Thursday, 31 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
I'm currently pinned down by (thankfully quite mild) tracheitis - slept for most of the last 24hours - then on surfacing, thought I'd listen to Start the Week. Themed on scientific topics today. Generally scholarly, thought-provoking and fascinating.
Professor Dawkins had been invited to discuss and comment on this year's Darwin anniversary, all fine and measured until he made one of his predictable side-swipes at Faith-based groups & their response to Darwin's theories - in this case, natural selection.
That's fine - the more freedom of speech and discussion - the better.
However, he made one extraordinary observation.
Apparently, when he talks to the "right kind" of Christian, eg. "Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals", they appear to be less antagonistic than others, ergo the "wrong kind".
Sorry, Professor Dawkins. I don't believe that our Maker (sorry, more fairytale nomenclature) differentiates between right and wrong kinds of Christians.
We enjoy different ways of expressing our faith; but one is not more valid nor important than another. However, the exercise of authority is another matter.
These "right kinds" of Christian occupy positions of authority, where they have to balance spiritual and political leadership. Their responses would, of necessity, be tempered by pragmatism and an understandable reluctance to become media targets.
Anyway, I am evidently the wrong kind of Christian for Professor Dawkins, believing 100% as I do in Divine Creation.
However, I would not be totally dogmatic in the belief that each of the seven "Days" of Creation was necessarily a 24 hour period.
But it could have been, couldn't it? We'll find out in good time.
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Finally grabbed some time to take Apricot for a proper walk. Fresh air - no one interfering or criticising - bliss!
Returned to find my father in the cellar about to reset the boiler... obviously should have given him a tricky new piece of software or difficult puzzle to occupy his mind.
Last night, I was sadly too stupidly exhausted to cope with watching Hamlet - and stupefied by the germ-laden tropical heat that my dear parents feel is mandatory for existence. OK - they are quite elderly; but still...
I loathe central heating, except in the very coldest weather. Bad for one on every possible level , makes me even more bad-tempered than usual and just appalled that people feel it's their God-given right to be warm in a T-shirt in midwinter.
So instead, while doing some nice relaxing cooking - roasted butternut and sweet potato soup + blue cheese biscuits - to leave for parents. I indulged in light relief on Facebook, doing the 2009 Status Collage. Brilliant. Especially thoughtful of the App-Meisters to have a nice blue template option for me.
It really was an exciting year - once the persistent after-effects of pleurisy and viral tracheitis finally left me - and this "high-level" (software-speak) reminiscence triggered many more memories.
2 local election campaigns - as candidate for the first time. The best fun! Even won the second one.
Who'd have thought I'd end this year as a Local Councillor?
I'd forgotten that I'd been so tempted to deliberately deliver campaign letters to the wrong addresses in certain streets, to get people to talk to each other.
I'd forgotten the frantic fortnight before we started Job Club.
I'd forgotten that I only discovered NCIS this year. (Typical - I only discovered MASH in 2002)
I'd forgotten just how cross & frustrated I was about Total Place.
I'd forgotten that I taught a brand new flautist - she now plays in our Church band.
I'd forgotten people's individual concerns that I'd been able to help with.
The single best thing about having a "profile", is having the platform to make a difference.
I am so thankful, both in this community and beyond, to be involved with so many interesting and (hopefully) worthwhile causes and projects.
I felt helplessness in the face of friends' illnesses - & respect for the devotion of caring families.
I so appreciate my wonderful friends - old and new. Especially those who know me well enough to be honest with me...
I was moved beyond belief by the things people said and wrote about me during the Cambridge selection process.
I learned what it was like to be ridiculed online - and found that I didn't really mind at all!
And so much best of all - should have been top of this list - long-delayed spiritual renewal.
My hopes for 2010 - still thinking about it... apart from practical stuff like making my office more functional and more comfortable. More like an office in fact. I'll do it on New Year's Eve.
And (please God - please) playing some golf!
One thing is certain; it will be mid-March before we know it, and I will have had yet another ski-less Winter. With my skiable years dwindling fast.
I could book a week now - and am seriously tempted. But we all know why I won't be doing that, don't we? Tory Girls and Boys!!
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
it doesn't matter if James says (again) that Paxo was perfectly fine for his mother...
it doesn't matter if someone puts something away in the wrong place.
it doesn't matter if I find one of my better saucers under the vast rock pressing out the tongue.
