Maldives one of the 7 wonders of nature

Apr 8, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Environment, International  //  No Comments

I’m in the Maldives for a week to promote the islands as one of the new 7 wonders of nature. Its a global marketing competition designed to encourage people to vote for the 7 best places in the world for biodiversity. The vote will be on 11 November 2011. It follows on from a competition in 2007 to find the new 7 wonders of the world in which over 100 milion people voted. The Maldives is one of 28 finalists who include Komodo National Park, the Amazon and Table Mountain in South Africa so they’ve got some stiff competition. I think they should be one of the new 7 wonders of nature  because their underwater reefs and coral gardens are the best in the world and because with rising sea levels they may not be here in three generations time so we need to recognise them while we can.

Andrew Lansley rap

Apr 2, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Politics  //  No Comments

Young people do care about the future of the NHS – watch this video (Warning contains strong language from the outset).  The rapper is MC NxtGen, a 22 year old binman from Loughborough. According to the Guardian the rapper, real name Sean Donnelly, has found himself a viral YouTube and Twitter sensation after recording the track. Instead of the traditional hiphop themes of bling, booty and babes, Donnelly has recorded a caustic three-minute rap about the Department of Health’s white paper “Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS“, and dedicated it personally to the health minister. Even Lansley himself has been moved to comment. “We will never privatise the NHS,” he told the Guardian. “But I’m impressed that he’s managed to get lyrics about GP commissioning into a rap.” It ends with a quote from Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan, the founding father of the NHS, “The NHS will last as long as there are folks left with the faith to fight for it”.

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Mar 30, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Politics  //  No Comments

Tomorrow my previous employer the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) will be wound down. Although the organisation itself will continue with a handful of staff, for most people tomorrow is effectively their last day. Over 50 people will be made redundant including me. Today in the Guardian one of my colleagues David Land, a senior policy advisor at the CRC, talked about how this had affected both the organisation and him personally. The article is similar to a comment piece I did for the paper. Yet David is far from down. READ MORE

Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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