The Green Children
An awful lot of people just talk. Here's a website for the Green Children, who raise money and promote microcredit on the Grameen Bank model in Bangladesh, Kenya and elsewhere. They are also a music group, and are made up of the stunningly beautiful Mille Sunde and the admirable Tom Bevan. This link is to their socially aware website; their actual green children site, which you can reach through it, is very well designed and you can some of their music on it too. If you do want to waste some time, have a look! If you buy their music, (and you should only do so if you like it, but it is good in the way of that sort of thing), they will use some of the money to help the world. The picture on this post is of course of Sunde and Bevan with Mohammed Yunus, and I hat-tip 'the Third World View' for it. You can reach it through the list of blogs on the left of this site.
The name Green Children, of course, is taken from the famous mystery of the Green children of Woolpit in England. They were found sometime between 1135 and 1154 in Medieval England and no one was ever really able to explain what deficiency caused their shade. The story has given rise to multiple iteration through the centuries, in many different countries, and is sometimes linked to the idea of underworlds, like those associated with the hypogeum at Malta and the Egyptian Hall of Records search in the nineteenth century. I love unhurtful madness.
The boy died, the girl survived, and they insisted that they came from an artificially lit 'St Martin's land' in the sky. I know about them because I was a somewhat strange child myself (my colouring, as you can see, being mostly orange) and far too keen on drifting away with the Usborne Bumper Book of Monsters, Ghosts, UFOs and Mysteries when I discovered it in the public libraries. It clearly disturbed other children in a happy way too, as this mysterious britain web discussion demonstrates! One of the more mysterious things about it is that the hardback is now listed as £133 pounds on amazon.co.uk and the paperback as 19 pence!
Here's a link to the Woolpit mystery. Enjoy noodling that one, bloggers!