Volunteers hit the beach to seek and destroy mermaid’s tears

Forty people attended the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) autumn beach clean at Porthtowan last weekend. The beach clean is one of two hundred and fifty going on across the nation.

Surfers Against Sewage is a UK environmental charity based in St Agnes. Its mission is to protect UK oceans for all to enjoy safely.

Niki Willows, SAS representative for Porthtowan, said:“The sea is my home. When we first moved down here I kept picking up rubbish off the beach, when you notice one bit you notice it all. When you read the statistics of fish and birds eating it and getting tangled up in it it’s awful.

“Its not that people are horrible it’s just that people don’t really think about things. Even if everyone picks up 5 things, that’s 5 things less that goes back into the sea.”

A lot of SAS’s work relies heavily on community projects and an army of volunteers from across the UK.

Mermaid’s tears also known as resin pellets or nurdles have been identified as one of the main sources of pollution on UK beaches. The small balls of plastic are used in the manufacturing of plastic products.

They are thought to enter marine eco systems through factory storm drains.

SAS is now urging companies to take responsibility to ensure they are kept away from marine environments.

Nancy Mappley, a volunteer at Surfer Against Sewage, said: “I volunteer at the SAS head office, it’s something I feel really strongly and passionate about. Plastic litter is the most common, we’re finding lots of small bits called mermaid tears which fish and mammals eat and it gets stuck in their system and kills them.

“The amount of rubbish found is seasonal; it depends on the weather and tides. After a storm it brings in all sorts of things, it can be clean one day and filthy the next day.”


Brexit: Young people can’t blame it on the ‘older generation’

There is much frustration amongst the younger generation in light of the outcome of the European Referendum held on the 23rd of June this year. Brexit has resulted in many ‘younger people’ blaming the ‘older generation’ as 58% of 64+ year olds voted to leave in comparison to the 64% of 25s and under that wanted to remain.

Brennus Moors, age 67, Falmouth resident of 20 years said: “I voted Brexit because I think its about time England sorted out their own problems and made their own decisions with the government.

I feel like the older generation have been through all that and are ready for the change as they have seen both sides of it and have lived through the last 20 years of being in the EU and are not happy with it so that’s why they want out.”
It has been estimated that only 36% of people in the 18 – 24 year old category voted in the EU referendum, 64% of young people did not bother. Should we blaming the older generation for Brexit or the non-voters of the younger generation?

Many ‘young people’ that did take political civic participation in the referendum and voted remain are angry at their fellow generations lack of support, by wasting their vote as they feel that together the younger generation could have overthrown the Brexit vote favoured by the ‘older generation’.
Izzy Adams, a Journalism student at Falmouth University voted remain and said: “I believe it is important to vote as it represents the voice of our generation and it is a waste of a vote to ruin your ballot card or not vote at all. The referendum determined our future and as a student I want the option to have access to Europe and to travel abroad.”

Similarly, Elle Kydd, a Fashion photography student at Falmouth University who also voted remain said: “This is the toughest most realistic lesson we’re going to learn as a generation. We didn’t get our act together and stand up for ourselves; we have never had any real issues to face – so when Brexit came along, we just assumed it would be okay, someone will sort it and look where it got us. Brexit has been a big wake up call, an ice cold self inflicted wake up call.”

The turnout for the referendum in Cornwall was 77% while Truro & Falmouth saw 53 % voting remain and 47 % leave. Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth was the only Cornish MP that campaigned to remain in the EU. Falmouth and Cornwall were the only constituency to have a higher percentage of remain voters. This could be highly linked to a big presence of the ‘younger generation’ in Falmouth and Truro due to the university and college who usually favour the remain vote.
Sarah Newton feels strongly about young people voting and involving themselves in politics. She said: “Electoral participation is significantly lower among 18-24 year olds compared with older people and there are many factors to address in this situation.

‘They’re quick to moan about Brexit and point fingers but not so quick to draw an X on a ballot paper’
Encouraging young people to get involved in politics is something I personally dedicate a considerable amount of time to. I regularly meet with young people across my constituency.”

