99-year-old’s fundraiser for Britain’s NHS nets nearly $20 million

99-year-old's fundraiser for Britain's NHS nets nearly $20 million

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Tom Moore, 99, a retired British army captain, walks to raise money for health workers, by attempting to walk the length of his garden 100 times before his 100th birthday this month as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Marston Moretaine, Britain, on April 15, 2020. 

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For those having trouble getting in their 10,000 steps per day lately, Tom Moore may serve as an inspiration. 

Earlier this month, the 99-year-old World War II veteran, who lives in the town of Bedfordshire, England, set out to walk the length of his back garden 100 times before his 100th birthday on April 30.  

On Thursday morning — using his walker and with an honor guard standing watch from a safe distance — he did it

But Moore’s goal wasn’t just for recreation. He is also raising money for Britain’s national health service, or NHS. He wanted to say thank you for the care he received while recovering from skin cancer and a broken hip. 

Moore started with a goal to raise 1,000 British pounds, or about $1,200. As of Thursday afternoon, he’d raised more than 16 million British pounds, or nearly $20 million. 

“I think we must say ‘Well done, National Health Service’.”

Tom Moore, 99-year-old World War II veteran

“The patience and the kindness that I’ve got from all of them from top to bottom was absolutely amazing. So, anybody who is helping with me and the National Health Service, I’d be very pleased, because they’ve done so well for me and they’re doing so well for everybody else at the moment,” he told the BBC on Thursday. “I think we must say ‘Well done, National Health Service.’”

His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, says a celebration for his centennial birthday will be in order.

“We were planning a big party with a singer, a hog roast from the local butcher, the works,” she told the BBC. “Sadly, of course, we cannot do that. So, we will have a much more low key party and unfortunately, it’s up to me to make the cake, but we’ll do the best we can.”

Madeleine Albright: ‘Globalization is not a four-letter word’

Madeleine Albright: ‘Globalization is not a four-letter word’

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Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright takes the stage during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016.

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spent years representing the US in multilateral institutions.  

A World War II refugee from Czechoslovakia, Albright became the first woman to serve as US secretary of state in 1997, appointed to the role by then-President Bill Clinton. Before that, she served as US ambassador to the United Nations.  

Related: Madeleine Albright thinks it’s time to set the alarm on fascism

In her newly published book, “Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st Century Memoir,” Albright reflects on life after her tenure in the State Department. But the former Secretary of State remains a beacon of American statecraft and advocate of multilateral diplomacy. And she said she is concerned about US President Donald Trump’s recent actions to halt funding to the World Health Organization. 

“I think it is the most counterproductive move he possibly could have made. Clearly, there were problems and problems the Chinese are going to have to answer for at some point,” Albright told The World. “But, having been at the UN, I can tell you there is no way to have your views taken seriously or call for reform if you’re not being supportive. And it’s definitely taking yourself out of a situation instead of really trying to deal with the problem. The UN is 75 years old. They do need some help in fixing these organizations, but we can’t do it from the outside.”

Related: Trump cuts WHO funding

Albright spoke with The World’s Marco Werman about Trump’s recent WHO decision and the impact on multilateralism. 

Marco Werman: What sort of reform do you think the WHO needs?

Sec. Madeleine Albright: The WHO did provide warnings, but I think that there are, obviously, issues in every organization about how they function internally, the bureaucratic aspects, their relationships. But we have to be at the table and we have to contribute and support it and not create additional problems by all of a sudden going around its back.

Related: Is coronavirus reshuffling the global power deck?  

I don’t want to do an audit of the WHO in the middle of a pandemic. But specifically, where do you think the reform should happen?

The United Nations, many of the organizations, are actually very dependent on getting intelligence from the outside. And that’s probably a good idea to try to sort out when and how they get their information. But it’s unfair just to accuse them of having screwed everything up and blaming them for something that we need to take some responsibility for, and the Chinese obviously do.

Related: Madeleine Albright: ‘Many of the best diplomats are women’ 

So as far as Trump’s announcement regarding funding for the WHO, do you see it as theater and an effort to scapegoat? And what message does it send to the rest of the world?

