Archive for October, 2010

Buster – World Domination Dog!

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

My daughter says I need to blog about Buster. A good idea I think. Children like to have pets and we have had pets for most of their childhood. Buster is our most recent adoptee, dog, minature schnauzer with attitude. He fits in well with this family as he is mad as a bag of spanners!

I know that many people can’t have a pet. They live in accomodation that doesn’t allow it, they aren’t able to meet the demands of caring for a pet, either physically or financially. Many people just don’t want a pet too, all good reasons not to have one. If you can’t or don’t want a pet then don’t……

However, if you choose to have a pet then this post is about the fun and laughs you will get from taking on the responsibility. I will try to give a flavour of the character that Buster has brought to our house. I don’t normally post too many pics but this is one that will require photographic evidence.

As I mentioned, Buster is a minature schnauzer; they are dogs with attitude. They are also dogs with a lot of hair and can rapidly attain furball status. Buster was groomed yesterday, a process my daughter does not like as she prefers the furball look. This is the picture before:-

And here we have the after!

Buster is convinced that he rules the roost. That is, until you face up to him when he will do a backward scurry and find a nice rug to sit on. Buster will do many things but he will not sit on a cold floor. If he stands on a rug and you tell him to sit he does. If he is standing on a cold floor and you tell him to sit he looks at you as if you have two heads. He has his own blanket and takes it from room to room, frequently wrestling with it and enjoying the tangle. As long as he has his blanket he will sit, the evidence…..

Schnauzers are renowned for their personality and I can’t decide if Buster is typical or not. He loves to ‘worry’; I am greeted every evening by a dog hanging off my trouser leg as I come in from work. He knows what ‘bad boy’ and ‘good boy’ mean but happily disregards this for ten minutes as he celebrates my return. At this point Rajah comes in very handy. Rajah was one of my daughters favourite toys when she was young and it shows how much she loves Buster that he was given Rajah when he arrived at our house. Rajah gets a great deal of worrying:)

Buster does have on major weakness that I try not to indulge but he manages to foil me time and again – shoes, preferably new ones. He has ruined more shoes than I care to think about. I bought baskets to keep my shoes in and he still managed to get into them and chew my lovely shoes. Be glad that this is not an audio-post, you would hear the sounds of my sobbing. I provide only one piece of evidence, a gorgeous pair that I never got to wear…….

He may be small but Buster takes his duties very seriously; he is a guard dog and he will guard us. He keeps watch on top of the sofa but if any other animal comes near he moves closer to check out the threat levels. This is often accompanied by many barks and the occasional full-on howl:-

Buster is also clever and would have a sweet tooth if allowed. We are careful that he does not get chocolate as it is very bad for dogs. However, you have to admire a dog that can remove an After Eight from the box and then remove said sweet from the wrapper. All After Eights are now kept at an appropriate height….

Lastly, he is a cuddly dog. He will happily sit on your knee or climb on top of the sofa to lay his head on your shoulder. If in sparky form he will stand on your head to get the attention levels he feels he deserves.

So, this is my take on Buster, he has brought much to our family, our little dog with vim and vigour!

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

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October 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm 6 comments

Shhhhhhh, listen…….

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I have been thinking about my life and the lives of so many like me. I work, I have a family and a home to keep. My life is full of tasks and chores. I sometimes feel that I spend my time running to catch up! This is not a moan but an observation. So many people have such busy lives. Work, home, children, spending quality time, it all has to be planned in your head to stand any chance of ticking some off your list. I have now added this blog to my list. I am very conscious that this can take my time away from other areas of my home life so I am glad that I have support from my family. They know it means a great deal to me.

All of this rushing around got me thinking. Do we ever stand still and listen? Do our thoughts get any chance to come to the fore when we are so focused on doing? Do our loved ones feel that they have our attention, do we listen to what they mean as well as what they say? I worry that we consider ourselves so time-constrained that we decide what people want and then listen to our own voice instead of theirs. I know I do this, I wonder would you recognise this in yourself? There is one further point to consider – are we so concerned with using the ‘right’ words that we don’t strip our language back to the bare bones. We are so busy analysing that we don’t consider the message from the words we hear?

I may sound quite ranty today but none of this is meant harshly:) I just want us all to stop occasionally. Just listen. I love to listen to the wind blowing through the trees just beyond my garden. I also love the sound of water. These are soothing sounds to me, you may find solace in the buzz of traffic and passing conversations? It is at these times that your internal voice will get to be heard and it may have some truth to say about you and the messages you don’t hear from others. I know these truths are in our heads but they don’t always get the luxury of your time and reflection.