On the 23rd June, over 17 million people across the United Kingdom, and over a million people in Scotland, voted to leave the European Union. But the difference between Brexit and remain was close, 51.9% and 48.1%, if the rest of the younger generation had voted, the outcome could have been very different.
The gap between Remain and Leave was 1,269,501 votes. The anticipated population of 20 – 24 year olds in 2015 was 3,806,471. Shockingly only 492,306 applied to register to vote in the months running up to the election.

In January 2016 it was announced that almost £10 million was being allocated to increase the number of people registering to vote across the country. The groups awarded funding include the British Youth Council and UK Youth. A campaign by the National Union of Students is also being funded. But even with all this help being put in place to get all the younger generation to use their vote, it appears that they’re quick to moan about Brexit and point fingers at the ‘older generation’ but not so quick to draw an X on a ballot paper.

For all the younger generation that voted, you are the hope for the future as the referendum has proved that every vote counts. The gap between Remain and Leave was just 1,269,501, if we’d used all our votes as a generation our future could reflect one that was dictated by the majority of the younger generation, remain.

Lousie Searle: Dreaming to reality in the media industry


Entrepreneur, editor and Cornish woman, Louise Searle, works round the clock to keep her print business going. If she’s not out in the waves or at a yoga class, she’s in the office maintaining her dream.

Searle has always been an adventure seeker and has never allowed her gender to hold her back. As a child she could always be found on the streets, skating with the boys. She also loved hanging out at the beach, watching the surfers, longing to be out there in the endless blue ocean, but back in the 70’s “there definitely weren’t the opportunities for girls to learn how to surf like there are now,” she explains.

From seaside local to big city student, Searle moved away from the fresh sea air of a seaside town to the dusty, busy environment of a city to pursue her career as an editor and business owner. She took her bags and travelled to Bristol Poly because it was one of the near ones to Cornwall. This meant that she could drive home a lot to get her fix of fresh air, their she achieved a BA Hons in Humanities. But that was just the start of her career path as she carried on her path at The London at University of the Arts.

She found that having an, “unrelated to anything degree isn’t very good for your career path.” So she moved to the big city of London and decided to pay for herself to study a Post Grad Diploma in Printing and Publishing.

Searle was very interested in getting into publishing and has always been determined, so after completing her post grad degree there was loads of job opportunities, but not in her beloved home of surf and sand, Cornwall.

After a few years of staring at concrete and tall bleak buildings, Searle grew to loath dragging her feet along subway and tubes to arrive at her publishing jobs. The seaside was calling her and so was a new career move, so she moved back to Cornwall in the early ‘90s because she missed the sea so much, she was fed up with looking at concrete.

Searle stated: “I moved back to Cornwall but there weren’t any jobs here in the 90’s Cornwall was a very poor county not like it is today. So we had to create our own.”

Using her insinuative, Searle set out on her journey as a business owner with the help of the Prince’s Trust a youth charity that helps young people aged 13-30 get into jobs and build their own businesses. Her and her partner were both into bodyboarding so they set up ThreeSixty a Bodyboarding magazine, which lead to her starting Carve and then her dream of Orca Publications, was born.

Searle looks like a body boarder and a surfer with her sandy blonde hair, tanned skin and healthy glow, body covered in silver turquoise jewellery. Her mannerisms are laid back despite having a desk piled with paperwork and many to do sticky notes across her computer. But she always knew her dream would come at a cost.

Her dream of women in the surf industry being respected and looked up to, her dream of her magazine called SurfGirl. Searle was driven and inspired to create her own magazine, because she was, “fed up with seeing shots of women walking down the beach with a board under their arm. Thought it was time for a change.”

Searle spends most of her days and evenings in her tall office that over looks Newquay in Cornwall. Her days consist of countless jobs. Centrally her role is to keep the company going through the good times and  the bad, which is not easy in Cornwall producing mainly print. From 10am in the morning it’s all go for Searle as editor of two magazines and a business owner there’s barely any time for her favourite, a slice of cake and cup of extremely strong coffee.

