Monthly Archives: December 2010

Speaker from the ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’

This month the Swansea Meeting has a guest speaker from the ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’ campaign who will talk to us about the AV Referendum to be held next May. To accommodate the guest they have changed the usual running order and will have the discussion section at the beginning of the meeting. This will be an ideal opportunity for members to learn more about the government proposals for voting reform. 

See earlier posting about travel arrangements if you would like to join me there.


Last night’s Green Room event in Porthcawl

With another social engagement cancelled, I remembered at the last minute about this event.

I was very pleased that I got there too. The evening was in a cosy venue at Sustainable Wales HQ in John Street.
There were about 20 paying (£3) customers, and there would not have been room for many more!

Nonetheless, the evening was extremely enjoyable. ‘Stainless’ Steve Garrett, guitar playing singer songwriter, accompanied by a highly talented violinist, was the ‘headline act’, and great entertainment. Local writer John Barnie read a few extracts from his latest book, a collection of essays on things that have worried him over the last 10 years. This provoked very lively debate on issues like terrorism, the oil industry and religion. Those that know me well will appreciate how much I relish these topics! (These topics and much more feature in my own collection of essays which should be published in 2011).

All this was accompanied by Fair Trade wine and other beverages and stimulating conversation. In particular, I enjoyed talking to ‘Stainless’ Steve about his day job as the director of Farmers’ Markets in Cardiff. He runs one in Riverside every Sunday apparently. He is going to pass on his handbook for setting up such markets and I will be canvassing views on whether we should look into helping promote a regular Farmers’ Market in Bridgend.

Let me know your thoughts.


Swansea Meeting – Tuesday 7th December

If anyone would like to accompany me to the Swansea meeting on Tuesday, I have room for up to 5 and will be leaving Bridgend just before 7pm. I can collect people in Bridgend or meet people at the Bridgend station and/or the Premier Inn car park at MacArthur Glen. We should be back between 9.30 and 10 PM.

Drop me an email or call/text me on 078 1066 3241 if you intend to come.

Do not forget, our next meeting is now on Tuesday 21st, Haywain, 7.30pm.


More Green breakthroughs

This week has seen Greens make big strides forward in Slovenia, winning seats at local and national levels. The last couple of years has seen an exponential growth in Green electoral successes around the world, as the link below reveals. Our time will come, sooner rather than later.

The MOONCUP – healthier, much better for the environment, and saves you money too!

There are no taboo subjects in the Green Party, so here goes!

EVERY DAY in the UK, 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 sanitary towels and 700,000 panty liners are flushed into our sewage system. Every year, in Britain alone, we would need to dig a hole 300 feet across and 300 feet deep to bury the used sanitary pads and tampons that women throw away.

The UK sanitary protection market is worth in excess of £267 million. As a Mooncup user, you can spend your money on something else!

The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too. The Mooncup is designed to be folded and inserted into the vagina, then removed, rinsed and reinserted up to every 8 hours. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls, allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. This seal is released for removal, allowing you to empty the contents, rinse or wipe and reinsert. Comfortable, convenient and safe: the Mooncup can be used overnight and when travelling, swimming or exercising.

Surveys suggest a lot of initial resistance to the idea amongst women, but the vast majority of those that give give it a go are very pleased, as this site shows:

At about £18 this may seem expensive, but compared to the average of £5 to £10 a month most UK women spend (source: BBC website) it could save you over £1000 in its reputed 10 year lifespan!

Perhaps it would make for an interesting and unusual Christmas present! (Just so long it is not the only thing you get her!)