Old Ways - Robert Macfarlane "A Journey on Foot", reads the subtitle, but this is the story of many journeys. Fifteen of them are made by Macfarlane himself, along paths in the British Isles and, further afield, in Spain, Palestine and Tibet. He invokes, as he goes, hundreds of previous walkers, and hundreds of pathways across silt, sand, granite, water, snow each with its different rhythms and secrets. So the book is a tribute to the variety and complexity of the "old ways" that are often now forgotten as we go past in the car, but which were marked out by the footfall of generations. And it is an affirmation of their connectedness as part of a great network linking ways and wayfarers of every sort. Following Macfarlane's many travels, one understands why he thinks of his project as "a journey", singular rather than plural.
Ramsar Convention The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The Ramsar Convention is the only global environmental treaty that deals with a particular ecosystem. The treaty was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971 and the Convention's member countries cover all geographic regions of the planet. The Ramsar mission The Convention's mission is "the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world". The Wise Use concept
RAF Museum Certificate of Excellence 2013 Winner Situated on the historic site of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, our North London Museum, is one of two sites belonging to the U.K's only national museum that tells the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections. Our collections in London include some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft.
Blue Pueblo Ancient Door, Tuscany, Italy photo via susan Spring Green, The Enchanted Wood photo via villians Balconies, Riverside, California photo via gina Mainstreaming sustainable development: government progress 2013 Sustainable development requires consideration of the economic, environmental and social factors in decision making to deliver the right policies now and enable others to do the same in the future. Defra has published this report on behalf of the government to provide an overview of what has been achieved so far in the move towards mainstreaming sustainable development. The report will be of interest to those with a concern for sustainability in government, but also more widely.
London Theatre: The Society of London Theatre's Half Price Theat The Ticket Booth is run by The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and sells same day theatre tickets at 50% discount The Half Price Theatre Ticket Booth sells tickets for a wide selection of West End theatre shows on the day of performance only. Tickets, which are normally top price, are sold at half price plus a service charge of £2.50 a ticket - cash, credit cards and debit cards are accepted BUT not cheques or travellers cheques. Located in the clock tower building in the southern part of Leicester Square, the Ticket Booth is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 7.00pm and Sunday 12noon to about 3.00pm Tickets are sold strictly from the 'top-of-the-pile' - there is no choice of where you sit. Countryside Management Association CMA Countryside Management Association he CMA, previously known as the Association of Countryside Rangers, is the professional association for countryside staff in England and Wales. It is aimed at all those involved in the practice of sustainable countryside management. It provides many local training and social events, an annual training conference, and a good magazine full of relevant news and stories. Most counties have a local representative, and hold regular meetings.
Ten jewels in Britain's coastal crown St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex For an arty seaside alternative to Margate, try St Leonards-on-Sea. From the hip seafront Zanzibar International boutique hotel you can explore the galleries at the base of Marine Court, the art deco ocean-liner-styled apartment block, and the boutiques along Norman Road, before lunch at St Clements restaurant (01424 200355, stclementsrestaurant.co.uk). Green Guide Directory Introduction Orchard Café The Green Guide is much more than a consumer or business directory. Over nearly 20 years we have collected an ever-widening range of listings covering the whole gamut of green and sustainable living and thinking. You'll find entries for academic research, product development, consultants, politics and campaigning as well as a huge range of shopping and purchasing choices, including how to spend your leisure time and where to go on holiday. Our aim is to create a rich and immersive experience when using the Green Guide, showing readers just how far green thinking and sustainable choices have developed, and revealing the real depth of choice available. When this Directory is complete, you will be able to browse more than 15,000 entries.
Ten great new UK holidays for 2011 Walk, cycle or ride the South Loch Ness Trail, Highlands View from South Loch Ness Trail So new it doesn't actually open until July, the South Loch Ness Trail opens up the less-travelled side of Scotland's most notorious body of water.