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What in the World? Part 2.

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I felt obliged to return to the theme of What in the World? I recently blogged about the range of topics that made the news in 2011 to compare the human tragedy of the New Zealand earthquake versus the nonsense that was Charlie Sheen and his Twitter followers. I wanted to make the point that however smart we humans consider ourselves we are a mere nothing when Nature flexes its muscles.

I am truly saddened by the most recent evidence of this with last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Channel 4 news showed a montage of the footage taken by Japanese people as the events unfolded; it was terrifying and hypnotising all at once, you could not take your eyes from the screen while it played. It then showed interviews with those coming back to what had been towns and villages and was now a vista of mud and wreckage. Their faces as they talked about missing parents and children were a mix of stoicism and devastation, it was heartbreaking.

The after effects are frightening also. Japan has always put safety as the forefront when building it’s nuclear power stations. With the latest stories of fires and radiation leakage the fear-factor around nuclear power has come to the fore again. However, we shouldn’t forget that the situation would have been much worse if there hadn’t been such an emphasis on safety when the power stations were constructed. I know this is no comfort in the current situation and the debate will continue as we look to cheap and safe power sources.

Then there is the economic impact. I understand why some Japanese industries will take a pause to assess and make plans for future rebuilding. What I don’t understand is the stock market reaction. The Japanese Government has had to invest billions of yen to minimise the impacts of a huge drop in the Nikkei index. It would be an obscenity for financial gamblers to make profits on the back of misery. I can only hope that the markets prefer to focus on helping bolster and maintain the Japanese economy as rebuilding begins on buildings and lives.

My thoughts are with all those who have undergone tragedy this year, whether small and personal or from the impacts osf major disaster. I hope that Nature takes a rest for a while, I really think we would love some quiet time.

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.


March 16, 2011 at 12:14 am 2 comments


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