The Rations Challenge: Forty Days of Feasting in a Wartime Kitchen by Claud Fullwood

I’m not exactly sure what drew me to Claud Fullwood’s forthcoming book The Rations Challenge.  Perhaps it was my general and ongoing interest in how to make even a small contribution to addressing climate change.  Little did I know that this would turn out to be the perfect read for completely different reasons.

As the blurb for this book explains:

“Food is always a hot topic – Food waste, food banks, food miles, local versus imported. As we all need food, we can’t ignore it.  But as some families struggle without enough food to live on, others are challenged to consider how much they throw away, or how to make the food they have go further. Which is why Claud Fullwood set herself the challenge of living on World War Two rations for Lent. It opened her eyes not only to issues of hunger and waste, but also to the many ways in which we have the power to fix our groaning food system, make our families stronger and our communities whole again.  The Rations Challenge takes the wisdom of World War Two and looks at how it can help us revolutionise how we live now. By learning the lessons our parents and grandparents lived by in the ’30s and ’40s, we can build a future that works for everyone.”

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The View From Here? Gratitude and admiration all the way

Greetings from a very sunny Edinburgh.  As I look out from our apartment across the city and beyond, it is hard to take in the enormity of this global challenge that we are facing.  I am full of gratitude and admiration for all the key workers who are striving so hard in such difficult circumstances to keep us all healthy, fed and with access to essential supplies and services.  I am also inspired and heartened by everyone who has taken steps to support support of people in vulnerable groups and those who are self-isolating.

Even for those of us who are helping our communities in various ways, we must also remember that one of the main things we can do to help as individuals is to stay home and observe all the public health guidance.  It has been amazing to see the emergence of a huge range of opportunities for sharing, learning and keeping ourselves busy and entertained.  And helpful also to remind ourselves of the wide variety of existing resources available.

Here are some links which might be of interest/help in providing support, entertainment or perhaps simply a distraction.  Some of the information may be UK-access only, but hopefully it provides inspiration for people to search for similar links more locally.  I should also emphasise that there are no affiliate links here, just things I like and admire.  🙂

 

  • Mental health and wellbeing:  There is lots of help and support available online for anyone who may be having difficulties coping with the anxiety and demands of the current situation.  This site by the Scottish Association for Mental Health is en excellent example, including where to find 24/7 support.

 

  • Some organisations have said they will stream performances and concerts live in the absence of ‘in-person’ audiences eg:

 

  • I also noticed that you can access plays and other events through MarqueeTV, which has a free 30-day trial.  I haven’t yet tried this, but the available content looks amazing.

 

 

  • There many art galleries and museums around the world which have digitised their collections for browsing eg:

 

 

  • There are lots of great podcasts to listen to.  I found this one to be of help in trying to come to terms with all the anxiety around what is currently happening.  My most favourite, and most frequently listened to podcast is the wonderful Tea, Toast and Trivia, which I highly recommend.

 

  • A number of independent publishers are joining forces to host an online book club.  What a great way to share in a love of reading, and support small businesses too.

 

  • The Hay Festival’s HayPlayer costs just £10 and gives access to a vast array of magnificent interviews.

 

  • And finally, check out this tweet for a lovely chuckle.

 

I am sure there are plenty of other great links too – I’d love to hear about some of your favourites.  Meanwhile, stay safe and well. 🙂