This is a post about other people’s posts – so that may make me a bit of a kaypoh…
1. Creative Spark
Singapore-based Aussie Marc Garnaut has been a regular for me for a few years now. In his latest post he introduced me the the word kaypoh.
A busybody or nosey parker. Can also be used as an adjective or verb. If you’re Eurasian, you can shorten it to “kayps”.
1. “Ah Beng is such a kaypoh.”
2. “Don’ch be so kaypoh, can or not?”
3. “Why you go and kaypoh their business?”
4. “You know, that Cedric de Rosario is such a kayps, mane.”
The Coxford Singlish Dictionary
2. Information is Beautiful
This is new to me and came my way through one of my favourite blogs, Strange Maps. Here is an example.
“Of course, not all 12 million US scientists therefore agree with ‘The Consensus’. But this puts the PetitionProject’s 31,486 signatories in some kind of context.”
Peter has been in my favourites on Google Reader for a long time now.
The wars in the Balkans were terrible. I spent a long time in Kosovo trying with my colleagues to attenuate the suffering of the people. The task was enormous and perhaps we did succeed, at least a bit.
Would I not have been "programmed" to return back to Sri Lanka, I might now have been sent to Haiti to help.
I have mentioned a few of the disasters where I was directly involved. But of course, there was the Tsunami, the quake in Indonesia, the inundations of Myanmar, hurricane Katharina or the terrible situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Without being cynical, all these happenings make that we, the aid workers, never run out of a job. Each single one, with his contribution, makes that things can become better for people and perhaps, only perhaps, their suffering disappears one day. Please have a thought for the aid workers.
But better, and if you can, please donate to the agencies which are involved in aid work. Every dollar is welcome. There are dozens of them. Here is a list of recommended agencies. Of course, it is not exhaustive: