Posts filed under ‘Northern Ireland’

Belfast, from the Sublime to the Flegs

I do this for a reason. I want you to donate to a children’s charity and write to me. Please see the About Lesley page or read the instructions at the end of this post…..

I promised I would write about my lovely Norn Iron and the ‘Flegs’ protests. You might say flags, you will find that most Norn Iron folks say flegs. To be honest, this is not a post that I will enjoy writing. This is my country and yet again we show ourselves, in your eyes, to be intolerant, divisive, even destroying ourselves from the inside again? Tempting as it is to type, ‘You might say that, I couldn’t possibly comment’, here I go.

The flag dispute has come about because Belfast City Council have voted to only fly the Union Flag on ‘designated’ days. This already happens most other places and to many wasn’t a huge deal. However, certain Unionist politicians took umbrage at this and decried the continuing erosion of Protestant culture and tradition. They shouted and roared, some of them stirred up their supporters talking of protests, ‘get out there and object, show your loyalty to the flag!’. This   has placed the whole country in a maelstrom of protest, riots and endless talking.

So, as I see it, the politicians yet again stir people up. That’s the thing about Norn Iron politics, any and every discussion always seems to start with the divisions across the religious and/or political divide. We have our own political news programmes and they bring together many opinions but, sure as eggs is eggs, the ‘debate’ doesn’t start with Education, health or employment, it starts with a pop at the other side. And they demand that we grow up? I listened to BBC Radio Ulster this morning and had to turn it off when the politicians started talking. I know this is wrong, I know I should be interested and involved in my country. I am aware, I listen and read but when I see so much childish tit-for-tat it makes me mad. I am sure citizens from most places feel like this in some way about the pettiness of politicians but I don’t see my country making real progress until our politicians grow up.

There is also a more insidious effect in all of this. In the 1960s and 1970s there was a strong manufacturing presence in Northern Ireland. For the working class, especially Belfast Protestants, you walked from the school gates through the doors of Harland and Wolff or Shorts, your life was mapped for you and you didn’t have to worry. That certainty had an impact, it reduced the need for ambition. Credit for this certainty was always claimed by the politicians, ‘look how we take care of you’. In the 21st Century that certainty is gone. A lack of prospects and an education system that creaks has left us with one, perhaps two, generations of people who don’t have hope. What does it matter to you when a restaurant or shop closes, further chipping away at the overall economy, when you couldn’t afford to go there anyway?

I have had a bit of a rant haven’t I? And you are perfectly entitled to ask me what I think the solution is.

Simple answer – politics about issues and not beliefs coupled with an integrated education system. While people are divided by words and upbringing they will always be divided. Those other people aren’t monsters, they are your mirror image. Until everyone in Northern Ireland lives this way there will always be that suspicion and separation. Sad, isn’t it? Feel free to tell me your thoughts….

Addition to original post – please don’t think I am an apologist for violence, those who do it are wrong and should be subject to the law.

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Please donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are older.

I will:-

  • 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
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading,

Lesley

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January 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm 6 comments

It is the Little Things….

I do this for a reason. I want you to donate to a children’s charity and write to me. Please see the About Lesley page or read the instructions at the end of this post…..

I haven’t been here for a while. I should perhaps apologise but can only say that I lost my words for a while. Hard to lose your words, you know you should be writing but the letters will only float about in your head, they won’t come together to make anything coherent. Feeling like that I thought it best to be quiet, I write enough nonsense to know when to leave well alone.

But now it is the New Year, all hail 2013. I am feeling better, more refreshed and ready for what is out there. Have you made your resolutions? I have done the usual healthy eating promise to myself. You know the one don’t you? Eat less, move more is the mantra:) I have my low-fat dinner prepared and am enjoying the new exercise regime. When you get to my age walking isn’t enough, you need to get a bit more vigour into your life and so it’s me and Davina. I don’t plug on here but promise that the new Davina workout is good and I am enjoying it even if my stomach muscles are off sobbing in the corner.

Beyond that, what do I want from 2013? World Peace? Unfortunately, I think chances of that are slim. While we have people who know they are right and everyone else is wrong then compromise will never be part of the picture. Watching the news about my own country proves that to be so. (I am considering a blog about what we are going through at the minute but it will take time and effort so will be one you have to wait for, at least for now).

