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Sandra Gives The Game Away: Jobcentres Given Sheriff’s Stars For Hitting Benefit Sanction Targets


I cannot help but wonder at how UK Gov and some UK media are teaching a whole culture to dehumanise anyone who needs help and support. Any reason to kick them into the gutter is now rewarded.

Originally posted on the void:

sanction-sheriffSandra Lambert, manager of 149 Jobcentres and self-styled lifestyle guru, has spent much of the last few days frantically blocking people on twitter who have been taking the piss out of the cringemaking motivational advice she inflicts on the poor bastards who work for her.

She wasn’t fast enough however to hide the tweet in which she awarded a Texas style sherriff’s badge to Jobcentres in the midlands for upholding their DMA decision rate – as spotted by @refuted.  A DMA means a referral to a Jobcentre ‘decision maker’ to process a benefit sanction.  It is the second time this month a DWP manager has been exposed praising their staff for hitting benefit sanction targets – targets that Iain Duncan Smith’s department have repeatedly claimed do not exist.

It is not just that the DWP are lying which is so contempible, all government departments lie after all.  It…

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DWP Hires Miracle Lifestyle Guru Who Claims 95% Success Rate In Curing Mental Health Conditions!


Life for those already struggling could just get even more fucked up and fucked over. Life style guru my arse!

Originally posted on the void:

definition-isanityFears that the psychological treatments to be introduced in Jobcentres will amount to little more than unscientific quackery look well founded with the appointment of a so-called stress and anxiety management company to provide service for claimants with a mental health condition.

Earlier in the month ITV reported that a company called Start Smiling Again would soon be working across several Jobcentres in South Wales.  According to Minister for Murdering Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, this is part of a package of support that shows that supporting people with a mental health condition is a priority for the current Government.

Start Smiling Again are run by David Rahman, who calls himself a Coach & Blueprint Therapist.  It is unclear whether anyone else is currently involved in the company as their website contains no company information, landline phone number or address.  Instead potential customers are invited to call Dave on his mobile. …

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Amazon making false claims about my honesty!

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Originally posted on musings from outside the asylum:

I am fuming and don’t really know what to do next.

Over the last few weeks I have been following the journey to book launch of an author I admire called Lisa Cherry who has written a book called The Brightness of Stars. (normally I would have put in an Amazon link but that doesn’t actually feel right).
Her book, about her journey, and that of other children who were brought up in the care system in the UK, comes at time when “cared for children” are quite high profile in the press.

During the lead up to the book launch, Lisa held a competition, and I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book. Having read the book, I wrote a review on Amazon. The review didn’t appear (and I sorely regretted not writing it and saving it to Word), so after 48hrs I wrote another. Guess…

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Day Six


There are some people out there who haven’t had any experience of poverty and really don’t understand in the slightest what it looks like, or how it might feel. Even in countries where they live right alongside poor people, they build higher walls, buy cars with tinted windows and complain about how dangerous the city has become.

Originally posted on The Fasting Atheist:

Today was a bit of a challenge. I was fine in that I was my normal pretty upbeat self, but physically my body seemed to be protesting slightly. Years of living and travelling abroad (particularly Ghana, Colombia and Pakistan) have really worked their magic on my body, and it served as a slight reminder to take it easy. But it was manageable; nothing I couldn’t handle.

And anyway, Ramadan is not supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to be hard. It’s supposed to be a reminder of how difficult other people’s lives can be, of how it feels to be poor. This is one of the things that attracted me to finding out more about Ramadan, because the concept of fasting for a month to empathise with the poor seems like an honourable one. Yet at the same time, it made me feel conflicted because it is such a poor…

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An Introduction

Originally posted on The Fasting Atheist:

Welcome to my blog! This is me…… and this is my flatmate, Fatima.

Fatima and I have a lot in common: we both like ‘Made in Chelsea’ (though while for me this is a dirty secret, Fatima is out and proud), we both like bubble tea (though Fatima verges on obsession), and we both go for the (somewhat occasional) run. We are both twenty-somethings struggling to find our way in London with job problems, money problems, friend problems and health problems, and we have both supported each other through all of these things over the past year and a half that we have lived together. But there is one thing that Fatima and I do not share, and that’s our religious beliefs. Fatima is Muslim and I am atheist. Therefore, for Ramadan Fatima fasts, and I do not. Until now. I have promised Fatima that I will fast for…

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Breakfast – why?


I haven’t had breakfast today.  I didn’t have breakfast on Tuesday either.  We’re back on the 5:2 regime and this is the only was I can do it.  Nothing to eat until around 4pm and then Cauliflower Pizza which is very scrummy.

For as long as I can remember we’ve been told that we should/must eat breakfast to get our metabolism working. Apparently if we don’t we will not perform tasks as well, we’ll have no energy and we’ll feel sluggish.  So, for years I have followed advice and always made sure I had breakfast (whether or not I was hungry) and low and behold within 2 hours I was hungry.  It didn’t matter what I ate, porridge didn’t stay longer in my stomach, higher protein didn’t make a lot of difference and my usual toasted Rye bread with butter and Marmite also only lasts a couple of hours.

I discovered last year, when I previously did the 5:2 regime, that not having breakfast or anything to eat for as long as I could on a fasting day worked far better for me.  I noticed higher energy if anything (I guess my body wasn’t having to work on digesting food) and felt far less hungry than when I eat breakfast.  I found that once I’d had my mid morning coffee, I lost that “I haven’t had breakfast feeling” and was coffee time.

