Annette’s Websites of the Week- Love Food Hate Waste, Royal Horticultural Society, Olympic Torch Relay

May 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Love Food Hate Waste- This week I’ve been sharing some of my favourite veggie recipes for National Vegetarian Week. On the search for veggie dishes I visited the Love Food Hate Waste website which is packed full of handy ways to prevent food and drink waste with top tips and fantastic recipes that use up food you might have otherwise thrown away.

As someone who really enjoys food I’m conscious about trying to get the most out of my groceries so LFHW’s website is perfect for me. I like the recipe search tool which uses categories according to the ingredients you have and the type of meal you want to make- a quick breakfast, light lunch or a vegetarian evening meal etc…

Love Food Hate Waste Website

Love Food Hate Waste

You’ll discover a huge variety of beautiful dishes which can be made out of pantry essentials and leftover, helping you save money and use all the delicious ingredients that you bought at the supermarket/grocers.

Also check out LFHW’s tips on ways to make sure you don’t over stock your fridge and how to control the amount of food you’re cooking. I’ve found the ‘Perfect Portions’ tool really helpful for ingredients such as pasta and rice- I always make more than I need.

Royal Horticultural Society- This week Royal Horticultural Society have been busy hosting the annual Chelsea Flower Show and it’s fair to say that they chose the perfect week as the sun hasn’t stopped shining.

I wrote a blog earlier in the week about my favourite gardens featured at this year’s show and since the RHS have handed out awards to their favourite gardens and gardeners. You can view all of the winners and nominee at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012 section of RHS website along with a host of photographs of the gardens and video footage from this year’s event.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show website

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Whilst at  I also had a nosey around the site’s gardening section which has lots of information about how to tend your garden during the summer months. Including how to maintain a grow your own veggie patch, which is handy to read if your currently growing your own veggie, fruit and herbs like me.

This weekend is set to be a scorcher so why not try and get your grandchildren to help you around the garden. If they aren’t convinced read RHS’s top tips on gardening for the whole family where you’ll find fun garden tips aimed at children, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

Olympic Torch Relay- As I’m sure you already know the Olympic Torch Relay began its tour of the UK last weekend. The torch has already travelled from Land’s End to Worcester and is now en route to Cardiff before it tours Wales.

Throughout it’s week- long journey various famous people from the world of sport have carried the flame including Darren Campbell, Sharon Davies, Zara Phillips and Didier Drogba. Along with these sports personality’s people from local communities have also had the opportunity to carry the flame, which was saluted by two elephants at West midlands Safari Park yesterday.

BBC Olympic Torch Relay website

BBC Olympic Torch Relay

As the torch travels most people want to keep track of its whereabouts, including me. I’ve been tracking the torch via BBC News who has created a fantastic Torch Relay landing page that gives up to date coverage of the relay.

From here you can view a live video stream or read up to date reports of what’s happening on the relay. The page also includes an interactive map with the route highlighted and estimated times of arrival, plus pictures from the relay so far. A great resource which I’m sure I’ll be glued to next week when the torch arrived in Staffordshire.

Public Sector Strike

November 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today the country is experiencing one of the biggest public sector strikes in recent history. Over 2 million public sector workers have taking the decision to strike over planned changes to their pensions.

As schools, airports, hospitals, council buildings and even libraries are at a standstill in many areas disruption comes as little surprise.  

As disgruntled workers take to picket lines up and down the country it is interesting to read the differing public opinions. Sky news today issued a survey of those for and against the strike which displays the majority are in favour.

public strikes

It’s an interesting topic to follow and I’m keen to track any developments. However, I’m sure many of you will agree that pension reforms, strike action and new political initiative are often difficult to fully understand. Thankfully the BBC has created an easy Q&A to today’s strikes, which is certainly worth reading.

I hope that the affected institutes haven’t caused you too much disruption. Follow live updates at the Guardian online.

Pensioners ‘Heat or Eat’ during cold weather: The Raising Price of Living.

June 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I was quite shocked to hear the headline ‘Heat or Eat’ on a feature article during BBC Breakfast this morning. As I didn’t have time to catch the feature in full I was quick to Google the article when I arrived in the office this morning.

‘Poorest pensioners face ‘heat or eat’ concern’ on the BBC News site states the shocking fact that some pensioner household cut their spending on essentials such as food during the cold weather to enable sufficiently funding to heat their homes.

The report from The Institute of Fiscal Studies, found that elderly people saw a 7% increase on fuel spending during cold spells, whilst a separate reports claims a decrease in expenditure on food by the elderly during the same time period.

Elderly care

As energy provider Scottish Power confirmed that customers will see an increase in the cost of gas and electricity in the coming months, which will almost certainly be followed by other providers. The price of staying warm and healthy during colder periods looks bleak for the elderly.

Although I am aware of the impact which the harsh weather has on vulnerable elderly people, I find it unbearable to think that the elderly are suffering so harshly.

The article mentions government schemes such as the Winter Fuel Allowance which are accessible for the elderly. Although such are a great way to support the elderly in affording ever rising fuel costs, I agree with Laura Blow from IFS who suggest that ‘simply calling a benefit by a particular name can have a real effect on how it is spent’. As the elderly seem to be restricting their spending to heating along, forgetting about the need to stay on top of other areas for a healthy life style.

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I personally feel that it is important to make sure that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure that elderly loved ones aren’t missing out on essentials. Here are my steps to help the elderly:

– Support: It might sound obvious but help from friends, family, local authorities, community support etc… can all take the burden off elderly people who might be struggling.

-Research: Do some research to find out what you (or a relative) are entitled too. There are lots of government benefits which aren’t claimed because people don’t know that they are eligible to them. Here is a basic guide to benefits which you might find helpful.

-Save your money: Make the most out of offers, vouchers and ways to save money! Using resources such as Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert can really help you make some essential saving. His tips range from how to claim energy grants, ensuring you’re receiving the correct state pension payments and simple stuff like making the most of Tesco club vouchers which can help save money here and there.

Charities: Don’t be afraid to get help and support from charities. Age UK ran a great scheme during the winter called ‘Spread the Warmth’, which helped thousands of old people stay healthy, warm and happy despite the freezing temperatures.

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