Call An Ambulance, Get A Fire Engine

Owning A Dog Could Cut The Risk Of Early Death ..
Owning a dog after middle age could cut the risk of early death by 33%, a study claims.. Singletons aged 40 to 80 who had a pooch were also 11% less likely to suffer from heart disease.. And researchers, who studied 3.4 million people over 12 years, found dog owners in the age group were 36% less likely to die from a heart attack, circulation problems or strokes.
Senior author Tove Fall, of Uppsala University in Sweden, said, “We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation.. Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.”
The findings come after Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, warned that loneliness is killing millions and is as dangerous as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
( Martin Bagot, 18.11.2017 )

Beef Burgers Contaminated With Bugs ..
Just before Christmas, Sainsbury’s cleared their shelves of ‘Taste the Difference’ Aberdeen Angus beef burgers amid fears they were contaminated with killer bug E.coli.. Twelve people had already fallen ill after eating them.
Watchdog The Food Standards Agency warned shoppers, “If you have bought any of the batches, do not eat them.”.. Symptoms include blood in diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and can cause a condition that results in kidney failure.

A New Cure To Treat Arthritis ? ..
Costing from £5,000, but not available on the NHS, the London Regenerative Clinic are offering a cure to treat arthritis.
A new treatment called Lipogems uses the natural healing properties found in your own fat cells to treat arthritic joints and potentially even avoid the need for invasive options, such as knee replacement surgery.. Your own fat is harvested via liposuction, then the juicy stuff, precursor stem cells, is extracted, prepared and injected directly into arthritic areas.. The cells then home in on the arthritic damage, and start regrowing tissue.

Call For An Ambulance And You May Get A Fire Engine ..
The ambulance service is so over-stretched the Fire Brigade is being called out to more medical emergencies.. Latest figures show a 14% increase in the number of callouts with no blazes involved.. And deaths in those incidents where fire officers attended rather than paramedics have more than doubled in the past five years – rising by nearly two thirds last year alone.. The shock-data emerged as it was revealed how police had to take a heart attack victim to hospital because there were no ambulances available.
The Fire and Rescue service attended 173,759 non-fire incidents in 2016/2017 – 14% up on the previous year.. They included 5,088 fatalities, a 64% rise on 2015/16 and up 211% compared to five years ago.. The number of other casualties the brigade shipped to hospital last year from medical incidents where there was no ambulance was 32,928, a 21% increase on the previous year and 59% up on 2012.
( Keir Mudie, 28.01.2018 )

Patients Waiting More Than Four Hours On Trolleys ..
When someone runs an organisation into the ground, the boss usually gets sacked.
But the Tories keep them in the job.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt genuinely believes the NHS is better and safer.
Tell that to the 45,000 patients waiting more than four hours on trolleys.
Or the four million on waiting lists, the nurses at food banks and the chiefs who say staffing levels are so unsafe patients will die.
When Nye Bevan launched Labour’s NHS in 1947 he promised a healthcare system ‘based upon need and not the ability to pay’.. Hunt has changed that to treatment ‘free at the point of use’, if you’re prepared to wait up to 44 months for it.
This week the Department of Health admitted that we have a shortage of 50,000 doctors and nurses.. The growth of the private health service has led to a massive increase in firms’ profits from desperate patients.. Or they queue jump by paying for a private consultation and a fast-track to NHS treatment.
( John Prescott, 12.11.2017 )

Tory Neglect Coming Home To Roost ..
For the Tories to abolish A&E waiting time targets that are regularly missed is crass dishonesty on a dangerous scale.. The dilution, sidelining and abolition of National Health Service goals is the political equivalent of chopping down the mast in the hope nobody spots the white flag.. Because the Tories are surrendering in the battle to improve the NHS.. Instead they starve hospitals and doctors of precious funds while privatising chunks of the service to line the pockets of fat cats.. A&E units, at times, resemble war zones due to chronic underfunding and staff shortages – years of Tory neglect coming home to roost.
( Daily Mirror, 03.02.2018 )

