Do They Know It’s Charity?

A number of the great and the good of pop music (I cannot really call them the great and the good of rock and roll) have re-recorded a new version of “Do they know it’s Christmas” as a means of helping to raise money for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Shame on them. Continue reading

The much maligned Mr Scrooge

Dickens wrote well. His characters have traits which we recognised in people today and none more so than the traits of Mr Scrooge which are so well known that we call people “a scrooge” when we think that they are mean and miserly. Whern we do this we are unjust to the fictional Mr Scrooge and to Charles Dickens.  Continue reading

Odd Things – dissimilar similarities

Being religious is not the same as going to church, mosque or synagogue. Being honest is not the same as paying your taxes and avoiding stealing. Having integrity is not the same as behaving in a way that most people praise. Being charitable is not the same as making donations to a registered charity. Being strong is not the same as having the loudest voice and the most powerful body. Doing justice is not the same as following the law. Being democratic is not the same as occasionally allowing people to vote.  Being educated is not the same as having read many important books.  Being loved is not the same as having love.

Odd Things – Events and Charity Sponsorship

Have you noticed how some people get to do quite fun things – skydiving, balloon flying, running and swimming and get other people to “sponsor” them? The sponsor agrees to pay so much money, and the money usually goes to charity. It is odd that we will give money to charity because someone has swum to Thames or run a marathon race or ridden a bicycle from John O Groats to Land’s End. The person who has had the fun of the swim or race (yes, it may be arduous but there is fun and pleasure in completing these events) also strangely gets the kudos of having “raised” so much money for charity. Continue reading

And the greatest of these is charity

Sometimes governments make a sensible suggestion but somehow the words that are used, the formulae, and the way a suggestion may be announced can make it seem that the suggestion is ludicrous. They can equally make ludicrous suggestions which seem sensible at the time. The governed suffer because whether something is sensible or ludicrous can only be ascertained after the event, with the wisdom of hindsight, because we mostly see though a glass darkly. Continue reading

Mr Blair’s Charitable Gift

Mr Blair has, through a spokesman, announced that he will donate the profits and advance payments that arise from his memoirs to the British Legion, who will use the money towards a rehabilitation centre for badly wounded and damaged soldiers. The gift is stated to be £4 million but, I believe after taking into account the tax that Mr Blair would have paid had he not made the gift, the loss to Mr Blair is £2 million, still an immense sum. Continue reading

Donation for flood relief is not charity

Pakistan, South China and Niger are all suffering from unprecedented flooding. Russian peat soils are burning due to unprecedented heat waves. People are losing their lives, drinking water is being contaminated, air is being polluted, diseases like Cholera are starting to flourish, and the world’s charities are calling for donations. Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, has visited some parts of Pakistan and has described the damage that he has seen as greater than anything he had seen before. The flooding will almost certainly kill more people than any other recent “natural” disaster. When disaster strikes the rich world puts its hands in its pockets and coughs up some money to alleviate the suffering, and calls it charity. Continue reading