Friday, October 30, 2015


T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island 


Halloween, or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Typical contemporary festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related "guising"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercial and secular celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows' Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word "Halloween" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day). In Scots, the word "eve" is even, and this is contracted to e'en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Halloween. Although the phrase "All Hallows'" is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, all saints mass-day), "All Hallows' Eve" is itself not seen until 1556.

Friday, October 23, 2015


T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island


Poverty is general scarcity, dearth, or the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. It is a multifaceted concept, which includes social, economic, and political elements. Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter and health care. Relative poverty is defined contextually as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live.
After the industrial revolution, mass production in factories made production goods increasingly less expensive and more accessible. Of more importance is the modernization of agriculture, such as fertilizers, to provide enough yield to feed the population. Responding to basic needs can be restricted by constraints on government's ability to deliver services, such as corruption, tax avoidance, debt and loan conditionalities and by the brain drain of health care and educational professionals. Strategies of increasing income to make basic needs more affordable typically include welfare, economic freedoms and providing financial services. 

Poverty reduction is a major goal and issue for many international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. The World Bank estimated 1.29 billion people were living in absolute poverty in 2008. Of these, about 400 million people in absolute poverty lived in India and 173 million people in China. In terms of percentage of regional population sub-Saharan Africa at 47% had the highest incidence rate of absolute poverty in 2008. Between 1990 and 2010, about 663 million people moved above the absolute poverty level. Nevertheless, given the current economic model, built on GDP, it would take 100 years to bring the world's poorest up to the standard poverty line of $1.25 a day. 

Extreme poverty is a global challenge; it is observed in all parts of the world, including developed economies. UNICEF estimates half the world's children (or 1.1 billion) live in poverty. It has been argued by some academics that the neoliberal policies promoted by global financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank are actually exacerbating both inequality and poverty. 
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is celebrated every year on October 17 throughout the world. It was officially recognised by the United Nations, but the first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France, in 1987 when 100,000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. This call was made by Joseph Wresinski (1917–1988) founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

Another Day In Paradise
Performed by Phil Collins
She calls out to the man on the street
‘Sir, can you help me?
 It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
 Is there somewhere you can tell me?’
He walks on, doesn’t look back
 He pretends he can’t hear her;
 Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
 Seems embarrassed to be there.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Wedding of Cat and Bono

Tim and I were cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of  Cat and Bono.

I think most of the readers know Cat and Bono. Cat is a deejay and a blues lover. But I think she loves all kind of music. When Cat has a gig T.R.A.C.S she always finds the best songs in theme. I met Cat for the first time when she was deejay at the Guitar Museum. One day I dear to ask her if she could do a gig at the beach on River Island and she said yes. After the party she told me that she loved the beach and the beach house and asked me if she could rent it. Sure she could and she still lived there till her marriage with Bono. 

Bono is owner of the Guitar Museum. I started to go often to the Guitar Museum because there were lots of great performants of life artist. On one night he told me than he was a guitar player in real life and on a day, after the guest left, he let me listen to some of his guitar play. Sometime after that he started to accompany a solo artist (sorry I forgot her name). Months later he went solo and plays almost daily at several venues on SL. 
Me, at our house, getting ready to go to the wedding
The Groom
Miss Cat had the idea that I had to "give her away". So here Bono and I are waiting till the ceremony would begin.................
and we waited even more.
Than the ceremony started
The group picture
It was wonderful to see and hear Lisa (Brune) again at the wedding party
I did send my brother Caasper a taxi to listen to Lisa. He was to shy to come near because he was not dressed for a wedding but he loved her singing.
The party went on with more music and artists. Tim and I had a great time.