It really doesn't.
it does matter if I spend the next three days in a sweaty panic and forget that this season is all about love.
it does matter if I forget to appreciate what we mean to each other.
it does matter if I behave differently at home from the way I behave in the street and in church.
it does matter if the point of all of this is submerged in goose fat and brandy butter.
We really can't expect to be magically transformed into the Disney fantasy by a roasted bird, glittery baubles and the Queen's speech. Real transformation takes rather more than that; but I hope that setting out from this perspective will mean happier memories, less guilt and fewer regrets after this year's festivities.
Happy Christmas - May we all experience great joy and deep peace.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
But during Chanukah - the Jewish Festival of Lights - we wallow in doughnuts, latkes, zalabia and fried gefilte fish, as we remember the miracle of the oil.
One day's supply of Temple oil burned for eight whole days, so the Temple could be cleaned and reconsecrated.
It's the most wonderful, timeless feeling to know that candles have been lit to celebrate this festival down the ages since 162BC.
I've not succumbed to the fat-laden calories just yet; but making sure that noone round here will escape unscathed when I make rugelach.
Rugelach are sweet yeasted pastries, filled with chocolate or cinammon or jam or - well - anything really.
I'm creating a chocolate / peanut butter version tomorrow! Watch out Job Club...
It's getting me in the mood for Christmas cooking - yes - Chanukah and Christmas - or Chanu-mas as we call it.
Early pressies(Chanukah) - carols(Christmas) - cards(both) - candles (both) - making decorations for the tree - what's not to like?
But there is a problem. That tree. Do I eschew my lovely Christmas tree as a forbidden pagan ritual? Do I compromise with a glittery plastic version? Or do I tough it out, buy a tree and ignore the question for another year?
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Does anyone honestly think that Copenhagen will be allowed to be a PR disaster?
In two days time, after a flurry of compromise and armlocks, commitments will be signed, broad grins all round (and no doubt Gordo will have saved the planet again) and everyone flies off - if their airline isn't on strike.
The US will then fail to ratify whatever treaty has been agreed.
It happened in Kyoto and it will happen again.
These earth summits have to happen - if only for raised awareness; but top-down target - driven initiatives are never the answer to anything.
The Cambridge City Council system of micro-community champions is far more likely to make a significant and long-term difference, as people become aware of the real-life consequences of their actions.
This low-cost initiaitive is certainly worth rolling out across other councils nationwide.
All those sensations which - I was convinced - had been consigned to the past.
Ever-present low-level nausea. A distracted search for displacement activity. Trying not to watch the clock. Secret calculations. Loss of appetite. The stomach-flipping reflex when the 'phone rings or a text buzzes through.
No - I'm not in love... though looking at what I've just written, I'm sure a reader would conclude that I was; the symptoms are virtually identical.
My darling daughter is jumping a new (and very young) horse in the ring this evening. She'll be working in just now - and I'm not there to check her girth, write her number on the board, find her hat, tie, spurs; chat up the ring steward, (could Jill still be there? surely not) hold the rugs, run up the stirrups, buy her a hot dog etc etc...
Most importantly, I'm not there to encourage her nor absorb her nervous outbursts.
And you'd think after ten exhausting, emotionally draining, financially punitive years on the road in a lorry, with Harriet, the ponies and horses, I'd be just so relieved that someone else was doing the whole freezing to death in the Cambridgeshire Fen thing this evening.
But in fact, although nowadays my horsey activity is limited to patting the odd nose and helpfully holding a bridle, I'm actually itching to be there.
So much so that at lunchtime, I very nearly decided to drive 3 hours back up to Cambs just to watch a couple of tiny clear rounds.
Good luck Harriet and Sassy... that's another half an hour accounted for, and she should have jumped by now...
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
The tone was non-strident (of course - now the media says we're dull...)
The speeches were a reflection of thought and ideology - rather than crudely-strung soundbites.
There was a real feeling that shadow departments were really talking to each other wtih common purpose.
For anyone involved in the voluntary sector, it was hugely encouraging.
and I even got to ask a question during the Welfare Reform session - see it here - about 45 minutes in. (you can fast forward; but the session is well worth watching in full.)
Now back to reality.
After talking about Job Club & 50+ all week, it will be great to be there again!
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
OBFUSCATION ON DETAILS OF SPENDING 2010 -2011
What Gordon is actually waiting for is the recommendations of Total Place, due Feb 2010, to massage the details of his spending policy.
Total Place, by the way, is a classic, top-down Whitehall betise; and YOU are paying for it.
Lots of words, system-heavy, endless duplication, employing expensive consultants.
