Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Domicile Allotments is a futuristic life style based on Abraham Lincoln’s quote. “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land”. (See Party Conference videos- You Tube & Winkball Conservative & Labour Conference 2009. Google- "Domicile Allotments").
Domicile Allotments is an instant, minimalist low cost, low carbon, simple, adaptable, versatile, utilitarian solution to climate change and economic collapse which trumps all other so called solutions, basically it is living in advanced futuristic poly-tunnels with attached allotments.
Imagine a poly-tunnel 10m wide the length of a football field divided into two halves by a central partition along its length and then partitioned into 10m x 5m housing units which have attached allotments as gardens (10m x 30m each side of the tunnel).
Tensioned lines (steel, nylon, etc.) run the length of the tunnel and are anchored to the ground at both ends these lines support 2m wide u.v. protected polythene strips (or other membranes) these strips can contain doors ventilation units anti condensation units etc. These strips are easy to replace if damaged etc. When these strips are also tensioned the whole system becomes as tight as a drum and along with the aerodynamic shape of the tunnel ends, the system offers little resistance to high winds etc. The end hoops need to be robust the other hoops partially supporting the strips are less strong and can be made from various materials steel tubing, wood etc.
Less strong internal lines run the length of the tunnel supporting large curtains of lesser gauge polythene or other material which act as double or treble glazing for winter insulation or privacy curtains etc.
Free lighting and heating via the greenhouse effect, free safe water supply from the run off from the tunnel which could also be used as a heat sink absorbing heat during the day and giving heat off during the night. Free fresh organic food (no pesticides etc.) doesn’t need a water or sewage system (Vegan Poo can be composted). Don’t need cars (the shopping is in the back garden) don’t need roads, power stations, no packaging, no waste, sufficient stimulation in growing and the development of the fine art of minimalism instead of consumerism. None dependence on employment, money, transport etc. with increasing leisure time.
Compare the cost of 25kg of polythene (re-cycle able) to the cost of a conventional house.
Compare the low energy consumption in the manufacture of 25kg of polythene (Which is re cycle able) to the high energy consumption involved firing bricks making cement slates transporting tons of material cost of insulation and heating lighting energy loss etc. Domicile Allotments is a sustainable minimal impact on the environment life style!
VEGAN-ISM People and Planet benefit.
Maximum food output from a small piece of land means growing fruit & veg.
Not eating meat also has massive climate change benefits.
SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION The basic shell can be constructed and taken down in a few minutes!
CONFIGURATION OF TUNNELS Geodesic Domes and other minimalist structures.
CLIMATE CHANGE There are two tidal waves on the horizon climate change & economic collapse if we are not quick we could be swept away, some scientists are saying its already to late others say we have less than 5 years before climate change is irreversible. I’m convinced Domicile Allotments is our best bet.
Allotments (300 sq yards) have a very long history they were designed to feed a small family of 4 people.
OTHER USES Emergency shelters- earthquakes, war, hospitals, schools, kitchens, dog kennels, etc.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
The greenhouse effect provides free lighting and heating, rain water could be caught and stored inside, providing fresh water and a heat sink, capturing heat during the day and giving it out at night, such a minimalistic structure could be constructed in minutes per unit and would provide a high tech low cost Eco abode reducing the necessity for transport, roads, power stations etc. providing self employment & fresh food.
Allotment communities are great, ultra violet protected polythene is good for between 5-10 years and is recyclable(See image above.) Also High tensile steel wires run the length of the poly tunnel which support 2m wide polythene strips in which doors ventilation and anti condensation unitss could be crimped. Further wires run inside which can support large curtains in order to double or treble glaze for warmth, the strips being easy to replace and roll up for ventilation etc.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
A national obsession: My allotment and me
All around the country, people are discovering the joys of eating their own home-grown produce
By Eve da Silva
All across the country this weekend, gardeners will be heading to their allotments to check on their fruits, flowers and vegetables. As Britain celebrates National Allotments Week it seems that most of the country either wants to get an allotment, has one, or knows someone who does. The allotment is no longer just the territory of old men pottering about in Wellington boots. Over the past few years, growing your own has taken off everywhere, with many allotment associations now running waiting lists for many years. Young and old are donning their gardening gloves and digging in their heels for a lifetime of allotment gardening. Why do they do it? Perhaps it's the fashion for organics; more recent owners may cite the recession. Most say it's for good food, great exercise and a sense of community. For others it's a great day out. Whatever their reasons, allotment owners this week are likely to be congratulating themselves on their good sense and eating their fresh produce.
The self-employed gardener, 39, from Cambridgeshire has had an allotment for five months. "I am already cooking a lot of things we have grown, and we love the freshness. I have runner beans, onions and marrows coming out of my ears. The best thing is all the friends I've made doing this. It gives you back that sense of village community. It has been a really good investment from every angle. A lot of people have also said that they are toning up and losing weight – I have lost two stone since starting. I only wish I had done it sooner."
