Helping Jo With Her Last Chapter.

in recent decades civilised societies have lost their way, pursuing material well being without giving sufficient thought to its effect on the environment, other people and future generations. Continue reading Helping Jo With Her Last Chapter.

Saigon to Belfast – and Back – With Love #WATWB

The story I’m linking to today first appeared in January although I only came across it via a segment on the BBC’s One Show on Wednesday. In 1975, as the Vietnam war was drawing to a chaotic close, a young Vietnamese woman became ill. She placed her infant son in the care of an orphanage whist she was hospitalised for treatment. Soon afterwards American soldiers removed the children from the orphanage for protection in the face of rapidly advancing Viet Cong troops. Subsequently American planes evacuated a large number of orphan children to the USA. Not to be out done … Continue reading Saigon to Belfast – and Back – With Love #WATWB

#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. … Continue reading #WATWB The retirees who gave up their home to help kids with anxiety

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 … Continue reading What Would You Do Differently if You Could?

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 … Continue reading Fed up yet with Christmas Music?