Front Page Local Archive


AA Where to Find


Archive July 12 2007


DonInLondon Tube
You Tube Channel



Daily News & Links



Independent




The Times




Guardian Unlimited


Global Headline Stories
To July 14 2007








Movies In London













Big Issues London











"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.





Ghandi

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.



DonInLondon Life

Don In London
Progress Not Perfection



DonInLondon London Front Page July 13
London 'Local' Times 2007

DonInLondon - Journeyman - Listener
Writer & Commentator on Life



July 2007
copyright© don oddy

Publish July 13 2007

DonInLondon July 12 2007 - Life is but a Dream ‘Day in the Life’

What on Earth to say? Working to normal, when there is no feeling of normal at all. The reminders are with me as I go around the streets of Chelsea. I was with my sister earlier and it feels like we can expect Christopher to bound round a corner, break into an expressive smile and wave. I have to smile, sometimes in the past we knew we were on the same road and we continued as if we had not noticed when we obviously had.

We all have boundaries and ways to be. And sometimes it was just that way, no need to say anything as we went about our business.

Other days a cup of coffee and talk. And the last time I saw Chris before hospital was on June 18 bounding down the Kings road towards home with an enormous bunch of flowers for my sister on her birthday. We shared moments and I can remember emailing my sister that I had seen Chris, and he had been up to doing something good. And Chris and I had shared a few words, about holidays and they being away. From then to now not so long, I never imagined this or even thought it possible.

Time

Time as I mentioned before seems slow then quick and we wonder where it all goes.

I been helping in some small practical ways today. I reckon its good to find helpful things to do, even when the most helpful thing is to make myself scarce a lot of the time, and be there as required. It may sound perfunctory, and to an extent it is, in the kindest possible way. Its just right I feel. And as the days have gone by so quick, there is no sense yet to reality in all this. As if acting out a play without any control. We play parts and do as we do. And still it feels just as it may, some moments good recollections and then an overwhelming sadness seeps in.

Hope

There was hope to the last day. And as even the hope faded last Sunday it was hard to find words or just what was the right thing to do. And there is no right or wrong way I realise all over again.

For me, to feel all this head on. And not as in the past with a bracing drink to steady nerves. I have come a long way on this journey to now. Tragedy as always strikes when least anticipated. And we wonder how to deal. I guess we just do.

Fatigue

I am pretty worn by events and will hope for a good sleep. And actually it does not matter right now. I still wake with a start at the moment. Concern and if ever life could be a dream I would wish it so just now.

Tonight

I was not keen to go to a meeting and my near friend from the fellowship suggested a coffee at Milano’s. We spent a couple of hours talking. He is no stranger to grief, his sister died only a few months ago. A stoic friend in a moment where we could be light hearted as well as serious about sad moments. We sat and watched the "girls" go by. People watching as we all do. And others doing the same. I always qualify the "girls" remark to mean women close to our own age! Just in case you may wonder. Actually two single men sitting in Earls court, reminds me my doctor asked me if I was gay a couple of years ago. She had worked in Earls Court for years and asked because there is a thriving gay community round here. I recall being a bit amused and wondered at my appearance back then. I never imagined being asked that question. So a point of amusement I will share with my friend next time we sit on Earls Court Road. Or as he reads this in the morning!

And I am relieved I had no energy to get to a meeting tonight, in good company we did talk sober stuff in the main. And we always chat about where we are. Our issues are less to with drink and more to do with the various complaints we have, some inherited and some we made possible as we just got older! Older we certainly are and still can be as daft as a brush or two.

Another friend asked where we originated, they from Turkey, my friend from Wales and me from Yorkshire. Our Turkish friend was wondering if our countries were at war, and a quick reply only on the football pitch and then talk of Beckham in America and then to all sorts which had no gravitas at all, good plain chit chat. And so we left it there.

A quick trip to the market to get stores of porridge, one of my main staples and then a quick ride home. These last few days my regime for self care has been haphazard and not so good. So many issues rising all at once and still I need work out some next steps for me too. I am realising the impact of some of my ailments.

