British prime minister David Cameron, in response to an alleged anonymous Russian diplomat referring to Britain as “a small island”.
"including of course the world’s language"
last time i checked your centuries-long history of invading other countries and shoving your language down their throat wasn’t something to put on your “things i’m proud of” list
you do know other countries get hugh grant movies the same as yours does, right, david cameron? and also that the “this sceptr’d isle” monologue — which is admittedly terrific — winds up thus:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,
How happy then were my ensuing death!
Robin smells a crime.
And in the next episode of little people with their furry friends….
The Immortal Fan Campaign
While it’s tempting - and easy - to focus on the negative aspects that plague the modern game, it’s important to remember the positive social change that soccer can bring; a fact that was made clear with the overwhelming success of a recent organ donation campaign that targeted Brazilian fans.
Under the banner of the "Immortal Fans" campaign, a variety of Brazilian clubs recruited local patients in need of organ donations to appeal directly to their set of fans through a variety of platforms, from print and television advertisements, to speeches made prior to kickoff. Each time, the fans emphasized their connection to the club: "I promise that your eyes will keep on watching Sport Club Recife. I promise that your lungs will keep on breathing for Sport Club Recife."
In a country not known for embracing organ donation, the campaign was an immediate success, tugging on the heartstrings of supporters, and leading to a remarkable increase in donations. Recife alone has signed up more than 57,000 new donors in the last 12 months while organ donations have increased by 54 percent in the city of Pernambuco.
We’re strong believers that soccer can bring positive social change, and this is one of the best examples we’ve seen. Check out the video below, but more importantly, make the jump yourself. If you’re in the US, you can learn more on organ donation here, while UK readers can click here for more info. Why not go for it? [Posted by Maxi]
I’m fairly certain it was a Brazilian club a while ago that was getting its fans to donate blood in order to ‘fill up’ their shirt to its usual red. I don’t know where the motivation comes from but, either way, it’s pretty great.
(Somewhere this wouldn’t work: Spain,w here they have an opt-out organ donation policy).
The first is an article about PEG tubes in people with long-term illnesses (not specifically dementia).
The second, information for (I presume) family/friends of people with dementia who are trying to make decisions about feeding in end-of-life care (and sometimes, I would hope, for patients with dementia who are trying to make advance decisions about what care they want).
I’ve been doing more reading about end of life care, specifically about feeding and dementia, since my medicine rotation. A few people mentioned that guidance regarding dementia does not advocate for PEG feeding, so I went hunting for reasons. I’ve got yet to go back and read the original studies (one step at a time), but so far everything I’ve read seems to make sense, and fit what I’ve actually seen in practice.
I’ve still got a whole lot of learning to do though. (About many things, yes, but about end of life care specifically).
Manuel Neuer, midfielder
I DO WHAT I WAAAAAAAAANT
This made me cackle with glee when it happened during the game. Diving Neuer headers are *brilliant*.
Get a backbone…
Is it weird that I love anatomical drawings despite the fact that I am not very good at anatomy?
A book a year = a happy M
Rome, February 2013