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Tuesday, 04 January 2005
la antilope

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The photo above is of an antelope which Lynne, Indrin and family sent me as a Christmas present from Cape Town.  According to the label on the beaded beast, it was manufactured by Nosakhamzi of the company MonkeyBiz South AfricaWarning: Site is a bit fragile.

One of their statements jumped out at me:

Historically, bead work in a South African context has been the domain of women largely within the Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele and Sotho Communities. The women are introduced to them directly through their mothers, grandmothers and other women in the community. The women have a natural aptitude for the craft.

Now that’s interesting. I wonder if they have a natural aptitude for dancing, beating drums, and wearing goatskin clothes as well? 

My thoughts are that beadwork has universal appeal and is something that has been done by most cultures around the world. Also what about the many other fields that African women show great aptitude in: sports, music, art, medicine, information technology and a whole range of other professions?

Anyway, the stuff that MonkeyBiz South Africa produces and sells is beautiful.

Posted by bigblue on 04/01/2005 at 09:22 PM
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Monday, 03 January 2005
The Walnut Tree (in old France)

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This is a painting of a French woman harvesting walnuts from a walnut tree. The artist is John Thorne, and I have referred to it here.

Last night I had supper in Belper with Lynette, Alan, Ruth and Tamsin. It was good to see them again, especially Tamsin who I haven’t seen since 2003 (I think).  The only downside was that I was exhausted from all this driving I have done lately and was a bit dopey. Tamsin showed me some stunning photos of Dubai and surrounds. Unfortunately I left my BodyClock with Bluemeanie and overslept this morning without its “dawn simulation”.

Posted by bigblue on 03/01/2005 at 10:41 PM
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Sunday, 02 January 2005
Tsunami aid efforts

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The above photo is from Nasa and shows the village of Lhoknga, Indonesia, which was destroyed by the Tsunami.  Here’s some information on how to donate to assist with the urgent relief efforts.

International aid organizations:
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
United Nations’ World Food Programme
Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders (donate!)
CARE International
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

UK/Europe:
Disasters Emergency Comittee (DEC) - comprises a raft of aid agencies, including the below and others
British Red Cross
Save the Children UK

North America:
American Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross
Save The Children

Anders Jacobsen: Webloggers: Give to tsunami victims and I’ll give too!

Posted by bigblue on 02/01/2005 at 04:54 PM
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Saturday, 01 January 2005
Fireworks

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These are some of the fireworks let off last night by one of the local pubs in Old Oxted, as seen through a thicket of trees.  Not quite London, Seattle or Sydney

Then again, after the long drive yesterday, Bluemeanie and I were too tired to go anywhere.

Posted by bigblue on 01/01/2005 at 11:52 PM
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