You'd think they had enough highly-paid officers to make these decisions; but no, LG officers aren't sufficiently highly-paid to think nor to express firm opinions.
They follow systemic practice and make incomprehensible statements, heavy with impentrable jargon.
Here in Dorset,Bournemouth & Poole ( our Total Place sub-region) our chosen focus is services for older people.
Lobby your County Councillor - expose the fact that there has been no consultation WITH older people OR their agencies to date!
I have been appointed to the Board - the only voluntary, unpaid member of course, and will bring a practical perspective.
But I will be the voice of logic and reality in a land of nonsense.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
When I was a single parent, an informal evening child minding arrangement with a group of other single parents in the village gave is all social lifeline, as well as providing a supportive peer group for our children - as our LG officials would doubtless call it.
cannot believe that this wretched Government can now criminalise people who are trying to be mutually supportive in their communities.
We need to show that we will dismantle this pointless and damaging legislation.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Supported in part by the Prince of Wales Trust, more money is always needed for different projects, and it's good to see people who are prepared to make a serious effort to get what they need.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Monday, 25 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
It's been hard work taking abuse on the doorstep.
To misquote the then Sir Geoffrey Howe, I feel as if I'm on the 18th green, only to find that my putter has been stolen by the "Professionals" and I can't hole out.
I don't blame people for feeling sore.
The bleating self-justification that we've heard from certain MPs makes ME wonder what planet these soi-disant "Representatives" occupy.
Anyway - i'm still enjoying the campaign hugely.
Great to meet so many people, and who knows? we could still win this!
And talking of bats, (well - I did almost quote Lord Howe) here's a bit of light relief.
Must declare an interest of sorts: the inventor of the Mongoose Cricket Bat is my stepbrother!
Thursday, 7 May 2009
What a mouthful...
Introduced Don to the Shaftesbury Youth Project - Toby's - where Rosie Dawson told us about last year's visit to the European Parliament in Brussels and we discussed future funding.
We then went to the other end of the scale, and held an impromptu stump meeting at The Pavilions in St Martins Lane, one of Shaftesbury's sheltered housing complexes, organised for us by residents Jean Ellis and Yvonne Richardson.
The lively Q & A session ranged from Zimbabwe, border controls and Gibralter to local bus timetables, street cleaning and litter.
Very stimulating and the highlight of my campaign so far.
Huge thanks to Don - he'd be a brilliant operator in Brussels.
So fingers crossed for a huge vote.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
OK - Nomination Papers for County Council Candidate presented and accepted at Democratic Services in Blandford.
So - it's real.
I'm standing for election on behalf of The Conservative Party and votes will be cast on 4th June.
Feeling nervous and exhilarated at the same time.
Visiting Toby's Youth Project with MEP candidate Don Collier this afternoon.
Toby's raised enough funds last year to send a group of children on a visit to the European Parliament, so very interesting for both of us to hear about it.
More later after tonight's doorstepping...
If it wasn't enough to have their safety threatened by speeding and dangerous driving with vehicles using Tout Hill as a short cut to the Town Centre; their houses shake violently every time a lorry passes.
During our meeting - very efficiently arranged by Sue Foreman - we actually heard this for ourselves.
Windows rattled repeatedly as every passing car rammed into low gear before launching into its steep climb up the hill.
As one of the residents said, "Many of the streets in Shaftesbury were built before the advent of the combustion engine; we feel unsafe and the very fabric of our homes is suffering."
The Council has promised to look at the problem - and promised - and promised.
I am sure that Bob's intervention will bring swift practical results and commonsense solutions.
Or will there have to be a serious accident in The Knapp before someone takes notice?
I sincerely hope not.
Monday, 4 May 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
It feels like 1978 all over again.
The Victoria Line was closed all day - RMT industrial action.
Hugely inconvenient - hope it's open today.
Missed what would have been a lovely, indulgent pre-meeting hour in Tate Britain.
Took overcrowded and sweaty alternative route.
Emerged in Westminster to find wall-to-wall police - some armed - all looking terribly nervous and being elaborately polite and helpful to passers-by.
Of course, as well as the neatly-corralled, high-decibel group of Tamil and other protesters, it was Budget Day.
Perhaps Mr Darling had ordered extra protection, imagining hordes of jobless people, increasingly bewildered and abandoned, descending on Parliament to attack his fantastic & complacent attitude to our economic woes.
To quote Richard Wolf of the Financial Times
"A government that made such large claims for the quality of its economic stewardship hardly deserves to survive such a debacle."