Is Mobile Phone Use Linked To Cancer ? ..
A health boss who used his Blackberry phone for six hours a day has died of a brain tumour.. Ian Phillips, 44, spent his last months warning about the risks of long exposure to radiation from mobiles.. The hospital diagnostics chief claimed his tumour developed because his high-pressure job meant he spent more than 100 hours a month on his cellphone.
( Martin Fricker, 21.05.2016 )

There is no solid evidence to suggest a link between cancer and mobiles.. The problem is they are now so widely used that if someone develops a brain tumour it’s almost certain they have been using a mobile.. That’s not to say that the phone caused it.. Very large studies around the world have not proved a link.. However, the flip-side of this is that there is no evidence there is not a link.
( Professor Malcolm Sperrin, 21.05.2016 )

Taking Statins May Help Cancer Survival ..
Taking statins to cut cholesterol may slash the risk of dying from four common cancers, a study claims.. Scientists discovered ‘striking’ reductions in death rates among cancer patients who also had a high cholesterol diagnosis.. They think treatment with statins is the most likely explanation.. The study found high cholesterol was associated with a 43% lower risk of dying of breast cancer, 47% from prostate cancer, 30% from bowel cancer and 22% from lung cancer.. Dr Paul Carter, of Aston University, Birmingham, who presented the study at a conference in Florence, Italy, said, “We think there’s a very strong possibly that statins are producing this effect.”.. Researchers analysed the health records of almost a million cancer patients admitted to UK hospitals between 2000 and 2013.
( Andrew Gregory, 09.07.2016 )

Advantage Lentil-Munchers ..
For the past few years I’ve been a veggie, leading to raised eyebrows from some carnivores, and abuse from others, who think you are trying to claim moral superiority .. Even though you’re not.. And then there’s the taunts: “Don’t you think carrots feel pain” is a favourite, often followed with “If not eating meat is so good for your body, how come you never see a top sports star living off only vegetables?”.. To which I’ve just discovered the perfect two-word riposte: Serena Williams.. Not just a veggie but a vegan.. And clearly the weakest, sickest-looking tennis player ever to batter her way to 22 Grand Slam titles.. Advantage lentil-munchers.
( Brian Reade, 16.07.2016 )

Insulin Pill May Be Available Soon ..
An insulin pill for diabetics could be on the market within a few years.
The capsule, set to do away with daily injections, is the first oral insulin treatment to reach the last stage of trials before being granted a licence.. Delivering insulin in tablet form is considered ‘the holy grail of diabetes research’.. Experts from Israel and the U.S. have developed a coating to protect the pill from digestive juices in the stomach and mouth together with an ‘acid neutralising’ chemical released once the pill hits the intestines.. Insulin is then absorbed into the bloodstream directly.. Injected insulin takes a more roundabout route through the blood stream making blood sugar difficult to control for some.
( Martyn Halle, 01.08.2016 )

Germs In Refillable Water Bottles ..
Refillable water bottles are crawling with so many germs they are a worse risk than licking your dog’s toy, a study has found.. Tests on four types of bottles used for a week without being washed found those with slide tops had the highest bacteria count – more than 900,000 per square centimetre.. And half the bugs had the potential to harm.. Squeeze tops had 162,000 units and screw tops just under 160,000.. Some held germs known to cause pneumonia, blood infections and antibiotic resistance.. The authors said drinking from refillable bottles can be ‘worse than licking your dog’s toy’ or ‘eating a meal from your pet’s dish’.. Straw tops fared far better at 25 units, with most bacteria harmless.. Researchers said: “Water drips to the bottom of the straw rather than sticking around to attract moisture-loving germs.”.. After the tests – on athletes’ bottles – Treadmill Reviews suggested washing them every time in a mild bleach solution.
( Nicola Bartlett, 12.08.2016 )

Which vegetable has 77% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C, is a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, fibre, vitamin B6, the list goes on ?
The answer:  Cauliflower.
( Saira Khan, 14.01.2018 )

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
( Len Firswood )

No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.
( Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner in 1931 for proving that cancer can’t survive in an alkaline, oxygen rich environment, but thrives in an acidic, low oxygen environment )

A society that keeps cures a secret so they can continue to sell medication for huge profits is not a real society but a huge mental asylum.
( Alfredo Bowman )

We Claim To Be Civilised

A License To Kill ..
Natural England has issued a license for someone to kill up to ten buzzards ‘to prevent serious damage to young pheasants’.. Pheasants are not a native species to the UK, and are bred solely for rich assholes to shoot for sport.. According to 2011 figures, over 50 MILLION non-native gamebirds (pheasants, red-legged partridge) are released into the countryside EVERY YEAR, so that those in the ‘game-shooting’ industry can shoot them for fun.. We also know that the buzzard is a native, protected species, still recovering (in some areas) from decades of illegal persecution.

