Walking the Beacons Way

The Beacons Way is an iconic walk, established in 2005, by John Samson, of the Brecon Beacons Park Society. It runs for just under 100 miles along the length of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a challenging route, though well within the reaches of a fit and competent hill walker. Demanding uphill climbs and undulating ridges give spectacular views of the National Park, its varied landscapes and its wildlife.

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What is missiology?

Missiology is a study of missionary praxis (activity). As an academic discipline, it is relatively new and quietly becoming established in a number of centres around the world—including Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, with whom I conducted my doctoral research. Missiology draws upon numerous other disciplines, besides theology, in its search to understand mission. This can make a definitive definition hard to nail down.

Its significance is revealed by David J. Bosch when he identifies the “almost imperceptible shift from an emphasis on a church-centred mission to a mission-centred church” (Transforming Mission, 2005, p.370). This implies or leads to recognition of several vital realities:

  • The church is, by its nature, missionary, because God is missionary.
  • The church is a servant community, called into existence to serve God’s purpose.
  • The church exists in tension with, but not separate to, a world in which injustice and corruption is both intrinsic and endemic.

‘Ultra-processed’ products now half of all UK family food purchases

Processed foods are at the root of the nations health problems and issues related to unsustainable farming practices.

Unfortunately, thanks to our hugely significant over-reliance on the supermarkets, most of the country isn’t even aware of the nature and extent of these problems…

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Beacons Way 1 — Llangadog to Carreg Cennen

Trail 1 of Beacons Way undertaken by Tuesday Walkers Society

Demanding 9 miles
Overcast; fine, misty rain; blustery wind


A demanding 9-mile linear walk from the eastern end of the Beacons Way, at Llangadog, passing through the settlement of Bethlehem, where we entered the bounds of the Brecon Beacons National Park, through to Castle Carreg Cennen; total ascent 1918ft.

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How paying subsidies to farmers saves us money in the end

Excellent summary of the systemic food farming issues that need to be addressed by Brexit — and in which Wales could lead the way.

Maniffesto Bwyd | Food Manifesto

By Megan Perry, Sustainable Food Trust

When Britain leaves the EU, farmers will no longer receive direct payments from Brussels, and the UK governments will have to make their own policy on subsidies. Some people will see this as an opportunity to reduce costs, but the Sustainable Food Trust’s new report The Hidden Cost of UK Food suggests that cutting subsidies might be a false economy.

The report shows that agricultural subsidies make up a comparatively small proportion of the total costs of UK food – just 2.5p for every pound spent on what we eat. That’s because there are huge hidden costs in the food system, such as the health care bill caused by poor diets, and the environmental impacts of intensive farming. Farm subsidies, meanwhile, will be pivotal in shifting our food system towards more sustainable practices, saving us money in the long run.

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Interactive Map

The map below displays the routes of hill-walks and rambles throughout South West Wales, using Google Maps to upload individual walks and map them collectively, as an overlay.

Each walk is tracked using global-positioning-satellite (GPS) technology, via a smartphone app, while the walks are traversed. Routes can be downloaded and followed using a smartphone. Some walks are also described, with photographs and statistics in my walking blog, Rambling On. Continue reading “Interactive Map”

Llanelli Food Assembly

Update: Llanelli Food Assembly has now closed.

In 2017, I established Llanelli Food Assembly as a Welsh Food Producers Market offering fresh food, direct from Carmarthenshire farms and numerous Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Swansea Food Producers.

The Assembly market works on a simple {Click} & {Collect} basis, via an easy-to-use online marketplace and smartphone app, with a weekly local collection point in the heart of Llanelli. Continue reading “Llanelli Food Assembly”

Heart and hearth in harmony

A couple of years ago, a good friend, near to whom I formerly lived, now living several hours away from me, wrote informing me about a debilitating physical condition that had recently begun attacking the integrity of his body. Upon diagnosis, he was immediately admitted into the care of an NHS hospital. Sensing his distress, I shared this “blessing-prayer” with him. Continue reading “Heart and hearth in harmony”

A New Economic Framework

The contemporary economic system has broken the vital relationship between Land, Food and People. There is a crucial need to renew the system that has produced this breakdown.

“Brexit” represents a propitious historical moment to respond decisively to a range of critical issues relating to the disproportionate empowerment of corporations, landowners and shareholders, at the cost of national health, the concerns of systemic stakeholders and the expectations of land-workers, in particular. Continue reading “A New Economic Framework”

Where’s the Long Man?

The latest technology from OS Maps is stunning. It’s called Aerial 3D and it renders high-density satellite imagery onto OS surveyed land maps, to provide fabulous 3D imagery of walking routes.

The angle and rotation can be varied; it even has an auto-rotate option to allow you to sit back and watch the world go around. Brilliant fun, but actually a superb resource potentially, for use in understanding a route and how it interacts with the landscape. Continue reading “Where’s the Long Man?”

Diet Doctor

Diet Doctor is a relatively new resource, appearing in the current format in the last year, after starting out in Sweden, in 2011. It’s entered the sphere of dietary nutrition at what I believe is a critical moment for the world. Seriously:

Something is badly wrong. While the prosperity of the world has never been higher, people are suffering. More and more people – the majority in the Western world – are obese or overweight, and a large proportion are on prescription drugs every day for the rest of their lives. Every year new people add to the sad statistics. As we get ever richer as a society our health appears to decline. Why is this?

With that backdrop, it’s clear: there’s a crucial need for accessible, accurate, reliable nutritional dietary information to be delivered through the medium of the internet—the “printing press” of the twenty-first century.

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