Thursday, 2 July 2015

2nd July 2015

The passing of a greatly talented and fine singer Val Doonican is sad, but let’s remember his relaxed way that he was able to share his smile and his music with us all, will rekindle many happy memories to millions of people, R.I.P.

Guardian Report Maurice McLeod
It’s hard to think of my mum as anything other than the formidable woman she is today. But when she left Jamaica in 1965, she was just a timid 21-year-old. 
Like so many young people from the Commonwealth at the time, she had jumped at the chance of a new life in England.
“I saw an advert in the Jamaica Gleaner and decided the opportunity to come to England was too good to pass up,” she tells me.
“Throughout my life I’d been taught England was the Mother Country. I wasn’t naive enough to think the streets would be paved with gold, but I knew there would be more opportunities for me in wealthy London. So I signed up.”
She was offered a trainee nurse position in Cambridgeshire. A couple of her cousins had already made the journey to Britain and were living in London, but my mum had no idea whether this was anywhere near her new home in Doddington.
“I was really nervous,” she explained. “I didn’t know how I would be treated or whether I would be sophisticated enough for England. People were curious but friendly.
“I’d hang around with the two other Jamaican nurses who were training there. We’d tell people we were the Three Degrees. We were a novelty.”
Despite the nerves and the well-documented problems black people faced in 60s Britain, my mum had one massive thing in her favour: she was legal. This was fortunate because, even in her youth, I doubt she would have had the strength to hide in a plane’s landing gear or to cling on to the wheel axle of a truck.
Fifty years on, people who want to come to Britain from outside the EU face a much tougher passage. Non-EU migration to the UK is now managed strictly, and applicants have to navigate an assault course of “tiers” and “caps” to prove their worth. Migrant workers have to be earning £35,000 within five years of coming to the UK to be deemed worthy of staying. Nursing unions are warning the moves will cause chaos for the NHS, with its low salaries and large non-EU workforce.
For some, just reaching the UK is a deadly lottery. In the first three months of this year, almost 500 people drowned trying to get from northern Africa to southern Europe. Base camp for a final attempt on summit UK is often northern France. A port workers’ strike in Calais has meant that lorries have been backing up. Some people trying to get to Britain took the opportunity to clamber aboard the stationary trucks.
Migrants and strikers “Ran riot” according to today’s Daily Mail. Last week, the Daily Express warned of “armed refugees [continuing] their relentless bid to reach Britain”. It was as though the paper was reporting on Hardhome, the outpost overrun by a rampaging army of the undead in Game of Thrones, rather than the Channel port of Calais.
For the press, the chance to seed the idea of brown-skinned men on their murderous way to the home counties was too good
It wasn’t just the numbers that alarmed the British press, it was the perceived nature of those trying to enter the country. There were no reports of attacks on lorry drivers or travellers but the chance to seed the idea of desperate, knife-wielding, brown-skinned men making their murderous way to the home counties was evidently too good to pass up.
With a startling lack of thought for those people who had actually fled real conflict zones, a spokeswoman for the haulage industry added: “For those waiting … it’s like a war zone.”
Maybe it’s the thought of my mum all of those years ago, but when I see people desperately trying to get to the UK, I don’t see a threat, I see fellow humans fleeing persecution or poverty. 
Regardless of our invented borders, we have one world to share. People should be as free to move around as money is. My instinct when I see images of desperate people trying to make Britain their home is to greet them and try to make them feel welcome. 
Britain is only rich because of the wealth we smuggled out of various countries around the world. The least we can do is be welcoming when the rest of the world comes looking for its money.
It was with these thoughts in mind that I helped launch a new project to support new arrivals and counter the negative narrative on migrants. Lebara Community calls itself “an online destination for migrants to seek help and advice, share their experiences and meet like-minded people”. 
Connecting on a personal level is a good antidote to dehumanising press coverage.
If you can ignore someone’s humanity, you can ignore their plight. It’s easier to turn a blind eye if migrants, rather than humans, are drowning. Rough sleepers don’t seem to have it quite so rough if they don’t have the legal right to be here. A person falling from the landing gear of a plane is not quite as tragic because his papers weren’t in order.
I sometimes wonder at the people who complain loudly of how their travel plans have been disrupted as a result of “migrant chaos”. Our problems are generally small compared to those who have come from afar desperate to make a new life here. Maybe if they’d had a mum like mine, they wouldn’t be so quick to judge.

Bigrunner to Mail Story Maurice Mcleod 
Now that you’ve thrown your hat in the ring Maurice, are you able to tell us when you actually put your instincts into action and physically made welcome any immigrant of late with food and clothing or money and lodgings, or is it that maybe what we are reading is nothing more than empty platitudes from someone who needs a story, and will compose anything to meet a deadline.

From the Daily Mail
Haunting images of the beautifully preserved 'incorruptible' saints whose remains are displayed for the faithful to worship around Italy 

Bigrunner to the Mail
What utterly grotesque displays, the Human race will never be in a position to save itself until it becomes one with reality.

Diddlydee to Bigrunner
You do realise that doesn't actually make any sense and is just an empty phrase?

Bigrunner to Diddlydee
Diddlydee...You must find these images acceptable.
Why ?

coffee monster to the Mail
 Liverpool, United Kingdom
The sooner we do away with religion altogether the better, we might find less mad ideas and wars born out of so called faith. If I ever go to Italy this is one grotesque attraction i will not be venturing to see.

Servant of Jesus Comment
Everyone must be free to believe what they want. 
God offered man a choice on whether to believe in him or not.
Jesus Christ the lord of the universe as it says in the bible.
Science proves nothing it is mere observation over fact and science itself changes all the time like Newtons laws which explain gravity being replaced by Einsteins theory of relativity. 
The Bible however is eternal and is Gods word which is why billions of people follow it and look to it for guidance.

Bigrunner to Servant of Jesus
It is very difficult for someone who from childhood who is fed a daily dose of religious teachings of whatever faith, these kids never have a choice and it all starts when they are no more than infants, the word radicalised or indoctrination may be the right word to explain it.
Religion imposes on people biased and prejudiced views from the Bible and other books produced by ignorant and unenlightened people, it is all fabricated superstitious nonsense that raised it’s ugly head in the dark ages. 
It’s greatest success is in creating violence, resulting in the spilling of the blood of millions upon millions of men, women and children, all this slaughter caused by religions very own opposition to other religions, religions that are just as far fetched in their beliefs as their counterparts.