I have to smile though, me and my friend happily sitting on the Earls Court Road, not realising that those walking by were probably thinking what a nice gay couple! If it were true it would not be a bad thing, and as my friend reads this it may make him reflect and laugh. When we hit a certain age and feel ok as we are, any challenge to our identity is not an issue. Thank goodness it is so. In olden days I might have been quite indignant, nowadays I expect nobody cares one way or another. Well, not round here anyway.

One element of these sad days is partly why I am single, is to do with avoidance of pain not unlike my sister, all over again for me. Except for the fact that my partner from way back then, she left and what followed is probably written somewhere else. It is not the same to grieve for one who is lost to this world and another who is still in the world and is close enough inside our minds to understand their actions. More on this another time. It is not a gift I have found to know too much.

Ignorance can be bliss? I have never found it so either. Knowing chills and disturbs as much as not knowing, sensitive we are either way and good we are.

Its just dusk tonight, usually I am not finished writing for the day. And sometimes its gone midnight when I stop. But for today here it stops. Until tomorrow.


Chelsea July 2007


Earls Court Festival July 7007



Guardian Unlimited - Times Online - Independent Cartoons
Global News Links DonInLondon






AA Where to Find


Front Page


DonInLondon Tube
You Tube Channel



DonInLondon Journal


DonInLondon Journal


DonInLondon Photo


Harry Potter Premiere


Earls Court Festival 2007



London Photo 2007



Chelsea Festival 2007




Model & Busker Video


Photo Link



Photo Link


World Naked Bike Ride
2007 Video Download



Photo Link


Photo Link



Photo Link




Don On YouTube

AA - A Personal View



Films In London


Films InLondon


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.






Introvert/Extrovert?



UK Lottery






DonInLondon Life


Don In London
Progress Not Perfection
DonInLondon London Times
Don Oddy
DonInChelsea London Times


Back Page Global Archive




Front Page


DonInLondon Tube
You Tube Channel



Media Links News


Independent



The Times



Guardian Unlimited


Global News Week
To July 14 2007









Big Issues London











"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.





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.






UK Lottery



Introvert/Extrovert?











Films Inlondon


DonInLondon Life


Don In London
Progress Not Perfection





DonInLondon London Times 'Global' News July 13 2007


Guardian Unlimited - Times Online - Independent Cartoons

Global Local News DonInLondon





Guardian Unlimited OnLine July 13 2007


Thousands apply for 520-day journey to nowhere July 13 2007




· Moscow 'space flight' to simulate voyage to Mars

· Britons seek places in cramped static cabin

Luke Harding in Moscow

More than four-and-a half thousand people have applied to take part in a joint Russian-European venture in which six people will be locked inside a mock spacecraft for 520 days to simulate an expedition to Mars.
Russia's space agency is sifting through piles of applications from would-be astronauts, including Britons, prepared to suffer extreme privation to test endurance levels for a Mars odyssey.

Successful candidates will be locked inside a cramped barrel-shaped spacecraft in central Moscow for a year and a half: 250 days to Mars, followed by a month on the surface, and 240 days to get back. The craft comprises tiny modules - a claustrophobic 550 cubic metres in total that aims to replicate the psychological pressures of an arduous long-distance space voyage.

Mark Belakovsky, head of the Mars 500 project, said yesterday: "We want applicants who are healthy and professional. They have to be intellectually tough."
Dr Belakovsky, of the Institute of Biomedical Problems, said male and female applicants had to be aged 25 to 50. Doctors would be preferred, he said.
"We've had applicants from Britain," he added. "If British firms would like to supply us with books, films, or food we would be happy to hear from them."

Read The Guardian OnLine






Times OnLine July 13 2007


Crisis of trust after BBC says sorry again July 13 2007




Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent

The BBC called on its staff last night to inform their managers about programmes that have misled or deceived the public.

The initiative to shore up trust in the corporation came after it was forced to apologise to the Queen — the second embarassing apology within four days.

Mark Thompson, the BBC Director-General, has been asked by the BBC Trust to explain why a channel controller issued promotional footage that wrongly implied that the Queen had walked out of a photo shoot.

It admitted that footage which purported to show the Queen storming out of a sitting with the celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz had been spliced together out of sequence. In fact the Queen was filmed walking into the shoot.

