Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Fwd: Sustainable Scotland - Weekly Newsletter

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From: Sustainable Scotland <webmaster@forward-scotland.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 11:15:58 +0000
Subject: Sustainable Scotland - Weekly Newsletter
To: andy <dafthermit@gmail.com>

Issue Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Here are the latest items from the Sustainable Scotland website,
moderated by Forward Scotland. You can access the full article by
clicking the Read
More links below.

Are those creative juices flowing...are you what they call young
(15-22 today)...well Creative Scotland and Young Scot have this thing
called the
Creative Entrerpise Award which might be right up your street. It is
all to help people get into the creative industries..whatever they
* Read more... (

Most high end restaurants and a good few mainstream ones, aye the ones
you can afford to eat in once in a while have cottoned on to Scottish
and indeed local produce. There is a great opportunity for some
youngsters out there to learn from some of Scotland's top chefs, a
frugal bunch that
they are. A work experience scheme is offering the chance for some
16-21 yeart olds to win two weeks’ worth of work experience under
one of
eleven of Scotland's top chefs with the aim of nurturing young talent.
* Read more... (

Man in black is of course a song by the deceased Mr Johnny Cash, who
wrote this as a protest about people being poor & homeless and being
victims of
their time. In a time where sustainability seems to be heading out the
window some of our American cousins share this belief and are
promoting a new
campaign via 'the story of broke'.
* Read more... (

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content on any aspect of sustainable development in Scotland, and
which you think
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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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