#Immediacy on speech making

IRAIN - Check, for example, that you have live woodworm (look for sawdust round....

Check, for example, that you have live woodworm (look for sawdust round the holes) before using highly toxic chemicals. Remember that you can now hire many tools rather than buying them. The Green Consumer Guide (see: www.greenconsumerguide.com) has useful webpages on safer DIY products, while the Planet Green (see: www.planetgreen.discovery.com) website gives full details of the risks of specific DIY products. DOING IT YOURSELF - WHO BENEFITS? You: Ecologically safe DIY allows you to create the small-scale environments you want while saving you money.

Avoiding dangerous chemicals protects your health. Other people: Children are particularly at risk from DIY chemicals used in the home, often for long periods at a time. Careful use of safe products protects their future.

The environment: Creating your own small-scale environment, especially if you use local materials and the minimum of dangerous chemicals, can reduce environmental damage and pollution. ORGANISING YOUR SPACE - THE FACTS: There are as many ways of using the private space we occupy as there are people. Yet despite the immense variety of possibilities, we tend to furnish our rooms and plan our gardens according to how we are told they should look, rather than how we might really like them. As a result they become very predictable and generally extremely unecological.

The similarity arises because it is not we who choose how to organise our space, it is the 'experts': the kitchen designer, the garden planner, the architect. It is only quite recently that we gave away so much of our ability to design and create unique and individual spaces.

Three hundred years ago most families, with help, built their own houses,....

Three hundred years ago most families, with help, built their own houses, and what little furniture they had was home-made. Houses were built from local materi... read more

Introduce as much natural light as possible, and spend as much time....

Introduce as much natural light as possible, and spend as much time as you can in the lightest rooms. Daylight is much better for you (and ch... read more

Though we tend to take noise for granted, 18 per cent of....

Though we tend to take noise for granted, 18 per cent of Britons say they are frequently bothered by traffic noise and 20 per cent by neighbours' noise; 8 to 10 per cent of industrial ill... read more