Magic with a ten pound note

lovewhereyoulive_investinyourfuture623_backThere’s a bit of maths that says if you spend £10 in a local shop that sells stuff from local producers the amount of money that goes back into the local economy can be over £50!

Well if you imagine that when you buy a locally-made pie from a local shop, a big part of your money is passed on to the local piemaker. The shop employs a local accountant or even a decorator. In turn the piemaker who sources his meat from a local farm spends a big percentage of his money with the farmer. The farmer then spends some of his money at his local garage, the garage owner etc. etc.

With each step, around 80% of each spend goes into the local economy. So in effect the money that stays within our locality gets more & more.

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Crunchy Carrot – 22 Varieties

Hoeing the Fields (pitting potatoes), by William Marshall Brown, c1911
Photo Credit: East Lothian Museums http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastlothian/

Not quite the 57, but one more than the 21 varieties that inspired Heinz, and impressive for a High Street in remote East Lothian.

Today I counted 13, entirely Scottish grown. Five of them were local.

Hard to beat.

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Totally Locally Loves Recycling

Totally Locally Dunbar is into recycling. The website template is based on the boring old WordPress Twenty Ten theme, with a bit of css magic. All the Totally Locally graphics are completely recycled, and so are the ideas.

As the biblical saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.

Pinterest is my favourite recycler.

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Who do you love?

Crunch that carrot

Has your high street been credit crunched?

Old rockers will remember the Bo Diddley classic “Who do you love”, his signature one-chord piece with the cryptic intro line “I walked forty-seven miles of barbed wire, use a cobra snake for a neck tie”. The critics have always been divided over the most famous and longest cover of the song featuring on the classic album Happy Trails, by Quicksilver Messenger Service, the 60s American west coast band. Their rendition of the song has 2 chords (maybe more) and an excuse for a 25 minute tour de force – of inventive and fluid duelling electric guitars or forgettable psychedelic excess, depending on your viewpoint. I was born too late, but it makes you nostalgic all the same.

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Ross McDougall – Specialist Fish Shop

Spotted Gurnard – not sure this is local

Great range of fish, bass, bream, ling, gurnard. What could you ask for more? Even more local fish?

Not sure where it all comes from, so more info please, especially if it is really local and who caught it?!

Keep it up.

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