In the news today – battery farming of chickens to end in the UK in four years (by 2012). This means no more chickens in cages! They will still use the crowded barn system, which is not as good as free range where the chickens get to go outside and have more room, but it is better than stacks of cages full of chickens (battery farming).
From the BBC news: Currently 63% of UK egg industry is battery farming, 32% is free range, the remaining 5% must be the barn system. This will cost consumers. Today six eggs from battery farming costs 73p while free ranges costs £1.28.
Read more in The Times – Stores to ban ‘cruel’ eggs from battery hens.
Other news – the Glastonbury Festival
The Glastonbury Festival, an outdoors music event that has been held yearly since 1970, takes place from June 27 to 29 this year. Tickets go on sale April 6, but there is online pre-registration now. Read more about it in the Guardian: ‘Pre-registration’ returns for Glastonbury. “Current objects of speculation include Radiohead, Muse, Kylie Minogue and Led Zeppelin.” Glastonbury is in Somerset, a 50 minute drive south-west of Bath. More information on the Glastonbury Festival site.
Other news – Stroud Parkour
The cottage we rented is in Windsoredge, a village on the edge of the larger village of Nailsworth, five miles south of Stroud. Stroud is our nearest “big” town – the big smoke. See the rooftops of Stroud on this video by a local “parkour” guy –
Stroud Parkour (YouTube video of Hunter Hubbard). There was an article about him today in the local paper, Stroud News and Journal.