Evolution and Big Bang are lies from hell?

Reading the paper today I learnt about this video:

This is Paul Broun who sits on the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. 

Is it just me that finds this really scary? I’m starting to view some religions as huge cults that nobody seems to mind. I have been known to say that catholic schools have some benefits and that religion helps some people when nothing else can. I still believe these things but I cannot believe that people are still passing off science as “lies from the pits of hell”. There is so much evidence that the world was not created in 6 days and if I did fancy believing in something that there was no evidence for I would definitely prefer the flying spaghetti monster to god.

That’s it, the end of my rant. Thank you for reading!

An inspirational walk through the park on an autumn morning

This morning I was walking through my local park and, as always, gazing around at my surroundings. I love the crispness in the air on a sunny autumn morning and the crunchy leaves underfoot. 

I got to thinking about the circle of life and wrote this poem when I got on the train. I hope you like it!

 

Crunch

Brown, burgundy and gold

These are the leaves of old

Played the part they had to play

They have now been tossed away

What a sad life it must be

Clinging fearlessly to the tree

Happy National Poetry Day and my take on the theme..

Hello everyone!

I found out this morning that it was National Poetry Day and that the theme was stars. That was enough to inspire me!

I immediately thought of my brilliant summer with the Oxfam team. Whilst we were at WOMAD we spent quite a bit of time lying outside our tents staring at the sky. It was the most amazing way to pass the time and the experience has inspired my latest poem.

Me and some of the brilliant Oxfam Shops Festival team at WOMAD Festival 2012

 

Nebula

What makes you feel insignificant

Like gazing at the stars

Whilst lying in a field

No distraction from people or from cars

You continue to lie on the grass

For hours into the night

Stars keep on appearing

Night adds to your power of sight

But there is a sense of forboding

You start to realise

You’re looking at the past

And you no longer feel as wise

Will we ever understand

What’s happening in our sky?

Will we ever know it all?

Will we stop asking ourselves why?

Is information really power?

And will we ever really know?

The fun is finding out

The path to knowledge can be slow

Genetically modifying cows so they produce allergy free milk?

I mean seriously? I thought this was a joke when I first read about it in yesterday’s newspaper. 

For a start I think drinking cows milk is really weird. I know that most people do not agree with me but drinking another animal’s milk is just not natural. That milk is produced for calves not for human babies (or human adults for that matter). Would you drink milk from a cat or a dog? I didn’t think so.

I have to look at dairy farming from an animal cruelty point of view as well. Many people say that milking a cow actually helps the animal because if you didn’t get rid of the excess milk in the cows body then it would be in pain. I’m not buying it. Cows (like humans) produce enough milk to feed their calves. Have you ever wondered why cows constantly produce this milk? Calves are taken from their mothers when they are born, causing stress to both individuals. Female calves are either killed or kept to grow and be dairy cows. Male calves are put in stalls so that veal can be produced (a whole other animal welfare issue). All this so we can have milk in our coffee.

Anyway, I digress! The reason scientists are genetically modifying cows is that many children are allergic to certain proteins in the milk. I do not find this a very good reason to fool around with a cow’s genes. There are a whole range of milks out there that are not only free of these proteins but are better for both the environment and the animal. Off the top of my head there are soya, almond, hazelnut, coconut, rice, oat… the list goes on. 

Apparently the genetically modified milk actually contains more of the other proteins found in milk which are also harmful to a large percentage of the population. Another reason why it is a waste of time!

Surely it is more beneficial to encourage people who cannot digest milk to drink a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative which will cause them no harm?

Hello world!

Hi everyone!

I have created this blog to help me with my writing. I will be blogging inspiration for my writing as well as some poetry and other bits and pieces.

I am also a gluten free vegan and will be posting about my foody adventures.

Stick around if it sounds interesting!

Becky