Let us hope, for all our sakes, that they don't.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Despite a cold and windy morning, we had a great response to our Pension and Savings National Action Day campaign.
The Town Council had kindly granted permission for us to set up our campaign stall on Park Walk.
As you can see, Apricot was keen to get in on the act, and drew her usual Jack Russell Fan Club!
We had people literally snatching pens out of our hands to sign the petition supporting two key Conservative proposals:
Abolish Income Tax on Savings for Basic Rate Taxpayers
Raise Pensioners' Personal Allowance (Tax Threshold) by £2,000 to £11,490.
All the signatures we collected will give us ammunition to pressure this Government to DO IT NOW.
Because this group of people - savers and pensioners - have been especially hard-hit by the financial crisis, and these people need relief NOW.
It's all very well announcing packages of billions. But what we need are simple, common-sense practical measures, which are even-handed and fair to all and which can actually DELIVER benefits to the individual.
Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers who pounded the High Street with clipboards and to the endlessly patient shoppers, visitors and walkers in Shaftesbury who took the time to stop and talk to us.
The petitions will be delivered to Westminster tomorrow, and to Downing Street later on this week. will report anything interesting that emerges.
Monday, 13 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Yet another shop in Shaftesbury High Street announces a closing down sale.
What will we be left with, come balmier times?
For now, we're simply living in barmy times.
And where are Gordon Brown's billions when you need them?
The Brahms; never was the performance of an overture more aptly named. .
I have to say that Salisbury Music Society's virtually consonant-free style suited the Bruckner admirably - sort of endless meandering surges of sound.
And just when you think it's about to end - whoosh! He's off again...
In the (unnecessary) interval I walked round the cathedral and enjoyed seeing the stunning new font.
Tourists obviously think it's some sort of wishing well.
Money - in small denominations - has been thrown in!
Wiltshire's answer to the Trevi Fountain, perhaps.
To say that they butchered the Mozart would be far too polite.
Ripped from "navel to chaps", I fear.
Appalling diction, no perceptible dynamics and rhythmically suspect.
Lets not mention the ensemble... nor the tuning.
But, strangely, I really enjoyed it.
Clapped as enthusiastically as everyone else; possibly to stave off hypothermia.
Those great cathedral vaults under the magnificent ceiling are cold!
Nothing like live performance!
Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunday, 29 March 2009
might get the BIKE out later, once the frost goes .
Just seen David Cameron on GMTV
He looked as surprised as I was that he hadn't been grilled about Stuart Wheeler and UKIP.
Great that he'll be sitting down with the US President.
As he said, the G20 is a Government beano - so the Opposition Leader can't just "muscle in" as he put it.
So Obama took the opportunity to have a meeting with him.
A serious barometer of international opinion - or a really persistent PA!!
He was sweetly reasonable about the Home Secretary's husband and the whole expenses charade in general.
He does have a knack for the common sense answer - dare I whisper it - like Margaret Thatcher in her glory days.
The award belongs to the committee, as they are the best, the most willing and most hard-working group of people I have ever encountered in the Conservative party.
A lively meeting all in all.
If Shaftesbury wants to hang onto the cup in 2010, there's a new - somewhat more contemporary - challenge.
...which ties in with the task my campaign manager has set me for the weekend... so better get on with it...
you see, Stuart Wheeler; we ARE talking about Europe in the Conservative Party!
Julie was very clear about our Grouping within the European Parliament,
our voting record (versus that of UKIP)
our attitude and voting record on the European Budget (versus that of the Labour and Lib Dem MEPs)
and our clear commitment on giving Britain a Referendum regarding the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.
All of this is discussed on numerous websites and blogs.
So assuming Mr Wheeler has a computer, he shouldn't find it too difficult to see that we DO have a position; we DO have policies and our MEPs demonstrate real achievement within a coherent Party organisation; unlike their UKIP counterparts.
Unlike UKIP, which relies on shock-horror, drop-your-marmalade statistics; we should try to consider the whole European question intelligently and without knee-jerk, isolationist rhetoric.
Let's be adult about this and recognise the wider issues.
A European Union in some form has given us the longest period of Western European peace in modern times.
Yes - we agree that the EU wastes huge amounts of money.
Yes - we agree that federalism must not seep insidiously into our nation.
But surely we can be grateful that the last three generations - mine being the first - has not lost the flower of its youth in pointless conflict.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
The key issue - apart from price and having all food hot - is getting away in time for the Film Club's showing of Dial M for Murder at the Arts Centre.
One of my favourite films; I'll be buying a ticket today...
