Book Review

Whilst I’ve been on my holidays, I’ve had time to sit in an internet free bubble, read and digest a review copy of Mark Lynas’ new book, The God Species. I really enjoyed the book, although my first impressions were that Mark had gone a bit Micheal Crichton on us (see this post). Anyone who […]


“What on earth are you doing reading that?” Reaction to me reading this book has been vocal and at one stage had me wishing I had a Kindle so I could read it on the sly. I read it in the shadow of unfurling nuclear situation in Japan, whilst in the UK we have recently […]


A few years ago, just before I started this blog and around the time I started my MBA, I followed an eclectic bunch of folks on RSS. At the time there were not that many green blogs and even fewer construction industry ones, and the proportion of UK blogs was much lower. So my RSS […]


Without Hot Air

by Mel Starrs on May 6, 2009

in Book Review

David MacKay seems to be flavour of the month at the minute. I’m not sure whether it’s the Cory Doctorow review over at Boing Boing which triggered off this flurry of media awareness, as the book has been out for some time. Whatever it was, it worked. I’ve given up on remembering to read my […]


So on my quest to read all those books we ‘green’ folks are supposed to have read, I mooched a copy of Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher and (more importantly) actually read it. I have a couple of fuller formed posts to come out of […]


How to read non-fiction

by mel starrs on November 10, 2008

in Book Review, Getting Things Done

I’m an avid reader, a bookworm, a bibliomane, call it what you will. I’m seldom caught without a book in my bag. I’ve just finished several non-fiction which have been gathering dust on my shelves and before I launch into a few reviews I thought I’d share my top 7 tips for reading, in particular […]


Cluetrain revisited

by mel starrs on October 27, 2008

in Blogging and social networks, Book Review

Ten years later, and still not everyone gets all of this. However, things are changing. Facebook has a lot to answer for. When my brother (a chef, so not often “connected” to the internet except by SMS) gets a twitter account, then I’ll know I can stop banging on about this stuff. In the meantime, […]

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Cradle to Cradle – virtual book group

by mel starrs on June 5, 2008

in Book Review

Discussions have been launched here. Go, join in…


Virtual Book Group

by mel starrs on May 13, 2008

in Book Review

Just a quick note to let readers know I am proposing a virtual book group on the Building Sustainability Forum in a few weeks time.  As of yesterday lunchtime, 60 people have had a look, but only one responded to the post – anyone else up for it? Wondering if anyone would like to try […]


Plan B 2.0

by mel starrs on January 14, 2008

in Book Review

Has anybody read this yet? Lester Brown’s book (free ebook download at the link) has been sitting on my to-do list forever (since April 2006 at least – oops!) and rather than wait to read it myself, I thought I’d share it with you all in the hope that someone will read, dissect and point all the […]