We have an extra child in our house this morning – it’s First Offspring’s first time hosting a sleepover and his friend arrived last night to stay. They had a great time, playing Minecraft and being nerdy about Pokemon. Ah, childhood! Now I just have enough time to post these links before I take her home. Hope you’re all having a good start to the New Year!
This piece was worth including, I thought, because too often we define people who have been displaced from their homelands in terms of their treatment, be it persecution or genocide. As the photographer points out, it is very important to remember such terrible events, but it is not the only information we should have of a culture. We should also celebrate what it means to belong to that culture, and we should appreciate just how wonderful it is that in spite of all the hardships, different groups have managed to hold onto their cultural heritage and traditions. Also, the pictures are just lovely.
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Antibiotic resistance has been something we’ve been warned about for years, but it also doesn’t seem to be something the average person takes seriously – until it happens to them. The news that a new antibiotic has been discovered, with potentially more on the way, is good to hear, but perhaps it should come with a warning that unless we are careful with its use, we’ll face a similar problem with resistance, another 100 years down the track.
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It’s not that I really mind that Mark Zuckerberg reads books, or that he talks about it, but I agree that he is being rather pretentious. What is it about our celebrity worship culture which means that anyone can appear to be an expert on anything, just because they may have been successful in one area of their lives? I don’t have any issue with people giving advice, but I’d like us to be a bit more discerning as to how easily we swallow whatever is doled out to us by those who happen to be famous.
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Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, there have been many, many articles, and I’ve only read a few. This one from Helen Razer can be a little harsh, I think, but I also like that she is not too swept up in the emotionally charged cultural movement which came afterwards. Of course we should mourn this heinous act, but we also need to put it into perspective, both historically and globally.