Saturday, 6 November 2010

Rue's Friday Fragments # 8

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!

The Art of Being Humane
The Art of Being Humane is our humanitarian project which seeks to fuse, creative expression and compassion (see here).

The Art of Being Humane is a project that seeks to effect change in the poorest communities in the world. Through imagery and words we seek to raise awareness of their plight and catalyse change that will be the building blocks for sustainable growth and development with a vision of alleviating suffering and poverty by resourcing and empowering people.

An article of note this week is that of a second generation Rwandan girl named Belle in The 'Voice of the People' Feature Profile: Belle - Read Belle's story here 

Blogger of Note (BON) of note on WoW 
November 1st & 2nd 2010
Great news! I was honoured as Blogger of Note (BON) on Words of Wisdom (WoW) this week! The honour was primarily for my humanitarian work called The Art of Being Humane (see it here) which is where my heart is... It is a new project so it is early days but do keep an eye on this work as it develops.  See the BON announcement post here.

WoW is a place for all bloggers who enjoy reading and writing great content to find each other and share their work, ideas and experiences so if you are reading this as a fellow blogger, do get over to WoW and join us by following the link here.

30 things to do before 30 
The latest addition to the list (when I say addition I mean completed task as in opposed to more things added to the list) is #29, ' Do something wild and wacky (for me anyway...) See what I picked (or rather what I consider to be wild and wacky! You may be surprised!) Click here  

SK performing one of her poems on stage in Bristol
My shout out this week goes to a very special emerging artist I fondly refer to as SK, Sherida Kuffour who is the artist behind the blog Coconut and Cream ( check it out here). I have done a feature on her work before (see here) and just love how she writes, her spoken word performances, her art and her spirit! She is an inspiration indeed! Be sure to stop by at Coconut and Cream!


10. Picture of the week
This is the scene in Surrey, UK
9. Beat your wife but don't bruise her High Court rules
You will be please to know that the Middle East is drawing a line under spouse abuse and 'hitting back' against wife beaters!  Good news right? Wrong! Chief Justice Falah al Hajeri ruled that is is OK to beat your wife so long as you don't leave any marks, bruises or breaks. That is the test of domestic violence, beating too hard. [See full story here ].

8. Train sppoting dangers
This is a very interesting story, yes it is about train spotting and I know you are probably think, how can train spotting be in any way interesting? But stay with me...Train spotting can be dangers believe it or not! See the video linked here: to see just how close one train-spotter got to being incredibly intimate with a high speed train! If you love it, you love it I guess...

7. Prisoners rights
So this week there is a debate and change in law brewing around prisoners having the right ot vote. In the UK, prisoners lose their rights to liberty and voting etc once they are convicted of committing a crime and are sentenced. SO whats is wrong with that? Seriously??? These are people who have taken away the right of another from the right to possess their own property, to right to life (that is from burglary to rape and murder) and yet we are now, thanks to the 'European Union connection' to accept that having deprived another of their rights, they want some! And worst than that, apparently many may claim compensation for not being able to vote earlier in their sentences...Is this for real?

6. Volcano erupts in Indonesia 
My prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones in the volcano eruption in Indonesia this week. It is reported by the BBC that at least 49 people are reported dead with many more injured and homes and livelihoods destroyed when Mount Merapi erupted earlier in the week. Please do say a prayer for them also.

5. Exercise
I saw this poster recently and loved it so I thought I would share :)

4. Paintballing
Just a warning! This can be incredibly dangerous so seriously if you are planning to go or send your kids, be sure they are over padded everywhere than under. 

The image to the left is of a young man I met who had been paintballing with friends who granted had specialist guns of their own, however he was hit in the neck with a paint ball...Ouch!

3. Memory Lane....when I was young(er!)
From left: Inongie and her little sister, My sister Chipo, Arthur,
My brother Vanani, Me (mickey Mouse T-Shirt) and I'm leaning on my sister Brenda
Wow my sister Chipo posted this picture on Facebook yesterday of some of my siblings (two missing) with some other kids from church / the neighbourhood when we were young! It brought tears to my eyes seriously, its been so long since I thought of our childhood or at least thought of us as kids so this was a moving image particularly as I imagine I was about 11 or 12 in this picture (everyone else being older than me by 2/3 in between each of us)  and now I am the only one in my 20's (and then only just! :)

2. Drug smuggling gone bust!
Now this story left me full of so many mixed emotions! A woman from Sidney, Australia went on holiday, as you do, had a great time in Vietnam, ate, drank and was merry. She then returns home and falls sick. Paramedics rush her to hospital as she really is unwell. An emergency op then takes place and lo and behold 41 balloons of HEROIN are found in her stomach! Why was she ill? Drug overdose, some of the balloons had burst! Well, I guess crime really doesn't pay...Do hope she pulls through though orange will probably be her wardrobe colour of choice for 15 - 30 years as she serves her sentence for drug trafficking! [Australians help! Are your prison jump suites orange??????]

1. Song Pick of the week
Casting Crowns - Has anybody seen her?
This song really moved me...its rings so true for so many young women and men trying to find themselves and find their way in a society that is not emotionally and morally equipped to protect them and guide them through...

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 at

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