2019年08月15日

Cathedrals

Hi bloggers hope you've had a good week and the temperature is reducing for you.

In England there's been a big controversy ( of course battles about Brexit continue) about the way cathedrals have been used this summer.  Two cathedrals have installed installations; in Rochester cathedral there is a nine hole mini golf course with bridges and in Norwich cathedral there is a helter skelter.   It is suggested by some that it will be new ways of attracting people into the cathedrals, other people deem the decision to be ill judged and not conducive to Christian worship.  The idea behind the helter skelter was  to enable  people to have fun but at the same time to encourage people to admire the ceiling.  The nine hole golf course is to encourage families to enter the cathedral learn about faith, and building both emotional and physical bridges, hence the bridges.

People opposed to the idea say that churches are meant for peaceful contemplation not for experiences you find at the fun fair.

I don't really have an opinion as I haven't seen them.   I do know if I enter a church I like it to be peaceful.  The installations have definitely kept the journalists busy.  I can't imagine installations in a zen temple or mosque.

Bloggers take care over and out London








This photo is of a regular service in a cathedral.


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2019年08月09日

Seed project

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I was listening to a gardening program on the radio, which is a bit odd as I don't have a garden, when the announcer started to talk about a gardener who had created a project called SeedstoShare. His name was Eisah Levy he's also known as the Croydon activist. He was originally from Jamaica and came to live in the U.K, from an early age he was really interested in gardening and grew a huge range of diverse fruit and vegetables. As he grew older he became aware of how seed companies were controlling the markets, he wanted to get people involved with gardening and being independent and for people on lower income to grow their own organic food.
So in December 2016 he set up Seedsto Share harvesting and distributing organic seeds which can produce free food and provide long-term food security for individuals or community gardening groups, particularly in areas where organic fresh produce is scarce or unaffordable. He grew fruit and vegetables he harvested the seeds and communities or people could for the cost of the postage receive envelopes of various seeds. He sent seeds to many different countries including Palestine and Japan.
Sadly Levy passed away this year but his legacy continues as people continue to carry on with his work.
What a remarkable man.
Bloggers I wish you a good week. Over and out London.














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2019年08月02日

Chaser the cleverest dog.

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well I think it's very hot and humid where you are I'm so sorry about that. I hope it cools down a bit for you all. I also hope that you are managing to find a way of keeping cool.
This week a dog called Chaser has passed away after having lived a long and fulfilled life. Chaser was a boarder collie who managed to learn more than 1,000 nouns.
Chaser even managed to master basic grammar during an astonishing life that revolutionised our understanding of animal intelligence. The black and white dog passed away aged 15 and has been buried alongside her original master, who died last year. Chaser was raised by John W Pilley, a professor of psychology at Wofford College in South Carolina, who had spent years researching animal learning and language. Prof Pilley decided to investigate further after being told by farmers that their Border Collies could understand the names of sheep. He was given Chaser as an eight-week-old puppy by his wife Sally. Together, Chaser and Prof Pilley got to work ‘studying’ for between four and five hours a day.
The clever dog also learned to understand simple four-word sentences with prepositional objects, verbs and direct objects. In 2013, Prof Pilley published his findings which shocked the field of developmental psychology because the learning technique he had used with Chaser – known as ‘fast mapping’ – had previously been thought possible only with children. He said that the ‘big lesson is to recognise that dogs are smarter than we think, and given, time, patience and enough enjoyable reinforcement, we can teach them just about anything’.
Another thing that caught my attention was an article about skateboarding. At Sheffield university there is a skateboarding club, what makes it different is that the members of the club struggle with mental health problems; bi polar, anxiety panic attacks. The students say that when they skateboard together as a group they support each other. Skateboarding is also something that requires a lot of concentration so the focus of the students attention is on the boarding rather than the anxiety.
Bloggers drink lots of water stay well and have a good week. Over and out London
















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