The man who stepped out of his father's shadow Ebola outbreak in five graphics The divisive aftermath of DR Congo poll DR Congo profile The Congolese NGO Observatory of Public Spending criticised the way the bidding process for contracts was handled. … [Read more...] about Has Felix Tshisekedi tackled DR Congo’s six biggest problems?
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Lose the disposables20,000 litres of water are needed to create only 1kg of cotton – that’s enough to make just one T-shirt and a pair of jeans, so any cotton you buy should count. Replacing cotton wool is a good start. Remove the initial bulk of makeup with a reusable disc, such as Face Halo (£7), soaked in plain water. These do an astoundingly good job, even on waterproof mascara. Follow with a cleanser and a wet terry-cotton flannel; both flannel and disc should last for hundreds of washing machine cycles. For toners, exfoliants and nail polish remover, use washable bamboo pads. A pack of 18, plus washbag, costs about £10. … [Read more...] about 50 simple ways to make your life greener
The Great British Florist is now Cock’s biggest customer. When I pull into Heather Gorringe’s farmyard at 9am, a pallet from Flowers by Clowance is just being fork-lifted off a lorry. Smart and funny, Gorringe is above all else a businesswoman who intends to turn a profit. She was awarded a Nuffield scholarship so she could explore how social media can help rural businesses seeking to diversify. This, as others in the British flower world attest, has been key to communicating the values and character of these nascent flower businesses to customers who want flowers that haven’t been mass cultivated, sprayed with preservatives and transported across multiple timezones. “I’m on a British flower mission,” Gorringe says with a grin. “We went to visit a Dutch flower farm. The conveyer belts were amazing, the water system was amazing, the foreign labour was efficient, I’ve never seen flowers move so fast in my life. But when we can grow stunning … [Read more...] about British flower power: how home-grown blooms can compete with cheap imports
Though she can’t yet disclose any firm plans, Ausden admits there is talk about what kind of farming series to make next. Yet whatever new offspring it spawns, some things about Countryfile itself will never change – which is a big part of why its audience loves it. There’s the seven-day weather forecast, and Henson names two other elements that will stay in the show’s DNA forever. “Although the camera people and the directors try and capture beautiful shots, Countryfile is real. It isn’t a chocolate-box-image show, it’s a real show. I think that honesty and integrity and value in what we do is crucial,” says Henson. “And, of course, John Craven.” … [Read more...] about The explosion of countryside TV helping treat our ‘nature deficit disorder’
The first event for either Prince Harry or Meghan Markle in the couple's farewell set will see Harry attend a recording session with US rock star Jon Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games choir, who are rerecording his song Unbroken to promote this year's tournament. … [Read more...] about Prince Harry’s last hurrah: Duke arrives in Edinburgh (by train) for sustainable travel conference after flying back from Canada to begin his last round of engagements as a working royal