Read The Times OnLine






Independent OnLine 'Indy' News July 13 2007


Classroom revolution as curriculum embraces modern life July 13 2007



By Richard Garner, Education Editor

The Government has unveiled a new curriculum to bring schools into the 21st century - giving more space for pupils to tackle controversial issues such as global warming and nuclear power.

Teachers will also be given greater freedom to break free from the traditional subject-based national curriculum for pupils aged 11 to 16, facilitating the introduction of topics which help prepare youngsters for adult life, Ken Boston, chief executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum - the Government's exams watchdog, said yesterday.

They will range from lessons on Britain's place in the global economy to individual economic well-being - which could include how to avoid debt and buy a home, respect for other cultures and even cookery - to help instil healthy eating habits into tomorrow's adults.

Dr Boston said the changes were necessary because the rise in education standards throughout the Western world was "slowing down".

"In some countries, it has reached a glass ceiling through which it cannot break," he said.

"The traditional approach to covering the syllabus has been exhausted: it has delivered all it can: it will work no more."

Under the shake-up, pupils could learn at their own speed - with some youngsters in a class given more taxing books to read such as the novels of Thomas Hardy while others were working on George Orwell.

The alternative, he argued, was to carry on with a system "where learning is not differentiated according to the readiness of the individual to learn".

That caused many youngsters to become disaffected "because the task is utterly beyond their reach and for others to be bored because it is too easy".

The shake-up, however, did mix the new topic-based approach with the traditional subject-based approach. In particular, ministers have listened to complaints about history where teachers have claimed that too many youngsters are starting with the Tudors in secondary school - having neglected the subject at primary school.

Topics in the new curriculum include studying the development of power in Britain from the Middle Ages to the present day to overcome gaps in children's knowledge and give them more of an understanding of Britain's cultural identity.

There was consternation, though, that Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler's names had been omitted from the list of historical figures to be studied, a decision described by the Conservative MP Nicholas Soames as madness. But the QCA and the Government pointed out that study of the First and Second World Wars was compulsory and it would be impossible to teach those topics without studying Churchill and Hitler.

Andrew Adonis, the Schools minister, insisted yesterday that history would include studying developments from medieval times to the present day.

Lord Adonis lent his backing to the new curriculum at its launch at Lord's Cricket Ground yesterday. "There is a reduction in prescription from the centre and a modernisation of the curriculum to make it more relevant to the needs of young people in this world in the future," he added.

He argued that teachers could use the new time at their disposal to ensure extra catch-up lessons in the "three R's" for pupils who were struggling in English and maths - and also lessons to stretch the more able pupils.

Other measures in the curriculum include a reading list - including authors from different cultures for the first time such as Maya Angelou and Meera Syal, also known for her role as a comedian in the BBC TV series Goodness Gracious Me.

Read The Independent OnLine





DonInLondon Not for Profit Site
Email Me Here

DonInLondon - Journeyman - Listener - Writer & Commentator on Life

Fantastic four Rise of The Silver Surfer


Shrek The Third

Harry Potter & The Order Of the Phoenix




Vie En Rose




Archive July 12


DonInLondon Tube
You Tube Channel



DonInLondon Journal


DonInLondon Journal

DonInLondon Photo


Harry Potter Premiere


Earls Court Festival 2007



London Photo 2007



Chelsea Festival 2007




Model & Busker Video


Photo Link



Photo Link


World Naked Bike Ride
2007 Video Download



Photo Link


Photo Link



Photo Link




Don On YouTube

AA - A Personal View





Films Inlondon


Ghandi

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.




DonInLondon Journal


Don In London
Progress Not Perfection



DonInLondon London Times
Don Oddy
DonInChelsea London Times
DonInLondon, London Times Glocal, Day In The Life, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Don Oddy, Times Online, BBC Online, Guardian Unlimited, Independent Online, Movies, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fantastic Four Silver Surfer. Just For Today, DonInLondon London Times Front Page Local, Day In The Life, DonInLondon, DonInChelsea You Tube, London Times, Don Oddy, Times Online, BBC Online, Guardian Unlimited, Independent Online, Movies, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Oceans Thirteen, Fantastic Four Silver Surfer. World Naked Bike Ride 2007, Just For Today,