Visions of Beauty

We are hoping to follow Dove and WAGGGS ‘Free Being Me‘ programme looking at body image.  These photos tell an interesting story – both by how much someone’s look can change with Photoshop and by what different countries think of as beautiful.

A woman (Esther Honig) sent her photo, with no make-up, to designers around the world with the instructions “make me beautiful”.  Check out the results from 22 countries here: ‘click me!‘ or for a summary look here :’click me!

It does raise the question – ‘so what is beautiful?’  Hopefully you can look in the mirror and honestly answer, ‘me’.

Original photo, Ukraine

Photoshop Before & After project

Bangladesh, Serbia, PakistanBefore & After: Bangladesh, Serbia and Pakistan


Before & After: Argentina

Link with Love – credit: Esther Honig

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WAGGGS 35th World Conference right here in Hong Kong!

That’s right, the World Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) will be held in Hong Kong in 2 weeks!  Our unit has been busy making teddy bears in the HKGGA colours (red and purple) to give as gifts to delegates. [really must find a photo to share with you...]

An awesome opportunity to meet our Guiding sisters from around the world and learn from each other.  Watch this website for more information as it comes.

WAGGGS Conference Logo

WAGGGS 35th World Conference in Hong Kong – the logo says it all!

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Cleaning Pots in the Wild

While browsing the internet, I came across this excellent tip from a “freelance Viking” on how to clean your pots without polluting the environment (leave no trace camping).  This is taken directly from his website:

Cooking in the wild often brings with it the associated problem of washing up without a sink and running water. Biodegradable detergents are a solution some people choose but it’s not my approach.  …

If you have a fire, take some ash and  water and add them to your greasy pan.

A chemist could tell you that ash and water combine to make a mild alkali and a residue that contains gritty silica.  Now since alkali and fat are the principal ingredients of soap this concoction will break down the fat in your pan and the “soap” will help to shift other stuff, especially as the silica helps to scour the pan too. 

A handful of grass used to scrub this mixture around should clean your pan very effectively and quickly.

When you have washed the pan pour the water and residue into the edge of the fireplace, this area will already have been affected by the alkali in the ash. It also reduces the heat in the ground under the fire and makes it easier to extinguish in the end.  Rinse with water and again pour it into the fireplace.

What a good excuse to cook on a fire and an interesting way to clean up!  Can’t wait to try this at our next campfire cooking session!  Seeing as we did the Outdoor Cook badge at our last camp, perhaps it’s time to get the Backwoodsman badge. Will have to see what the Guides say…

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Camp Nights Away

We’ve decided to start a British/Scottish badge system called the ‘Nights Away’ Scheme.  Every time a Guide or Guider (leader) attends an overnight Guiding event, the number of nights is recorded in a special record card that can be downloaded for free here.  When each badge level is achieved (1 night, 2 nights, 5 nights, etc.), the Guiders will order a badge to put on your camp blanket.

The badges are gorgeous and build together to make a triangle. I can’t wait to start collecting!

Nights Away badges - builds into a gorgeous triangle

Nights Away badges – builds into a gorgeous triangle

For more information on the Nights Away badge scheme, look here.

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Singing Saturday – Humpty Dumpty Rap

Singing Saturday – learning old and new Campfire Songs.  Today, ‘Humpty Dumpty Rap‘ – a new song to test how many nursery rhymes you know. – Love these young women and their YouTube Videos!

For more songs, click the ‘campfire‘ category on the right.

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Singing Saturday – 40 Years on an Ice Berg

Singing Saturday – learning old and new Campfire Songs.  Today, ‘40 Years on an Ice Berg‘ – a new song that sticks in your mind. – Love these young women and their YouTube Videos!

For more songs, click the ‘campfire‘ category on the right.

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Horseshoe Formation

This video is actually from the official HKGGA Drill & Ceremony CD for training purposes.  It’s a little more ‘military’ than what we do at our meetings, but we open our meetings with the horseshoe formation each week.  Generally the Guides enjoy this little bit of tradition (though the dress uniform not so much!).

Voice over language is in Cantonese. Note the marching commands are the same as the English ones.

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