The holocaust never ended – it switched species.
( Sean Watson )

Brought into the world by humans, so-called ‘farm’ animals spend their entire life trembling with fear, many in constant pain after being abused and tortured, before being brutally murdered.

It’s easy to understand but impossible to justify.
They just don’t consider what’s on their plate have been a living, feeling animal.
That’s a disconnect and it’s one most of us managed perfectly well until we saw the light.
( Mark McKay, 29.11.2017 )

No intelligent species would destroy their own environment.
No intelligent species would cause the extinction of other species.

No mother willingly hands over her own child’s milk at that child’s fatal expense.
( Sabrina Lee )

We act every day in a cruel, treacherous, barbaric way towards innocent animals, and we claim to be civilised.

The real struggle in being vegan doesn’t involve food.
It’s coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful.
( Nick Bean )

When the spineless shits in Government allow fur ‘farms’ to operate and allow the sale of fur to continue, they are equally responsible as the worthless scum who torture and kill the animals and the ugly mugs who buy and wear the cruelty and suffering.

Being vegan is not the key to immortality.. We are all going to get sick and die.
But to know you’re living without harming.. That’s the loveliest feeling.
( Victoria Moran )

The Cruel, Shameful Treatment Of Monkeys ..
In 2014, as evidence mounted about the harmful effects of diesel exhaust on human health, scientists in an Albuquerque laboratory conducted an unusual experiment.. Ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.
German automakers had financed the experiment in an attempt to prove that diesel vehicles with the latest technology were cleaner than the smoky models of old.. But the American scientists conducting the test were unaware of one critical fact: The Beetle provided by Volkswagen had been rigged to produce pollution levels that were far less harmful in the lab than they were on the road.. The results were being deliberately manipulated.
The Albuquerque monkey research, which has not been previously reported, is a new dimension in a global emissions scandal that has already forced Volkswagen to plead guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges in the United States and to pay more than $26 billion in fines.
( Jack Ewing, 25.01.2018 )

The only people the ‘meat’ industry are able to employ to wilfully kill animals are psychopaths, perverts, cowards, and others with mental disorders and sadistic tendencies.

Eat the goodness of the garden.
Not the sickness and suppuration of the slaughterhouse.
( Mark Thomas White )

ALL animals once roamed wild and free, until humans decided to domesticate the most gentle creatures for exploitation and slaughter.

It’s been months since an animal has had to die so that I could eat a meal and I feel smug as shit about it to be honest.
( Mark Hoppus )

We kill animals simply because we have the ‘power’ to do so, and they can’t stop us.. Just how cowards and bullies behave.. Perhaps one day, flesh-eating Aliens will land on Earth, more intelligent and stronger than us, and will like the taste of human flesh.

I Cannot Justify Exploiting Another Female ..
I am a mother against dairy because as someone who identifies as female and a mother, I cannot justify exploiting another female, forcibly impregnating her, and then stealing her child, whom she carried for nine months, just as I carried my son, in order to satisfy a taste bud pleasure.. Our bodies produce milk to feed our babies and every mother, human or otherwise, should have the freedom to birth, feed and raise her child in peace.. If you wouldn’t use my breast milk for coffee or cereal, then please stop using theirs.
( Syl Morello )

The excitement they experience, these worthless lumps of shit who call themselves ‘hunters’, when they murder a defenceless animal is due to their deep feelings of inadequacy and impotence in ordinary life.

Don’t talk to me about peace and non-violence when there’s a dead animal on your dinner plate.
( Colleen Polito )

I will be an Angel when I die.. But for now, I’m just a frightened soul, being abused and in constant pain, enslaved in a land ruled by cruel, evil humans.

