Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Emma Watson Speaks at UN for gender equality

British actress Emma Watson, the newly appointed Goodwill ambassador for UN women, recently gave a powerful and informative speech on gender equality, feminism and men and women's rights in the modern day world. She was promoting a new campaign by the UN called HeForShe.
This is the first campaign of its kind by the UN and aims to not only gain awareness but enable true action to be taken to create gender equality all over the world. And it's a worthy idea to get behind.

 An interesting point from Ms Watson's speech was :-

 That there is as yet no country in the world that has full gender equality.

I was rather shocked by this current fact! This campaign I feel really puts a clear message out there that gender equality isn't only about women. Discrimination of women affects men's lives too.

 From the 'He For She' action kit :-

"We all benefit socially, politically and economically from gender equality in our everyday lives. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits. Gender equality liberates not only women but also men, from prescribed social roles and gender stereotypes."


Watch Emma Watson's UN speech below :-


 


Campaign website :- www.heforshe.org 

Twitter Tags #HeforShe  @UN_Women  @HeforShe 

Facebook page here 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Uplift your day


Kellianna's wonderful song 'I walk with the Goddess' is SO uplifting and joyful. It always gets my feet tapping and me singing along - perfect for summer fun!





Sunday, February 16, 2014

Can't wait for books of 2014!

Oh yes, this is such an exciting topic as some great books I just CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on are due out this year!!

So without further a do here they are...





City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Wow, following and loving this series from the beginning I can't believe it's coming to a finale. I am desperate to know what happens...yet am reluctant for this series to end!! No more Jace and Clary adventures?!! *help!*










Written in my own hearts blood by Diana Gabaldon

The 8th (but not the last) book in the amazing, unforgettable, unputdownable Outlander series :-)







Play by Kylie Scott

I absolutely enjoyed the first book 'Lick' and a character I loved from that book was Mal. I was thrilled then to learn there would be a second 'Stage Dive' novel and that books hero would be Mal, yum! 








The One by Kiera Cass

Book 3 in this dystopian romance trilogy. What more is in store for America? Can she and Prince Maxon sort things out?!  I hope so ;-)








Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

Ok, so this ones been out for a while. However as an audiobook listener and a huge fan of this series I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Demon from the dark on audio! Hurry!!









Monday, January 6, 2014

Emotive Poetry

Hola! Poetry has the amazing ability to lead you to feel deeply, and connect with something in our heart's and in our soul's.
Here are a selection of beautiful poems that connected with me in this way...



Water Psalm


Bless the water,
the flow, the ebb, the seep.
Bubble it, keep it clear.
Rinse your divine face in it, salty or fresh,
fast or pooled. Feel it in your hair
beneath the storm, hear it
outside your window, running in your dreams.
Let your ancestors' voices flow
from it to bring us together in psalm.
Keep the tide in place, keep the levees whole.
Let every molecule of water say it's name.
Bless the water in us, the tide in us,
the moon that pulls it through our veins.
Bless the water that will carry our ashes home.


By Carol Buchofner from her book Breakfast at the Brass Compass

Carol's website www.carolbachofner.com
Poetry Zone, Carol's poetry blog write365poems.blogspot.co.uk














Little Snowdrop


The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn't bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.

But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.

The little one we longed for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.

And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
For every beating of our hearts
Says that we love you.


Author unknown




Wild Geese


You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. 
Meanwhile the world goes on. 
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting  over and over announcing your place in the family of things.


By Mary Oliver from Dream Work

© Mary Oliver




Love's Philosophy


The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;  
All things by a law divine In one spirit meet and mingle.  
Why not I with thine? -

See the mountains kiss high Heaven  
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven  
If it disdained it's brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth  
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth  
If thou kiss not me?


Percy Bysshe Shelley


'Snowdrops' image courtesy of Keattikorn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Friday, July 12, 2013

Beautiful Fantasy Art: Walfrido

My last post on a favourite fantasy artist of mine had a great response (thanks for your lovely comments!), so I'm back again, this time focusing on the work of... Hawaiian artist Walfrido!

