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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.

‘Get the baby out of here’ – Trump tries to get along with a baby…

It seems that Trump has tried to get along with a baby… and failed…

Moral of the story? Don’t let your kid cry when Trump is speaking. I guess…

Dear David Cameron, Good Bye, and Thank You?

Dear David Cameron,

I’ve wondered over the last couple of days, as we’ve seen you moving on from being PM (and possibly a massively well paid speaking job and / or middle eastern peace seeking role), what my daughter will hear about you as she grows up? What will she hear about how the country was led back when she was born?

Will she hear about how you encouraged a Big Society as you came to power? And how that phrase seemed to disappear as time went on?

Will she cover the Libyan war in History? I wonder what people will say about that, and how the after effects were managed?

If she asked, would I mention about how some may say that your party’s campaign tactics have been a little… negative?  The thing is, it has occasionally worked for you.

What will people say if she asks about Englands response to the refugee crises? (As a side note, I guess thats still ongoing, not heard about it in the news recently)

I guess a lot of what she will hear will depend on what happens over the next few years. Will the UK still be United? I wonder if History will come up with a clear reason over why we had a referendum?

Would I tell her about the welfare state, the sanctions, and the changes in the benefit system that arguably led to a rise in Food Banks?

Or should I just explain that it was in your time that I and others really seemed to start to care about politics? That people gave up their own time to help other people, and run things like foodbanks? I guess some would argue you’ve done something about housing.  Stuff like that, I guess you should be thanked for.

Anyway.

Thanks for your time. (I guess time will tell anyway. )

 

 

Dads Sofa

P.S. Thanks for not taxing pasties.

Who should be the next England Manager? (From The World of cbeebies)

Over the last seven days it feels almost everyone is resigning their jobs. It started with a Prime Minister, and now the England Manager job is vacant.

This led me to wonder (possibly in a fit of post EU Referendum result depression) Who, in the world of cbeebies, should be the next England Manager?

The Voice from Sarah and Duck

Sarah and Duck TitlesLets look at “The Voice” from Sarah and Duck. Is he is a parent figure? Is he the voice of a shared consciousness between the characters? Either way, he seems to be a respected and possibly knowledgeable figure in their lives.

Sadly due to his only feature being a floating voice, he wouldn’t be liked by any media outlet (except possibly radio). Therefore he is out of the running for England Manager.

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He is the key figure in a crowd of various strange, amusing, and talented individuals. He is the one that appears to hold them all together, to the point that he is the last one asleep at night.

Sadly his lack of ability to talk could be unfortunate, but some may see that as an advantage.

Mr Tumble

TumblejpegI’m sure people would be ok with a clown in charge of the England team.

But some may argue he should be the next Prime Minister.

Charlie and Lola

How about some sort of joint position? Charlie would be the sensible one that talks to the press… the players… other managers… everyone.

Lola would be the one that comes up with the tactics.

Sid and Rebecca from Lets Play!

letsplay_slidemain (1)This could be a winning formula!

Every week, Sid or Rebecca takes on a new job, and seem to do that job really well. These jobs seem to range from Nursing to being a Rock Star. Whatever it is they do, they seem to do it well. Therefore I would argue for another joint position, with both Sid and Rebecca in charge.

They pretend to do everything else well, I’m sure they can both pretend to be the England Manager.

Any other ideas to add?

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