Vision for the Future: The Age of Space-Solar Energy

‘First proposed by Dr. Peter Glaser in 1968, space-based solar technology can provide an inexhaustible, safe, pollution-free supply of energy and may offer a far more logical solution to current energy problems than petroleum or ethanol-based or even nuclear-fueled hydrogen systems.

The technology currently exists to launch solar-collector satellites into geostationary orbits around the Earth to convert the Sun’s radiant energy into electricity 24 hours a day and to safely transmit the electricity by microwave beams to rectifying antennas (rectennas) on Earth. Space-solar energy is the greatest source of untapped energy which could, potentially, completely solve the world’s energy and greenhouse gas emission problems.’

Read more: Vision for the Future: The Age of Space-Solar Energy

Benefits of Nettle Tea


The humble stinging Nettle is one of the most underrated plants you’ll find growing in your garden. Introduce by the Romans who planted it alongside their long straight roads, the Nettle is actually one of the most healthiest vegetables around. Calling it a weed is to do it an injustice – boil the dried tips of the plant and drink it with a little honey and you’ll introduce a host of beneficial vitamins, minerals and health bearing supplements into your body.

To herbalists the Nettle is renowned because of its astringent, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic properties and as an important source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium, phosphates and minerals. All these qualities recommend it as a powerful remedy against hepatic, arthritic or rheumatic conditions, and as an adjuvant in treating allergies, anemia and kidney diseases.

Other active ingredients include: 5-hydroxytryptamine, histamine, formic acid and gallic acid, plus much readily assimilable iron.

Culpeper said wittily that “they may be found by feeling on the darkest night.” He states that the juice with honey is “a safe and sure medicine to open the pipes and passages of the lungs”.

Traditionally used topically to treat arthritis and dried to combat hay fever, nettles have also had a well deserved reputation as a natural weight loss aid, making them a welcome addition to a healthy diet.

The tea itself has a refreshing ‘green’ taste, if you like the taste of traditional green tea then you’ll find Nettle Tea has a very similar flavour if somewhat stronger when you take your first sip. The leaves should be infused in boiling water and left for 5 to 7 minutes before drinking.

Nettle tea can also be of great help to those who suffer from diabetes, because it leads to the decrease of blood sugar and implicitly, of the glycemic level. It is useful in eliminating viruses, and bacterial infections.
Washing the scalp with nettle (leaves or roots) infusion helps regenerate, grow and thicken the hair. Preparation: to prepare the infusion, mix 60g of finely crushed nettles with two and a half cups of water.

Boscastle Week Walking FEST 2010

Boscastle Week Walking FEST 2010

19th – 23rd April 2010
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Enjoy a week of walking with local guides Literary, historical, geological, natural history & general interest.
Evening events and meals, Art and poetry,boat trips…
From the very best of Britain’s coastline to wonderful walks amid woods and streams, it’s all on offer during Boscastle’s increasingly popular Walking Week. Our third year sees an extended selection of walks and activities for you to pick and mix from. We aim to have something for all abilities. You could join one of our experienced and knowledgeable local guides on a ramble to waterfalls or steep climbs to Cornwall’s highest coastal cliff top, or meander along the country lanes and pathways that would have been familiar to the writer Thomas Hardy, whose life-changing visit to Boscastle produced poetry regarded by many as amongst the finest in the English language.

How to make an organic multi seed loaf


~Wholemeal multi seed loaf recipe~

1lb/448 grams organic wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of dried yeast
1 teaspoon organic brown sugar
2 tablespoons of mixed seeds…
(sunflower, linseed, poppy,  sesame )
1 tablespoon of oil
11ml warm water

In a large bowl add the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and seeds – add the water, mix till crackly, then add the oil. Turn on to floured work surface and kneed well. Put back in the bowl cover with damp tea towel and leave to prove till double the size. Kneed you dough well again then shape into a loaf or put in a loaf tin, cover with damp cloth, once doubled in size, brush top with a little oil, add seeds,  place in a hot preheated oven, spaying with water during cooking will help a crust to develop.

Gwres yn Kernow (made in Cornwall)

Scarlet hotel launch video

scarletThe Scarlet hotel  just launched a  fabulous  video showcasing the hotel,  a stunning short film, excellent music from local talent Ben Howard.  Video created with Sideways Cornwall, who came to film one beautiful weekend in September and got some  amazing shots of the hotel, surrounding beach and bay. If you would like a sneak preview of the hotel, or if you’ve  already visited, gently be lulled into the sense of calm. peace and tranquility of the Scarlet  Hotel

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?

Article on the Telegraph website…

If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip:Watts Up With That)

When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at Hadley CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:

Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more. Continue reading