If you only read one thing this week…

Humanitarian dating and Hope For Dave redux… by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
April 10, 2007, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Humour, If you have 30 mins, Web sites

So sometimes a thing just takes on a life of its own, this is consistently one of the most clicked on articles… I got an email from Rob, who runs the website for single humanitarian workers Humanitarian Dating (see the original article here). For a while I thought the site might be down, but he assures me that it is being actively maintained, and that confirmation emails can sometimes get lost in spam filters. He’s made some recent upgrades to the site, and added contact details in case you have trouble registering.

So, if it’s lonely out there in Kamchatka, Kathmandu or Kigali, you might like to check it out!

On a similar note, it looks like Dave Donaldson, of ‘Hope for Dave‘ is back at it, with more of his irreverent, politically incorrect, but occasionally very funny satirical blog. Read it here if you have more time on your hands than you know what to do with, and our original article here.


Light Relief – Hope for Dave by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
May 30, 2006, 2:28 am
Filed under: Humour, Web sites

While Dave Donaldson's web-diary of his time with 'Hope International' ("People who want to help regardless of ability") takes a funny idea (a satirical diary of an aid worker) and flogs it to death, it remains an irreverent, biting, and, occasionally hilarious caricature of the aid world. While I can't in good conscience recommend it for those of us who really only have 15 minutes, for people with some time to kill, it is pretty funny.


Cause Celeb – frothy fiction that’s not too far from the mark by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
May 12, 2006, 7:18 pm
Filed under: Book reviews, Fiction, Humour, If you have time for longer reading!

Helen Fielding's first novel (she is best known for Bridget Jones's Diary) will (rightfully) never win any literary prizes, but, for a lighthearted read that gives a relatively well researched and accurate depiction of the life of an aid-worker (with some obvious embellishments) it's not too bad. It's a fun, light airplane read that might be a good present for curious family members who want to know 'what exactly is it that you do?'