On those occasions when I need cheering up – such as after reading the news each morning – I don’t have to look far. These images are by or of my granddaughter Evie, now aged 7, dating from two or three years ago.
The endless waffle and panic about Brexit often seems to hide the on-going horrors of Fortress Europe. The U.N refugee agency, UNHCR says that, “..an unprecedented 65.6 million people (worldwide) were uprooted from their homes by conflict and persecution at the end of 2016,” and that “the rate at which solutions are being found for refugees and internally displaced people has been on a falling trend since the end of the Cold War.” Many of these people are victims of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as is well understood. The destruction of Libya by NATO during it’s seven month bombing campaign in 2011 is much less known or discussed, NATO refuses to acknowledge any civilian casualties from that 60,000 air sortie attack, which they claimed was, “The most successful NATO campaign in history”, a piece of hubris long since removed from their web site.
Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy are all major exporters of weapons and this is a growing trend throughout the 21stC. Weapons sales rise, refugees rise. Economic factors also massively impact, when the western world catches cold as in the 2008 crash the developing world gets pneumonia.
With the USA ramping up it’s armed forces in Africa, especially in Niger (one of the world’s poorest countries) we can expect more conflict and ever more refugees. The current business-as-usual attitudes need to be challenged.
Great night at the Tobacco Factory cafe where Just3 were performing. Most Sunday evenings the music is good and the audience chatter but last night they were watching and listening. Just 3 are a professional vocal harmony trio who perform their own arrangements of well known soul/motown, gospel & pop songs. Not the first time I’ve seen them at TB but one of the best performances – and free.
Just a thought as the long nights draw in…
This quilt was completed earlier this year. It is made from organic fabrics supplied by the Organic Textile Company who are based in Machynlleth and are partnered with Ganesh in Kerela, India. I would like to buy all their fabric, I have to keep off their web site.
After doing nothing much with my old blog – Mixdacrete – for about a year I decided to try a new one, using a name I had tried before but not published. Mixdactete was set up as part of my MA course at UWE, and as that completed this summer I have put it to bed.
As most bloggers must know the first difficulty is choosing a theme, so after a certain amount of hair pulling I have started out with the ‘Blogger’ theme, but of course this might change. I have paid to have a ‘premium’ wordpress.com blog and hopefully this will prove a good investment.