1) Picture post from the Guardian – Thursday http://tinyurl.com/2urphxe
Al-Baraka, Yemen: Yemeni women go swimming wearing the traditional head-to-toe Islamic covering .
Blackburn, UK: Soldiers of The 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment leave Blackburn Cathedral
Cape Town, South Africa: Table Mountain illuminated
Know a lady who might like shoes for Christmas? How about these chopines designed by China’s Guo Pei Rose Studio.
Or maybe one of these dresses(?).
Chinese Communism has come a long way from Mao’s little red book.
From an article in the New York Times – http://tinyurl.com/22ne9q7
“Nothing prepares you for the many-hued jolt any more than the desert prepares you for Las Vegas.
On the second floor are three private rooms where luminaries of CCTV, the state-run television station; businesswomen; and the wives and daughters of Communist Party leaders come for fittings. According to Jack, many of the Politburo wives are customers, though few Chinese people would know since the wives do not play much of a public role. So there is no P.R. value as there would be for dressing Michelle Obama, but there are certainly guanxi, or connections, which anyone with a problem appreciates. On the third and fourth floors 140 people cut, sew and finish clothes, with a separate workroom for shoes and jewelry.”
3) People making a difference
Who do you know, or know of, that made a difference in the world in 2010.
From an article on AOL Good News Now – http://tinyurl.com/2csznlb
Twenty-five years ago, Donna Beegle was counting her pennies, trying to figure out a way to pay her electricity bill, feed her kids and keep her family off the street.