Wednesday 3 October 2007


A while ago, I was writing on here about Arks, following which my friend JEN sent me a whole raft (if you'll pardon the pun) of ark-related links...

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Back in May, apparently, Greenpeace built a new ark (or what, at 10 x 4 meters, was obviously more of a scale replica) on Mount Ararat, the alleged final resting place (2,500 meters above sea level) of the biblical original.

Then, shortly before the last G8 summit, Greenpeace released 208 doves (one for each country) and an 'Ararat Declaration' demanding that world leaders act to protect the basic human rights of life and health, both of which, they believe, will be at risk for millions of people from the effects of climate change...
We remind you, that your mandate is to protect our lives, homes, our communities and our natural resources from both man-made and natural threats. You shall not, either in policy or deed, do anything which imperils the well-being of those whom you represent.
German and Turkish carpenters used twelve cubic meters of wood to build the Greenpeace Ark and, lest anyone think that it is a nothing more than a hollow (or empty) gesture, it is good to know that the sturdy, solid ship will stay on the mountain and serve as a hut and safe place for mountaineers.

You can read more on this story and see lots of images (including the downloadable desktop above) on the website of Greenpeace International.

Jen also spotted, on JibJab, the following uplifting thoughts, under the title...

Everything I need to know about life,
I learned from Noah's Ark...

One: Don't miss the boat.

Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six: Build your future on high ground.

Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.

Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Since Ten is a good (biblical) number and since Thought Ten is clearly the best of the bunch - and a damn good - if old - joke, one has to suppose that someone of a zealously religious persuasion just had to go an add an eleventh thought - which they did...

Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.

May I suggest that all those still looking for their rainbows - write to JibJab and complain!


Boll Weavil said...

For those of you still looking for your rainbow I suggest an addition to the last point to clarify things.

'For those that trust in God for your rainbow, raise your eyes heavenwards. The rest have to look on ITV at 12.30 weekday lunchtimes'.

Brian Sibley said...

Bravo, Boll! Not yet 7.15 am and already the wit is rapier-sharp! I love it!!