World Day Against Child Labour 12 June

© Adam Lai ‘Durban Call to Action’: action against child labour , concerns that existing
 progress has slowed, is threatened by the COVID-19  pandemic, armed
conflict,  food, environmental,  humanitarian crises.      Press R. | 20May,2022
Child labour 
deprives children of their childhood, 
•	 mentally, physically, socially, morally dangerous,
harmful to children; 
•	interferes with their schooling
At the time of Covid we must: 
Protect children from child labour more than ever

Journée mondiale contre le travail des enfants  

Le ‘travail des enfants’ 
prive les enfants de leur enfance:
•	mentalement, physiquement, socialement /moralement dangereux , nocif pour enfants; 
•	interfère avec leur scolarité 
Agir maintenant a cause de Covid: mettre fin au travail des enfants!

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development- 21 May

For Ukraine, its people and culture

The Banner of Peace
Pax Cultura Roerich 1935 – Doradus, Wikimedia

‘Where there is Peace, there is Culture; 
Where there is Culture, there is Peace.’ 
                     Nicholas Roerich

With the present  dramatic destructions of lives and cultures, borders and 
buildings we commemorate this week The Pax Cultura Pact signed in 1935 
by ethnic Russian Roerich with FD Roosevelt ‘for protection of cultural 
property during armed conflicts.’ 
In 2001 the UN instituted Diversity Da , a time for Cultural Diversity 
for Dialogue and Development for people to understand, value and share information on one another’s Cultural worth and treasures. This day was set after the destruction of the statues of Buddha,in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

‘Où existe la Paix, existe la culture;
Où existe la Culture, existe la Paix .’
                    Nicholas Roerich

Suivant les évènements actuels de destructions dramatiques de nos vies, 
cultures, frontières et établissements officiels nous reconnaissons cette
semaine Le Pacte de Culture de Pax signé en 1935 par Nicholas Roerich, 
personne d’origine Russe, avec le Président Roosevelt ‘pour la protection 
des propriétés culturelles pendant conflits armés.’ 

En 2001 Les Nations Unies ont institué une Journée de Diversité Culturelle pour Dialogue et Développement afin d’interpréter, d’évaluer et de partager avec tous nos trésors culturelles. Cette journée a été crée à la suite de la destruction des statues de Budha à Bamiyan en Afghanistan. 

International Jazz Day 2022, program

A call for peace and unity in the world

International Jazz Day online. April 30, 2022.  Great live-streaming concert

(H Hancock, M. Miller, Y. Sun Nah etc.)  List at All-Star Global Concert

Jazz carries a universal message with the power to strengthen dialogue,

  our understanding of each other, and our mutual respect. As the world

  is affected by multiple crises and conflicts this international day highlights

  how much music and culture can contribute to peace.”

UNESCO A Azoulay, Dir.-Gen  

Free at From France 23h or Australia 9am AEST May 1           

UNESCO’s website,, UN’s online TV channels.

23 March Observance

Most of us are not aware of The International Day of Remembrance

of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. BBC says

slavery  includes sex trafficking and bonded labour, where a person’s

work is ‘security’ for a debt that can’t be repaid. We already know about

child soldiers and women sexual slavery but Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab advises

victims of modern-day slavery are around us all and that we should all

‘be vigilant to see and brave to speak up’. A man chained in a garden.

A distressed young woman at the airport. A patient in a clinic’.

Commémoration du 23 Mars

La plupart de nous ne connaissent pas l’existence de La Journée de

Commémoration des Victimes de l’Esclavage et de la Traite Transatlantique

des Esclaves. La BBC dit  que l’esclavage comprend le trafic sexuel et la

servitude pour dettes,  dans les cas où le travail exercé par une personne

est pris en ‘sécurité’ d’une dette qui ne peut pas être payée.  

Nous connaissons déjà les cas d’enfants soldats et de femmes exploitées

à fins sexuelles mais Dr Ewelina U Ochab nous avise qu’il y a des victimes

de l’esclavage contemporain tout autour de nous et qu’il faut ‘être vigilant

et avoir le courage de dénoncer ces cas’. ‘Un homme enchainé dans un

jardin. Une jeune femme affligée dans un aéroport. Un malade dans

une clinique.’

