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Lurking at the Cafe and Bookstore #1

A pleasant surprise to find myself included with a group of other writers at Sally’s place.



#WATWB The retirees who gave up their home to help kids with anxiety

I came across this story via a segment on the BBC’s ‘One Show‘ on Tuesday 23rd. January. Seeking more information I was surprised by an apparent lack of coverage in other UK media. I found this article, from 2015, in an Australian newspaper. That seems to be based around the couple’s ‘Pride of Britain’ award that year. Scroll down the linked page to find them under ‘Special Recognition’ (theirs is the third such award listed).

So, what is it all about? Six years ago Vivienne Morgan read about a teenager who had committed suicide after having been bullied at school. Vivienne was 68 at the tiime, and her husband 91. She decided to open a school dedicated to the care and education of children experiencing anxiety. With no knowledge or experience of education or child care she set about recruiting specialist staff, securing the necessary approval from various authorities and opened the school in her home.

You can learn more about the school from its website or by following the links I’ve provided above.
The Core Values Northleigh House seeks to promote in its students are: positive self-esteem, confidence in one’s own judgement, self-reliance, ambition and compassion, and independence.


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What Would You Do Differently if You Could?

For me it was becoming a shop-keeper. I’d taken up politics in a big way and took the opportunity my employer provided to take voluntary redundancy.

What to  do with that lump sum?

Why, open a shop, of course!

Nothing wrong with the idea in principle, nor the detailed plan – if only we’d stuck to the plan! Instead we were seduced by a man who had a small shop selling his home made ready meals. He was moving into larger commercial premises and needed someone to take on the lease of his shop and continue to sell his products as well as all the usual deli items.

Great for a few months, until he lost a big contract and had to close the manufacturing unit.

The location was all wrong for that kind of shop without his USP.

Supermarkets were starting to develop their own deli counters.

We learned a valuable lesson about following the right dream and not allowing yourself to be seduced by a superficially attractive alternative.

Enough about that, now read Jaye and Anita’s reverse bucket list then go to the comments, either here or over there, and tell us about your worst mistake(s).

via The Reverse Bucket List


Poetry, Music and Painting for Christmas

Sally Cronin hosts Thom Hickey in a cornucopia of glorious art, music and poetry. Any one would be a perfect accompaniment to this holiday season; together they are breathtaking.

via Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Christmas Cornucopia #Patrick Kavanagh #The Chieftains – Day Eight by Thom Hickey


More Seasonal Music

Just in case the music I just shared thanks to Clive at Take It Easy, was not enough, here is some more from author Stevie Turner.

via It’s Getting Christmassy…


Fed up yet with Christmas Music?

Whether or not you are, here are a few you may not have heard yet this year.

I’ve shared a few examples from the Advent Calendar of Medieval Buildings. If you enjoyed them you will have visited the Historical Ragbag blog on which they originated. So now it’s time to introduce you to another blogger I follow whose December blogs consist of a Christmas Song a Day (except that he posts several at once, as in this, his 3rd selection).

His musical taste is one I share – a broad range of genres. If you like this  bunch, do check out posts #1 and #2 in the series.

via #ChristmasSongADay – Part 3


Welcome: the new, improved ‘Press This’

Hugh, of Hugh’s Views and News posted this video tutorial about the return of the WordPress ‘Press This’ sharing button which now has improved functionality.

via The WordPress ‘Press This’ Sharing Button Is Back