So, what are others saying about this?

Do we really need to eat breakfast?

When I tell patients this, many of them agree, saying that a good breakfast “anchors” them for the rest of the day, and prevents indiscriminate eating later on. Others insist that, if they eat breakfast, it kindles their appetites, and they’re off to the races with their food cravings. The latter group often says: “I’m fine until I eat, then it’s downhill for the rest of the day.”

Recently, some counter-think has been introduced into the breakfast debate. With the popularity of Intermittent Fasting, some argue that the longer we go without eating, the better it is for us. During the long period between an early dinner and a late brunch—sometimes up to 18 hours—the digestive apparatus rests, and ketosis is induced; ketosis is a metabolic state in which the body cannibalizes its own fat stores. Restricting eating to a narrow window of say, eight hours per day is a modified and do-able form of fasting.

Advocates of Intermittent Fasting say it reduces insulin resistance, combats inflammation, and even helps mood and memory because blood sugar is stabilized and the brain fuels itself with short chain fatty acids instead of glucose.

7 reasons why you should not eat breakfast.

Breakfast – Not the most important meal after all.

Contrary to popular belief, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact, omitting breakfast, as part of an intermittent fasting schedule, can have many important health benefits, from improving your insulin/leptin sensitivity to helping your body more effectively burn fat for fuel.

Longer bouts of fasting have also been shown to have potent health benefits, including the regeneration of your immune system, as demonstrated in recent research.

Many people find that eating breakfast leads to feeling hungry again soon thereafter, which can lead to unnecessary snacking. This is reflected in another recent study4 into the metabolic effects of eating or skipping breakfast.

As reported by Time Magazine:5 

“…contrary to popular belief, having breakfast every day was not tied to an improvement in metabolism. Prior thought—supported by research—has shown that eating early in the day can prevent people from overeating later out of hunger, and it boosts their metabolism early. The new study which examined causal links between breakfast habits and energy balance couldn’t prove that.”

The study found that eating breakfast was linked to a greater overall dietary energy intake. And again, the type of foods you eat for breakfast may be the key ingredient that is being overlooked in this type of research—both past and present. Typically, you will find that eating a carbohydrate-rich breakfast will tend to make you hungry again far sooner than a low-carb, high-fat breakfast will. The reason for this is because if your body is using sugar as its primary fuel, it will need a “refill” at regular intervals, as sugar is a very fast-burning fuel.


Myths surround breakfast and weight.

“Eating a healthy breakfast is a good way to start the day,” according to the Web site of the United States surgeon general, “and may be important in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.”

But new research shows that despite the conventional weight-loss wisdom, the idea that eating breakfast helps you lose weight stems largely from misconstrued studies.

Only a handful of rigorous, carefully controlled trials have tested the claim, the new report, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found. And generally they conclude that missing breakfast has either little or no effect on weight gain, or that people who eat breakfast end up consuming more daily calories than those who skip it.

So, here I am not feeling hungry despite being up 4 hours and only having one cup of tea and one black coffee. (Black because I refer black, not for purposes of weight loss).

I think in the hyperbole of the 5:2 debut, the idea was that you could do this and eat what you like in the other days. I also know now that it is better to maintain some control and healthy eating plan during the 5 eating days, so during the interim of the Fasting Days we’ve decided to be very low carb which is one of my favourite, healthy ways to eat. We haven’t eaten normal bread, any potatoes, or pasta, or rice since Sunday.  I have recently discovered Chick Pea pasta which is great and high protein.  So, if and when I  would normally make pasta, this is what we have.  You really only need a little, it’s incredibly filling.  We’re not talking Atkins, or Dukan.  I am still having my Rye Toast on those days, but other meals are more or less carb free.

We are both Morbidly Obese and do wish that people would try not to point it out to us the plainly obvious.  One day I am going to have to answer back.  The other night we were out for the evening and after the short film there were “aperos” (drinks and nibbles).  I picked up a drink and a small wafer biscuit.  My petite (and I suspect pretty much naturally so) friend looked at me and said, “You’re not eating again!” in horror.  There was a distraction, so no time for me to have to answer, which is just as well, as it is humiliating when you discover that even your friends judge you on your size. My answer might have been, “I’m sorry, are these for just to look at.”   I often come across people who let stuff slip from their lips when really it would be better if they kept what they were thinking in their heads.  I am sure they don’t think we see what they see.

I wanted to write about the breakfast myth and thought I’d mention what we’re up do and hope that people allow us to get on with it and not tell us about their ideas re diet, regimes and eating plans.  We’re 60 and 67 and have been there, done that and have many diet T shirts.  We know what works, we know why they don’t all work and we know why we’re fat.  We know it’s in our hands and we know that fads, shakes, special diet meals that cost £££’s is not the answer.

So, thanks for reading, thanks for listening and thanks in advance for not teaching an old dog new tricks.

Anyway, the gates are closed and we plan for them to remain so for some time!


Guns with history

Just over 2 years ago 20 year old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook school in America. He used guns he’d taken from his mother’s house, the mother he killed before leaving to massacre at the school.

I blogged about it several times and vented my anger on the blind pro gun owners in America who continued to justify their right to bear arms!

Today I am sharing this powerful video…..will it make a difference?  Who knows. What do you think.



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