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Music for Life 2011 – “We do give a shit”

Radio Brussel - Music for Life 2011 logo
This month, Belgian radio station Studio Brussel is partnering with the Red Cross to raise money for WASH projects in Nepal.

Traditionally, the radio station’s annual “Music for Life” Christmas fundraiser focuses on a “silent disaster”. The theme for 2011 is diarrhoea, together with pneumonia, the leading cause of death for children under the age of five.

Radio Brussel produced this hard-hitting promo video.

The Dutch text reads:

Not every child is lucky enough to become 5 years old
Diarrhoea is the world’s biggest cause of death
for children between 0 and 5 years old.

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The 2theloo concept: a clean restroom, a shop with toiletries and a coffee corner

2theloo Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Photo: 2theloo

Dutch entrepreneur Eric Treurniet opens his ninth 2theloo restroom shop on 7 October 2011 in Warsaw, just 8 months after he first introduced his new public toilet concept in an Amsterdam shopping street.

Treurniet got the idea to develop the 2theloo concept when he was out shopping with his wife and children in Bruges (Belgium) and found it very difficult to find a clean toilet.

The 2theloo concept means “always clean” restrooms and washrooms, a shop with toiletries, storage closets, sometimes a coffee corner, a family restroom for parents with children, and a special restroom for the disabled.

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Belgium: undertakers plan to dissolve dead and flush them into sewage system

Belgian undertakers have drawn up plans to dissolve the corpses of the dead in caustic solutions and flush them into the sewage system.

The controversial new method [called Resomation] is said to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than running highly polluting crematoria or using up valuable land for graves.

The departed would go into the sewage systems of towns and cities and then be recycled in water processing plants.

The proposals are being studied by the EU and if approved, it would mean the procedure could be used across Europe.

However, opponents of the plans say it smacks of a Frankenstein callousness towards the dead and one survey in Belgium found many people found the idea “disturbing.”

“The idea is for the deceased to be placed in a container with water and salts and then pressurised and after a little time, about two hours, mineral ash and liquid is left over,” said a spokesman for the Flemish Association of Undertakers.

The European Commission is investigation whether the resulting liquid could safely be flushed into the sewage system. Authorities in the northern Belgian region have yet to decide whether to approve the process.

Six states in America – Maine, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Maryland have recently passed legislation that allow the process to be used.

Although experts insist that the ashes can be recycled in waste systems, the residue from the process can also be put in urns and handed over to relatives of the dead.

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Source: Allan Hall, Telegraph, 07 Jul 2010