Links I liked

I’m off on holiday this week, and even it rains, that at least means I can escape from the irritation of wall to wall Russell Brand for a bit. Meanwhile, for those of you condemned to work on a Monday morning, here’s the highlights of last week’s tweets (don’t worry, nothing about RB). And blog backlog means FP2P will roll on in my absence – sorry.

European golfers v African migrants trying to jump the fence in Melilla, via Jaime Atienzamigrants v golf

V odd. In New Zealand, you can name your baby ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’, but not ‘Sex Fruit’. And ‘Duncan’ is illegal in Iceland.

Power of telly, continued. Talk Show inspires over a million callers to protest against India’s Anti-Gay Law

Tescos is imploding. Maybe it was all that money spent on invading Denmark that started the rot – a nice 2006 satire.

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How understanding and measuring the care economy led to better programmes (and increased income for farmers) in Bangladesh.

Brilliant, challenging (for faith-based liberals) John Gray essay on the dangers of seeing politics as a battle between good and evil

Two fascinating African success stories in the news last week. Somaliland is inspired by Scotland and Catalonia independence campaigns, while Botswana’s elections prompted this profile of its intriguing president Ian Khama.

Like a fairtrade mark for child welfare. How Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s child-friendly villages are changing rural India.

‘You wanna see this cheap-ass white man again, you better send us $200’. Great aid satire from Saturday night live [ht Chris Jochnick and many others]

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