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wake up world!

come on everybody, time to get moving talking doing, Northern Ireland [hey] has to lead the world

I’m very busy with ASAP, SASAP, MASAP, TASAP and all the other SAPs and we need your help

soon you’ll be hearing the voices of the amazing excellent boys of Lurgan St Paul’s Junior High School. They’re among thousands of schoolpersons speaking out loud and clear now, on environment and sustainability issues. Well done those boys!!

We already have the answers! we just don’t quite realise it. Watch these spaces and feel free to join in wherever you see a space for YOU. Our MLAs are doing it, our MPs, our Mayors, our councils, Limavady, Ballymoney the latest; + our businesses…. and our wonderful local papers – keep reading them, they keep our communities alive.

But you know, we’re all a bit rusty sometimes on what to do, and how, so we’ve all got to help each other.

Shop ASAP with Baglady around Northern Ireland [hey] starting at the Salad Bowl in Omagh. This is a project with EWWR – European Week of Waste Reduction [November 19-27] – get YOUR favourite shop in the picture. ASAP.

Travel ASAP i.e. virtually online with Baglady, sailing from Rome on November 15th. Listen to her/me on John Toal’s Saturday Magazine show, BBC Radio Ulster 10am October 29th. Get inspired. Quick!!

check our ASAP intro film here, NOW and let’s rock Mother earth back onto her axis

remembering September 11: a Baglady shout about ending war

The Dalai Lama said [1994: ‘no matter how pure and positive the motivation for violence… it is very difficult to predict the consequences [so] it is always better to avoid a situation that may require violent means.’

I can only agree, and hope we humans are capable of learning the lesson. We can’t afford any more war and destruction, and we know quite well how to do it otherwise.

Peace and War: 9/11 stories a book by photographer Geoff Bromilow and author Kathryn Pentecost, launches at the Melbourne City Library Gallery

Mural New York

Mural New York

Including work like this photo of a mural in New York.

Beneath the Burn event

Killyclogher burn event posterV2

The Pledge on the Hill

great news!

Baglady’s film of Stormont ASAP: The Pledge on the Hill is now up on our website.

Get ready to do YOUR very own Pledge ASAP. If you’ve already done it – pass it on. See other people’s pledges on

Round 2 ASAP starts very soon. We’ve also got our first French town signing up, and we’ve got people all over the world speaking with us.

*Baglady’s filming for UTV’s Ultimate Ulster at Belfast’s Hazelwood primary school on Friday 17th;

*The next Baglady film – Living ASAP: At Home with Baglady – is already in post-production. Cool, deadly.

More on Stormont ASAP

it’s 10 whole days since our legendary trip to Stormont, and I’m still in shock at what happened on Monday last.

Brian Wilson (Greens) and St John’s pupils

MLAs from all different parties, including Ministers Edwin Poots, Brian Wilson and Sammy Wilson, + Enda Kenny the head of Fine Gael and Gerry Adams, MP came to the Long Gallery, to meet the KIDS from:

Ballymacrickett Primary School, Glenavy, Co. Antrim

Buick Memorial Primary School, Cullybackey, Co. Antrim

Hazelwood Integrated Primary School, North Belfast

St. Colms High School, Draperstown, Co. Derry

St John’s Business and Enterprise College, Dromore, Co. Tyrone

St Theresa’s Primary School, Loughmacrory, Co.Tyrone

and to take the adults’ Pledge ASAP.

Bradley (Buick PS) Emily (Ballymacrickett PS) and Emma (St Colm’s PS) with Baglady in BBC Stormont studio talking to Talkback’s Wendy Austin about the pledge

Thomas Burns [SDLP South Antrim] was there for Ballymacrickett and sent out a press release about the day;
North Antrim’s Daithi McKay [SF] Rev Robert Coulter [UUP] and Mervyn Storey [DUP] for Buick;
Patsy McGlone [SDLP, mid Ulster, + former Environment Committee chair] was there for St Colm’s but I seem to remember he’s going to talk his pledges over with the family – a VERY good idea.
Pat Doherty[SF] West Tyrone supported St John’s and St Theresa’s

Other MLAs who pledged: Gerry McHugh; David Hilditch, Sammy Wilson, Gerry Adams, Fra McCann, Michelle McIlveen, Cathal Boylan and Mickey Brady.

Delegates from each school told of their personal ASAP pledges, and their environmental and sustainability work and how they connect up with me, Baglady. At all stages there were MLAs listening including Brian Wilson [Greens, and the first MLA to pledge ASAP in August 2009 Daithi McKay was the 2nd.

Sam Gardner was 3rd to pledge a few weeks ago, and Naomi Long’s promised…! we know there’ll be lots more from our 2nd round, later this summer…

The sun came out exactly on time and shone upon us. We all had a bit of lunch around the big tables, and talked. Except me, Emma [St Colm’s] Emily [Ballymacrickett] and Bradley [Buick] who went to the BBC studio to be on Talkback with Wendy Austin. We have to get back to Wendy for her pledge when she’s had more time. It takes a bit of time and thought.

I’ve just been looking at the film done by Shane Martin, and it’s great! I think we were all equally amazed at how enjoyable and light-hearted it all was. Maybe it could be easy to make the changes we need to approach living ASAP. And maybe politics is getting more people friendly.