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The retired manager, and his wife Elizabeth, from Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, are in their sixties and have had their allotment since 1979. "We started our allotment to relax. I worked 12-hour days so it was good to go to the allotment in the evenings and let my mind go into neutral. Now we are both retired and spend a lot of time working together. We usually spend at least four half-days there. After 30 years, it has allowed us to meet people from our community we wouldn't have met otherwise. It's extremely social and we probably spend more time chatting than working. We have 70 different kinds of fruit and veg growing throughout the year. It would be fair to say that we are pretty self-sufficient. When the grandchildren visit they can't get enough of it. They get to pick stuff and play about. It's really good for us too – it's the best way we know to keep healthy."
The retired lecturer, 65, from Liverpool, has had his allotment for around 23 years. "I have three allotments next to each other. I grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. And it has made me more of a cook – you want to do justice to the vegetables you're growing. You also get exercise, fresh air and become a part of a community of people from all walks of life. It can be frustrating sometimes – this year I lost my tomatoes in a storm. All you can do is shrug your shoulders and get on with it. But it's incredibly therapeutic. I've never met anyone with a negative view about allotments."
The 12-year-old from Southwark, south London, has been working on an allotment with Bermondsey's Community Space Challenge/Youth Inclusion Project for over a month.
"I used to get into trouble with the police. When the youth offenders service suggested I try out a gardening project I thought it might be boring. Now I love it! I used to think vegetables came only from supermarkets. Now you can plant a seed and see it grow. My favourite school subject is science, and working on the allotment makes me want to work harder at it."
The carpenter from Birkenhead has had an allotment for five years. "I wish we'd got an allotment earlier. It started out because I went to an open day, and since two of our grandkids need special diets we thought it would be good to grow our own food. It isn't unusual for us to be there for 12 hours a day. We have a tree house and a bakery on our allotment. Sometimes when we have a barbecue there we'll have 30 family members around. When the allotments have an open day everyone always comes to look at ours. We can say, look, this is what is possible if you work together. It's a real family affair."
The 37-year-old personal assistant from London has had her present allotment for nearly five years but has had allotments before. "My husband and I often work on it together, or take shifts to look after Joshua, two, who has his own little patch to mess in. It is very productive and rewarding. I don't get to spend as much time there as I would like. I am expecting another baby in December. I do think the food tastes better. It is hard keeping on top of the weeds but it's worth it. Joshua won't eat supermarket stuff now, only mummy's carrots."
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Cyclists block Westminster Bridge in climate protest
by: Finian Davern 2 June 2009
DOZENS of cyclists blocked a busy London bridge in protest at the Government's environmental record.
Group Climate Rush hold sit-in on busy bridge in protest at Government’s environmental record
The protesters, from the group Climate Rush, put down their bicycles for a sit-in on Westminster Bridge in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament last night. Many of the protesters wore red sashes bearing the slogans, Trains Not Planes and No to New Coal. Some of the group sat down to eat impromptu picnics on the bridge and listened to music pumped out by a small sound system. Geography teacher Rob Faure Walker, 27, from north London, said: "The purpose of this protest is that the government is currently failing in any way to plan to reduce the carbon emissions that are happening.
"They justify building new coal-fired power stations by saying that they will involve the fitting of carbon capture and storage systems. "But nobody has proven that these actually work." Faure Walker also spoke out against plans to expand Heathrow Airport. He said: "People have to realise that they can't live their lives the way that they have become accustomed to.”We can't fly short-haul whenever we want." The bridge was later reopened to traffic as the protesters got on their bicycles and rode off.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the demonstration had passed off peacefully and there were no arrests. It is not the first time Climate Rush has targeted the area around Parliament. In April this year four protesters were arrested after gluing themselves together around a statue inside the Palace of Westminster. Climate Rush members say they are inspired by the "peaceful, civil disobedience" of the suffragettes. The statue they chose was one famously used in the past by suffragettes, who chained themselves to it to campaign for the vote for women.
Green groups should have more support and backing from the Church!
Christianity is obliged towards stewardship of our planet and the most effective environmental action that anybody and everybody could take quite easily- is to become vegetarian! The benefits to planet & people are immense regarding: climate change, de-forestation, species extinction, cruelty, famine, efficient use of land, public health, and cost of food.
Vegetarianism is certainly a Christian issue, as well as the huge benefits of vegetarianism to the planet and people; Jesus crucifixion resulted from his actions in the temple a few days before his death, when he threatened the financial base of Jerusalem by attacking the killing of animals for food. (The cleansing of the temple.) It was immediately after this the high priests and the authorities conspired to kill him!
Also “Thou shalt not kill.” means "Thou shalt not kill anything!" Also Genesis 1:29 God says eat fruit and vegetables. Also Isaiah 1:10-25 God has no pleasure in the blood of Bulls Goats & Sheep. Isaiah 66:3 whoever kills a bull is like someone who kills a person. Also Jesus (A vegetarian) said, "I require mercy not sacrifice." Also Gods Kingdom is one of non violence where the lion lies down with the lamb. Etc.
Stuart Holmes. 2/6/2009 3:51 PM GDT
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