I think that it sends a very difficult message that the United States doesn’t have to cooperate with international organizations. That the president of the United States can go to the General Assembly session and talk only about how important our country is and sovereignty without understanding that in the 21st century there are issues that can only be handled by more than one country.

And obviously, disease knows no borders. Globalization is not a four-letter word. It is the interconnectedness of the world in the 21st century. He has not explained, frankly, what he is going to do, where he’s going to put money. Or is he going to go through some other organization? Just kind of standing up and saying, “I’m canceling” or “I’m not going to contribute” without explaining what is going to happen, I think, is a grandstand.

Related: Leon Panetta on coronavirus: ‘We’re paying the price’ of ignoring intelligence reports  

Multilateral diplomacy is all but dead. So what comes next on the world stage, in terms of power relations?

Americans don’t like the word multilateralism. It has too many syllables and it ends in an “-ism.” But it’s just about partnership and a recognition that you need partners in solving problems. Trade and aid are obviously tools. But in order for us to have a good trade policy, which I believe we need to do, there need to be people that are healthy enough to buy our things.

I’m very worried about what I’m reading that’s happening in the developing world, where the virus is also hitting. They don’t have anywhere near the health situation that they can distance from each other. And who do we expect to buy all the things that we’re exporting? How are we going to deal with supply chains? So there’s an awful lot that’s interconnected that requires some kind of an active cooperation. Given what’s going on in the 21st century, we are interdependent. There’s just no question.

Related: Pandemic threatens global stability, says Susan Rice  

Sec. Albright, it’s no secret you’re known for wearing brooches that convey historical moments that you’re living through. Do you have a broach for this moment?

I do, actually. It’s a V, and I’ll tell you where it comes from. I do also write about the fact that — I was just a child — but we spent World War II in London during the Blitz. My father was with the Czechoslovak government in exile and he spoke over BBC to Czechoslovakia. And every BBC broadcast would begin with a kettle drum and the notes from Beethoven’s Fifth, which is basically Morse code for victory. And so I have a V pin. We need a victory over the virus.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

Duran Duran – Too Much Information (Album Version)

[Chorus]
Destroyed by MTV
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen
To sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Verse 1]
Hey TV child look into my eyes
Here by intervention I want your attention
Promotion boy in a suit and tie
He wants you to use it
You’re too shot to loose it
It’s pumping down the cable
Like never seen before
A cola (condom) manufacturer is sponsoring the war
Here comes the news with love from me to you

[Chorus]
Destroyed by ABC
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen
To sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Verse 2]
Turn on the tube
Hits you with the groove
Advertizing music
We want you to choose it
These teeth are white trainers ultra bright
This band is perfect just don’t scratch the surface
We covered all the angles
The survey people said
Just put us on the cover we’ll be smiling anyway
This video was made with love to you

[Chorus]
Destroyed by BBC
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen to
Sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Chorus]
Destroyed by MTV
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen to
Sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Chorus]
Dialate your mind [x3]
Got to give it to me
Got to listen to me
Got to give in to me
Now I’m on the
I try……

Chronixx – Legend (Chronology Album)

Some things are just never said

[Verse 1]
Story of my life
Ordinary person just like you
If you take a look inside
You’ll see the great things that people do
Changing lives day and night
But nothing I do ever makes the news
Still I have to do what’s right
To the king of all kings, all praises due

[Pre-Chorus]
Yesterday I was on the train
A little boy asked me my name
He said sir I’ve seen you before tell me who are you?

