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Plans, progress and planting for ReforestNation

05/11/2017

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I’ve written a long overdue update about our reforesting project, ReforestNation. After a fallow period, we are brimming with plans and energy for the project, and starting to make real progress with restoring and reforesting the 47 acres of land we purchased as a family two years ago. It’s been a steep learning curve, going […]

A change of direction – 3 years on

07/05/2017

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It’s been three years since I last posted to my website, which reflects a major change of direction in my work and personal life. Even before then I had been slowly moving away from my work as a freelance journalist, and into more hands on practical projects, such as the cycle promoting Innertube Map project […]

Making a pinhole digital camera

20/10/2014

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with a homemade pinhole camera lens for my old mirroless digital camera (a Sony Nex 5r.) The pinhole lens is very simple – it’s made from a lens cap with some foil. I’ve taken some interesting pinhole photos with it, as you can see, but the effect when […]

NonStuff Festival at Wiston Lodge

20/10/2014

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In case you’ve ever felt like putting on a music festiva and wondered what it takes, well, you could take a look at the experience of my friend James Chapman. James organised the recent NonStuff acoustic music and permaculture festival at Wiston Lodge, which was a small but beautiful two day festival, as the pictures […]

1.6 million what ifs

19/09/2014

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What if this isn’t the end of something, but the start? What if, a year from now, 1.6 million people descended on Faslane to kick out nukes? What if 1.6 million people moved their savings into a new ethical, green Scottish bank? What if 1.6 million people said “no” to fracking in Scotland? What if […]

Post #Indyref “to do” list

19/09/2014

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I thought a “to do” list might cheer me up this morning…

ReforestNation Launch at Wiston Lodge

16/09/2014

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This weekend I helped launched a new project at the first Nonstuff Festival at Wiston Lodge. ReforestNation aims to buy and replace monoculture plantation woodlands with healthy deciduous forests in Southern Scotland – and help build community in the process. We want our project to be both environmentally and economically sustainable, so we aim to […]