Tamara Griffiths
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With over twenty years experience writing firstly for theatre, Tamara has had professional productions of her plays in five countries and written films shown on television in the U.K. and North America, before devoting herself to mountain living and embarking on the world's only masters degree in Sustainable Mountain Development at the UHI Centre for Mountain Studies in the Scottish Highlands. As well as being commissioned by Arts Council England to write her first novel she is currently having a book about high altitude lifestyles and traditions translated into Italian to be published by Editrice Livi Italy 2013. She lives in the Sibillini Mountains Italy.

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Do You Know Where Your Pasta Comes From?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Recently I returned to the bakery in the Sibillini mountains where they harvest their wheat by hand to buy some flour. None was for sale, so many people want to buy their flour they couldn't begin to meet the demand. When I asked a neighbour in a mountain village why...

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The Real Truffle - Your Nose Knows Not

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:33 PM

The stunningly scenic mountain village of Montefortino in the Sibillini Mountains Central Italy, held its 16th annual Festival of Real Truffles, 'Festival del Tartufo Vero dei Monti Sibillini', often amidst thunder and lightening. While the stormy weather was not ideal it was symbolic as the Romans believed that truffles were...

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Look to the Mountains Before It's Too Late

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:32 PM

While the whole world is watching the Arctic melt, there is special significance for Canadians as our country includes extensive Arctic territory and simultaneously has an energy policy at odds with responsible aims. Consider how Canada maybe under reporting its carbon emissions, which are set to increase at...

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The Art of Enjoying Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:28 AM

In Hinduism, appreciation of life is viewed as an art one learns through maturity of thought and experience. In contrast, in western countries there is an assumption that enjoying life is something we acquire through situations or objects. Yet for almost a decade, western governments have seen that "in wealthy...

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Why You Should Stay Festive and Frugal This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 3:19 PM

"To live is to consume" it is said, but how is the question...

Even in a recession, Christmas spending amounts to one third of the annual retail turn over in developed countries. A study done in Australia by Farbotko and Head showed that people with a "green identity" who take...

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Hermits Are Fashionable Again -- And They Aren't All Solitary

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:47 PM

Hermits are apparently becoming fashionable again. A study by I. Turina at the University of Bologna shows that the number of hermits in Europe is growing each year. In Italy alone more than 2000 exist now. Partly this is because the definition of a hermit is being modernized so there...

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Trouble Digesting? Try the Pre-Industrial Diet

(5) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Almost all vegetables we buy today had a 'wild' ancestor, and many plants were originally consumed for their medicinal values. Interestingly people with diverse food intolerances often find they digest these pre-industrial foods particularly well. There is an argument that society exposes us to foods our species has not had...

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The Science Behind Mountain Climbing

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:30 PM

For many hikers the environment above the tree line offers the most poignant mountain experience. This is where the feel-good factor kicks in and multiplies. If you are someone who feels better the higher you go, you may have wondered why. Part of the impact is psychological. Mountains are intensely...

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Why Mountains Are the Key to the World's Water

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Just before the floods in Toronto, President Jeff Melanson of Banff Center sent an email to all on the mailing list expressing heartfelt thanks for the help received during the devastating flooding in Banff. Nowadays risk management of extreme weather and coping with natural disasters are a key focus in...

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