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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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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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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 8th 2007

Out Of London - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

I realise I have spent little or no time out of London. Tonight I went to Chair a meeting of my Fellowship just outside of London I guess, not too far. And I was taken to and from the meeting. I am truly grateful that someone took me there and back.

My last outing was pretty disastrous, in company which at first seemed fine and then became pretty hostile or felt that way. Maybe my reaction to events and how things unravelled. I am not good pretending much these days and I felt compromised as wherever I may go I feel happier just being me. The recent excursion paved the way for a letting go of a friendship and it was destined to be so, Why? Because I was not right or good enough, and not fit for the purpose proposed and then friendship was withdrawn quite without thought or care. Or fearfully, as I am a liability when it comes to being truthful these days. I am an alcoholic and as such feel better its known and not to have to lie. Lies undo me as fast as drinking might, the same effect, lack of emotional sobriety can feel ten times worse than not drinking. The impact makes me feel quite awful when dishonest breeds more and more of the same. it’s a ticket back to the insane asylum if I let it be so.


In the right place and in the right moment. Spiritual connection to now. It is all we have after all. And I guess for anyone looking for redemption with a gold star, we find in AA we get a star of the same brightness, the same as everyone else, no brighter or darker I guess.

Mind I know some who recover still hark back to big golden outlooks and being something bigger. An ego thing maybe and I do wonder at what I might make of this website stuff and writing as I do now. It will change I realise and another purpose may be along quite soon.

The Meeting Before - The meeting - And The Meeting After

Three elements for me in any excursion. Before and the meeting on the way we had a meeting of us two fellows travelling and it was just fine. Its good to meet like minded men and women in fellowship. The open and honest ways we develop and learn how to be real about how we are. Its good when we do, and we know quickly if things are not so, tonight tho’ was spot on to the good.

I have not been on top form or anywhere near for a few days. When my tolerance for me is low and things are unhelpful, I can take things to extremes as my head plays out scenarios where I am ok and the world accepts me. As I know these days the world will be as it may, and I need accept me and my lot as is. The plot is just how it is today.

At the meeting it was a slow start for me, and I had no clue as usual as to what I might say. Not preparing for an AA meeting is far the best way to talk about experience strength and hope.

We share what’s going on how we are how we are coping, or better how we are living and enjoying life working. Or better how we are "being". And we all have emotional scars and wisdom and recovery one day only. So what is apparent and on our mind today is all we need share.

It is tiring and hard for me sometimes, the lack of rest and the last few days of getting about has been pretty hard work. And just about keeping my head above the water. it’s a sign of some change. And I feel like I need to be lighter and more level somehow.

There have been unexplainable tears as some news in the world has touched home in magnitude and also touching parts of me which are still raw.

And coming home I felt fatigue and the dip in mood as always happens for me immediately after a chair.

Sharing experience of life, the details of what happened, its sometimes a trip I take to share and not one I choose to uncover over and over forever.

I need share today and recent times to keep even, yet its part of the story. The hardships and things that happen. Other illness too. And what comes back is my story is not so different.

My Life Story

A long one and as we don’t reach a half century without a few highlights, the ups and downs of living.

How many times will I tell it, to make it just another tale and another share, with less power. And I don’t know that the telling always helps. Cathartic it can be to shed the weight of the years a few times and then it goes back the other way.

Therapeutic Process

Encourages us to open our insides out. And as we turn our insides out, it does a job, and we learn some insight or we have had the insight and its like pulling off a scab again. I have found the problem with therapy can be repetition for the benefit of others and a true deficit for me. Informing counsellors and psychiatric professionals of my story, it relates as it may.

Recent Experience

When in a one to one with my new psychiatrist, courtesy of the clinic at the hospital where I am treated for type 1 diabetes, I realise what we share can seem to offer a good prognosis when the truth is its not so. From my words here one may imagine there is certainly progress.

At the same time much of what I do with websites and the writing of my days is to my less preferred styles of communication and is only possible because introverted processes in me work better when the outer world depresses me.

The attention to detail, and the knowledge that one code out of place helps me focus on now, rather than the world which often hurts my senses beyond belief.

Part of my alcoholism was and is a sadness about this world. And the transformation to good times and level times is and has been fleeting.

Hence the tears earlier as world events do shock me. I had been advised years ago to shut my eyes to world events. Yet I still persist in keeping interested and motivated to see this world as it really is. Much of life is half good and half bad.

God consciousness Good conscience

The extremes of what we experience to the good and bad show me often how out of proportion I have been over the years. A big head, a big ego in a small world, and one which renders all to powerless states as we realise we are truly powerless over people places and things. The universe so vast we don’t even register in it except to ourselves. So the God connection has always puzzled me. It will for a time to come I am sure. If an entity so powerful to make a Universe so big, our part is surely only of significance to us, and maybe therein is the true answer.


We do get them, we can choose and learn and develop outlooks. And tonight sharing that some choices I had would had led to an early end for me had I gone on. Those days do come back and they don’t feel like horrors, merely preferences to not be here at all sometimes. And those feelings I know only surface when imbalances are in play.

Choices today, well I have done as asked and answered the requests made. I have felt off and out of sorts. I am sad at letting go and realising some dealings and friendships are as they are, changing and letting them go is right I realise. Powerless over people, places and things, I need remind me and myself. The me is the ego, the myself is the right sized person who just sees it the way it is? I hesitate..

