2019年10月31日

Endeavour

Hi bloggers well it's November already, isn't the year passing quickly. 
Saturday brings the rugby final.  It's a long tournament isn't it?

I read an article about the amazing endeavour of volunteers to complete a quilt from a woman who died.  Shannon Downey was at an estate sale in Chicago where a 99-year old woman had died.  In the bedroom Downey found hundreds of pieces of fabric that had been intended for a big quilting project which Smith started before she died.

Downey, who has an interest in quilting was amazed to find all the pieces of fabric collected but not completed.   As soon as She saw the pieces  she knew she wanted to complete it.  It was too big for one person so she took to social media and enlisted the help of 1,000 volunteers who will complete the project.  It's amazing what people can do when they work together.

Another interesting project is one that is taking place it concerns the endeavour to enable prisoners to get a meaningful training in prison to stop reoffending.  The project is called the Clink ( clink is a slang word for prison) it's purpose is to get inmates ready to go straight into jobs and providing the experience and self-discipline of regular, skilled work. It also helps prisoners to get City and Guilds vocational qualifications and to link them with employers in restaurants, hotels and the hospitality industry. 

In Brixton prison there's a training for prisoners to train as chefs and they have a restaurant where members of the public can eat.  The food is good and the restaurant is successful.  The reoffending results of those who are part of this program are very good.  I will go along at some point.

Bloggers have a good week keep warm over and out London.













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2019年10月25日

Sloths

FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers well back in London after spending a wonderful month in Japan. I was so saddened by the suffering caused by the typhoon I hope people are getting the help they need.

London is shrouded in a mist gloomy grey skies and continuous drizzle so I was delighted to discover this article about sloths.

I hadn't realised how cute sloths are, they actually have a negative meaning in English, being slothful is equivalent to lazy and one of the seven deadly sins is sloth. However we humans could learn a lot from sloths.

Modern life is very fast and the pace is increasing with the use of modern technology, we're bombarded with images and getting a lot done, moving quickly is considered laudable.

The sloth could inspire us to slow down. Sloths are one of the slowest moving animals on our planet. Their slowness is pivotal to their success as a species, as they are so slow moving they do not attract predators and they live really long lives.

I also discovered that the sloth also grows in its fur some species of fungi which have been found to be active against certain strains of bacteria, cancer and parasites.

So bloggers I'm now officially a sloth fan. I wish you all a peaceful week.
Over and out London .
















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2019年10月13日

The young ones leading the way

IMG_5333.JPGFullSizeRender.jpgGreetings Bloggers

This week I have read about two very special little boys each inspiring in their own way.



Cody - This is Cody whose three and lives with his Dad in Devon. When they first moved to Devon they were homeless and stayed in a Shelter that provided meals for them as well as a place to live. Now that they have their own flat the father and son cook together. They were very grateful to the support provided to them and wanted to pay back. So now each week Cody and his Dad cook a meal to take back to the Shelter. You can also find Cody on Utube - Cooking with Cody.




Ayaan - This is Ayaan a three years old boy . When he was just two years old his mother taught him an affirmation which he started saying each day. Every morning when he walks to school he says the affirmation
" I am smart. I am blessed. I can do anything. "
A video of him walking to school and saying his affirmation has been shared across the world. His Mum said she taught him the affirmation on his second birthday hoping he would use it but was surprised when he started repeating it on their way to school.

Well Bloggers I've been avidly watching the news and weather. So I hope that you're all safe .

London signing off for another week


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