But today's big challenge is part-demolition of the kitchen and part-installation of the new one.
Thoughtful Olly is doing it in sections so that we can continue to cook etc.
Really looking forward to it - but wish we were away while it was being done!
Monday, 23 March 2009
Saturday, 21 March 2009
we had a bit of a shock at one point as the Chairman appeared to step down...
this was done so abruptly, that it woke us all up, in anticipation of a bit of drama and controversy.
But no - settle down everyoe - he was just stepping aside to allow correct procedures to be followed for re-election of officers.
Sadly, there was a complete absence of hordes clamouring for my Secretary role; so it's back in harness for another year at least.
Although, if I DO win the CC election in June, there will have to be a bit of a rethink. we'll cross that bridge if / when we come to it.
We were delighted to have snared Euro Candidate Zehra Zaidi (ZZ Top in my book) as our Guest Speaker.
I have heard Zehra speak before and was looking forward to hearing her.
There is so much confusion generally around Europe. What should our attitudes be? What actually IS the Party line? Why does our vote really matter?
Zehra cleared up all of these uncertainties and more - taking tricky issues (eg Conservatives voting for the overtly racist and politically barren UKIP) - head on.
I'd like to see Zehra briefed to speak to schools & colleges around our region; introducing and explaining Europe to the next generation, from historical, social, constitutional and economic points of view, as she is intellectually more than qualified to do.
She could carry this off with the aplomb that characterises everything she does.
Unsurprisingly, the high point of our AGM... although the wine and food seemed to go down VERY well...
Thursday, 19 March 2009
As always, I was blown away by the sheer intellectual power of the CWO members - all ages - some holding pretty elevated positions; some just footsoldiers like me.
It was very energising.
I hope some of our North Dorset members will come along on April 22nd.
Pauline Lucas is a formidable Chairman, not to mention Vice Chairman Eve Burt, .
If they can't motivate us - with their infectious enthusiasm and energy - to mobilise the latent political power of women; well, then no one can!
A young girl (aged 19 with 2 yr old haemophiliac son) spoke movingly about how the YWCA was helping her to break the cycle of debt & general social hopelessness, with practical support and education.
Christians against Poverty ( http://www.capuk.org/) explained their holistic approach to debt management, and in doing so, displayed deep sensitivity and again, a thoroughly practical approach to this massive problem.
CAP UK - although a Christian organisation - is anything but exclusive when it come to giving advice. And typically of a successful third sector group like this, it is funded by voluntary donations.
The speakers highlighted the continuing financial vulnerability of women as they usually bear the burden of financial problems for their families.
David Chauke MP (Shadow Treasury Minister) outlined the ways in which a future Conservative administration will approach the problems of debt.
Education, Clearer Information etc...
That was actually a bit pedestrian .
I really hope that they will be MORE IMAGINATIVE, by working with the CSJ and the third sector generally who really understand the problems at its roots.
Time to nip into the House of Lords afterwards to listen to 10minutes of a debate.
Just nice to enjoy the atmosphere.
Do MPs and Life Peers realise just how prvileged they are?
Like I say - to me it's the Mothership.
Home by midnight - and well worth the trip.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Part of an interview I had pre-recorded earlier this week hit the airwaves this morning.
Sounded OK - factual and I was quoted in context.
At the Day Care conference nr Charminster today, I was surprised by how many people had heard it!
A good lesson there - I'm a soothing Classics person (if I'm not in a Quo or Zeppelin mood) - so rarely listen to local radio.
This is obviously going to change now.
More about the Conference later.
But in general, practical, interactive and seriously useful.
Also good to meet Andrew Archibald - Head of Services for the Elderly at Dorset County Council.
Sorry Andrew. The title may be wrong.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
This is a bit last-ditch but better late than never.
I know that money is tight and the Council has a balancing act to perform but we need to look more closely at this decision to close Shaftesbury Leisure Centre...
The health benefits of regular exercise cannot be overstated.
Just having a BMI over the recommended level may expose you to
- heart disease
- respiratory disorders
So surely, we need to fight to have a gym in Shaftesbury.
Going to meet the people who run it this evening and get a few facts and figures.
Should Shaftesbury residents really have no alternative but to GET IN THE CAR and drive to the nearest gym? (Gillingham - very good but a bit expensive for most people).
Where will GPs refer patients to after 22nd March - proposed closure date.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Taunton tomorrow for Women's Week event.
Taunton again on Wednesday - luckily sharing lifts both times - for South West Regional Seniors Forum committee meeting (I'm the Press Officer, so will use shiny new blue netbook in "real time" to write hot-off-the-press articles for our Regional news agencies.
