In September I took over most of the parenting chores to allow Pam to study for exams at the end of the month. This involved a minimum of 3 hours driving for the school run alone. Plus the usual grocery shopping, cooking and laundry. And of course giving the children something to do other than make a noise around the office! It left about 5 hours a day for other things, which meant lots of postponement. But it has been a very worthwhile project which I’ll continue in a less intense way. It really showed up the benefit of hands on attention to children that makes parenting interesting, challenging and productive. The children (4 of them aged 4-12) get the kind of guidance that is missing at school and get to develop a more friendly relationship with parents. It makes clear the undervalued trade-off that people make by handing children over to child-carers so that they can live and work without them. I really recommend a more hands on approach to all parents.
The other big change has been the reformatting of this newsletter to a blog format. That has been time consuming but adds much more value because it is easily segmented by subject, titles become summaries and entries can be more timely. However, I still have catching up to do.
On the investment management side, I did reenter the markets, largely in response to market sentiment, but with great caution for limiting downside.
And in the garden some chores have been postponed till October, while essential harvesting of tomatoes, french beans and root vegetables did provide us tasty fare for the table (especially the cherry tomatoes of which we’ve already harvested about 10kg 🙂 ).
This new cartoon, produced by Friends of the Earth Europe, sums up in comic form how Exxon worked its way into government channels to further its business interests at the expense of the planet. It could be funny, if it wasn’t so sad. Millions paid to “think tanks” to deny pollution.
Be The Change 2007 will take place in November. Supported by The Independent newspaper, The Sky’s The Limit is a collaboration between Be The Change, the World Future Council, The Converging World, the new economics foundation and Rights and Humanity. In three days of presentations, panels, world cafés – and with film and music – participants seek to generate new, solution-oriented responses.
Participants include Prof. C.S. Kiang (China), Vandana Shiva (India), Maude Barlow (Canada); Hermann Scheer (Germany), Frances Moore Lappé and Drew Dellinger (USA) – and from the UK, Bianca Jagger, Jonathon Porritt, Nicki Gavron, Richard Reed, Rob Hopkins and many more: entrepreneurs, activists, scientists, film-makers, poets and musicians.
November 15 – 17 at the magnificent Central Hall, Westminster, where the UN General Assembly first met in 1946.
BeTheChange.org.uk for bookings
Pratchett’s latest novel is on the stands. In today’s volatile world of money its bound to be revealing. We’ll review it in due course, but Pratchett is always brilliant.
A campaign to end slavery, check out Not For Sale and the interesting people behind the campaign.
A comprehensive review of the characteristics of the world’s main financial centres by The Economist (EIU): Magnets for money. While the impact of technology on transformations of financial centres in recent decades is analysed, there could have been a more critical review of the outlook for the decentralisation of financial services through ICT.
This five part YouTube series with now deceased TV newscaster Peter Jennings explores how the food industry spends billions of dollars to sabotage your health. Jennings also takes a critical look at the US government’s agricultural subsidy programmes, and the consequences of misguided government policies on diet and health. For example, sugar and fat receive 20 times more government farming subsidies than fruits and vegetables. The food industry spends $34 billion per year marketing their products, $12 billion of which is spent marketing unhealthy foods to children. Learn how misleading advertising, food additives, and a corrupt subsidy system have undermined public health.
Click here for the videos: part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.
Finally we’ve installed a blog.
So let’s start blogging …