So, my plea to you today? This:-I hope you are glad when you do:) I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Change……

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Today’s post is about change. I posted recently on my Rules for Life, one of my rules is to be adaptable. This got me thinking about change……

Change happens, fact. Sometimes we want it and promote it. Sometimes it is very disturbing. I have at times dreamt of change, sought it, embraced it. Other times I have wanted to stay in one blissful moment for the longest time. Alas, neither happens quite as we would always expect. That’s the thing about life isn’t it? You can’t control everything, you can only act the best way you can given the circumstances.

Of course, there are the day to day things we would like to change. I would like longer legs, I would love to be able to write full-time. Alas, my legs will remain as they are and I will dream of writing for a living. I hope that writing this blog will improve my writing and that will do me for now:)

Now to focus on change that is not welcome. There is a saying that most of us are only 3 paycheques from poverty. A scary thought, isn’t it? Imagine losing the familiar and comforting things; those you take for granted in the best possible way. Home comforts, they make us feel safe. What if this was taken away? It does happen, people sadly lose jobs, become ill, marriages fail. Many will manage through all of this but others will not fare so well. The unexpected is out there, it is waiting for us all in one way or another.

In these times I understand why everyone wants to prepare for the unexpected. Cuts are coming, jobs are disappearing and people feel insecure about now and the future. This makes many close down to the wider world and keep their eyes fixed on what is near and dear to them.

This is where I suggest that you make a donation to a children’s charity. I don’t suggest that anyone do something they can’t afford. You must take care of your own. But please consider this, charities are in the same position as the rest of us, they will be impacted by cuts and their revenues will be reduced. All donations help but in these times they become imperative. Many people don’t like charities as they are businesses. This is true and many charities have a high proportion of ‘administrative’ costs so choose your charity wisely. However, they also have the networks and infrastructures to make a difference to many. The choice is yours; I only hope that you will consider donating what and if you can. I hope that unwelcome change doesn’t knock on your door. I wish you all health and happiness and hope that you consider those who are not so fortunate…..

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

TV, not reality!

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Today’s post is a new direction for me. I have been asked by @LadyMaryan to give my opinions to 8 year-olds on reality tv! This will be a challenge as there is a real danger that I could sound like a grumpy old woman on this one:)

So, my opinions on reality tv? They aren’t actually all bad so I will start with the good stuff:-

  • Reality tv can give those with talent the opportunity to showcase that talent. They may get the career they have always wanted out of this exposure. This applies equally to entertainment, cooking, even assessing antiques!
  • Some shows are highly entertaining and there are some I love to watch. These are more the cooking-type shows like Masterchef, Australian Masterchef, Celebrity Masterchef, Professional Masterchef – is anyone sensing a theme?
  • All of the shows do entertain, some more so than others. I admit that I have laughed when I shouldn’t have done. We all have funny bones that are tickled when they probably shouldn’t be but that is life and we have to accept our naughty side.
  • Some reality shows give insights into professions that we wouldn’t normally see. I am thinking of the shows like Maestro which educated me in an area where I had very little awareness. This was wonderful to watch and very moving to see how the participants reacted to the emotions of the music.
  • Reality tv has always been here. Documentaries are reality tv, news is reality tv. At best it is educational, informative and enriches.

That was the good, now for the not so good:-

  • Most reality tv shows depend on shock value for viewers and ‘entertainment value’. Shock value is what will give you the ‘watercooler’ hype and keeps the show going. The downside of this? For shock value you need shocks and this is generally at the expense of one or more participants
  • Many shows of this type are cheap and nasty; they are low-cost with few if any redeeming factors. They can encourage and even reward aggressive and bad behaviours. I cite some Big Brother episodes; tantrums and rows accompanied by nasty behaviour masquerading as honesty. What example of decent behaviour is that to anyone?
  • The modern reality tv show is not always real. Yes, all the events happen but you are at the mercy of the programme makers and how they edit the shows. Serious people who only speak when relevant can be portrayed as insipid and non-participative. A quiet chat between two people may be shown as back-stabbing. One period of upset may be blown up by editing into an hysterical episode. Even those who feel that they could bring a ‘grown-up’ element to any of these shows cannot be on guard 24 hours a day and may be made to look foolish one way or another.
  • Many of the talent-based shows have encouraged many to think that they will be next. Many emotionally vunerable people truly feel that fame and fortune await. Real life does not involve magic wands and fairy dust, I am sure we all wish it did sometimes. However, what we end up with is people who believe that they are the next big thing and are devastated when it doesn’t happen. I know that the audition rounds for these shows can be very funny but they can also be very cruel and hard to watch
  • Reality tv shows do blur the lines between fame and infamy. So many young people now just want to be famous and what is that? Fame and/or celebrity are not an aspiration, a career in music is. I would plead with all young people to understand the levels of effort and talent required to achieve the latter. A reality tv show may give some a short burst of ‘fame’ but for most this is fleeting and they will fall back to earth with an awful clatter. For me the worst for this was Big Brother; what started as a study in human behaviour in the first series turned very quickly into a voyeuristic look at ego and fragility. I am sure many would disagree with me but on this my opinion is fixed.
  • Lastly, there are so many phrases that I will be happy never to hear again. Examples? This is my life, this is my passion, I am on such a journey, I will give this 110%. I could go on and on and on…….

