United in Grief

18 Aug


A beautiful moment in Manchester. Renee Black, 93, and Sadiq Patel, praying together in Albert Square. She is Jewish, he is Muslim.

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“Whilst we can (and should) cherish and celebrate our ‘unique’ differences, let not our different beliefs divide us, but let the Spirit of our shared humanity be what defines and unites us as common inhabitants of our planet.”



“Together, one heart, one mind, one life, one small step at a time, let’s plant the seeds of hope for a better and brighter future… then together let’s walk towards it.”
dawn best

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“The strengths that are inside you are what will lead you to victory and triumph in your life.”

15 Aug

Living with Head/Brain Injury (TBI)

“The strengths that are inside you are what will lead you to victory and triumph in your life.”

from https://www.facebook.com/livingwithheadinjury/



“The mind is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.”


“Sharing, supporting, informing,  enlightening, “entertaining”(??), encouraging, empowering, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”
enough there for now, c!
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us; but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”

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In the Land of Israel

10 Aug

Diary of an Aesthete

Israel, that ancient and mysterious land, a name, a word so evocative, a place like no other, with the vast waters of the Mediterranean on one side, and a whole host of powerful Arab nations surrounding on all other sides, has been a strong and fascinating country for me to explore… and another key destination on my Global Pilgrimage.

Behold this new world, a land you always dreamed to explore but never imagined would so soon
become such a magnificent reality…

A melting pot for the world’s most influential faiths, a land of believers, the setting for some of history’s greatest and most terrible stories, legends, wars, and of course holy books like the Quran, Torah and the Bible. Israel is considered the Holy Land by all three of the major Abrahamic religions, being the place where God was said to have given life to Adam and Eve…

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The principal of New Plymouth Boys’ High School has been winning hearts after making a heartfelt address during assembly about youth suicide.

9 Aug

Inspirational videos

Breaking the silence

Speaking at an assembly in front of 1200 male students’ Principal Veric delved into unfamiliar territory.

“I used a word that was rarely used in single sex traditional boys schools and that word was love.




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“No problem is too big to overcome, when people show and share love

love angelou

brilliant dawn

Best wishes from the First City to see the sun, the light each new day

Share, encourage and spread HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT

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Painting the Sand: British Army’s most highly decorated bomb disposal expert

8 Aug



Staff Sergeant Kim Hughes is the British Army’s most highly decorated bomb disposal expert. During a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009, he defused a total of 119 IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and survived numerous ambushes by the Taliban. The following year he was awarded the George Cross Medal from the Queen for his heroic efforts after dismantling seven insurgent bombs by hand without any protective clothing so that four seriously injured soldiers, and the bodies of two dead comrades, could be recovered from the area. It has been described as the “single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan”.

He has just written a tell-all memoir called Painting the Sand – a shocking and devastating story about his time on the frontline in the deadliest area of the country.



and http://www.quietheroes.wordpress.com

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What Does it Feel Like to be Brain Damaged?

8 Aug

Death of a prize-winning dissident

24 Jul