Open your ears

Liz Mulholland has her ears opened by the ancient ear candle treatment.

“I’ve always spoken with an adenoidal twang and I liked to think it was part of my northern charm. Two weeks ago, I discovered it wasn’t. It was a moment of Damascene significance in my life as, for the first time, I heard my own voice as others hear it (less shrill than I suspected), while everything else around me sounded as if someone had turned up the volume a notch or two.

Wax works: as the candle enters the ear, there’s a gentle, warming ‘whoosh’

“London is LOUD, isn’t it,” I texted a friend. God, I felt good, euphoric almost – as though my brain had been “freed up”. This must be how normal people feel all the time, I thought; people whose auditory canals and sinuses are as clear and free-flowing as a mountain stream.

I am now addicted to what is known as thermal auricular therapy, or ear candling. Though subsequent treatments have not proved as dramatic as the first, the decongested life is a revelation, and more pleasant than knocking back Sudafed.”


GoodnessDirect ear candles

Crazy food arrangements

Here Treehugger finds some really backwards food shipping methods.

“Cod caught off Norway is shipped to China to be turned into filets, then shipped back to Norway for sale.
Argentine lemons fill supermarket shelves on the Citrus Coast of Spain, as local lemons rot on the ground.
Half of Europe’s peas are grown and packaged in Kenya.”

I guess there is still a lot of organisation to do to sort out some common practises that would help save the environment.

The above examples aren’t a surprise, of course, ‘going green’ nearly always means to undo or change/optimise our old ways.