Changing Cycles

An ongoing project exploring the use of the arts as a form of action to ensure the sustainability of the planet. and stuff.

Friday, May 27, 2005 hits the fan in 3 days

Hi folks,

So this is the downsized version of my blog ambitions, though to be honest it's probably quite good that my website couldn't haul its sorry self online in time, because it was looking a little shoddy... At least now I have time to make it beautiful before you all get to see it.

So... I leave in 3 days time on my epic and increasingly daft-seeming bicycle journey around the country, laughably under-prepared, hopelessly over-budget and severely lacking in fitness. But it's not all bad news, I have a bike, a tent, a stove and at least some of the people I'm visiting know I'm coming... the rest will just have to be pleasantly surprised!

For anyone who doesn't already know (I must have banged on about it enough by now but you never know...) I'm off to investigate attempts being made by people in this country to live sustainably (ie meeting their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs) and mitigate the threats of climate change (which was my starting point)... and other impending disasters. Other impending disasters such as the predicted peak oil crisis and subsequent collapse of the global economy, neatly summed up here by Schnews. I know some of you will be thinking it's all lefty econspiracy theorising and warrants about as much attention as David Icke and his lizards... and I hope you're right. Unfortunately, I think the general scientific consensus is a bit too, well, general really.

So, what you gonna do when your well runs dry? As I said, I have a bike, a tent and a stove... that uses petroleum fuel. Shit. Oh well, let's just enjoy the summer while it's here...


At 30/5/05 06:15, Blogger Dick said...

Hi, Ben! Happy to welcome you to the blogosphere. All the very best with your excellent venture. How are you going to update the blog as you go along? Laptop with wireless? Looking forward to the unfolding adventure...

At 30/5/05 06:16, Blogger Dick said...

PS I'll blogroll you on my weblog, Dick Jones' Patteran Pages.

At 5/6/05 03:53, Blogger Benjamin Mellor said...

Hi Dick,
No unfortunately my meagre funding wouldn't stretch to a laptop so I'm having to avail myself of the internet facilities of various libraries, internet cafes and host's houses... Thanks for blogrolling me on your weblog, I'd do the same but I have to admit to being a bit of a novice when it comes to blogging! Thanks for being the first to add some comments, nice to know someone out there is reading this! My sympathies too for being up so early, the joys of fatherhood eh?! Cheers.

At 5/6/05 03:55, Blogger Benjamin Mellor said...

... although saying that, maybe you weren't up so early, that last page was timed at 3.53 am and it's nearly lunch time!


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