International Women’s Day 08/03

100Words from Women Writers                     					                                 

  Don’t ever think that just because you do things differently, you’re wrong.
                              Gail Tsukiyama
              The most common way people give up their power is 
                    by thinking they don’t have any.
                              Alice Walker 

         I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else’s life.
                             Martha Gellhorn

      Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.
                        Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

           It’s where we go, and what we do when we get there,
                   that tells us who we really are.
                            Joyce Carol Oates               

Happy World Radio Day

BILINGUE: Anglais et Francais 13 February/13 Février

        UNICEF/Nahom Tesfaye  A young boy in Ethiopia takes lessons
        via the radio, which are being broadcast across the country.
Happy World Radio Day

One morning in 1969 in Zambia I entered my classroom at the remote
Mwinilunga High School which had no television or electricity, with a 
two-band battery radio so that my students would hear the momentous 
moon landing. The BBC crackle  was bad. I switched over to a French-
speaking station.  The radio announcer’s voice came through the static.  
I could just hear the French version of the astronaut’s words and 
translated for my students: 
    ‘One small footstep for man and a giant footstep for humanity’.
The class cheered, not at my translation, but because Neil Armstrong 
walked on the Moon. 

Bonne Journée de la Radio

Un jour en 1969 en Zambie, je suis rentrée dans ma classe à Mwinilunga 
High School, école secondaire isolée ou il n’y avait ni télévision ni
électricité. Je tenais à la main ma radio pour faire écouter à mes étudiantes 
l’atterrissage sur la lune. Puisque la  BBC faisait trop de craquements, 
j’avais changé pour écouter une station en Français. Ayant réussi à entendre 
la voix d’un commentateur malgré la statique, j’ai pu écouter la version 
française des mots de l’astronaute et je les ai traduits pour mes étudiantes:
   ‘One small footstep for man and a giant footstep for humanity’. 
La classe a applaudi pas ma traduction mais le fait que Neil Armstrong avait marché sur la Lune.


International Logic Day / Journee Internationale de la Logique


I’m ready for January 14, the International Logic Day

I  agree with logic but I don’t believe in an absolute truth.

Actions and beliefs aren’t always true if they are logical.

You need to consider all consequences before declaring an experience true

This applies to all extreme possibilities, logical or not.

For example, I love this dog doesn’t imply I  love all dogs.

I hate dogs doesn’t mean I won’t like a specific small poodle.

I hate fighting doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in a bout of fencing.

I could be found to be fighting a poodle that I love.

and in French

Je m’apprête à la Journée Internationale de la Logique

J’accepte la logique mais dénie la vérité absolue.

Les actions et croyances, même logiques, ne sont pas toujours vraies.

Il faut considérer toutes conséquences avant de déclarer une expérience vraie

et les cas de toutes possibilités extrêmes, logiques ou pas.

Par exemple, j’aime ce chien ne démontre pas que j’aime tous les chiens.

Je déteste les chiens ne signifie pas que je ne puisse aimer un certain petit caniche.

Je déteste me battre n’empêche pas que je me permette un combat d’escrime

Je pourrais me battre avec un caniche que j’aime.

International Drabble

O 22, here we come!
Instead of Happy New Year in your language, and because I learnt 
the word for ‘Good’ in many languages, I will try a way of wishing different people in Europe: French, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Irish, Polish, Russian; East Africa Swahili; Australia Wongatha, Ngarluma, Kaurna; PNG Tok Pisin, Motu; and Asia Bahasa Malay to have a Good 2022!
Bon 2022, Bra 2022, Hyvä 2022, Buono 2022, Bueno 2022, Kalos 2022,
Go maith 2022, Dobry 2022, Horosho 2022; Nzuri 2022; Palya 2022,
Marni 2022, Waba 2022; Gutpela 2022, 2022 Namo; Baik 2022.
[Comments are welcome]

Z for  Zazie

Zazie dans le Metro [ Louis Malle]
    The heroine from the film  'Zazie dans le Metro' 
    Appealed to me because she showed irreverence 
    Against the authorities- an activity I cultivate. 
    Coined in the days of the Absurdist Theatre,
    The era of my studies, to later climax 
    Into the 1968 French revolution. 

             	With the cheek of a non-urban youth
                She embarks on a visit to Paris
                Embarrassing her uncle who,
                Though eccentric, found her
                Hard to restrain.

                Zazie performed aerobic jumps
                Over the metro barriers,	
                Her cussing shocked
                His friends’ gang.

                Travel Man and  IT Crowd’s Actor, 
                Ayoade, confessed this film
                Changed his life. 
                It did mine too.

Y for Yo-Yoing

She’s always lived in the small town on a highway.
It has one set of traffic lights and little action.
For one year she stands near the lights,
spinning the yo-yo up, then down.
As time goes, she has difficulty when cars approach 
The move called ‘sleeping yo-yo’ works best 
When there are no vehicles about. 
So she changes her tactic

During the frequent gaps in the traffic 
She reels off a song as she performs, 
Playing ‘round the world’ motions
When lights go red, she steps out
humming in rhythm 
with her yo-yo
until the lights 
go to green.