St AndRe-Use semester 2 drop-offs/giveaways

Come along to the car park at the Chaplaincy (Mansefield), at 3 St Mary’s Place (opposite the Students’ Union) Monday Feb 18th 12-4pm to drop off any unwanted items you have collected over the past months. They will be passed on to new owners, an excellent alternative to sending them to landfill. Everything from TVs to textbooks, clothes to colanders, dvd’s to board games – even a small tramRead More…

4 Seasons in One Day

Hopefully you noticed that last weekend the clocks went back, which may have meant an extra hour in bed, but also sadly marks the start of proper winter. Some of our international students might be forgiven for thinking that winter started months ago; the summer of 2012 was remarkably brief, even for Scotland. Back in June, I had higher expectations for sunny weather and invited visitors to theRead More…

The Eighth Wonder of the World?

Regular readers of the Transition blog know that I am very enthusiastic about reducing our carbon footprint in the kitchen. So when Ali asked me if I would like to trial Transition’s new Wonderbag, which claims to be ‘saving the planet, one stew at a time’, I jumped at the chance! Aesthetically it resembles something between a piece of 1970’s furniture and a large tribal-print turban and, whilst IRead More…

Contemplating carbon: a step on the Transition journey

It’s been 3months since I stumbled into the Transition Office, 65 North Street to pick up the Carbon Conversations handbook, the tome of knowledge to use to ‘go forth and save carbon’[1]. Since then I’ve reduced energy use, replaced light bulbs, swapped the car for the bus, and started growing my own food. These are tentative steps on a journey of transition sparked by Carbon ConversationsRead More…

Scrumptious smörgåsbords

The last few weeks has seen a smörgåsbord of cooking classes taking place. Jeff came back to teach us that low-carbon food need not be laborious and prepared ‘fast food in the kitchen’. His recipes are undoubtedly tastier and better for you than more conventional forms of fast food: if you want to find out exactly what goes into your food we recommend Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation or anyRead More…