The Bianchi family and Bianchis in love!
Monday, 31 March 2008
The Bianchi family and Bianchis in love!
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Monday, 17 March 2008
… things are getting really wild and tense out here… communication is not always guaranteed. I try to proceed with my work as planed.
And I will keep you updated.
Have a good start of the week
Later when I asked her if she was okay she said
May be it is just a beginning…
We are having people from all groups in our team – so far they are all ok.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
It is quite a special season out here - today and tomorrow unexpectedly there is no running water... and in the area I am working the situation is quite tense. There have been some battles on the street... between different people groups (see note in field diary). And this with other problems going on, see below... So I hope everything goes well... Greetings and looking forward hearing from you
XI'NING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Severe snow disasters have left 1.65 million people snow-blind and frostbitten, 500,000 livestock and wildlife dead and 3.1 million others on verge of starvation inTibetan prefectures of north-western Qinghai Province.
Since October last year, consecutive low temperature had gripped the province. The temperature plunged to minus 36.3 degrees centigrade, the record lowest in January in the province, said the provincial meteorological bureau. In Yushu, Guoluo and Huangnan Tibet Autonomous Prefectures, most of the grassland was covered by snow, usually 16 to 32 cm thick, which had brought great losses to local animal husbandry. In the disaster-stricken prefectures, 130,000 people had run out of fuels, 350,000 people in need of food and 110,000 others short of warm clothes or quilts, said the provincial government. Currently, the province's task was to evacuate 11,000 people of 2,000 herdsmen households for the local conditions were not fit to live any longer.
I emailed her back and so far we have not heard back from her. There are reports now of serious trouble in Tibet and foreigners are being kept out so I really hope she is okay.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
With 200 British families out of 2,600 inhabitants, a British population that swells to 900 in the summer months and a dozen British small businesses, the village of Eymet is at the heart of the trend.
However I liked the view of someone at the University of Sussex, who it seems is researching into the phenomenon of British local councillors in France and also happens to be standing in her village in Normandy. (How does she manage to keep her University job and live in France..I must talk to her!) According to the article in the Guardian she argues that
the new wave of British residents are becoming more active locally, often inspired by protecting their rural idyll from things like wind farms and new building projects, or managing the look of the village. "Like in Britain, where middle-class urban people moved to rural areas for retirement, they would typically try and take over things, like parish councils, village fetes ... changing farming practices or seeking to further their own interests. Not everyone is like that, but it looks as if it's now starting to happen in France."
I wonder whether it will be that much different from living in Sussex!
I thought that the comment by Ian's friend was most telling!
I would like to read a French article on the same subject but I guess they dont see it as anything unusual or worth reporting.
9-45am Introduction and review of progress
11am Economic and social engagement
12 noon Staff and Student experience -
3-15pm Physical environment
Management and relationships
(Not only does it come at the end of the day (almost as an afterthought); there is no time allocated to talk about it!) On second thoughts the day might be more entertaining than I thought!I have just been reading about the psychology of leadership. One of my colleagues complained that none of the 'leaders' in our organisation were capable of making a decision about anything and likened it to 'leadership by marshmallow'!
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
I had initially put the version by Jon Williams but then I found this one by Narcisco Yepes,which I think is much better. He died in 1997 so this must be quite old
Monday, 3 March 2008
Sunday, 2 March 2008
You can rent the tree-house for a couple of hours to have your own afternoon tea with friends. The tea is served from a teapot, in china cups and the cakes are homemade. It is served by a bevvy of teenage girls and as it is in Surrey they can at least string a sentence together coherently. You can buy cakes, chutneys, home made jams etc., plants grown on the farm, arts and crafts, teas to take home. The plants are grown in beds (literally; as the raised beds are made out of old bedsteads turned upside down and filled with soil). There are two enormous Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs who ignore all visitors, an inquisitive Jack-Russell terrier who doesn't, chickens (you can buy eggs for 20p each) and other various animals, plants and bric-a-brac. How Fanny manages to meet current health and safety regulations I don't know but in the summer and at many weekends in the winter the place is packed. It looks like it is on the verge of closure but has probably been going for years! (In fact I have just looked on their website and it has been going since 1979)
Saturday, 1 March 2008
A few companies are marketing what can best be described as very large polythene bags that sit on a flat base of sand and can be use to store water. The company that makes this one is called citerneo (based in a place called Vallières-les-Grandes ) and mostly they have been used for agriculture (storing irrigation water etc) but with a bit of attention to provide a filtering system we think they may be a good and cheaper alternative.