Searle’s day consists of reading all the emails, usually people from all over the world who want to be involved in her magazine, SurfGirl. Then most probably over coffee and cake she’ll have a chat with shop manager about how the online shop’s going and make some decisions about that. Not only does she run two magazines Carve, a surfing magazine for men and SurfGirl, a surfing magazine for women, but she also runs an online shop alongside both of these.

As late morning approaches Searle usually sets up social media for the day on Hootsuite for SurfGirl and the Beach Boutique online shop. Five coffees later, and its time for her to check out any new stories, do some work on Carve and sort out some accounts. Then after all that if there’s time do some cool stuff like work out what’s going in the next magazine, or arrange a photo shoot for the Beach Boutique or come up with some ideas to design something new. It doesn’t stop from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning to the moment she shuts them the next evening.

But it’s not all about sitting in the office for Searle; she’s built a business that allows her to move away from her office chair. She jets off around the world getting content for SurfGirl magazine. Just this year she went to Ipso in Munich to attend a massive sports action trade show and go to see the brands to sort out planning for the year. Then In October she went to France for the Quicksilver and Roxy Pro to see the event, interview some surfers and meet up with the brands again.

There are successes and failures with any business and Searle has a very upbeat attitude towards everything.


Check out all her achievements in action here:







Bikini vibes…

I have recently started blogging and Instagramming for Rip Curl Europe (which I’m super happy about). So I thought I’d use this as an excuse to skip exam revision and instead go for an evening swim with my Go Pro. This was in order to blog about how awesome Rip Curl bikinis are. However, in this case it is a blog post about a singular bikini as more posts are on the way …
It was a beautiful sunny evening in Falmouth, Cornwall, so I hit the beach for a swim in my Lolita Rip Curl Bikini from the Alanas closet range (Alana’s an extremely  inspirational surfer to me). It fits perfectly and the bright tribal patterns reflect the summer vibes that are now fast approaching, as the smell of BBQ burgers and sun cream are starting to fill the air.
I would highly recommend the Lolita Triangle bikini top to the flatter chested women out there (admittedly like me) as the extra straps draw attention to other areas rather than your cleavage (or lack of). Personally, I love the cut out sides of the bikini bottoms as it shows off a bit of your hips and is a little bit cheeky, without showing off too much skin.

Cornish MPs fight to revitalise Cornish language

By Emily Furness

 Cornish MPs fight to support the Cornish language despite its annual £150,000 funding being stopped.

 The majority of Cornish MPs took their oath in Cornish and are disappointed at the Department of Communities and Local Government’s decision to stop all finding for the Cornish language, since it was recognised as a regional and minority language in 2003.

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, said: “I took my oath of allegiance in Cornish as I had been asked to do so by some of my constituents and as I knew it meant a lot to them, I was pleased to do so.”

Cornish MPs such as Sarah Newton bid to keep funding for the minority language.

Newton, added: “I am disappointed that the bid was unsuccessful on this occasion…. I will continue to work with my colleagues and Cornwall Council to ensure that the Cornish language as well as Cornish culture and history continues to flourish.”

There are only 300-500 fluent Cornish language speakers in Cornwall. However, there are a larger number of people with some Cornish and who are learning.

Over 1,000 people have subscribed to the online course “Say Something in Cornish,” run by the Cornish language partnership, Maga.

Mark Trevethan, Head of the Cornish Language Unit, Cornwall Council said: “Official backing and funding for the language over the last 10 years has made a massive difference to increasing visibility of the language, changing perceptions of the language, creating resources to make it easier to study Cornish.”

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle also took his oath in Cornish and is looking to find alternative ways to fund the language since the cuts.

Eustice said: “I will be exploring alternative sources of government funding to support the wider development of Cornwall’s culture and heritage through the new Kresen Kernow centre in Redruth, this could include providing support for the Cornish language.”

MPs of Cornwall are working with the Cornish language, community and representative organisations such as the Gorseth, to develop a strategy on how to safeguard and grow the Cornish language in the future.

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