The Refugee Crisis – Ted Talk

“65 million people displaced from their homes by violence and persecution last year. If it was a country, that would be the 21st largest country in the world. Most of those people, about 40 million, stay within their own home country, but 25 million are refugees. That means they cross a border into a neighboring state.” – David Miliband

Just consider that for a moment that fact, the number of Refugees displaced from their homes would make it the 21st largest country in the world. The 21st, that’s more than the UK at 22nd, and France currently at 21st.   Just think about that number for a second.

I came across this Ted Talk yesterday from David Milliband who now try to help the refugee crisis.   There are shocking points in this where it really hits home the size of the crisis.  One point, he talks to a young person and asks them where their home originally is.  They were born in the camp, and have been there that long.

Take 20 minutes of your time and watch this.


Tech I Use: Anker Earphones

A couple of months ago I needed some new headphones for the gym and when I go running, and decided to go for some wireless ones.  I find that a cable generally gets in the way when doing any weights above my chest.  I dint want to spend a lot because I tend to lose them or damaage them.  I initaly purcahsed some a pair of Mpow earphones, but twice had an issue where one of the sides stopped working, plus they never sat quite right in my ears.     So I replaced these with a pair of Anker Soundbuds Slim.

I quite like the Anker products and have charges and holders (Read this on the Verge for more information on the company).   These sat in my ear well and didnt slip when running and happy with the sound for what I need.  A little feature I liked is the top of each ear piece has a magnet so you can put them out of the way around your neck.

The only mixed isue I have is the controls.  On one of the sides is a control button as part of the cable.  While this is convinent, I kept activating siri when trying to change songs.   Plus when running it seems to bounce to much and get in the way.

So I decided to switch these to the Anker Sports model, and for a current price of just under £20 there brilliant.  Same style but not magnet which is a shame, but the positive is there is no control ont he cable.  There is a simple power button and volume control on each ear bud, which is sufficent for my need.  I think I feel to self conscious of the controls to actually wear them out and about as it does seem to sit a bit ackwardly.     I have retaineed the original Ankers and just use these around the home and in the garden and still enjoy using them, but for value for money the sports model is the way to go.

This video gives more of an overview