Relaxing in Barcelona in the hotel bar.
So one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to improve my wardrobe and my confidence by wearing outfits I would feel confident uploading onto pinterest! Whilst I would never dream of pinning my outfit daily, here are a few outfits directly inspired by my Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/brummieblerd/style-and-beauty/)
it’s that you will be so much happier and productive and joyful if you surround yourself with people who treat the world like their oyster, people who say Yes, people who see a problem as a challenge to be solved and not a detriment to progress. I became a much better person when I stopped spending energy on the apathetic, indifferent, the shallow, and instead inserted myself into situations with people who cherish the joy of life.
This week has been quite the mixed bag.
I watched the fantastic film Belle by Amma Asante at a preview. Please watch it. It is important that we cherish our filmmakers who represent the breadth of our society, so show this Black, British, female director some love. The story is fabulous and well acted - I reviewed it more fully on my film blog - and reminds us that Britain is a country capable of being courageous and capable of changing what it is a huge risk to change. It’s Lord Mansfield’s film as well as Dido Belle’s. It’s importance is discussed here by Melissa Silverstein in an interview with Amma Asante.
I went to a talk at BCU about Reality TV. It was unreal! It confirmed that Big Brother Producers have a lump of coal where a heart is and that tv workers, like sex workers, all have a price on their dignity.
Maya Angelou died last week and there are constant reminders of her dignity, grace and humanity. I wanted to share her memorial service which you can view here and is a testament to a beautiful woman and a magnificent life.
The antitheis of grace and humanity was my experience with London Midland who cancelled my late night train last night, leaving me with a gargantuan task of getting information about how they suggested I get home. My phone was out of charge (in part because their trains have no plugs) which made it yet more challenging. Thankfully I had been to the cashpoint earlier that day, otherwise the task of getting home at 2am from New street could have gone from the ridiculous to the macabre.
London Midland’s cavalier attitude to customer service will be detailed in a later post.
Today, after the frustrations of the London Midland customer relations phone line, should hopefully end on a higher note. I am looking forward to the free Crowd Out performance at Millennium Point. A thousand voices in shouting out! Maybe they can get London Midland to reply to my tweet!
This week has officially launched my summer of films, watching X-Men: Days of Future Past and a preview of Amma Asante’s film Belle, a story which was born of a fascinating portrait of a Black 18th century aristocrat.
I’ve reviewed them both on my film site here: http://whydtdt.wordpress.com
Also fantastic photographer Neil Shearer has revamped his website showcasing his vibrant portraits so please take a look here: http://www.neilshearerphotography.com and whilst you’re at it compare and contrast with Lucy Ridges’ photos which have a muted, whimsical elegance. http://lucyridges.com
Talking Diversity. Fantastic TED talk.
My friend Gregg is cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance who helped to save his life a few years back. Really proud to show support with some friends.
Tracking his progress on Facebook page Live on two wheels, here: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405821136360785
Elizabeth: In her own words
Elizabeth is one of the 9 Plan-supported girl delegates at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women
My name is Elizabeth, and I am from Malawi. I am in secondary school.
In Malawi, especially in rural areas, girls meet a lot of challenges and because I am a girl I would like to fight for my rights and girls rights too. We are also human beings that need to be respected.
As I was preparing for my trip to the CSW I had to go through the research and asked for data from Plan about reported cases of early and forced marriages and it reported that about 1095 females and 202 males got married under the age of 18 for girls and 21 for boys in 2011. The average age they’re getting married is 18 for girls and 21 for Boys so girls are the victims of life for the following reasons:
Boys are believed to be more superior than girls because of cultural beliefs, lack of role models and unemployment. Because we are lacking job opportunities, those people that have a chance of completing education flock to the cities for jobs and there is no one left to motivate girls for higher education hence they don’t see the goodness of education and get married.
Due to lack of awareness of of our rights, we are likely to suffer girls rights violations.
As a case study a certain girl, who was 13 years of age, was sexually abused. After reporting the case to her parents, they called the man who was a relative.
Because the man was their relative they agreed that he should pay a goat without the consultation of the girl because she was not matured. She did not realise that she was pregnant and continued going to school. Later on the teacher found that she was pregnant and stopped her from coming to school until she gave birth.
Unfortunately she gave birth to a stillborn child. Worse still, the parents took her to the herbalist without going through medical treatment and the herbalist gave medicine unpleasant to her condition…
…and so she died.
She suffered without rights to education, life, protection, expression about her views.
Thanks to Plan for launching this 'Because I am a Girl' campaign, in my experience I will share with my network and then through social welfare I will invite my network and NGOs that advocate for our rights and lobby support to make our voices heard and rights respected. We have to take an action by ourselves for we are the ones who suffer.
Fantastic cast, fabulous crew, awesome reviews - this is one of the most interesting live performances I have ever seen and worked on. #Khovanksygate
It’s so funny, you go to acting school thinking you’re going to learn how to be other people, but really it taught me how to be myself. Because it’s in understanding yourself deeply that you can lend yourself to another person’s circumstances and another person’s experience.