So, should we have an end to hunger? Please Sir, let them have more? Another one on my big list. Alas, again I think we aren’t going to solve this one in 2013. And again, doesn’t it come down to mankind? Politics, power, greed drives so much pain in this world and my feeling is that curing this will cure hunger, disease and poverty. Pity the big pharmaceuticals can’t make a pill to cure that.

What then are we left with? We are left looking at ourselves in the mirror. Take a long hard look folks. Are you happy with what you see? I’ll wager we all struggle with that long hard look, I know I do. How do we make ourselves feel better? I think it is simple. Do something that isn’t for you. Do something to make someone else smile or their life just a little better. I have read reviews of the new book by Lucy Mangan and how she worked through 2012 by doing one good deed a day. Lovely idea and a great book so why don’t we all take a leaf from Lucy’s book. Stick a pound in a collection box, visit an elderly neighbour, volunteer. These can all be done with only a little of your time or money. Perhaps that is what we should all aim for this 2013. Do the little things and hopefully they will start to impact the big…..

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Please donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are older.

I will:-

  • 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
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading,

Lesley

January 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Riots, eh?

Oh my, watching the news is so rarely a source of pleasure these days. This week it is even more painful. I have been watching the riots in London and Birmingham and am puzzled, there is no other word for it. Rioting doesn’t really get you very far you know. You already know this, I am stating the obvious again aren’t I? However, sometimes the obvious needs to be stated again and again. Rioting will not get you very far.

I have seen rioting in my lifetime. I grew up in the early 60s in Northern Ireland, the early civil rights marches were hijacked by some and what was powerful, quiet protest became riots. I remember when I was quite small riots at the end of the street where I lived. Police and B-Specials everywhere. To me it was noise and burning and shouting, my parents made sure all of us stayed indoors and were safe. It still took another 30 years before the signing of the Belfast agreement and we still get sporadic rioting every summer. It mostly dissipates after a couple of days but is still as unpleasant when it ‘kicks off’.

What does devastate me about all of this is the waste. I know material goods are in the main unimportant but peoples’ homes are important, they are their safe place and people should not feel threatened there. On top of this local business are being looted and destroyed. What help is that to your community, to destroy the liveliehoods of those you live next to? This isn’t protest, it is lunacy. Some are out to destroy all, some to take all. No theme, no grand ideal here, just wrecking and fear. I do not and can not understand this.

A couple of other things to remember. While this tops the news other stories of drought, starvation and suffering fall down the headlines. There are people out there who cannot fix their situation while those causing issues take the headlines? I am puzzled again.

I will give you one quote from Ghandi – ‘I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could’. Isn’t it a pity that others are not thinking this way?

I wish peace and calm to those who need it tonight. Stay safe all.

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • 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
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

August 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm 4 comments

Walkies? Oh My…..

We all know I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities direct. Today, however, I will have a short blog about a different kind of fundraising, Lesley fundraising to be exact.

Next Saturday me and my knees will be taking a walk, an 8 mile walk. Not that far you say? I agree but it is the nearest I will ever come to doing a marathon. I am looking forward to it, just hoping that the weather won’t be what I see this morning looking out my kitchen window. Rain, please, give us a break next Saturday, pretty please in fact…

This is the walk I will be taking part in –

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Fundraising/Inyourarea/Northern_Ireland/Northern_Ireland/Local_events/AntrimWalk2011.aspx

It will be through gorgeous local countryside with two of my best pals. It is very possible that we will laugh all the way round as well as planning our night out to reward ourselves. That I am looking forward to:)

Some of you may think it odd that with all my blog-preaching I am not taking part in fundraising for a children’s charity. There is no big mystery to this. I, like most other people, have friends and family who have been affected by cancer. Children’s charities are my main focus but Macmillan is also close to my heart. It helps as well that this will help people in my local area. Any funds I raise will help people around me, those I know and those I don’t. Charity begins at home, some say. I don’t subscribe to that notion unless you think the whole world is your home. Charity to me should have no boundaries but I do appreciate the chance to help my community. Also, isn’t it time got doing instead of just saying? 🙂

