Wednesday, April 16, 2008


What is worse than shopping with a teenager?
Shopping with a 22 year old!
This morning I dropped by ASDA(WALMART) on the way home to buy a soft toy to put on a basket of flowers for a funeral(would you believe I got to the flower shop to order the flowers for the funeral and I didn't know the surname of the person I was buying flowers for!), whilst looking for a suitable toy I thought NO CHILDREN WITH ME.....BRILLIANT TIME TO SHOP, so I did.
No 'can I have this? ' or 'I'll give you the money later', it was bliss. I must have spent about £30 less than usual. I managed to buy all the bulk purchases which I cannot usually manage to buy because the trolley is filled with rubbish, their rubbish.
BUT.....the unpacking is more tiring than the buying!
The recycling is the most time consuming part of the shop because if you recycle the wrong things the council say they will not take the bags so you have to get it right.
My latest crusade with regards to recycling.....coat hangers!
I am at present trying to find out if Marks and Spencer are still accepting used hangers to recycle, I will let you know when they reply.
And what irritates me most about recycling?
Shops who make a big deal about not giving away carrier bags(I use the bio-degradable carrier bags as nappy bags) but sell millions of bin bags etc in their store which are just as bad as the non-biodegradable carriers they have stopped giving away and the billions of miles of non-bio - degradable plastic that covers their produce!

More important things than my recycling rant.....


Human Rights for China - the Olympics countdown

"... by allowing Beijing to host the Games you will help the development of human rights"
Liu Jingmin, Olympic Games Bid Committee - April 2001

"We are convinced that the Olympic Games will improve human rights in China"
Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC - April 2002

Human rights for China logo

As the Olympic torch approaches China for its momentous entry into the Olympic stadium, the stage is overshadowed by China's deteriorating human rights situation. This deterioration is happening not just despite the Olympics, but because of the Olympics.

Time is running out before the start of the Olympic Games. The Chinese authorities are not keeping their promises to improve human rights before the Olympics start.

Amnesty International is mobilising globally to press for substantial reforms in four key areas:

  • The death penalty
  • Punitive detention without trial and the prevention of torture
  • Human rights defenders
  • Unwarranted censorship of the internet

It is China's choice to improve its human rights record. But the responsibility is shared by the Olympic movement and governments around the world. When August 2008 arrives, Amnesty wants the Chinese people to be proud in every respect of what their country has to offer the world.

China's human rights record

A man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading towards Tiananmen Square in the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement, 5 June 1989 © APCritics of the government sent to labour camps, widespread torture and trade unions banned - just some of the issues affecting China in the run up to the Games.
Find out more about China's human rights record

Tension in Tibet

Chinese police are sweeping through the homes of Tibetan capital Lhasa residents in search of people involved in recent protests in the city. Amnesty International has called on the Chinese authorities to avoid the use of excessive force in restoring order.

Act now

Hanging rope at execution gallows, Baghdad, Iraq © APGraphicsBankStop executions in China China has expanded their lethal injection programme. Urge the Chinese government to reduce the use of the death penalty as a step towards full abolition.

Human rights activist Hu Jia Urgent action iconChina: Free human rights activist Hu Jia Hu Jia has been sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison. Take action now


China: The Olympics countdown - crackdown on activists threatens Olympics legacy In this report Amnesty calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately end repressive measures against Chinese human rights defenders in Beijing and other parts of China, as well as against protesters in Tibet and surrounding regions.


Steve said...

I do find it utterly gobsmacking that the Chinese can refer to the olympic flame tour as the "journey of harmony" without an ounce of irony...

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An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.