Saturday, November 1, 2008

food. for thought, mostly...


Opening Day At Westfield. above a young man uses an electronic map to find a shop list.



Dramatic lighting, glass canopy structures and various atriums enhance the shopping experience


More than 265 retailers, 50 food and drink outlets at situated across the 43 acre site.


The largest inner city retail outlet in Europe opened its doors today in west London.


Thousands of people in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been fleeing a new outburst of fighting between government troops and rebel forces.





The United Nations says many of the refugees are malnourished and some are dying of hunger.

The UN also condemned the fighting which has left thousands without access to shelter or clean water.

thanks to the bbc for reminding me of our world's incongruousness. (all pics and some text from bbc website)


14 comments:

family affairs said...

Shit x

Dumdad said...

It was ever thus unfortunately...

Janelle said...

i'm not saying it was never like this. i am saying Here It Is. x janelle

Lulu LaBonne said...

It is shit - seeing those pictures from the DCR is heartbreaking. I find shopping malls heartbreaking too - just in a different way.

Janelle said...

thanks for visiting lulu labonne! xx janelle
and lulu c and dd...thanks for reading...bis toujours
x

tut-tut said...

Maddening. Your contrast is so vivid. I can't believe that this is just business as usual in the 21st century.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

A very interesting contrast janelle. Of course, it's not a zero sum game. That is, the shopping mall does not add misery elsewhere. I know you are not saying that but all of us tend to fall into that trap.

I remember as a child being told to eat up x y and z because children were starving in China. Gosh, was I causing that? And in particular was I causing that because I didn't want to eat x y and z?

Somehow Africa needs to get its act together. How I don't know. But the sooner Africans recognise they are doing this to each other, and not because of x y or z, the better.

Reya Mellicker said...

Shopping malls are scary places, not the most frightening places in the world, by a long shot, though.

How are we supposed to hold the ends of the spectrum? Both ends at the same time I mean?

Thanks for this.

Janelle said...

yeah ernest i know! indeed they do need to get their bloody acts together.
nevertheless, this consumerism with no conscience, this ridiculous avarice, is an extraordinary backdrop against people who have nothing. thousands, millions. somehow, it doesn't tally. it makes me feel terribly uncomfortable. don't we have enough shopping malls and restaurants already?? so reya, exactly.

Mud in the City said...

Depressing. The news for the past week has all been about 2 stupid comedians nto being very funny and causing some offence (Jonathan Ross & Russell Brand)somehow that is deemed more news worthy than either the violence in the Congo; global financial meltdown or the US elections!

Bill Stankus said...

Malls have come to represent fast-paced consumerism - and they embody the core of American foreign policy - that is mass produced goods at affordable prices - for everyone, the American Way. Profiteering via credit cards and fancy clothes and gifts.

The Congo horror has at it's roots, both ideology and profiteering. There's fortunes to be made once the ruthless violence is over. The earth will be attacked and precious metals will be removed and all the destruction of people and land will get pushed into history books.

Consumerism will once again become the spear point and there will be more malls for everyone.

Janelle said...

hmmm i know mud. but boo hiss. can;t be helped. swifly moving on... x
wow. thanks bill! x janelle

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

This makes me want to weep. Can you imagine what it must feel like to be in that situation?

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