Sunday, 10 July 2011

News of the world

The Disasters Emergency Committee reports that over 10 million people are just now at risk in East Africa, due largely to some areas being affected by the worst drought in 60 years. In our church this evening, an emergency retiring collection was taken up for this latest DEC appeal.

Before mass, our friendly Parish Priest enquired of me: "Did you watch the Silverstone Grand Prix? I was gripped." He was one of - it seems - about 600 million people around the world in a similar "grip". TV coverage of all the Grand Prix events is universal.

So, when are we going to grasp (grip) the correlation between burning a zillion gallons of petrol by racing round in circles at vast speed, and the global warming which contributes to our African neighbours' water shortage?


Stella said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Martin. I have never been a fan of cars, or motor sport and everytime I catch a glimpse of motor racing on the television, it makes my blood boil at the waste of precious oil and the negative effect on the environment.

Martin Davis said...

Bread and circuses brought down the Roman Empire: oil and circuits may do the same for us.

Stella said...

(For obvious reasons)

As a cricket lover, I thought you might be interested in a further irony.
Our cricket club, Potterne, is having a week of events to celebrate our 75th anniversary. On Monday we were honoured to host a match between the Trinidad and Tobago Ladies touring side, against a combined Wiltshire and Gloucestershire ladies team. I was honoured to provide the teas.
After much thought I decided to stick to the traditional English cricket tea fare, which went down very well with our local ladies, but not so well with the visitors. It was a most bizarre sight to see them spearing the food with forks and holding it up for their colleages to scrutinise in the minutest detail before they decided whether they would give it a go. Much of it came back uneaten. The irony for me was that in the morning I had prepared the food in my kitchen with the news coverage of the East Africa famine on the small television next to me. Two sets of very black faces. The first poor souls, desperate for the merest crumb and the second set turning their noses up at my hard work and casting good food aside.
I'm sure that no offence was meant and none was taken, it was just a bit disconcerting to feel that I had got it so wrong.
That aside, they were a charming group of tourists who provided an excellent afternoon of cricket played with good humour and many laughs all round.
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All the best