Hello and welcome to this week's (slightly delayed) WHHS!
First of all, welcome to December - Laura's favourite time of the year- my girlfriend is not short of festive cheer and it certainly rubs off on everyone we know. Secret Santa prezzies are bought, party dresses are chosen - bring on the Office christmas Party!!!
In real news have you seen the publicity around WeTopia?
WeTopia, is a new Facebook game that allows users to turn points into monetary donations for charities that help families and kids worldwide. Players build a virtual WeTopia village and receive points for acts such as building a school or planting a tree. The virtual app, launched Tuesday, it is a free-to-play social game available in 20 countries around the world!!! Players collect points, or "joy," for charities, including Save the Children, Action for Healthy Kids and Alliance for a Healthier Generation!
Now we aren't personally Facebook game fans - but this has changed our mind! We are all for giving as long as we know it makes the impact we intended!
As I am half Scottish I always have an eye on the news up there, and in between announcements for yet more snow, I see that The Equality Network is calling for equal marriage supporters to have their say in the government’s public consultation on extending marriage rights to gay couples before Friday’s deadline.
Respondents do not have to be Scottish to express their opinion on the issue, and the group has also called for views from other countries in the UK and the world. They say the decision taken by the government will have a important effect on how Scotland is perceived abroad, and overseas views should be taken into account. So far, the group has received around 15,000 messages through their website, but they are keen to boost the volume and diversity of responses in support of equal marriage rights. To have your say, head to their website HERE!!!
Now, anyone related to a Scottish person, or who has ever been to Scotland knows they aren't exactly the tallest of people - rather like Tom Cruise! I saw an article that made me smile- it seems like it doesn't matter how famous you are sometimes there will be places in the world who are clueless as to who you are! When Tom Cruise arrived in India over the weekend to a throng of screaming fans, it was assumed that his superstar power drew the crowd. It turns out a large chunk of those “fans” were actually paid actors with no clue who Tom Cruise was!
|I'm a Tom fan - wait I should hold on to be paid for that ;)|
|Monica & Cristina - Congrats!|
In news from around the world Hillary Clinton has delivered a groundbreaking speech to a United Nations summit in Geneva following the US’ declaration that its agencies will challenge the criminalisation of gay acts and LGBT identity overseas. The Secretary of State said gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were “human beings born free and bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time”. Hillary contiuned: “Some seem to believe it is a western phenomenon and therefore people outside the west have grounds to reject it. Well, in reality gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world! They are all ages, all races, all faiths, they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. Whether we know it, whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends and our neighbours." Always knew that lady spoke sense!
Britain Prime Minister also had his say he wants "Britain to be a global beacon for reform of gay and lesbian rights." We strongly agree with that. Now is the time for him to demonstrate that commitment in practise by strengthening the government’s response in line with that of the United Sates.”
The Kaleidoscope Trust has called on the government to establish a Foreign Office unit to coordinate the defence of gay rights as a foreign policy priority, contribute financially to the international effort, and ensure Britain’s embassies and overseas commissions play a part in combating the criminalisation of homosexuality.
And talking about having your say - what about UK XFactor - where's your vote going? Marcus, Little Mix or Amelia? We're torn but I guess that way we can't be too disappointed! I can't believe it's the final already - that means Christmas really is nearly here!
To finish I thought I would share a photo taken a year ago - we arrived from our year in Australia to a snow covered Idaho and had an AMAZING 3 weeks together skiing and being very festive, we even stayed in a wood cabin! This photo was taken the day before I left Idaho (without Laura :(- who was staying to have Christmas with her family) and returned to the UK. It's crazy how much can change in a year!
|The Boise family- and yes it was THAT cold- and yes THAT is snow you see by the stairs!|