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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

SPECIAL: Manchester Editor

Another day, another editor so it seems. Am delighted to announce that Manchester is now in the CityHippy house represented by the magnificent Ian P or Mr How to save the world for free to you. Ian is a great green blogging fiend and actually runs over 10 blogs from what I can tell - where do you find the time Ian??? His energy is amazing and he is definitely a blogger with plenty of soul. Worth keeping an eye on for sure. Before Ian starts is the usual info for you about our new Manchester Editor. Enjoy.

CityHippy: Who are you, where do you come from and live?

Ian: I'm a 36 year old geek living in Manchester. I was born in Bridgend, but when I was one we moved to Brazil for a year. After a few years in Lancaster we ended up in Cumbria, where both my parents families are from. I've been in Manchester for most of the last sixteen years after coming here to study.

CityHippy: What inspires you to be green?

Ian: My parents. They were in an alternative technology group in the eighties. (For a while we had a Savonius style windmill made from two split oil drums. I don't know if it ever generated any electricity, but I used it as a roundabout.) Two years ago they started thinking about building a green home, and from that How to Save the World for Free was born.

CityHippy: What is the one thing you do that you are proud of doing?

Ian: I cook, well and often. Apart from soup there is almost never any prepared food in the flat. I've become very good at taking several ingredients and dreaming up a meal to make from them.

CityHippy: What is the one thing you wish you could do?

Ian: The flat is rented, so there's no way I can do anything structural to cut energy consumption.

CityHippy: What is the one thing you wish everyone in the world did differently?

Ian: Stopped and thought. If they wondered about the efficiency or sense of the things they do unconciously they might realise there are less wasteful options.

CityHippy: What is your dream job?

Ian: I'd love to make enough money from my various interests, and my family of blogs, to not need to work in an office. If I could spend a couple of hours in the morning blogging and the afternoon drawing, writing or making stuff it would be perfect.

CityHippy: What is your favourite way to relax?

Ian: Many of my friends would say I'm far too relaxed to start with. Cycling's good sometimes, computer games are good others. And spending time with my girlffriend is always good.

CityHippy: Why is the world a mess? What can we do about it?

Ian: Too many falsehoods- the car is always faster, the supermarket is always cheaper- believed by too many people. people are slowly coming round to the truth. It's up to those of us already here to keep on cycling and keeping the local shops afloat until the rest of the world catches up with us. Though some of us will always be a few steps ahead of the crowd.

Welcome Ian and Hello Manchester!



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