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Hi everybody

The Times has launched its new green travel awards and two of the judges are Sawday’s people – Toby Sawday and Richard Hammond, the editor of Special Places to Stay: Green Places.

You are invited to nominate your favourite ‘green space’, whether it’s a hotel, cottage, park, restaurant, walk, or even a green taxi company. If it’s green and it’s a space, it can be nominated.

The judges will be looking at both the social and the environmental impact of each nominated ‘green space’. Suggestions about places in the UK are particularly welcomed, though the awards will also include some places in Europe and further afield.

And the first 20 nominations each month will receive a copy of Special Places to Stay: Green Places.

For more info, visit www.timesonline.co.uk/greenspaces

 

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Hello and firstly I just want to remind you all that Alastair will be making his final promotional appearance for Go Slow England next Tuesday (15 April) at Stanfords in London. Audiences at his Bristol and Bath appearances have really enjoyed meeting him and hearing him discuss all things slow so for those of you in and around London, please don’t miss out on this event.

You probably should book ahead so please click here for more details.

Devon – Monday 28 April

Alastair will be in Devon on Monday 28 April to speak at an event in Torquay followed by an event in Bovey Tracey. First he will be at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay to speak for half an hour about distinctive, green and slow holidays as part of the Keen To Be Green programme from 12:30pm – 4:15pm. Alastair will then head over to the Devon Guild Cafe in Bovey Tracey to present How to Choose a Green Holiday to Bovey Climate Action at 7:30pm. 

Both events are free but booking ahead is strongly recommended. Click the below links for more information:

Keen To Be Green (Torquay)

How to Choose a Green Holiday (Bovey Tracey)

Have a good weekend and note that there won’t be any blog entries next week until Thursday as most of us will be off at the London Book Fair.

Cheers, Thomas

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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 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. 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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I know it’s a bit last minute for me to be announcing this but if you are near Bristol on Sunday morning then pop over to The Pierian Centre for the Journeys Festival. You’ll be able to meet Alastair in person as he’ll be there as part of the Books & Buns morning from 11:00am to 1:30pm. You can find details of the whole Journeys festival (which starts tonight) here and download their flyer here

While we are on the topic of all things to do with Alastair, click here to have a look at his personal blog where he has recently started a discussion about whether or not people in their 20s and 30s are still able to enjoy the simple things in life.

But for now, time to end the week with a new instalment from The Hog Blog.

Cheers, Thomas

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The Hog Blog – November 2007, part 1

The Hog Blog - November 2007, part 1 

They continue to grow. I wonder whether they are frightened of fireworks? They don’t seem to have fear really – the only time they freaked out was when I went into the field wearing a hat. Have read lots of stuff, mainly from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, about how much pigs love greens. Well mine don’t. They don’t like, or won’t eat: cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, celery or swede. They do like eating seasonally however, blackberries and apples in abundance when they arrived, now they like nothing better than pumpkins and squashes. Bananas and melon are also a favourite. They adore pig nuts.

They still like to run around in the field whenever they can, rushing about tearing up grass (they will eat that), and snuffling their snouts into everything, sometimes coming up with an acorn or a beech nut and cracking it between their teeth happily. Bobbie continues to bark at them now and then but nothing like before. Occasionally they nibble at her. She rather likes sniffing their bottoms and stealing the pig nuts.

So, we have settled into a routine. Which is fine. Except my petrol bill is soaring because of all the extra trips to the office. Julia and Joe coming up with business plan apparently but still no plans to extend.

We were going to get a couple of pigs from another farm where there are also cattle, but they texted me to say they had just had a positive TB test and couldn’t move anything for months. Back to Devon then I suppose, but I quite wanted to get a couple of girls of a different breed for a bit of variation. Julia and Joe are going to attempt the fencing so I won’t hold my breath. Must get more before February though when Porker will be off. Cannot have Mabel on her own. Research for other pigs necessary, but what type? More Berkshires? (not so good for bacon) …or a Gloucester Old Spot or a Saddleback. Maybe a Large Black, but would it matter to only have black pigs?

Nicola

Previous instalments from The Hog Blog

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For about a month now we have been running an online poll for the best place in England to ‘go slow’. Although the places listed for you to vote on were all towns and cities, many of you instead suggested counties and regions that you felt better encompassed the Slow lifestyle. So here are the best cities, towns, counties and regions in England to go slow as voted by you:

1. Ludlow
2. (tie) Cambridge
2. (tie) York
3. (tie) The Lake District
3. (tie) Oxford
4. Bath
5. (tie) Cornwall
5. (tie) Devon

We received votes for places all over England but Ludlow was the clear winner, which is not a huge surprise given that it was the first UK town to be admitted to the Cittaslow movement, the international network of towns committed to the slow movement. The other places on the list were all very close in the number of votes received and it was nice to see both Cornwall and Devon do so well since our very first regional guide is the recently released Special Places to Stay: Devon & Cornwall.

Just a quick note – I won’t be able to update this blog for the next couple of days but I’ll get some new sample pages online for you on Thursday.

Cheers, Thomas

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