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Trade to Aid - Reusable Sanitary Pads

A couple of weeks ago Trade To Aid got in touch and asked if I would be up for reviewing their reusable sanitary pads. As a not-for-profit social business, Trade To Aid put all their profits into funding emergency sanitary kits for refugees and running menstrual health programmes. Ending period poverty is a cause close to my heart, so it was a very easy choice to make and go ahead with the review! Research by the AHPMA (Absorbent Hygiene Product Manufacturers' Association) suggests that the average woman in the UK can 'look forward to' around 38 years worth of periods. AKA 500 periods. Each one of those will, on average, require the use of 22 disposable sanitary products. Which means that by the day Mother Nature decides you have served your time, Annie Average will have put some 11,000 sanitary products in the bin. That is a lot of rubbish - and a lot of money. The charity Bloody Good Period reckon the average woman in the UK will sink about £5,000 into period manag

[Almost] Death on the Canal - 1902, Sidney Strange

I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights... For more canal deaths, check out the master post . -- Not everyone who ended up in the canal lost their lives in it. While researching this series there were plenty of reports of 'near misses' to be found in the newspapers. So, to make the whole project slightly less morbid, every last Saturday of the month will be the case of someone who survived the Mon & Brec! This week's case is that of Sidney Strange, a Cwmbran labourer whose encounter with the canal doubtless did little to endear it to him! The Evening Express of Tuesday 18th February 1902 had fallen into the canal the night before - Monday 17th February - and had to be pulled out by a boatman with his hook. A police

Everyone's Talking about Paddle Boarding

Aquaplanet have some really interesting research on the rise in UK interest in paddle boarding. Their research shows that Google searches for the term have increased by 300% in 2021 compared to 2019. My visit to Pexels to find pictures for this post was instructive. Instead of the expected photo or two there was a whole page of paddle boarding pics to choose from. It's not surprising, really, given the fact it is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It's good fun and great exercise, without being brutal on the joints. For more about giving paddle boarding a go yourself - the equipment you need, and things to keep in mind - Aquaplanet have a handy downloadable 31 page guidebook . For a few rather more random factoids about the history of paddle boarding, read on... The concept of paddle boarding goes way back. All the way back to early dynastic Egypt in 3000 BC, at least, and probably much further besides. One of the earliest depictions from mo

Monstroid #3 Spring 1993

Welsh UFO Sightings 2008

Welsh UFO sightings from 2008. For sightings from other years please click HERE . PRESS Sunday 6th January, c. 01:00 Rhydymwyn Ten-year-old James Holmes, of Rhydymwyn, said: "On the night of Sunday, January 6, at around 1am, I was woken up by some strange white lights spiralling across my bedroom ceiling. I wasn't frightened because I live near a football club and the Rhydymwyn Institute which has a very bright light at night. I knew it wasn't them because I was used to them." "When I got up in the morning, I heard my mum talking about lights so I guess she saw them too. My mum thought it was the wind moving a tree so that the light of a lamppost behind the tree would move, but I don't think it was because my bedroom is on the other side of the house to hers." "We then thought it may have been a search helicopter but there wasn't any noise. She said there were several of them in quick succession a few times that night." So

Cream Magazine Guide

Founded by Bob Houston and launched in May 1971, Cream was a monthly title that lasted 29 issues before folding in October 1973. My googling for content scans was hampered by the similarly titled - and way more famous - Creem magazine...     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 #1. May 1971. #2. June 1971. #3. July 1971. #4. August 1971. #5. September 1971. #6. October 1971. #7. November 1971. ( 7  | back ) #8. December 1971. #9. January 1972. ( 2/3 |  16/17 | 18/19 |  45 ) #10. February 1972. #11. March 1972. #12. April 1972. #13. May 1972. #14. June 1972. #15. July 1972. #16. September 1972. #17. October 1972. #18. November 1972. #19. December 1972. #20. January 1973. #21. February 1973. #22. March 1973. #23. April 1973. #24. May 1973. #25. June 1973. #26. July 1973. #27. August 1973. #28. September 1973. #29. October 1973. For more