Freedom of the press & Leveson Enquiry Report

The long-awaited Leveson report on the phone hacking scandal, has been published. There are some who seem to be opposed to the legislative aspect, as recommended in that report. The press argue that they must be free to scrutinise those in power, that the freedom of the UK’s press...

Mary’s Meals

Martha Payne, the young Scots lass, drew lots of attention to the Mary’s Meals project. This project focusses on providing food to pupils at schools in a number of countries. The idea being that children will each have breakfast cup of porridge at their school, and, at the same...

Wanamaker Theatre

A new indoor theatre being built next to Shakespeare’s Globe in London is to be named after the Globe’s founder Sam Wanamaker. The team behind the project have revealed that plays at the new theatre will be predominantly lit by candles.  Plays in the indoor venue will run from...

Decuple your Money?

The meaning of decuple (I hope!) is to multiply something by ten! (multiply by 6 is sextuple, 7 is septuple and so on)  Anyway increasing the value of donations is what this item is all about. The latest newsletter from the Butterfly Conservation includes the following:- “As one of our...

Good News?

Can you name any politician who gives 90% of his salary to charity? I couldn’t. Do you know who said  “Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong. Be prepared every day to try to do some good.” I didn’t   Would you like to know? Visit...

Remembrance Day

On 11th November in the UK we remember those who have died as a result of wars. The largest service in England is at the Cenotaph in London.  The service (see this précis of the event from the BBC) was as ever, solemn yet moving.  Wreaths were laid at the...

Police & Crime Commissioner Election

There has been coverage in the media of the elections in the UK for the roles of Police & Crime Commissioners, on Thursday 15th November; too little, too late though in my opinion. The Labour Party apparently opposed the PCC scheme, however a long-serving Labour MP resigned his seat,...

Electronic Greeting Cards

Those fine folk at Jacquie Lawson Greeting Cards have released their 2012 electronic Advent Calender. Their website, www.jacquielawson.com, has a fantastic array of delightful greeting cards for just about every special occasion.  Their membership fee is quite modest, and that entitles you to send electronic greetings to all your friends...