Do You Have An Idea That Can Change The World?

December 30th, 2008

Chew TV (a leading internet TV channel) and Creative Partnerships are urging young people from Bristol aged 25 and under to come up with a fresh new perspective on the world and think about ways on a global scale that could change the way we live.

Young people are being asked to submit their far-fetched, seemingly crazy and inspirational ideas in the form of a short film, whether it’s a mobile phone clip or a 3-minute blockbuster, Bristol’s young people can go to, login in and upload. The deadline for submissions is January 5th and the top ten ideas will be given the opportunity to become a reality! The shortlist will be selected by a panel of judges from within the industry and will then be developed, linking up the young people with the experts that can bring their thoughts to life.
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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas…

December 13th, 2008

Even in times of recession, Christmas is the season of excess; over-spending, over-eating, over-indulging and inevitably, over-wasting. During the Christmas weeks, waste levels rise by 20% in the UK but with a little prioritisation and organisation, that can be avoided. Here are some simple ideas to reduce waste this year on your way to a Greener Christmas.

Billions of Christmas cards are sent every year. The best way to reduce waste here would be to send an e-card. Or if that doesn’t appeal, make sure you buy cards made from recycled materials and that you recycle the ones you do receive. Or, even better, re-use last years! Bristol is well set up for recycling card – use the system!
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Make Your Own Presents!

December 3rd, 2008

When writing a piece on making your own Christmas presents, the temptation is there to mention that dreaded, boring word - Credit Crunch. Sod that, make your own presents not because it’s cheap but because craft is the way forward and they add a personal touch we desperately lack in today’s consumer driven world. Gee, don’t I sound old and sensible?

So where do you start? All you need is a handful of paper, a little card, some scissors, a sprinkling of glitter and an ounce of creativity - all this and you get a Blue Peter badge! But if, like me, you want to indulge your creative side and feel the big BP is a little - dare I say - tacky, here are some ideas that may help:
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Tree Dressing Fair

December 3rd, 2008

2pm – 5pm Sunday 7th December 2008 @ Avon Wildlife Trust’s Willsbridge Mill Education Centre

Tree Dressing is a magical mid-winter event which pays homage to and celebrates the enormous value of trees to wildlife and people. The ancient custom, recently revived, promotes our awareness of trees and their value to wildlife and us. It’s an opportunity to show them our appreciation by cheering them up with bright hangings at a time of year when they are bare of their leaves.

Trees are venerated all over the world in different forms and the custom of tree dressing takes place at different times of the year. In France on May Day trees are decked with flowers, whilst in India during winter trees are painted with vermillion and turmeric. In Scotland, trees standing beside certain wells are hung with thousands of strips of cloth and in Africa rings of palm leaves are placed around the trunks of silk cotton trees.
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The Recession hits SY Magazine! Dum Dum DUM!

November 25th, 2008

Afternoon all,
Without boring you with all the details, a large number local businesses that owe us money have all recently gone bankrupt, stitching us up and leaving us HUGELY out of pocket!
As a free publication it is vital that we push the adverts already in the magazine. We need to make up the money we have lost last month because of the closures or the future of the mag becomes very uncertain! Crumbs.
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Rooftop Occupiers Call For Public Meeting

November 25th, 2008

6.30pm Thursday 27th November 2008 @ The St Pauls Learning Centre

On November 12th 2008 Places for People (PfP) executed an eviction order on 87 Ashley Road, a squatted building occupied by 20 people who have been made homeless by this action. This building was unused by PfP for four years and left empty until May 2008 when squatters working to house as many people as possible moved in.

PfP have refused all attempts to negotiate a mutually beneficial agreement, repeatedly submitted incorrect possession claims to Bristol Magistrates Courts and threatened illegal eviction. At one stage the sitting magistrate called PfPs representation; “A right dog’s breakfast.”
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The Magpie: What would you do in a big, empty building?

November 23rd, 2008

Hi, I’m Kev, usually known as KP or Kev the Poet. I’m a writer, performer, promoter and a Bard of a Druid Order. As a regular attendee of ceremonies in highly energetic spaces as well as spending several months on the front-line of an anti-logging activist blockade in the Tasmanian rainforest, I have a lot of topics I can talk about that are way off mainstream thinking yet relevant to the new ‘credit crunch’ climate where we are all being forced to reassess our priorities.

Recently I have been facilitating meditation and healing sessions in the temporary autonomous zone I help to promote and maintain, The Magpie, with the Amitabha Buddhist Centre and the Renegade Healing Studios.
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Temwa: From Bristol to Malawi

November 17th, 2008

Temwa is a Bristol-based charity that supports communities in Malawi, Africa, improving health education, agriculture and building and supporting schools.

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Recycling For Bristol

November 15th, 2008

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EfficienCity: a multimedia-packed interactive virtual city

November 9th, 2008

Visit EfficienCity on the Greenpeace website and you’ll find the most innovative ways to create an efficient, clean and climate-friendly town currently being implemented in the UK brought together and represented virtually. People in EfficienCity enjoy secure energy supplies, cheaper bills and cleaner air. No need for coal and nuclear power when you can have a green future with efficiency and decentralised energy. This is the smart, up-to-date approach to heating and lighting!
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