Moving on from The Book of Rubbish Ideas

2010 has been an incredible year for Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and it’s about to roll out with a BANG!

Tomorrow morning, on BBC Breakfast Television News and on BBC World, the Global News Network, she’ll be giving her top tips on what to do with a rubbish present….and perhaps more importantly, giving advice on how not to find yourself in this situation in 2011!

There’s a tremendous amount of exciting stuff happening in the New Year and the best way to keep in touch with all of our green news is via Tracey’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/RubbishAuthor.

But don’t leave this site without having a good look around first!

There’s a veritable wedge of top tips here, with lots of ideas on ways you can lean towards the green and give a positive embrace to living with less!

We hope you enjoy a slow meander through them!

The Team

Video: Tracey Smith & The Book of Rubbish Ideas

I shot a little film recently with a team from Sustainable Somerset, exploring the content of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and I thought you might like a sniff around my kitchen…

Please feel free to pinch, publish and pass on!

Rubbishly yours,

TSx

Tracey Smith on Newsnight Tonight?

JP: Unchallengingly, the thinking woman's crumpet

I might well have been, had I lived closer to the centre of the universe (London that is).

Late this afternoon, I received an invitation to appear on tonight’s Newsnight on the BBC; it seems they’re going to be talking a load of old rubbish…

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Hair today, gone tomorrow and other things…

Going grey with style...
Going grey with style...

Afternoon all and sundry.

After many happy years of gert lush long hair flapping about in any sort of a wind, I decided to have it all lopped off.

It was a decision I took a few weeks ago and I thought I’d just kick it around a bit before heading for the scissors to see if I wanted to change my mind, but as time went on, the more it irritated me, the hotter I became on sunny days and so finally, yesterday, I lunged for the blades and ooh, I feel like a new woman!

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Eco-Chick Rallies from Brighton to London in a Winner

Penney Poyzer, Oliver Heath and Tracey Smith
Penney Poyzer, Oliver Heath and Tracey Smith

Phew!

I’m home from the 2009 Eco-Rally and oh, what a gig it was.

Late Sunday night found me and my co-driver Joe Wadsworth hovering outside the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton, awaiting a full collective of hungry eco-celebs (Quentin Willson, Robert Llewellyn, Penney Poyzer and more)…

After the exciting arrival of the Tesla and once the blokes had all taken it for a spin around the block, we eventually went trotting off to get a bit off Thai tucker and I sat next to the lovely Robert Llewellyn (Kryten from Red Dwarf).

Carl Honore, the bestselling author of In Praise of Slow joined us and good food was munched by all.  Robert had half an eye on my tasty veg spring rolls and I thought it only fair to share the love…but he wasn’t getting a look in at my sweet and sour prawns.

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Come and See Me at UK Aware (and would you like a free ticket?)

The only green expo you need
The only green expo you need

Hi all,

I realise I’ve been conspicuous in my absence lately – don’t tang me – I’ve been way past busy!

And regular readers here will know I advocate a proper work/life balance – that’s essential to keeping your sanity and making all the pieces fit.

Actually, I’ve only hopped onto the computer to take a little stroll up email mountain and the computer’s on a timer – 10 minutes and I’m off; the Easter holidays are for grown ups too you know and right now, I’m surrounded by a thousand pieces of lego and excited children. I’ve got a bank and a roof garden to design and construct – so I’ll be brief…

Next week, I’ll be packing a bag to head to UK Aware at London’s Olympia.

Here’s a little blurb on the gig.

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Comic Relief Plunges Children of Alcoholics into a Welcome Spotlight

bw11Friday the 13th March will certainly be lucky for some, especially a tiny Bristol based charity called Nacoa.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics have been around for 19 years and calls to their helpline have grown steadily over the years; in 2007 18k, in 2008 36k.

Comic Relief are about to give them a welcome boost of publicity when they air the short film shot in their volunteer helpline room this coming Friday night.

Viewers will hear from Emma Spiegler, a Nacoa Trustee, founder of COAP and once the child of an alcoholic mother (now thankfully now in recovery and doing well). But Emma’s story wasn’t always so happy. She faced many of the typical problems experienced by thousands of children of alcohol dependent parents and often felt very isolated, at times shrouded with guilt that she had somehow been responsible for her mothers drinking, until she found Nacoa.

Hilary Henriques, the charity co-founder is also featured in the film and interviewed in this weeks Radio Times on page 22. She talks reveals the shocking truth about many of the callers to Nacoa, some as young as 7 years old.

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Rubbish on the Radio – 17th December 10am-1pm

‘Tis midweek again  – yippee!

My regular rubbish readers will know I broadcast a radio show called ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ on Apple every Wednesday, between 10am and 1pm (GMT).

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