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Muddy water taking back the land

Posted by dan on January 10, 2011

It is very saddening to watch the news of the floods in Australia. While other people celebrated the new year around the world, residents of Queensland were left homeless in one of the worst disasters in Australian history. It’s been weeks now and it’s still not over, with more rains hitting the region. My heart goes out to all the victims of this – or any other – terrible natural disaster of which there are so many these days. Maybe they are the acts of God, but we are all responsible at least a little bit.

In the video images of the floods that stroke the city of Genova in the 70s.

Nick Cave: Muddy water

“Mary, grab the baby, the river’s rising
Muddy water taking back the land
The old-frame house, she can’t take-a one more beating
Ain’t no use to stay and make a stand

Well the morning light shows water in the valley
Daddy’s grave just went below the line
Things to say, you just can’t take em with ya
This flood will swallow all you’ve left behind

Won’t be back to start all over
Cause what I felt before is gone

Mary, take the child, the river’s rising
Muddy water taking back my home
The road is gone, there’s just one way to leave here
Turn my back on what I’ve left below
Shifting land, broken farms around me
Muddy water’s changing all I know

It’s hard to say just what I’m losing
Ain’t never felt so all alone

Mary, take the child, the river’s rising
Muddy water taking back my home

Won’t be back to start all over
Cause what I felt before is gone

Mary, take the child, the river’s rising
Muddy water’s changing all I know
Muddy water’s changing all I know
Lord, this muddy water is taking back my home.”

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“Environmental hazard which uses too much oil”

Posted by dan on January 1, 2011

Plastic bag in tree

Plastic bag in tree. Image: eflon, flickr

Along with the tourist tax, a law forbidding the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags came into effect on the 1st day of 2011 in Italy. It is a welcome move as far as I am concerned, however, as someone put it, “in a culture notorious for considering stop signs as merely advisory, it remains to be seen how effective implementing social change from the top down can be.” The government has tarted a public awareness campaign as well that promotes other types of bags as “fashionable as well as environmentally friendly.”


Plastic Bag Ban Starts in New Year in Italy:

Italy to begin ban on plastic bags in shops:

See also blog post: ‘Contributo di Soggiorno’ – Rome tourist tax


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Loi Krathong – thanking nature

Posted by dan on November 20, 2010

This video is produced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. See video in English:

Loi Khratong is a Thai festival which has its roots in the Hindu Diwali festival. Its meaning has changed in Buddhist Thailand – instead of celebrating the return of Lord Rama, Thais pay their respect to the spirit of waters for sustaining life: the rice fields, fish, men and beast. Held usually on the evening of the fool moon of November, people descend on the rivers, klongs (canal), lakes and ponds, and float lit up wreaths made of banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. It is also a party time, with loud music and restaurants full of people.

More about Loi Khratong:

Loi Khratong official website:


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