Monday, April 21, 2014

Beijing Artist Liang Kegang Sells A Small Jar Of Mountain Fresh Air For $860 But There Are Other Choices For The Polluted City's Population...

The smog and pollution problems that beset many major world cities and Beijing in particular aren't going to go away anytime soon.
Beijing artist Liang Kegang, traveling in southern France and wanting to make a statement about the problem, brought home a small jar filled with mountain fresh air from the Provence area.
He made his statement to a worldwide audience by selling the jar of air for 5,250 Yuan or $860.
And for those at home who don't have the option of travel and wish to breathe, there's a novel solution. And why not. It's a perfectly reasonable thing to want and expect to breathe fresh unpolluted air.
Many cities like Zhengzhou in China's Henan Province have created Fresh Air Stations where people can go and breathe fresh air that comes from the Laojunshan Mountain National Park.
Imagine a city importing clean air in bags for people to breathe for god's sake!
Another option is to continue breathing smog.
Which is what most of the city's population and visitors breathe.
And that says the World Health Organisation is the world's biggest health risk that kills more than seven million people a year.
Are individual fresh air bags really the future...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Move Over In The Bed Darling, The Train's Coming...

The trick to living a long, happy and accident free life in the old residential district in Vietnam's Hanoi is to have the train schedule well and truly imprinted on your DNA.
That way you'll know when to stop sitting having a drink on the tracks, you'll know instinctively when to move your moped, stop preparing a meal or move the awning attached to your street market out of the way.
This remarkable up close and very personal railway system cuts through the old town to Long Bien Bridge and while you're dreaming between the sheets, the train is meandering it's way through the streets.
It's all right darling, it's safe to roll over now...

Thankyou Gabriel Garcia Marquez For The Way You Wrote Your Wonderful Words...

Thankyou for the way you wrote your wonderful words Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Thankyou for giving us
The Story Of The Shipwrecked Sailor.
Thankyou for The Autumn Of The Patriarch.
Thankyou for Love In A Time Of Cholera.
Thankyou for One Hundred Years Of Solitude.
As you enter yours. Rest In Peace...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Never Too Old To Learn...

An eighty seven year old man is stopped by the police around 3am and is asked where he's going at that time of night.
I'm going to a lecture he replies, about alcohol abuse, the effects it has on the human body as well as smoking and staying out late.
Really said the officer and who's giving that lecture at this time of night?
The man replies. My wife...

I Gave Someone Ten Today...

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Simple Beauty Of The Traditional Shepherd's Hut...

The Shepherd's Hut was originally used in the early nineteenth century by shepherds during the lambing season.
Their heavy duty cast iron wheels enabled them to be pulled from field to field and the huts themselves were often constructed with corrugated iron over wooden frames.
Lambswool was often used as insulation.
A simple shelter, usually with a hinged stable door, the small space was a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, sitting room and storeroom all rolled into one.
Of course, they all had a woodstove in one corner for warmth and for cooking.
A tiny home on wheels.
Nowdays every man and his dog wants one...