Having just watched the incredibly moving and inspiring documentary on the White Helmets , old frustrations resurfaced at the failure of the UN and international community to prevent hundreds of thousands of innocent people from dying, and many millions become refugees. How many never agains? How many red lines? How many resolutions are broken and never enforced?
Strong words and weak actions. And now with the anti-refugee sentiment fostered by the alt and far right here in Europe, and in…
I can only urge you all to watch the documentary Virunga, about the battle waged by poorly resourced but brave soldiers, staff and volunteers to protect a world heritage site national park in Congo, along with their famous Mountain Gorillas virunga.org . Targeted by militias, oil and mineal corporations, and up against governments, in the midst of war and refugees, their work is stunning and vital as they pursue a vision of using natural assets responsibly to improve the living conditions and…
The scenes around Europe are both shocking and upsetting; asylum seekers and migrants risking their lives on dangerous boats and marching through hot lands only to find increasingly barbed wire, police and the army to welcome them. The great European project of an open land, aspiring to higher ethics and universal rights, and to a model of civilization that brings people together faces a grave threat?
Whilst many people, often heroically, have taken it upon themselves to help those in need wh…
"World Without Ice
56 million years ago a mysterious surge of carbon into the atmosphere sent global temperatures soaring. In a geologic eyeblink life was forever changed."
People may be interested in this photo-essay in the current edition of National Geographic which examines the impact of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) event upon Earth and its ecosystems. It draws parallels to the current 'anthropo…
http://www.photoboxg allery.com/jonward My online gallery shop! Please do spread the word if you like it, and please give me feedback on the quality of the photos and also your views on them. Naturally, it's a subjective affair, but it's good to have people's comments.
Do you use Apple products and like the company's friendly non-corporate image? Read on...
http://www.guardian. co.uk/technology/201 1/apr/30/apple-chine se-workers-treated-i nhumanely When will people get over their Apple love and ask questions about th…
An excellent short film that highlights the human and social impact of Chernobyl and nuclear disasters - at a time when arguments are being made on safety of nuclear fission, and low official figures quoted from the WHO, it remains that the impact of that day is far greater than thos who immediately died. The same will probably be true for the recent events in Japan. I've always been against nuclear power primarily on economic and legal reasons (e.g. the costs and polluter pays principle)…
As ever, with my preoccupation with time,
I end up reflective towards the end of the year,
and reflective upon this annual reflection.
It feels like the year is a ladder.
We're almost at the top.
But our minds spin the year around at it's end like an hour-glass.
We look up once again to a year's worth of sand feeding it's way through.
Regardless of time's continuity, this neat parcel suits our approach to life.
The temporal precipice that is New Ye…
Dark dripped from the windows.
Painting broad strokes on the landscape that slid along side.
We let the dark mask. We fear it.
Adjusted eyes settled on a field, one that let the warmth and footprints so recently impressed, rebound to the heavens. This was the same place I knew in the sun.
Until day swung around.
Now though, the continuity of life extended into, and through, the distant embers of yesterday.
Memories scattered over the horizon to be…
Here in the UK Parliament is hung. Not in a revolutionary sense, but instead it refers to the combination of a first past the post electoral system with no great desire for a single political party. Hung means stalemate until some parties can form a coalition, or other method such as 'supply and confidence', or a minority government (not more than half of the seats in parliament) can stumble on and risk its legislation not being passed....and in the UK, that would most likely lead to another ele…
As I listen to the straining melancholy tones of the soundtrack to another man's life, his journey through the darkness he has visited, I find myself. I find comfort and what is me. This is what resonates with my soul, there is a beauty in these feelings, no matter how sad or lonely they can make me feel. This is my domain.
Every film, every book, sits with me, in the absence of my own company. I become an observer in the world of the characters. I feel their emotions, if only to feel…
If you have a moment, please take a look at my friend's rather splendid photography website
http://www.robwhitworth.co.uk ! In particular, his new photos from Stonehenge stone circle in England at http://www.robwhitworth.co.uk/SmallProjects/Stonehenge/Img_01.html .
I'm really impressed with the time lapses and the 360s using still shots (partly because I don't have the equpiment, knowledge, skill or patience to do them!), and I'd like to know what you guys think about his range of work…
I'm aware I've not written much for a while, often because I've been too tired, written in my jounral (good old fashioned paper!), or had simply too many thoughts to be able to articulate them in one sitting.
Anyhow, I'll start now with something I just wrote off the cuff in response to a forum posting elsewhere where someone was suggesting that the IPCC is responsbile for propagating a hoax in the form of global warming.....below are my thougths about this and more generally on sustai…
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
His original words were I think:
Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Kommuni…
Kevin Anderson Director of Tyndall Centre, has a message .... not for the faint-hearted.
Video of the event: http://blip.tv/file/1775948
I wrote this a couple of years ago, and it stands true even with my self-imposed ban on flying for travelling. We can travel in many ways, responsibly. We can even 'travel' just by people coming into our lives, when we are standing still. I have learnt more since I wrote this, and some of the writing reveals a paradox. We should always be ourselves in every circumstance, and not be so reflective. Anyway, I'll update my current thoughts another time.