Topic Tuesday ~ A little about Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Matchgirls strike

One last post about trade unions and again a little less opinionated 😉

May 24th, 2016

I have used the previous two Tuesday’s to offer my thoughts on how workers today seem to think about their rights and Trade Unions. One point I have made is the fact that employees do not appear to remember the history of trade unions and about the sacrifices early union members made to gain our rights.

Worker’s Rights are not a given. They are not a “benefit” the company might or might not provide us. We have to stand up for our rights and Unions do help us with that fight.

I know it might sound old-fashioned and very 70’s or even 1880’s but look at what many companies today do to their workers: Allow yourself to see how there are companies who do not acknowledge unions, who take away tips from their employees or who do not pay extra for unsocial hours. And the list could go on.

So who are those who fought for our rights and what have they suffered?

I will give you some examples from the UK:

Tolpuddle Martyrs (please check out Ellen’s much more entertaining post about the same topic 😉 )

In 1834 in the Dorset village of Tolpuddle a few farm workers had founded a trade union to protest against yet another pay cut. They earned 6 shillings a week which is 30p in today’s money, and I doubt even in those days that was enough to make a living and feed your family.

It was not unlawful to found a trade union; however, they have taken an oath of secrecy, and their employer took this as an excuse to put an end to the trade union as well as use these men as an example. They were charged with taking an illegal oath and ended up in prison.

At first, they were to be sent to Australia for seven years which was close to a death sentence because you either did not survive the journey or you did not survive the circumstances in the prisons down under. Their sentence caused an uproar with workers all over the country. Later on, a massive demonstration took place in London, and an 800 000 strong petition was brought to parliament to free the Dorset workers.

In the end, the government had to give in, and it is commonly seen as the beginning of the trade union movement in the UK.

You can see this landowner tried to keep his workers pay as low as possible, and used a trick to get those who wanted to fight against unfair pay out of his way. However, workers united and fought for their rights, and they won in the end.

The Matchgirl’s Strike

In the late 1800s, many countries had forbidden to use the very dangerous yellow phosphorous the make matches. The UK, however, believed that would be an obstacle for free trade and still allowed it.

Mostly women and children worked in match factories and yellow phosphorous caused yellowing of their skin, falling out of hair and phossy jaw a form of bone cancer. If a child or woman had fallen ill of it, they were dismissed.

The infamous Bryant & May match factory in London applied on top of this a system of fines if the women and children dropped matches, went to the toilet without permission as well as talking. So mostly they did not even get their meagre wage of 5 shillings a week.

Annie Besant heard about this situation and went to see the women and children find out for herself. She also learned that they had to work 12 hours or more per day. So she decided to report about this in her newspaper “The Link”.

To avoid bad publicity due to this newspaper article Bryant & May tried to force their workers to sign a paper saying they were happy with their work situation. Still, a group of women refused and were dismissed. However, Bryant & May did not expect the reaction of their workers: immediately 1400 women went on strike.

Many VIP’s in those days supported the strike under which were playwright George Bernard Shaw and Catherine Booth of the Salvation Army. Also, many newspapers called for a boycott of Bryant & May, and within three weeks the company gave in, re-employed the dismissed women and also stopped the fines system.

This successful strike inspired the formation of many trade unions in the UK and was another step to today’s modern union system and more rights for workers.

Of course, the unions did not only have successes. The famous “General Strike” of 1926 where mine and steelworkers fought against pay cuts, change of working hours and worsening of working conditions did not bring a change and left many workers jobless for many years.

However, overall union action does improve employees working situations, in my opinion.

What do you think? Do unions make a difference for employees work situations? And did you know about the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Matchgirl Strike?

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Resources:

Spartacus Educational

Tolpuddle Martyrs

BBC News

Graham Stevenson.me

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Come Away With Me to Cuba & Beating Cancer

Hello out there. How are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am simply tired. Never have a slept so much over the day than I do at the moment. It’s probably the best to let my body recover. Someetimes I dream funny things. And often I have trouble to wake up again meaning my brain fog is even worse than when I do no sleep over day.

