Camps in Somaliland are filling beyond their capacity as more people flee the severe drought in Africa. Many of these camps were already stretched to breaking point, housing generations of families that had sought refuge from war and other poor conditions. Now the Somalia famine means that people wasting away to maluntrition and dehydration.
Buy Nothing Day
As the name suggests, this is a day when people refrain from buying anything for 24 hours, in protest against consumerism and unfair distribution. It is typically celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving in North America (or Friday 25th November this year) — which is also known as Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days in the USA — and on the Saturday for everywhere else...
Oxfam Unwrapped Explained
A successful scheme by Oxfam is ensuring that desperately needed supplies and programmes reach those that need it. Oxfam Unwrapped allows people to gift such items to where they are needed — things like planations, wells, water pumps, training for teachers, even goats for families. It is a more varied way to donate to charity, and the card feature means that you can see exactly where...
Everyone loves a good castle, but unfortunately you’d be hard pressed to find this one. Castles are generally excellent places to visit while staying somewhere but the old Northampton Castle isn’t on the list of sights to see while staying in Northampton. Unless you can track down the last remaining part of it, the repositioned postern gate. It was built way back in 1084 under the...
The Gift of Giving -- Charity Gifts
Giving money to charity is always a worthy cause and something that is continually needed. It isn’t, however, the only way in which you can help those less well off. Now you can choose specific items to send to where they are needed and receive cards and notes to show exactly how your gift is helping. This is part of Oxfam Unwrapped, a scheme that allows you to give a gift of a variety of...
The Church of the Savior on Blood
By andywon The Church of the Savior on Blood, also known as the Cathedral of the Resurrection, is one of the most iconic buildings in St. Petersburg and a must visit site for anyone visiting and staying in St Petersburg. “The preferred Russian name for this great church is [Храм Спаса на Крови] Khram Spasa na Krovi, but each English-language tourist publication seems to list it under a...
Lakeside Shopping Centre
By .Martin. The Lakeside Shopping Centre is one of the largest shopping centres within a single location in Europe. It has almost 240,000m2 of shopping space, in which there are over 250 shops and 50 cafes and restaurants. The car park is big enough to hold 13,000 cars. Anything staying in Thurrock or around that area has easy access to this vast shopping centre, including a direct link to...
Every year in Castle Donnington, the Download Festival breaks forth. Taking over where the Monsters of Rock music festival left off, this weekend event happens in Donnington Park every year in June. And in June of every year, Castle Donnington, known for being the closest dwelling place to East Midlands Airport, thousands upon thousands of rock and hardcore music flock to the site. Of the major...
Dublin's Statues and Monuments
Like most cities, Dublin has its fair share of statues and monuments dedicated to notable figures, ficitonal individuals, important events or just to be asthetically pleasing. If you were staying in Dublin and going for a wander around the city, you might come across some of these: A reclining Oscar Wilde. The Famine Statues James Joyce Mary Malone Wolfe Tone
The Tallest Building in the World
…at the moment, anyway. People visiting and staying in Dubai, and the UAE in general, might well notice the many new high-rise buildings, or those still in progress. The UAE is an area of much development and many of those tall skyscrapers have mostly been built in the last two decades; thus all are very modern and architecturally interesting. The building in focus, though, is the Burj...