Interview with Michael Dickel

Interview with Michael Dickel   I am fortunate enough to be able to call the writer, poet, educator, artist and musician, Michael Dickel, “friend”. Yet while we’ve shared an equality through creative writing and also as human beings, I’ve never really delved into the life and journey of that friend…until now.   Michael has a … Read more

Just When You Thought I’d Vanished…

  Up I pop with not very much to say, in honesty. It’s been a while since I wrote here…not because I’ve ceased to have an opinion, nor because I don’t feel my voice has any importance, but because I’m taking time to observe the world and its people around me.  I’ve also been rather … Read more

The Potential Costs of Farting in Public…

  “Totally Insane” would adequately describe the Tory government and its legislative proposals.  I’m astounded at what I’ve just read – that farting in a public place can be considered as an “annoyance” and thus, under potentially new measures, can be deemed punishable under the new replacement for the dreaded ASBO, the IPNA (Injunctions to … Read more

Credit Unions – The Trusted Alternative to Banking

  What is a Credit Union? A Credit Union is a not-for-profit community savings and loans co-operative run by the community for the community, where people put their money/savings in so they can be lent to others.  There are approximately 450 Credit Unions across the UK.   What is a co-operative? A co-operative is basically … Read more

The Story of George Rolph. (part iv)

DAY 23: FROM GEORGE ROLPH – A STATEMENT OF REASONABLE DEMANDS AND A FURTHER CALL TO ACTION. Posted on 12th June 2013 – Day 23 of George’s Hunger Strike George’s FB page:   A STATEMENT OF REASONABLE DEMANDS AND A FURTHER CALL TO ACTION.   George Rolph 14 hours ago   “When I first began … Read more

Interview with George Rolph.

Hunger strike: Day 20.   Q.  Firstly and most importantly, how are you feeling both physically and mentally? A.  I actually feel very good right now. I am clear headed, in no pain at all and as determined to finish this as the day I started.   Q. For those amongst us who are still … Read more

The Story of George Rolph. (Part iii)

  I’ve spent the past few days wondering how George is. Today I visited his new Facebook page and read the following update: “Hunger strike: Day 18. Health Report And Other News. John 15:13. June 7th 2013. I want to begin by warning people NOT to copy me and to begin your own hunger strike. … Read more

Obesity: Part 2

So, I went to a top London Hospital yesterday morning, booked in and at 10am, had my gastric band operation. The procedure went well, although finding a vein that would behave itself was rather difficult.  I spent the day in and out of consciousness, fighting the effects of the anesthetic, whilst fighting with my brain … Read more

Petitions Against Austerity & Other Useful Links:

It isn’t enough anymore to sit and drink tea and dunk biscuits you can ill afford.  Complaining to your neighbours won’t change anything.  If we don’t stand up and be counted, there’ll be no one left to count, except the wealthier folks of our society of course and their hefty tax rebates.  There are plenty … Read more

Atos…so sue me.

Atos are the Information Technology (IT) company paid £100m per year by David Cameron and the ConDem UK Government to determine whether disabled people are “fit to work”. In their own words and from their own website, they describe their company as “Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual … Read more