It's a real lobbying powerhouse, so will have to keep wits about me...
Thursday - a bit nearer thankfully - an interactive conference on Community Day care.
the longer we can help our elderly folk to retain independence, the better, from every possible point of view. Social, financial, mental health, PHYSICAL health...!
(Sorry - I know it's one of my no-brainer hobby horses)
On Friday, it's the NDCA CWG AGM. of which more later.
Looking forward to light relief on Friday evening - quiz night & shepherds pie at the Legion.
I'll keep you and the blog posted...
Saturday, 7 March 2009
off "base" so mcuh these days, really need to be able to write stuff on the run and take notes etc.
Fab little gadg and all SO straightforward - lots to thank Bill Gates for (sorry Mac users). going to try out the webcam - oh ear - there goes the last vestige of privacy...
then we'll get back to the report , photo and vid from this morning's Pavement Challenge.
thawing slowly - thankful for sunshine.
Nice to see a new follower - are all my blog buddies going to be called Elizabeth???
hope for serious feedback today - out with the clipboards!!
report, pix AND VIDEOS later...
come and join us if you're local...
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Haven't looked at the weather forecast - probably better not to!
Come and tell us your story, or just stop and have a chat.
Our exact locations will be posted tomorrow.
Hope to see you!
Horrendous journey as roads closed around Blandford, so we crept around the back roads, enjoying the return of wintry landscapes and catching up on news.
Thank goodness we DID get there, as the conference was brilliant!
Excellent speakers - hard-hitting challenges and an almost total absence of meaningless jargon. Hurrah!
I feel confident that this coalition can & will deliver, due to the high calibre and hugely experienced individuals in charge.
Agencies, Healthcare professionals third sector (Voluntary) organisations - led by NHS Dorset - will all be involved.
The sessions included a detailed look at nutrition and mealtimes from both social and scientific angles.
There was also a session illustrating the benefits of out-of-the-box (or away from the institution) thinking.
Five brief case-studies were well-described and extremely moving. By understanding the PERSON's point of view, and by making a few simple (and cheap) changes, an individual's dignity can be restored and quality of life improved beyond measure.
We are all challenged to become Champions of Dignity in Care Campaign.
I have pledged to persuade the Shaftesbury & Villages 50+ Forum Committee to become a Corporate Champion.
Working with established groups in the Town, we will fully supprt the dedicated services which already do such good work.
lots to think about here... met some nice people as well!
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Dorset County Council achieved Beacon Status last night for its work towards Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy. This was achieved with DCC as the Lead Council alongside West and W and P.
You won't be alone - that's for sure!
Members of Shaftesbury & Villages 50+ Forum will be out in the Town Centre on Saturday morning, 7th March, with our clipboards, so that we can continue the campaign for safer streets for all of us.
See you there, or
visit Rachel Caldwell at Swans Yard Trust.
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
or call/text on 07966 544492
I'm so hoping that Gordon Brown, having reached the apogee of political experience & sleep-walked our country to the perigee of economic peril, will sign off now and let us have an ELECTION..
This man only cares about himself and his personal ambition.
We need to stop plugging leaks with straw and look at a proper, structured recovery.
One positive, the reporter on BBC Radio 4 Today programme finally acknowledged that GB was not a blameless premier; but had actually been in charge of the economy for over ten years...
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Our first mailing delivered, another about to hit the diary.
So Jules and I have been working out our delivery network.
Thanks to all the fantastically generous offers of help, it wasn't as difficult as he had feared.
I (naturally!) knew it was all going to be OK; but it's Jules' job to anticipate and expect problems.
He's the rudder and I'm the sail - or something.
So far, we have about 70% of Shaftesbury covered, without putting anyone's health at risk or demanding hours of trudging the streets.
so the wind continues to howl round the house, making me fear for the roof and worry about all the beautiful trees in the town.
(see link below)
However can the possible sale of our Health records to third parties be justified?
I was still under the somewhat naive impression that we had to give express permission for details about our health to be disclosed.
For example - to a potential employer or insurer. ie to be assessed for our benefit.
How long before someone accidentally left another memory stick or disk on a bus or train; or simply emailed the lot to the wrong address?
What do you think? Are YOU happy about this?
Let me say this:
Regardless of whether I am elected as County Councillor for Shaftesbury on 4th June 2009, I WILL CAMPAIGN TO KEEP OUR MEDICAL RECORDS SAFE