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Cardigan Bay’s Secret

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 June 2009


During the winter months there were some strange lights out at sea.

I kept wondering what they were.

I found out that they were a dozen or so scallops boats.

The last time this happened was around *15 years ago (*I need to check that)

The locals tell me it took 10 years for the bay to recover from 'the last time'.

Although we can't see what they do to the sea bed (I would love to see that, wouldn't you?), we are starting to hear the effects.

The eels have not come in.

The mackerel have not come in.

There are reports of no lobster.

The dolphins are here, but their food isn't.

So while all this was happening, our local newspaper chose to write nothing on it.

The problem is that you can't see the damage they did.

I think we need to do something.

I think howies needs to do something.

I think Cardigan Bay people need to know what to do about it.

We need to get a researcher on board and start getting some facts about what has been done so it can never happen again.

I don't know the answer to all this, but I know we have to work out the questions.

I will ask everyone at howies to see who is up for doing something.

I see the sign on the wall each day: Dick Dastardly was right. Don't just sit there Do something.



now i know its one of lifes great debates, you either love it or you hate it,  but marmite now has the holy seal of approval!



Early start

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 May 2009



there was knock at the door at 5 am this morning.

gwyn, from next door, 'the sheep have escaped'

i called hefyn, whose sheep they are.

'i'll be right there'  said hefyn.

in the meantime, gwyn and I got the sheep away from our place and into the field.

then gareth, from across the way, arrived on his quad, the police had called him to say there were sheep on the main road.

then as another 50 sheep arrived in gwyn's back garden, we figured out that these sheep weren't from our field at all.

there were too many of them. and we had just put lots of sheep back into a field that they hadn't escaped from.

(would have loved a cuppa tea at this point in the story)

gareth said they weren't his sheep either.

(most of this was in welsh so I am translating - but i got the gist of it)

well, if they weren't gareth's or hefyn's then whose were they.

at that point, farmer bill drove around the corner in his land rover with his sheep dog by his side.

they were his.

now all we needed to do was get the one stuck sheep from the hedge.

and then get the rest back to his field.

and then try to go into our field and separate hefyns sheep from farmer bills.

all good stuff.

enjoyed my 6am cuppa this morning

Fish Farms Fuck Fish

  • Posted by tim
  • 6 May 2009

Consider on the tube

This is a website that will get you thinking on your way into work. 

It is interesting that the image related to fox hunting generates four times more comments than all the others (the homeless, conflict, and where our food comes from) added together.

Where would your priority lie?  The tank gets my vote.

marks out of ten

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 April 2009

its interesting times for howies.

unless we get better at being howies, we will die.

the good thing is that will always be the truth.

unless a company improves, it will slowly crumble.

we should always be hard on ourselves, and i think we are.

but we do need our customers to challenge us to get better.

so tell us how it is, what you really think, where we are missing the mark.

 mark us out of ten for the following. 

1, product

2, catalogue

3, shops

4, website

5, transparency

6, inventiveness

7, functionality 

8, customer service

9, quality

10, make you think

don't be polite

The humble stove

  • Posted by howies
  • 28 April 2009

This morning, on a hideously packed tube, I read a fascinating article in the New York Times on the potential impact of primitive cooking stoves, which are in use throughout Africa and Asia, on global climate change.    It is amazing how the science surrounding climate change is constantly evolving as we discover more about our impact on the world around us. 

It is heartening to discover that a considerable percentage of "black carbon" released into the atmosphere could be significantly cutback through the development, and distribution, of cleaner burning stoves.   The benefits of such a programme are not only limited to the impact it would have on climate change but also on the health of those living around, and actually using, the stoves. 

Practical Action are just one organisation who are attempting to change the lives of those most in need through the use of technology and ideas.  They too, are concerned with the impact of black carbon and are attempting to spread the use of improved biomass stoves. 

Technology is really amazing.  Isn't it nice when it's actually being used to help people.

Back to basics

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 April 2009

There was a really interesting article in todays Observer about a man, Guy Grieve, who cashed in his chips and headed into the wilderness to gain some clarity on his life.  Using Henry David Thoreau's Walden; Or, Life in the Woods as his inspiration, he spent a year living off the land in the wilds of Alaska.  Grieve has a book coming out (Call of the Wild), which describes the trials and tribulations of his time spent in the wilderness.  It is a tale - which I am sure will draw comparisons with Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild - that makes us all wonder how we would cope in such a situation. Fortunately, the author lived to tell his story and the degree to which his experiences, along with Thoreau's book, have changed his life. 

We would love to know if any of you have been so profoundly touched by a story (or novel) that it has inspired you to change your life or start a new adventure.

The Do Word

  • Posted by howies
  • 7 April 2009

The Do Word

It’s short.

To the point.

Quick to say.

All its letters do something.

It loves a deadline.

Despises procrastination.

It’s the rapids of a river.

The bubbles in a lemonade.

The kick in caffeine.

It’ s a small word but does more than almost any other .

It means the same thing all over the world.

It’s most effective when its got a plan.

It’s a word for getting things done.

It means action.

It’s all verb.

Doers inspire.The Do Lectures. Sept 3-7th 09.


Once a year, the doers of the world come together to share their stories. To inspire the rest of us to go and do something positive.

Tickets go on sale May 1st

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