Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday 1st May

What takes my interest in the news this morning, firstly the three leaders were trounced pithily by the 'audience' of Question Time yesterday evening.  Did not watch it, my cup is full to the brim on politics, but was glad that an intelligent  questioning audience showed up these effete, so-called leaders for their weak rhetoric.

What moved me deeply, and made me realise what trivia we expound in this so called Western culture was this report of two British archaeologists and their escape to safety with the help of their Nepalese guides.  The tragedy became apparent when the village of Langtang was struck by a landslide of both boulders and then a mudslide, a community wiped out by this terrible earthquake which seems to have engulfed so many villages in the foothills of these Himalayan mountains.

It is the small tragedy in the greater misery, brought home last night by Channel 4 news and the bewildered small Nepalese community nursing a badly injured water buffalo, as the ruins of their homes lay around them, and members of the families who had been killed in that moment when the earthquake struck, already cremated.

Simon Jenkin Guardian article;
Free Food in Todmorden in The Observer

But for now I will move on to a way that British people are moving out of this political nothingness to take back some control of their lives.  In Todmorden where my daughter and family live they grow food in the streets. Round the Police station, in the square, along the canal, people have been planting and tending verges and beds of vegetables, it apparently has spread down to Hebden Bridge just a couple of miles away.  It has grown into what is called 'The Incredible Edible', and they have seen many groups from as far away as Japan coming to look at the system.  A small start for an idea that is gathering force in some towns.



  1. I like the idea of the Incredible Edible - that looks a bit like parsley in your header.

    The news coming out of Nepal is terrible and yet individual stories of bravery and courage in the face of all that adversity is inspiring.

  2. Not parsley but the yellow Welsh poppy that seems to spread its seed so easily. Nepal makes you put things in perspective, a sad time for all concerned Pat.