I know, I know, some of them don’t look too happy but it still made me giggle!
Not sure that this one has got the right idea….
These two have gone for tortillas!
Last one, no he’s not in bread but I do love the standing cat!
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Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
If you’ve read my other reviews you’ll know that I don’t usually reveal anything about the story, I prefer to tell you my opinion of it and leave you to enjoy the story for yourself if you choose to read it. However, as I’m deeply unimpressed with something about this book I’m not sticking to my usual principles!
I loved the synopsis on the back of this book, it hooked me by saying the was based in New York (I love it there) and starts by saying “In the middle of the night, the burnt headless body of a young woman is found on the steps of a Baptist church in Harlem…” my kind of book!
I enjoy the two lead characters, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD Cop Mike Chapman, and how they work together. The story itself isn’t a bad one.
However, that’s where the good stuff ends!
For me, there were so many faults with this book that I’m surprised it got to print, such as:
The relationship between Cooper and her boyfriend Luc is weak and irrelevant.
The story is incredibly slow and hard to get into, it starts very slowly and in a lot of places, although the complexities of the Cooper/Chapman relationship remain, everything else seems an afterthought.
But what really, really lets the book down is the fact that the ‘villain’ is only a villain because he has been diagnosed with Leprosy. What an enlightened and helpful view that is! I’d love to know what @Lepra_HinA think about this? In fact, @Lepra_HinA if you want to see the book let me know and I’ll post you my copy, don’t go out and purchase another one.
During a recent trip to Van Hages in Peterborough (which we found our way to despite the avoidance tactics of the Sat Nav, but that’s another story….) we were delighted to see some owls outside the store.
They were there to highlight the work of the Exotic Pet Refuge. The owls were stunningly beautiful and looked in excellent condition so I can only assume that the good folks at the Exotic Pet Refuge are doing an excellent job!
There were breeds of owl that I had seen before, but there was also the one pictured below with lovely colouring. I think they said she was Indian?
One of the owls was so small that we thought it was a toy! The tiny one is the grey one – if you look at the pic of the 3rd owl along you can see the tiny grey one in the back ground of the picture which gives you some idea of how small it is!
They don’t just have owls at the refuge, they have over 400 animals, including: wild cats, reptiles, wolves, meerkats, parrots, lemurs, monkeys, meerkats, chipmonks and more! They hold open days throughout the year and the next one is on the 20th May 2012 – why not head along to see the animals and show your support.
A very lovely friend of my has recently taken her 2 and a half year old child to A&E after the child fell on the trampoline and then seemed to have a lot of pain in his leg.
Anyone who knows me well will know that I’m quite picky with my friends and I certainly wouldn’t call someone lovely if I didn’t mean it. She is a very genuine person, very giving, good fun and a brilliant mother. Her son is the absolute picture of health, always well dressed, very loved and he eats more fruit in a day than I eat in a month!
How it happened:
It is a large trampoline and both my friend and her child were on it. Her child bounced and fell forward, on the trampoline, onto his knees.
The child cried but which my friend thought was odd but made no more fuss than she would have done after falling down any other time. My friend carried her child indoors and he had his normal nap. After the nap he said his leg still hurt so he wanted dinner on the sofa; my friend checked his leg and there was no bruising and no swelling, so she assumed he was just playing for sympathy as children do.
After dinner she took him off the sofa to start getting ready for bath and bed, however immediately that he put weight on his leg it was obvious that there was a lot of pain.
My friend then rang NHS Direct for advice who recommended going to A&E ‘just to be sure’.
At A&E my friend booked her son in, explained at the counter what had happened and that there was no bruising or swelling and apologised if she was wasting their time.
By this point her son was happily in his pushchair and singing. To cut a long story short, at the first examination by a doctor it became apparent that they didn’t believe my friend that the accident had happened how it did. She was questioned repeatedly and aggressively. The doctor said the she had fallen on top of her son, she explained again what had happened and the doctor added “but then you fell on him”. He then decided that her son had fallen off the trampoline. She explained again, adding that it had a safety net, but the doctor just kept repeating himself. My friend was terrified.