There we have it, my feelings on reality tv. I will add only one thing, I am not sad that I will not see this gracing our television screens again:-

I do think Davina McCall is a warm and lovely woman but I think that any other programme is a better vehicle for her talents than the above. Sorry Davina but I am glad that it is over:)

As always I will close with the ‘instructions’:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm 4 comments

My Rules for Life?

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

I have been polling Twitterland again for post suggestions. It isn’t that I can’t think of new posts but I am mulling a few things that will take time to come to fruition. So, in the meantime, I give you a blog based on a twitter conversation with @Ivan_Jelical. We were discussing Rules for Life and he suggested that I blog on this.

I will therefore compile my Rules for Life. Starting point? This:-

This post makes me feel a bit nervous as I don’t want anyone to think that I want to give them rules to live by. These are my rules only and you may agree or disagree with my choices as you will:) So here goes:-

  1. Laugh, giggle, chortle and smile. Life is fleeting; days, weeks, months and years will fly by. You won’t always notice them go but then your children will all be taller than you, they will become adults and you will wonder where all those little moments went. So, enjoy your life as much as you can.
  2. Adapt. You cannot control everything that happens in life. You can make as many plans as you like and have everything ‘worked out’ but that doesn’t mean that you will get what you want or expect. Make sure that you are flexible and open to change and the ideas of others. They might surprise you.
  3. Treat others as you wish to be treated. This may be seen as a cliche by some but it is a truth for me. Respect is something that can be given freely but you must then deserve it. If you treat people badly why would you be surprised that they don’t support you when you need it? Be kind to other people and you may get kindness in return. You don’t have to agree with everyone, you may in fact vehemently disagree. You don’t need to be submissive to anyone, we are all equal but you don’t have to undermine your own standards of behaviour.
  4. Try to do some good. Good comes in many forms, big and small. The small gestures are those that make people smile or feel cared for, the big ones may help many people.
  5. If you are lucky enough to love then let them know. This world is too short on affection not to let those you love that they are loved. Affection and touch are important. I am a tactile wee being and it is important to me that hugs are given and hands are held. Showing love when you feel it is an important rule for me……

So, a few of my rules. I hope they don’t seem too trite or twee, they are just part of me. I haven’t included the decent human behaviour ones, they are a given and I hope you see that they support those listed above:)

I don’t mind if you don’t like my choices and am sure you have many of your own that mean more to you. But these are some of my truths.

As always I will close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 10, 2010 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

Echoes……

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Today’s post is as suggested by @Ivan_Jelical, my friend on Twitter. This was his suggestion to me – ‘Whilst showering and sniffing the “coal tar” soap it came to me.. How about smells that invoke memories or emotions particularly from childhood. Mine would be a smell from when my Dad used to take me to see Leicester City play, someone sitting nearby would smoke a pipe and I can still smell the sweet mellow smoke. I may never smell it again as people dont smoke now but if I did it would transport me straight back’.

He and I had a chat about the coal-tar soap as that is one of my favourite smells ever and brings back my childhood to me in a flash! I still buy it and my younger son has the same love for that unique fragrance as I do. Even seeing this brings it back:)

So, what other sights, sounds and tastes bring back my childhood? I was born in the early 60s and at primary school I took school dinners. There are two things that bring those days flooding back into my mind. The taste of water from a steel water jug, there’s a memory. Those jugs were battered about a bit and gave such a tang to the water; it takes me right back to primary school. You don’t see water in a steel jug anymore and if I am honest, I won’t ever miss that.

The other school dinner memory is the puddings. I still can’t eat custard. My association with it is formed from the dinner ladies removing the ‘skin’ and then scooping a large ladleful into the bowls. That memory still makes me shudder. I can make custard for others but nothing will persuade me to take it again:)

I don’t want you to think that my sensory memories are all bad. The smell of the scones and wheaten bread that my mother made when we were children make me smile. There is also one pudding smell that takes me back, home-made rice pudding. My mother made the best rice pudding ever. And, of course, there is always the smell of Christmas and turkey. I love that smell still, the excitement we all felt as the smell of turkey and stuffing filled the house and the scramble to be chosen to pull the wishbone!

