The distress when a single child goes missing is enormous for the families involved. Imagine the scale of upset, then, given the suggestion by one charity that more than 130,000 children go missing in the UK each year. The figures quoted by Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) are staggering, beyond many people's comprehension.
I've written previously about 'green' non-governmental organisations and their penchant for protectionism. But as the European Environmental Paper Network met over the past few days in Portugal (my invite must have been lost in the post), I thought I'd bring to you a video worth watching and sharing.
I thought you'd be interested in this party because you'll actually be footing a lot of the bill. Not just now, or at the event, but for the foreseeable future too. You and the world's poor that is (the 99%, if you will), funding a jaunt for European paper producers to talk shop on protectionism and how they'll continue to racketeer from developing nations.
Mr Branson, let me ask you a few questions: How many desperate mothers of addicts have you listened to? How many times have you taken an addict into your home and nursed him back to health, taking the time to understand him? Have you met with many who have lost all their money and possessions while a family member struggled through years of drug abuse?
With Kim Jong-Il's death part of the seemingly impenetrable opacity of North Korea may have just been breached. Maybe one day the world will get to see 'the real Korea'. Until then however, we have to find alternate ways of understanding this most complex of regimes; I'd argue that football isn't a bad place to start.