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issue6home.jpgThe guys over at Sublime Magazine have produced yet another thought provoking edition of their international ethical lifestyle mag. If you haven’t read a copy yet, then do check it out, you won’t be disappointed. The latest (first anniversary) edition has taken the theme, Love Your Enemy, and includes an article I wrote for them about conflict resolution, of which I’ve posted an extract below . . .

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Thinking while on the toilet is a common pastime for many of us. So today, while you are doing the necessary, why don’t you think about this . . .

  • 2.6 billion people do not have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet.
  • One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.
  • Earlier this year the readers of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) voted sewage disposal and clean water supplies the single most important medical advance, beating a shortlist which included antibiotics, anaesthesia, vaccines and DNA.
  • Today, thousands of people around the world will literally be dying for a toilet.

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PoppiesThey shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Free HugsOn BBC Breakfast News this morning there was an item about the wellbeing benefits of the humble hug. Some psychologists had carried out some self-evident research, which indicated that actual physical contact in the form of a hug is sufficient and necessary in staving off depression and other emotional problems, enabling people to face the realities of life with a much more positive attitude.

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seedlingMy good friend, Chris Sunderland, is beginning to get some good conversation going, and some positive action taking place, with regards to the environmental crisis we’re all facing. Chris is doing far more than I could tell you about here, so please go and check out: Agora; Chooseday and Coinet. He has also just launched a new initiative, which is currently in the form of a blog: The Dream of Shalom. It’s early days, but Read the rest of this entry »

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