Denials & Filters

We are best able to make choices as we move along. We are better for seeing the truth, and it often hurts and we are able to activate our sadness through others sadness. Empathy and sometimes called confluence, it can be as much an asset as liability depending on our overall mental condition. Tears were apt and for sorrow. And not wallowing self pity.

Progress indeed and a million light years from perfection. So it goes…

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Attorney-general knew of BAE and the £1bn. Then concealed it June 8 2007

Goldsmith hid secret money transfers from international anti-corruption organisation

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British investigators were ordered by the attorney-general Lord Goldsmith to conceal from international anti-bribery watchdogs the existence of payments totalling more than £1bn to a Saudi prince, the Guardian can disclose.

The money was paid into bank accounts controlled by Prince Bandar for his role in setting up BAE Systems with Britain's biggest ever arms deal. Details of the transfers to accounts in the US were discovered by officers from the Serious Fraud Office during its long-running investigation into BAE. But its inquiry was halted suddenly last December.

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World leaders last night hailed a groundbreaking deal paving the way for a “substantial” reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with a view to halving them by 2050. The compromise agreement fell short of the original aims of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, but was more ambitious than many expected.

It was clinched after President Bush was persuaded that his own plan for a climate change conference in the autumn would be part of efforts to reach a global agreement through the UN. Against expectations, he also allowed the 50 per cent target shared by most leading industrial countries to appear in the final G8 communiqué. Some saw Mr Bush’s shift as a parting gift to Tony Blair after their last one-to-one meeting.

Mrs Merkel and Mr Blair called the agreement a “huge success”, emphasising that America was now at the heart of the attempts to reach a worldwide deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. Some campaigners welcomed the compromise as an important advance; others said it was weak and did not go far enough because they omitted the target of limiting temperature increases to 2C (3.6F).

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Deal or raw deal? Bush refuses to commit to climate change target June 8 2007

Blair hails 'major' agreement on climate change - yet still Bush refuses to commit

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor in Heiligendamm

Tony Blair was claiming a breakthrough in the battle against climate change yesterday after President George Bush agreed that the United States would "seriously consider" a global target to halve emissions of greenhouse gases.

Leaders of the world's richest nations, at their summit in Germany, called for a deal on "substantial cuts" in emissions by the end of 2009 to enable America, China and India to join a "son of Kyoto" agreement.

President Bush gave some ground under pressure from Mr Blair and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and summit host. But he watered down Germany's demand for a commitment to a 50 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 from 1990 levels. Instead the G8's declaration said the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases should "seriously consider" following the EU, Canada and Japan in seeking to halve emissions by 2050.

Mr Bush committed the US to a United Nations-led process but gave himself an important escape clause by making clear his support was conditional on China and India signing up to the worldwide deal. It is also unclear whether the target would be as ambitious as it looks as no baseline was set. Germany and Britain wanted the proposed 50 per cent cut based on 1990 levels but America argued for it to be from this year's - which would amount to a 45 per cent reduction from 1990.

Green groups welcomed the G8 leaders' decision as a step in the right direction but said President Bush's "leaving present" for Mr Blair before he stands down was not big enough. Mr Blair, who acted as a go-between for Ms Merkel when he held his final meeting as Prime Minister with President Bush yesterday, hailed the agreement as "a major, major step forward" that would have been regarded as "unimaginable" a year ago.

Asked if there was "wiggle room" in the declaration, he admitted: "There isn't going to be an agreement until there's an agreement that has America and China in it. However, there is now a process to lead to that agreement and at its heart is a commitment to a substantial cut." Mr Blair conceded there were still "a lot of things to work out", adding: "There is now an immense amount of detailed technical and political work to do." British officials admitted that yesterday's deal marked "the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end". But Blair aides saw President Bush's movement on climate change as a vindication of the Prime Minister's "shoulder-to-shoulder" approach on other issues including Iraq.

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G8 leaders 'make $60bn Aids deal' June 8 2007

Leaders of the G8 nations have pledged to spend $60bn (£30bn) fighting Aids in Africa, an official said on the final day of the group's summit in Germany.

The deal is to be formally announced as world leaders turn their attention to Africa to conclude the summit.

They are under pressure to honour aid commitments made in 2005. It is thought the US will account for half the $60bn.

Germany's development minister gave news of the pledge on state ZDF TV before talks between the G8 leaders.

On Thursday, G8 leaders agreed to seek "substantial" cuts in emissions in an effort to tackle climate change.

Meanwhile, US president George Bush was said to be suffering from a stomach complaint, and held a Friday morning meeting with France's Nicholas Sarkozy in his suite rather than in the planned conference room.

US officials said that the president's planned trip to Poland later was still going ahead, despite Mr Bush being "under the weather".

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June 8 1968: James Earl Ray quizzed over King death

1968: James Earl Ray quizzed over King death

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in London in connection with the murder of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
James Earl Ray is being questioned by police after he was arrested by Scotland Yard officers at Heathrow Airport as he tried to board a flight to Brussels.

He was charged at Cannon Row police station with possessing a forged passport and having a firearm without a certificate.

The Justice Department in Washington announced it would be seeking Ray's extradition on a murder indictment brought against him on 7 May in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tight security

The British Home Secretary, James Callaghan, is expected to authorise the institution of extradition proceedings against Ray.

Tight security precautions are in place at Bow Street Magistrates' Court, where Ray is due to face the charges today.

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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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