Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Historic day as COPS Ltd (Coconut Oil Products Santo) in Santo, Vanuatu, starts purchasing copra for the refurbished coconut oil mill. The aim is to usher in a new system of commercial partnership arrangement, including African Pacific and all coconut farmers of the Archipelago.

One of the mandated aims of the business model applied within the systems is a complete track and trace system that will allow all stakeholders to understand the mills impact on the nation wit the goal to measurably improve the livelihoods of the growers on economic, social and environmental levels.

I am extremely please to be involved in this project and look forward to be able to chart the progress of the COPS and all stakeholders in Vanuatu in this endeavour.

Please do not contact me should you have any interest in having more information.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

William Wordsworth: The World Is Too Much with Us (1807)

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; (1)
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, (2)
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus (3) rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton (4) blow his wreathed horn.

(1) Brought up in an outdated religion.

(2) Meadow.

(3) Greek sea god capable of taking many shapes.

(4) Another sea god, often depicted as trumpeting on a shell.