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How to help the Philippines as British charities combine fundraising efforts

British aid agencies have joined forces to provide food, water and shelter to victims of typhoon Haiyan.

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The destruction caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in Palo, Leyte, Philippines.
The United Nations along with UNICEF is partnering with the Government through the National
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to carry out relief and response operations for the
affected population.

The Disasters Emergency Committee is made up of 14 charities raising money to buy essentials to send to the Philippines after the country was hit by winds of up to 275kph.

The committee said: “Typhoon Haiyan has devastated large parts of the Philippines. It’s thought to have been the strongest typhoon ever to hit land. Around 4.3 million people living in the path of the storm have had their lives torn apart and an estimated 12,000 people have died.

“The humanitarian impact is thought to be massive, with the homes of hundreds of thousands of people destroyed or severely damaged. The destruction will also have a huge impact on families’ livelihoods and businesses.

“Power and communication lines are down in many parts of the country and roads are impassable, with many airports out of action. The main aid priorities are food, water and emergency shelter.”

The 14 charities are Action AidAge InternationalBritish Red CrossCAFODCare InternationalChristian AidConcern WorldwideIslamic ReliefMerlinOxfamPlan UKSave the ChildrenTearfundWorld Vision.

Other charities also raising money for the disaster include UnicefMédecins Sans Frontières and International Rescue Committee.

Other relief efforts include a missing persons finder tool, launched by Google, along with a map showing evacuation centers, crisis areas, and relief drop zone areas.

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©UNICEF Philippines/2013/JMaitem
Residents surveying the damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in the city of
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. UNICEF is conducting a rapid assessment of the situation and is
prepared with pre-identified partners and NGOs to spearhead the response.

November 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM Leave a comment

Live in Shangri La? It was good enough for Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

With a guest list that reads like a who’s who of the music industry’s brightest stars, you’d expect the fans to be lining up around the corner of the Shangri La Malibu – at the very least so they can have a nose around.

This recording studio and family home (it’s got four bedrooms, three bathrooms, substantial grounds and is directly opposite Zuma beach) is on the market for £2 million (US$3.1m) through Sothebys International.

But it’s the history of the home that really makes our eyes pop.

According to the property details, Shangri-La was built in the 1970s to the precise specifications of Bob Dylan and The Band and conceived, according to Levon Helm (drummer in The Band) as “…a clubhouse and studio where we and our friends could record albums and cross-pollinate one another’s music.”

And that they did. The studio was favoured by the likes of Eric Clapton who famously spent three months there and described it in his autobiography as an intensely creative period (full of all-night jam sessions and wild parties, no less). Other famous faces who’ve used the studio include Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Pete Townsend, Joe Cocker, Ronnie Wood, while Dylan famously stayed in a tent in the rose garden during a recording session.

Shangri La Malibu was also used as a location and rehearsal studio by Martin Scorsese for the film The Last Waltz – which captured The Band’s farewell tour – and several scenes shot at the home and studio made the final cut.

By the mid 90s the studio was run down and in danger of being torn down, which is when current owner and musician Beej Chaney snapped it up. Chaney refurbished the property and once again made it a centre for music’s biggest names – Mark Knophler, the Kings of Leon and Adele have all recorded there.

And now, this slice of musical history could be yours.

September 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM 1 comment

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