Two pretty cool things I have discovered…
First of all, did you know you could adopt a word? If you’re not a language geek like me, then this probably doesn’t seem particularly exciting but I had a mini-squee at this discovery. Run by charity I CAN, which assists children with communication difficulties, Adopt-A-Word lets you pick an available word and then keep it as your own for a whole year. Celebrity adopters include Stephen Fry who adopted “wordy” and James Moran who went for “abracadabra”. I thought about getting myself a word and then realised that most of my favourite words are not actual English words… fangirl, debaucherous, muppet, spider-pig, crackwhore, yayness, doos… and I did think about “gig”. But then I thought, why not buy a word as a gift for someone. So I bought Jen the word “flail”. We use it in a very different context to the one suggested by The Collins English Dictionary on the site. In fact our definition would be more like:
“To become overexcited in a fangirlish manner at the discovery of new or interesting information about one of your fandoms or obsessions”.
But who cares, right? So now you know what to buy for your friend who already has everything… or for me cos I still want “gig”. Also congrats to Sanna who is now the proud owner of “apostrophe”. If you could have any word as your own, which one would you want?
Another cool thing is this email that I got at work:
Desperately seeking footballs and children’s boots or trainers.
Can you help?
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is a wild animal rescue, rehabilitation and education centre based in the heart of Malawi ’s capital, Lilongwe . It now stands as the first ever ‘People and Wildlife’ Centre, a pilot initiative developed by the charity Born Free which aims to improve wildlife conservation by working with local communities.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and pressure on the people to put food on the table is enormous, so you can understand why wildlife conservation is not high on their agenda. However if natural resources aren’t preserved their futures will be even tougher. Work with the local community, for example through education and engagement programmes with schools, now makes up a substantial part of the centre’s work.
I am about to start a post as marketing manager for Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and one of the first projects I will be working on is setting up a youth community football league. The children out there just love football, and not only will it help them to feel part of the centre, but they’ll also meet other local children and have a lot of fun!
We have just received a donation of 14 full football kits (shirts, shorts and socks) however we have no footballs or footwear. We would be immensely grateful for your support through any of the following:
1) Donation of any children’s trainers, boots or footballs, new or second hand, for children aged 10-16. (The container leaves the UK for Malawi at the end of August. We can arrange for collection). Any trainer sizes will be considered as some of these kids wear up to size 11.
2) £10 will buy a pair of shoes in Malawi
3) £150 will sponsor a team for a year
In return we will send you pictures of the team in their kit, keep you updated on the progress of the league and credit you on the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre website.
We would be enormously appreciative of any help you could offer, so if there is anything you can do please get in touch.
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
So now you know what to do with all those trainers you bought cos you thought they were cool (or maybe that football you bought cos you were going to kick it around the park and then it turned out you were too hungover every weekend and now it’s just lying under your bed). If anyone does want to send over any donations, just let me know and I’ll collect and pass them on.