I will leave my normal request in place at the end of this post but before I do I will make a request that you visit my fundraising page. It can be found here – http://original.justgiving.com/lesleymiller1. If you wish to and you can afford it please donate. Also, please go the the latger Macmillan Cancer website; you might find something there you would like to do? Thank you from me and my knees, let us hope they don’t end up like this:-

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. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • 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

June 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

My Home…

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 wanted to post about my home, Northern Ireland; also known as Norn Iron. Just say that quickly and you have the beginnings of the accent. Alternatively, Jennifer Sanders is the key, when she does Norn Iron it is done right…

Back to the topic. Many things have been written about my home country and we all know there are reasons for this. We have taken the headlines for the worst of reasons over the years. I grew up through these headlines and confess many of my generation developed a strange ‘skin’ that eventually covered many of the shocked emotions that should arise from sudden and random violence. When the water-cooler conversation in an office starts with ‘The Europa was bombed again last night’ and follows with ‘Ah, they’ll be open again in a week’, you can tell that people have developed a certain sad immunity. Don’t get me wrong, when people were hurt and killed we were still shocked and saddened but life still had to go on with some normality. We went to work and lived our lives, what choice was there?

Then, in the late 90s we saw a change. There were ‘dialogues’, the word and actions were given gravitas and allowed small kernels of hope to build in my country. This culminated in the Good Friday Agreement of May 1998 where we began the process of bringing peace. Some thought this the end of the peace discussions, for myself I consider it the start, especially when we still had horrific events like the Omagh bombing that brought turmoil back. This was a blow to our hope, not the only one, we also saw riots on the infamous Garvaghy Road and the deaths of 3 young children when their house was petrol-bombed; all this added to the tension of these times. I have picked events here to reflect the actions of ‘both sides’ as I want everyone to understand that no-one was blameless at this time; I for one never forget that atrocities were committed byall  the violent factions.

However, these events were also pivotal in that the levels of disgust amongst the general population prompted the strongest desire for peace to build up; this momentum has allowed us to develop a more normal society where the disagreements are generally resolved via political discussion. We are not yet fully there, the last couple of years have seen awful events from those who believe that violence is the only way to fulfill their aims. What upsets me most about this is that my children have been sheltered from the news that I grew up with and their horror is all the more shocking to me. My happiness with our new and peaceful society was heightened by the fact that my children would have a different experience to mine, I still hope for that and will continue to support all those who will stop those who think violence is an answer. Violence is not the answer, I know this. Please bear in mind that my blog is my opinion and viewpoint on our history and current situation but I believe that my opinion reflects the hopes and desires of most of my countrymen.

So, why should we love Northern Ireland, why do I love Northern Ireland? I did one of my occasional twitter-polls to get some feedback from both locals and those who have visited this lovely place. I have included a few selections below:-

  • From the lovely piglet who has relatives here – Beautiful windswept beaches and fresh, bracing sea air.
  • From Jane, a visitor on the #Twelfast tweetup! Because the people are so wonderful and full of spirit and Belfast is a wonderful city to visit!
  • From Jacques – I love the accent on a lady, a lilting song. (This was a quote that was always going to be included!).
  • From Mel – People in Norn Iron are lovely and the scenery is pretty. Plus I experienced snow on a blue-sky day! My hosts said it was Irish snow.
  • From Andrew – I have never been but the people are pretty amazing if the ones I know are anything to go by. Andrew has great taste, needless to say….
  • From Iain – When we all arrived for #Twelfast, everyone from the taxi driver to folk in the bars was friendly and great fun. Loved it.
  • From the Fat Councillor – Belfast, food, the people. Epic place.
  • From Neill –Belfast #tweetup was the best weekend jolly ..EVER. everyone we met was a gem
  • From Elizabeth – Norn Iron folks are the most welcoming friendly people you will ever meet

So, my twitter-poll shows the loveliness. As for me, there are so many reasons I love this place and I will give you a few of my own:-

