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How to be

fast.

Subscribe to Top Gear magazine Drive to the supermarket to buy a ready meal Drive the three miles to work, and never lift-share with neighbouring colleagues Move to New York Text your teenagers upstairs to tell them to turn down the music Buy quick-cook pasta Ask someone how they are while busying yourself with what you are doing Turn on your mobile as soon as you get out of bed Check work emails at the weekend Only cook expensive cuts of meat to slim the hob-to-table time Send your digital photos to all your friends Shop at the out-of-town mall Work in the city Hothouse your kids in a fast-track school Buy a kid’s story tape instead of a book Do your make-up while stuck in a traffic jam Drive to everything, regardless of distance, time of day and weather Use a microwave Answer your mobile regardless of who you are with and where you are Listen to an iPod rather than to people or nature Expect instant service and gratification for everything and anything you want Confine your reading to magazines, blogs and celebrity news Only see films playing in multiplexes Smoke – and support the tobacco industry Buy kindling from the garage Ignore the stuff in the fridge and get a take-away Check out budget flights as soon as they come out Shove the dog into the garden for a pee instead of going for a walk Buy your son a quad bike Buy a barbecue pack Put granny in a home today rather than wait until she needs it Change your décor before it goes out of fashion Drink with the sole purpose of getting drunk Buy ready-cut fruit in a plastic container Hurl all your rubbish together into a big black bin liner Drive around the gym looking for the closest space to the entrance 278


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Don’t buy anything new for a year

Tune in to a radio play

Learn a poem Check emails only twice a day

Dance on your own Write a letter to your mother/sister/best friend Shop on the high street Plan your days around large, communal meals

Buy local, buy organic and research recipes that fit the seasonal produce

How to be

At leisure, eat, sleep, work and rest when your body tells you to Make your own stock, soups and sauces

Slow... Get acquainted with public transport Spend time with a baby Bake a cake, knit a scarf

Learn to meditate Send your child to a Rudolf Steiner school

Cook with your children

Have a proper afternoon tea

Make a scrapbook for your grown-up children out of your memories of their childhood

Plant a tree that is going to be fully grown long after you are gone

Write a diary Argue about the best way to cook wild garlic Buy second hand, rent and When you see something beautiful, give borrow as much as possible yourself time to admire it Light the fire and turn off the TV Press the buttons on pedestrian crossings as

Play a board game

you walk by, thus slowing down drivers in a hurry

Get passionate about pork belly

Buy a bike – and ride it

Ask your parents to tell you about their childhood Take granny for a walk

Work from home some of the week

Buy only what you need and don't be a slave to marketing

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How to be fast and how to be slow  

How to be fast and how to be slow - sample pages from Go Slow England (Alastair Sawday Publishing, March 2008)

How to be fast and how to be slow  

How to be fast and how to be slow - sample pages from Go Slow England (Alastair Sawday Publishing, March 2008)

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