Hepburn’s dress builds educational centres in India

Heard on the news on the radio how the sale of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black dress from the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s is to fund 15 new educational centres in India. It was auctioned at Christie’s in December for just under £500,000 and proceeds from the sale have gone to Calcutta-based charity City of Joy Aid. What a great concept – and it was quite unexpected as they thought they would only raise c. £70,000.

The life of a celebrity: Britney Spears

Britney Spears really seems to be struggling at the moment. The most recent incident is the shaving off of all her hair (which is now being auctioned of for $1 million – making someone a tidy profit!). She has never been far from the limelight but since filing for divorce in November she seems to have gone off the rails. Britney went on a period of partying with other young celebrities. During this period she was heavily criticside for photographs which seemed to show her without underwear, and she reportedly collapsed at a New Year’s party in Las Vegas.

The BBC have Professor Cary Cooper, a psychology professor at Lancaster University, saying that Spears’ recent behaviour is a “call for help”. “She’s saying: ‘I’m very confused, I’m not in control of myself at the moment, I need a fresh start, I need help.'”

In many ways she sounds like she is struggling with her identity and her role in the same way that many of the young people I work with do. Let’s just hope that she gets the right support around her, and manages to keep out of the press for a while.

Supermarket asks man, 87, for ID

The BBC is reporting how an 87 year old man was asked to prove he was over 21 when he tried to buy a bottle of sherry in a York supermarket. The former Lord Mayor of York, Jack Archer, said he was shocked – but flattered – when asked the question by staff at Morrisons in Acomb. Seems like a case of the rules regarding selling alcohol being taken too far – obviously he doesn’t need to be asked.

Amazon.com founder building space craft

The BBC are reporting how Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com has released the first images of the launch of a private spacecraft with his aim to bring space travel down in price so that many more people can do it. It is crazy what you can do if you have enough money!

Map-reading postman finds address

Sometimes we forget how good the Royal Mail can be. This story on BBC News highlights the lengths they sometimes go to to get post delivered:

“A map on the envelope had a dot drawn in north Cornwall and an arrow saying “Somewhere Here”. Postal workers in Bude, north Cornwall managed to pinpoint the right address and deliver the letter. The letter to Peter O’Leary, was from a long-lost work colleague who failed to enclose his own address so Mr O’Leary cannot write back. Bude’s delivery office manager Andrew Lake said post workers worked out from the map the intended address was in Bude and then asked each other if anyone recognised the name Peter O’Leary. Postman Eric Seymour realised Mr O’Leary lived on his round and said the customer was astounded when he handed over the letter.”

How silly that the colleague didn’t bother to put his own address in the letter for Mr O’Leary.

More haircut news

This guy certainly had the idea about saving money by not going to the hair dressers. For some bizarre reason his mum didn’t argue with his fear of getting his hair cut and so it was allowed to grow to a massive 68 cm in length. He’s decided to get it cut into a ‘Beckham cut’, oh dear, but at least he is using the hair to raise money for chaity. Here’s a couple of photos:

What does the execution of Saddam Hussein achieve?

Maybe I am being controversial here, but I’m not sure that the execution of Saddam Hussein achieves all that so many people are saying it will. I know that it is important that we in the West encourage Iraq to develop and uphold its judicial system, and that a key part of that is in making Saddam Hussein and his supporters face up to what they did, but should life be repayed with life. In other situations we appeal against the death penalty as being unnecessary and inhumane yet we haven’t heard that much this time. Instead it has been heralded as the big step required for Iraq to continue its independence – personally I can see that but I can’t see it stopping his followers carrying on the violent attacks. Who knows.

Finally proved – women talk more than men!

This article in the Daily Mail confirms it all, (thanks to Josh for publicising it):

It is something one half of the population has long suspected – and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men. In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.

Elton John and organised religion

It was so sad to hear this morning from the BBC that Sir Elton John has attacked organised religion over trying to “turn hatred towards gay people”. It is really important that when Christians make a stand on a topic that they do it compassionately. Definitely some food for thought.