Friday, 24 June 2011

Which Craft Hobby Should You Take Up?

And now you're in the mood, here's another quiz - it must be Friday...

You Should Take Up Journaling

You are very private, but you aren't aloof. You just have a well developed inner world.

You spend a lot of time thinking by yourself. It helps to get your thoughts down on paper.

You are an idealistic soul. You have noble ideas about the world.

You are a natural writer of all sorts. You are equally suited writing essays, journals, and fiction.

What's Colourful About You?

Your Spirit is Colorful

You are easygoing and leisurely. You prefer to keep things low-pressure in your life.

You are approachable and genuinely nice. You are the friendly face in the room.

You are a true optimist. You give anyone or anything a chance, even if others tell you not to.

You are open-minded and flexible. You don't see things as set in stone, and you like to leave yourself open.

Monday, 6 June 2011

We All Feel Like This Sometimes...

Dedicated to the middle-aged, the slightly-older-than-middle-aged, and the otherwise downright miserable, this video WILL make you laugh AND make you feel better about your rotten life - I promise...

Pinched from the marvellous Helen over at too many tribbles.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Sadness (and Hope) in the Jungle

Picture credit: Cecilia Pakravan

This is Miko. He is one of many orphaned orangutans being looked after at the Nyaru Menteng sanctuary, in Borneo. It's an old and sad story, I'm afraid - habitat destruction by humanity, in this case, rainforest cleared to provide land mainly for palm oil plantations, for both the food industry and also for biofuels. These gentle giants are rendered homeless in the process. A remarkable woman, Lone Droscher Nielsen, set up the sanctuary in 1999 and has, with the help of local babysitters, spent the last 12 years rearing these orphans and teaching them how to be orangutans before releasing them to safe, wild spaces to live in peace. Watch this and I dare you not to cry:

Orangs are, I think, the forgotten great ape. David Attenborough is almost speechless, watching the intelligence of this mother using tools:

It makes me very angry and ashamed to think that I might have the smallest part in killing even one of these animals. I look now at food labels in the supermarket and try not to buy anything that has palm oil in it. It's not much but I don't know what else I can do.