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World Day for Water 2013

World Water Day has been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water. It was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day, the day has become a popular Facebook trend.

The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day. Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible for selecting the theme, messages and lead UN agency for the World Day for Water.

In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era. Every three years since 1997, for instance, the World Water Council has drawn thousands to participate in its World Water Forum during the week of World Day for Water. Participating agencies and NGOs have highlighted issues such as a billion people being without access to safe water for drinking and the role of gender in family access to safe water. In 2003, 2006 and 2009, the UN World Water Development Report was launched on the occasion of the World Water Day.

The anual events for World Water Day are Coordinated by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), with the assistance of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Water section. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The communication and visual identity campaign is by FAO WATER, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Water section,the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

UN-Water dedicated World Water Day 2010 to the theme of water quality, reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management. In time of war the access to clean water is frequently restricted because water supply or purification systems have been destroyed, because water reserves are located in areas that have become dangerous or because of massive displacement. People ultimately resort to sources of water with a high health risk and many people contract water-borne diseases. So the ICRC called on governments to ensure safe water and decent sanitation for civilians in conflict zones. In many conflicts, disease kills more civilians than bullets. 2007’s theme highlighted the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels.



born 22nd March 1887 – Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1961)
born 22nd March 1931 – William Shatner, Canadian actor
born 22nd March 1948 – Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer
born 22nd March 1950 – Mary Tamm, British actress (d. 2012)

Born 21st march 1945 – Rose Stone, American musician (Sly & the Family Stone)
born 21st March 1946 – Ray Dorset, English musician (Mungo Jerry)
born 21st March 1950 – Roger Hodgson, English musician (Supertramp)
born 21st March 1951 – Conrad Lozano, American musician (Los Lobos)
born 21st March 1956 – Guy Chadwick, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The House of Love)
born 21st March 1967 – Jonas “Joker” Berggren, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
born 21st March 1967 – Maxim Reality (Keith Andrew Palmer), English singer-songwriter (The Prodigy)
born 21st March 1978 – Nick Baines, English keyboardist (Kaiser Chiefs)

Posted in Events, locomotives

Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala

GWR1450-2013The Severn Valley Railway line reopened 16th February 2013 and The first big event scheduled for 2013 is the The annual Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala which takes place from 22nd March until the 24th March 2013.

However this year the weather has gone really cold again and there is a fair amount of snow, but the visiting loco’s usually stay for a while after the Gala so you may get some really good photo opportunities if you are prepared to brave the elements. The home fleet will also be in steam and there are various attractions up and down the line, including a beer tent at Bewdley, the Engine House Visitor and Education Centre at Highley, where you can get good photos of the locomotives from the gallery as they pass, plus stalls belonging to various locomotive preservation groups. This year the four guest steam locomotives are:



  • Ex GWR Collett designed 0-4-2 tank locomotive No. 1450.With auto trailer No. 238 ‘Chaffinch’ courtesy of Pull Push Limited and auto trailer No. 178 courtesy of GW Auto Carriers.
  • Ex SR 4-6-2 unrebuilt West Country Pacific class locomotive No. 34007 ‘Wadebridge’.Courtesy of the Mid-Hants Railway.
  • Ex BR 2-6-4 class 4 tank locomotive No. 80072. Courtesy of Llangollen Railway.
  •  Ex SR 0-6-0 USA tank locomotive No. 65, which is paying its first visit to the SVR! and replaces the Ex LMS 0-6-0 ‘Jinty’ tank locomotive No. 47298 which is currently having mechanical issues.

The home fleet will be represented by . . .

  • Ex SR 4-6-2 Battle of Britain Pacific Class No. 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’,
  • BR 1500 Class Panier tank No. 1501,
  • GWR Prairie tank No. 4566
  • GWR Large Prairie tank No. 5164.

Other attractions include:

  • The Stanier Mogul LMS 42968 Preservation Fund, who will have a Sales Stand at Kidderminster station during the Spring Steam Gala.
  • The Severn Valley Railway Locomotive Owners Group will also be present
  • There will also be a model railway & road vehicles (including Ivo Peters splendid vintage Bentley) throughout the weekend, plus Railway books, videos, DVDs on sale
  • Sunday Lunch will also be served in the Dining Car on the Severn Valley Railway
  • The Engine House Visitor and Education centre at Highley will also be open.
  • New build Standard Tank 3 No. 82045 Group will be present
  • GWR 4930 Hagley Hall Group
  • 813 Locomotive Group
  • Patriot Locomotive Group
  • GWR 2857 Locomotive Group
  • Bewdley Station Fund Shop
  • GWR 7812 Erlestoke Manor Fund
  • Railway Artist at Bridgnorth Station
  • Replica Nameplate Sale at Bridgnorth Station
  • There will also be a Beer Tent at Bewdley Station – Friday/Saturday 11.00 – 21-00, Sunday 11.30 – 18.00 – HELL YEAH!! 😀
  • Visitors to the Gala will also be able to Travel aboard the comfortable observation saloon, which will be attached to certain departures during the Gala.