Tonic.com just did a really nice article on the Do Life tour.
Tonic encourages readers to do something good each day with a new story of goodness. Very cool. Honored to have Do Life represented.
Raymond Johnson, one of the 2,140 men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, was recently denied coverage through a Medicaid program for breast cancer prevention and treatment because he doesn’t meet the requirement of being a woman between the ages of 18 and 64.
The 26-year-old South Carolinian is currently paying out of pocket for his chemotherapy sessions, which cost $10,000 a pop. “Cancer doesn’t discriminate, so this program shouldn’t discriminate,” Johnson is quoted as saying.
A petition to revise the program’s policy has been launched on Change.org.
Evanna wore a This Star Won’t Go Out bracelet while touring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
This Star Won’t Go Out was founded in 2010 to help families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. TSWGO’s goal is to carry a bit of that burden for hurting families through financial gifts. TSWGO was established in memory of 16-year old Esther Earl, an avid Nerdfighter and passionate Harry Potter Alliance fan. With the goal of never letting her Star go out, TSWGO will also be funding occasional projects that fit Esther’s quirky, compassionate life vision.
RIP NANCY WAKE (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011)
Ms Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.
Work began earlier this month on a feature film about Nancy Wake’s life. Ms Wake, one of the models for Sebastian Faulks’ fictional heroine, Charlotte Gray, had mixed feelings about previous cinematic efforts to portray her wartime exploits, including a TV mini-series made in 1987.
“It was well-acted but in parts it was extremely stupid,” she said. “At one stage they had me cooking eggs and bacon to feed the men. For goodness’ sake, did the Allies parachute me into France to fry eggs and bacon for the men? There wasn’t an egg to be had for love nor money. Even if there had been why would I be frying it? I had men to do that sort of thing.”
Ms Wake was also furious the TV series suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.
Even before she escaped to Britain, through Spain, in 1943 to train as a guerrilla leader, Nancy had been top of the Gestapo’s French “wanted” list. With her husband, she ran a resistance network which helped to smuggle Jews and allied airmen out of the country.
Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit”. Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”
Car that runs on wine and cheese showcased at eco-rally
Imagine pulling up to a gas station, and rather than being offered the usual choice between regular or premium unleaded, the gas pump instead read “Chardonnay” or “Pinot Noir.” Not for you, of course, but for your car!
Well, if one new experimental car, called the Lotus Exige 270E Tri-Fuel, ever catches on, this scenario may not be so far-fetched. The specialized Exige is capable of running on an ethanol fuel that is made from wine that doesn’t make the drinking grade.
89-year-old Aaron Biber has been cutting hair in Tottenham for decades.
Last year, Aaron lost his wife. This year, he lost his business. Rioters ransacked his barbershop, smashed windows, and stole hairdryers. “I will probably have to close because I haven’t got insurance and I can’t afford the repairs,” Aaron says.
“Not so fast,” responds the Internet. A website has been launched to help Aaron fix his shop. So far nearly £17,000 have been donated.