I'm just back from the Do Lectures in Wales and if you haven't heard of'em or looked at their website, then shame on you! And shame on me for not tellin' you. And fook all of us for bein' such stupid gits here in America and turnin' our collective backs on this marvelous gatherin' over in Wales, where the people talk with such wonderful accents, tell fantastic stories, share the most amazin' attitude toward changin' the world, love their music, their locally farmed food, their brilliant cider and lovely whiskey, and generally speakin' live close to the land, pay strict attention to what actually matters, and roll up their fookin' sleeves and do real work to get real things done.
It's the gatherin' you always wanted to go to, mate. It's in Wales, for one thing, which is off in a corner of the world and you don't go there if you don't do it on purpose.
The people are warm, the land is green, the sky goes from blue to gray and the sunshine is as apt to be wet as it is dry.
The humor is warm, the food is delicious, and there's absolutely no pretense. No name tags, no cocktail-party behavior of people standin' there, talkin' with you but cranin' their necks to see if there's somebody more important nearby. No celebrity-seekin'.
It all takes place in a tent that holds maybe 100 people at the most, and most of the people who come pay to live four-to-a-tent, shower in communal showers, get up at 5:30 in the mornin' to go canoeing on the river or to take part in some early mornin' yoga.
It's the perfect answer to all the American conferences that try to out-do each other in size and glam and self-promotion.
Here the talk is about people tryin' things to see if they can make a difference.
Grow It Yourself--to get folks to form small clubs to grow their own veggies.
A local farmer in Wales who's gone all solar, takin' his operation off the grid.
People who love bikin' over drivin' cars, people who are passionate about fixin' education, people who want to tell other people that it's ok not to be famous as long as you're doin' what it is that is right for you to be doin'.
And great humor, the kind of humor that the Irish, the Scottish, the Welsh, the English are so good at.
One speaker starts his talk sayin', "I do love all the self-deprecatin' humor, but I me-self am not so good at it."
There's a lot of anger and resentment at the current government in the UK, and almost as much at the US for it's over-reaching worship of the almighty dollar and it's exaggerated form of capitalism that's runnin' amuck.
But the real spirit is energetic and positive.
The world is a big place.
The problems are everywhere.
Pick something and go to work on it.
Start small and grow it from there.
And laugh and sing and have a pint while you're at it.
It's a beautiful thing, the Do Lectures.
So don't be a stupid git. Check it out on the web.
And then get busy doin' whatever it is that you've always wanted to do to make the world a better place.
Just Do Lecture it!
And stop fookin' around!
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