I'm afraid I've done it again. I've only gone and surprised Mr A into another one of his looks.
I think you're getting to know THE look by now. It's a silent frown, which digs deep into his brow, giving the air of defeat or bemusement.
You'd think he'd be used to it by now after all these years...a life of adventure...with surprises around every corner...
"I've been offered a job in London."
"Let's get married in a zoo."
"Shall we have a baby?"....."er, and another?"
And when life got a bit quiet(er)...
"How about a Zero Waste Week?"
"I've set up a blog"
"Do you mind if I write a book?"
Apart from the recent visit to London at the weekend, Mr A's brow has been having a rest of late. Until last week that is...when in a casual tone of voice, I piped up....
"I'm thinking of joining the WI".
This time the imaginary piano stopped playing in the imaginary saloon. His brow shot up so quickly, his eyes almost popped out of his head. Then he looked at me and said.
I simply replied
While silence reigned in his corner of the room, very fast babbling protruded from mine. I was tripping over my words in excitement, describing an amazing video I'd seen on the WI website and how much I admired its work.
The look remained throughout my monologue. I think on this occasion, it represented both bemusement and defeat.
So I thought I'd share the video that put fire in my belly, to see what you think. Here it is now. The title is...World Without Jam, (which comes in two parts as does this story).
So the day of reckoning finally came. The next WI meeting in my area was scheduled for this evening.
I almost ducked out. Not for a change of heart but for a change in health. It's not been the best of days. I've been attacked by a sore throat, with a virus that's gone straight to my head. I feel like I'm swallowing glass and my ears tickle so much I want to poke them with a stick.
So I was faced with a choice...tuck myself up in bed...or go to the WI.
Well, I guess it was the strength of the formidable name that got me back on my feet. And being a girl with an impulsive conviction, I set off into unchartered territory.
And I am pleased I did. Because not only did I receive a fabulous welcome, but I've also learned something new.... indeed it's a surprise that may be of interest to you.
During the meeting tonight, I came across a document circulated by an organisation called localworks.org, which I'd never heard of before. The document was promoting the Sustainable Communities Act, which I've also never heard of before.
As you can guess, my heart started pounding with excitement...especially when I read the words...
"The Act sets up a new process where local communities and their local authorities (including county councils) can drive central government policy and action on reversing community decline and promoting local sustainability."
"The Act also requires central government to publish local spending reports which will be a breakdown of all public money spent (local and national) by local area. Local authorities (including county councils) then have the power to argue for a transfer of specific monies and function from central to local control. "
What this means is that if you are pushing for sustainable measures to be put in place in your community, you need to act pretty quickly and urge your council to "opt-in" to make their proposals to Central Government in October.
Councils that do opt in must set up citizens’ panels and ‘reach agreement’ with local people, regarding the proposals on promoting local sustainability that local authorities will submit to central government, e.g. defending Post Offices and other local services.
Well blow me down with a feather if I haven't tripped over a nugget of gold.
This looks very interesting indeed and if you are fighting for a local sustainable cause, this may be a route you could use. If you want to find out more about how the act can help your community, please contact Steve Shaw, who is the Local Works Co-ordinator. Email: email@example.com. Tel 020 7278 4443. Mob: 07788 646 933. More details are available at www.localworks.org.
So I think the WI has come up trumps.
I'm glad I went. I'll go back next month.
Who knows what excitement lies ahead?
I must admit, I already do.
I've seen the agenda and I've got a feeling, that when Mr A finds out, he might throw me another of his looks.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008