But well, it could be worse…

Today is one of those days so I won’t be making many words today. Hopefully you can enjoy the videos of Cuba and the music I chose 🙂

A lovely introduction to life in Cuba:

Video Credit: Henry James via YouTube

Cuba has such an interesting history. Here is a short run-down

Video Credit: Past to Future via YouTube

And, last but not least, some surprised visitors 🙂

Video credit: Kara & Nate via YouTube

Danay Suarez a a successful young singer from Cuba and I hope you enjoy her music as much as I do:

Video Credit: Danay Suarez via YouTube

For some more information please look here:

Danay Suarez on NPR

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 10th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move back to Europe France. Please find French musicians here on the CultureTrip page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
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Tommy Lee Jones on Climate Change

Climate Warrior Jan Ole Lindner

Hello out there dear readers, I hope you are well and if you are not rest assured you are in my thoughts and prayers.

We have a duty to those who come after us to keep this planet alive and kicking. So please take some time to find out what they think about the future. Jan Ole Linder is one of them:

video credit: DW Documentary via YouTube

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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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Make it short

Have you tried this writing exercise yet? If not, feel free to give it a go. I promise it will surprise you :-).

I quote Kasey Mathews from the WANA group “Write to Heal” for this writing prompt: 

“With paper and pen, or computer handy, lean back in your chair, or against the wall, or a sofa, etc., close your eyes and imagine you are sitting under a large tree with your back resting against the trunk. On the other side of the tree, a Storyteller has come to sit down and also rest against the tree trunk. With eyes still closed, just listen. Wait for the Storyteller to begin his or her story. When you hear it begin, simply write down all that you hear. “

“Make it short,”

she said.

And I sew it into pieces. But that wasn’t right either!

book cover Stephane Hessel Time for Outrage

Time for Outrage!/ Entruestet Euch!

July 2020

This book is more important than ever

October 2011

Time for Outrage!Time for Outrage! by Stéphane Hessel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wise words of a man fighting injustice all of his life. It is a small but well written book and I think it should be obligatory in school to read it.

Stephane Hessel is a French Diplomat who fought in the Resistance in the Second World War as the Nazism outraged him. He never lost his outrage as in his point of view human rights are universal and even though many totalitarian Regimes had been abolished there is still too much injustice (and maybe even more as it is not so clear any more who does them) in this world.

With 93 years of age he inspires young people to not be indifferent which to him is the worst attitude possible. He says that hope and non-violence inspires and achieves much more than desperation and violence.

A must-read!

video credit: DW Documentary via YouTube

August 2020

Dieses Buch ist wichtiger als jemals zuvor:

Oktober 2011

Weise Worte eines Mannes, der sein Leben lang gegen Ungerechtigkeit gekaempft hat. Es ist ein kleines aber gut geschriebenes Buch und ich denke es sollte obligatorisch sein, es in Schulen zu lesen.

Stephane Hessel ist ein franzoesischer Diplomat, der in der Resistance im Zweiten Weltkrieg kaempfte, da die Nazi Ideologie in entruestete. Er hat diese Entruestung nie verloren, da in seinen Augen Menschnrechte universel sind und obwohl viele totalitaere Regierungen bekaempft sind es immer noch zu viel (und vielleicht mehr denn je, da nicht mehr so klar ist, wer sie ausuebt) Ungerechtigkeit auf dieser Welt gibt.

Mit 93 Jahren inspiriert er junge Menschen nicht gleichgueltig zu sein, da das in seinen Augen die schlimmst moegliche Einstellung ist. Er sagt Hoffnung und Gewaltlosigkeit erreichen viel mehr als Verzweiflung und Gewalt.

Ein Buch, das jeder lesen muss!

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Good Morning Writers ~ Randy Ingermanson on Social Media for Writers

Ok, I guess, nowadays every writer knows how to use social media for their marketing. Back in 2016 it was all still new and developing.  But Randy Ingermanson’s thoughts and suggestions still bear some weight. But first my thoughts on my writing from December 2016:

Good morning writers, bloggers and poets. How is your writing, blogging, versing going? Do you feel stressed because the holidays are coming up and all that present buying and baking is on the map and you hardly find any time for writing or is it going to plan?

I have become a lot more relaxed lately with my blogging. First of all, I have blog posts scheduled for nearly 4 weeks in advance so even if I can’t write anything there will be something be posted. However, no matter what I need to advertise for my posts to attract more readers.

Interestingly, Randy Ingermanson wrote about Marketing for writers and what social  media has to do with it in his November Newsletter.

(This article is reprinted by permission of the author.
 
Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, “the Snowflake Guy,” publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 15,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it, visit www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.)
I can only encourage you to sign up to his newsletter. It’s always good advice on anything writing- and publishing-related. Enjoy!

