Saturday, 2 April 2011

Defrost, global warming and April Fool

I “defrosted the freezer” yesterday. I was also prompted to find out how climate change affects poor countries. We only have to look back over the last few months to see a number of global catastrophes: I don’t think the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand can be linked to the climate but what about the extensive floods in Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Brazil and Sri Lanka? It’s easy to say these are statistical exceptions but isn’t it worth modifying our behaviour to reduce the chance of these appalling disasters. The Christian Aid website has lots of examples of how they are helping poorer countries ameliorate the effects of the changes to the climate.

On a lighter note, I’ve had some fun with a friend over the last couple of days. Last year he paid a particularly clever April fool trick just as we were planning the firs Zone Plus. The suggestion was that there was an alternative route for HS2 in tunnels under the Churchyard and they wanted to drill trial borings during time when the children would be around. We eventually rumbled the scam - and offered new adventures for Zone Plus including driving diggers round the Churchyard. So I invented a new project that Rosie and the Bishop wanted us to pilot: a screen in Church for a live Twitter feed during services. I asked Mike to handle the communications aspects. We exchanged e-mails including a promise from a friend of the loan of equipment from another Church that had tried it out. However, the fun ended with a wonderful mock-up screen - click on it to see full-size:

The slight worry is that when I told Rosie I was planning this she thought a live Twitter feed might be a good idea....

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