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Monbiot says "we were wrong about Peak Oil"

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 10:10 7 Comments

George's latest column is here. At first read, this seems like a rather jaded and superficial take on what the idea of peak oil means (certainly  in Transition circles). 

There's interesting facts about US oil production going up sharply. But did anyone seriously believe that the peak in oil would occur over a year, or 5 years? Wasn't it always likely to be a long drawn out affair…


Deadly geo-engineering

Posted on March 17, 2012 at 8:41 0 Comments

Justin's blog post raises a serious issue: right now, a globally-co-ordinated programme of aircraft flights high above our heads is spraying out a deadly cocktail of chemicals that threaten to destroy the planet.

And a network of commerical interests is mobilising to protect the right to spray this stuff.…


Transition Hertford Website 1 year old!

Posted on December 8, 2010 at 17:16 0 Comments

Turns out that we've been building our community on this website for exactly one year now.

Those with geek tendencies might be interested to know that in this time we have been visited by over 2,900 different visitors from Europe, the US and Asia. In all they've looked at our pages some 26,000 times, and they spend over 4 minutes on average, looking at over 4 pages each visit.

Recently we average some 30 visitors a day, but our busiest day was November 17th, when we attracted an… Continue

Apple Day Recipes

Posted on October 27, 2010 at 18:44 1 Comment

Just in case you missed them, here they are:

Apple Day recipes

Mrs Cameron’s Apple Chutney. Makes 5lb of chutney

(My mother-in-law’s recipe – no metric amounts – she is 89)

You need:

2lb cooking apples peeled and cored

½ lb onions

½ oz salt

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

¼ lb sultanas

¾ lb brown sugar

1 pint malt vinegar (you might need a little more)

1 level teaspoon of ginger


Mince or finely chop the onions and… Continue

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At 19:12 on December 16, 2012, carolyn westlake said…

Hi Ben. Long time no see! Bet you're really busy!. When you get a chance can you change the pic at top to our winter one- thanks and hope to see you soon :)

At 15:46 on October 18, 2012, David Griffiths said…

Hi Ben

are Green Drinks happening tonight- assume it's the White Horse?


At 19:49 on October 14, 2012, David Griffiths said…

thanks Ben- it was nice to meet you and the others yesterday and to feel I'm not alone in thinking some things need to change!

Look forward to meeting up at an event soon


At 13:33 on October 11, 2011, Douglas Smith said…
Thanks for the welcome Ben.

I may be potentially interested in being one of those suppliers featured, as I'm hoping to set up as a small local producer delivering fresh, growing in Hertford, loose salads to resturants and shops (for resale to customers)!

I'm currently not in Hertford yet, but am reaching out to source land as we speak for 2012. The enterprise aims to:
  • To deliver the best tasting, freshest salads within a day of harvest to local outlets (5 miles)
  • To grow healthy, happy food along organic lines, even if not officially certified
  • To care and manage the land sustainably, encourage biodiversity and use non-polluting methods
  • To share the love of growing with the community, through open days; guided tours, volunteers
  • To employ local labour, services and buy key farm inputs from local suppliers

I'll keep things updated as I find out more about the availability of land to set something up - but in the meantime if you or one of the other Transition Hertford members do know of people or members who would be interested in renting land for an enterprise like this, please do get in touch!

The various councils (Hertford, Ware, East Herts & Hertford County Council) have all been contacted as have the Veolia Water Central and I'll keep working from there...!

At 21:55 on December 7, 2010, Madela Baddock said…
Hi Ben

Thanks for your message.

I have to say that I am out quite a lot at the moment. Would you be delivering evenings and/or weekends? I finish work early on Friday so sometime Friday afternoon/early evening could be good. Please let me know if you need cash or cheque - They are £10 each aren't they?

My mobile number is 07778 298605 if you need to contact me.

Speak soon

At 12:23 on November 12, 2010, hus sain mahmud said…
I am not but want to pracise all these
swat pics are from some years ago
At 11:36 on October 25, 2010, Sandra White said…
Hi, Ben,

the photos of Apple Day are lovely - well done!

Is there a way of posting up the recipes too, as we talked about?

I now can't find the write-ups of Apple Day on the site - it's obviously disappeared from events because it's passed - has it gone somewhere else that we can draw people's attention to ... or can we reinstate it?


S xx
At 16:49 on October 26, 2009, Dick Warn said…
Hi Ben - Are you ok for tomorrow's W'minster mtg? I shall still go, as although the original (Macquarie Bank) speaker is no longer coming, they have a good replacement. I suggest the 16.32 H North train which should (via Highbury-Islington / Warren St) get us to HoC by 6pm.
See you at H North?
At 13:10 on October 21, 2009, Ben said…
At 11:27 on October 13, 2009, Viv Jones said…
Ben - I cant huggle? when I click I get a page error - am i doing something wrong?

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