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Pals Over Politics: Why your friendships elicit greater consciousness than your Twitter feed

Last night I had dinner with one of my most long-standing pals. We made friends on the school bus at the wise old age of ten, in New Zealand. She was lumbering around a violin case and me, a flute (careers neither of us did pursue). We formed a mutual obsession with Joey and Dawson's relationship and the ever changing nail colour of the month. And now on the other side of the world, through many relationship evolutions and changing tastes, I'm just as excited to have our dinner dates as I was our first play dates.

Last night was particularly special though as we philosophised over a bottle of wine about social change. Without the other knowing, we have both elected this year to change our attitudes to the way we consume. Connie's focus is on purchasing more fashion and wardrobe items from companies that are promoting fair working environments. (For inspiration see here and here).

Mine is a more literal focus on consumption- my attitudes toward purchasing food and a general increased consciousness for less waste (purchasing unpackaged fresh produce, stepping away from the unethical farming industry and generally transitioning to a more vegetarian diet etc).

(Connie is actually a food and dining knowledge maestro so if you're into less culinary waste and using the entire animal for culinary affairs, she is queen of all things offal and you should visit her here)

A bottle of red wine and new found enthusiasm for our 2017 (and hopefully beyond!) focuses, our dinner date was a refreshing, challenging and candid affair.

Which was welcome during a time that BBC seems to alert my phone in increasing measure about our daunting transition into a new Trumpian Brexit era.

As I see (or feel) it, we've never been more saturated by controversial and dividing media announcements. And it's everywhere. It's in my news feed, it’s on the radio, it's throughout my Twitter, it's all over my Facebook, it's in most conversation.

By way of example, the Syrian refugee crisis is overwhelming at best. But a pal I met a few years ago decided she could help. Long term, these refugees need a home. They need an identity, a community and a government regime that will welcome al