As for the smell of baby shampoo, oh it is so lovely. I used to help my mum with the smaller children in the family and that smell brings back memories of giggling and splashing, I always got soaked by my wee brothers and sisters.

I will close with a couple of visual memories that always take me back. Hopscotch! Oh, I so loved hopscotch. We used to play for hours, leaving chalk squares on the footpaths where we lived. Those squares really annoyed some of the neighbours, they thought it was ‘messy’. I still don’t understand why they would be annoyed with children having fun. I love to see hopscotch squares. All you need is chalk and of course, the perfect flat stone to make sure you would be able to hit the 10, 11 and 12 on the mark. The joy when you had a good run at the squares and then could start making your way back down:)

My last memory is of a game that I still see being played outside my house by the children who live nearby, kerbsies. It may be called something different where you are but it is still a really fun game. For those of you who don’t know it, it is a very simple game and only needs 2 people and a ball. You throw the ball and try to get it to bounce back to you off the opposite kerb to earn a point, simple. Actually, not that simple as you need to be able to throw accurately to get that bounce-back:)

So these are some of the things that bring back memories for me. I do wonder what sights, sounds and smells bring back your childhood? Please do write and tell me, especially if you read the instructions below!

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 5, 2010 at 11:41 pm 8 comments

Diamonds?

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Today’s post will come from a different place than normal. The topic has come from the delicious @CarolynAWebster on Twitter and the subject is diamonds! The topic came from a daft conversation but I have to take all my challenges so will take this one on the chin:) It is my own fault as I may have stated that I think they are lovely and would love to have lots of them:(

However, how to relate diamond’s and children? I pondered my options carefully. I could consider the fairytale as I have done with the ‘Star Wars, Unicorn and Platypus’ post. I enjoyed writing it but thought that it might be too soon to do another story. So I pondered a little more and am going to take a very serious look at diamonds and children, namely, the impact of ‘blood’ or ‘conflict’ diamonds on the lives of children.

You may think this a grim topic for this blog, especially when I like to think that my words would be suitable for children to read. However, real life can be grim and hopeless for many out there and I think that many children already realise this…..

I looked up the definition of a blood diamond on the United Nations website – ‘Conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognised governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council’. That covers the definition, what about the impacts?

The term blood diamonds really first emerged in the early 1990s and are most associated with African countries and their civil wars, including Sierra Leone, Angola, the Ivory Coast and the Republic of Congo.

The impact to children of the conflict diamond industry is three-fold. Firstly, they are used as part of a slave or cheap labour force for mining, paid as little as $1 per day. They lose out on their childhood or any chance for education by being pulled into this dangerous life where the chances of beatings or injury are very high. Secondly, the funding of civil war by the blood diamond industry means that the rebel forces are funded to wreak havoc through the countryside. This can lead to the rebel forces travelling through the countryside and attacking villages. One of the tactics often employed is the use of amputation on adults and children. This was a deliberate act against adults to leave them unable to vote and against children to leave them unable to help care for their families. Thirdly, the funding of civil war from blood diamonds provides rebel forces with the funding to forcibly take children from their villages for use as child soldiers. This last impact is the one that terrifies me most of all.

The use of child soldiers is not solely linked to conflict diamonds but the funding they provided meant that it was prevalent in areas such as Sierra Leone. It is estimated that there are 300,000 child soldiers fighting in over 30 countries and that 10,000 of these were in the civil wars in Sierra Leone.

I read many stories on child soldiers as research for this blogpost and am still struggling with the images and words. This is a very selfish reaction on my part, I am ashamed that I relate this horror to my feelings about it. This is one topic where the blog doesn’t let me feel that I am doing something.

Those children kidnapped for use as child soldiers will  have a variety of roles to fulfill for their captors. The younger children will be used as labour; they fetch water, cook and are used as general slave labour. The girls will continue to take this role as they grow but will also be used as ‘wives’. The boys will be made to fight, knowing that they have no choice between fighting and death. Throughout all of this there is the omnipresent threat of death or beatings if you don’t comply. They are also often drugged and wound up to a frenzy so that they can carry out their macabre ‘duties’.

Even if they escape from this life the repercussions will follow. The psychological and physical damage knows no bounds. They are often rejected by their families as they are classed as ‘rebel’ wives or soldiers. The horrors they have witnessed and the acts they have been forced to do mean that they need intensive treatment to stand any chance of a life beyond this.

I have no pictures on this blog. This was deliberate, I saw too many images and don’t think you need to see them to understand. I can only say shame on this world that allows this to happen.

So, if you want to purchase any lovely sparkly diamonds, make sure that they are ethically sourced. The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. Please make sure that any purchases you make have followed this protocol.

As always I will close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 3, 2010 at 10:43 am 6 comments


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