Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Sir Ranulph Fiennes - the world's greatest living explorer - for Spartan Up! The Podcast. Fiennes has an arsenal of backbreaking, boundary-pushing, life-risking, hard to believe stories; the type that transport you right to the very places he triumphed over.
Conflict underlies the growing controversy and opposition by many to comparable energy driven development in China, Africa, and other developing states with growing financial and social aspirations already enjoyed by the developed world. It seems to be an unstoppable, repeating pattern that will endure regardless of lessons already learned.
Saint Nicolas is always represented as wearing a long beard and the red and white hooded cloak of a bishop of his time. Do you see where I'm getting? During the festival, he travels from home to home to visit nice children and give them presents, while the naughty ones get the whip by a meany guy (where was child protection?).