Goodbye 2016 – Some positive news – Yes I did say POSITIVE!

Saturday 1230  –  31.12.16

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I am writing this on the final day of 2016 and what a year it has been.  Brexit in the UK, Trump in the USA, the deaths of so many inspirational people, continued Global Warming and the horrors of war in Syria and the Yemen; with apparently only 10 countries in the world completely free of conflict (1). 

So I could have written about any of these but instead I am choosing to write about something Positive. I know ! Radical for me isn’t it…  

I am a supporter of WaterAid an organisation dedicated to bringing clean water to every citizen of the world. 

I recently had some correspondence from them and here is a copy of the front page so you can read this good news for yourselves

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Just read those fantastic headlines – for the FIRST time EVER the percentage of people who urgently need clean water has dropped below double figures to 9% yes that’s NINE PERCENT . Of course that is still way to many but it is proper measurable progress..

Just ONE fact for you –  “Collectively, women from Sub-Saharan Africa spend about 40 billion hours a year collecting water”  (2)  It is a fact that women and girls spend much more time than men and boys on collecting water and wood; between 2 and 8 times as much time. Imagine what they could be doing instead – getting educated, working, keeping healthier because of the clean water and enjoying life more.

Here it is again below –  WaterAid is part of the global push to get to Zero by 2030. It is VERY doable.

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I am very proud to be a tiny part of this. 

You too could be a tiny, but vital part, in making sure everyone in the whole world has access to water.

You see I told you positive news!  🙂  

You can see contact details for WaterAid the UK in the photo above or here – http://www.wateraid.org/uk 

Wherever else in the world you are,  you can help too –  

Go here http://www.wateraid.org/  and hover your curser over the global sign at the top and you will see what countries WaterAid works in, as well as the countries where you can donate or help in other ways.

Also if you google “Increasing access to water” you will find more reading on the subject and other organisations who are helping.

References –

(1) – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/global-peace-index-2016-there-are-now-only-10-countries-in-the-world-that-are-not-at-war-a7069816.html

(2) – http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/ruralwomen/facts-figures.html

Your thoughts are very welcome as ever.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2017 .

My New Year’s resolution is to try to perform one Random Act of Kindness every day, even if it’s only a smile to a stranger.

What’s yours ?

Saturday Girl signing off.. 

Take a look at my photography blog Photomania by clicking here 

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The Rain Room – A place where you don’t get wet ??

Saturday 1434 – 2nd February 2013

Last week I wrote about the 12.12.12 Underground Orchestra Challenge.    If you missed it you can read it here

I’ve been travelling today so I thought I’d cheat a bit and share some photos from the other thing that I did last Saturday when I was in Londonium. I visited The Rain Room Installation at the Barbican and it was every bit as good as I thought it would be or possibly even better.  There is a huge 2-3 hour queue because they only let 10-12 people in at a time  but I didn’t join it. I used my feminine wiles ( what do you mean at my age !! ) and my camera to gain entry….. well I do have an ankle problem too and standing around ain’t good for me so I don’t feel too bad about the queue jump!  Here’s a bit of spiel from the Barbican website –

“Known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art, Random International’’s experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction. Their largest and most ambitious installation yet, Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering The Curve the visitor hears the sound of water and feels moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that
respond to their presence and movement.”

Can you imagine the powerful noise of pouring rain getting louder and louder as you approach the Rain Room?

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Can you imagine the dampness in the air as you stand in the middle of what looks like rain pouring down around you?

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Can you imagine the powerful feeling of stopping the water from falling as you walk into it?

That’s exactly what these women are doing.

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 This women’s expression below, a cross between joy and awe, sums this feeling up.

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Can you imagine trying to capture the scene as you stand there, expecting to get wet but staying dry, everyone was trying to do just that. But sometimes it’s hard to capture an experience except in your memory..

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When you leave the room you certainly feel as though you have experienced a little bit of magic…

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How many of us haven’t wished we could stop the rain when it’s making us soaking wet?  Well in the Rain Room you can do just that.. 😀

Saturday Girl signing off now. Have a joyful week  but I hope not too much rain falls on you.. unless you need it where you are, of course 😉

If you’d like to read more about the Rain Room you can do so here

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here and I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already

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