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  1. Morrissey makes festival go meat-free

    Singer persuades Lokerse Feesten in Belgium to embrace 'catering challenge' and go veggie on the day he performs

    source guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 June 2011 

    Morrissey with cat
    'A welcome catering challenge' ... Festival bans meat for a day to bag Morrissey. Photograph: Jake Walters for the Guardian

    A Belgian music festival will go vegetarian for 24 hours to appease headliner Morrissey. Lokerse Feesten has banned meat from its food stalls on 4 August to celebrate the arrival of Manchester's most famous animal-rights activist. 

    Festival organisers had long "dreamed" of booking Morrissey, they said. "Many months we worked on it, for weeks we waited for an answer, many nights were spent sleepless." At last, the former Smiths singer agreed, but with one stipulation: on the day he performs, the festival will be meat-free. Bosses called it "a welcome catering challenge".

    The result is an imposed "healthy break" at the festival, with organisers planning "an array of vegetarian dishes". Gone are the horse-meat sausages and, er, snails. Instead, we assume, festivalgoers will enjoy hummus, roast peppers and tofu burgers. Food stalls outside Feesten grounds, organisers warn, "are not affected by [the meat-free edict] and will offer their usual products".

    A vegetarian since he was 11-years-old, Morrissey has been a staunched advocate of meat-free eating and animal rights. He has boycotted Canada due to the country's annual seal hunt and walked off stage at Coachella festival in 2009, complaining about the aroma of barbecued meat. "I can smell burning flesh," he told the crowd, "and I hope to God it's human."

  2. We have just returned from a fantastic weekend at our first retreat in Ellesmere, Shropshire,  We got excellent feedback without exception and from seasoned retreaters.  What we liked most was getting to better know the Yogis who have been regularly coming to our classes, some for several years.  Some people have never met as they attend different classes.  It was also lovely to see how easy it was for everyone to integrate into the group.  We were really impressed by the openess and friendliness of all participants.

    On the first evening we took an orienteering stroll around the 10 acres of grounds which led us through woodland, kitchen and herb gardens, the sunken garden and the lawns.

    Here are some of the pictures:

    Yoga on the lawn

    Yog on the lawn

    yoga on the lawn 2

    It was undescribably  exhilerating to experience yoga on the lawn surrounded by a backdrop of nature.

    Taking a break in the conservatory

    Taking a break

    taking a break 2

    Casual breaks in the sunny conservatory with fantasic views over the grounds.

    Walking the labyrinth.

    Labyrith meditation

    labyrinth meditation2

    meditation

    establishing intent

    Walking the labyrith was inspiring for all those who tried it.  You can even catch someone taking a swing while they wait their turn if you look closely.

    Activities were almost continuous throughout the day and although people were encouraged to do their own thing most were up for the pre-breakfast yoga sessions and then joined in with all the planned activties throughout the weekend.  There was lots of room for choices and some took advantage of this with individual sessions in addition to the group sessions.

    We had coaching and hypnotherapy sessions in the library on the first floor (fantasic views from the bay window),  nutrition groups in the lounge and our light bonding activity sessions in the lounge too.

    Our laughter workshop was held on the old tennis court lawn, just next to the labyrinth and beyond that was the sunken garden where we intended to hold a meditation session but didn't manage to dodge the rain. The laughter workshop was a great stretch of the comfort zones leaving participants feeling empowered and liberated.

    Yoga sessions were also held indoors and the Yin before bedtime ensured that everyone retired relaxed and ready for sleep.

  3. walkingThe country is on an economy drive.  There are fears that a rise in petrol costs is on it's way and the knock on hits almost everything eventually.

    One way to help with this would be to walk more.  Not only is it good for your pocket - also good for your health.  A brisk 20 min walk every day could help to save your life.  Why not make a pact now to save your petrol costs and walk a little more. 

    Walking also helps you to learn to breath more efficiently and increase the oxygen intake into your system.  This gradually builds up until you begin to feel the fitness within.

    I know that some have to drive to work and that walking takes a lot longer.  Planning can incorporate the time consuming walk into your regime and the time you gain on this earth may be well worth it to you.

    Here is a calculator to see how much your petrol is costing you and how much it would cost if the price went up.

    Petrol Calculator Widget created by Confused.com

    Let us know how you have got on in your walk more and save petrol/money - your experiences could be an inspiration to others:
    Some ideas for walking more:

    • If you work too far away to walk or riding a bike is not good then just park further away and make it a longer walk into work from your car.
    • Work out how much you are saving by walking and put the money away - plan what you are going to spend it on.
    • Make sure you walk out at lunch time even if it is only around the block.
    • Incorporate a step counter into your routine and see if your steps are increasing as time goes by.
    • Encourage your friends and family to also walk a little more.
    • Form a lunchtime walking group with some of your colleague at work
    • Take your family for a walk in the evenings.

    Please add any ideas you may have for helping with the walking blitz.

  4. change it 1 Enrol on the FREE trial of the Change It course here

    The course consists of 12 modules at monthly intervals each main module is followed by three sub modules.  Very simple to work with and with huge effects to the quality of your life and those around you - if you follow the simple techniques.

    Please comment on your experience with the first FREE trial module on this blogg.  Once you have enrolled on the course you will be able to discuss your experiences with pther participants on our dedicated forum

  5. The public furror about GM Foods has lessen but the battle has not been won.  After the previous US government supported the introduction of GM crops and despite huge public opinion our government of the time didn't listen but went ahead to support their chum, we have been eating genetically modified food.

    No-one knows what the long term effects are!  We the British were the first to protest  and we did have a small impact in a worthless attempt to contain the GM Farms (what no weather or wild life!). 

    We are also in danger of becoming immune to the very drugs that were over-prescribed to help us fight virus.   Are we assisting the virus with GM foods?

    Watch this video and see what you think.  Pass it onto your concerned friends.  Write thoughts on the comments option of this blog..  We need to start taking more interest in what we are being 'fed'.


  6. Our Open Day went down really well despite the competition from the Rock extravaganza.

    Alan Cox was pretty much booked up for the day and his talk was well attended.  People were being mesmerized by the new lamps and we saw los of people leaving more relaxed than they were when they came in.  We are going to be holding Open Days regularly every 3 months or so - so please if you are interested sign up to the newsletter and you will get notification.