The INTERNATIONAL story I’ve picked out this week is more uplifting than usual. It’s about “baby boxes”. This Finnish concept dates back to the 1930 and involves all new parents in Finland being sent a box that contains essential supplies for a new baby including a mattress that enables the box to be used as a bed for the baby. This is Government funded and “It has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.”
It seems the concept is now spreading around the world and boxes are being supplied on a commercial basis to various countries, adapted as necessary for the target market. For example in South Africa the box is made of plastic, instead of cardboard, so that it can be used as a bath.
More information can be found by clicking the link.
In local news last week I wrote about the protest taking place at Lambeth library. The protestors have occupied the building all week but today the protestors have been served with an eviction notice giving them 24 hours to leave. Otherwise they will be forcibly evicted by the police.
Another eviction story caught my eye for LOCAL news this week. This time the story is about a man who has built and lived in a mud hut in London woodland for the last four years. I can’t imagine why you would want to live like that although he does have solar panels which presumably provide power for heating and lighting. But I can see the point the Woodland Trust are making. If they don’t take a stand against this it would open up the possibility of the practise spreading.
All links are courtesy of the BBC website. Opinions are my own.
Have a great weekend.