Marketing: What’s Social Media Good For?

Social media is widely alleged to be a powerful marketing tool for novelists.

Is it true? How would you know? What would that mean?

Let’s take these questions in reverse order.

Marketing is about selling your book. If social media is a powerful marketing tool, then using social media in the right way would get you lots of sales.

You know your marketing is working when you can trace the connection between your marketing and your sales numbers.

If there is no connection, then your marketing doesn’t work. If there is a connection, it does. Simple as that.

Whenever I put things this way, I quickly hear from people claiming that the world doesn’t work that way, because you can’t trace the connections between marketing and sales, because things are complicated, because … um, because.

My response to that has always been that if you can’t trace the connection between your marketing and your sales, then either you’re doing something wrong or there is no connection between your marketing and your sales. Which sounds like I’m raining on the parade, but I don’t think it’s raining on the parade to point out that there isn’t any parade.

A Case Study in Marketing Effectiveness

It’s useful to look at a case study done a few years ago by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.com. Darren is one of the best bloggers in the world and he had a new product to launch. He used several different marketing tools and used standard tracking methods to trace that pesky connection between his marketing and his sales. You can read his article here.

Darren found that 3% of his sales came from all his combined social media efforts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google Plus. That is not a typo. 3%. Three percent. You may be thinking, “What??? Only 3 percent?” The answer is, “Yes, 3 measly percent.”

Another 3% came from Darren’s affiliates—people who actively promoted his products in exchange for a percentage of sales.

Another 7% of his sales came from Darren’s blog posts. 7% is shockingly low, considering that Darren is one of the most famous and successful bloggers in the world.

So where did the other 87% of Darren’s sales come from? The answer is simple: E-mail. Darren made the overwhelming majority of his money from the e-mails he sent out, even though e-mail was just a small part of his marketing efforts.

In Darren’s blog post where he reported these results, he faced up to the obvious question: If social media doesn’t generate sales, then what’s it good for?

You can read his article to see what Darren thinks on the matter. I have an opinion which I’ll give you a bit further down in this article.

But first a little marketing theory so we have the vocabulary we need.

Basic Marketing Theory

Any working marketing strategy needs to achieve three things. If you do all three of these things well, you succeed. If you fail on any one of these three things, you fail. Here are the three phases of marketing:

  1. Attract
  2. Engage
  3. Convert

“Attract” means that you find a way to make people learn that you exist. There are 7 billion people on the planet. Most of them never heard of you and never will.

“Engage” means that you provide enough information to one of the people you attracted so that they know you’re a person worth listening to.

“Convert” means that you motivate somebody you have attracted and engaged to finally pull out their credit card and buy your stuff.

You can’t convert people you haven’t engaged.

You can’t engage people you haven’t attracted.

Attraction, engagement, and conversion can happen very quickly. It’s very possible to take somebody who never heard of you through all three of these phases in 15 minutes, as long as you do them in the right order and do them well.

What Social Media is For

Now let’s look at what Darren measured in his experiment. Darren was exclusively measuring conversion. He e-mailed, blogged, tweeted, Face-booked, and more—all in an attempt to get people to pull out their credit cards and buy his product. E-mail worked best for conversion, by a huge margin.

If you look at Darren’s explanation of what he thinks social media is for, it all comes down to attracting and engaging. Darren is a smart guy. I think he’s right.

So if you’re going to use social media, then focus your efforts on those two things.

Attract people to your web site, where they can sign up for your e-mail list.

Engage them so they know you’re a person worth listening to.

That’s what social media is for.

And by the way, you can measure attraction. You can measure engagement. You can measure conversion.

The important thing to keep in mind is that these three things don’t ADD.

They multiply, because they happen in sequence:

Marketing Success = Attraction x Engagement x Conversion.

If any of these is zero, then your marketing amounts to zero.

If all of them are maxed out, then your marketing efforts are maxed out.

Homework

  1. What’s your marketing strategy? What do you do to attract? What do you do to engage? What do you do to convert?
  2. How are you measuring your attraction? How are you measuring your engagement? How are you measuring conversion?
  3. Which of these phases is maxed out and which isn’t?

