Friday, February 08, 2013

Friday Fun (and a round of applause for carers)

I don't about you, but I'm shattered, partly because my volunteer work at Greenside School turned from 30 minutes into nearly two hours. They were four staff short in the class when I turned up, but managed to get two back by 3pm.

To recognise the dedication, commitment, patience and all-round wonderfulness of these teachers, I dedicate the following picture.

They are among the best people in the world, but, like all careers that arrogant people label 'vocations', are underrated, underpaid and ignored by those who run government. I was tired after an hour, they do this five days a week, forty weeks a year.

Dawn, Krista, Rachel, Lisa, Jordan, Ricky, Filliz and everyone who works at Greenside, take a bow. You deserve centre stage for once.


And now onto some more good news.

Firstly, we can now build a bionic man.

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Sadly, the BBC don't let people embed ALL news stories, so you'll have to 'click the link' for these.  First up, the Afghan Orchestra that's touring the world. All are youngsters and a number are orphans. Next we have the story of a toddler, Louie Jenkins, who had his legs amputated but can now walk. Malala Yousafzai is a name that we have come to know well and she's doing fine, having launched a fund to help Pakistani girls get an education. Finally in the good news section a non-video story about a South African Tycoon who's going to donate millions to charity.

Now for the odd stories, and I'll start with a video story about a museum in which you can learn to walk like a zombie. It's real aim is to get people thinking about what consciousness really is. Heard the one about the idiot crooks? Here's another pair that ballsed it up by robbing a museum and then hiding the stolen goods so well, they couldn't find them later. HA HA HA.

Under the heading of 'It couldn't happen to a nicer person', a Mercedes driver removed barriers from a worksite then parked his car in an area they were going to dig up. One can only hope he couldn't get his car out when he got back to the station...and that it was raining...and he'd forgotten his umbrella.

How would you like to live in a printed home? Not convinced? There are plans to 3D print a base on the moon. Will we finally see Moonbase Alpha? Space 2099?

Lastly in the news section, how male dancing attracts women. It also explains why men cease to be able to dance when they become dads.

Now, it's picture time.

And lastly, thank you to the Vegetable Assassin for sharing this, which I'm now going to share with you. When Dance and Technology come together, this is the amazing result. Adieu.



E. Arroyo said... gotta love cats and dogs. =)

Dana said...

You just made my day a lot better, Martin. Thanks. :)

Al Diaz said...

That's an amazing video! Funny mission accomplished :D

Martin Willoughby said...

EA: They are funny.

Dana: Glad to be of service.

Al: Isn't it just.

Amy Jarecki said...

Holy Moly, you've got a ton of stuff there! *giggles* But cheers to the volunteers of this world. They bring happiness in many ways :-)

Martin Willoughby said...

Amy: The carers are fantastic.