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No. 8 – ….. to others’ Marks and Voices

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Japanese Puffer fish –  to attract the best fish in the sea, male pufferfish, just twelve cm long when un-puffed, spend at least seven 24-hour days completing an intricate mating ritual that involves swimming their bodies into and through the seafloor to form ridges and trenches in the sand. If they pause too early, the entire ordeal gets washed away by currents. SEE HERE  

Banksy’s ‘Walled Off Hotel’ next to the Wall in Palestine  SEE HERE   AND HERE 

‘Opera !’ – a collaborative Art Project between Royal Opera House, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kings College, London  SEE HERE


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A Prayer for Mankind

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I was approached by Anne Yarwood in June 2016 with an idea of conveying the suffering and injustice taking place in Israel and Jerusalem in a play, which Anne felt my drama skills could portray.
My experience playing the young Arab lady in ‘Take Two’ was an eye opener for me to the extent of injustice and suffering these people were going through. I felt the character was alive in me, speaking out to the audience her message of ending the pain and suffering of her and her people, and she was reaching out to the audience to spread the word of peace and to seek help for her people.
I felt my body was acting as a vessel to carry out the voice of many people who are crying out for help from the world. I felt chosen to use my acting skills to project out the spirit of this young lady and many more in her position.
The whole play was a big prayer to the world for world peace.

Kirti Dhanoa

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No.7 – Shoulder to Shoulder: with Refugees

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DAVOS 2017 – LEADERSHIP REPORT –  Rising nationalism, international tensions, runaway climate change. It’s tempting to despair of humanity at the start of 2017.  Instead of giving up, though, people are working to improve the world around them, whether through entrepreneurship, art, innovation or acts of personal courage.

INSPIRING people’s stories are here and include Tom Szaky and Yusra Mardini – HERE

Tom Szaky (photo above) – This man wants you to recycle everything. I mean everything: cigarette butts, diapers, toothbrushes. He’s the founder and CEO of Terracycle, a social enterprise that uses new technology to “up-cycle” waste into products, turning foil drink pouches into slouch bags, among other feats. His work has galvanized nearly 64 million people around the world into recycling action and offers an alternative business model at a time when research suggests there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.

Yusra Mardini – “Yes, I’m the girl who swam for her life, then swam at the Olympics. Now I want to tell you another story. It’s about my other name, my other identity. You see, my name is refugee. At least, that’s what they call me. Me and those 21 million others forced to flee persecution, war and violence.” Now living in Berlin and speaking up for the world’s displaced, Yusra tells her story HERE.

Refugee Statistics from UNHCR (2016) HERE (United Nations High Commission for Refugees)

  • We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.
  • An unprecedented 6 million people around the world have been forced from home.
  • Among them are nearly 5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Of these – 17.2m UNHCR and 5.3m Palestinians UNRWA
  • There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
  • Refugees resettled in 2016 – 189,300
  • Where are the world’s displaced people being hosted – 30% Africa, 26% Middle East and North Africa, 17% Europe, 16% Americas, 11% Asia and Pacific
  • 55% of refugees worldwide came from 3 countries – South Sudan 1.4m, Afghanistan 2.5m and Syria 5.5m
  • Top Hosting countries – Turkey 2.9m, Pakistan 1.4m, Islamic Republic of Iran 979k, Uganda 941k, Ethiopia 792k
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Amidst urgent advocacy, practical and emotional support for us all, when stricken…There’s the snuggle- into -a -woolly -jumper COMFORT. Sugary cake, birthday candles, watching Detectives on telly …reaching out for a “last” choccy. And HUGS.

I used to think signing off a note with “HUGS” was naff. No longer! Being enfolded, is what us children need. THERE’s so much bloody misery around !!!

One reason I’m resilient, I believe is because as a tiny child, I was hugged. Sat on my Father’s scraggy little knees, enfolded by his large hands or on my Mother’s knee; snuggling my head on her billowing breast. Held….

Now I’m 84. My friends and I “enfold” many a wonder and an horror. More and more, I love the bodily comfort of HUGS. D’you agree, dear Readers ?

See ‘Poems to hold on to’ by Diamond Twigg & Sophie Hannah –  HERE


Photo acknowledgement: Wonderopolis

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In Praise of Engineers

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Theopholous Isambard Kingdom Brunel is the name we’ve given the brown spider, come to hang over the kitchen table. Two brilliant Engineers.

Theopholous first wove a web attached by guy ropes to the curtain on the left and lamp to the right. THEN the lamp was moved. Next day, web gone! Woven back again by this evening.

( Thoughts of Mr. Brunel & the Great Eastern iron ship…. AND the New Forth Bridge Engineers)

Problem is … passing food. Does Amazon sell dried v. small flies , on line?

We are worried !!!!

