2019年08月29日

Motorbikes take information to people.

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Hi bloggers hope that it's cooler for you.  Last weekend London was hotter than  Cuba.  I don't know if you like me sometimes feel overwhelmed with all the news we are bombarded with; radio, TV, smartphones iPads and of course good old fashioned newspapers.   It sometimes feels like there's an endless barrage of information being thrown at us indeed we are given advice to take breaks from all media for our mental well being.  It was very interesting for me when I heard on the radio about people having no access to any information, I can not imagine that.
In Sudan and many more countries, people have no access to any media.   Sudan has suffered conflicts for many years causing much suffering, the lack of any information made it difficult, people need information about many things, especially knowing where there are areas of conflict to be avoided and how to access healthcare and food supplies.

A service was started started last year as a low-tech mini media providing a 20-minute audio programme “made by the community for the community”.  

The project is run by Internews humanitarian information service,programmes are recorded on USB sticks and played on speakers at strategic locations, such as health clinics and water collection points.  The speakers are carried on quad bikes, earning the service the name Boda Boden talk talk the word means motor bike.  The service aims to provide people with true useful information to improve the quality of their lives.  All this is done by a motorbike engine powering the broadcast.  Amazing what can be done.

Bloggers I hope you have a good week over and out London.














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posted by MateoES at 21:04| diary

2019年08月22日

Food can bring people together

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers I was so sorry to hear that the very hot weather and high humidity have continued it must be very exhausting for you. Hopefully it will get cooler soon. Well a week on, and nothing has changed in British politics, Brexit Brexit Brexit! Here's hoping for a resolution that works for everyone.
So onto something more uplifting food. Food is a great vehicle for sharing culture with people from different backgrounds, making food and eating together can break down barriers. There is a project in Bournemouth college, that is using preparation of food and eating it together as a way of teaching refugee people English and helping to develop friendships and cultural understanding.
The Friendly food club and unity meet once a week, its run by some tutors and many volunteers. People from a range of cultures and ages attend classes. Many of the refugee students have experienced enormous amount of trauma. They meet together, prepare food and eat. It offers people the opportunity to share personal experiences and develop friendships, whilst at the same time learning English and cooking skills. The classes support students on their journey to recovery. What an amazing place.
Bloggers have a good week over and out London.
posted by MateoES at 15:44| diary

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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