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When will there be Peace?

There are now so many images on social media, and so many good images, well worth sharing, I am unable to share them all there. So, I will share them here. I am shocked, sad, angry and despairing at these images. Non of those emotions or images are in any particular order. I just want the suffering of my fellow human beings to stop.





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Do you remember the photos taken of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers, naked, blindfolded, being goaded by dogs, being humiliated and abuse by the soldiers? Attempts to inflame an already volatile situation. The photo montage of playing not praying looks nothing like this, but is still an massive attempt to inflame and radicalise Muslim believers. If you really want to end terror, stop radicalising,stop disrespecting the beliefs of others.


11 little changes to move your life in unimaginable ways.

1. Listen with your heart, not with your ears- you’ll be surprised at what you hear.

2. Turn off your inflexible button for one day a week – see what life sends for you.

3. Do something thoughtful for one person each week.

4. Change But to And in all that you say – pay attention to how this changes everything.

5. Have a look at “Golden Silence”, practice it in all your disputes.

6. Look at it again; practice it in your sales pitches.

7. Never promise yes when you mean no.
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8. Yes, you’re right, for you, not always for them.

9. Sometimes the journey is just a journey, enjoy it.

10. Tell someone how much they mean to you, even if you think they already know.

Let me know how you get on.

Food bank charity told to stop criticising benefit system or face shut-down – by the government


#The Trussell Trust and the Condem Gov………I know who I trust.
Now the government has tried a different tack: blackmail. Instead of trying to justify the government’s position or undermine that taken by the trust in public, it has been revealed that, recently, “someone in power” told trust bosses that the government “might try to shut you down” if the trust continued to cause it embarrassment.

Originally posted on Vox Political:


What would you do in that situation?

It seems that food bank charity The Trussell Trust has been making too many waves around the Conservative-led Coalition government’s policies regarding benefits, social security and welfare.

Readers may recall how the charity warned that Coalition policies had created a need for a huge expansion in the number of food banks across the UK. The Tories countered this by accusing the trust of “misleading and emotionally manipulative publicity-seeking”, and also of “aggressively marketing [its] services”.

After this failed to make a dent in public opinion, the Daily Mail tried to discredit the trust by claiming it was handing out food parcels without checking whether the people claiming them were bona fide.

But it turned out that the paper’s claim of “inadequate checks on who claims the vouchers, after a reporter obtained three days’ worth of food simply by telling staff at a Citizens…

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Standing Desk a sequel

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Originally posted on musings from outside the asylum:

Day 2

I was pretty achy when I went to bed last night, and pleased with how the raised desk was working out. I am pretty achy today too, and have been here less than yesterday. No reggae either, as I was driving round the glorious French countryside on errands.

I know that several things are happening whilst I am standing here, and one of those things is I am actually burning calories. The reason I was achy (and am now) is because I using muscles to support my body. Back muscles, thigh muscles, calf muscles, etc. When I was sitting in a chair, the chair was doing all this work so my body could slow right down and burn very little energy. So, I have already speeded up my metabolism with little conscious effort.

I like this article I’ve linked to, as there are several health benefits mentioned within…

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Standing Desk

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I’m still standing 2 years on.

Originally posted on musings from outside the asylum:

Day 1.

In the past few days I have been hearing about and reading about Standing Desks.

My chair which is now two years old has lost it cushioning effect. I am obese and spend a long time on my laptop. Have been thinking for a while I need a new chair, along with thinking I need to get off my ar** and spend less time sitting in front of this screen. So, I know how that works. I start of with good intentions and we have been walking more, however it’s not enough, I am addicted to the internet and I getting uncomfortable on my chair.

So, after having a look at what was available (buy a new desk rather than chair) I see that Ikea do some good ones.
Then I realise that one that is mentioned is actually the desk I am using! I look and see…

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Who IS caring for OUR parents?

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Of course the truth behind the Panorama story and other elderly care abuse stories is that we (I hold my hand up) have given over the care (or uncare) of our elderly parents to others.
Maybe we need to question why we don’t care for our old?

Aston Court Nursing Home staff charged with manslaughter

Caring for the elderly, along with caring for the elderly mentally ill and the chronically mentally ill, is one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever do. If you are a carer working with these people, you might go in with ideals and hopes to make a difference. What you might find is a home that is too full, has little money, doesn’t spend money on training and caring for it’s workers.

Care workers who assaulted and humiliated a brain damaged patient jailed for seven months

You will possibly begin to feel under valued by your employer and quite possibly mistreated by an employer who at the end of the day is keen to make a profit rather than offer good staff support and training.
You might find that you are hating your job but stuck. You feel abused by your employer who is not listening as he/she is checking her bank account. She/he doesn’t hear your pleas for more staff, more help, some training, some support and in time this is what you do with your patients. You don”t hear them, you don’t support them and stop caring for them. You come to work, do your job, feel spiteful and unloved and you take it out on the most vulnerable.

So, why don’t WE take care of our elderly? Why do WE hand them over to someone who has never loved them, never known them, and have no incentive to do a good job.

Councils in England ‘pay too little for home care’
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I am not condoning at all what we have seen, and I know for a fact that this is not even the tip of the iceberg but we really must look at ourselves, and at our culture and question why we end up with these cases.

NoRuz: The Persian New Year

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I know, not topical and rather late, but I have just come across this and it’s interesting. We live in a world where other religions and cultures are judged and condemned often with little or no reason or knowledge.

Here is a lovely introduction to NoRuz with Shappi Khorsandi and family.


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