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Transition News July/August 2012

Welcome to the July/August update on Transition stories and discussions

Aren't the Olympics great. Everything, from the opening ceremony to the latest gold medals is going so well. I can hardly tear myself away from the TV, it is so addictive. Would be nice if there weren't quite so many empty seats around most of the venues, but that's what you get when you let big business run it.

The public mood has really notably improved, particularly in London.

Hardly any news on Syria, no more daily Euro sham stories, massive debts appear to have evaporated and who cares about the GDP anyway. What a wonderful fools paradise we have created for ourselves.

Well I'd better keep my mouth shut this time for fear of being stoned to death, unsettling public happiness by bringing up all those annoying little facts and indicators pointing to the dire predictions of catastrophes to come.

Btw, on 19th August we will be hosting another Open Day at our 'SuperHome'. Book quickly if you would like to see how we reduced our energy bills to near zero and how you might also be able to do the same:

Enjoy the Olympics, but don't let that warm feeling delay your preparations ... the end of finance is still neigh.

Table of content:

Forthcoming Events
Major News stories and opinions
Library of Learning Resources
Elsewhere on the website

Forthcoming events:

8Aug2012: 106th Camelford Agricultural Show -
10-12Aug2012: Little Green Gathering 2012 : Time to get out the diary -
17-19Aug2012: Uncivilisation- The Dark Mountain Fastival: Two days of music, art, literature, performance, debate, storytelling, demonstrations and conversations -
19Aug2012: Open Day @ organic & sustainable farm: Come get inspired at an Open Day on an Organic Farm powered by renewable energy. Why and how we live and farm with near zero use of fossil fuels and how you, too, may be able to benefit from much lower energy bills -
24-26Aug2012: Permaculture Association Convergence: an amazing array of workshops, practical sessions, discussions, working groups, fun, cabaret and just about everything permaculture -
29-31Aug2012:International Conference Sustainability Transitions: Navigating Theories and Challenging Realities -
14-18Sep2012: TRANSITION NETWORK UK CONFERENCE: a weekend of events and workshops that explore the theme of "Building Resilience in Extraordinary Times" -
13-14Oct2012: Introduction to Permaculture, Tavistock : a holistic way of thinking, in which we can consciously create productive environments that work with nature rather than against it -
16Oct2012: Hedgelaying for Beginners: 1 day practical event teaching delegates the practical skills required to cut and lay hedges -

All these and others listed in

Major news stories and opinions published in the past month include:

Can Britain Farm Itself?: repopulate the countryside with a new generation of small farmers -
Paths for Communities (P4C) -
Fears grow for rise in food prices -
"The End Game" slide show: everything points to this being the biggest bust in human history ... we have a few months to play with -
Who runs Britain’s energy policy? -
£13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite -
Local currencies the German way: the chiemgauer: Unlike conventional currencies, the chiemgauer is only valid for three months, ensuring it is spent rather than saved ... read on -
Shale Gas Reality Begins to Dawn: The shale gas bubble is a perfect example of the irrationality of markets ... -
Sustainable Communities Act announced -
Peakonomics: Why the oil price slide is temporary -
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math -
Jeremy Grantham's predictions of the future -
The bitter taste of cheap food -
REconomy website! The website provides the latest tools and resources that can help you build a local economy where you live. -

And something for the farmers amongst us at :
27Sep2012: Farming Succession Seminar:
How to ensure the next generation succeed, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester -

Why every permaculturist should own a scythe -

Farming for the Future - despite what the neighbours think: Rebecca Hosking faces a sea of criticism from local (conventional) farmers -

How pigs can compost manure on a farm scale saving you fuel and money by
Rebecca Hosking from biodynamic farm in Cornwall -

Transition Weekend Magazine, published on-line every Friday: 314 articles, 32 photos and 12 videos by 215 contributors. Read it here:

So you think you have a pension? - you'd better think again
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century : a fantastic book, 500 page encyclopaedia of current thinking
and others in

The library of Learning Resources:
free e-learning resource from Clear about Carbon -
What’s the best insulation material to use in eco renovation? -
20 Ways to control slugs: years ago I started a forest garden in the middle of a very wet woodland. Here is what I learned:
Which energy efficient windows are best for an eco-home?
Oil Limits Leading to Limits to GDP Growth -
Top 10 peak oil books: books on energy, climate and the economy -
Peak Oil: You don't have to take my word for it : If you write about, speak about, or talk with your family, friends and co-workers about peak oil, you've almost certainly been asked: "Well, who else is saying what you're saying?" here is the answer -
plus Personal Energy Descent Plan item of some very useful pointers that you may not have thought of yet.

Elsewhere on the website you will find articles such as these
Can we expect the economy to keep growing?
Holding on to hope in the middle of a deluge of bad news
Practical guides and toolkits for community food enterprises
Perennial Solutions -
Model for Cornish Energy Independence -
Cornish Devolution : the whys and what for's of Cornish devolution and Cornish Assembly with law making powers - an essential step to safeguard our few advantages for the benefit of Cornwall residents: food and renewable energy

The Local Food Directory : now has a direct link to Big Barn for finding local food producers near you and new entries including Eat Seasonably, HeatherBell HoneyBees and Elmar Vegetables and How YOU can help build a new local food industry - try it out. The Renewable Energy Directory now has details of the super new EMMA which allows you to soak up all your renewable energy rather than exporting it to the grid, which basically doubles your own benefits ( and several new entries. New Organizations include REconomy website, Timebanking UK and Regenerative Agriculture UK at

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Good luck and take care


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