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"The Big Issue"

The Big Issue Foundation's core ethos is self help. We offer support to homeless and socially excluded people who seek to gain control of their lives and help them move off the streets and into a home and a job.We work with over 2000 vendors across the UK, supporting them with a diverse program of opportunities either delivered through our own services or in partnership with specialist agencies. Each new vendor has a Needs Assessment, and from this an individual action plan is set, which is monitored in supervision sessions with support staff.



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For anyone who would like to work the steps, these versions of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous provide a platform for changing our lives and outlook to sober living one day at a time.

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God Conscious 12 Steps Spiritual

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Good Conscience 12 Steps Spiritual

For anyone who would like to work the steps, this version of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous provides slightly different wording of the six steps that make reference to God or a Higher Power. This version of the Twelve Steps seems to have originated in agnostic A.A. groups in California.

1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe and to accept that we needed strengths beyond our awareness and resources to restore us to sanity.

[Original: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.]

3. Made a decision to entrust our will and our lives to the care of the collective wisdom and resources of those who have searched before us.

[Original: Made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.]

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to ourselves without reservation, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

[Original: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.]

6. Were ready to accept help in letting go of all our defects of character.

[Original: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.]

7. With humility and openness sought to eliminate our shortcomings.

[Original: Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.]

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through meditation to improve our spiritual awareness and our understanding of the AA way of life and to discover the power to carry out that way of life.

[Original: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.]

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.



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Be Tolerant

You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.

It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.

And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.








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June 6 2007

Love - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

Quiet and Silent Defiance versus Angry Shouting And Mad at Life

Yes the difference in my Parents. To an extent this feels the best way to describe my inheritance if you like to my understanding. The context we can experience of love first hand. I love My Mum, still alive and very much with it and everything. And I loved my Dad, long dead. My parents loved each other without question and without conditions, and believe me the conditions were sometimes very unfavourable.

That on my mind tonight, the thing about us in our fellowship is we are working life out, through listening to the wisdom of the years we all have as we share. And tonight I remained silent too long and missed sharing my feelings. So as I am able to share them I write them.

It was quite harrowing to hear of love and not love tonight, in my context I have wondered sometimes how I loved. Not too well in some ways, as my learning in early life was characterised by how my parents dealt with life. We forget if we are too self centred and obsessed that no one comes to life with a road map, and we learn as we go. As did our parents.

We all Learn from each other

What we learn can be absolutely profound and wonderful. And in the same family there can be such disharmony at times we are shocked by love and hate. We can love and hate, as we understand hateful behaviour.

I Learn, We Learned

Not only at home, but in school, community and from others we started to love along the way and then we lost the plot or they did. A combination maybe. But love can be there and then love is lost somehow.

Importance Of

Learning always how to be true, how to be deep and how to be loving and cherish what we have. Simply, it is this one life we have. The journey in sobriety these days is beyond compare to the life of hurry, moving on and being so mad at being right, nothing, especially love had much to do with where I ended up. Quite the reverse, loss of love had been the prime ingredient to undo me.

So how am I Tonight

Better informed and better able to cherish and understand without a doubt, to love without conditions and also to know when love is said and not meant.

My Father a great philosopher in so many ways, so adept and yet so broken by life and his experiences he never quite understood till the end what it was all about. My Mother another philosopher who experiences the essence of being and being spiritual in the moment. What a gift and what a mentor, actually both I realise gave me their gifts.

As denials and filters are breaking away its better to see the truth and know and admire and love as we may. Love is spiritual, and within, complete in every emotion for love and against love.

Tonight has been a good time to reflect that love now means I have a spectacularly different understanding and way of being.

I feel a lot more grounded, a lot more able to comprehend feelings that have always been with me and understandings which I have known and not been able to acknowledge. Now I can and get to honesty just a day at a time. And honesty may begin at daybreak and best lost by nightfall, this is our journey so often in this world.

Roads

The roads of living, the maps of the human heart, the tall stories and the fortitude to keep on going when endeavour is hardest. To let go and accept, to cherish each and every encounter and embrace life.

We are gifted so in our first breath, and spend a lifetime finding ourselves as we journey. And we come full circle well before our ending if we are lucky and make good on that first dawn with a lifetime of days living as we may.

Gifts of Life

All about us, to good and bad. Every experience made with an open mind will show us our way, and we listen to that inner voice, informed as wisdom pours in. Change is forever, and a life of endeavour is worth each step good or bad. We are fortunate when we understand our path is as life offers, not as we may will it so. Good when we understand the difference. Hindsight and wisdom, we can love it and hate it, best settle and love it, just for today.






