News from a World gone mad

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December 17, 2015

Derelict church transformed into psychedelic Sistine Chapel for skateboarders (Video)

“The Treehugger” has an amazing article about a very special church conversion for skateboarders


Whether it’s converting a gas station into a cultural center or a Walmart into a public library, there have been many notable examples of adaptive reuse in architecture, where derelict or disused buildings are remade to serve some new function. It’s beneficial as the greenest building is one that is already standing, and it can give new life and purpose to not just a building, but the surrounding communities in such cases.

Case in point: the 100-year-old abandoned church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, Spain has recently been converted into a new kind of temple — a public skatepark and a place for colourful art. Seen over at Designboom, Spanish artist “Okuda” San Miguelcovered the walls and ceilings of this old church into an eye-popping experience with plenty of spiritually uplifting iconography. Watch this video interview with the artist and see the new space

full article and loads more pictures at:The Treehugger










“The Independent”DWP scraps mandatory ‘work for your benefits’ scheme without fanfare

The Government is scrapping a controversial scheme that requires unemployed people to take part in compulsory full-time work on pain of losing their jobseekers’ allowance.

The Mandatory Work Activity programme, described by charities as a “work for your benefits” scheme, sees people referred to do up to 30 hours a week unwaged work in exchange for not losing the £73.10 payment.

The DWP confirmed the programme would be replaced by a new “work and health programme” as part of the spending review settlement but said no details had been finalised about what form that would take.

full article at :The Independent











Our ancestors deserve respect,they walked a hard road so we might learn

The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other…Consequently the information that is to be gathered, for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time.

One Woman’s Festive Impulse Act of Kindness Got So Popular It Might Become a Tradition

What a lovely idea

kindness One Woman's Festive Impulse Act of Kindness Got So Popular It Might Become a Tradition







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