August has been a busy month with me swapping over my website from a WordPress free dot com account to a self hosted blog using the WordPress theme. Essentially the website looks the same, but I’ll have far more flexibility than before with the use of plugins. It took a while to figure things out, but I’m getting there. The website needs more work and I really hope to get it looking great in the next month or so.
In late July I took myself off for a break to Milan, Italy for some rest, relaxation and a little event called the World’s Fair. I got bitten several times by mosquitoes (if my blood was meat, it would be a fillet steak) and I sweated profusely in an intense 37 degree celsius heat. I do not recommend going to Milan in July. It is way too hot! But all in all, it was a fun trip.
What is the World’s Fair?
The World’s fair is this massive village-type set up with a central street running about a kilometre in length. On either side of the street are individually designed buildings, each housing a country and their exhibition on food.
The theme of the fair was Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life—a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium.
Inside each of the buildings, countries showcased the different types of food they produced and how they produced it.
In the Irish building, we showcased the heart of our food export industry: beef. I was also pleased to see a section on sustainable fishing as we are an island and it is our responsibility to protect our fish supplies for the next generation.
One of my favourite things to do is eat, and ironically, with the theme of the fair being food, there were very few places offering samples. It was hard, though, to get enthusiastic about queuing up in sweltering conditions as it was. A real let down, since the price of entry would easily have covered a few freebies!
Attending a World’s Fair was something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’d heard so much about the Fairs through movies like Tomorrowland with George Clooney and the fake Fair where Tony Stark’s father in the Avengers showcases the car of tomorrow, really piqued my interest in the set up.
Would I go again? Er, probably not.
It felt at times that the Fair was way too focused on exhibitions and less about the fun I expected there to be. But I do want to leave you with this great line I read at the fair:
“We are not inheriting the earth from our parents. We are merely borrowing it from our children.”
If you’ve read my Exilon 5 Trilogy books, you’ll know that air quality and overcrowding are strong messages in my futuristic stories.
This really summed up our existence on this planet. Unfortunately, not enough people share the ideology that we must protect our resources and create sustainable living for generations to come. I’m a firm believer that we need to start using renewable energy from sustainable resources that will help preserve air and water quality and reduce our reliance on landfills.
We should be living life with our eyes on the long term effects not on the short term gain.
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