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Monday, 13 January 2014


 If you haven't been following the 'Great British Garden Revival' which is a selection of top television gardeners who want to inspire the nation to save Britain's rich gardening heritage.

Its on BBC 2 at 7 pm on Monday and the final episode is on Tuesday 14th January.

On Monday's episode Toby Buckland meets a conservationist who works to save species of fruit trees that are close to extinction, while Christine Walken looks at the Victorian era and their love of ornamental bedding plants.

On the final episode on Tuesday Chris Beardshaw champions the herbaceous border, while Alys Fowler celebrates the merits of the kitchen garden and tries a range of unusual edible plants.

If you have missed this great 'British' garden series and cannot watch it on catch up then don't panic as you can look through lots of pictures and clips by just going to the link online. 

This is Joe Swift with his milk float full of plants to revive front gardens in London which was one of my favourite episodes. 

Monty Don at Kew Millenium Seedbank

Toby in a field of Orange 

Rachel de Thame and Louise Wesley at Kelmarsh Hall

Sunday, 12 January 2014


The Great British Railway Journey series is on BBC2 at 6.30 nightly Monday to Friday and follows Michael Portillo travelling through Britain by train. Last week Michael traveled from Manchester to Bury and learnt how the railway helped to create a national institution - the great British Fish and Chips.

This week he starts his first leg of his journey from London's Euston Station to Leeds, calling at Chaddington in Buckinghamshire, which is close to the scene of the 1963's Great Train Robbery.

On Day two ( Tuesday) he carries on his journey to Leeds and meets up with a second world war secret agent at Bletchley. He also learns all about vellum making in Newport Pagnell.

On Day three (Wednesday) the train takes him from Northampton to Nuneaton, where he learns all about the Victorian methods of shoemaking and the legacy of Dr. Thomas Arnold at Rugby School of Warwickshire.

On Day four (Thursday) he travels from Leicester to Loughborough (down the road from us), where he hears all about the hunt for Richard 111's remains while travelling on the Great Central Railway.

On Michael's final day (Friday) he completes his journey to Leeds where he see's how rail workers shaped British history in Doncaster, and he also visits Britain's oldest continuously working music hall.

You just can't beat Michael's train journey's ...

Thursday, 9 January 2014


According to Wikipedia British Airway is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom and its the largest airline based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations. When measured by passengers carried it is the second-largest behind easyJet.

The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport

British Airways is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance, along with American AirlinesCathay PacificQantas, and the now defunctCanadian Airlines. The alliance has since grown to become the third-largest, after SkyTeam and Star Alliance. British Airways merged with Iberia on 21 January 2011, formally creating the International Airlines Group (IAG), the world's third-largest airline group in terms of annual revenue and the second-largest in Europe. IAG is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index.

A long-time Boeing customer, British Airways ordered 59 Airbus A320 family aircraft in August 1998. In 2007, it purchased 12 Airbus A380s and 24Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking the start of its long-haul fleet replacement. The centrepiece of the airline's long-haul fleet is the Boeing 747-400; with 55 examples in the fleet, British Airways is the largest operator of this type in the world.

Monday, 6 January 2014


About Action Week

Poverty & Homelessness Action Week has been running each year since 2008. It brings together two special Sundays which have been marked in UK churches for many years: Homelessness Sunday and Poverty Action Sunday.
The Week aims to:
  • raise awareness of the issues of poverty and homelessness in the UK
  • raise funds for projects and campaigns which work to tackle poverty and homelessness
  • involve people in campaign actions that tackle the causes of poverty and homelessness
Individuals, churches and groups are all encouraged to get involved in the week:
  • Churches can run worship services to mark one of the Sundays, praying for vulnerable people as well as raising awareness and funds.
  • Many churches also run special activities for children or young people.
  • Groups and organisations (including schools) can run events to raise funds or awareness.
  • Individuals can use our resources to reflect on the theme, and donate to support the cause.
Free resources are available from this website to support people doing all of these things. We also maintain a database of all events being organised each year, helping to promote and organise events.
Action Week is jointly organised by Church Action on Poverty, Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action. It is sponsored and supported by many other organisations.

Action Week 2014: Standing alongside people in crisis

This year we have turned to Proverbs for inspiration: “Speak up for the rights of all who are destitute”.
There are people who are destitute in today’s Britain. The phenomenal growth of foodbanks has happened not because there is ‘infinite demand for free food,’ as Lord Freud put it last July – but because thousands of people have recognised something needs to be in place to fill gaps left by our creaking benefits system. Without them, families are starving.
Low wages, zero-hours contracts, outrageous interest charges by doorstep lenders, benefits cuts, benefits delays, ‘sanctions’ on job-seekers – all these and more contribute to a Britain where many are locked out of what the rest take for granted.
And there are plenty who are not destitute, but teetering on the edge. “Just two pay-packets away from homelessness” is how many feel.
So from Homelessness Sunday on 26 January to Poverty Action Sunday on 2 February, we call on churches across the UK to stand alongside people in crisis; to give, act and pray for justice.
In the Old Testament, we see an emphasis on social duties and community obligations: the periodic jubilee under which property debts were wiped out; the importance of supporting the widow and her children, of providing for the stranger and the refugee. In the New Testament, Jesus demonstrates grace in the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son.
These biblical approaches are a world away from the current fixation with driving a wedge between the poor and the comfortable in our land. Action Week is one opportunity for churches to stand together and speak up for people in poverty.

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