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Andrea
London
mum of 2 sets of twins trying to leave a positive footprint
Interests: Ethical dilemma's, coffee, studying, twins, friends, collecting interesting newspapers articles, economics, family, observing (and discussing) social behaviours, lunch, photography, travel, shopping, Facebook, chocolate, (writing about) living expat life, observing the life around me. I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username TheWrtieFuture If you are the artist who made the beautiful picture I have used on my Blog, please get in touch! Thewritefuture@gmail.com « I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username thewritefuture »
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I studied law so when we prepared for our first overseas move, I read the 50+ pages terms of agreement of the shipping company. One of the clauses was: "In case of emergency the captain has your permission to tip your container overboard if that will save the vessel from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at The Write Future
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Courtesy Mirror Coming Saturday at 8.30pm we will be celebrating Earth Hour again. Many initiatives have already started, like the "Walk to Mali" initiative run by Earth Hour Nigeria. A trip of 3,404km from Nigeria to Mali will lead 12 earth Hour champions through Nigeria, Mail, Niger, Cot d'Ivoire, Ghana,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Write Future
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A long long time ago, I was a keen and talented football player. On the day I joined my club I was asked to play in their First Team. I felt honored even when I found out it was the clubs only (girls) team. I loved it and played as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Write Future
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The biggest problem of our (and previous) generations is probably that we use too much of everything. We use too much natural resources, too much electricity, too much salt in our food, too much clean water, and we definitely spend too much time on our smartphones. You hardly see a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at The Write Future
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Courtesy Getty Images, Huffington Post The weather forecast for tomorrow? As much rain as usually falls in the whole month of February, in one day. The UK is known for its rain but this time it's even out of all records for them: 3 months -so far- of almost non-stop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at The Write Future
Have you ever wondered who made your jeans? Whether a child has been involved in assembling your t-shirt? If the wages in the factory where your coat was made, are fair? Would you find it important to have access to this type of information? And if you had access to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Write Future
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What a shame if -due to Climate Change- stunning photos like the one below would be all that is left for next generations. An iceberg photographed on the Antarctic Peninsula. Note the “castle tower,” at top right, apparently carved in the ice by wind erosion. (2005.). Courtesy of TED and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at The Write Future
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I have managed to do strange things to my computers. I have crashed motherboards, had a desktop "roasted" by lightning, have had more digital viruses than physical ones, and my laptop and mouse randomly (but automatically and without warning!) change their own setting to leave the left button to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at The Write Future
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My oldest daughter turns 12 this summer. She slowly starts to get annoyed and "misunderstood" by us (and her twin brother, sisters, the alarm clock, One Direction on the radio, the garage door etc etc). All absolutely normal behavior for a young girl her age. Having a daughter this age,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The Write Future
If you, like me, are still looking for the right New Years resolution, watch this Ted Talk by Matt Cutts! A new try every month, that is the solution for people like us! Let me know what you will (not) be doing this coming 30 days! Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Write Future
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My New Years resolution this year? To create a jar like this for 2014. The future is important and we get inspiration and drive (and lessons!) from experiences in the past! Imagine a jar full of memories, ideas and goals! Maybe we should set up a system and send your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at The Write Future
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It's almost Christmas time and many people still send hard-copy Christmas cards, even to people they see on a daily basis. Only in the UK over 1.8 billion Christmas cards cards were sent last year. Producing these cards required over 200,000 trees to be felled. Every year after Christmas M&S... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at The Write Future
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Save the Children is one of my favourite charities, they support children in difficult situations all over the world. Right now they are involved in projects in 120 countries including the Philippines and Syria. It is shocking to realise that there are so many countries where children are in need... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at The Write Future
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Nelson Mandela, "While I will always fall short of Madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks to what is best inside us," Barack Obama Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at The Write Future
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While searching for where to get the most environmental friendly Xmas tree in London I came across this one: a Christmas tree with lights that run on a Brussels Sprout Battery. Five power cells will hold 200 Brussels sprouts each, amounting to 1,000 of the unloved green vegetable in total.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at The Write Future
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Just in case you bump into my husband on one of his desperate runs though town to find me that special Christmas gift, tell him to go for an item from the Lucky Collection of the jewellery brand: A Beautiful Story. This company has absolutely stunning pieces. All pieces are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at The Write Future
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In 1997 world leaders agreed (in the Kyoto Protocol) to work on reducing CO2 emission, the main cause for Climate Change. The level of CO2 released in 1990 was taken as the base line. Today researchers of The Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia presented a report... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Write Future
Dear readers, I have some problems with the set up of my blog but hope to have it sorted very very soon!! I have a lot of interesting posts lined up and will start posting soon again. Hopefully photos in previous posts will also be visible again! Andrea Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at The Write Future
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As promised I would publish the winning poem of the Peace One Day 2013 contest. The winner, with a beautiful poem, is the 15 year old Philippa Crundwell . More info: Peace One Day The Write Future post: Peace One day 2013 Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at The Write Future
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(Xinhua/Then Chih Wey) Air pollution causes heart and lung diseases and kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined. Last week the World Health Organisation published a report in which it concludes that, on top of the previous mentioned health issues, there is enough evidence that: exposure to outdoor air... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at The Write Future
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Due to my (questionable and regularly changing) taste we have ended up with 5 different sets of China, and that is without the "secrets" hidden in the boxes that have not been opened since our move to Japan in 2005. They are all so different that a mix and match... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at The Write Future
This video has some absolutely stunning images of our amazing planet. But equally shocking pictures of what we do to it. Please watch and agree with me that no one should die trying to protect it. If you have trouble opening the video click here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at The Write Future
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Even though the number of child labourers has globally declined with 78 million, there are still 168m children between 5-17 years old involved in hazardous work that endangers their health, safety and moral development. The target of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to eliminate the worst forms of child labour... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at The Write Future
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Tomorrow is International Day of Peace, a day were people are asked to be peaceful, even if its just for 1 day. It started in 1981 as an initiative of the UN and the first official Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at The Write Future
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The Bank of England is looking into options of moving towards plastic banknotes. Using polymer banknotes is already introduced in Australia and Canada and has shown to be a sustainable option. The plastic notes are hard to fake, are durable and stay cleaner for longer because the material is more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at The Write Future