Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas from us to you!

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. I would like to wish you all a very very merry Christmas!

Jesus...Son of God is the reason for the season...


Nat King Cole feat. Natalie Cole - The Christmas Song



 Merry Christmas!!!!!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Rue's Friday Fragments #14

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. As you may have gathered in looking around the blog,  I think a lot and share those thoughts with all and sundry (that is anyone who will listen!). This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have made in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!

10. Picture of the week
A lovely summers day for the thick of winter...
9. Group of Students stabbed in Japan attack
This is a tragic story of a man who stabbed 13 students outside a train station in Japan. Worse still, 11 of the students were as young as 12 years old. IT is a sad thing when mental health is not given sufficient attention and the result is attacks of this nature. No one knows yet why the 27 yr old Yuta Saito did this but it has left many wounded, one seriously but thank God no one has died.

8. Inception...
I know I am probably behind on the whole movie scene but I have only just watched this movie and I am so kicking myself for not doing so earlier! I am apathetic when it comes to movies these days as most of them seem really rubbish, overly sexual or volent or both and normally with a stupid story line. So to watch this film and be constantly guess was such a refreshing change of pace, thank you Leo and the gang! Well worth my 90min! 




7. BP oil spill saga continues...
Remember the BP / Gulf of Mexico oil spill that had Obama gracious comparing its impact to the city with 911? Well its not over, no sir. Apparently the US Government is now suing BP and 8 other companies involved in the incident for damages post the oil spill. The companies are all being sued for breach US Environmental Laws. This is likely to be a huge legal battle that will go on well into 2011 at least, we will keep an eye on it.

6. Time Magazine person of the year 2010 is...

Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at 26 years old

5. New beginnings are upon us...
As the year is coming to an end and a new year is fast approaching, if you could do anything, reinvent yourself, change your career to that one thing you have always wanted to do / be what would you do / become?

4. Wikileaks continue...
As more and more secret information continues to pour out, we are starting to see legal cases arising across the world from Africa to Europe and beyond... Sweedenn is having a spotlight at the moment... see more here

3. Inquest into nose job patient who died 
This is a sad story of a lady who had a heart attack during her nose job surgery and yet the doctor continued to finish the job...needless to say she died at the age of 31. Paramedics were kept waiting by her plastic surgeon for 45 minutes after insisting on transferring her to Accident & Emergency in a private hospital in Kent, UK. The case occurred in 2005 though an inquest hearing took place this week were it was reported that the patient Mrs Kat McLure suffered brain damage during that surgery and died 6 months later. I am not a fan of plastic surgery and this is a good reason why not to be but it also highlights how some medical professionals can lose focus of the main priority...life... 

2. A cleaner planet for our children
This is the UK's new recycling campaign image...love the world you are in. We all have our part to play in ensuring that our children / the next generation have a habitable planet...are you doing your part in your part of the world?
Keep Britain Tidy logo replaced

1. Song of the week
Areo Smith - I don't want to miss a thing...
For all those away from and missing their loved ones and those who have them close...don't take the time you have for granted.


And that's it for this week folks! Have a great weekend!!!!! And remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me atethosphotographic@gmail.com

Photo Friday: Gathering

Together we gather as one...

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Architectural Structures: Malawi, Africa

Architecture is a significant part of the history and culture of people. Architectural practices from a locality are known as venecular architecture which essentially means traditional ways of constructing buildings among a group of people in a specific area. Through the movement of people from nomadic travel to colonialism there has been a mixture of architectural styles that have been shared among people. The long term effects of this mix in architectural styles and culture can be seen all over Africa. 

The images below show some current architectural structures found in Malawi today. The images were taken in the country's 3rd largest city Mzuzu and a local trading centre called Ekwendeni. Trading centres are effectively new towns created at points along a transportation route allowing for truck stops. In this case Ekwendeni is situated on the route from Malawi to neighbouring Tanzania.
A rustic shelter constructed in a semi urban environment 
Venecular architecture has evolved into a more western style of architecture 
Qualified  architects are not commonly engaged for design purposes as they are costly.
Individuals with some knowledge of design commonly draw a basic plan for experienced builders to follow. 
A blair toilet 
Though western styles of architecture have been adopted, not all domestic
properties are fully equipped with indoor toilet and bathroom. This is a sign of how
venecular architecture has slowly evolved.
Market Stalls
The market stalls have been constructed with wood and seem more like temporary structures.
Though many structures are made out of brick, there is a clear mixture of more traditional construction with the use of wood for a gate / fence between buildings.
In this image we see structures that are more venecular in nature with the use of
thatched roofing and wooden walls / doors. It is interesting to note that outside these
shops there are window frames on sale which indicate the adaptation of western style architecture. 
There are many buildings in urban and semi urban areas that are completely western in
 architectural  style. This is a clear sign of the colonial influence on local architecture.
There has also been an adaptation of building use from the colonial era for example
this library and the post office in the image above.

