The honesty of the Oxford Tube

Today did not start well for me. I woke up late and rushed to get to the Thornhill Park and Ride to the Oxford Tube into London. Exiting the Tube, I whistled happily as I walked towards the Tube station … until I realised that I had just left my brand new copy of the Adobe Creative Suite on the bus. That was almost £1,300.00 of software that I forgot!

Oh, boy was I mad and instantly stressed.

Did I mention that I wasn’t pleased with myself?

Yet, after only a few telephone calls to the Oxford Tube and a cab ride to Victoria Station, where the Oxford Tube turns around before heading back to Oxford, I got my software back. The driver had been alerted to look for my bag and had dutifully recovered it for me.

Perhaps the most reassuring aspect of the whole adventure (aside from not having to spend another £1,300 on software) was that when I gave the driver £20.00 for his effort, he seemed genuinely surprised. He had taken the time to help me out as a service to me – and not because he had expected a reward. That really impressed me.

(Before you say anything, I only had 20 quid on me. I gave all the cash I had.)

Prosecuting Domestic Violence: A Philosophical Analysis

Prosecuting Domestic ViolenceA new book is making its way from Oxford University Press to a book store near you. The first book by Michelle Madden Dempsey, entitled Prosecuting Domestic Violence: A Philosophical Analysis, is due out in hardback any day now.

To get a copy of this book, you can always check the Oxford University Press website. The ISBN for the book is 978-0-19-956216-9.

For more information about Michelle’s publications, please visit Michelle’s page on the University of Oxford Faculty of Law website.

Remembering victims of the Rwandan genocide

Remember the Rwandan genocideMonday, 06 April 2009 marks the 15th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide. Back in 1994, the plane crash of the Rwandan President sparked a killing spree that lasted three months and saw approximately one million men, women and children brutally murdered.

Let’s all take a moment or two in the coming days and weeks to learn more about the Rwandan genocide and to see what we can do to help support survivors. Certainly, I would recommend spending some time on the websites of Survivors Fund website and the Hope Survivors Foundation, as they do amazing work in supporting survivors.

If you can, try reading one of the testimonies of the survivors. They make for difficult – but important – reading.

Also, be sure to add your reasons to the Why should we remember? project.

Change your avatar for Red Nose Day

Liam wearing a red roseTo mark Red Nose Day, why don’t we all change our avatars just for the day? Ok, so it’s a geeky thing to do, but hey, isn’t that what Red Nose Day is all about? Being silly to raise money and awareness about the less fortunate?

So, go on, take a picture of yourself wearing a red nose. Then upload it as your avatar for the day. Update your Twitter account. Your OpenID. Your Gravatar account.

Just think of it: if everyone posting comments on blogs and sending tweets popped a red ball on the end of their nose, it would be hugely entertaining and really beneficial too!

By the way, I am wearing the red nose with the frightened face. Which one did you wear?