In the World: Something Happy

Sometimes It can feel really dark out there in the world, enough to make you want to crawl back into bed and sleep till forever. The news is just doom and gloom and it can make me feel really low. At the moment news about financial crisis, the prevalence of rape culture in the UK and the treatment of LGBT people across the world especially Russia have made me really miserable and despair a little for humanity BUT and it’s a big BUT, there is good in the world and I need a little reminder every now and then that there are many people who do great thinks for people and the planet. So here are few wonderful stories and things that brightened my day a little, plus it appears the sun might be coming out too :D Click on the photos for full story.

A homeless man spent the last of his money on a lottery ticket, won and will use his winnings on a programme for addicts and women who suffer from domestic abuse.

 

This monkey hugging it’s saviour! enough said.

This guy explains how we should deal with climate whether it’s true or not. This is a scientific but simple way to display the facts that neither climate change activists or doubters can have a problem with. Worth a watch.

Fairtrade at 20. Charting the successes of this wonderful organisation but also what it’s goals for the future should be

If you’ve not seen despicable Me 1 or 2 you should! It is such a good happy family film. Me and Harry are obsessed and the best part is the minions!

Lorna

x xxx

 

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In the World: Mutato Project

The Mutato Project is a unique and singular mission by one man to document ‘unusual’ vegetables and fruit or as he calls them Mutatoes! I presume it means mutant potatoes. The man, a German artist named Uli Westphal, started documenting fruit and veg when one day in a Berlin market he discovered a 5 headed aubergine and then scoured the rest of the stalls to find other misshapen veggies. He finds and photographs the veg creating a collection and it influences his other works that ‘deal with the way humans perceive, depict and transform the natural world’. The collection displays the many interesting colours, textures and shapes that groceries can have and mostly likely what different tastes they can have.

The main point that Westphal makes is that we have become almost brainwashed to what vegetables and fruit should look like. The food industry has conditioned us to think that all veg should conform to the same shape and size, their produce goes through rigorous checks so that they are not too small, too big, not too much of a bend in a cucumber, the right shade of pink for an apple, no blemishes at all and the list is endless when you include all the fruit and veg available today. This one issue has several major consequences which Westphal explores through his other artistic works and installations.

Firstly, the lack of blemishes and conformity to shape and size means that the consumer is being taught that this is how vegetables are naturally when nature does not conform to shop ideals. It is educating both adult and children that this is normal when it is far from reality. It is basically a lie by default. Secondly, as many products do not fit the supermarkets’ cardboard cut-out, tons and tons of produce are being disposed and dumped in landfills because supermarkets will not buy them. A waste of food and resources as well as adding to gas build up from landfills. This also means that farmers are losing out on revenue because the wholesalers and retails are refusing any product that is not ‘perfect’. Lastly, this kind of conformity is continuing this retail tool of everything available all the the time when we should be growing and eating the right foods in the right season.

The collection is perfect for show casing these issues and highlighting what is normally shielded to us, the consumer. The People’s Supermarket, a cooperative based shop in London set up by TV Chef Arthur Potts, looked to buy farmers’ rejected produce that wouldn’t be taken by other retailers, to reduce their costs and provide cheaper goods to their customers. This could be a brilliant option for small retailers if they have the ability to educate their customers that these items are completely normal. There are many other issues based on organic, natural production and on to retail tactics and marketing tools which can be discussed from the point raised above, which I will no doubt discuss in other posts. This however is a brilliant visual basis for showing people that these mutatoes aren’t mutant at all but completely natural and next time we shop for our food maybe we’ll think twice before putting back that conjoined mushroom. It won’t look any different in the risotto.

What do you think of the mutatoes? And have you ever seen a crazy potato?

Lorna

X xxx

In the World: Where Children Sleep

I found this book online a few years ago and every now and again i remember and read it. It is a photographic book by James Mollinson, featuring where different children from across the world sleep. It was intended for children to interest and engage them in the lives of other children and to introduce social issues affecting people around the globe. However it is a delight to read as an adult, the pictures are beautiful of the children and the bedrooms have been shot to encompass the life of the child. Though the written intended it as a social commentary the pictures and the descriptions that accompany them are neutral and tell the facts. Mollinson has not tried to sway your judgement, merely shown a collection of subjects for you to interpret and comment on.

We often judge other people and with the neutral display of the book our inner judgements easily come to affront. It can be an uncomfortably read when it reminds you of the social inequalities we forget are present in our society and the wider world. For me there is a wide variety of children from different countries, different lives, different beliefs but for the most of it they all have childish hope, maybe naivety, and dreams of what they want to be. Maybe this will inspire some one to take up charity work, help some starving children in a developing country or maybe just go down to their local homeless hospice and help out. If you didn’t who could judge you, i myself read this and instead of running outside like a lightning struck Mother Teresa i continued to stay on the computer, probably on facebook. What i gained from this was a reminder of how lucky i was to have parents and a sister who loved me, a beautiful, warm,safe house, a good school and lots of great friends. What ‘ll take away from this, that when i finally have children they will be the most special people in my life.

This is the official website of the author with the book, http://www.jamesmollison.com/wherechildrensleep.php and has many of his other works which are equally great reads. I however prefer this sight as it has the full descriptions next to the children http://issuu.com/chrisboot/docs/where_children_sleep_by_james_mollison. Seems very odd that the writer doesn’t put the full work up but each to their own.

If you took a picture of your childhood bed room would it reflect your social standing and income?? please comment.

Lorna

X xxx