Friday, 10 December 2010

The Weekend in Black and White: Corridor

Six Word Fridays: Gifted

All of humanity is gifted...with life...

In and out we breath...gifted.
Sing a melody so sweetly...gifted.
Dance and tap in rhythm...gifted.
Make those around you laugh...gifted.
Entertain...make all at ease...gifted.
Faithful, diligent, earnest and true...gifted.
Alive, present and adding value...gifted.
Draw, paint, sculpt and photograph...gifted.
Loving, caring, thoughtful and humane...gifted.






Photo Friday: Tranquil

Ekwendeni, Malawi, Africa

Rue's Friday Fragments #13

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. As you may have gathered in looking around the blog,  I think a lot and share those thoughts with all and sundry (that is anyone who will listen!). This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have made in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!

10. Picture of the week
Scotland
9. China staging its own peace prize 
I do enjoy it when governments and well adults in general throw their dollies out of the pram and start to act worse than terrible 2 year olds! This can be seen in China's well childish behaviour in now setting up its own peace prize because they got vexed that the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded  chose to honour Chinesse dissident Liu Xiaobo as this years laureate. Seriously! I just have no words! It is just as ridiculous as the group of Zimbabwean business men (who allegedly had the backing of the government) awarded the Zimbabwean LOSER of Big Brother Africa with a prize greater than the winner of the contest! What is the point of that? Honestly this is high level business and political child's play at its best! 

8. NSPCC unofficial campaign


Many people this week responded to a  campaign allegedly started by the NSPCC [National ] to change their Facebook (FB) profile picture to that of a cartoon character from their childhood in support of stopping abuse against children. Many people I know including myself did this and the fan page on FB for this campaign received 90 000 followers in the few days it was running. Sound good? I think so, people care about abused kids, that is definitely a good thing. The problem is the charity are not responsible for the campaign and didn't know anything about it. They released a statement to that effect but are grateful for the free publicity. The people responsible have not come forward and there are now rumours circulating that it was started by a paedophile ring trying to identify which FB uses are children. How? Well the call was to change your FB profile to a cartoon character from your childhood. I chose Jessica and Roger Rabbit but if I was ten I would have probably chosen sponge bob square pants or something of that nature... Here's hoping it was just a well wisher trying to raise awareness of this problem. Either way be extra vigilant in how your children befriend online. Personally I do not believe that a child under the age of 16 should have an FB account at all!  Read the full news article here


7. 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence - A good start...
An acquaintance of facebook posted the following comment this week, 'a woman with no shoes working in a maize field in Ntcheu (Malawi) with her husband. The man was wearing wellington boots. It was raining too hard for me to take a picture...' This led to a long conversation about the realities of social culture having a huge impact on the behaviour and choices of people. My response was, ' I think the point here is that he didn't think. Certainly not more than think of himself...Having said that African men are not traditionally chivalrous but they are proud. Now having recently got a pair of boots I know they cost in the region of MWK2 000 which is steep for a poor family and I imagine having them is a symbol of some achievement financially so it does kinda make sense to me that the money they had to buy a pair was spent on the man. Is it right? No, but is it is a social culture attitude that needs to be addressed not just this guys one action. Other men do the same thing by only putting their name on the title deeds of their matrimonial home or not providing their wife with her own transportation or whatever. The message is that the man is more important and it is wrong but society and some law supports this attitude so yes it will take more than 16 days and a conversation on FB about boots to effect genuine change. That change also wont come if we simply give pple messages that this and that behaviour is wrong, we need to engage them in conversation and let them be part of the solution in changing this social culture once they are able to understand its failing...a huge task indeed...' So in a nut shell, it is great to have campaigns like 16 days of activism against gender violence but they are only a beginning, a starting point and in and of themselves not will change so there is much more to be done...