Recommended: Deborah Cadbury ‘Seven Wonders of the Industrial World’ plus accompanying DVD -recreates the stories of the most brilliant pioneers of the Industrial Age – Bell Rock Light House, Brooklyn Bridge, the London Sewers HERE

Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Wikipedia HERE 

Photo acknowledgement –  michael podger on Unsplash

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No 6. – Why bottling up emotions is, erm, ludicrous ! – Campaign against Living Miserably

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One of our inspiring Stories in 2017, was a young friend’s commitment to raise £1,000 for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

Now we read of the charity’s effective work to prevent suicide in the young-male population in the UK – READ MORE HERE

WATCH What happens when you put eight men in a room with The Duke of Cambridge – HERE

CALM’s new research shows:

  • 84% of men in the UK say they bottle up their emotions
  • Nearly half said they suppress their emotions often or at least once day
  • Almost two in three (62%) 18-24 year olds saying they regularly hide their true feelings
  • The most common reasons men cited for not opening up about their emotions were not wanting to worry anyone (43%) and preferring to sort it out themselves (49%)
  • Men were also found to be much less likely than women to open up face-to-face (63% v. 72%), over the phone (16% v. 27%) or by text (17% v. 27%) about their feelings
  • Many men are feeling the pressure to ‘man up’ and bottle up their emotions, despite the fact the majority of people (52%) feel comfortable when a man opens up and half of us say we’re glad that a man has opened up to us

(YouGov 2017)

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You Can Do It !

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Listing Stories of friends’ achievements in the Ascot, Windsor, Slough, Bracknell, Reading areas of Berkshire UK, currently and as legacies from the 1980s –

Bill Carey Craft Workshop, WEB Bus education, Play Centre Old Magistrate Court, Light House Peace Yurt, ‘Take Two’ Palestine- Israeli play, Play reading group, Wordsmiths writers’ group, Festival of the Dark, Windsor Homeless project, PARITY: equal rights for men & women, Scar healing in Sarajevo, Windsor International One Act Play competition, ASCENT Environment Network & Festival, Quiet Garden retreat at 30, Granny Kettle Wood: high court action to preserve trees, Wildlife in Ascot, Save Heatherwood Hospital, DOCS: Defend Our Community Services, ‘How Come We Didn’t Know?’ exhibition NHS privatisation, Community access to Ascot Races, The ‘Just Walk’ to Palestine, Surrey Swans: Gender fluidity group, Collections for CALM: male suicide, The Circle Works at 30, Values & Visions Foundation, Wells for India at 30, Mindfulness classes, INSECT ARMAGGEDON

Cobra uses information & communication technologies to help local communities document & promote their own solutions to sustainability challenges & inspire others locally, nationally, internationally – Watch inspirational video: self- reliance & sustainability HERE 


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No 5. – Water concerns

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WAKE UP to dire information from UN Agencies and practical interventions by NGO & Local community groups :-

UN World Water Reports  – HERE

*1000 Under 5’s die every day globally, from diarrhoeal diseases.

WASH : Managed Water, Sanitation, Hygiene is a dedicated UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-6). 2010 accepted as a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT.

2.1 billion people lack safely managed drinking water. 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation.

 * WaterAid UK –  1981 founded by UK Water Industry. Works in partnership with local organisation in 37 countries helping poor communities bring water and sanitation close to home. It also works to influence government water policies. President Prince Charles –  HERE

* History of Rainwater Harvesting –  HERE

* Waterharvest Charity, formerly Wells for India  – HERE

*UN 2017 Report : Waste Water in water reports – HERE

*Agriculture & meat production – HERE

Last 50 years increased useage – population growth & rising expectations in Western world. Agriculture is one largest footprints of water use eg nearly 1,800 gallons water to produce one pound beef; 576 gallons for one pound pork; 108 gallons for one pound corn.

*IFAD : International Fund Agricultural Development

Recognition of Indigenous people’s resourcefulness, including adapting to climate change. 370 million people worldwide. Sensitive to the environment, adaptive capacity, resilience, able to modify their behaviour  –  HERE


Cobra uses information & communication technologies. (ICT) to to help local communities document& promote their own solutions to sustainability challenges & inspire others locally, nationally, internationally – HERE . Watch the inspirational video: self- reliance & sustainability

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Lying there just looking at the Moon

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I’ve spent ages this week thinking about a text to echo the photograph of Moon & Water. Several poems unearthed but inadequate for my Moon feelings.

Then last night in bed, I turned my head towards the three large windows, to my left. The house is over 100 years old. Black painted wooden eaves hunch over the window. Beyond, an 100 year Lawsonian pine. Here a Tawny Owl calls at dusk or dawn.

And THERE WAS THE MOON. Beaming, BEAMING white light into  my room. At 3 o’clock it had moved to the third window. At 5am it was out of sight.

All the writing and images in this edition of TIA, tell of human interventions with WATER. The musing you’re reading now, dwells on the miracle of water and miraculous tides drawn to bulge, by the miraculous Moon.

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No. 4 – Butterflies

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WAKE UP ……. To the exquisite beauty of Butterflies,

To the engineering of their Gestation,

To the journeys that many make to Procreate: Painted Ladies flight from North Africa – HERE

  • plant Birch Trees – betula pendula, home for thousands of insects. Food for Siskins, Tits – HERE
  • Protect Ivy in churchyards , derelict places & gardens. Their nectar laden flowers feed Red Admirals, still alive in November – HERE
  • Sir David Attenborough , President, Butterfly Conservation says “spending time with Butterflies lifts the spirits & reinvigorates that sense of wonder in the Natural World” – HERE
  • Michael Gove,  Environment Secretary  encouraged by research into the harm to insects of NionicondricidesHERE    supports the EU ban ( outside greenhouses), thus reversing HMG’s previous rejection of the ban. This support makes it more likely that the ban will succeed –   HERE
  • danger of Glysophate , in weedkiller : danger to insects and humans (yet to confirmed) –  HERE
  • UK faces £ 228 million bill if this EU legislation is accepted – HERE

Other references:-

  • Butterfly Conservation – HERE
  • Buglife – HERE
  • Butterfly photos – HERE
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