[Chorus]
Said I am a legend that you never heard of before
I said I am a lion but you never heard me roar
I am a hero that nobody celebrates
But if one person remembers my name, that means I made a change

[Verse 2]
I’m the man who cooks the food and feed the street people in the afternoon
I’m the lady with the broom sweeping the halls of your sons pre-school
I’m the soldier who’s up all night, making sure everything’s alright
And if you ask me I’m quite fine being a ordinary person doing what’s right

[Pre-Chorus]
Yesterday at the football game
A little girl asked me my name
She said sir I’ve seen you before, tell me who are you

[Chorus]
Said I am a legend that you never heard of before
Said I am a lion but you never heard me roar
I am a hero that nobody celebrates
But if one person remembers my name, that means

[Bridge]
I’m the ocean of fame
I’m an unknown sailor
I’m the percussionist playing with the Wailers
The one with the shaker, the mover and shaker
My name wasn’t on the front of the paper
But mi nuh cater
Much more than the work cah the work is greater
Creation glorifies creator
So all deeds done are in the name of my maker

[Chorus]
I am a legend that you probably never hear about
Words from the lion’s mouth
I am a hero that nobody celebrates
But if one person remembers my name
Give praise, that means I made a change

Legend, legend, legend, I am a legend

Story of my life
Ordinary person just like you
If you take a look inside
You’ll see the great things that people do
We out here changing lives day and night, day in day out
BBC don’t show it
CNN don’t show it
Ease out

Fat Trel – Finer Thingz Lyrics

I go crazy with my..
Finest bitch
Where you find this bitch
Thats my finest bitch
Any sign of the police nigga
Ay, gang

[Hook]
All that money bring to finer things
All the necklaces, all the diamond rings
I go crazy with my finest bitch
Buy her Gucci, buy her Louis, that designer shit
Money in and out the mansion like the bunny ran
If polices pull us over, stuff our underpants
Got the act and make it rain, i’m the thunder man
Call my brother and we keep that shit one hundred man

[Verse: 1]
Just another day, my block no flee
Police rolled up like five six deep nigga
Hands on the wall, nigga spread yo feet nigga
Bang bang bang, Skeet skeet skeet
Big fall, all fall deep in the jeep
Night time switch it up, choppa game on fleek
Nigga you ain’t never here, never watch my sleep nigga
Got the riches runnin in by the flea nigga
Flip a pack, send it back last week nigga
No feast 16, free street nigga
Pent house say BBC nigga
Double back, fuck that delete nigga
You try, you die, you weak nigga
No 945 could see nigga
Fuck a beat, i was raised in the street nigga
Young nigga got paid in the street nigga
I can remember just back in the day
I was a youngin just packin the tray
Walk with my bitch and we hop on the train
Toting the glick, cause i walk with a dane
Police is hawkin, remember my name
We do no talkin, no coughin up names
If you get hit with this snitch and this pendant
We gon go crazy like fuck the beginnin

[Hook]
All that money bring to finer things
All the necklaces, all the diamond rings
I go crazy with my finest bitch
Buy her Gucci, buy her Louis, that designer shit
Money in and out the mansion like the bunny ran
If polices pull us over, stuff our underpants
Got the act and make it rain, i’m the thunder man
Call my brother and we keep that shit one hundred man

[Verse: 2}
Nigga just anther day, we the slutty boy gang
Got phone blowing up, pussy pullin on my chain
Nigga word to the dead who ain’t ever said names
She gon fuck with us for the money and the fame
Black Maybach with the strap switch lanes
All the hoes i fuck, i could never be a lame
Double mg, gettin head on the plane
I remember when i used to fuck hoes on the train
Black four fifth, thats an S.I.G
Shoot a nigga in the face, no case I.D
Hit em in the shit, real swift i leave
Nigga we ain’t ever low, so come try me
Blue face hundreds, and the pig fake figures
And my bitch ain’t fuckin if you niggas ain’t trigga
Beef in the streets, man i know you ain’t with it
I shoot a nigga dead, nigga you ain’t ever did it
Bitch real bad, nigga you ain’t ever hit it
You was quiet in the classroom and i ain’t pay attention
Big four, all 33, no pimpin
Two hoes in the kitchen, nigga im Jack Tripper
Bitch so bad nigga you ain’t ever hit it
You was quiet in the classroom and i ain’t pay attention
Big four, all 33, no pimpin
Two hoes in the kitchen, nigga im Jack Tripper

