Good Sunday to you all! It’s been a busy week here on the south coast and looks to get even busier in the lead-up to Christmas. End-of-year parties, the Christmas pageant, daycare graduation (I kid you not)… I keep emailing myself reminders because I’m sure I’ll forget something or another.
So, I’m very ready for an early night tonight and looking forward to First and Second Offspring being back at school tomorrow, and then I can cull their toys. But I need to get through the day first, so I’ll go and do that, and leave you with some links to read.
Bob Geldof recently released a 30th anniversary recording of Band Aid, in particular to raise money to fight ebola. As admirable as it is that he wants to assist the effort, many feel that the way in which he is going about it—in the same manner as he and his colleagues did 30 years ago—is condescending and patronising. I happen to agree; I feel as though Geldof might have been able to contribute better had he worked in partnership with African musicians, rather than simply rehashing an 80s rock song. That’s not dismissing the huge amount of money it’s raised, but it does seem like there was more than just a little ego involved.
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As our own government seems to want to deny, deny, deny when it comes to climate change and the desperate need for a turnaround from fossil-fuel based energy, this article details the staggering cost involved in trying to protect homes from rising sea levels and increasingly unpredictable weather events, and assisting those whose homes have been damaged by such events. The difficulty is, as always, to be able to communicate the urgency of climate action to the public, when most people don’t believe it will happen in their lifetime, or to them. We’re still very good at ignoring the signs, and we’re electing governments who reinforce that ignorance.
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This was a really uplifting story out of Wunsiedel, a small town in Germany. The burial place of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, they were frustrated at having to endure an influx of neo-Nazis every November. The neo-Nazis were marching for the so-called National Heroes’ Remembrance Day, and rather than simply hold counter-protests, this year, the residents of Wunsiedel went for something completely different, with amusing and successful results. I love to see the sense of humour and initiative these people displayed to fight the hero-worship of one of the more unsavoury figures in our history. Congratulations, people of Wunsiedel! I hope the neo-Nazis are suitably discouraged.
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Finally, I’m not sure what global attention this story received, but Karl Stefanovic, one of the anchors on a breakfast TV show, became sick of the negative attention and disparaging remarks his female colleages received with regards to their dress. So he decided to run an experiment, and wear the same suit, every day of filming, and see how long it took for people to notice. He’s now auctioning the suit, with proceeds going to White Ribbon, a male-led organisation which goal is to end violence towards women. Not only is this raising money and awareness for an excellent cause, but it’s also obviously an interesting reflection on how both men and women view fashion.