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The day I met the Dalai Lama…

You may be wondering why I’ve been rather quiet on the blog and twitter front recently.  Well, here’s a teaser of what’s to come over the next month! Ok so I didn’t meet him, but I did hang out with him for his birthday!

I was fortunate enough to be in Dharamsala, India for the Dalai Lama‘s birthday (July 6th) and even more fortunate to gain a press pass!  It was an immense experience.  I have many photos and also footage from the day but as I don’t have time to put all of it up right now here is the moment I came pretty close to the Buddhist spiritual leader.

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Happy World Penguin Day!

I can’t believe it got to the evening before I found out that it was Happy World Penguin Day!!  The penguin is my favourite animal, I absolutely LOVE them!  I couldn’t let this day pass without a post dedicated to the amazing creatures!

So here is an assortment of my personal penguin encounters.

To find out why this day exists visit this Penguin-tastic blog (it even has live cam’s to various zoos with penguins!!)  Also – check this link out for some amazing penguin photography.

Amazing photos from events in 2011…

A few people have now sent me this link to an incredible post showing 45 of the most powerful images of 2011.  I absolutely love it and have spent ages looking through the photos.  All of them are striking for very different reasons, but the one that really sticks in my mind and I actually find completely heart-breaking to look at is the image below.  For me this image really sums up all my thoughts on climate change and makes me think about how responsible every one of us is for doing our bit to help reduce carbon emissions and global warming.

Which photo is your favourite?

Cornwall Film Festival 2011 in pictures

To read an overview of the film festival click here.

To get a flavour of the films shown at this year’s festival click here.

To listen to an interview with Lionel Shriver, author of We need to talk about Kevin, click here.

Falmouth oyster festival in pictures

To hear a news package on the oyster festival click here.

Photos from the week: October 16-22, 2011

Sunday 16th October

Image: Catherine Feltham

The theme for this year’s World Food Day: ‘Food prices – From crisis to stability’.  This image shows a floating food market in Thailand and highlights the difference in how food is sold across the world.  World Food Day has a number of purposes, to encourage attention to agricultural food production, cooperation and participation.  It also aims to increase awareness about hunger in the world.

Monday 17th October

Image: Catherine Feltham

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992 to remember 17th October, 1987, when over 100,000 people in Paris gathered where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, to honour victims of violence, poverty and hunger.

Tuesday 18th October

Image: Israel Defenae Forces (Flickr)

Gilat Shalid is released after 5 1/2 years in Hamas captivity.  1,027 Palestinian prisoners are to be released in return.

Wednesday 19th October

Image: lukiffer (Flickr)

Dozens of ‘wild animals’ on the loose in Ohio after man’s dead body, dead animals and enclosures found open at a private zoo in Zanesville, Ohio.

Thursday 20th October

Image: donjohann (Flickr)

Muammar Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya since 1969, was captured and killed in Sirte after two months in hiding following his downfall which began in February this year as part of the wider Arab Spring movement.

Friday 21st October

Image: Wen-Yang King (Flickr)

Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’ covered hydrocephalus – a preventable, yet misunderstood condition which occurs when water builds up in the brain and causes high pressure on the tissues and damage. The programme investigated the condition’s presence in Sub-Saharan Africa – where the condition affects a quarter of a million babies.

Saturday 22nd October

Image: James Rose (Flickr)

Scientists have discovered enough water to fill several thousand Earth oceans in a developing solar system.


Photos from the week: October 9-16, 2011

Sunday 9th October

Kynance Cove, Cornwall.  Close to the most southerly point in England (Lizard point), this stunning cove and National Trust site attracts 1/4 million visitors every year (BBC).

Image: Catherine Feltham

Monday 10th October

National Chocolate week began today and was one of the trending topics for the whole day on twitter!  Any excuse to be enjoying the wonder that is chocolate!

Image: Catherine Feltham

Tuesday 11th October

William and Kate’s firstborn child will inherit the Duchy of Cornwall estate, regardless of sex due to a change in the law (thisiscornwall).

Image by Ukrepsome – Flickr 

Wednesday 12th October

Investigative documentary ‘The End of the Line’ won the Puma Creative Impact Award in London for being praised for bringing about real change in its plight to stop global fish stock declines.

Images: Screen shots from The End of the Line

Thursday 13th October

“285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision.”  The World Health Organization shares information about blindness, and visual impairment as part of World Sight Day.

Image: JamesRoseUK (Flickr)

Friday 14th October

After a week of controversy around his relationship with Adam Werritty, Liam Fox resigns from post as Defence Secretary.

Image: Defence Images (Flickr)

Saturday 15th October

The annual Falmouth Oyster Festival was is in full swing on day 3 down at Events Square.  The festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season for one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries in the world.

Image: Catherine Feltham