Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tim Berners Lee, The World Wide Web Inventor, Says Access To The Internet Should Be A Basic Human Right...

Sir Tim Berners Lee, the computer scientist widely credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989 says that access to the internet should be a basic human right.
A recent report shows there are billions of people, around four and a half billion, who can't get online and that government controls, surveillance and censorship are on the increase.
Tim I know you've got your own barrow to push but there are billions of people out there with no food or shelter, to my mind much more of a human right and necessity.
Let's get our priorities sorted...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Another Amazingly Creative New Zealand Housetruck...

When parked up this wonderfully creative
road legal housetruck transforms into The Amazing Castle Truck.
It's a magic carpet, a home on wheels,  and a fantasy castle for its owners Justin, Jola and their son Piko.
Completely self contained, it's a spectacular home created by creative genius and engineering wizardry. There's a lot of that sort of thing in New Zealand and there's more
about this amazing housetruck here and here.
Of course, it's a Bedford...







Friday, December 19, 2014

The Wagon Of Fools And Other Land Yachts...

The Wagon of Fools is a famous land yacht painting by the Dutch artist Hendrik Gerritsz Pot. It was painted in 1637 and depicts the Haarlem weavers, having abandoned their looms to follow Flora, Goddess of Flowers. Flora, her arms laden with tulips was riding to an imminent death along with a selection of tipplers, money changers et al.
Before that in 1600, in the second image, the wonderful wind chariot or land yacht featured was designed by inventor Simon Stevin for Prince Maurice of Orange.
The next two images aren't quite as salubrious but still part of land yachting history and the last image features land yachts at New Zealand's Muriwai Beach.
It was then and still is, a lot of fun...




Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Pakistani Taliban. What Gutless Disgusting Evil Cowardly Bastards You Are...

To the Pakistani Taliban.
What evil, gutless, disgusting, cowardly, murderous bastards you are. Or were.
You must have been very proud of yourselves, attacking a school, killing more than one hundred and thirty defenseless, innocent children, then setting fire to some of their teachers, making the children watch before you murdered them.
In the name of religion...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Few Of The Outstanding Images From The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards...

As usual the Sony World Photography Awards give us an opportunity to view some outstanding images submitted already from around the globe.
Entries close in January 2015.
Andrew Suryono would be one happy man with his simply gorgeous and amazing image of this Orangutan in Bali using a banana leaf to shelter from the rain.
Jubair Bin Iqbal's image of a Hindu monk in a mango garden in Bangladesh. 
Arief Siswandhono's daughter overcomes her fear of the family cat.
An Ethiopian man collects wood.
And Gareth Lowndes was up early to get this image of a hot air balloon near Dubai.
There's more here.
The gorgeous little Orangutan does it for me...




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

And You Think You're Doing It Hard At The Coal Face...

Perhaps next time you're feeling hard done by
at your workplace, when your tea break isn't long enough to finish the crossword, spare a thought for some of the women working in the most atrocious conditions in Munshiganj, Bangladesh. These women spend their days shoveling and sorting waste coal with little more than a spade and a makeshift sieve.
Wearing no protective clothing, working often in bare feet and inhaling the most toxic dust that causes horrific lung diseases, they're paid less than twenty dollars a week.
These women don't know what a tea break is
but they can still smile.
For some, life is hard at the coal face...




Monday, December 15, 2014

17 Year Old Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Tells World Leaders A Thing Or Two...

During Malala's powerful acceptance speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo a few days ago, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban two years ago and has become a global icon, was now sharing the most prestigious of prizes with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. The gutsy and eloquent Malala criticised world governments for having the resources to begin wars but not the will to enable peace and universal education.
The world's youngest Nobel laureate's wonderful acceptance speech laced with self-deprecating humour is here.
She called as all peace prize winners do, not just for education but also fairness and caring.
The so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don't. Why is it that countries which we call 'strong' are so powerful in creating wars but so weak in bringing peace? she said.
Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard? Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so difficult?
World leaders aren't interested in peace Malala,
there's no money in it...