A day out to the National Memorial Arboretum

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On the 8th January 2017 me, my daughter, my Mom and Dad went on a road trip. These happen fairly often as I don’t drive and my parents like doing them. So when my Dad lovingly offers, we graciously accept and pile into his car!

This time we went to the National Memorial Arboretum which is in Alrewas, Staffordshire. It is open daily between 9am and 5pm and their website can be found HERE.

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The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of remembrance. It features over 300 memorials to military and civilian associations that serve the public.

Entry to the grounds is free although there are donation boxes to help with the costs of the centre’s up keep. There are several other pay for activities such as guided tours, a land train and the Landscapes of life exhibition. There is currently a 50% off entry to the…

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The increasing death toll due to the loss of benefits

Telling it as it is

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I am temporarily holding and updating Black Triangle’s list of people who have been affected by this governments policy of cuts and sanctions:

Please read more about their ethos here: http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/about/

14 Sep 2015 — The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) published guidance to Jobcentre officials who decide whether claimants should have their payments stopped.

The guidance says: “It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without:
1. essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation, or
2. sufficient money to buy essential items for a period of two weeks.”

“The Decision Maker must decided if the health of the person with the medical condition would decline more than a normal healthy adult.”

I have compiled a list of the deceased and those who have been adversely affected using the information from these sites  http://twishort.com/0x9gchttp://blacktrianglecampaign.org/…/uk-welfare-reform…/https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/…/death-after-fit…/

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The “Most Improved Council”: Do As We Say, Not As We Do.

Wirral In It Together

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18th December 2016

We the public don’t get to see the disciplinary records for Wirral’s councillors – or anybody’s councillors for that matter – because sadly they’re highly sensitive and an internal party political matter.

But hey, how useful it would be the next time you’re putting your ‘x’ in a box alongside a name on a ballot paper, usually in early May.  If councillors had been hauled over the coals for:

  • dishonesty
  • not paying their council tax
  • becoming involved in a devious campaign to extort £192,000 of public money

…and if the details were made available in the public interest, we could read down the list, check the circumstances and make an informed judgment.

Or could we?

We’re hearing from a well-placed source inside the council that two Labour members are in trouble right now and allegedly have been hauled before a disciplinary committee this week.  Their names are Christina Muspratt (Bebington) and Walter Smith

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Making fists with your toes: Towards a feminist analysis of Die Hard

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Content note: This post contains spoilers for the film Die Hard, which you will have probably seen already since it came out in 1988. It discusses death and guns.

It gives me life when a certain sector of thin-skinned Nazis get sad about films I like. From Fury Road to Star Wars, their tears bring me joy. Since, like many other people, my favourite Christmas film is Die Hard, it is my intention to highlight how this film is in fact a celebration of femininity, and perhaps one could even call it feminist, for a rather Eighties value of feminism. Am I trolling? I don’t even know any more.

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Our hero John McClane is more of an Ellen Ripley than the Roy Rogers he insists that he is when talking to other men. There are some explicit parallels between Ripley and McClane: both deal with their terror by talking…

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Ann Widdecombe Is Right To Encourage Rebellion Against Political Correctness

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18-year-old Sam would be horrified to hear 33-year-old Sam admit it*, but Ann Widdecombe is actually right more often than she is wrong – and never more right than when she recently gave an interview to BBC Parliament and veered onto the topic of political correctness.

(* As a 19-year-old lefty student at Cambridge, full of self-righteous assurance and moral superiority, I once accosted Ann Widdecombe in the bar of the Cambridge Union after the annual “This House Has No Confidence In Her Majesty’s Government” debate and no doubt made a complete idiot of myself in the process, though for some time afterwards it pleased me to brag about having supposedly confounded Widdecombe with my impeccable logic and well-rehearsed diatribe against the Evil Tor-ees.)

The BBC reports:

Political correctness is “silencing a great body of thought”, the 69-year old says, to the point where she wonders if we can still claim to live…

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An update on the future of Disability Now

An update on the future of Disability Now

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32 years ago Disability Now was founded to provide a strong platform for debate and discussion of disability issues – a platform where disabled people had their voices heard.

Scope has funded Disability Now for 20 years, and we are proud that in that time the publication has showcased the huge diversity of voices and talent from across the disability community and provided a space for dialogue and debate.

We have featured articles and lively discussions about subjects as wide ranging as assisted dying, cybernetics, access to transport, disabled people’s experience of voting and the impact of welfare reform on disabled people’s lives. Our Head to Head podcasts featured interviews a range of high profile disabled people – from Paralympians to journalists, comedians to actors and even members of the House of Lords. And these are just some of the highlights.

The world has changed a lot in the last three…

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