Graham Bell ~ Global Change Agent

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Natural Abundance

The most joyful message I take from my journey on the permaculture path is that the world is actually a very abundant place. The more we stop doing stuff the more it takes over and does stuff for us. If you stop weeding you get lots of plants. Oh but […]

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Poetry and politics 2

Everyone who discovers permaculture adds something to it. That’s because we all have different life experiences and different perspectives. Many people find they first make their connection through a desire to grow their own food, and because they learn that it is something they can achieve joyfully and with great […]

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Splat

Well look before you leap.  In the kitchen splatted a big fat horsefly on the window, and then looked at the flyswat.  Ah not a horsefly at all! It was in fact Leucozona lucorum, a very large hoverfly.  A beneficial insect which eats aphids and is a great pollinator. And […]

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Food and cricket

Well food’s no fun if you don’t make it fun.  Here we have Test Match Starter.  Avocado and wild garlic pesto base with cheddar cheese wickets, a yellow pepper and fennel bat and woah where’s that radish ball going?  Ashes won!  Sorry Australians…  But you can choose whether you eat […]

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How do you balance action with regulation?

In an increasingly regulated world many people, especially in small businesses feel more and more oppressed by the burden that regulation imposes on them. Firstly it’s good to acknowledge the origin and purpose of regulation. Regulations are nearly often started with the best of intentions. I, for one, am glad […]

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Graham Bell Live (from January 2011)

Scotland Live Scottish Stock Exchange 25th January 2011 In this discussion with the Institute of Economic Affairs, Editorial Director Phillip Boothe discusses the need for a Scottish Stock Exchange. “Graham Bell on BBC Scotland Live January 25th 2011” . [mp3]http://grahambell.org/Radio/scotland_stock_exchange.mp3[/mp3] (Press Play to hear the discussion with IEA Director Phillip […]

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What to do next?

What to do next? Priorities and setting them are a huge challenge in a 24/7 world…. One in which we are constantly deluged in information, always expected to deliver everything now, have constant demands from others to meet their needs, and are oppressed by the demands of money. Take a […]

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The power of words

The power of words should not be underestimated. ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ (Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1839) has many levels of interpretation. I am a firm believer that it is the spoken word which is most potent, if well informed, considered and delivered with passion. A kind word can […]

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What Permaculture Is or Isn’t

There seems to be a growing movement to create complicated arguments about what permaculture is or isn’t. Peter Harper, the long term force behind the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth in Wales, has set himself up as a critic, without, to my mind ever actually understanding what the term […]

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Border Union Show

Lovely sunny day at the Border Union Show. It’s not every day you get ten minutes with Scottish Secretary, half an hour with the Environment Minister, get to give police officers in uniform ice cream and drink Pimms with the most delightful folks. And promote local trade in the process.

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