CreativeDynamo.Net 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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My Second Sugru Fix: Reduce Reuse Recycle Boogie !

When trying to explain Sugru to friends I feel like I fail to do it justice. After one such incident I was inspired to open up my last such sachet and put it to good use. I am always looking for uses for my Sugru and in this instance the fix was right under my bum! What’s more the colour matched which made this a fix made in heaven and worth writing about.

chillin with the eco-DJ
I am a solar powered DJ playing dumped vinyl records on discarded equipment. It’s a lot of fun but also a serious statement about our throw away society. This fix is for my Seat/ Toolbox/ Podium which is an essential part of Tip of the Pops Wheelbarrow Disco. I would really suffer without this multi-purpose piece of equipment. If this goes bust I would be unhappily sat on the floor with pockets full of wires, tools, pens, paper and props. Sugru will keep me smiling whilst partying with Tip of the Pops for another season or more.

After Fix
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As you can see from the photos the seat is well used, the handle randomly falls off due to wear and tear and the lid does not shut properly (one clip’s already been lost). When I looked under the lid I also found stress fractures from the times when I’ve actually stood on my seat and danced. The great thing about Sugru is that I always end-up using less than what’s in the pack which meant I had plenty left-over to reinforce some of the stress fractures I found.

Tip of the Pops is part of Creative Dynamo Ecotainment a not-for-profit social enterprise in Dorset, UK.

Food Waste Rap for Primary School Children Think.Eat.Save reduce your foodprint!

Food Waste Rap by Creative Dynamo Ecotainment

‘Think Eat Save’ don’t throw that food away
Coz this food tastes really good and lasts longer than today
‘Think Eat Save’ you’ll soon see things my way
Let’s be clever in the kitchen that’s what I’ve come to say
When we’re shopping out with mummy lets love food and not waste money
Let’s not take home lots of  packaging it’ll only end up in the bin
‘Think Eat Save’ don’t throw that food away
Coz this food tastes really good and lasts longer than today!

This past week included World Environment Day & Healthy Eating Week so I took the opportunity to take Tip of the Pops wheelbarrow disco into a local primary school and talk about food where it comes from, why we need it and food waste. Both campaigns were supported with plenty of on-line learning materials (see links above) and I also delivered some posters to the headmistress to be used by the school if they wish.

This years WED campaign was titled ‘Think Eat Save reduce your foodprint’ so I used the title as 3 sub-headings and really go the children THINKING ABOUT FOOD, EATING GOOD FOOD & SAVING FOOD WASTE. In order to establish a link between the talk and the disco I used a food waste rap and we also invented some funny fruit and funky veg dance moves.

The overall presentation took 45 minutes and I did it twice to Key Stage One (ages 5-7) and Key Stage Two (ages 8-10). That was the whole school approximately 200 children in two hours. It was certainly a lot of fun and for a worthwhile cause. The ‘wheelbarrow disco’ billed as a recycling talk had certainly got the children excited and interested in the afternoons activities.

The head included a paragraph about the visit in the school newsletter for parents highlighting the fact that 1 in 7 people in the world are hungry and how the school is also supporting the CAFOD Hungry for Change campaign.

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