2019年06月27日

Hope

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Hi bloggers hope all is well with you all.  Here in London we're still deluged with news about the selection of a new prime minister the choice has now come down to Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.  Not much of a choice in all honesty.  Luckily there's Wimbledon to look forward to.
This week there were three wonderful stories in the news about giving help and hope.  There is a cafe in east London called Eggs and Bread, it's remarkable because you pay what you can afford or not pay it doesn't matter.  The cafe serves porridge boiled eggs toast and drinks. The customers cook and serve themselves, the customers are encouraged to sit with strangers and encourage friendships.
Another project I read about is a charity called Buses 4 homeless.  A former teacher Dan Atkins, 39, came up with the idea last year after he found a homeless man sleeping underneath a coach he was working on for a small business project.  He recruited the help of local carpenters and his former neighbour, and began contacting donors.

Since February, more than 60 volunteers have helped out and the team has raised over £30,000.  The charity offers a three-month program so that homeless guests have that certainty.  They are not the first people to build sleeping buses for homeless people, but the first people to build a holistic program around them.  The people who stay there are offered healthcare, counselling and career advice.

Our society has become very much a throw it away one, if something is broken buy a new one.   In London it is really difficult to find any repair people, however there is hope, in Edinburgh there is a Repair cafe and volunteers fix things that would otherwise be tossed away creating unnecessary waste in a planet that doesn't have infinite resources.   I was very happy to read these stories and I look forward to a Repair Cafe opening near me one day.

Bloggers have a good week, take care over and out London.














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posted by MateoES at 15:42| diary

2019年06月20日

Beautiful ways to save the bees

Hi bloggers hope you've had a good week.  It's been another rainy week in London I know it's much needed so that's good but the grey skies can get a bit gloomy.  I think it's the rainy season in Japan so I'm hoping that the flowers in the pictures bring you some cheer.

The council of Rotherham have created an eight mile river of wild flowers.  The flowers include both native and selected non-native flower wildflowers which provide an extended period of nectar, flowers and seeds that are food sources for many pollinating insects, birds and even some mammals.  It also creates beauty and attracts many visitors.

This is good news as the bee population is in decline.  One third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade and 24 per cent of Europe’s bumblebees are now threatened with extinction. 

Given that bees pollinate around one-third of food crops and 90 per cent of wild plants, which in turn provide food for livestock, the implications of this ecological disaster are alarming.  That's why projects like Rotherham's flowers are such good news.  Awareness has been raised all over England and many villages towns and cities plant wild flower seeds and allow the grass to grow longer, providing shelter for the bees.

Good news as I love honey.  Bloggers hoping you have a good week over and out London.











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posted by MateoES at 19:05| diary

2019年06月14日

Looking for the positive

Hi bloggers well I think that the rainy season is with you, well we're certainly having our own rainy season here.  It's rainy and cold and honestly it's back to winter clothes here.  Not very inspiring neither is British politics not only do we have Brexit we also have a contest to elect a new prime minister.  We don't vote only members of the Conservative party.  Looks like we'll have Boris Johnson.  So feeling very uninspired I searched the news for uplifting news, seek and you will find.  There are many really heartwarming stories, but these caught my eye.

Aldo Ferreira a young man and Benny Defries, 91, have struck up a friendship through a London pilot scheme, which sees people exercise with the elderly to reduce the risk of them falling.

Every week for eight weeks, Aldo would sit in Benny’s living room while they passed a ball to one another.  The pair would then work through a list of exercises for an hour, which were intended to improve Benny’s strength and mobility.



Lisa Barnes works as a manager for British Gas by day and, in her spare time, writes heartfelt messages urging people not to take their own lives.  These notes are then attached to bridges around Manchester.  Lisa has received messages from 21 people who say the notes, part of her campaign called Bridge the gap have stopped them from taking their lives.



In October, 11-year-old Ella Chadwick received a Pride of Britain award for her incredible show of kindness in the face of life-threatening health challenges. 

Born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a kidney condition which quickly led to kidney failure, Ella had a transplant from her dad when she was three however it failed immediately.  She had a second transplant four years ago and has since gone on to help others in similar situations.

In 2016 she spent her summer holidays hand-making 250 ‘get well soon’ cards for kids at the hospital whom she barely knew.  Asked why it felt so important to her to do this, Ella replied: “Because I wanted to make them better.”  She has also raised thousands of pounds for the hospital where she’s spent much of her childhood.

Now that is what I call newsworthy.  Bloggers take care over and out from very wet and grey London.





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posted by MateoES at 14:55| diary