps to start a vegetable garden

– Select a good spot for your garden: make sure the soil’s well drained, not too shallow, not too rocky and avoid shady areas. Remember vegetables can be grown on terraces too.

The Garden

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Careers at Halfords

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Halfords make bikes, car, outdoors and workshop equipment and motorcycle accessories. They are always recruiting and have a website especially for that: www.halfordscareers.com. Roles range from store manager to IT technician or leading role in the head office. They have a graduate recruitment programme, gforce, for which you just need a degree, in any subject, and ambition to work in buying or marketing.

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The coolest trailers

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Bicycle trailers are the solution if you’ve got children or are always carrying stuff around. These days, trailers are safe, sleek and practical. Here are the best ones we’ve come across.

Chela
koga myiata’s Chela
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PV – all you need to know

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Solar-electric (PV) design and installation – 25th -30th October

Learn to use photovoltaic technology to produce your own electricity. Workshop participants learn system sizing, site analysis, hardware specification, and component selection. Install a complete, operational system in the field with current renewable energy equipment. This workshop is for the novice who wants to use PV and for those seeking employment in the solar industry.

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