6. Dynamic Women change the world

I am a huge fan of Angelina Jolie! She is a very good actress but an even better parent and humanitarian which are two things that I think are the key to changing the world; investing in our children and looking beyond self and helping others. She is a UN Ambassador, mother of six, wife and professional, a very tall order but she seems to prioritise and make time for everything. Granted her early years were somewhat racy and not exemplary in any way but she has certainly turned her life around which is another thing that makes her a good role model, we always have a choice to change and to grow and to  make a difference in the world and look outward where we were once introverted. See her in a recent interview with Larry King here where she talks about how she manages to do it all.

5. Obama compromises on tax
Its funny that Obama seems to be doing the back stroke on tax like the UK liberal democrat leader Nick Clegg is doing on tuition fees! Obama claims that his 'compromise' did not back track on campaign promises as his fellow Democrats feel he is...I wonder if Obama and Clegg got swimming lessons from the same political school of thought? Either way their parties are angry with them and you guessed it! Its the poor in their societies who will end up suffering the most!

4. Dealing with the recession
By now most people should be passing from stage four to or on stage five...what stage are you on?

3. Tuition Fees protests out of hand!
Really the students out burning things in the streets of London and behaving like football fans after a bad match are not inspiring me if this is the calibre of people who are actually going to attend university! Its not the first time this story has featured in my fragments because it just has not stopped and appears to be getting more violent by the week! Now that parliament has voted to increase the tuition fees there is pandemonium according to sky news footage I am viewing. Protesters are as I type smashing windows at the treasury building in London, are these people who actually have a level of education warranting tertiary education???? I am deeply disturbed by this behaviour.

2. The Art of Being Humane... Profile Feature: Disabled and destitute
Read the full story here
1. Song of the week
We are the world (New Haiti Version)
Spreading some love across the world this week, we are all made better people when we look beyond ourselves...


And that's it for this week folks! A day late but well worth waiting for I think! And remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me atethosphotographic@gmail.com


Saturday, 4 December 2010

Stop Property Grabbing


Property grabbing... The practice of taking all material property from a widow and her children after her husband has passed away. This practise is carried out by the relatives of the husband and is common across Africa. Many women and children are left destitute in abject poverty when their property and material goods are taken.  

The Weekend in Black and White: Separation of wealth

Those who have enter the golf club in their Range Rovers, BMW's and Mercedes.
Those who have not simply pass by unaware of such luxury.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Six Word Fridays: Routine

Children at play...Ekwendeni, Malawi

The morning time has a routine...

We wake as the cock crows;
We clean house and feed chickens;
We fetch water from the well;
We boil the water and bathe;
We take porridge if its there;
We walk ten miles to school.

The afternoon time has a routine...

We walk ten miles from school;
We gather in the home compound;
We share a meal all together;
We fetch water and feed chickens;
We then play, yes we play!
From things thrown we make toys.

The evening time has a routine...

We come home from play tired;
We clean farming tools for mother;
We help cook, we eat together;
We have a treat today...meat;
We read books by candle light;
Mother cannot help... she cannot read.

The night time has a routine...

We prepare ourselves for bedtime now;
We wonder if father will come;
We think, we wish, we pray;
That there will be food tomorrow;
That father will bring school fees;
That he will not abuse mother...








Rue's Friday Fragments #12

Hi I'm Rue, the artist and voice behind Passion in the Moments / E:thos Photographic. As you may have gathered in looking around the blog,  I think a lot and share those thoughts with all and sundry (that is anyone who will listen!). This weekly posting is essentially an opportunity to share tid-bits, rants and observations that I have made in the course of the week that are not really worth writing a whole article about but are interesting nevertheless. These coupled with that odd picture I have taken that doesn't really fit in anywhere, news about what's going on @ E:thos and a review of something interesting, put together in one post makes up what I call Rue's Friday Fragments. There is humour, righteous indignation, sad truths and a little of me, so something for everyone...enjoy!


Inspirational Women
We have a new tab on our menu (top of the page under Peter) dedicated to inspirational women because we all need a little inspiration and I plan to find a few ladies who can give just that! Now this is not by any means sexist because gents you can be inspired to; inspired to appreciate your wives, mothers, sisters etc as well as hear about professional and artistic women's work and the challenges they face. I hope you enjoy!

