Friday, October 24, 2014
New Zealand Leads The World In Economic Growth But Some Of The Country's Poor Resort To Living In Cars...
It must be something in the water down under because Australia ranks second.
I'm sure the economists in Auckland, New Zealand's richest city, are patting themselves on the back, congratulating each other and saying how clever they are.
And I'd applaud them too, maybe I will, when we eliminate poverty and reduce the growing gap between the haves and the have nots.
I should live that long.
So people like the Tuuu family of five are not compelled by circumstances beyond their control, to live in their car.
In the country called Aotearoa,
The Land Of The Long White Cloud.
For some, the forecasted future continues to appear bleak with black clouds
and very little sunshine coming their way...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Stephane Malka's Urban Dwelling Made From Recycled Doors And Windows Is Known As Parasitic Architecture...
He attaches his out of left
He created this 'Bow House' in a public plaza
in Netherland's city of Heerlen in
the Province of Limburg.
If you're in the area, go and have a look.
But be careful. It might grow on you...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Isn't it so good the bureaucrats haven't managed to make humour illegal. Yet...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Christopher McCandless And His Abandoned Magic Bus.The Film Into The Wild Has Been An Inspiration To Many And One Person In Particular...
Young Chris McCandless wished to make a difference with his life.
He did. He's inspired thousands all over the world and in particular, down under in New Zealand, nineteen year old Brando Yelavich was inspired partly by his hero 'Supertramp' to walk the entire New Zealand Coastline.
He dreamed it and he did it as those of you who've been following him here will know.
The latest update on Wildboy Brando is here. And for a fuller insight into the inspirational young man Christopher McCandless, who we see in the first photo sitting outside his Magic Bus and who died from possibly eating poisonous wild berries, look here.
Here's to the Supertramps of the world...
Monday, October 20, 2014
is showing off his stained glass Kolonihavehus sculpture at this years Dumbo Arts Fest at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Made from thousands of pieces of discarded coloured plexiglass and framed in black metal, the sculpture is especially wonderful at night.
If you like his little house you might have a look at his Watertower installation here.
And at the Dumbo Fest, the Performance duo CoreAct put on daily acts in the colourful house featuring 'everyday dilemmas and lifestyle paradoxes'. Whatever that means...
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse Takes A Pay Cut And Shares It With Fellow Workers...
A Rhodes Scholar who had been president of Kentucky State in the 1980s and then went on to have a successful business career until 2012, Raymond Burse was cajoled out of retirement this year to head the university once again.
His first move was to find out who was making the least money and help them out.
By reducing his own annual salary of $349,869 by more than $90,000, 24 employees got a pay increase that took them from $7.25 an hour
to $10.25 an hour.
It was about the act of doing something that would be meaningful to individuals to whom I was going to demand a lot from, and so that's what it's all about said the man who once worked minimum-wage jobs himself and has never forgotten his roots.
I was once a poor country kid from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. I'm just trying to do well in this world by treating people right.
We wish there were more like you Mr Burse...
Saturday, October 18, 2014
They're Green and they're free to use!
London School of Economics graduates Harold Craston and Kirsty Kenney came up with the idea in response to the Mayor's 'Low Carbon Entrepreneur' Competition.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said 'It’s fantastic to see our young entrepreneurs already up and running with this brilliant idea. In our modern world, where hardly any Londoner is complete without a raft of personal electronic gizmos in hand, it’s about time our iconic phone boxes were updated for the 21st Century, to be more useful, more sustainable, and just as striking with a marvellous new green makeover'.
The kiosk funds itself by advertising and you can find the first one operating in Tottenham Court Road with more opening across London
in the new year.
As you can see, Kirsty and Harold are pretty charged up by the whole thing...