Sixty (60) per cent of the world’s biodiversity loss is due to ‘meat’ consumption.
( WWF report, October 2017 )

Ugly lumps of useless human nothingness infest our planet.
They call themselves ‘hunters’.

Millions Of Animals Murdered For The Fur Industry ..
More than 50 million animals a year are killed for the fur industry, including foxes, seals, mink, squirrels, rabbits, and even dogs and cats.. It’s not a by-product of the meat trade, most animals are killed just for their fur.
The fur-trim fashion is as great (if not a greater) threat to animals as fur coats.
Trim for accessories, keyrings, bobble hats and edging is in huge demand, so it’s not ‘leftover’ fur used for trim, the animals are killed specifically for it.
Just because the label says it’s faux, it doesn’t mean you should believe it.
Research by Humane Society International found real fur labelled as faux, or unlabelled, for sale on the high street in 2017.
( Sunday Mirror Magazine, 07.01.2018 )

They call it ‘hunting’.. How sad little creeps make themselves feel like big men.

Verily, there is heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal.
( Prophet Muhammad )

The blood-soaked ‘meat’ industry relies on the mutilation of baby animals, where life for these little souls is short and filled with pain, disease and fear.

Vegan, because the strong always protect the weak.

Fear Allah in your treatment of animals.
( Abu Dawood )

Masked Men Murdering Badgers ..
In Pembrokeshire, UK, on the 18th May 2010, more that 24 police officers, in what was called ‘operation cascade’, descended on a smallholding.
The land owners were given ten minutes notice.
With the police were contractors, there to prepare for the killing.
The contractors were wearing balaclavas, which they refused to remove.
This means that masked, armed men are being allowed to invade our homes.
That morning, as police left HQ for their sortie, they were told to be prepared, because they would be arresting ‘normal, law-abiding citizens’.
An eight-hour stand-off ensued.
Adrian Stallwood, an emergency room doctor, who was there, said:  “Rational people oppose this cull.. Never mind the threatening nature of the raid, can you imagine what this stand-off cost the taxpayer ?”
“As a physician, I understand vaccination as opposed to extermination.. A cull makes the problem worse.. The objective is to cull 80% of badgers in Pembrokeshire, which is 1500 to 2000 badgers, maybe more.. What happens when you cull is that the animals disperse, which spreads the disease further.. The new population – and the badger population will recover in a few years – is sicker.. If you vaccinate every year, the population becomes healthier”.

When you have no respect for one species you have no respect for any species.
( Rose Winfold )

The Real Victims ..
Animals are the real victims on this earth.
They don’t have wars, they don’t have weapons.
They don’t argue, or fight over, or impose religion.
They don’t kill other animals for amusement.
Their only crime is that they exist.

Going vegetarian can prevent, and sometimes reverse, our nation’s biggest killers, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.. Muscle your way to better health.
( Michael Clarke Duncan )

Being vegan only takes three things..
A heart, a brain, and the willingness to use them both.

We Are Eating Cruelty ..
When we eat animal products, we are directly consuming high blood pressure, stress, and adrenaline.. We are eating fear, grief, and rage.. We are eating suffering, horror, and murder.. We are eating cruelty.. If you don’t like animals being hurt and killed.. Stop paying people to hurt and kill them.
Deceiving the ignorant masses that we have animal welfare and that ‘farm’ animals are treated ‘humanely’ is simply a ploy by the blood-soaked ‘meat’ industry and its wealthy shareholders to continue making money from the simple-minded, meat-eating population.

I picked her up and ran to the shelter of nearby trees, applied a tourniquet to her injured leg and called the medics.. I stayed with her constantly.. She had saved my life on so many occasions, I had to make sure that I was there for her.
( Corporal Juan Rodriquez on saving VC war dog Lucca after a roadside bomb )

An Obese American Shooting An African Elephant ..
The excitement they experience when they murder an unarmed animal is entirely due to their deep feelings of inadequacy and impotence in ordinary life.. So they try to compensate for this sense of inferiority by shooting something much stronger and braver than they are.. I once watched a documentary about an obese American shooting an African elephant.. As the elephant sank slowly to the ground, the American announced that it was ‘the most gratifying moment of my life’.. We all felt nothing but contempt.. Since the reason to bring a trophy back is to show off to other people how ‘manly’ and ‘exciting’ you are, banning trophies would immediately remove this disgusting motive.
( John Cleese )

Animals don’t perform tricks because they want to, they do it because they’re afraid of what happens if they don’t.

