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AT LAST, A SPECIAL DAY FOR GRANDMOTHERS: The world marked the launch of International Grandmother’s Day on April 25. The celebration is the brainchild of Irishwoman Darina Allen, a grandmother of six.

“Grandparents have much to share with grandchildren,” Allen told Pat Kenny, the former host of Ireland’s Late Late Show. “The idea is for grandmothers and grandfathers, too, to come together not just one day a year, but also once a month to pass on forgotten skills and traditions. Bake a cake, catch a fish, sew a button, skin a rabbit,” she said. “It makes grandparents feel appreciated. And it creates greater bonds.”

As the owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Allen proposed the idea of an Irish Grandmother’s Day at the Slow Food meeting in Turin last October. Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food International, was enthralled and encouraged 132 countries to get on board.

POWER LEARNING: Jaring Timmerman fell in love with competitive swimming when he was 80. Ever since, he has been raking in medals and awards galore. On May 16, he added yet another record to his long list. The 100-year-old swimmer broke the world record in the 100-metre backstroke at the Canadian Masters Swimming Championship in Etobicoke, Ontario. His time was three minutes and 51.59 seconds. The Winnipeg native credits his success to genes, exercise, diet and spirit.

CARING FOR THE EARTH: Is it time for a new Earth Jurisprudence? The answer is yes, according to a research report by the U.K. Environmental Law Association and the Gaia Foundation, which questions the adequacy of existing legal systems to safeguard the Earth community.

In Wild Law, authors Begonia Filgueira and Ian Mason make the case for a new jurisprudence that recognizes the world as a legal person with rights and remedies that can be enforced nationally and internationally. “Such laws would create a duty of care towards the environment, and provide a powerful tool in combating climate change,” they wrote.

Filgueira and Mason see the new jurisprudence as an natural follow-up to the 1982 UN World Charter of Nature, ratified by more than 150 countries but lacking enforcement mechanisms to give it real teeth. The 73-page report, available from the UK Environmental Law Association, sparks practical ideas on the formulation of a new jurisprudence to protect the planet’s ecosystems.

THE OLD LADIES’ REBELLION: Last year, Fanny Karst launched her fashion label Old Ladies’ Rebellion in a small Parisian gallery. The 25-year-old designer’s interest was sparked by a desire to revolutionize the stylish options available for her grandmother’s age. The new label features garments that are “straight and bold.” They are made to order, and roomy with pockets. Hems come just below the knee, and most dresses have sleeves.

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