She was then told to wait in a room with her son while they ‘looked at the x-rays’ – she waited for 2 hours in this room with her son on an uncomfortable chair. It was well passed his bedtime, he was tired and wanted to go home. My friend queried with reception a couple of times why they were waiting so long and reception admitted they had no idea.
At 10pm she was told that her son was to be admitted overnight. But first there were new people to talk to her, with yet more questions. Her son had eczema – they queried why the backs of his knees were so sore. She explained about the eczema and explained what bath oils and creams they used but the questions kept coming. They queried why his nappy was so full. My friend explained that she’d only bought one spare one with her and hadn’t planned on being in A&E for so long! They exchanged looks and then began questioning again how the accident had happened.
My friend was very very scared at this point. Her husband was away with work and she literally sat and thought how she was going to explain to him that their son had been taken off them!
This continued for hours until at 1am her son was admitted to a ward.
The next day a new person came to see her and the questions began again. The new person said they had been called by staff at A&E to investigate as the injury didn’t ‘add up’. Fortunately for my friend this person also had a 2 year old and very quickly ascertained that the accident was AN ACCIDENT!
I fully understand and appreciate that A&E staff are the front line and have to make an immediate assessment of the situation presented to them. But it must have been obvious after the first set of questions that their fears were unfounded?
I can’t help wondering if my friend hadn’t been a very sweet, polite, middle class woman whether she would have been put through all this. Was she simply an easy target for some ‘box ticking’ by the A&E staff? Had she been uninvolved, rude or aggressive, with an angry spouse and another few kids in tow I wonder if her son would have been quickly patched up and sent home?
I am delighted to hand my #CharityTuesday page over to @C2C_Run Abi (from @TheCakeNest) today. She is going to tell you about the incredible charity run that she is doing to raise much-needed money for @AdventureFarm. I know that there is no way I could even contemplate running 180 miles so it is deep respect and admiration that I added my donation and with much pride that I’m sharing her story. In her own words, over to Abi:
I will cover the breadth of the country at Easter, running 180 miles coast-to-coast between Tynemouth and Whitehaven on my own, with just my husband Stephen for support and our dog, Crackers.
Abi hopes that Crackers will run in the same direction as her one day!
I am a mother-of-two and hope the two-week challenge, hot-footing the famous Reivers Coast to Coast cycle route, will raise over £2,500 for The Children’s Adventure Farm, which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. They are an amazing charity that rely solely on donations, providing special holidays to special children.
My inspiration for the challenge has come from Eddie Izzard, who in 2009 completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief, despite no prior history of long-distance running. I am not an athlete, up until 3 years ago I’d never run for more than a bus!
I just thought he was amazing, the way he kept going. I do think there’s going to be a point in my challenge when I’m tired and don’t want to get up. But I have made a commitment to the charity, and it is also something that I want to do for myself as well. In January I completed my first marathon as a “mini-event” in the lead up to this. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but the feeling at the end is indescribable. I felt like I could do anything – except walk the following day!
Jenny from CAFT, Crackers the dog, Abi and Linda Arkey – the Mayor of North Tyneside
A post on behalf of Autism Anglia, in their words:
You may already be aware that today, 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day, when people all over the world unite to celebrate autism and raise awareness of the condition. Today’s issue of the Independent newspaper contained a special Autism Supplement which we were pleased to feature in – you can download it using this link.
Autism Anglia marked World Autism Awareness Day by hosting Silly Sock Day, which took place on Friday 30th March. Please click here to see what we and other supporters got up to!
In case you missed Silly Sock Day, we wanted to draw your attention to our Silly Sock Day 2012 campaign with Just Text Giving, which means that everyone with a mobile phone is able to contribute towards this appeal (wearing silly socks or not!!) All we ask for is a simple £2 donation by texting SOCK12 £2 to 70070 and we’ll be able to receive your donation almost immediately (including Gift Aid if applicable).
Please donate if you can, to help us keep providing essential services to people with autism and their families. Every £2 donation is very much needed and appreciated.
The Silly Sock team