Help Save Mohammad from Execution

Mohammad, an Edinburgh grandfather on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan, is in a critical condition. He was shot by a prison guard and remains at risk of further violence. Mohammad has a documented history of mental illness and has been charged with blasphemy after becoming delusional. It is a tragic case. Tomorrow, Jasmine, Mohammad’s daughter is taking a petition to Downing Street (please see the link below).

According to 38 Degrees (a non-party-aligned political action group), a Downing Street spokeswoman said yesterday that “the PM has been following the case closely.” More than 70,000 people have signed the petition to save Mohammad. Please would you consider signing it too?

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bringmohammadhome

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Un-paving Apparel

I’m not a fashionista, let me say that straight away. I hate clothes shopping. I rarely wear make-up or even high heels. But I do choose my clothes with care and I do take care of my appearance. In my efforts to be more eco-friendly I have slimmed down my wardrobe, giving half of my clothes to charity. I have kept my favourite items and enjoy, at the end of each day, choosing with care the clothes I will wear the following day. I rarely buy new clothes (except underwear!) and nowadays I rarely buy second-hand clothes either.

However, given that it has been nearly a year since I bought new clothing, I decided to have a look at the ethical clothing shop Nomads. I’m so glad I did! I was thrilled to be able to purchase two new, stylish fair trade dresses from the Nomads clearance sale for less than £30.

You can check out Nomads online clothing store here.

NB I have no affiliation to Nomads. I just like their clothes.

Two Weeks In…

Well we’ve been in our new house a fortnight and we’re s l o w l y getting sorted. We’ve had a quote for a new roof that would make you choke on your dinner, but thankfully the plumbing issues were (relatively) minor, as are the electrical problems. What can I say? In an old house these things are part of the ‘character’. Two weeks in and, despite there having been flooding nearby, we now have central heating, hot water and, as of a half hour ago, a brand new cooker! I like camping, but it wears a little thin trying to live the camping life in your home o_O Having said that, we have made good use of the bread-maker, slow cooker, microwave and halogen oven, skills which I’m sure will come in handy as we endeavour to lessen our energy consumption. After all, it’s a journey, not a race. The new cooker is A-rated for energy efficiency, has a double oven so we can choose the appropriate size to use and is British made, so not too bad on the environmental front (by which I mean it didn’t travel from China). We have dreams of solar panels, biomass stoves, growing our own fruit and veg, etc., but, for now… we’re ok. 

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Our new sitting room