An excellent idea from a group of Irish schoolchildren! Have a look at their FundIt page for more info. Their promo video is light on production values and high on smiles – just what’s needed!
“Our product is a Sheep collar with an inbuilt Pulse Monitor, which sends a VHF signal to a GSM [...]
Ah UNICEF, hitting the mark and then some. Dig deep, feel good, save lives.
(PS the translation of the ad at the end tells you how you can donate to UNICEF)
The author in his home during the early stages of renovation. Photograph © Garrett MacLean/Buzzfeed
“As we rebuild this ashen city, we’re deciding on an epic scale what we value as Americans in the 21st century. The American Dream is alive in Detroit, even if it flickers. I hope this time it includes [...]
Zun Lee’s project ‘Father Figure’ is one I’ve mentioned before. No apologies for flagging it up again. It’s a beautiful example of making work about what you know, about what’s close to you. It’s overarching theme is all about absence, but in that strange way that life works, it’s grown out of, and illustrated by, [...]
I love cinema.
I love the way it takes me to places I didn’t expect to go, to feel things about the familiar in ways I did not imagine were possible. I’m fascinated by the way the lens can telescope and pull details right up into my face and say “…see this, this is important”. [...]
Its 6am and a storm is rampaging around the hillside as I type this. It’s the first of the severe winter gales, lightning is rollocking across the Firth and a children’s very large trampoline has just sailed by heading east (these are westerly gales). I’m tempted to dash out and tie it to a fence [...]
It takes seconds to save a life. Precious ticking passing seconds.
When I was taken by the Police to hospital, they gently handed me over to hospital staff. Then I was taken into a small room and offered tea, to soften the blow of the bad news they had to tell me. Then Melanie’s [...]
William on the Intensive Care Unit door security screen © John MacPherson
I knelt on the hill, both arms wrapped around William (aged 5). Tears streamed down his small face and his little shoulders bobbed up and down in the unmistakable rhythm of sorrow. The ‘hill’ is the main street in our village, down [...]
My phone rang yesterday morning. It was the hospital.
“Dont worry! It’s all fine” the concerned nurse reassured me. “Melanie is awake and we’ve used a word board and although its very difficult for her she’s pointed to specific words. She’s ‘asked’ for you and William to visit!”
Melanie’s mum and dad are hugging each [...]
What can these two dimensional objects do for us? What is it they possess that is so powerful?
I woke early (again) this morning, thinking and reflecting after another roller-coaster emotional day. I’ve opened my laptop to try to articulate some thoughts and a suggested tweet popped into my Inbox. Jörg Colberg at his insightful [...]