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Facing up to difficult change

It feels like I’ve been campaigning for social and ecological justice nearly all my adult life. I have tried to criticise what I consider to be wrong and attempted to live alternative possibilities.

Martyn Goss



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5 Shopping Apps For Fashion Lovers

Authored by BritishStyleSociety
Posted: Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:45am

Many of us already shop online for many everyday goods, and our fashion buys are no exception. The convenience of next day delivery, great discounts and ease of access to a whole host of fashionable goodies are hard to resist.

Fashion lovers spend hours browsing through pages of gorgeous clothing and accessories. Whether it’s on the commute to work, sipping your favourite coffee on the go or sneaking a look during lunch breaks, taking a peek at the latest fashion buys is so easy to do.

The Farries with the family of their sponsored child in Tanzania. November 2018

Unforgettable memories: The overwhelming joy of meeting the Tanzanian girl I have sponsored for a decade

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/13/2019 - 2:47pm

Angela Farries travelled with children’s charity World Vision to Tanzania in November 2018

By Angela Farries

As the plane touched down on the tarmac, my heart started beating faster. I was finally in Tanzania, where my husband and I were about to meet Gloria, the girl we have been sponsoring for more than nine years through children’s charity World Vision.

As we waited to leave the busy Kilimanjaro International airport,I took a few moments to take it all in. 

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5 Ideas For Shopping More Sustainably in Exeter 2019

Authored by Anna Giles
Posted: Thu, 05/09/2019 - 2:23pm

With ‘single-use’ named as Collins Dictionary’s word of the year for 2018, it is clear that sustainable living is a hot topic. Ethical clothing companies are bearing more influence on social media platforms and many people are becoming more conscious of the way they shop. So how can you live more sustainably this year? The way we shop plays a big part in the answer to that question. So here are 5 ways to help you think about how your shopping habits can be more sustainable this year.

10 Modern Commendments

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Tue, 04/16/2019 - 8:48am

My maternal grandfather lost his faith in the trenches of World War One. However, he used to say that although he was not religious, he believed that if were not for the 10 Commandments we would still be fighting one another in clans living in caves.

As the anniversary of his passing is this week (he died on April 10th 1979 and would have been 125 this year!), it has prompted me to consider what this Hebrew list of ethical principles might look like if it was secularised, updated and universalised.

5 tips to boost your blog’s web presence

Authored by David Banks
Posted: Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:01am

The most significant part to any blog is the traffic it receives. However, learning how to get traffic and attract people to your site as a beginner blogger can be frustrating and discouraging. If you want your blog to be successful you need an audience who visits it regularly. In this article we give you 5 tips to boost your blog’s web presence. 

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Consuming ourselves to the end?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Wed, 01/30/2019 - 9:28am

Some people have called it a form of pornography or prostitution. Others say it is the world’s fastest growing religion. Most of us happily engage in it without question.

I am talking about ‘Consumerism’ – attaining in excess of what is needed for sufficiency in life, and building our lifestyles around it.

Originally the Latin word consumare meant to finish or conclude - the end or termination of something. In health terms, consumption was a synonym for TB, often known as the wasting disease and a huge taker or destroyer of life.

Christmas for Togetherness

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Wed, 12/12/2018 - 9:14am

As we know, the world is currently experiencing a new wave of nationalism and populism. In the human search for meaning and purpose, one of the appealing solutions is to retreat  nostalgically in mythical past eras and places, or to be lured into simplistic social solutions to complex cultural problems.

This kind of thinking suggests that if only we can detach ourselves from the difficulties caused by others, we can recreate a more secure world unthreatened by those people we do not like or understand.

How To Take Good Pictures Of Nature

Authored by FelicityDryer
Posted: Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:25pm

In order to learn how to take good pictures of nature, read on for some tips sure to get you the results you want. One thing’s for certain — it involves far more than merely pointing and clicking.

Traffic diversion or change of direction?

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sat, 11/03/2018 - 5:14pm

It’s sometimes very difficult not to be cynical about our restricted democracy when we see politicians buying people’s votes and promising them illusions that will never become real. 

This is happening once again in the Chancellor’s recent announcement of a further £30bn road programme that will lead us to a better future, a message that is chronically sent out to placate car drivers as they face ever increasing delays, congestion collisions and poor air quality.

Divide and Rule Rediscovered

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sun, 07/08/2018 - 9:26am

As has happened in other periods of history, we are now witnessing a surge in the growth of ‘tribalism’. This is partly the consequence of a culture which anonymises people to such a degree that it produces pervasive loneliness and alienation. We do not know where we belong and we thrash about in the water of isolation seeking a lifebelt.

There is a tension between the individual and the collective, and at present our society is pushing enormously towards individualistic atomisation. We feel lost in a world that seems unloving, uncaring and, at times, unforgiving.