Lamb Is What It Sounds Like – A Baby Or Juvenile Sheep ..
Lamb in the UK is called lamb if it’s killed and marketed in the year of its birth (or in the year following its birth if the lamb is born after 30 September).
Over 15 million sheep are slaughtered every year in the UK – around half are lambs.
Sheep have a natural lifespan of between 10-12 years.

Veganism is not a diet.
It’s a choice your heart makes.

You call me vermin, destructive and dangerous.
Yet you humans have managed to destroy entire eco-systems, pollute the ocean, and hunted other species into extinction.
( Sally the Fox )

A Bloody Stain On Our Civilisation ..
There may only be 20,000 lions left in the whole of Africa.. Almost 2,000 rhino were poached in South Arica in 2015.. Yet it is possible for a tiny, wealthy elite to travel to Africa and kill hundreds of elephants, lions and rhinos, the world’s rarest and most iconic wild animals, legally and for fun.. Trophy hunters rob the rest of us of our shared wildlife heritage.. It is time for a practise that leaves a bloody stain on our civilisation to end.
( Will Travers, President of Born Free, April 2016 )

Sunshine Beyond The Clouds

Life Rap ..
Homelessness messes people up mentally
What’s this meant to be ? The 21st century ?
People freezing on the streets they aint meant to be
Without a home no friends no family
Stealing to eat so they be banning me
In the meat wagon feds they be ramming me
But it’s a roof for the night that’s my plan you’ll see
Brothers and sisters on the streets they’ll all agree
We’re just shadows and outcasts of society.
Mental health saying split personality
Got my meds now backtrack to reality
Loop hole in my mind it’s insanity
I can’t escape it like I can’t defy gravity
Demon inside, back off you aint having me !
I aint asking for a saint or a saviour
Just saying I need some help with my behaviour
Cos apparently to myself and the public I’m a danger
The way my mind is superman won’t save ya
Even if you’re god-sent born in a manger.
David McNally

Lines Of Duty ..
It’s God forsaken, nothing less
This jungle land, this wilderness
This land that nature’s claimed her own
This land so very far from home.
These mighty hills and valleys below
These rivers roaring as they flow
Towards the far and distant sea
Like lost souls in eternity.
And everywhere this jungle growth
By nature’s hand completely loath
To yield its secrets unto man
Secrets of a forgotten land.
Bamboo clumps, a stifling mesh
That rips the clothes and tears the flesh
That makes man curse and long to be
Away from all its treachery.
Malaria, illness, skin disease
Insect bites that never cease
Scorpions, snakes and leeches clinging
Monsoon bugs incessant ringing.
Oh for the day when the hostile men
Are driven from this land, and then
We can leave this Burma and
Return to our own beloved land.
Dennis Leedham

The Pub ..
The pub is a quaint old tradition
Where beer is dispensed with a smile
By barmaids with huge, heaving bosoms
Who are chatted up once in a while
It’s a place you can take all your problems
There’ll be someone to lend you an ear
Who’ll be patient and most sympathetic
While you sit there and cry in your beer
It’s a place often ringing with laughter
Where the news of the day is debated
Whether football, religion or politics
A carnival mood is created
So go down to your local this evening
Make merry and drink of your fill
Cos you know you’ll be cosy and welcome.

Dear Friend ..
I’m hoping that these words
Are somehow able to express
How to have you as my friend
Brings so much happiness.
For whenever I can see
Only grey clouds in the sky
And all the joy in life
Just passes me right by.
I know that you are there
To help and encourage me
And to remind me that there’s sunshine
Beyond the clouds I see.
There aren’t any words to thank you
For always standing by my side
For being there to share my happiness
And the times when I have cried.
So I feel so very privileged
To know that every day
I have a friend as kind as you
To walk with me on life’s way.

