Can Temporary Log Cabin Buildings Address the Urgent Need for Space in Educational Establishments?

Stephen Twigg, the shadow education secretary, called on George Osborne, the chancellor, to address this “urgent crisis” in his budget. He predicts that pupils will have to be taught in temporary buildings because schools will soon run out of space. In an article in The Guardian, Twigg claimed that, over the next few years, the government has promised to fund only an extra 100 schools. These are likely to be free schools – one of the coalition’s education reforms.

Official figures show the number of primary age children in the capital is set to soar from 595,000 to 701,000 over the next three to four years, raising the spectre of children having to be taught in school halls, hired buildings and temporary mobile classrooms. Education Secretary Michael Gove hit back by blaming Labour for the crisis, saying that warnings were ignored by the last government until it was too late to avert the problem. Several education authorities are already looking at emergency school accommodation.

Consider if the typical example of a temporary classroom is still an acceptable alternative to a purpose build, or custom designed classroom, ICT suite, canteen, sports pavilion or outdoor education centre? If the cost of hiring a temporary log classroom over five years was equivalent to owning outright a classroom that was designed to meet the key needs of your school, we have to ask if this could be considered a better use of the limited funds being given to schools to cope with the ever expanding needs for extra teaching space.

Log cabins are not only a great solution economically, but also environmentally. When considering the Carbon Footprint of your building, wood is both environmentally friendly, energy efficient and performs better than ‘traditional’ build structures. Wood is a natural material that is both beautiful and tactile and is therefore the first choice for all seasons. It’s insulation qualities ensure that heating and air conditioning costs are kept to a minimum, which makes it the ideal material for many types of school buildings. For example, some Log cabins have been independently certified and have exceeded the minimum U-values which can be proven to save schools between 30 – 40% on heating, lighting and cooling.

In the present era where saving energy and being as space and cost effective as possible is of paramount importance log cabins can provide the ideal solution to a problem of ever growing concern.


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Gym Workout Clothes

If you want to start going to the gym then you will need the right sort of gym workout clothes to ensure that you are comfortable and fashionable. There are several different brands, colors, styles and prices to choose from and which ones you choose will be your personal choice and budget. Going to the gym is a fantastic way to lose weight and get fit and if you want to go often then you will need to have the correct workout apparel.Depending on how often you intend to go to the gym will determine how much you spend on the gym workout clothes. You need to ensure that they are loose fitting and that they are fabrics which will keep you cool. You need the moisture to be taken away from your body when exercising and certain fabrics will do this easily. Cotton is often thought of to help with the moisture but in fact it can become quite heavy when damp and this can in fact hinder you in the gym. Lightweight cotton can be worn as your workout apparel and this can help you to remain cool and dry.You need to consider what gym workout clothes you can afford as some of them are very expensive and if you are only using the gym once or twice then you do not need to spend a fortune. You also need to consider when you are aiming to use the gym as this will determine the style of clothing necessary. If you are visiting in the winter then leggings or jogging bottoms will be preferable over shorts. All of the workout apparel needs to be loose and not tight fitting as this will stop your movements and not allow you to move the gym equipment easily.You need to ensure that you buy good quality trainers and socks which will help your feet not to rub on the trainers and your feet to become sore. Good quality socks will keep your feet dry, blister free and comfortable for the whole time you are in the gym. All women need to consider buying a good quality sports bra as well as this will offer good support when exercising in the gym. Whatever gym workout clothes you decide on they need to be what you like. You should never buy clothing of any sport because you feel that you should or need to.Although you need the workout apparel to be comfortable and long lasting it should also make you feel good when wearing it. If you want to exercise often then you should consider spending more on your workout apparel as it will last longer. Good quality clothing can be washed often and will not lose its shape or style. You won’t have to replace your gym workout clothes often because they are looking worn, faded and badly fit. If you look and feel great when you enter the gym then you are more likely to have a fantastic workout. Going to the gym is a great way to lose weight and ensure that you are keeping fit and healthy.

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.