Archive for August, 2009

Afghanistan – Elections and Human Rights

Monday, August 24th, 2009

 A few months ago I watched an excellent play at the National called "The Observer"; an incisive look through the actions of an election observer, at the involvement of "The West" in the democratisation of countries – the role of the UN, the western media, how much the end can ...

The Ashes and Sportsmanship

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I do try not to go off topic too often, but this time it seems entirely appropriate – well done Andrew Strauss' men on regaining the Ashes! Even if it wasn't quite the excitement of 2005, nor if one is honest, the quality of cricket, it was a doughty contest ...

Equality & Diversity

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Maybe surprisingly, this isn't another damning list of stupidity under the E&D banner. North Dorset District Council has just been awarded Equality Standard Level 3, which means that we are classed as an "achieving" council within the Equality Framework. As ever, this needs a little unpacking - and it is ...

Honest Food at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Once again, it was a lovely day for the Gillingham & Shaftesbury show at the Motcombe Showground. We ran a campaign for labelling for honest food; it does remain a scandal that supermarkets and food producers get away with implying (or sometimes downright lying) that food is locally produced when ...

Goma, the DRC and the Refugee Camps

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

I took the opportunity, after the end of the project, but before flying back, to go across the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was a jaw-droppingly sobering experience. The border is at the town of Gisenyi in Rwanda; on the northern shore of the beautiful Lake Kivu, ...

Gorillas, and tourism, in Rwanda

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I have stayed on a few days after the official end of the project, in part to visit the jewel in the crown of Rwanda’s nascent tourist industry, the Gorillas in the Virunga Volcano Range. Well it’s been an experience!! The gorillas themselves were awesome; we visited “group 13”, which now ...