For Gladys ..
The jungle is dark my darling
And danger is ever near
But through it I hear you calling
‘Come back safe my dear’.
I hear those words you said to me
It seems so long ago
Before I sailed across the sea
Before I met the foe.
Now as we creeping through
The jungle’s dark and gloom
I whisper, ‘I’ll be back with you
My darling, one day soon’.
Dennis Leedham

England’s Rose ..
The day we lost our Nation’s Rose
Tears we cried like rivers flowed
The Earth stood still
As we laid her to rest
A day you and I will never forget.
( Written by Lewis Hamilton to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death )

A Dangerous Amount Of Bull

A Creeping Form Of Tax ..
London authorities are accused of generating income via controlled parking zones, bus lanes, congestion charges, parking tickets and so on, in lieu of traditional business rates and council taxes, which are politically more unacceptable.. It is a creeping form of tax which is undemocratic, bears no relation to ability to pay and is one of the small things that is really undermining the quality of life in London.. Parking tickets and fines are intended to improve traffic flow, not to raise revenue or penalise people carrying out their legal business.

The Fewest Soldiers Since The 1700s ..
Almost 18,000 British soldiers are unfit for the frontline, figures reveal.
Many troops have been medically downgraded after suffering wounds and mental health issues such as PTSD from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.. But thousands more have chronic knee and back problems, or conditions including obesity and diabetes linked to stodgy cookhouse food such as fry-ups, chips and puds.. MoD figures show 7,890 soldiers are classed as ‘medically non-deployable’, meaning they cannot go to war.. And 9,971 are ‘medically limited’ and unlikely to be sent on operations.. Freedom of Information statistics also show the RAF and Royal Navy have 10,000 personnel between them who are not fit for combat duties.
Britain now has just 60,000 soldiers fit enough to serve on frontline operations – the fewest since the 1700s.
( Sean Rayment, 12.11.2017 )

Tories Treat Children As ‘Guinea Pigs’ ..
A Cabinet minister who thinks allowing some pupils to fail is fine has been condemned for treating children as ‘guinea pigs’.. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has admitted she believes experiments that go wrong at free schools are a price worth paying.. Former Education Minister Ms Truss said, “With freedom there does come risk. There are free schools that haven’t done as well, or there have been cases where pilots haven’t worked. I believe in trying those things and seeing what impact they can have, rather than being risk averse and not trying them.”
Dr Mary Bousted, joint chief of the National Education Union, said, “Liz Truss’s statement amounts to an admission the Government has put its pursuit of ideology above the interests of children’s education. This approach is both reckless and wasteful, and has resulted in real harm being done to communities where schools have had to close.”
( Nicola Bartlett, 28.10.2017 )

High Stake Gambling In UK ..
Gamblers in the UK can stake more on machines than anywhere else in the world, outside Las Vegas.. A new study says Britain is the only country to allow £100 punts on fixed-odds betting terminals.
It adds that one in three problem gamblers earn £10,400 a year or less.
The report by think-tank ResPublica says Belgium allows the second-highest stakes – £21 – but most European countries limit them to under £1.
( Keir Mudie, 22.10.2017 )

The Tories Secretly Blow £3million ..
The Tories have secretly blown £3million of taxpayers’ cash in a failed bid to privatise the NHS staffing agency.. Ministers spent the money on consultants in a desperate bid to sell the respected NHS Professionals Organisation which supplies doctors and nurses to hospitals.. But they were forced into a u-turn by angry MPs, medical chiefs and health unions.
( Andrew Gregory, 14.10.2017 )

Five Billionaires Own 80% Of UK Media ..
Rupert Murdoch, Fred Barclay, David Barclay, Jonathan Harmsworth, Richard Desmond.. The five billionaires who own 80% of the UK media.
Their influence on elections is huge, yet they and their companies are registered abroad.. They pay no UK tax, and that’s how they want it to stay.
Which is why they back the Conservative Party.

Failure Of ‘Big Society’ And ‘Shared Society’ ..
When over 100,000 children live in precarious housing such as other people’s living rooms, B&Bs or temporary shelters, where entire families kip on the floor, we have to admit that David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ and now Theresa May’s ‘Shared Society’ is more than a failure, it’s a social catastrophe.

