Hello to 2013!!

It’s 9.30am and my household is still asleep, no doubt avoiding the effects of last night’s celebrations – I can envisage several headaches worming their way into my lounge before lunchtime today.

I visited Facebook already and the world of social networking seems a happy and positive place…I thank the Mayans whole-heartedly for getting it wrong, although I must say that if power companies would’ve switched off for just 10 minutes on the 21st December 2012, I would’ve found it highly amusing.

BBC News – England has just updated the headlines for the day and instead of allowing the ladies of the UK to perv over naked pictures of Prince Harry, we get to see the New Year’s firework display in London.  It’s quite a realisation that yes, even Prince Harry has skin beneath his clothes!

On a serious note, my prayers go to the family of a Blackpool man swept into the sea last night…being a widow, it’s not the kind of news I’d wish on anybody on any day of the year, let alone the first day of a new year.

In this month of January, I intend to discuss gun and knife related crime in the UK. I will introduce you to a charity that is actively raising awareness and attempting to find solutions to curb our growing gang and gun culture by offering advice, activities and workshops to our youth in London.  I will also conduct an interview with the CEO of that charity – an up and coming music artist named Desire McNeish whose first single will be released this year by Universal Records.

On that note, I’d like to draw your attention to a Police Appeal to trace a 15 year old boy they want to speak to in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old in south-east London. All details can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20879826

These crimes happen because we allow them to…their prevention happens when as mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings etc. we protect our children – that protection doesn’t come from hiding what they are involved in, it comes from tough love, from honest talking and from teaching them to own up to their mistakes and paying the price for them. When one person kills another and suffers no consequence it is probable that they will kill another…as a parent who keeps quiet when their child takes the life of another human being, you’re giving a clear message that it was ok and will be ok again.  Your words to them mean nothing when your actions have spoken volumes.

I wish to wish you all a Happy New Year! Thank you for taking the time to read me today, it’s appreciated.