BBC Springwatch fans gutted that coverage of Monty, Britain’s nominated ‘National Bird’, was turned down by the programme

‘The BBC had a recent meeting about Terry Taylor’s tame robin ‘Monty’ who has been extremely popular with his antics, and has become a social media celebrity on the BBC Springwatch Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2357918724/?fref=nf

Terry reacted on Facebook  in upper case letters, “MONTY HAS BEEN TURNED DOWN BY THE BBC. They had a meeting yesterday to discuss Monty, and decided the Monty story was not what they wanted”.

 

Over 400 BBC Springwatch fans have viewed his post with  many writing in telling Terry how unhappy they were with the BBC’s poor executive decision.

The Robin has been nominated as ‘Britain’s National Bird’  after a poll in 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33090043 and http://www.votenationalbird.com/ . The project was launched on BBC Springwatch

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UK: I donated blood and it was used!

I am a proud Blood Donor.

So far I have donated 18 pints and I have a Bronze Card.  It was a  colleague who inspired me to be one.

Over the last few months, it has become a lot more exciting as the NHS send you a text message letting you know where it has been  used. I was told that my blood went to a patient or patients at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.  It all becomes real and you can imagine the drama going on and me helping the patient out, perhaps with a team of other blood donors.

I plan to make a necklace noting how many donations I have made, and plan a Location Map of where my donations have gone. I am also going to buy a plant for each donation so I have a Blood Donation garden.

Here are some of my tips for newbies:

  1. Drink enough water or liquids  beforehand, but avoid caffeine.
  2. For women, make sure you eat plenty of foods with iron or take iron supplements. You can be turned away with low iron (I was once)
  3. Take a friend or someone to come along for the first time, I didn’t, but it can be nice.
  4. You get snacks like crisps and biscuits which is great afterwards
  5. I don’t like needles much, so I just look away.Really, it is just like a pin prick.

Review: Natural Hair Shampoo/Conditioner – ‘No Poo’ or Coconut Milk method

I chose to cut out chemical shampoos and conditioners by going ‘No Poo’ or mixing Dr Bronner’s Castile  Liquid Vegetable Soap, Essential Oils and whole Coconut Milk.  A lot of shampoos these days tlook ‘healthy’ on the front of the container, but you only look at the ingredients on the back and they are often riddled with artificial nasties and you don’t need any of these to  have healthy hair.

I gave away my shop bought shampoos and conditioners (the ones that I could) since 1 January 2017.   I wanted to help the environment, avoid cancer,  to reduce  plastic clutter and waste and save the pennies, as well as to improve my dry hair. Castile soap can be used for a whole range of things too, not just hair shampoo which is a real bonus too.

It is amazing how many toxins we are using these days in our hair products. It is such a delight not to shop at Superdrug and Boots for hair shampoos any more. I am even dumping hair dye because of the toxins too.

Shop bought shampoos with all their chemicals are designed to strip your hair of its natural oils, which is the worst thing. No wonder people are shelling out on  more products to deal with dry hair. Hair companies love this.

My hair now feels a lot healthier. One of the best things is that it is less frizzy, particularly, in humid weather. It is much more manageable.Shop bought products had really wrecked my hair, even the so-called sensitive ones.

I have mostly been using Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap, with peppermint essential oil and coconut milk, and occasionally going ‘No Poo’, which is just water, scrubbing the scalp and combing, during the week with no ill effects.

I read that it is better for your scalp to have some kind of anti-bacterial product every so often which I think coconut milk and essentials oils have.

When I go ‘No Poo’ my hair is much easier to manage the next day and isn’t so heavy and oily.  When I use coconut oil, it can be a bit of a nightmare the next morning after I have slept in it, although it feels much healthier after a bit of a comb. Having fine hair can make my hair a bit lanky with coconut milk but what I may do is add more Castile Soap and use less coconut milk and see what happens.

However, I love the luxuriant feeling I have when I have just washed and dried my hair when I use the Castile/coconut formula. And a few days after, it feels healthier, though a little heavy.

I think the night before work or an event,I will use  the ‘No Poo’ method but other times, use the coconut milk. I may add a bit of olive oil to give my ‘No Poo’ hair some lustre.

Generally I am very happy with it, and I love the smell of natural peppermint in my hair, it feels really fresh and non-chemically. When I go to the hairdresser next, I am looking forward to seeing what she says about the condition of my hair. I am not colouring it anymore so it will be even healthier.

I am currently making apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ to condition my hair, but this will take ages though to make so my review on this won’t be for a while.

Someone suggested I try using ‘mud’, as apparently the iron age people used that. This will be interesting, particularly as Bermondsey mud is probably contaminated with all sort of nasty stuff, including car and HGV engine oils. Maybe my hair will glow-in-the-dark.