Adelaide pretended to be Mommy tonight by reading us a bedtime story. She chose to read “Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish. Since she’s only 3 and doesn’t read sentences, she recited the book from memory, with help a lot of help from the Fritz Siebel’s illustrations. I think she improved on the original.
The audio is Adelaide reading the book and turning the pages. The video was recorded after she went to bed and shows my hands turning the pages of the book. The image is synchronized with the audio to show so what she was reading.
Eating dirt in the garden on Flickr.
In the spirit of all the funny #Sochi photos, here’s a picture I took of the Grand Hotel in Niamey, Niger in 2010. It was a very nice place to stay, but the missing A in Grand is indicative of its physical condition.
The charity World Vision sent Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern to Sierra Leone as a celebrity ambassador. A reporter from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper accompanied her. The result is probably not what World Vision wanted.
“She says that she has never been to Africa, and does not know what to expect. As if to prove this point, when we refuel in Dakar, Senegal, she gets mixed up and says we have stopped in Darfur,”
I ask McGovern why, as a non-Christian, she chose to support World Vision rather than one of the many secular, apolitical charities, such as Unicef. Her answer is unexpected: she had no idea that it was a faith-based organisation. As it turned out, charity representatives failed to make their Christianity clear to her.
“I get the impression that in Africa people have sex far more freely than we do back home,” reflects McGovern. “You see certain cultures where there’s just endemic cruelty to women … And that clitoris thing is awful.”
In addition, World Vision has paid her band £28,000 to fund the recording of their latest album and a UK tour, in return for which they have agreed to promote the charity. Without this money, McGovern says, her band would “never survive”.
“We have to break in our new celebrities slowly,” confides Sarah Wilson, a World Vision representative who is chaperoning McGovern on the trip. “There will be lots of breaks so she doesn’t get overloaded.”
Mathilde on Flickr.
Normal home-generated refuse, such as non-combustible trash, discarded furniture, old appliances, etc. yard trimmings, such as grass clippings, leaves, pine straw, limbs, or tree trunks etc. building materials, such as lumber, shingles, carpet, etc. commercial waste, such as rocks, stumps, concrete products, etc. A maximum of 10 passenger car tires from residents only, and small dead pets.