Friday, May 02, 2008

Charity Begins At Home ...

lab_image_madeleine... and Life's A Beach - like it says on this blog's header. If only. Tomorrow, May 3rd, means it's a year since Madeleine McCann was abducted from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal. There's an opportunity to think about this one precious life at noon on Fistral Beach, Newquay tomorrow.

Some of the folks that are campaigning to keep the investigation alive have asked me to spread the word about the balloon release that's happening there - 365 balloons for each of the days that Madeleine's been missing. It's the least I can do. Just turn up to show your support.

Coincidentally, I was cataloguing some pictures that I'd taken around Fistral last October. It was big blue sky day and all was well with the world. Here's one of my Nippers pointing at the seagull that's about to dive bomb my beanie. As a parent, I can only wonder how the McCanns keep going - perhaps, as they say, "hope springs eternal."

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Last November, in a rather melancholic state of mind, I referred in this post to coming across a vicious car crash on my way back from the "school run". A few of us stood around directing traffic, waited for the emergency services to arrive and tried to comfort a young man trapped in the car all crumpled up around his face and body. At the time, and until yesterday when he made the headlines in our local paper, I'd no idea who the bloke was. It makes for compelling reading - and there's that hope thing again. Good on ya Pete!

Frivolous surfing froth will be resumed asap.

6 comments:

nursemyra said...

oh wow I remember that post you did after seeing the accident.

so much sadness in the world isn't there? do you think there's still hope of finding madeleine alive? I can't begin to imagine the pain her parents have endured.

your nipper looks very cute by the way

Beach Bum said...
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Beach Bum said...

Yeah thanks, he is - and so are the other two - but I'm biased. Good to see you back NM - after what must have felt like cold turkey for ya...

Anonymous said...

thats right lets all worry about maddy - while thousands of children die around the world every day from starvation and poverty (something that we can actually prevent).
All the money spent on looking for one white, middle class child could have saved thousands, hundreds of thousands of other kids....
Sorry but one english kid goes missing and it's a media frenzy but lets forget all those who 'aren't one of us'.

Beach Bum said...

Yeah yeah yeah "anonymous" - that's a feckin old argument that one. Do feel free to share with us what you're doing to resolve global poverty and then we'll be in a better position to take your comment seriously - and not regard it as the mean spirited rant it sounds like. Better still, I donate each month to Action Aid that keeps an 11 yr old Indian guy in education and off the street where his parents would have him work like a slave. Send me your email and I'll let you know how to put your concern for the faceless thousands into action. You sound middle class - I'm sure you have a few $ / £ to spare.

Anonymous said...

It's not about what I do or don't do or what you do or don't do.

It's about why do we apparently value the life of Maddie so much higher than that of other children?