  • Bread! I am a carb girl and our choice of bread is rather spectacular. There aren’t many places where you get to choose between a Pan loaf, a Plain loaf, Veda, Wheaten Bread, Soda Bread, Potato Bread. Honest, these are all options in any corner shop.
  • Covered above but worth a mention are potatoes. They provide me with two things of loveliness, Tayto crisps, not only are the Cheese ‘n’ Onion scrummy but the rest of their flavours ain’t half bad. The other thing is champ. Champ is a local dish made with mashed potato into which you add milk, butter and scallions. Scallions are what many of you call spring onions but they are scallions to us. Try it, warm the milk, butter and scallions slowly and then add to smooth mash, you will find out what I mean
  • The people. There are so many things I could say about the people but I will keep it short. They are kind, warm, funny, bonkers and love to have a good time. Part of their good time is making sure others have a good time too. I know most of you will say this is true of your home too, I am sure this is the case but I like to state it for us.
  • The words. We have a wild and wonderful vocabulary that is descriptive and quite mad. A normal greeting will be ‘Bout ye’, the shortform of ‘What About Ye’, meaning ‘How are you?’. Then there are the hallions. Hallions is not a term of endearment, a hallion is someone who has irked you. However, I have one personal favourite that my poor father used a lot as his many children were growing up. When Dad said, ‘You are as lazy as shugh water’ you knew you were in trouble, you hadn’t done your chores. Then my mother would ask why we were standing there with our two arms the one length, you knew more chores were on their way.
  • The beauty. Northern Ireland is full of breath-taking scenery everywhere you go. All that rain we get does mean it stays green and lush but there is wild beauty in the coastal regions and mountains. If you want a look please check out the ‘Discover Northern Ireland’ website, just google and you will see.
  • A certain mad genius. Northern Ireland has produced it’s fair share of famous people but some have had a sad something which means that their genius becomes overshadowed by their weaknesses. The two best examples are George Best and Alex Hurricane Higgins, both amazing talents where the talent was lost to alcohol.
  • It is my home. We may be a slightly peculiar people living in our little bubble of Norn Iron but we are proud and happy to live here. The fact that so many of us stay or leave and return shows the hold it has over our hearts……

So, there we are, a little slice of Norn Iron, I hope you like it and remember, try the crisps!

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. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • 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

May 4, 2011 at 11:18 pm 2 comments

Water……

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….

This is my challenge post from my friend @Ivan_Jelical on Twitter. He had been chatting with friends about the recent water problems we had in Northern Ireland. We made the main UK headlines and for once it wasn’t about a horrific and violent act. In one respect that was a relief as I have spent most of my life seeing Northern Ireland make the headlines for all the worst reasons. Don’t get me wrong, making the headlines because many thousands of homes were without water for days wasn’t good but it is a change to get headlines for the ‘normal’ failings.

I will add some salient points regarding the water issues in Northern Ireland. These are taken from the BBC website so that you can have a summary of ‘highlights’:-

  • Unprecedented number of burst pipes reported as temperatures thaw over Christmas period
  • NI Water instigates ‘category one incident management regime’ as calls reporting problems rise by 21,000 from 26 December to 27 December
  • 40,000 properties in NI without running water by 29 December
  • About 80 NI towns and villages affected
  • Points set up across NI for water distribution and collection
  • On 29 December, Scottish government says it will send 160,000 litres of water to NI
  • NI Water contacts UK mutual aid scheme for support on 31 December

A friend of mine lives just outside one of our beautiful villages. She and her husband were without water from Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve. It was extremely unpleasant for them. They had friends bringing them bottled water from 40 miles away as you couldn’t get water anywhere close. When you have no water you are left very vunerable. You can’t wash properly, you can’t cook, you often don’t have heat. You feel grubby and not in control.

We take so much for granted in our lives. We expect the weather to behave and let us lead our busy lives. We expect that the flick of a switch will allow us to make tea, be entertained, keep our homes and ourselves pristine and lovely. It is very unpleasant when that capability is taken away.

However, all of us knew that this would be a temporary situation. Full water supplies have now been restored in Northern Ireland and, apart from the aftermath of who did what and when, what changes we need in the infrastructure to minimise the chances of this happening again, our lives will go on as before. There are those who will have more serious impacts with burst pipes and perhaps not the insurance to deal with all of this and for them I am truly sorry. It will be a struggle to pick up the pieces and get their lives back to their normal.

