Saturday, February 23, 2008

Circular Communities

I stumbled across this post about circular communities. There are aerial photos that give a great overview of each of the five communities. There isn't a lot of information, but it's an interesting way to design a community.

Stand By Your Ham

Recently, a number of British pig farmers got together to record a single to raise awareness of their fight for fairer pig prices. To hear the song and to read more about their fight, check the pigs are worth it website.

The Public Toilet Armoury

I just read on the BBC News website that the Government is expected to urge local councils to pay pubs and restaurants up to £600 per year to open their toilets to non-customers. Since public toilets are becoming rather scarce in Britain, the Department for Communities and Local Government hope that this idea will help. Richard Chisnell, director of the British Toilet Association, isn't sure. He says taht "the community restaurant scheme should only be 'one important tool in the public toilet armoury'. "

According to the British Toilet Association's website, "Britain's public toilets were once the envy of the world." Hmm...I never knew that.

Another thing I didn't know about the British Toilet Association:
Our mission is to represent the interests and aspirations of 'away from
home' toilet providers, suppliers and users of all types and to act as the
catalyst for change in the pursuit of standards of excellence in all areas of
public toilet provision and management.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cookie Monster on NPR

National Public Radio has a great video of an interview with Cookie Monster. It's about five minutes long and well worth it!