Re-blog: Home schooling and how it has impacted my attitude towards teachers by Robbie Cheadle from Robbie’s Inspirations

My step-mum is a teacher, and I know how much work teaching youngsters is. She is retired now so doesn’t have to bother with online learning, but I found Robbie’s candid recount of her experiences at homeschooling enlightening. It is good to take some time and think things through. 🙋‍♀️🐝

My sons have been home schooling since our schools first closed on 18 March this year. That equates to four and a half months of my having to drag my youngest reluctantly from his bed each school day, feed him and force him to sit in front of his computer for at least some of […]

Home schooling and how it has impacted my attitude towards teachers

Topic Tuesday ~ More Thoughts on Trade Unions

As I wrote last week, I think it is more important than ever to unite and support unions so our working rights are not slowly taken away. So I re-post a short series I did in May 2016 about trade unions. This week I am not as opinionated as last week :-).

May 10th, 2016

Trade Unions and Worker’s Rights bother me.

I have been thinking a lot about last weeks post and have decided I dedicated May’s Tuesdays to Topic Tuesday and Trade Unions. Last week I wrote that I believe working people today do not know how Unions work and how important they are.

On my research into trade unions in the UK, I came across a homepage called “Unions Make Us Stronger: TUC History online.” It is a page about the history of UK Trade Unions but also an excellent resource for anything connected with workers rights and trade unions. In its introduction, it says: “Trade unions have played, and will continue to play, a decisive role in shaping economic and social developments in Britain – yet much of their history is at present unknown and inaccessible to the public.”

I hear so many of my fellow workers complain about their work and pay situation, but at the same time, they seem to think nothing can be done about it. They just put up with it and keep complaining. And I have come to wonder why.

Now I haven’t been to school in the UK. So I do not know how much children learn about the industrial revolution and the work of the likes of Karl Marx. When I was in school, the industrial revolution, Karl Marx, Robert Owen or the idea of capitalism and socialism were thought to be important, and it was taught in school. However, Germany was part Western democratic and part Eastern communist. So the Western region where I grew up in had to prove towards the East that Western democracy doesn’t support capitalism and the exploitation of workers and employees. Or at least that is what I believe.

Today most communist countries in the world are gone and have failed as a form of society. So western democracy does not have to prove to the communist East anymore that they are helpful to their workers and employees. I feel the power of companies has increased, and workers rights get taken away slowly. That they do it slowly makes it difficult for workers to see through companies schemes.

And companies show us a compelling reasoning for taking away rights: “If we do not take away that worker’s right our company will lose profit, and that will end in you losing your job.” No one can afford to lose their job, so most of us put up with what’s coming our way.

The latest example in Great Britain is the so-called living wage which is supposed to give workers a better income and therefore a better financial situation. However, most companies level the higher cost in basic wages out with taking away benefits like higher Sunday pay, higher pay for working unsocial hours (night shifts), paid breaks and free food. At the same time, they make out they are beneficial to their workers.

I believe this is wrong. I do deserve to have a wage that enables me to pay my bills and have enough to eat. But I also deserve some extra payments when I have to work unsocial hours like nights or Sundays. In my opinion, that should not be waged against my basic pay. Especially not as politicians, CEO’s and other high profile professionals get paid exorbitant pay, rises and NOT get their benefits cut. On average in the UK, 100 FTSE bosses get paid 130 times more than their average employees. No matter how much profit or losses a company makes, their bosses get more money while their employees get money and rights taken away.

As a member of the union, I had the chance to vote for or against the pay deal the company I work for offered and I voted against it because I think it is wrong to take away paid breaks and Sunday payments. That is a right Unions fought for, and I believe it is a waste of their sacrifices to let these perks slip away. Most of my fellow union members and workers did not seem to think like that. They only seem to have seen a rise in basic pay by a “brilliant” 20%. The pay deal went through.

And I suspect the reason for it is the fact that they do not know enough of the history of the unions and the sacrifices workers before us made to give us our rights. They consider these not as rights but as perks the company was good enough to give to us. They also do not seem to be aware of how unfair the pay situation is in the UK (and elsewhere I suspect). And they seem to think you can’t do anything about it anyway. However, I believe, you can.

First of all, you have to see that even though you are employed, you have rights, and you need to know your rights. In one employment, I have heard a boss say to an employee with mental health problems that it does not matter how an employee feels they have to come to work because they get paid. So just because I get paid by a company they can ask of me whatever they want? I do not think so. But you only do something about this if you are aware that you have the right to stay at home when you are ill. And you can do something about this in a much more powerful way if you are a member of the union and have others stay behind you and at your side to fight for your right.