But the changes are urgent. Want proof? Please scroll down to see the 2 short films below; send your comments. In time, Jonny and I will prepare some questions to help us all think creatively together, and DO.

So keep taking up/talking up ASAP and tell us how you go! And as I said at Stormont, there’s no more time for tokenism when taking pledges. We must all mean what we say. So we’ll be checking on everyone’s progress in the nearish future.

pledge and pass on pledge and pass on pledge and pass on

best, S the B

You can see all the photos from the day here:

World’s 1st ASAP at Stormont – MLAs rush to support

Amazing event at Stormont yesterday; Midsummer’s Day 2010 in sunny Belfast.

Stormont Steps

The schools with Baglady on Stormont steps

KIDS and top teachers from all over NI strode into Stormont to the Long Gallery to tell the MLAs how to live ASAP… well, the early stages of it.

It was a very cross-political party event, and loads of MLAs have Pledged ASAP: well DONE yous.

Just checking recent KIDS pledges: they’re thundering in from Harpers Hill, Coleraine; Dunclug College, PS and even Nursery school (Dunclug seems to have a lot of great tots, the youngest ever baglady – Aimée Brett, aged 3 – was there in 2004 and started her work at ONCE!!).


Daithi McKay and Gerry Adams with pupils of St John’s Business and Enterprise College

Keep spreading the story everyone! Who do you know on the far side of the world that would LOVE to join us in living ASAP…… ????

Midsummers Day is ASAP Day in Northern Ireland

Gday everyone, Baglady speaking as usual


Naomi and Baglady.jpg

from now on we’re going to be welcoming more and more voices from around the world

talking ASAP

watch out for Baglady’s speech at Stormont for [World] ASAP Day

we’re saying World cos we mean global busyness

pledge ASAP and pass the message on…


keep the plates spinning…. the torch blazing….. L, S the B

ASAP Week Begins – Baglady up late

Gday/gnight, it’s me Baglady


14mins past midnight Monday the 14th,
first day of ASAP Pledge Week hurrayyyyyy!!!
and THEN

next Monday’s ASAP Pledge DAY!!

which is the 21st of June

Midsummer’s Day, the longest day of the year.


Give UP one thing
Take UP one thing
HELP save the world! Get the story out!

L, S the B

Good surprise, alarming surprise

Gday. Baglady here.

Today I had a very good surprise, and a very alarming one as well.

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The good surprise was that I had a great visit to the 3 P7 classes at Bangor Central Integrated Primary School. This is Bangor Co, Antrim. KIDS [and teachers] from Bangor Wales please join us – ASAP OK? We need everybody.

I think it was Mr Conville’s class. And it was a boy that first mentioned it – Saving The World. A favourite topic of mine. So I asked if anyone else wanted to save the world too, and most of the hands in the class shot up! Wow. This is so cool, it’s deadly…… I’ll explain 6dotters later……

The alarming surprise was when I mentioned to Mr Murray’s class, then Mr Conville’s, that there’s this thing I call the Texas Rubbishberg/er [as in icebergs and hamburgers]. It’s a huge massive lump of rubbish somewhere off the coast of America, the Atlantic or the Pacific…… this lump of rubbish is the size of Texas.

So Mr Conville whizzed online and found this TexasRubbishberger [think of a totally plastic hamburger with a plastic meat and plastic cheese and red plastic sauce..] So he put it up on the interactive whiteboard thing and we all looked. While the KIDS told me how they’re feeling about this rubbish world, Mr Conville went back online.

A few minutes later, he flashed up the updated image. See, the Texas Rubbishburger’s a thing of the past. Now it’s 2 rubbishbergs, and together they make up a lump of rubbish the size of the whole US of A. Google it and C4URself.

EDIT: here are two YouTube films that show just how serious this — The ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, as it has become known — actually is:

So the meeting at Stormont is going to be much more important than we at first thought. We need to stop just talking about it. We need to DO. And we’ve got lots of people with us.

It’s just a wee pledge, give up one thing, take up one thing. All we need, is our leaders to lead…. SO

watch this space and JOIN IN Adults KIDS

Can everyone help please, we’ve got a huge story to tell – Northern Ireland to the world in a small series of leaps! Where have I been? What’s happened? Who’s pledging what? Omagh, Dromore, Loughmacrory, St Malachy’s Ballymoyer, then Dublin to edit our all Ireland ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2010 film, then back to Bangor. Filming @ Coleraine’s Harpers Hill Primary School, Fri 11th, and St Columbus, Garvagh. Reports in the next blog or 2 or 3….. and piks ASA we get the legals sorted…. L, S the B

ASAP Pledge Fortnight begins

Hullo and gooday, everybody! Baglady speaking.

This is ASAP Pledge Fortnight, leading up to
ASAP Pledge Week starting June 14 and
ASAP Pledge Day, on June 21st, at the Northern Ireland Assembly, at Stormont. When our children take their pledges to show our polticians and ask them to join in, support andLEAD

You can be there too! Virtually. Adults go to:

KIDS go to

and take your pledge: Give up one thing and take up one thing

next blog: news of Baglady’s visit to Omagh, Dromore, Loughmacrory and the BBC’s Wild Day Out!

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BL in Portadown, 2005