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I can persuade George Bush on climate change - Blair June 6 2007




Exclusive interview with PM on eve of G8 summit - Claim that US will agree to greenhouse gas target

Patrick Wintour and Larry Elliott

Tony Blair insisted yesterday that he could persuade President Bush to agree for the first time to a global target for a "substantial cut" in greenhouse gases within a framework sanctioned by the United Nations.

In an interview with the Guardian on the eve of the G8 summit, the prime minister said both elusive goals were now achievable and that America was "on the move" in its position on climate change.

Although Mr Blair said it would take tough negotiations over the next three days and it was still unclear exactly what the president would agree to, he was sure Mr Bush's speech last week, in which he talked about establishing a US-led initiative to tackle global warming, was not a ploy to undermine the UN or the G8.

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Drastic cost-cutting ordered by the Government across the NHS has derailed its flagship policy to ensure that no patient waits longer than 18 weeks for hospital treatment.

A leaked e-mail seen by The Times reveals that the Department of Health is so worried that new data showing that some patients will have to wait “in excess of one year” will be highlighted by the media that it has issued special guidance on how to spin the news.

The Government is expected to announce today that the NHS has made a surplus of more than £500 million in the past financial year after an aggressive drive to reduce spending by health trusts.

The e-mail says that more than half of patients are still waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment. It calls into question the Government’s ability to honour its key health pledge that all patients would be treated within this time by the end of 2008.

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Blair and Bush: the final reckoning June 6 2007



On the eve of his last G8 meeting, Tony Blair has made a last-ditch appeal to President Bush to repay Britain's loyalty over Iraq

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor

Tony Blair will make a final appeal to George Bush to repay his loyal support over Iraq by signing up to a firm global target to cut carbon emissions at the G8 summit in Germany starting today.

Three weeks before he stands down as Prime Minister, Mr Blair will join forces with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in an attempt to secure a breakthrough in the battle against climate change. They will press a reluctant US president to agree that the world should cut carbon emissions by 50 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050.

Such an outcome from the last international gathering that Mr Blair will attend with President Bush would at last allow him to answer critics who claim he has got little in return for his "shoulder to shoulder" support for the US President, notably on Iraq and other issues related to the "war on terror".

At the summit in Heiligendamm, the Prime Minister will also try to cement another element of his much-vaunted "legacy" - the G8's commitment at the Gleneagles summit two years ago to boost aid to the developing world by $50bn (£26bn) a year by 2010, with half going to Africa. But there are growing fears that countries such as Italy and Canada are backsliding on their commitments. Frantic last-minute talks involving officials from the G8 leading industrial nations took place in Berlin yesterday but the final shape of the crucial decisions will probably go "up to the wire" at the leaders' meeting, which ends on Friday. UK officials said tough negotations lay ahead on global warming and Africa.

As ministers stepped up the pressure on the US to move further on climate change, Downing Street officials admitted there were three sticking points with the US and conceded that Mr Blair may not secure victory on all of them. They insisted that he and Chancellor Merkel were right to "set the bar high" in advance of the meeting even if that led to them being "cruficied" for not achieving all their goals.

Mr Blair believes that Mr Bush made a landmark policy change last week when he committed himself to a long-term worldwide framework to tackle global warming for the first time. But he will press his closest international ally to go further.

The Prime Minister wants the US to endorse a global target for cutting emissions now, rather than leaving a figure to be settled later; to drop the Bush plan for a parallel series of talks involving 15 major polluting countries and instead join the stalled UN-led process involving more than 180 nations for a "son of Kyoto" treaty, and to back a global "cap and trade" emissions scheme that puts a price on carbon.

A No 10 official said Mr Bush's move last week was "a turning point" that would eventually be regarded as a "pivotal moment". But he conceded it was only a first step and further movement was necessary.

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Blair 'will be frank with Putin' June 6 2007

Tony Blair has promised a "frank discussion" with Vladimir Putin over the Russian leader's threat to point nuclear weapons at Europe.

Mr Putin spoke out after the US said it wanted to build a new missile defence system, partly based in eastern Europe.

But Mr Blair told the BBC it was not in Russia's interest to have a "scratchy" relationship with western countries.

He also promised to discuss the alleged murder in London of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Mr Blair and Mr Putin are both attending the G8 summit, which begins in Germany on Thursday.

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June 6 1944: D-Day marks start of Europe invasion

Thousands of Allied troops have begun landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France at the start of a major offensive against the Germans.

Thousands of paratroops and glider-borne troops have also been dropped behind enemy lines and the Allies are already said to have penetrated several miles inland.

The landings were preceded by air attacks along the French coast.

About 1,300 RAF planes were involved in the first wave of assaults then 1,000 American bombers took up the attack dropping bombs on targets in northern France.

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There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.

A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.

You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.

For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.





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