Orangutan People of the Forest

Feeling overwhelmed lately? Me too. It’s hard to process the unstoppable avalanche of animals tortured, hunted, murdered. It’s all about the money. Always about the money. Death is not optional. Haven’t they realised by now that they can’t take it with them? PALM OIL ORANGUTANS The word orangutan comes from the Malay language. ‘Orang’ means…

Cecil the Lion, Walter Palmer gets away with murder

So there it is, he got away with it. Protected by wealth, the right passport and a corrupt system, Walter Palmer will not be extradited to Zimbabwe. The charges have been dropped. Only a few short months ago, on July 31, Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe’s minister of environment, water and climate said that Cecil the Lion’s…

Santorini Red Bull Art of Motion

He Did It Again & Made Us Proud! I’m a bit late with this, sorry about that. The competition was last Saturday (3rd of October 2015) but I’d completely forgotten about it. I was doodling ’round the house, turned on the TV, and there it was – live. And Oia is only 20 minutes drive…

A Letter to Bashar, Prince of The Ashes

Dear Bashar, This is little Bashar, Bashar al-Zalfi. He was 10 years old when this photo was taken. He has your name. But he is nothing like you. He believes in peace, you believe in war. He believes in life, you believe in death. He has no money, you have billions. He has no home,…

The Greek Way

I was watching the news during the recent banking crisis in Greece. People in Athens were out at cafes & bars drinking and eating. A BBC reporter asked “How can you do that?” Answer “well we don’t keep our money in the banks anyway. If we go down we might as well do it in…

Summer in Santorini

The Best Time Of The Day. This is Perivolos Beach a couple of weeks ago. Late afternoon, black volcanic sand, sunbeds, sea like glass, the sun sinking into the Aegean Sea, blue horizons, relaxation, friends, a coffee. That’s all you need really.

A Nation is judged by the way its animals are treated

Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its’ animals are treated”. I have been scratching my head for the past few hours trying to find a country which fits that description. And I couldn’t find one. Not one. If you fall into the “kind…

For Grandma’s Eyes

I don’t say Gramma or Grandma for that matter, Granny is my word. But Gramma is Shell’s word so that is what I’ll use. This is not my Gramma. This Gramma belongs to Shell. And Shell belongs to her. Gramma just had her 97th birthday. Ninety seven summers and ninety seven winters. Ninety seven years…