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A Small Something About Manchester.

Yesterday, wasn’t a noteworthy day, until the night went on and conflicting reports came in from Manchester. Manchester, my university city for four years, the people who welcomed me, and a place I called home, and very nearly stayed.

Today, I awoke to news of children targeted at a concert. Not random people in a country far away, but faces that don’t look too far from the same age as my daughter in a city I love.

So many questions, but what I do know is that there were more heroes involved than people responsible for what happened. I know that Manchester is a city that is facing this as one. And I know that events like this remind us to appreciate and show love to the ones around, and not to wait till tomorrow.

But to do it today.

 

Looking For Good News?

Have you ever woken up, and checked the news, wondering what else is wrong with the world?

Perhaps with something like this going through your head?

Good News Page

The Sofa cant shake the feeling that the world is filled with bad news story followed by bad news story. (At least according to the newspapers anyway…). Well The Sofa has cracked a little, and has created The Good News Page on Facebook, in an attempt to make the web a little more positive.

The Good News Page is there to talk about the good stuff in the world.

The Good News Page is there to put something positive into your Facebook feed.

If you like the idea, can you spare The Good News Page a like, and get some good news into your Facebook world.

#Brexit – Through The Eyes of Twitter.

Today, Theresa May wrote to the European Council president Donald Tusk, to trigger Article 50, and officially begin the break up of UKs relationship with Europe.

To mark this day, I considered writing a list of stuff that will probably be lost as a result, or a pondering on if Theresa May actually knows what she is doing?

Instead I figured I would share some of the highlights of how Twitter observed “Brexit Day”:

Any reactions you want to share?

As we start a new week, i’ll just leave this here…

Dear America. A Quick Reminder…

That “Love Thy Neighbor” thing.

Please don’t forget that today.

Thanks

10 Ways To Feel Better on Blue Monday

Been feeling like crap?

Like really – more then having a bad day crap?

You are not alone.

January is generally known for being crap. Seriously, it seems its a mix of things.

To start with, Christmas is over. The bright lights, excitement, and seasonal greetings, are being replaced with dark nights, winter flu, and grumpy souls on the bus. Less mince pies, more salad. You’ve probably also realised those New Year Resolutions aren’t working.

In fact this month is so rubbish a few years ago a PR company coined the phrase Blue Monday to describe the tipping point of crappy feelings that people feel in this post festive gloom. In short, Blue Monday is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. This year Blue Monday is on Monday 16th January, the timing of which is worked out based on a complex formula involving all of the above mentioned issues, and probably more.

I guess “Blue Monday” is mostly rubbish, but January may be rubbish month for many people. It probably a good time to remind ourselves to look after our own mental health.

I’ve found this over at Social Work Tutor Facebook page, and wanted to share this in case it helps someone…

I guess, have a chat with your GP if you’re feeling depressed, stressed, anxious or whatever.

Or at least speak to someone.

Chat to someone online if that’s easier.

kooth.com and www.qwellcounselling.com

You are not alone.

Be like Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Be A Hero.

It’s a popular observation that 2016 has claimed many famous people. One of the most recent being Carrie Fisher known for her role as Princess Leia.

Considering the amount of beloved celebrities that have taken their bow this year, Carrie Fishers death struck me the hardest. She was the one that was part of a crew that I grew up watching fight their way through the galaxy. I spent weekends at home watching VHS recordings of Return of The Jedi, and explored the other two parts during lunch times on the school video players. (I guess I was a geek back then as well).

And I guess that’s why it’s hit the hardest.

I’m getting to the age that I get to see my heroes of the big screen die.

And I guess that’s one reason why being an adult can suck.

The thing with Princess Leia was, she didn’t just get rescued. She took control, rescued others, and bossed the guys around in the process.

The character of Princess Leia opened the way for Rey and Jyn, and all three are action heroes for people today.
Heroes die.

But heroes can inspire new ones in their place.

Here’s one of my favourite Princess Leia scenes…

What is your favourite Princess Leia scene?

Title of this post inspired by manvspink, who has written a great piece on his defining image of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Image from StarWars.com

Random Ways to Show Love and Acceptance.

So, lets face it. 2016 is an interesting year. With arguably negative political campaigns held on either side of the Atlantic, leading to negativity spilling out of the newspapers and impacting people in a real way. It feels like the world is leaving 2016 in a far more negative place then when it entered it.

I’m not going to write a full discourse looking at why this may be the case, instead I’m going to look at a few ideas of what could be done to improve matters. (There’s no way of phrasing the next sentence without being cheesy) How can we spread more love in 2016?

Read The Gruffalo…

Kids books are awesome, and the world needs more awesome. Try The Gruffalo for a flavour of awesome. Actually try anything from Julia Donaldson.

Volunteer For A Local Charity / Organization.

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Because volunteers are awesome, and there’s probably something out there you’d like doing. (I personally know of opportunities to cook, and build lego.*) If nothing else, doing something good might help to improve your CV.

Write A Love Letter To A Stranger.

Like these guys…

 

Abundance redefined. ?? #LL2S

A photo posted by Love Letters 2 Strangers (@loveletters2strangers) on

Cook Your Neighbour A Meal.

Because who doesn’t love free food?

(Doesn’t have to look this nice)

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Offer Free Hugs

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Like EVERYTHING

 

Step 1. Order loads of these stickers from Amazon.facebook-like-sticker

Step 2. PUT THEM EVERYWHERE!!!!

 

Any other suggestions you’d like to share?

*These are two separate volunteer positions, at different places. There isn’t a magical place where you cook AND play with lego…. I dont think.

This post has also appeared on The Church Sofa.

 

The digital ‘bill of rights’ proposed by Jeremy Corbyn

As part of his battle for Labour leadership, you may have seen Jeremy Corbyn and his plans for a Digital Democracy to “democratise the internet” mentioned in the news. It seems this would be achieved by the use of a digital “bill of rights”.

A more simple way of looking at this, is that Mr Corbyn would like to make the internet a more level playing field (particularly in terms of internet speed, and access to information), and government use of the internet (with an apparent focus on engaging young people in politics). Which are policies I agree with.

The main pledge in the digital “bill of rights” that would probably get the most attention is the “Universal Service Network”, this is the pledge that says:

“We will deliver high speed broadband and mobile connectivity for every household, company and organisation in Britain from the inner city neighbourhoods to the remotest rural community.”

Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a commitment to the expected speed, and if the government would be reliant on BT for this promise. But according to his press conference, there would be £25bn pledged towards this happening. So I guess this would help the remote Devon farms to be connected.

The manifesto is available online here, and is an easy read. Reading it though I cant help shake the feeling that this has been said by previous governments before.

I would praise Mr Corbyn for his seeming want to create an inclusive society, as highlighted by comments made about not everyone being comfortable with online services, but I do feel his digital “bill of rights” misses out comment about the costs involved in buying a computer, and potentially teaching people in these online services.

Obviously many people access the web via a smart phone now, but I imagine using a number of the local and central government online services to be a challenge on a mobile device.

I like the heart behind a lot of today’s announcements, but feel more detail would be needed in the future.

For more information, check out the BBC website.

(Post originally appeared on AndesMedia – Photography and Web Design)

Why Brexit happened — and what to do next

I dont often watch TED talks as often as I should.

If you’re interested in Why Brexit happened and what should happen next, I suggest giving this a watch.

If you dont have time to watch it, basically he suggests that maybe we should all talk a little bit more.

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