I first discovered Walfrido's painting's 9 years ago. I instantly loved his vibrant, dramatic style, which I feel really manages to capture the 'essence' of the place he's painting.

Walfrido is a Hawaiian artist born in the Philippines.  His father Eduardo F Garcia was also a well respected artist and his son's mentor.

Mainly a painter of natural scenes such a seascapes, waterfalls,volcanoes and caves, Walfrido's artworks use bright colour and interesting explorations of light to create beautiful, romantic and powerful paintings.

Aswell as painting and exhibiting his own art, Walfrido is an art teacher and demonstrater. He also produces the 'Art made easy' videos. And, for all who love Disney, Walfrido has recently painted a series of Disney artworks.

My favourite Walfrido painting has to be 'Dockside Dreams'. To look up more about Walfrido and his work go to his website www.walfrido.com and http://www.shafferfineart.com/The_Art_of_Walfrido.htm which is a link to one of the galleries to exhibit his paintings.




'Dockside Dreams'




'The Moment Of Glory'





'Island Romance'




And for those of you who love Disney, here is one of a series of Disney paintings done by Walfrido :-



'A Night Romance'



Monday, May 6, 2013

Celtic Heaven

Recently I've been listening to some beautiful Celtic music I've come across. I loved both of these songs within the first 30 seconds!!
The first song below is by Celtic/Folk Metal band Eluveitie. However, this song is not Metal but a hautingly beautiful, timeless piece of Celtic/Folk music.
The second song is the rousing last track from Joanie Maddens album Songs of the Irish tin whistle. Enjoy!















Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tristan and Isolde, and the Cornish language





I've been listening to the Album Tristan and Isolde by Celtic Legend. What I love about this and their other Album Lyonesse is that the story of the legend is told through song.

This lovely song is 'Ysolt Ynn Gweinten' sung beautifully by Gwenno Saunders in the Cornish language.



The Cornish Language


Cornish (or 'Kernewak' ) is a Celtic language of Indo-European origin. It is mainly spoken in the south-western British County of Cornwall ('Kernow').

The ancient British peoples spoke a Celtic language. When the Anglo-Saxons began to settle in Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries AD, many Britons were pushed north and west, into Scotland and Wales. Also into Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the very north of Spain. Other British tribes stayed, mixing and inter-marrying with local Anglo-Saxon settlers.


The Celtic language spoken by the Britons split into 2 branches:-

Goidelic (Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic, Manx)

Brythonic (Welsh, Cornish, Breton).


There was also a fourth Brythonic language, the now extinct Cumbric.


At one time the languages of Old Cornish and Old Breton were almost identical to each other.

Cornish was spoken as a main language in Cornwall up until the 16th century after which it began to gradually die out. Some Cornish speakers still used the language at home and within the family into the 19th century.

Today, Cornish is a language undergoing new interest and revival. In 2002 Cornish was recognised as a UK minority language.



Some handy phrases in Kernewek (Cornish):-

I have worked out the phonetic pronunciation for those words that need it and put it beside each phrase below. 'g' is a hard g as in the English 'gate'. 'dh' is said as a English 'th' sound. 's' is an English 'z' sound. Otherwise you can't go too wrong to just say it how it's spelt.


Dydh da! - Hello! dith da
Duw genes! - Goodbye! (to one person) dew gen-ez
Nos da - Goodnight noz da
Mar pleg - Please mar playg
Meur ras - Thank you mer raz

Fatla genes? -How are you? fat-lah gen-ez

Pur dha, meur ras - Very well, thanks purr tha mer raz
Da lowr, meur ras - Ok, thanks da low-r mer raz

Keslowena! - Congratulations! kez-low-air-na
Chons da! - Good Luck! Chonz da
Penn bloodh Lowen! -Happy Birthday! Pen bloth low-en
Nadelik Lowen! -Merry Christmas! Na- dellick low-en



If you want to hear audio clips of different phrases in the Cornish language then this website link is a good one:-

http://www.magakernow.org.uk/default.aspx?page=314



Article by Natalie