Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Letter from #Gaza by a #Norwegian #doctor



Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor

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Dr Mads Frederick Gilbert
Dr Mads Frederick Gilbert (centre) at Al-Shifa hospital on July 17th, treating a wounded Palestinian child, after an Israeli air strike killed 4 children and wounded 5 others
Dearest friends,
The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by "the most moral army in the world" (sic!).
My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian "sumud" gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces - Oh NO! Not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out - oh - the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas - the leftovers from death - all taken away ... to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa in the last 24 hrs. Enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here - almost nothing: no electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterday's hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormously resolute.

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic 'Zennanis', the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made in and paid by the US.
Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.
I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.
Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.
But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another "dahyia" onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.
Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.


Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway
- See more at: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/middle-east/12920-letter-from-gaza-by-a-norwegian-doctor#sthash.iOkia4mX.dpuf

I am taking #TheRoadLessTravelled



Just look at the two roads!

I am taking the Road Less Travelled.

My mate Martin Wroe - Thought for the Day Audio and TEXT.




Thought for the Day - 19/07/2014 - 

Martin Wroe


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Many schools broke up for summer yesterday - young people are waiting for results or looking for work. You remember when that was you, you notice how quickly the days pass, how soon your time will be up. 


And you look at the news this past few days and realise that nothing is certain. You suppress a feeling of dread at how fragile everything is, how ordinary lives can be torn apart by catastrophe. 

So a letter from Headteacher Rachel Tomlinson, to children leaving her Lancashire primary school this week, was inspiring. She praised her Year 6 pupils for their results but reminded them that academic tests measure only a part of who they are. 

The people who mark those tests, she wrote, don’t know that 'your friends count on you to be there for them' 
or that 
'sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school' 
or 'that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful.' 

There are many ways of being smart, she concluded. 
Or, to put it another way - there are many ways of living a good life. 

The American author David Brooks makes a distinction between resume virtues and eulogy virtues. 
Resume virtues, he says, are how you did in those tests, the evidence of your skillbase, what you bring to work as a grown up. 
But eulogy virtues - these are different. This is what people will say about you when your life is over. 

At your funeral no-one will mention your exam results. The hours you spent at work - your title or salary. People will remember a different edition of your life. 
‘He loved playing with his kids…’ ‘She’d always stand up for others…’ 
Maybe they’ll say: ‘She was generous and patient…’ 
‘He was loyal and brave...’ ‘She always listened and was so discreet…’ 
Eulogy virtues are hard to measure, but easier to witness. 
They’re not about your qualifications in life but the quality of your life. 
They are a glue that hold families and friendships together - that help us negotiate life’s toughest tests. 

A good eulogy paints a picture of someone who recognised their human flaws – and tried to face them down. 
Are we mean or consumed with envy? Do we hold grudges? Do we ever shut up and let others speak? Can we forgive? 

As families mourn those they’ve lost on Flight MH17, one image stood out. 
A memory of a brilliant pioneer in AIDS research. His friend recalled how ‘often times he was cooking for his five girls while on conference calls discussing HIV’. 

A snapshot of a good life. ‘Teach us to number our days,’ says the Psalmist, ‘That we may apply our hearts to wisdom.’ 

In a time when world leaders struggle to wage peace and foster friendship, our hope lies in young people with the courage, compassion and character to do it in theirs.

#Loving you just the way you are.






You choose. #Nation. #Humans.

You consider challenge. 
Name each of these Blobs with a Nation then. 
Name each of the Blobs with a person in your life. 

NATIONS MIRROR HUMANS. 
HUMANS MIRROR NATIONS. 

#Israel. #Palestine.

#Vulnerability

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREENBELT YOUTH PROGRAMME



GB14 youth artists

Introducing The Hive and The Den

If you’re coming to this year’s Greenbelt and are aged 11-18 there is so much going on onsite for you to get involved with. We have a packed programme just for you and two designated Youth venues so you can make the most of your time at Greenbelt.
The Hive
The first youth venue, The Hive, has a real buzz about it. A space to see artists ‘Live and Loud’ and up close. With special guests including; Jahm√©ne Douglas, Stanley Odd, Hobbit, Luke Leighfield and more!
Additionally, The Hive features opportunities to experience ways of worshiping that are perhaps less conventional than your Sunday service – including club worship, Metal Hymns and Guvna B’s urban style of ‘gospel rap’.
This venue is the place for you to get involved in a whole range of workshops, from Hobbit’s Beatbox Masterclass to trying new styles of dance, performance and song, or even creating your own campaign.
The Hive is also where you can perform, see other young performers, quiz, chat and dance the night away in our Late Night Club (open to young adults up to 25 years old).
The Hive is open from 10am through ‘til after midnight most days.
The Den
In contrast, The Den is the space for you to reflect, to unearth your opinions and chat about them with other interested people your age. It’s the home of heated debate and discussion (some of it with cake!).
We’ll be talking about politics, Climate Change, Child poverty, turning eighteen, inclusion and leadership, fashion, forgiveness and more.
Join us in The Den as we explore the festival theme of ‘Travelling Light’ and over the weekend hear stories from different perspectives.
You can also use this venue as a place to connect and explore your spirituality as we run different styles of worship every day. We’ve also squeezed some workshops in too, including the chance to make your own ukulele from a butter tub!
Finally, look out for our sessions giving you a chance to share your views and our massive Monday night quiz.
The Den is open from 9.30am through ‘til 11.30pm most days
Around site
There will also be Music, Ideas, Literature, Film, Comedy, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Worship across the site in other venues, too. There is loads booked with you in mind as well as specific slots for you to have a go as you Make and Create and explore what it means to be Instinctively Wild. We are also delighted to be welcoming back XLP with their mobile recording studio.
Greenbelt 2014 at Boughton House is going to be a brand new adventure with so much for you to explore. Join us >>
Want to see more? Have a look at our line-up page and see some of the names and faces that will be around in the Youth venues over the festival weekend >>
If you’re reading this and you’re a youth leader then it’s not too late to arrange to bring your group. We’d love to welcome them!
We also have a group offer, buy ten-tickets-get-one-free. To get the free ticket, head to the online box office, add your ten tickets, find the “FREE ticket for every 10 tickets bought” ticket and add it to your basket.
We also have some special youth leader sessions for you, co-hosted with the Frontier Youth Trust.
If you enjoy working with/supporting/sharing with young people and you haven’t got a youth group to bring then why not add your skills to the Youth volunteer Team!? We still have a few places left for volunteers with a passion for supporting young people.
If you’re a youth leader planning fly solo this year to ‘test the waters first’ then why not get a first hand look at what Greenbelt has to offer young people and join the Youth volunteer team?
Please get your application in by the end of July to allow us to process your paperwork.