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1  Kiva.org / Kiva - Loans That Change Lives / Re: Florence's School; Oh, No, Please Don't Ask Me for MORE Money..... on: April 08, 2012, 09:19:51 AM
Hurrah How super and fantastic that you both got to meet Florence in person!!  It must be such a wonderful time of gleeful discovery and loving camaraderie for all of you; very exciting, I’m sure!  Thanks so much for your posts and photos, Jill and Linda!!  Florence, thank you for all you do!  I am very glad to hear that you are appreciated there in Uganda and that is as it should be  Thumbs Up Flowers

My very best regards and wishes to you all,
2  KivaFriends.org / The Lounge / Re: Kiva Friends and the Books They Love on: August 07, 2011, 10:57:01 AM
I'm not quite sure about where to post the following article; it could fit equally in a number of places I think, but since it has to do with George Orwell to some extent, I figured I'd put it here.  If anyone finds it would better belong elsewhere that's fine too, I could post it wherever you tell me it needs to go.  Smiley  The article, IMHO is excellent, profound.  Also, the author could be writing about poverty and those afflicted, in Canada for that matter.

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On the trail of George Orwell’s outcasts
By Emma Jane Kirby BBC News, Paris and London

"Some 80 years after George Orwell chronicled the lives of the hard-up and destitute in his book Down and Out in Paris and London, what has changed? Retracing the writer's footsteps, Emma Jane Kirby finds the hallmarks of poverty identified by Orwell - addiction, exhaustion and, often, a quiet dignity - are as apparent now as they were then.

"Quarrels, and the desolate cries of street hawkers, and the shouts of children chasing-orange-peel over the cobbles, and at night loud singing and the sour reek of the refuse carts, made up the atmosphere of the street…. Poverty is what I'm writing about and I had my first contact with poverty in this slum."

Such was George Orwell's recollection of what he called the Rue du Coq d'Or in Paris, 1929 - the real-life Rue du Pot de Fer. Today it's pleasure rather than poverty that defines the Latin Quarter that Orwell frequented 80-odd years ago. The chic pavement cafes are full of contented-looking people leisurely sipping their vin rose, and the air is perfumed by the sweet smell of crepes and tourists' money.

But poverty hasn't left Paris - she's simply changed address. She may not look quite the same as she did in the 1920s but if Orwell were to meet her again on these streets, he'd know her straight away. And I doubt he'd find her greatly changed... "

Read the complete article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14372195
3  Kiva.org / Kiva Listings & Loan Recipients / Re: Very special event is coming up ... Please take all care ! on: August 05, 2011, 02:36:23 PM
Wave Confetti  Cheers Kerry!!! (though I don't drink beer, they don't gots a wine smiley here, lol)
 Drinks

~Jackie
4  KivaFriends.org / The Lounge / Re: Peace Starts HERE. on: August 05, 2011, 07:09:16 AM
So glad I finally found this thread and thank you for starting it Jill, such a great idea/feeling!!  Smiley  Although I haven't yet had a chance to check out most of the links here, I did read the article posted about last (Survivor to Norway Gunman: "You Failed." http://news.yahoo.com/survivor-norway-gunman-failed-183206761.html)  I'm very glad I did.  I am amazed at and proud of the young survivor's strength and resilience!!  And the same could be said for the togetherness of many of Norway's people.  (Having trouble finding the right words/wording but hopefully the gist is understood)  Again, thank you Jill!

~Jackie~
5  Kiva.org / Team Lending / Re: Team Smile Train on: July 24, 2011, 11:59:41 AM
Congratulations to Wouter!!  I'm glad to learn a little about the 4 daagse of nijmegen too!  I dont know how anyone can do such a tough thing, but you did it, wow, and you were promoting Smile Train too!  And I love Google Translate's new feature to hear the spoken words (http://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=wT#en|nl|4%20daagse%20of%20nijmegen), some of which I have trouble pronouning (as in even trouble with my Mom's Dutch family name Smiley)





~Jackie~

PS. Carien, it was nice to read somewhere that the people who finish the walks get gladiolas. Smiley  Those flowers always make me think of my Mom, and also my maternal Grandmother who was from Klein Zundert, bless her soul.

* Seems google didn't like the link stuff.  All I had done was bring up google translate and put "4 daagse of nijmegen" in the space and then click on "Listen" underneath the Dutch part.
6  Kiva.org / Kiva - Loans That Change Lives / Re: Technical Issues with Kiva.org Website on: July 16, 2011, 11:43:23 AM
Wow, that was fast!  Thanks so much John Smiley  Fwiw, I tried things in Opera, IE and Safari browsers too, and everything looked normal.  I hadn't tried Chrome, but you did  Grin

~Jackie~
7  Kiva.org / Kiva - Loans That Change Lives / Re: Technical Issues with Kiva.org Website on: July 16, 2011, 11:15:54 AM
Hi all,

I noticed that now we have the flags of the borrowers' countries showing on our lender pages.  Smiley  Only small problem is that for some reason, things are a little jumbled with texts now running into each other, which only seems to be the case for me since the flags were added.  I didn't see anyone else mention this, and it's only a bit annoying is all.  I'm using Firefox, and below is a screenshot of what I see when I look at my lender page:

8  Kiva.org / Kiva Countries / 9 July 2011 the independent country of South Sudan will be born on: July 07, 2011, 12:51:12 PM
Howdy I'm wondering aloud if a new thread should be started for the new country of South Sudan (I'll leave it up to all those of you who are here more often than me to decide, I'm not sure what's best)?

Yes, as some of you already know, on July 9th, 2011 the independent country of South Sudan will be born!  It has me worried about possible violence, I really hope there is none at all, but given what has already happened recently, and history...  Anyway, I just popped in here to post some BBC articles on the subject.

Be well and Peace to all,
~Jackie~ Wave

South Sudan: How do you set up a nation?
By Kathryn Westcott BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14014083  [You can also hear a version of the new national anthem in this article Smiley]

Sudan: One country or two?
27 May 2011 Last updated at 11:07 ET
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12115013  [Maps (I'm someone who loves 'em, what can I say Smiley).  These ones show the dichotomies and contrasts between the north and south from many standpoints.  Not that I want to be divisive, but for illustrative purposes, it is quite something! Shocked]
9  Kiva.org / Kiva Listings & Loan Recipients / Re: Wearing the team colors on: July 07, 2011, 06:19:18 AM
 Wave  Drinks

Cheers Oli (and Jill too)!

~Jackie~
10  Kiva.org / Kiva - Loans That Change Lives / Re: Florence's School; Oh, No, Please Don't Ask Me for MORE Money..... on: May 26, 2011, 04:43:08 PM
Wow that's incredible Smiley

 


Jackie
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