Category: Global inequality

Kiva: not quite a true believa

So there I was, all ready to announce Kiva as the Chazza of the Month for a second non-consecutive time when what should appear but a classic spot of Zero angst? You’ll recall how Kiva is a microfinance outfit offering loans to people in developing countries and how I’ve bigged them up a couple of times already. But after that last rant about payday lenders being arseholes the worries I’ve had about microfinance went from being vague floaty things at the back of my mind to being slightly less vague, marginally firmer things on a list of other things to consider thinking about at some point in time when I can be bothered.

Read More

I am the wind beneath my wings

If I was pressed on the point I suppose I’d have to concede that in my time as the world’s leading source of inspiration I’ve picked up as many enemies as I have fans, and that their levels of adoration and fury are about even. Like Bono I’m a polarising figure, although my ratio of haters to fans is a marked improvement on his; mine being 1:1 and his being the entire population of the earth:Bono.

Read More

Did you say Kiva or Miva?

The thing with this do-gooding lark is it’s a difficult habit to break. Once you’ve committed to a life of meddling, Butterflying and getting stuck in there’s no backing down, no slacking off, no chance of respite or downtime. So although I’ve been on holiday for a couple of weeks and not actively Zeroing, my do-gooding hasn’t let up a bit.

Read More

Segue from cocky opening to awful subject no less awkward than usual

As a major celebrity on the world stage I carry with me the heavy burden of a certain knowledge; the knowledge that death will come for me soon. We fade quickly, those of us who burn most brightly. Death will come soon and in one of only three ways: a tragic car crash that cuts me down in my prime, a tragic accidental overdose that incriminates a lowlife pharmacist, or a tragic strangle-wank in the wardrobe of a five star hotel.

Read More

Viva Kiva

Payday has passed which means it’s time for a new charity of the month or, as the kids are calling it, a new Chazza of the Month. Or as I’m calling it, a new Chazza of the Mozza. (Chazza ozza the Mozza would be taking it too far.) This month sees a formula breaker as we give not to a charity but to a non-profit microfinance organisation, Kiva. That’ll keep us on our toes.

Read More

Blog archives