We’ve Become A Consumer Society ..
There are never any golden ages, but at one time Britain did have a great empire and we were the first industrial nation.. That transformed everything, our identities, social life, work, everything.
We’ve become a consumer society, in an all-pervasive way.. We’ve lost control of our national destiny through the power of international capitalism.. You’ve only got to look at the banking crisis to see democracies are powerless, and it’s getting worse.
( Michael Wood, September 2012 )

Afternoon Tea ..
The concept of afternoon tea is attributed to Anna Maria, the Duchess of Bedford who in 1841 began to regularly partake of tea and a light snack during the late afternoon to sustain her during the long hours between breakfast and evening dinner.. It became a social occasion, with friends joining her at Woburn Abbey and also at her London residence.. The practise became widely copied and evolved into elaborate society affairs with crust-free sandwiches and slithers of cake and scones presented on delicate china.. Guests would receive formal invitations and were expected to conform to contemporary etiquette concerning everything from what to wear, to how to pour the tea.
( Best of British Magazine, January 2016 )

A Dangerous Amount Of Bull ..
The more we learn about Boris Johnson the more we discover the Foreign Secretary talks a dangerous amount of bull.. His backing of the Spanish bloodsport, in which animals are cut and wounded then slaughtered for fun, is totally obnoxious.. Johnson paid as little attention to detail to what really happens in bullfighting rings as he did before opening his big mouth and potentially doubling by five years the jail sentence of a British woman in Iran.. The Foreign Secretary never knows what he’s talking about.. Killing animals for kicks is uncivilised and Johnson appears ignorant of the opposition in much of Spain.. If Johnson really thinks opposing bullfighting is political correctness gone mad, let him argue his case for animal cruelty in public.
( Daily mirror, 11.11.2017 )

The Increase In The Number Of Motor Vehicles ..
In 1890, the average distance travelled by a UK citizen in a year was 13 miles.
A century later, many people would expect to cover the same distance every day.. The car had much to do with this.
By 1950, there were 2.26 million cars on British roads.. Some 20 years later, the number had increased five-fold, to 11.51 million.. By 2000, there were 26.5 million cars on our roads.. This equates to an increase in private motor vehicles of 1,200% within 50 years – in the same period road capacity rose by just 33%.
( Martin Handler, January 2016 )

Is Atheism A Religion ? ..
Atheism, of course, is a ‘religion’.. Once you form a group and give yourself a label, and then promote your beliefs and condemn all others, whether it be a creator or an idol or a massive stroke of luck, then that becomes a ‘religion’.
Something is a religion if it has a position on a creator and/or the afterlife.. Atheism certainly does.‬. ‪If they don’t have a position on the existence of a creator or the afterlife, they’re not religions.‬
‪You can believe in evolution without taking a position on a creator or the afterlife.. But evolution can take on a religious dimension if it is proposed as a reason to either reject or accept belief in a creator or the afterlife.‬
‪There is an Atheist ‘Church’ in London, and writer Alain De Botton unveiled a Manifesto for Atheists, listing ten virtues, or as the press dubbed them, ‘commandments’.

Moral Leadership ..
The eyes of the world are turning to Great Britain.. We now have the moral leadership of the world, and before many years are over we shall have people coming here as to a modern Mecca, learning from us in the twentieth century as they learned from us in the seventeenth.
( Aneurin Bevan, Labour Minister of Health, July 4, 1948 )

The Things That Separate Us

Quiet people have the loudest minds.
( Stephen Hawking )

Dumb politicians are not the problem..
The problem is the dumb people that keep voting for them.

The American Way ..
A Nation that has the death penalty, allows its citizens to carry guns, has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons on the planet, and threatens smaller Nations with violence and invasions in an attempt to make them behave how they don’t.

Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated.
( Albert Einstein )

Don’t fear weapons of mass destruction..
Fear weapons of mass distraction.

What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.
( Isaac Newton, 1643-1727 )

Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it’s not a problem to you personally.

Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.
( Lucy Parsons, 1853-1942 )

Common sense is not a gift..
It’s a punishment because you have to deal with all those who don’t have it.