10. Picture of the week
The sky... One of my favourite things to photograph...
9. Wiki-leaks 
This is not just a media issue it is a moral one. I must say that I am a great believer in freedom of the press. It is a fundamental and important human right that we should be exposed to truth and be able to hold our legislators, leaders and judiciary to account for the decisions they make and the things they do. However, it is equally important that they can carry out their roles to protect us without fear of exposure to this type of media attention and exposure. State secrets are just that for a reason; if they are out in the public domain then the ability of our legislators and leaders to protect and govern us is compromised. Now I know that a whole variety of documents have been leaked and not all are state secrets but I am a great believer in codes of ethics and quite frankly there is a code of ethics and an employment contract that should have prevented the deplorable person who copied and leaked this information from doing so. The real issue in this story is this individual betraying his country in this manner and from what I hear there will be a suitable punishment for this action which I sincerely hope will include a long prison sentence to give this person an opportunity to reflect on the ramifications of their actions.

8. Have you got space for rent?
This one speaks for itself!


7. Lets spread the love of the game
Now I know there are many disappointed countries out there this week after the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup's were announced. [For normal non football people this is the international football / soccer tournament on the level of the Olympics for other sports but some would argue even more so important]. Now for the England bid, really folks you have the Olympics next year so its not the end of the world! And as far as the winners go, Russia and Qatar respectively, I think it is great that this tournament is being opened up to countries that may not traditionally be football people, (the whole we live in the desert with no open grass pitches may be a challenge for Qatar) but this is how the game will grow in my opinion so well done to the winners and to the losers, lets start talking 2026 and  2030! 

6. Fake pregnancy kidnap teen
This story disturbed me on two counts. Firstly its a story about a teenage girl (late teens I think about seventeen or there abouts but still!) and granted this is Africa but I was still taken aback by the fact that this girl is married! OK let me start at the beginning...This girl was arrested for stuffing pillows under her shirt for eight months as a means of faking a pregnancy. Why you ask? Because she had been married for some time and had not managed to get pregnant so her husband, rather than stand up for her and tell his family to back off, persuades her to fake a pregnancy so they could steal a baby from someone else to keep the vultures at bay! No, there are three things that disturb me about this story; first her age, so young to be dealing with all this, secondly the absurdity with which the plan came about and thirdly that this cultural mindset that says a woman who does not bare children is useless and you should throw her back in and fish out another one is still very much the status quo in 2010! 

5. Israel Fire
Israel mapI am not sure how it started but I am sure praying for all those affected by, caught in and fighting Israel's largest forest fire in the Haifa area this week. More than 13 000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes to avoid the flames and a definitive number is yet to be published as to how many have died as a result of the fire. Apparently three quarters of the fire has been put out now but there is much to do with British, American and Greek forces among others, over there helping them gain control of this situation. The air is reported to be thick with smoke making visibility an issue but the very best people are on the job so lets keep them in prayer.

4. Dreaming of a white Christmas?
It is odd being in Africa in this glorious and relentless sunshine while yet another insane winter hits the UK! Last year was a haphazard mix of being snowed in, skidding on black ice, having a constant cold or staying in doors for days on end! At one point the country ground to a holt with ice on rail tracks and the grit/salt supply that give car tyres and indeed our feet some grip on icy roads and pavements ran out! So this is a reminder to Boris (London Mayor) and the rest of his colleges to stock up on grit and keep the roads and pavements clear so my friends and family can mobilise in the snow safely!

3. Ireland is broke!
This is not news per-say as Ireland have been broke for a long time, in fact many European countries are! The difference between Ireland and lets say an average African country is that when Ireland finally admitted what many of us knew all along, that they were going belly up; instead of the response an African country would get, that is the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank walk in check out what natural minerals / resources you have then slap you on the wrist and give you a list of demands if you are to get help. Help I might add which will find you only paying back the interest for four generations before you get anywhere at putting a dent on the principle loan. No,, this didn't happen to Ireland. Instead, Ireland got a big hug from its European friends and a loan that is manageable (well what is really manageable when you have no money?) but my point is that Ireland's help will actually help it get out of this slump and back on its feet again... now wouldn't that be nice for Africa too?

2. Warning Label
If you were to be adorned with a warning label, what would it say?
My warning label would say, 'Take cover, a force of nature is heading your way!' Lol! 
You have a go!


1. Music video of the week
Where is the love? by the Black Eyed Peas
Apologies I couldn't find a version I could embed on this post so click on the link below to view the song.

I picked the song because it is the question that has been playing on my mind as I see such great suffering and poverty in Africa where dictators and corrupt governments freely oppress the poor and abuse their ignorance for their own benefit while the rest of the world watches...


And that's it for this week folks! A day late but well worth waiting for I think! And remember you can get in touch by commenting or emailing me atethosphotographic@gmail.com



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