2019年05月23日

Saving the rain forest in Madagascar

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Hi bloggers the sun is out and suddenly hot and humid at least for today.
England goes to the polls to vote on the election for members of the European members of parliament.  It's all really very baffling as we were supposed to have left the EU.  It seems like a truly mad time in the government of the UK.
So it was more than gratifying to read about the teenagers in Madagascar who want to save their country's rainforest.
Madagascar is an island and sadly it is the world leader in deforestation. Now some of the island's teenagers have started a farming revolution working to stop food production from destroying the island's rich rainforest.
Many species of animals are close to extinction including lemurs and frogs.  But it's not just about the wildlife.  Without the forest, there will be no clean water for people to drink, the soil will lose its fertility and be eroded away.  The forest even provides medicine, it takes hours to walk to a doctor from the villages in Madagascar so people rely on natural remedies that grow in the forest

There is a project Youth for Lemurs project.  This community-based mission sets out to provide the new generation of farmers with the skills, knowledge and tools to be able to farm without destroying the rainforest.  The young people are very proud of their forest and want to keep it. They are making good progress. It's really good to know that young people of doing so much.

Bloggers wishing you a really good week over and out London.














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posted by MateoES at 06:31| diary

2019年05月17日

Being English

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers I hope that you're well I think the weather in Japan is getting warmer, it is in England too. Suddenly people appearing in short sleeved shirts and summer frocks. Globally the weather is so strange let's hope the governments work together to bring about changes.

After reading about the interesting uses of the red phone boxes I started to think about "English " things that we are famous for.
There are many many things that England is famous for, the most famous is the royal family. The royals attract millions of tourists to the UK which is good for trade and business. The royal family attracts loads of attention not just the current queen but historical figures.
There are many things that are associated with humour Monty Python, literature and Shakespeare. Sport football, cricket and tennis.
To name a few, but apparently people overseas when they are asked about things English often mention fish and chip, although it is suggested that fish and chips were actually brought to the UK by a Jewish migrant Joseph Malinin.
Umbrellas are also considered to be very English, even though they were a Chinese invention. Jonas Hanway was the first person to carry one in London. It's interesting to think about and I might come back to this topic.
Bloggers I wish you a really good week over and out London
















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posted by MateoES at 01:55| diary

2019年05月10日

New uses.

Hi bloggers well I'm guessing you know about the new arrival Archie we are inundated here with news coverage but makes a good news change from Brexit.  Another item in the news that caught my attention was the new uses of the famous red British telephone boxes.

The red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880- 1960) and, along with the red post box and the red London bus, is an instantly recognisable symbols of Britain. 

Scott's design of the K2 cast iron telephone kiosk won a Post Office sponsored competition in 1924.  His updated K6 design followed in 1935.  The red K2 telephone box was introduced to the streets of London in 1926.  It was used solely in the capital and only a few were erected elsewhere.  They were widely used, but sadly with the arrival of mobile phones and modern technologies they are no longer required.  However I was delighted to find out that the phone boxes that remain are being used in unusual and imaginative ways.

In London one has been turned into a mini coffee shop and another has been turned into a mini library. 

I for one am delighted that the red phone box still remain sometimes objects are too good to let go of.

Bloggers wishing you a really good week take care over and out London.











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