Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Dust off that old 78...

Join me again tomorrow evening on Reach OnAir for your usual injection of Thursday night funk, soul, electronica, hip-hop, blues, folk and all that is in-between!

After the other weeks Jazztastrophie I can confirm that I am fit, well and ready to dance the night away!I have decided to keep things a little closer to home this week - just you, me and a whole heap of records just waiting to be listened to!

The show will now be aired in it's regular slot of Thursday Evenings @ 19:00 GMT

If you can make it, don't forget to text me with your requests and comments on:

07766 40 41 42

(Don't forget to put 'Reach' at the beginning of your text - standard network charges apply!)

If you can't make it, check out the blog or the facebook group for track listings, audio and other musical meanderings!

See you tomorrow :)

Monday, 9 March 2009

What's in a name?

''Our only security is our ability to change'' ~John Lilly

In these vastly uncertain times, the ability to adapt to demand is key

Many have commented on this blog's recent lack of musical meanderings....

..... so a renaming has occurred to incorporate my often ethical ramblings.

Welcome to 'Musical, Ethical or Mineral - Flipgenie's Meanderings!'

Stay tuned for music reviews, policitcal and ethical rants and the occasional audio clippings from my radio show, 'The Spirit of Jazz' on Reach OnAir.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Cadbury go Fairtrade!

Friends at Ubuntu Trading - creators of the Ubuntu Cola have recently informed me that Chocolate creating giants Cadbury have also caught the Fairtrade bug!

''100 years ago William Cadbury chose beans from Ghana. A year ago we founded the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership. And from Autumn 2009 Cadbury Dairy Milk will be Fairtrade certified. Welcome Aboard.''

Yes - this does mean Cadbury's much loved 'Dairy Milk' is in Autumn 2009 to be made with fairly traded coca.

However, Cadbury have not stopped there - the company has pushed the Fairtrade ideals to all edges of it's company. From encouraging it's Sheffield staff to participate in 'Eat a Fairtrade Banana Day' to discussing the finer points and benefits of large companies switching to fairly traded resources.

Congratulations Cadbury - I truly believe this is not a large company jumping on an ethical bandwagon, but an organisation that is beginning to show dedication to helping those whom it's business is dependant upon. These are defiantly admirable and bold steps for the Chocolate and confectionery giant, especially in such uncertain economic conditions - we can only hope the Fairtrade sourcing bug spreads to its other products.

If you would like to know more about The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership, or any other aspects of the companies Fairtrade movements I suggest you head here to read their blog!

Monday, 2 March 2009

Women, the world and a call for social mediarites!

Social mediarites - women of the world need you!

With International Women's Day looming at the end of this week (March 8th) I want to know what you will be doing to support plights of our world's women!

Amnesty International UK are calling on all you social media users to support their campaigns. This can be done through a variety of means....

Amnesty are asking all of you who have Facebook, Twitter, Myspace or other social networking accounts to post their 'oneten' logo as your profile picture to show your support!

The logo, along the statistics behind the OneTen campaign can be viewed here.

As well as many women suffering throughout this world due to a variety of reasons, Amnesty are also keen to celebrate females who have helped fellow women, local groups and the international community.

This year Amnesty are holding a fun photo exchange with their counterparts in Turkey. The exchange, which is hosted on Flickr, encourages the public to post photos of themselves with women who have inspired them! Please head here to contribute and view my recently posted picture!

If you would like any further information on Amnesty International's campaigns I strongly suggest you head over to their website, or follow Amnesty International UK's Twitter profile!