[Hook]
All that money bring to finer things
All the necklaces, all the diamond rings
I go crazy with my finest bitch
Buy her Gucci, buy her Louis, that designer shit
Money in and out the mansion like the bunny ran
If polices pull us over, stuff our underpants
Got the act and make it rain, i’m the thunder man
Call my brother and we keep that shit one hundred man

Curren$y – Been Real

[Intro]
Landed with my duffle in hand
Working out a plan
Hustle not a scam
Struggle of a man
Tryna get to it
Southern supplier of real music
Trill shit evoke…

[Verse 1]
Landed with my duffle in hand
Working out a plan
A hustle not a scam
This the struggle of a man tryna get to it
Southern supplier of real music
Trill shit evoke feeling when you listen to it
Only trueness if ever I spoke
It was a million dollar quote if ever I wrote
Papered up, but i’m still feeling broke
Ran 100 miles still got plenty more to go
Terrace overlooking the seashore
Left side of my walk-in closet look like the BBC store
Lifestyle goals, this is something you should reach for
High as the stars because we on my nigga
Drug dealer cars we gettin’ country club homes we living
Looking like a PGA champion
Crib made out, I’m stoned in the governor’s mansion
Tryna put a little dope in the game
Put some pure in your veins
Help you maintain and stay sane
Sharpen yo knives and carve your own lane
Never let that money make you change
A Gangster gets his money and remains

[Hook]
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
You don’t know how that shit feel
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
That ain’t how you niggas live
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
You don’t know how this shit
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
That ain’t how you niggas live

[Verse 2]
Outside the chicken spot in that Starship Rolls
With the kamikaze doors
Discussin the hard from the last score
As the world revolves slow
We livin fast, runnin through that cash
Cause any minute can be our last
So we live it up, pop a bottle lift your glass
This is us, the team that never switched up
To the script, memorized that bitch
Y’all was tryna be too slick
You end up lying in shit
See this a dog eat dog world
You get fleas you get bit
Tryna live free in the streets, might get hit
This is for those who wanna thrive, not just exist
To survive and surpass all the shit
Ferraris and a bad bitch, pillow-top mattress
Daydreamin about paper advancement
Gettin up, gettin to it, really puttin the plan in action
The result is the boss smokin gas, mashin
On the interstate blazin’ reminiscin laughin
Smilin at all memories, even the bad ones
Cause at least we had em
Some of us made it, some of us immortalized in murals
Lookin to the pavement
Candles in the spot homie was slayed in
I shed a tear with my top down it was rainin

Unh..

[Hook]
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
You don’t know how that shit feel
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
That ain’t how you niggas live
I ain’t always had that paper but I been real
You don’t know how this shit feel
That ain’t how you niggas live

Curren$y – Who Styled Ya Lyrics

From now on let’s just keep everything
Yup
Spitta
Welcome To The Winner’s Circle nigga
Thou shall not front on real shit
Or he’ll face a thousand deaths from this the spit vicious
I go hard like concrete floors
Make bitches legs open like Lambo doors
Up, out
Nigga rich the first season BBC, I’m Mr. Chow
My ghetto chick ordering food she can’t pronounce
Uh
Eat in mama, let it stick to your ribs
But no pics, tell your friends ’bout the shit that we did
Cause I can’t have no evidence of me hanging with other chicks
Floating around, wify trying to fight me on some Springer shit
Its Curren$y or you can call me Mr. Clean kicks
My day job consists of business first
The video games, bong hits, and pulling skirts
Vacationing, month long trips, scamper the earth
I’m trying to find what N.E.R.D. was in search of
Was it love?
Not sure
But I know that your man Hot Spitta
Ain’t one of those niggas who
Don’t know how to dress so they swagger jack Jigga
Wait to see him on stage with it
Then they internet shopping till they get it
Huh
I saw the same thing happen to me
Niggas laughed at my steez, now they’re wearing DCs
Fashion misfits, I’m fashion gifted
You niggas Boo-boo, find Yogi, crash a picnic
Spitta
Yeah