Nothin’ to See, Move Along Now…

Tracey Smith 'not' writing a post for Thursday...
Tracey Smith 'not' writing a post for Thursday...

Morning all,

Just a shortie to let you know, there will be NO rubbish posting today – how rubbish is that!

It’s school play, carol service, mince pie making mayhem at the Smith Towers and I have to keep some sort of handle on my work/life balance you know…

Anyway, this is a perfect opportunity to poke you all and to encourage you to read some of the old postings on here.

Do you realise I’ve written over 100 pieces for the site and in word count terms, there’s more here than there is in the book!

But it’s easy to miss stuff and I’d love you to have a snout through my archive while I get some other rubbish things done.

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The Woodland Trust Launches Their Annual Christmas Card Recycling Campaign

Coronation Street's Samia Smith really digs the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme
Coronation Street's Samia Smith really digs the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme

The resources section at the back of The Book of Rubbish Ideas is packed out with some of the most inspirational, eco-friendly innovators and The Woodland Trust is no exception.  

They do incredible work protecting and planting new areas of woodland and ensuring we have lots of lovely clean air to breathe!

Recently, I caught up with Robert Lane from the Trust and asked how the plans were going for this year’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme and how my readers could get involved.

He told me, “If everyone in the UK recycled just one Christmas card with The Woodland Trust this year, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity would be able to plant 15,000 trees!”

Now imagine how many trees the charity could plant if everyone recycles all their cards in the special bins at W H Smith, Tesco, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer stores, throughout January. The cards are recycled which generates money, which the Woodland Trust uses to create new woods in the UK.

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This ‘Woman’s Hour’ Has Arrived!

Jenni Murray from BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour

Dearest all, I’m in London and currently looking out of a window onto the world and the clock is ticking along, getting ever closer to 1am – eek!

I had a call late yesterday from Radio 4 (as you do) asking if I could just whip up to Town and go do Woman’s Hour?  Well, as you know, I’m not a girl to shy away from a bit of media, so I grabbed the opportunity to chinwag with the iconic Jenni Murray in a heartbeat!

The only trouble was/is, I have to be in the studio at 8am and the current laws of physics won’t allow for me to get up there from my neck of the woods with time to spare and as the Tardis is in for a service and MOT, I thought it best if I come up the night before.

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Where There’s Muck, There’s Brass workplace images

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Or maybe this title should read, ‘Where there’s rubbish, there’s dosh’ – potential dosh anyway.

Respected financial journalist Rob Griffin (yes, there are some) and I have been talking money for a few years.  He pens pieces on finance and occasionally I slide in the odd quote from a downshifted perspective.

On Wednesday, the Daily Express published, ‘From Jewellery to Junk, We Can All be in Profit’, an enlightening piece by him on turning our crud into money.

Here’s a nibble.
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Tracey reads from The Book of Rubbish Ideas

The title says it all really! It’s a video of me reading from the ‘What a pile of rubbish’ section in The Book of Rubbish Ideas:

Rubbishly yours,


Rubbish Q&A Day

Tracey ready to answer questions
Tracey is standing by her computer and is ready to answer your questions!

A quick note from Thomas:

Hi everybody and welcome to the first Book of Rubbish Ideas Q&A day. Anybody out there who wants to leave Tracey a rubbish and sustainable living related questions may do so by leaving a comment under this post and Tracey will then get busy finding an answer for you. So keep this post up, pop back and refresh often to have a look at the questions and answers as they come rolling in throughout the day.

But first, many of you submitted questions last week so Tracey has got a head start and has answered many of them already. Thanks to everybody who submitted questions and here they are with Tracey’s responses:

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Hot off the press!

Tracey posing for the paparazzi
Tracey posing for the paparazzi

Hi all, Thomas here to give you the breaking news that I’ve just added a Press page to this blog where you can find links to all the print and online reviews, interviews and articles about The Book Rubbish of Ideas and Tracey.

Actually, at the moment it seems that you can’t turn on the radio, open a magazine or newspaper, or surf the internet without running across a mention of our Rubbish Author and her brilliant book. OK, so maybe she hasn’t quite got the media exposure of this guy but I reckon she’s still doing pretty well and she’s now got herself a television appearance. Those of you who are early risers and are able to tune in, mark 7:30am Monday 17th November 2008 in your diary to see Tracey on Channel M – TV For Manchester

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What a Rubbish Childhood

Lauren Booth - Key note speaker at the David Stafford Memorial Lecture tonight

Please indulge me breaking off the usual line today, but I want to tell you what I’m up to tonight.  And anyway, it certainly connects to my Book of Rubbish Ideas, because for every single copy that’s bought, I’m making a donation to an amazing charity called NACOA.

They are perhaps easier remembered as The National Association for Children of Alcoholics and tonight they are having an annual memorial lecture in London to celebrate the life and work of one of their founding members, David Stafford. Continue reading “What a Rubbish Childhood”

Book links and Letters for Change

We're helping you to find the info you need
We're helping you to find the info you need!

Hi everybody

Just a quick post from me today to let you know about a new feature of the blog. If you haven’t noticed it already then there is now a tab at the top of screen titled Book Links. This tab will take you to a new page that lists all the features of the blog that Tracey talks about in The Book of Rubbish Ideas. So now, instead of searching through this blog to find the bits and pieces that the book refers to, you can simply find the links all neatly listed on the Book Links page. Of course, as this blog is a work in progress not all the features are available yet but they are all on their way.  Continue reading “Book links and Letters for Change”

Rubbish Interview – Debra Rawling: Case Study in The Book of Rubbish Ideas

The inspirational family Rawling
The inspirational family Rawling - Debra, Emily and Jeremy

It all started when we became friends with Tracey & Ray some years back. It was great to have found other people like us who had had enough of the “more-better-best” rat race and who wanted something else out of life. We met up and realised how much we had in common. Tracey & Ray were so much further along the path and we were just taking our first steps.

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