So secondly become a member of the Union. They teach you about your rights, and they help you if your rights are endangered. Of course, no Union or union movement is perfect. There are always problems and their members and officials are just humans like all of us. But when it comes down to it, they have, and they will help you to gain your rights.

And the more members a union has, the more powerful it is. I can only repeat that because it is really quite simple.

So what do you think? Are Trade Unions still important and are you a member?

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Resources:

The Union Makes Us Strong

Striking-Women.org

The Guardian: Employers claw back Living Wage in cuts to perks, hours and pay

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You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to Mexico & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, all you lovely people. How are you doing? I hope you are fine and if not know: ” my thoughts and prayers go out to you daily!”

Today I thought I share with you some of the resources that I work with when it comes to cancer.

Directly when I got diagnosed, the breast care nurse took some time to give me some of the information material the hospital offers. She also took the time to answer my questions. I had already figured that I had cancer because they insisted I come to the hospital for results. Usually they sent me a letter.

So I didn’t have too many questions at first. I was, however, still grateful for any information for later. Especially the MacMillan info book about financial help.

Norwich is excellent because it has the Big C Center. It is a charity helping you with cancer. Besides information on finances and treatments, they would usually also offer massages, talking therapies to deal with mental health issues and advice on wigs, etc. in connection with the Weybourne Center at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals. However, I’ve got cancer in COVID lockdown times, so a,ny self-care self-spoiling treatments were out of the question.

One of the first things I did was contacting MacMillans financial advisors to see if we could get any financial help. Turned out we earned too much to get more than the grant the hospital offers. We had already taken it up as the best husband just had started to work again after his operation in November. We had trouble to feed ourselves and needed it to pay for travelling to the hospital.

I also signed up for the forum at MacMillan but have to admit I hardly ever use it. Am too busy with blogging :-). But it feels good as back up. MacMillan also offers advice and support for friends, families and carers.

If MacMillan can’t give me the answers I am looking for, then I look at the Cancer Research UK page. While MacMillan offers more practical help with cancer Cancer Research tackles the more scientific problems and information. Another good source of information is the YouTube channel of the Mayo Clinic. I like their more forward-thinking approach when it comes to cancer.

What I always wanted to listen to was the You, Me and the BIG C Podcast. However, I am not a podcast person. So I haven’t yet.

I know that there are lots more resources out there, but to be honest: I find a few useful resources more helpful than many. It would confuse me. I sometimes can hardly think straight because of brain fog.

So that was my short rundown on cancer resources. Now, please come away with me to Mexico.

I assume my US readers might know more about it than I because it seems to be a favourite holiday destination for Americans. My knowledge only comes from Rick Steins food documentary “Road to Mexico” and several documentaries about Frieda Kahlo. I haven’t even read a Mexican author… oops.

So, for all of us newbies, let’s have a look at an introduction by lonely planet.

Video Credit: Lonely Planet via YouTube

It would be worth a visit if I wouldn’t so afraid of flying ;-). So I found a longer documentary about Mexico by Expoza Travel:

Video Credit: Expoza Travel via YouTube

And some hidden beauties to check out:

Video Credit: MojoTravel via YouTube

I feel there can’t be a post about Mexico without Frida Kahlo. So here you go 🙂

Video Credit: TED ed via YouTube

And last but not least a blog about living in Mexico:

Surviving in Mexico: 7 Things you can strike off your Bucket List by Visiting Mexico

Sorry my dear readers. I am getting tired. So not much info about today’s chosen musician. Her name is Ely Guerra a strong Mexican songwriter whose music I find, needs getting accustomed to. But I started this project to challenge my music listening habits and maybe yours too.

Video Credit: Ely Guerra via YouTube

Ely Guerra on Tastebuds.fm

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 3rd, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little East to Cuba. Please find Cuban musicians here on the CultureTrip page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Calling for Climate Justice in Davos 2020

Hello out there, it’s some time that I asked: How are you? Are you rocking and rolling your life? I very much hope so. Today not many words just a video by the World Economic Forum calling for climate justice from May 2020.

We might still be preoccupied with the pandemic and its consequences but just imagine what impact the climate crisis will have. We can’t grow things in drought conditions, you can’t get to work if your country is flooded and I am not even talking about massive storms. These are just some examples of the havoc the climate crisis can bring. Despite or because of the pandemic, we need to keep our minds on the future and its challenges.

video credit: World Economic Forum via YouTube

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You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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