March 2008


Hi everybody and I hope you all had a great weekend (well a great Sunday anyway since Saturday was a complete wash out).

I wrote about Carl Honoré and his kind words about Go Slow England in a post last week. Since then Carl has launched a beta version of his new website Slow Planet and it already looks fantastic. One of the main purposes behind this new website is to create a hub for all things Slow that currently exist on the internet already. This is a great idea as it brings together all the separate bits of information that are currently a bit of a chore to find unless you know specifically where to look. As well as links, Slow Planet is collating mentions of Slow in the media plus articles on Slow Travel, Slow Sport, Slow Work and Slow Design. Carl’s also got his own blog
that no doubt will be informative and entertaining to read. Anyway, why not head over and have a look for yourself – www.slowplanet.com

Cheers, Thomas

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It’s been rather info heavy on the blog this week so I figured that a new Hog Blog instalment was well overdue. Don’t forget to pick up The Guardian on Saturday and The Observer on Sunday for the Go Slow England supplements (see yesterday’s post) and have a great weekend!

Cheers, Thomas

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The Hog Blog – December 2007

The Hog Blog - December 

Weighed them with Jackie’s son Alex, who didn’t have any wellies so wore carrier bags over his shoes and tucked into his socks. Unfortunately the pigs thought there might be something interesting to eat inside these strange bags and so tried to eat his feet. Very funny.

So… how to measure a pig. You take a piece of string (two pieces of string) and measure once around the tummy, just behind the front legs and then from the middle of the ears to the end of the bottom. Then you have to get the calculator out and do a weird multiplication and division thing and you get, apparently, the approximate weight.

Mabel weighed in at 110.7 lbs, and Porker 115.9 lbs. The right live weight to be ready for the chop is about 140 lbs. No wonder she didn’t like me measuring her!

They are standing in so much muddy water now that the ark really may end as one.

The whole of December is cold until Christmas. Iced up water that needs to be cracked open with a welly, biting northerly wind, then the water pipe freezes completely. They have enough to keep going for a few days like that but if it doesn’t thaw soon I don’t know what to do. Now worrying pipes might burst. No more long, lazy walks through the field, more like a quick whip round then straight back into the pen. No greenery now there for them though and they need to have some grass, so they do like their walks. So cold I can’t stand still with them and have to keep jumping about. Pete the hedge man actually phones me to say that the open door to the ark is facing east and that’s where the wind is coming from. He says I must open the back door and leave the front door in – they will be cosier. He is right!

Nicola

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Hello everybody and I’m pleased to announce that the official publication date for Go Slow England is fast approaching (despite us managing to make it available a month ahead of schedule) and we’re anticipating a big media response.

The Guardian and The Observer

To kick things off The Guardian this Saturday and The Observer this Sunday will contain G2 sized supplements that both contain 10 of the special places featured in Go Slow England. So if you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet grab these supplements over the weekend to get an idea of what you are missing out on!

Praise from Carl Honoré

Many of you interested in all things Slow will have heard about Carl Honoré as he is the author of In Praise of Slow, one of the first books to celebrate the Slow Movement. After Carl received a copy of Go Slow England, he wrote this back to us:

The book has just landed on my desk. Wow, it’s absolutely beautiful. I find myself gasping or nodding (or both) at whatever page I open to. Congratulations. This really is a triumph.

Considering Carl’s influence and stature in the Slow Movement, not to mention his passion for anything that promotes a better way of life, this is incredible praise that has left all of us at Sawday’s feeling very flattered!

Incidentally Carl’s book is well worth getting a hold of. It is available on Amazon UK, Amazon USA and Amazon Canada but Carl does request that you try to pick up a copy from a local independent bookshop if you can. Carl is also launching a new website soon, which will act as a hub for all the existing Slow related websites already out there. I’ll provide full details and links in this blog once it is all up and running.

