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Visionary Londoners prototype a new way for urban communities to localize the production of fresh, sustainable food.


This is just awesome. It’s a shipping container that contains a farm – well a greenhouse under which is large tank for a fish farm – you only need add water to create a closed-loop environment. Plants are grown in the greenhouse – up to 200 kilograms of salad each year, some of which provides a food source for the fish – it will provide up to 60kgs of fish a year. Their waste is then pumped-up to the greenhouse in order to fertilise the plants. Ingenious or what!

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http://www.psfk.com/2013/06/grow-up-aquaponics-london-fish.html

#BrilliantIdea. The coolest garden workspace


I spend a lot of time waiting for my kids at sailing clubs around Europe and a lot of that time is in my campervan, listening to my favourite music and working on my laptop. I have a inverter built into the van to power my computer so I am pretty much self sustaining.

More and more of us are working from home nowadays and I have actually found myself working in my van on my driveway.

The idea is to create a flatpacked kit – essentially a shed that can be built in the back garden for a home office, but in the shape of the classic VW campervan. Image

It will have a lower floor to make it easy to standup without hitting your head. The interior will be insulated and have powered-up with lights for those early starts and late evenings.

The kit will be ordered with a range of colours, including primed in grey so that the new owner can paint it themselves.

David Cameron promises £1m ‘Longitude Prize’ for BIG ideas


It will be fascinating to see how this pans out. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22892443

It’s not the first time that Cameron has crowd-sourced’ ideas. When the torries first came to power they launched a similar campaign to gather ideas for saving money. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-10877282)

Those of us ‘in the know’ saw the obvious flaws that didn’t seem to have been discussed;

– do you really believe that the reason why Local Councils are overspending is that they haven’t got any ideas on how to save money?

– who is going to decide which ideas to select?

– what message is it giving the idea originators who don’t hear anything back?(to name just a few)

They received 100,000 ideas. Did anyone hear or see anything about good new stories of ideas that were actually implemented? Could that be because the spin doctors forgot, or because the story wasn’t as good as they would have liked?

Interestingly this call to action is perhaps the opposite. Rather than looking for thousands of small money saving ideas, they are asking for a small number of ground breaking ideas and offering a prize.