Stuard Murdoch has raised £4000 (a helluva lot more than the £1,500 he expected) for Friends of the Earth Scotland - by auctioning his Classic Ford Granada Mark 1 as featured on the sleeve of 'I'm Waking Up To Us'. The winning (crazy!) bidder/donater was Lisa Carr from Washington, DC. The band also gave her a pass to see Belle and Sebastian for free over the next five years.
Stuart made the following statement: "I'm surprised I got so much for the car. In a perfect world we wouldn't need Friends of the Earth. The council and the government would be doing all the things that FoE propose to do. It's sad that councils only NOW are looking for ways to recycle rubbish rather than bury it. And that's only because it's becoming too expensive to bury. Makes you think that our councils consist entirely of accountants. Does nobody look around them on the way into the office? Isn't there slightly more to life than balancing the budget? Take a wider view!
Like wind turbines for instance. Is it any flook that this is the one man made structure that looks great in the countryside? Very similar in size and shape to the pylon, but one is intrinsically ugly, while the other makes my heart jump to see it up close. Surely the future? A line of sea bound turbines up the Atlantic coast, providing a third of our energy. A real futuristic landmark! Just a thought..
Thanks for bidding!
Stuart Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian"
For more info have a look at the Auction page on eBay @ this address. More importantly, please investigate the issues that affect us all and see what you can do to help on the friends of the earth website.