My goal is simple.. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
( Stephen Hawking )

I am in competition with no one.
I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone.
I’m simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.
( Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968 )

We won’t find a cure for life-threatening diseases until we find a cure for greed and selfishness.

Those of us who are warm and dry and safe and well-fed must show up for those who are cold and wet and endangered and hungry.. That’s a rule of life.. Every ethical and religious and spiritual tradition in the world agrees on that rule.
( Elizabeth Gilbert )

Fear doesn’t stop death, it stops life.

Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one.. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.
( Eckhart Tolle )

Yes, I’m crazy .. No, you can’t have some.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
( Eckhart Tolle )

Governments don’t want an intelligent population, because people who can think critically can’t be ruled.. They want a public who are just smart enough to pay taxes and dumb enough to keep voting for them.

True humility is not thinking less of yourself.. It is thinking of yourself less.
( Rick Warren )

Freedom Of Speech ..
You are not a racist for simply discussing your concern about the barbaric ideology of Islam, and how Muslim immigration can destroy your country’s quality of life, like it has in some European countries.. Don’t buy into political correctness bull-shit your government is trying to dump on you.. Freedom of speech is something you should never allow government to take from you, as your children will never get it back.

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State has become lawless or corrupt.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

A privileged, entitlement culture lurks at the heart of the Conservative Government.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people things they do not want to hear.
( George Orwell )

He said, “Don’t you feel lonely living in your own little world ?”
She replied, “Don’t you feel powerless living in other peoples’ worlds ?”

I’m like Victoria Beckham, you know, when she’s really, really, really hungry, she has a piece of lettuce.
( Anne Robinson )

Men should be glad that women just want equality and not revenge.

Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
( Eckhart Tolle )

Keeping Them In Control Was Not Difficult ..
Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds.. To keep them in control was not difficult.. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations.. And when they become discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.
( George Orwell )

The Things That Separate Us ..
That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about, the things that separate us.. Things that make us different from one another.. That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society.. They try to divide the rest of the people.. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money.
( George Carlin, 1937-2008 )

Governments want efficient technicians, not human beings, because human beings become dangerous to governments, and to organised religions as well.. That is why governments and religious organisations seek to control education.
( Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986 )

The British and American Intelligence along with the Israeli Mossad worked to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).. A terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “The Hornet’s Nest”.. It is created to protect the Zionist Entity of Israel by creating it with religious and Islamic slogans.. The only solution to protect the Jewish State is to create ISIS near its borders.
( Edward Snowden )

Controlled poverty is what the Tory wants, not the abolition of poverty.
( Nye Bevan, 1897-1960 )

A German Soldier Shot Her Dead ..
My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town.
A German soldier shot her dead in her bed.
My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.. The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians.
( Sir Gerald Kaufman, 1930-2017 )

Land Seized By Force ..
Consider how the so-called owners of the land got hold of it.
They simply seized it by force, afterwards hiring lawyers to provide them with title-deeds.. In the case of the enclosure of the common lands, which was going on from about 1600 to 1850, the land-grabbers did not even have the excuse of being foreign conquerors.. They were quite frankly taking the heritage of their own countrymen, upon no sort of pretext except that they had the power to do so.. It is desirable that people should own their own dwelling houses, and it is probably desirable that a farmer should own as much land as he can actually farm.. But the ground-landlord in a town area has no function and no excuse for existence.. He is merely a person who has found out a way of milking the public while giving nothing in return.. He causes rents to be higher, he makes town planning more difficult, and he excludes children from green spaces.. That is literally all that he does, except to draw his income.
( George Orwell, 1903-1950 )

Capitalism has outlawed its usefulness.
It takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.
( Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968 )

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
( John Maynard Keynes, 1883-1946 )

The war is not meant to be won.. It is meant to be continuous.
( George Orwell, 1903-1950 )

I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle your kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I aint a gonna kill nobody.. Plenty of rich folks want to fight.. Give them the guns.
( Woody Guthrie, 1912-1967 )

In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
( Franklin D. Roosevelt )

When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character.
This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor.
But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw.
Stigmatise those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.
( Sarah Kendzior )