Global Goings On – December 12, 2012

Silly Season! December 2012 There are many events and celebrations that could be written about at this time of year but as it is the final column of Global Goings On, it seems appropriate to summarise a little and talk about the most widely celebrated time of year on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday season, […]

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Global Goings On – November 14, 2012

World AIDS Day December 1, 2012 It is estimated that more than 33 million people worldwide are infected with the HIV virus and more than 30 million people have died from complications arising out of the escalated form of AIDS, since the early 1980’s. These are shocking statistics for a terminal disease that is highly […]

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Global Goings On – October 17, 2012

End of Berlin Wall and Unification, November 9, 1989 In mid August, 1961, the divisive and infamous Berlin Wall was erected in the cover of night. 28 years later, it was brought down just as quickly as it went up and it’s demise was celebrated the world over. Following the defeat of the Hitler led […]

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Global Goings On – September 19, 2012

Oktoberfest Sept 22 – October 7, 2012 As the high tourist season in Bali draws to an end, the party is just amping up in Germany with the annual beer festival, Oktoberfest… You know the one? The festival that is responsible for the world’s stereotypical perception of Germans as beer drinking folk, served by gorgeous […]

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Global Goings On – August 22, 2012

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August Slavery is now commonly reflected upon as abhorrent, an ugly stain on the history of our global society, yet sadly, it took a few hundred years to reach that conclusion.This day commemorates the entire period of slavery and eventual abolition of […]

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Global Goings On – July 25, 2012

Hiroshima Peace Ceremony, August 6, 2012 On the 6th of August, the Japanese will hold the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony to mark the day and honour the victims of the most significant military operation in our history and ‘pray for the realisation of world peace’. In 1945, after the European arm of the Second […]

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Global Goings On – June 27, 2012

Running of the Bulls July 7 – 14, 2012 It’s that time of year again in Spain, when the annual San Fermin fiesta will take over Pamplona and the biggest attraction is the outrageous ‘encierro’ through the cobblestone streets of the town, better known to most of the world as ‘the running of the bulls’. […]

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Global Goings On – May 30, 2012

June Solstice – June 20, 2012 Solstices are biannual, astronomical occurrences when the Sun appears at its highest or lowest elevation in the sky from the earth. On account of the moving position of the Earth’s tilted rotation axes during the 365 day progression of it’s orbit around the Sun, the Suns north to south […]

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Global Goings On – May 02, 2012

Let me begin by saying that I didn’t set out with any world peace theme in mind for this months column but while the April calendar was brimming with diverse ‘global goings on’, from Easter to Kartini Day, May seems to encompass more earnest observances such as the ones I’ve chosen to share here… V-E […]

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Global Goings On – April 04, 2012

KARTINI DAY – April 21, 2012 Raden Ajeng Kartini was considered a pioneering feminist in her short lifetime and her legacy still endures as is acknowledged by the national celebration of her birthday on April 21. She was born in 1879, the fifth of eleven children to an aristocratic family in Java and was granted […]

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