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Saturday, 1 November 2014

One Human Family, Food for All

Based on an ancient story about hunger and sharing, this animated video is part of Caritas’ “One Human Family, Food for All” campaign. The “allegory of the spoons” teaches us that when we struggle to feed only ourselves, everyone goes hungry. But when we focus on our neighbour’s hunger, we discover there are ways to feed everyone. 





Friday, 31 October 2014

Look up from your phone (...) live life the real way - a poem by Gary Turk & video with subtitles in English and Portuguese (Br)

Look Up 

I have 422 friends yet I am lonely
I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me
The problem I have sits in the space in-between
Looking into their eyes or at a name on a screen
I took a step back and opened my eyes
I looked round and realised
This media we call social is anything but
when we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut
All this technology we have it’s just an illusion
Community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
When you step away from this device of delusion
You awaken to see a world of confusion
A world where we’re slaves to the technology we mastered
Where information gets sold by some rich, greedy bastard
A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion
Where we all share our best bits but leave out the emotion
We’re at our most happy with an experience we share
But is it the same if no one is there?
Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
But no one will be if a group message will do
We edit and exaggerate, crave adulation
We pretend not to notice the social isolation
We put our words into order till our lives are glistening
We don’t even know if anyone is listening
Being alone isn’t the problem let me just emphasise
If you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise
You’re being productive and present not reserved and reclused
You’re being awake and attentive and putting your time to good use
So when you’re in public and you start to feel alone
Put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone
You don’t need to stare at your menu or at your contact list
Just talk to one another, learn to co-exist
I can’t stand to hear the silence of a busy commuter train
When no one wants to talk for the fear of looking insane
We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
To engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.
We’re surrounded by children who since they were born
Have watched us living like robots and think it’s the norm
It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest Dad
If you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad
When I was a child I’d never be home
I’d be out with my friends, on our bikes we’d roam
I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze up my knees
Or build our own clubhouse high up in the trees
Now the park is so quiet it gives me a chill
See no children outside and the swings hanging still
There’s no skipping, no hopscotch, no church and no steeple
We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people
So look up from your phone, shut down the display
Take in your surroundings, make the most of today
Just one real connection is all it can take
To show you the difference that being there can make
Be there in the moment as she gives you the look
That you remember forever as when love overtook
The time she first held your hand or first kissed your lips
The time you first disagreed but still loved her to bits
The time you don’t have to tell hundreds of what you’ve just done
Because you want to share this moment with just this one.
The time you sell your computer so you can buy a ring
For the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing
The time you want to start a family and the moment when
You first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again
The time she keeps you up at nights and all you want is rest
And the time you wipe away the tears as your baby flees the nest
The time your baby girl returns with a boy for you to hold
And the time he calls you Grandad and makes you feel real old
The time you take in all you’ve made when you’re giving life attention
And how you’re real glad you didn’t waste it by looking down at some invention
The time you hold your wife’s hand, sit down beside her bed.
You tell her that you love her, lay a kiss upon her head.
She then whispers to you quietly as her heart gives a final beat
That she’s lucky she got stopped by that lost boy in the street
But none of these times ever happened. You never had any of this
When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss
So look up from your phones, shut down those displays
We have a finite existence, a set number of days
Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
because when the end comes, nothing’s worse than regret
I am guilty too of being part of this machine
this digital world we are heard but not seen
where we type as we talk and read as we chat
where we spend hours together without making eye-contact
So don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype
Give people your love, don’t give them your “like”
Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
Go out into the world, leave distractions behind
Look up from your phone, shut down the display
Stop watching this video, live life the real way.




«'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

I don't want you to stop using social media or smartphones. 

