Archive for May, 2013

Sustainable fishing and organic….

May 21, 2013

fish4ever-1354713337_600Some of you may recall a previous post of mine where I praised the local supermarkets for their claim that they would be sourcing fish on a sustainable basis. Well sad to say I still struggle to see such products in Woolworths or Coles, however Harris Farm continue to do so and in fact have increased the choice of products on shelf.

The brand that I have been buying of late is Fish4Ever, I love the fact that this brand is proud to have the smallest boat in the global tuna industry, just think about what it means to say this…

It means they are not over fishing and are truly being more sustainable minded.

They promise the consumer that they have good sourcing practices, from the fishing itself all the way through to the people that produce it and the communities impacted. And not only that but it is all organic to boot, and organic foods are something we should all try to buy, something else that I have written about in the past.

Organic food is natural, not only that, it is more often than not of a higher quality because of the production and ingredient standards required. In addition to this it is free from artificial additives and colouring. Many of the enzymes, fillers and processes allowed for conventional products are not allowed in organic production. Oh and did you know organic food is GM free and does not use irradiation. And on top of that organic farming bans the use of antibiotics and the vast majority of pesticides, fungicides and other chemical treatments, which can sometimes end up as residues in the foods we eat.

Anyway, Fish4Ever have been delivering a sustainable business model since 2001. But it’s not just about the sea — it’s also about the people that do the fishing and their local communities. As they put it, “Traditional fishing communities are the guardians of the sea” and they live by this motto and take action as a brand by campaigning for better fishing, oh and they produce bloody nice food.

Fond memories of Hull

May 6, 2013

ImageHull City have been promoted to the Premier League in what can only be described as a rollercoaster ninety minutes, Tigers fans I rejoice for you all. I have a soft spot for Hull having gone to the University of Hull, which by the way was founded in 1927.

I went a little more recently than that mind you. I was lucky enough to have be tutored by Baron Norton of Louth who is often described as “the United Kingdom’s greatest living expert on Parliament” and “a world authority on constitutional issues” he continues to inspire me to engage in politics to this day.

A little about the place….

The town of Hull was founded late in the 12th century. The monks of Meaux Abbey needed a port where the wool from their estates could be exported. It was an early theatre of battle in the English Civil Wars. Its 18th-century Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, played a key role in the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. And it suffered heavy damage during the Second World War from the Blitz.

It is officially called, Kingston upon Hull, and it stands on the River Hull at its junction with the Humber estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea. The Humber Bridge, which provides road links to destinations south of the Humber, was built between 1972 and 1981, and at the time was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is now fifth on the list.

Unlike many other English cities, Hull has no cathedral. It is in the Diocese of York and has a Suffragan bishop. However, Hull’s Holy Trinity Church is the largest parish church in England. It does have a Bishop mind and The Rt Rev Richard Frith, who was also very pleased with the local football team.

The city is unique in the UK in having had a municipally owned telephone system from 1902, sporting white, not red, telephone boxes. It remains the only locally operated telephone company in the UK, although it is now privatised.

In my time there I saw many a play written by John Godber at The Hull Truck Theatre and got into the poetry of Philip Larkin, the University Librarian between 1955-1985, again before my time, honest.

Anyway, well done Tigers, your victory made me think of happy times and it was nice to reminisce….