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Five good things

Sunday, May 31, 2009 by Marianne Elliott

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In the spirit of my week of reading deprivation, this week's five good things are all non-textual.

1. First up are these amazing photos from a very good friend of mine who is volunteering at an orphanage and a centre for street kids in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her images of the street kids dance class filled me with a sense of hope.

Photo of boys dancing at a centre for street kids in Goma by Imogen Prickett

2. Next up are the dramatic portraits of Syed Aiyaz, whose portraits remind me why I take photographs.

3. For anybody following the story of the displaced families in Pakistan, or supporting Amara's work through this blog, here are some great photos from the camps housing displaced people from Swat and Malakand, where Amara is working.

4. In this short animated film the film-maker met and interviewed a man on a park bench who turned out to be a wise teacher about mindfulness, meditation and secret to a good life.

5. Finally, in case you haven't laughed out loud yet today, anyone who has been to Wellington will understand why this woman is so upset at missing her flight. If you haven't been to Wellington it might not make too much sense, but that's nothing that one good research trip can't fix!


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3 Responses to "Five good things"

  1. leonie says:

    oh yeah – that welly video is LOL funny! i even packed my mermaid dollars had me in fits
    (i’d definitely feel the same way if i missed my flight!)

  2. susanna says:

    Lol! I’ve seen that video of the tantrum at the airport but it is so much funnier with the new translation. Weeeelliiiingtooooooon! Hah!
    The photos of the Congolese street kids dancing are terrific. And your friend’s photos of the landscape and Rwanda are breathtaking. They reminded me of a documentary I saw on the television about Romeo Dallaire, the Cdn L-General who was in Rwanda during the genocide. He described that country as the Garden of Eden. I think he and his wife are moving there permanently now. Both countries are so lush.

  3. EJ says:

    This woman is having a very difficult time. For reasons unknown to us.
    Where is your loving kindness in laughing at her and posting the video here?

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