But………………….

Have you ever imagined if the situation I describe above was your norm? I know I take my surroundings and the ease with which I can turn a tap on very much for granted. How would I cope if I didn’t have constant running water, electricity to power all those gadgets I can’t live without? It would be hard.

The generally accepted statistics are that you will survive between 3 and 5 days without water. However, dehydration takes hold very quickly and will impact your ability to think coherently when you can least afford it. When in situations where you need all your capabilities to survive dehydration will become a killer. There are some who estimate that one third of African people will have to cope with water scarcity – where there are imbalances between availability and demand,  poor quality ground and surface water; these all contribute to water scarcity. It can also be impacted by conflict where supplies are deliberately contaiminated. This is not just true for Africa but it is a good illustration for this post.

Consider children having to live with poor water. It is hard to thrive when your water supply is poor or diseased. In some developing countries, 80% of illnesses and death can be linked to poor water and sanitation. Water supplies are limited and involve walking for miles to collect what you need for your family for the day. I am sure you have all seen the same adverts as me where small children will walk for miles to help collect the daily supply – because that is the price of survival. The water they collect will help keep their family going for this one day, regardless of the disease that the water may harbour. What helps you live may also give you pain and suffering but you know you have to get it this day and every day because you have no other choice.

So, my conclusion? When you are used to water on tap and you have to go without you will be frustrated and angry, you will find it deeply unpleasant. It isn’t nice to be taken out of your comfort zone and none of us like it. But please, consider what many have to do simply to get enough water to get by for just this one day…..

Please don’t take this for granted

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. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • 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

January 6, 2011 at 12:57 am 7 comments

8 Year Olds and What they Shouldn’t Have to See…..

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I want people to make a donation 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 normally blog about ‘nice’ things because I like to (hopefully) amuse you all into donating to children’s charities. This is a blog meant for adults and adults know about the horrendous things in the world, they don’t need me to try to add more guilt into the mix.

However, sometimes an event occurs that means I take a very serious look at life. Today one of those events happened. I live in Northern Ireland, in a town where the news was focused today. A pipe bomb was left at a local primary school. This heinous device was lifted by an 8-year-old boy who took it to his teacher. The potential ramifications of this have left me both angry and shaken. I have an extended repertoire of words that I wouldn’t care to use here and pretty much all of them have been ringing round my head since I heard this news.

I state upfront that I consider myself to be Northern Irish and I am very proud of that. We have a beautiful country filled with wonderful people and some not so much. I don’t care which side they class themselves to be on, I have never cared. I have read about our history and there have been many injustices  in the past. However, when this country decided to vote ‘Yes’ 12 years ago I was full of hope that we could move forward. I am still full of hope as the vast majority of us do not want any more violence from any section of our people.

A pipe bomb is an improvised device, a tightly sealed section of pipe filled with an explosive material. The containment provided by the pipe means that simple low explosives can be used to produce a relatively large explosion, and the fragmentation of the pipe itself creates potentially lethal shrapnel. I have never seen one. However, I know that an 8-year-old child is very small. A child picking up a device like this and taking it to his teacher, I feel nauseous at the thought of what could have happened. So many innocent children could have been killed or injured, it is heartbreaking to consider. I move between great anger and such hurt that anyone would consider doing this and have such a sense of relief that the worst did not happen.

I know this is only one small example of potential and actual violence against children and we were fortunate that no children were hurt. This is not the case in so many news stories we read, children suffer all over the world through violence, deprivation, poverty, disease. This is the reason I do this blog, I want you all to think about the lives of children across this planet and consider them when you can donate time or money outside of all your other commitments. I don’t want to prescribe the charities you support, this should always be a personal decision. My aim is only to make you think and hopefully act.

Beyond that? I want people to be kind to each other; you may think this makes me idealistic and naive, perhaps I am. However, that doesn’t change my mind, I feel many of us think like this. I applaud those who do and can only hope that those who don’t will change their minds…..

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

September 6, 2010 at 11:10 pm 2 comments


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