It's about finding a balance. It's about making sure you are awake, alive and living life in the moment; instead of living life through a screen.» Gary Turk

Happy halloween

Halloween Myspace Comments

2014 Halloween Commercials

Everything becomes scarier around Halloween even TV commercials. Here are some of this year’s best Halloween commercials featuring movie monsters, ghosts and other thing that go bump in the night.
Geico commercial:
A parody of a cliche horror movie where the characters make poor choices. A blonde suggests they get in the running car but her companions call her crazy and hide behind chainsaws instead.
Progressive commercial:
The insurance agents have a nightmare about Flo and a creepy ventriloquist dummy that is in the bed when they wake up. They’re scared of the competition’s deal instead of the doll.
Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale commercial:
Dracula bartends a monster party. The Wolf Man gets a Bloody Mary served at a perfect 98.6 degrees.
IKEA Singapore commercial:
The Shining parody with Danny riding his tricycle around the store eventually reach his parents dressed as the creepy twin ghost girls.
Chia Pet commercial:
Chia Zombie includes Lifeless Lisa, Creepy Holden, and Restless Arm. “Cha, Cha, Cha, Chia and then they shrivel and die,” explains the modified slogan.
Skittles commercial:
A boy gets stuck in a giant spider web trying to get some Skittles. A giant spider encourages his friend to help him. The extended web version reveals the outcome.
StubHub commercial:
A man in Halloween costume tries to scare the StubHub tree, which scares him back by revealing he eats little girls.
Cheetos commercial:
Chester Cheetah picks up a hitchhiker, who has skulls in his jacket. Fortunately, they’re just special shapes in the new Cheetos Bag of Bones snacks.
Dunkin’ Donuts commercial:
The Headless Horseman signals the return of pumpkin flavor.
Snickers commercial:
A woman appears to be possessed but she’s just hungry.
Nissan Rogue commercial:
Car protects little boy from scary things he imagines like pirates, bears and a tree that comes to life.
Vonage commercial:
Farmer finds crashed space ship with alien that just wants to phone home.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Pumpkin Cookies Video Recipe | Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Here's a spooky trick or treat recipe for you thanks to Barry from My Virgin Kitchen. Great for making with kids and sharing out when those monsters come knocking at your door. Sweet and soft pumpkin with cinnamon spices and a scary icing topping.


Ingredients


  • 320g (2.5 cups) plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 300g (1.5 cups) granulated sugar
  • 115g (1/2cup) butter, 225g (1 cup) pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milk for icing sugar - roughly 2tbsp but add gradually



Method


Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5 / 375F / 190C

Cream together the butter and the sugar in a mixing bowl with a spatula until fully combined

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt & cinnamon & nutmeg and give a gentle stir through. Leave to one side.

Add the egg into the creamed sugar and butter and again stir through until mixed through then follow up by dropping in the vanilla extract & pumpkin flesh stirring through again.

Once combined tip the dry ingredients from the other bowl in to the pumpkin bowl and mix through well to form the dough.

Spoon the mixture onto lined baking trays relatively slightly spread out to allow for them to expand in the oven then bake for around 15 mins or until slightly browned on top & firm.

Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Whilst cooling make an icing combining the icing sugar with the milk in a bowl. Gradually add the milk until you have a thick consistency that can still be drizzled on the cookies.

Decorate the cooled cookies in the icing you can do zig zag lines up and down them or completely coat them and maybe sprinkle some more spices on top. Let the icing set a little before serving up.




Wednesday, 29 October 2014

"Hello! It's Halloween!" - video song with lyrics


Watch out!
The monsters are out!
If you’re all alone
Give your friends a shout
The ghosts and the spooks
Coming out of the nooks
As your doorbell rings
Can you hear them sing?

Hello it’s Halloween! 

The air is cool
And the moon is full
Turn on the light
Before the vampires bite!
The witches are cooking
The zombies are looking
And your doorbell rings
Can you hear them sing?

Hello it’s Halloween! 

Watch out!
The monsters are out!
If you’re all alone
Give your friends a shout
The vampire’s flying
And the werewolf hunting
As your doorbell rings
Can you hear them sing?

Hello it’s Halloween!