The Not Back to School Carnival – because education is mandatory, but school isn’t.

Home education is a valid and legal option. And there are lots of people doing it. This is a carnival of celebration, of encouragement, and I’m thrilled that so many people have joined in. So without further ado, let’s take a wander. You may remember I posted some prompts – a few people have taken […]

This is my child.

This is my child. My beautiful boy. Who didn’t speak until he was over three – we signed and he had speech therapy, and it’s just the way he is. He has always trodden his own path. I’ve just been reading his fifth birthday post, which makes it very clear. (Wish I hadn’t stopped doing […]

Badgers against poverty!

I get a lot of strange emails via the blog, but I think this week is the first time I’ve had mail from a badger. And a badger offering money at that. Not for me, sadly, but for charity. I ummed and aahed about posting, but then last night I saw two posts from a […]

The #BigIF – live simply so that others can simply live.

On Saturday I went to London again. I know, two weeks running. I took Big, Smallest and Tigerboy with me this time – the BigIF rally we were attending in Hyde Park was billed as family friendly, so I thought it would be a fun day out. With hindsight I might have got more out […]

Saturday snippets 8 June 2013

{Writing} tech post on seo. You can probably see a snippet in the sidebar. {Travelling} to London again. Hyde Park for the #BigIF. {Wondering} why there weren’t any signs. Maybe some of the other people in the park would have come too. {Learning} about the issues facing Tanzania and DRC (Congo). Different countries, situations, histories. […]

Badgers, banknotes and benefits.

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos Everywhere you turn these days it seems there’s a new petition, new hashtag, new cause. I’m not quite sure what this says about us, that we’re basically begging for people to listen to us, to change their behaviour, to recognise that we’re there. Perhaps it’s related to the British queueing […]

Tonight I am thinking of friends.

I read an excellent article just now. This quote stood out for me: The classic tools of propaganda are being used to turn the electorate against benefit recipients: demonisation; lies and distortion, appeals to fear, stereotyping and repetition. It is disturbing to discover that public opinion is being shifted towards the government’s desired ground. Once […]

Cybher, collective bias and my conscience.

I thought until a week or so back that I wasn’t going to make it to Cybher this year. I’d put a few very tentative calls out for a sponsor, but got no bites, and couldn’t quite see how I could afford it otherwise. And then there was this little post from Chris over at […]

Life on a pound a day. #Livebelowtheline

A couple of years ago I blogged about a charity to challenge to live on a pound a day for food and drink. At the time I thought it was a fascinating challenge, and a worthwhile way to raise the profile of the issue of global poverty. Now, I’m not so sure. This article from […]

Meet Urshe, living on the #FoodFrontLine

Urshe is 60 years old, and she lives in Ethiopia. I’m telling you about her as part of WorldVision‘s latest blogger campaign. There are three bloggers out there now, and 7 of us back home telling you the stories of individual families through our blogs. I remember the famine in 1984 – I was 13 […]

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