Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life
By Daniela Kolbe, Member of the German Parliament ("Bundestag") and Chair of the Study Commission on ‘Growth, Wellbeing and Quality of Life’.
The ‘Beyond GDP’ debate concerns not only civil society and international organizations but is also discussed within individual national societies, including Germany. Since the beginning of 2011, a Study Commission, a parliamentary body, comprising 17 members of parliament and 17 experts nominated by the parliamentary groups, has been working on critical questions about the outcomes of German economic activity and the need for reform.
During the ice age, the strict temperature caused the death of many wild animals. This is why porcupines decided to gather in groups and help one another. In this way, they protected themselves from the low temperature, but each porcupine got hurt with the closest mates’ thorns. Therefore they decided to stay by themselves. But many porcupines died.
The Snaily is the slow-zine of the Art of Slow Living Non Profit Org it it is part of a very Slow Publishing Project based on cooperative writing.
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
There is a princess in all our heads. She must be destroyed. As the press continues to glut itself on the Cult of Kate Middleton, businesses are cashing in on young women's insatiable lust for princess paraphernalia: fake tiaras and fashion handbooks play into the collective fantasy that one day, if you are beautiful and good enough, you too can marry a prince. Read more on New Statesman.
Barclays Cycle Superhighways are new cycle lanes into central London from outer London. They will provide cyclists with safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city.
The first two have now launched, with two more opening in summer 2011 and the remaining eight introduced by 2015. They could be your best and quickest way to get to work or meet friends.
Find out where the routes go: Transport for London
Looking at the spring sky with sunshine our life looks like the same as last March but is different...the monotonous life is boring but now I appreciate the value of normal life with a litte monotony.
Tomorrow, 21 March, is a national holiday in Japan; the Spring Equinox also dedicated to visit the graves of our ancestors. Usually there is a long queue on the streets to go to the cemetry outside of Tokyo and caused by the people coming back from the long weekend’s travel outside Tokyo.
Also this evening there were two quite big aftershocks...
Here still the difficulty continues...
I am thinking a little about escaping from Japan for a certain period until the situation has been stabilized but I’m wondering if I could leave other Japanese who are enduring and trying to improve the situation...
Here is my report on what happened to me e what I think about this unprecedented disaster.
One week has passed after the biggest earthquake registered in Japan.On 11 March it happened while I was in the bath room in my house. It made me surprised so much and brought me a lot of fear. The first thing I did was to open the door and hide myself under the table. Since in Japan we do earthquake drill at the school and at the office periodically we react immediately in case of earthquake as if we were the dog of Pavlov.