If you have any doubt as to why we think the UK's Department for International Development should prioritise disability, look no further than the situation of Esther Cheelo. Blind, elderly and with difficulty walking, Esther has for years relied upon a child to walk her into the scrubland near her home in Zambia to find a place to relieve herself, a humiliating and sometimes dangerous experience...
Cutting the cost of household bills is big news - but Government moves to get water and energy companies to control price rises risks creating an illusion that we live in a land of plenty and limitless supply. We don't. Controlling the inexorably rising utility bills that plague households requires a longer term, more sustainable approach. In short, it needs us to learn how to use less.
Nick's reputation precedes him and every village brought demands for autographs and games of cricket. Over the four days we played numerous spontaneous games in the dusty lanes, on scrubs of land or taking over local school playgrounds, surrounded on every side by excited children, lining up to take their turn to bowl at the master batsman.
As the 2015 end-date of the MDGS draws near, a puzzle remains: why has the target on clean water been surpassed, while progress on sanitation has been so poor? Surely water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) go together? This question goes to the heart of the MDG worldview, and the problem of measuring development generally.
The inaccessibility of clean water and latrines is still a problem devastating developing countries across the world. Recent figures speak of a world of injustice, where nearly people lack access to safe water and 2.5 billion to sanitation. This is a far cry from the flushing toilets, hot showers and clean drinking water taken for granted in most developed countries.
I often find that healthy portion sizes of fruit and vegetables won't provide us with all the fluid we need but they're a great source of "time-released" fluid. Unlike a glass of water, which leaves the stomach and gets into the blood stream relatively quickly, food takes longer to be digested and therefore releases water into your system more slowly.
My personal approach to running is only to do it if someone's chasing you, but many are much more driven, and even the intense heat, potential for sweat-soaked clothing and sunburnt shoulders isn't enough to keep them away. While some enjoy summer runs and all they entail, many do it for a good cause - like organised runs in aid of different charities.
I took my poo phone into the Apple Store and the genius up the back told me, "This phone has been water damaged." I replied, "Hey genius, I'm not here because it's working. Can you fix it?" He told me it'd be cheaper to get a new one. So I told him about the time I had sex with a real girl and his head exploded.