Cheers, Thomas

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Hi everybody

One of the editors of Go Slow England has sent me some information about a very interesting Slow related event over in the USA. Here is what she has sent me:

Slow Food Nation

First we had Eric Schlosser in his hard-hitting book Fast Food Nation telling us about the insidious nature of the fast food culture in America. Apparently any day one in four Americans opts for a meal from a fast-food restaurant, “without giving its speed or its cheapness a second thought”. Depressing indeed.

Now though American foodies are determinedly ganging up to launch an event of global significance – Slow Food Nation – in San Francisco from 29 August – 1 September 2008.

The event’s website says: “The world’s most pressing questions regarding health, culture, the environment, education, social justice and the global economy are all deeply connected to the food we eat and how it is produced. Slow Food Nation is an event at the center of a movement with national impact and global implications.” Carlo Petrini, Alice Waters and Eric Schlosser will speak.

Have a look at the Slow Food Nation website at slowfoodnation.org for more information and if are lucky enough to be over that side of the world for 29 August – 1 September then why not go along?

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Hi everybody and I hope you had a wonderful and slow Easter.

I discovered the historical delights of Glastonbury and Salisbury for the first time, with a look in at Stonehenge – all by train and bus. I managed to constantly get myself caught in sudden snow storms where ice particles blew horizontally at face height rather than fall from the sky. I must admit though, it was very amusing coming down from the Glastonbury Tor on Friday to witness all the dogs and small children being literally blown off the path. It was also very funny at Stonehenge to witness all the people stand with their backs to the rocks who would briefly spin around to catch a look at the magnificent rocks before spinning around again to protect their faces from the shards of ice. I just fired my camera over my shoulder so I could look at the photos later. My wife had the better idea of us standing face-to-face so we could pivot on the spot and take turns peering over each others shoulder. It was actually all wonderful and what better way to appreciate such sites than to do so while caught in a furious tempest?

Before I sign off I’d like to give a special mention to the terrific B&B I stayed at while enjoying the delights of Salisbury. It is a Sawday’s place (of course!) named Bolhays, run by a pair of sisters who simply know their stuff when it comes to creating an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Thank you Bar and Sue!

Cheers, Thomas

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Hi everybody. I can’t believe I have waited over a week to announce to you all that Sawday’s won an Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) award at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Saturday 8 March. We scooped the Environmental Award for our continuing contribution to greener publishing!

At the risk of shamelessly blowing our own trumpet, here’s what the IPG say about us winning the award:

With green issues currently at the forefront of publishers’ minds, Alastair Sawday Publishing was singled out in this category as a model for all independents to follow. Its efforts to reduce waste in its office and supply chain have reduced the company’s environmental impact, and it works closely with staff to identify more areas of improvement. “Here is a publisher who lives and breathes green,” said the panel of judges. “Alastair Sawday has all the right principles and is clearly committed to improving its practice further.”

And here’s Alastair’s response:

Winning this award gives us a terrific boost! I admire the IPG for having the foresight to create it, thus bringing the urgent need for environmental awareness to so many small publishing companies. And our staff have been hugely encouraged by the award to make further efforts. In fact they will be even more ready, now, to challenge me when I don’t come up to scratch. The die is now fully cast.

For more information about the other awards and nominations visit the The Independent Publishing Awards 2008 page on the IPG website.

In other news, Alastair will be doing Go Slow England presentations and book signings in Bristol and Bath next week. Check out the author tour dates pages for details. Alastair has also written a new post on his personal blog so head over there to have a look at what he has to say about the future of UK tourism.

Cheers, Thomas

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Hi everybody. Since Ludlow received the most votes in our poll on the best place to go slow in England and since I’m haven’t previously uploaded any sample pages from the region, I thought it was time to present you with Timberstone Bed & Breakfast in Shropshire.

This will be the last lot of sample pages that I upload for now as I’ve covered all the regions collected in Go Slow England. Remember that all previous samples can be found here.

Cheers, Thomas

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Timberstone Bed & Breakfast 

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