Love the Poles

  • Posted by ade
  • 10 March 2011

If like mine your kids bring home the tadpoles, here are the top line tips.

  1. Make sure there is plenty of spawn left when you take some.
  2. Put them in a glass container if you can. Never heard of a plastic river bed.
  3. Keep them in dechlorinated water. Leave tap water in the sun for a few hours before you drop them in. Preferably use the water you found them in. Change it when it looks like you wouldn't live in it.
  4. Stick in some aquatic plants for food and oxygen.
  5. Feed them on frozen then thawed lettuce or spinach and good flaked fish food. Not too much, think how much your kids eat then scale down to suit tadpole size
  6. Don’t pick them up, they have delicate skin. Licking soap off your hands and you'll get the idea.
  7. When they frog up, make sure they can get out the water to breath. Work out the exit strategy as they belong outside.

Polar Books

Polar Bear Number Plate

I woke up cold this morning and consequently feeling a bit sorry for myself. But before I had even emerged from beneath my duvet I realised how feeble I was being. I was under a duvet, inside a house, in balmy England. And so, with my mid-morning tea, I sat down with a sublime book to remind myself what cold was really like. Opening 'The Worst Journey in the World' completely at random I also reminded myself how brilliant the best polar books are and why I am desperate to see Antarctica for myself.

So here, to while away the last of the long cold evenings until spring springs, is a reading list of some of my favourite polar books. No more whinging under the duvet allowed! Read one of these masterpieces and be inspired to get out and enjoy the beautiful cold, frosty days...

  1. The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry Garrard
  2. The Birthday Boys - Beryl Bainbridge
  3. Mawson's Will - Lennard Bickel
  4. South: the Endurance Expedition - Ernest Shackleton
  5. Ninety Degrees North - Fergus Fleming
  6. Scott of the Antarctic - David Crane
  7. Philospohy for Polar Explorers - Erling Kagge
  8. Mind Over Matter - Ranulph Fiennes
  9. South - Chris Orsman

And finally here's a little video to remind you that your house isn't that cold!

Some Small Spaces

  • Posted by james m
  • 23 December 2010

This past week I have been evading the snow and cold and instead touring around some of Andalusia’s smaller pockets of mountain biking, whilst attempting to avoid heat stroke in shorts and t-shirt and sipping ice cold beers... Well not quite but the sun shone for the whole week.

Travel has been in a very small van. I slept a night in the small room at my sisters house, 1 night in a small cave, 2 nights on a small floor space in the corner of a small apartment and 1 night in a small bed in a hut.

And I saw a full size man in a very small car.

That man was Jason Wolfe who we (myself and Rowan Sorrell) bumped into just after arrival, and kindly let us stay in his amazing Malaga apartment in the central Plaza, our only night of luxury in the week (I slept on a large sofa)!

We spent a day riding the trails near the city whilst awaiting Mark Huskisson [of Reset films], ate pizza and supped a few Alhambra Verde’s (best beer anywhere), then the next morning we trundled out of the city and into the hills for a week of filming in El Chorro (beautiful), Granada (freeeeezing) and up into Bubion (backward) and La Alpujarra where I lived for 3 years doing a guiding job.

Nice to see nothing much changes in Spain – they certainly have the right idea down there. Tostadas, café solo and the great Spanish work ethic (..work..? ¿Qué?) certainly lured us in a bit more than Mark probably would have liked, but we got some great days filming in the end and had a fun time doing so.

Here’s to Spain and life at a slower pace.

Feliz Navidad!

Snow - Work = Play

  • Posted by ruben
  • 17 December 2010

Guide to snow

1cm - Can still get to work. Unsatisfying.

5cm - Schools closed, people start walking
like the marionettes from Thunderbirds.

10cm - Wear walking boots to work.
Snowmen appear on lawns.

15cm - Bike wheels collect ice and snow.
Braking gets interesting. Kettle works overtime.

20cm - Get your snowboard out and build the
biggest jump you can in the local park.

25cm - Head for the hills.

There are a few empty seats in the office today. The snow is coming back.

If you place an order over the weekend, we will get your parcel over the mountain to the
outside world on Monday and it should be with you by Christmas, depending on the snow.

Don't forget the 50 things under £50 offer, which is full of great last minute gift ideas.

See the Men's here
See the Women's here

Just to let you know, we're running low on a lot of sizes already so if
there's something you like, order now before it sells out.

Scotland delivery times

  • Posted by ruben
  • 13 December 2010

Hello Scottish friends,

Because of impending snow, Royal Mail and Parcel force have only
given us a small time frame in which we can guarantee delivery of
orders to certain parts of Scotland in time for Christmas.

If you live in Scotland and need your package before the big day, you
will need to place your order before 12pm on Thursday 16th December
in order for us to guarantee it gets there in time.

Until then, please quote the code: SCOTS on the website checkout or
over the phone and we will give you free postage and make sure your order gets priority.

The postcode areas where we can guarantee delivery start with the letters:
KA, ML, EH, G, KY, FK, PA, DD, PH and AB

Unfortunately we can't guarantee pre-Christmas deliveries to the following
postcode areas: IV, KW, ZE and HS (Highlands and Islands), but we will
make sure your stuff gets to you eventually.

So, batten down the hatches folks and stay warm!

T-Shirt of the Month

  • Posted by ruben
  • 2 December 2010

In case you were unaware, it's National Tree Week.

So in honour of our forest friends we've brought back a tree-inspired
old favourite for our T-shirt of the Month.

Keep Them Vertical is available on men's or women's Heather tees.

And 10% of the profits will go to The Tree Council charity.

National Tree Week Keep Them Vertical - Men's Chamonix - Men's Rear View - Men's Adventure Capitalist - Men's Men's Tees Prozac Helps - Women's Whistler Calling - Women's Adventure Capitalist - Women's Women's Tees

There can be no more denying it, Christmas is upon us. Here at the Carnaby St store we are stocking the Surfers Against Sewage Chrsitmas Cards, illustrated by Kate Sutton (www.katesutton.co.uk).

"Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a UK-based non profit-making organisation campaigning for clean, safe recreational waters, free from sewage effluents, toxic chemicals, marine litter and nuclear waste. SAS also campaign to protect surf spots from environmental damage, negative impacts on wave quality and to safeguard recreational water users right of access." - www.sas.org.uk

The cards help raise money for SAS's cause, and on the back of each card there is some information on marine pollution and how to support SAS further.

A pack of 8 for £3.50!

2010 another record

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 November 2010

Scientists have thought that the oceans temperature was not warming as previously thought and was actually stabalising in temperature, however they may have been wrong in their thinking.

They changed their method of measuring the sea temperature, which was great because it was more accurate, but they have now realised it was not comparable with previous readings which were made using a different measuring method.

So now instead of the sea temperature leveling off and global warming not following the pattern they expected, it turns out actually 2010 is actually the warmest on record, even warmer than 1998 & 2005.

Clever or dumb scientists.

Read more here on the New Scientist page.

Use less plastic

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 November 2010

I saw this video a while ago on the Do Village site and it really made me think.

I bought a metal bottle instead of using loads of plastic ones and I use re-useable bags all the time.

If I do have to use a carrier bag because I've forgotten my re-useable ones (I'm  not superwoman) I will always re-use them as many times as I can, obviously I'll always try to carry my shopping first, even if it ends up with not being able to get in my house and dropping it all on the floor.

Anyway, I saw this video like I said and today I remembered it whilst doodling away designing for next summer, and it gave me a great idea, so thanks Ruth Carruthers for posting it on the Do village for me to see it.

Enjoy, it has great music and message, send it on to anyone you know who uses far too much plastic.

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