One. Square Dogs: the wonderful Japanese have taken grooming to a whole new level of strange by styling their dogs into perfectly trimmed and symmetrical cubes. Fabulous – I’m letting Jack’s hair grow in in preparation.
Two: David Bowie …. Artist, style icon, decent human, writer of some of my favourite songs ever. Including this one from “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. The song is almost 43-years old. Listen to that bass line. Still makes me swoon.
Three: The Case for Vegetarianism. “I don’t like that they die. I like that they stay standing up” – meet Luiz and his sweetly earnest consideration of the octopus. With incredible clarity and simplicity, this tiny-bodied, huge-hearted human animal makes his case against eating other animals:
Four: Mnamanma. Just because. aka try feeling miserable after watching this.
Five. Don’t judge the book by it’s cover – take it for a coffee instead. Born in Denmark in 2000, the Human Library was launched as a way to encourage dialogue and build relationships between people who might not ordinarily have opportunities to get to know each other. A curious ‘reader’ checks out a human book and gets the chance to interact with them in a way they might have been shy to do in a real-life situation.
The ‘book’ could be from a religious or sexual minority, or simply members of the community who are exposed to minority, general misconceptions, stigma, stereotyping or prejudice. The idea is to challenge what we think we know about other members of the community. And to do it in a positive framework, where difficult questions are accepted, expected and appreciated. To date 30 countries have held their own events. We need to do more of this. Discover The Human library here.