“Tired? A young man like you…?”

“I stopped explaining myself when I realised other people only understand from their level of perception.”

This is a very valid take on the quandary we face whenever someone who is not an acquaintance, relative or friend sees fit to pass comment on us.
In my case the condition is not M.E. – that is my little brother’s burden – but equally difficult to explain to someone who has not experienced my illness. Do we heed the call to arms; and risk appearing defensive, aggressive, apologetic, malingering or just plain pathetic? Or do we say nothing, slink away or tell ourselves that the better part of valour is discretion?
In my experience and life, for what it’s worth, it depends on the situation.

Choice, free will and the better part of valour are wonderful things: exercise yours, here, today, by reading the excellent piece I share today.
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Me and M.E...

by Jonathan Fitzgerald

The pay machine in the car park is on the go-slow and I’m making small talk with the two pensioner ladies waiting in the queue behind me. “It’s a bit like me in a morning,” I quip. “A young man like you?” they chuckle back, unaware.

Now I’m not about to correct and start lecturing two octogenarian ladies in the middle of a car park. In fact initially I feel a little guilty – why am I moaning when they are the old people with the aches and creaking bones

And why would they know any different anyway? I’m having an OK-ish day and they can’t tell I have something like M.E based on our 30-second interaction. And I’ll never see them again, so does it matter? Should it really get to me?

Rewind two weeks and I’m in an exercise class, trying out different things to help my…

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The Council plans closures of Children’s Centres and Nurseries – Have your say at the consultation meetings

An opportunity for concerned parents, professionals and Council Tax payers in Birmingham to lend their voices to the children of Birmingham.
While the Council may have sparse room for manoeuvre, they can register the displeasure and dissatisfaction of the people of Birmingham.
It is true that children cannot vote; however, the adult population can, at parish, municipal, regional and national level; and in Birmingham there was elected a council opposed, in principle, to cuts of this nature that are being enforced by a divisive and hostile UK Government.
The Education, Health and Welfare provision of the United Kingdom only work when predicated on an understanding that the economy serves society, not the other way round.

Birmingham Against The Cuts

They say:

The way that we deliver children’s centres, health visiting services and parenting support services in Birmingham is changing. Have your say on our proposals for a new service model that will bring these services together, for you, in your local area.

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I am SICK of raving right-wingers, UKIPers and racists stealing OUR flag. Let’s take it back.

I am in agreement. It must be said that for every right wing motivated agitator there is a greater number of those folk who don’t really know what they believe and have no persisting beliefs; more thoughtless than narrow minded, though they may well be both. The real villains are those who stir up the passions of the folk who said yesterday they had no interest in politics, who today espouse Brexit and tomorrow, well who knows, maybe calling for public sector workers to receive a pay rise?

Pride's Purge

Every time I see a social media profile with a Union flag, I prepare myself for foaming right-wing racist bile – usually from some narrow-minded, hard-Brexiter UKIP or EDL supporter.

It makes me angry that our national flag – my flag – has been appropriated by these intolerant, ignorant people who think they are representative of our country.

Because they’re not.

You don’t have to be racist, pro-UKIP or a raving loony right-winger to care about our country. We – who are tolerant and open to the rest of the world and other cultures – are just as patriotic as they are.

In fact, we’re MORE patriotic.

Because we’re not trying to destroy our country’s economy for the sake of “taking back control” or other mindless, meaningless slogans.

And we’re not trying to make a quick buck by selling off our NHS to foreign owners.

And we’re not pushing…

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We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Diane Abbott has been a topic of talk, chatter, discussion, criticism – mostly unfair – and, most recently, speculation.
I am very pleased to share this excellent, thoughtful perspective on the subject of Ms Abbott, her story and why she is deserving of respect.

gogwit.

COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP

This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DIANE ABBOTT.

Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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This Message Outlines LKBK’s stance for action before May 2017

Let Our Kids Be Kids

Click Here to Download SATs Letter

Thank you, as ever, to the wonderful parents and teachers who share thoughts and comments on this page every day, providing a wealth of information for those who want change across the country for our primary school children. Whether it be excessive homework, missed playtime, additional tuition sessions, overly prescriptive curriculum or anxiety over tests we all share one common belief – that SAT testing has gone too far and causes unnecessary pressure upon our teachers, our children and the primary curriculum.

Thank you especially to those of you who are child development experts and remind us that our instincts as parents are right; to those of you who are secondary teachers who tell us that the SAT results have no relevance in high school and to those of you who are head teachers who tell us that you are desperate for change but…

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The revealing phrases used by Theresa May which show she is lying when she speaks

Although, to be honest and perfectly candid, the simple truth is that I’m not entirely certain that I agree with this list of phrases one hundred per cent.

Pride's Purge

Psychologists say people who are lying tend to use a few revealing words and phrases which betray their dishonesty.

For example, if an innocent person is accused of, say, stealing something, he or she will simply protest “No I didn’t steal it!”

A guilty person however, will be more likely to say: “Believe me, I didn’t steal it!” or “The honest truth is I didn’t steal it!” or “Let me be clear, I didn’t steal it!”.

And now – according to very interesting research by the Academy of Executive Coaching – we can now reveal the 10 most common phrases which cause distrust particularly when used by executives and politicians.

The ten most commonly used phrases which arouse suspicion and point to dishonesty are:

  1. If I’m honest…
  2. Let me be clear…
  3. Believe me…
  4. The honest truth is…
  5. The fact is…
  6. To be fair…
  7. In terms of…
  8. The…

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The Great EU Debate: Boris Johnson vs Boris Johnson

A prize pair of buffoons, I understand they both share the same forename, oh – and family name too! Not by any chance related? No, I’m sure we’d have been told. I have heard that a week is a long time in politics and the separation in time here is several years. Fifty two weeks in a year, so that’s … A lot of weeks and a long, long time in politics. Time enough to change ones firmly held convictions and core beliefs.
Or maybe one or the other is a mouthpiece for whatever currently happens to be expedient?

Pride's Purge

Boris Johnson debate

Here it is – the great EU referendum debate featuring two of the finest debaters on opposite sides of the EU argument:

Boris Johnson vs Boris Johnson

Question Number 1.
How necessary or important is it that this referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU takes place? Over to you first, Mr Boris Johnson …

Boris Johnson debate 1

 Nov 2012

What do you have to say to that, Mr Johnson?

Boris Johnson debate 2

April 2015

Strong words from Boris for his opponent Boris Johnson. Now for question Number 2.
What would happen if Britain left the EU. Mr Johnson?

Boris Johnson debate 3

March 2016

And what do you think Mr Johnson?

Boris Johnson debate 4

May 2013

So a huge disagreement between Boris and his opponent Boris. Question Number 3.
Some people claim it would be too difficult in practical terms for Britain to leave the EU. Mr Johnson, do you agree?

Boris Johnson debate 6

Feb 2016

Mr Johnson? Do you agree with Mr Johnson?

Boris Johnson debate 5

March 2016

Question Number 4…

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