2019年12月28日

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Hi bloggers wishing you all a very happy new year.
2020 is a year of new beginnings.  The year of the rat, forecasts suggest that your flexible and open mind will make your life much easier, so let's all look forward to a year of good fortune.
The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals.  According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party.  The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride.  Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. The Rat represents the beginning of a new day.  In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.  People who are born in the year of the rat are considered to be clever, quick thinkers, but content with living a peaceful life.
Bloggers there have been so many amazing stories about wonderful people in 2019 and I'm sure it will be the same in 2020.
This story of one mans generosity is very touching.  Staff sergeant Ian Payne moved his family to Uganda for work and there he embarked on a journey of generosity.
He started a running group at a local boxing club where he saw the poor condition of the runners' shoes.  He saw that the boys' shoes were in very bad condition, but no one was complaining and he wanted to help.

Ian thought about the number of shoes he no longer wore and quickly decided to donate his own shoes. 

He enlisted the help of friends and family to give away their spare shoes too.  He posted an appeal for shoe sharing on social media, the response was huge. Some people have contacted him saying they have created shoe collection stations in their local areas.

So bloggers good health happiness and peace to you all.







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posted by MateoES at 23:04| diary

2019年12月25日

Good things are happening

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well it's Christmas Day and I wanted to wish you all a very happy day and as we are heading towards a new year I hope all the preparations you have to do can be done with ease.
Well I wanted to end on a cheerful note and I was delighted by the news that came from Japan this morning. A study carried out by Kyoto university shows that chimpanzees like to clap their hands and stamp their feet and sway in time to music. It is hoped that a greater understanding of the predisposition of these great apes to music could shed light on how humans came to appreciate melodies.
Currently in Australia there are enormous fires burning, so I was delighted to find out that there are a huge number of projects that aim to plant more trees and create a safer environment. Two caught my attention.
One project is called Camino Verde in the Peruvian Amazon. Their mission is to plant trees creating sustainable ways of life to protect the rights of indigenous people.
The Eden project in Madagascar is a restoration program. There had been large scale loss of mangroves and upland forests. Since the inception of the project over 16 million mangrove and trees have been planted.
So here's hoping all these projects have huge successes and help heal our Mother Earth.
Merry Christmas one and all.

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posted by MateoES at 00:18| diary

2019年12月19日

Kindness at Christmas

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgWell bloggers it's nearly Christmas, the year has gone by really quickly. The lights are on in London and the shops are full of Christmas offerings. In England the election is over we have Boris Johnson as our leader. The one bit of good news about that is at least we won't have to listen to anymore endless arguments about leave or remain in the EU. It's been three years. No doubt there will be loads more to come on the deal the U.K. makes with Europe, but for now it's over.
So Christmas is next week, a lot of people are without the money to buy gifts and there are many homeless people, but there are also many wonderful people who care for others and want to help. There have been many lovely stories about people's generosity these are a few that caught my attention.

Brothers Asef and Hamid Faqiri run The Classic Fish Bar in BIrmingham and want to do their bit for charity after seeing the homeless population rocket in recent year. They stay open on Christmas Day and offer free fish and chips or turkey dinners to anyone who might want it.
Also in Birmingham the spirit of Christmas came alive at the main railway station. The station was transformed into a dining hall and 200 homeless people were treated to a three course meal and a concert.
In the USA a man called Adam Armstrong showed up at an apartment complex's basketball court in a poor area, on Saturday afternoon with a 24-foot box truck filled with thousands of presents for children.
Armstrong said he got the idea a few weeks ago and just wanted to share some Christmas spirit.
So bloggers many people are truly filled with the true meaning of Christmas, which is to bring the message of hope and love.
Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas over and out London .
posted by MateoES at 21:16| diary