Monday 31 October 2011

Home and Lifestyle Event this weekend!

Check out the link below for a sale of unique clothing, furnishings, beauty and food products.  There's a wide range of designers and makers taking part, I've already spotted some beautiful items that will go on my wish list. Cabbi Arts and Textiles will be there so hope to see you!

Friday 28 October 2011

Thursday 27 October 2011

Guilty Pleasures

It's getting colder, wetter and darker in London town, so been on Youtube for some old school Pop! 

Friday 7 October 2011

Noble Peace Prize Winners

On Wednesday I met up with two close friends and at one point we talked about some of the prejudices we've faced in the workplace and within education.  However since then I've repeatly had reminders that we can overcome anything if we keep our eye on the prize, believe in something higher and persevere.
Sometimes you wait ages for inspiration, then three come along at the same time!

From left to right:
Tawakkul Karman - Democracy activist of Yemen
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Liberian President
Leymah Gbowee - Liberian women's rights activist

Three people to google over the weekend.

Inspiring Email

Received this last week:

It with a mixture and sadness and joy that I write after what seems like a long absence. I have been inspired by the death this week of a visionary leader, Dr Wangari Maathai.

For those of you unfamiliar with her journey, she was the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work -The Green Belt Movement. She could have stayed in the lofty heights of academia - the first woman to earn a doctorate in Central and East Africa - but she returned to ground - the soil and women of Kenya.

She started this organisation because she listened: to the simple needs of women: wood to cook and to shelter their family. Its mission is to mobilise community consciousness  using tree-planting as an entry point to for self-determination, equity, improved livelihoods and security, and environmental conservation. Over 35 million trees have been planted! She has enabled people to see the holistic connection between the care for the environment, democracy, peace and sustainable income creation.

Wangari Maathai and Martha Cuffy RSA 2006
RSA Launch of "Unbowed"

It was a great honour to meet her before she died in 2006. Her wisdom, grace and keen intelligence shone through her presence and words.

I hope that her death inspires the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to award this year's Nobel Peace Prize to another African heroine and nominee, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia.

Leymah's dream led to the founding of a women's peace movement in a church that was instrumental in stopping 14  years of war in Liberia and resulted in the first and currently the only female head of State in Africa: President Ellen Sirleaf. Leymah is featured in the powerful documentary film "Pray The Devil Back To Hell"
Martha Cuffy
Team Architects - cultivating leaders with a connection to their passion, purpose and humanity. Box 2123, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Treasures of the Black Cultural Archives

This looks amazing! There are daily guided tours and a souvenir catalogue available to make it a memorable visit. Definately on my priority list this week.

Wednesday - Sunday October 5th - 9th, 2011
10.30am to 4.30pm daily Free entry
Guided tours to the exhibition: Midday and 3pm daily
Souvenir catalogue £1
Travelling to Brockwell Park
Address: Norwood Road, SE24 9BJ
Brockwell Hall is on a hill in the middle of the Park
Tube: Brixton (10 minutes by bus to Park)
Rail: Herne Hill (two minutes on foot to Park)
Bus: 2, 3, 37, 68, 196, 322, 432, 468
Brockwell Hall, Brockwell Park, Lambeth

Sunday 2 October 2011

A beautiful weekend

Crystal Palace park at sunset
Hope you all had a peaceful and harmonious time

Great carbooot find!

Went down to Kent with my car boot addict friend this morning and picked up these lovely place mats from Zimbabwe, still in the duty free bag, for £1.
Worth the mild heat stroke!

Saturday 1 October 2011

Going to the pictures!

Looking forward to watching this film, just about 'young' enough to catch the tail end of an era of slow dancing and being pressed up against the wallpaper!

The Story of lovers Rock is directed by Menelik Shabazz, who also wrote and directed one of my favourite films: Burning an Illusion. The film is bascially about a young woman seeking and finding, starring Cassie MacFarlane and Victor Romero Evans. Niceness!

Find out more about these films and more on the BFM website.

African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust

The ACLT is an amazing organistion, who I make a small monthly donation to. If you're in south London  then you can also donate to them via this recycling bin, outside the Drummond Centre on north end in Croydon's main shopping centre. You can donate your old clothes and help them raise funds to save more lives.

Please check out their website, for lots of information about Leukaemia, fund raising and donor drives, which are happening right now!