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 is Officially a ‘Hot Woman’…

Hot Women International Campaign for the Global Warming Alliance

I recently met an amazing lady, Louise Burfitt-Dons, head of the Hot Women International Campaign for the Global Alliance…sounds like a bit of a mouthful, but it has a fitting and very worthy title and an enormous task in hand.

She officially welcomed me as a Hot Woman, which I’m absolutely delighted about and I thought I’d tell you more about the organisation, it’s aspirations and achievable aims;  over to Louise!

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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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Oh, There’s So Much To Catch Up On!

Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas
Catching a cuddle in the back of a van...all to be explained soon...

And only one lifetime to do it – eek!

Hi all – delighted to be back blogging again on The Book of Rubbish Ideas.

After a rock and roll of a summer (well, as much as being an author can ‘be’ rock and roll of course) doing literary festivals around the country, evaluating and playing with new eco-goodies about to hit the market and penning planning notes for my next book, I decided I needed a bit of well earned time out…so I took it…by the horns in fact, hence last entry August…ehem…

I thought I’d pen a quick series of catch up blog posts so you can see what’s been going on and so that you don’t feel left out – I’d hate you to feel left out…particularly as it’s all been so exciting.

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

Look ‘Inside’ The Book of Rubbish Ideas!

Read there, buy here!
Read it there, (buy it here)...!

Ooh!

I nipped on Amazon this morning (as you do) and The Book of Rubbish Ideas popped up (as it does) and there’s a new ‘sneaky peek inside the book’ thingie widget to play with…!

(How sad – so easily pleased…)

Anyway, I thought perhaps new readers to the blog might like to have a good sniff through some of my rubbish ideas.

Click here to read them and if you feel a burning urge to purchase, come back and do it direct with the publishers by clicking on the book icon on the right.

I believe they’re still offering the best deal at £4.54 or £3.50 for Sawday’s Travel Club members – RRP £6.99.

Thanks to you all for your continued support of my work and the book and feel free to Tweet it up!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

A Weekend of Talking Rubbish!

Hi all!

Just a shortie, boy have I got a packed weekend ahead of me. 

On Saturday, I’ll be broadcasting an hour of my ‘Slow Down and Green Up’ radio show (usual slot every Wednesday between 10 and 1pm) in celebration of the fact that our radio station has been broadcasting for 40 years to the hospital and 5 years as Apple AM!

If you’re near a computer between 1 and 2pm today, hop onto www.AppleAM.com and click ‘Listen Live’ to hear my mini-eco-show!

And tomorrow, if you’re around in the Oxford area and looking for something to do, I’ll be doing a ‘thing’ at the Dorchester Literery and Arts Festival, see www.DorchesterFestival.com for details – I’m listed under ‘Something Different’ – that sounds about right…..  I’ll be giving a reading from my Book of Rubbish Ideas and demonstrating how you can make my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads too – tasty all round!

Then on Monday, I’ll be doing nothing except playing with the kids and poking a nose into my latest can’t put down read, Globestiy, A planet out of control….its compulsive reading for want of a better expression…

Anyway, I hope this finds you all in fine fettle and be sure to do something nice with your loved ones over the Bank Holiday weekend!

Rubbishly yours,

TS x

Tesco Rebuke the Recycling Robbers

It certainly does
It certainly does

Supermarket giant Tesco will no longer be giving Green Clubcard points for customers who have returned empty items to deposit in their recycling machines.

The machines are designed to take a variety of recyclable materials including plastic, tin and glass and are located in around 40 branches of the store throughout England and there’s one in Scotland too.

Consumers were encouraged to clean and return their items and place them in the machines after inserting their Clubcards. The machines usually awarded one point for every four recycled items deposited, however some unscrupulous customers were found to be cutting their plastic bottles in half in order to get ‘double points’ by putting two items into the machine instead of one whole one. As a result, from this point on ‘Green Clubcard’ points will only be issued for aluminium cans, which cannot be tampered with.

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Events: Tracey Smith Brings ‘Rubbish’ to Dorchester Literary & Arts Festival

Tracey Smith reads a load of Rubbish
Tracey Smith reads a load of Rubbish

Well, not literally you understand.

I’ve been asked to attend the Dorchester Festival to give a reading from my Book of Rubbish Ideas and do a demonstration on how to make my Fabulous Rubbish Flatbreads.

I must confess, it’s the first lit fest I’ve been confirmed to attend this year and I’m beside myself with excitement.  It’s in Dorchester on Thames in beautiful Oxfordshire and I might do a book signing at a nearby Waterstones the day before, so it’ll be all go.

The event boasts something for all the family and there’s a stack of stuff for children of all ages to do too.  There are also readings to be given by children’s authors Julia Golding of The Cat series, Dragonfly and Darcie Lock and also Jenny Nimmo, famed for her award winning books on Charlie Bone.

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Rubbish on the Radio: For your listening pleasure this week

Win a Saturday nite at the movies!
Win a Saturday nite at the movies!

It’s almost time to go dashing through the snow in my one horse open sleigh (ok, I lied, there’s no sleigh, but it would certainly come in handy this week) to broadcast Slow Down and Green Up on the radio.

Between 10am and 1pm GMT on Wednesday, I’ll be talking about all the things that have tickled my green bone over the past week and as usual, I’ll be giving away free tickets for the ODEON cinema for you to see a movie of your choice.

The lovely Jon Kelly will be dropping in at midday the Odeon Cinema coming in to talk about the hot and happening movies of the week, the absolute must see’s and we’ll also discuss the new film releases too.

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The Work/Life Balance: Don’t Have a Rubbish One (and some seriously sneaky peeks at what’s coming next…)

Tracey Smith, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas and The Great British DownshiftSeasons Greetings to all,

It’s Christmas Eve and following a short trip to London, I’m now home in the bosom of my lovely family and preparing for a few days of non-work related fun!

For the past five months, with the kind assistance of dear Thomas, I’ve delivered a rubbish post-a-day to tantalise you, to tempt, to engage you with a bit of rubbish reduction and I’ve had some great evidence to show it’s worked.  But you can have too much a good thing you know 🙂 so I’m taking a firm grip of my work/life balance and signing off until the New Year to enjoy a break with the ones I love.

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