Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I blame Outrageous Wasters!
Andy Tugby, Joanna Yarrow and Dan Carraro

Outrageous Wasters sees a crack team of eco experts on a mission to transform Britain's most wasteful households.

The eco warriors challenge the attitudes of energy-guzzling families, and try to get them to change their lifestyles by showing them how to live greener lives.
Our three presenters are Joanna Yarrow, a leading expert in green living; trained ecologist and anti-waste enforcer Dan Carraro; and eco-design consultant and ex-builder Andy Tugby.
Joanna advises leading businesses on how to be green and is proof that you can live an eco-friendly life and be chic with it. In her North London home, she has four different composting systems, organic and recycled interior decorations and furnishings, wears hemp clothes and uses organic beauty products. Dan is a self-styled anarchist. He's no conventional protester, just someone who thinks looking after the environment is the obvious and morally just thing to do. Andy's passion is making buildings greener; to help us all reduce our carbon footprint - and our energy bills.

Whilst I have always considered myself to be environmentally aware, this programme has definitely made me more aware of the environment. In the last few weeks I have been quite zealous about switching off lights and leaving nothing on stand-by and I am really shocked at the amount of electricity that I have saved.I am down to one load of washing(eco-wash cycle) a day, one load of dishes( also an eco-wash) and thanks to having laminate and tiled floors I very rarely use the hoover.
This morning however I got up to find out that whilst I had turned the computers off I had forgotten to turn the screens off and they were on stand-by all night and I was really pi**ed off with myself, how sad can you get!

Anybody catch this one?

New-look Emu back on television
The new-look Emu will be moved independently by puppeteers
The latest incarnation of wayward puppet Emu is set to arrive on British television screens next month.

Toby Hull, son of Emu's late creator, Rod, will introduce a new-look version of the popular children's character to a new generation of viewers on CITV.

The 26-part live action comedy series, called Emu, is aimed at 6-11 year olds.

Emu became a fixture of both children's and adult television in the 1970s, achieving notoriety for attacking host Michael Parkinson on his chat show.

Mr Hull, a trained actor, has performed with Emu since his father's death in 1999.

When I saw this I immediately thought OH MY _ _ _!
I was never a fan of Emu but I feel compelled to have a look to see if son of EMU is as mad as the original EMU.I
If the humour is as slapstick as the original then I am sure that Beauty will love it as she has definitely gained an appreciation for OTT humour recently.I have a feeling that she will grow up to appreciate humour such as Monty Python, the same as her mother.


Steve said...

Emu without Rod Hull is like fish without chips. Not sure if it'll work but then I doubt that kids of today will have any other reference to fall back on but the new version and so won't notice any difference.

As for the Eco thing - I'm almost neurotic about turning lights off and unplugging electrical equipment that is not being used.

Anonymous said...

Ooo I remember Emu - he's very flashy now.

I'm appalling at the environmental stuff. I try hard, but it's a losing battle in America - ten tonnes of packaging on everything, driving everywhere as nothing is walking or cycling distance.
The washing machine looks like something out of a 1950's launderette - five times and noisy and uses rivers of water.
Glad you're doing your bit. I wonder how long it will take BBC American to import that one?

Unknown said...

Would LOVE to watch that show. I will really think about turning of the computer stuff now. I usually kept the monitor on.

I've never heard of Emu; at least this one.

My kids LOVE the 3 Stooges, including my beautiful Hermionie. She laughes loudest and longest. I could sit there the entire time without laughing.

I am a huge Python fan from way back. Saw Spamalot when it toured here in Chgo.




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