On ‘Blue Monday’: why my car being written-off sparked happiness

At the end of 2017, a shiny new Audi crashed into my little old car while I was stationary at traffic lights. I’m fairly sure the driver was on his phone. My car was a write-off, but after going through the initial frustrations and hassle, I’ve now arrived at ‘Blue Monday’ — typically the most depressing day of the year — with happiness.

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Out of the Shadow

A story

I had a seasonal image pop in to my mind the other day, and it turned itself into a short story. I thought I’d share it here…

 

The people were looking around for the next distraction from their routines. On the breeze, they caught the scent of the Creature, and followed.

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Encounter

Longlisted for Green Alphabet Writing Prize!

Earlier this year, I’d been thinking about how my sunflowers made me feel. I wrote about it and entered it into the Green Alphabet Writing Prize (a competition organised by the Flipside Festival, in conjunction with Friends of the Earth), and I found out I’d been longlisted! The idea was to take a letter of the alphabet, and write a poem or short piece of prose on an environmental theme. I chose ‘E’ for ‘Encounter’. Here it is:

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Nature’s soundscapes: protecting personal and planetary silence

**First published in The Ecologist, 4th July 2017**
In search of stillness and silence, our Nature Editor, Elizabeth Wainwright, spent a night under the stars in the wilderness (Devon’s Dartmoor) which left her feeling reflective about the price we are all paying – humans and Nature – for increasing noise pollution

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Leading from Nature: Politics and Biomimicry

**First published in The Ecologist, 13th June 2017**

As Theresa May and her Ministers struggle to make a pact with the DUP, Ecologist Nature Editor, ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT says we could all do worse than model both leadership and politics on Nature and work together to improve partnership and community, as well as innovation

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