Support Jane on the Award’s coast-to-coast cycle challenge

A bicycle on rocks beside some water.

For those of you who don’t know, the lovely Jane works for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; she’s their New Start Project co-ordinator.

The New Start project was launched in 1998 with the aim of demonstrating how the Award Programme can compliment and enhance the work of organisations concerned with reducing and preventing youth crime and promoting community safety.

As part of the Award’s 50th Anniversary the Scottish Award Office Team are embarking on a cycle challenge. They are planning to cycle from coast-to-coast, west to east, Glasgow to Edinburgh on Friday 4 August 2006 in order to raise £1,000 for the Award’s Jubilee Fund, which will help to secure the future of the Award and the amazing work that it does.

If you would like to support Jane and the rest of the Scottish Award team then you can donate money at Just Giving.

Laundry symbols

Row of washing machines at a laundrette.

Do you know what all the little symbols on your clothes mean, the laundry and ironing-related ones on the label? I don’t, but I’ve found a great resource that reminds me.

Some of the symbols are fairly easy to work out. The tub of water with a temperature and/or dot is easy to work out: that’s to do with washing. One dot is 30 deg C, two is 40 deg C, all the way up to a whopping 95 deg C (six dots). Ironing too is simple, it shows an image of an iron again with dots signifying the temperature.

Some of the symbols are not so easy to guess. Bleach is symbolised by a triangle (is that supposed to suggest a warning?); tumble drying by a circle within a square. Line dry looks like an envelope, drip dry looks like a top-down diagram of a three slot toaster! (I don’t recommend drying clothes over the toaster!) Dry cleaning instructions are symbolised by a circle. Some have letters within the circle, others have tangents indicating further instructions such as short cycle, low heat and no steam.

And of course, if the symbol is crossed out: DON’T DO IT! Which is a shame, because my trousers are still damp and I now know that the label recommends “Do Not Tumble Dry”.

Check out the Guide to Common Home Laundering and Drycleaning Symbols, which can also be downloaded in PDF format. There is also a good section on how to remove stains from clothing too. (Check me out with my domesticated blog posts!)