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Kirsten Irving

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April 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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“Mocking Strangers”


“Mocking Strangers”

This is a wonderful art/photography/life project by Haley Morris-Cafiero. She is a photographer who lives in Memphis Tennessee. She is an Assistant Professor and Head of Photography at the Memphis College of Art. She is currently working on securing exhibitions for the “Wait Watchers” series and publishing a book of the photographs.


I know these sideways looks and the little titters of humour. Thankfully I’ve always been comfortable being me and have a strong and loving husband who also gets stares (I like to think because he’s just gorgeous 🙂 ) so we don’t get upset about it really…maybe we should.

I think being a very tall teenager…I was almost my full height of 5’11 (and a half) by fourteen so I’d already realised that boys my age were mostly a foot shorter than me. I probably looked down on them as much as they sniggered at me…I didn’t notice actually. i wasn’t really interested til I met Clive at age 15. we were both tall and skinny back then…I remember loving looking up at him and walking along arm in arm…him being 6’4.

It hit hard when he ended up in the chair…for many more serious reasons but the one that applies here is that I now don’t have my tall man to make feel ‘normal height anymore but he makes up for that loss in height with his enormous character and his even bigger sense of humour.

I think people who judge others on their size, shape, colour, looks, sexuality, disability, religion or ‘beauty’ are sad sad people indeed with narrow minds and small hearts to match.

Well done to this woman for exposing it so beautifully…I look forward to the full art display.

EDIT: I just found her website…more great pics here:

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April 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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A Video Tribute to The Man Who Pushed a Toy Pig to Downing St to Save our NHS

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April 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

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The Man Who Pushed a Toy Pig to Downing Street to Save our NHS

Scriptonite Daily


Mark McGowan a.k.a The Artist Taxi Driver spent today on his hands and knees, pushing a toy pig four miles to Downing Street, with his nose.  He made his art protest as our House of Lords full of private health investors, voted through their own pay rises by approving new competition rules.

What’s All the Fuss About?


The S75 Regulations form part of the governments Health and Social Care Act, the purpose of which is to open up as many NHS services to private providers as possible.

The new ‘Competition Regulations’ force the NHS to put all but a minority of services out for competitive tender.  The majority of services currently run by the NHS will shortly and swiftly be turned over to profit making private healthcare providers. This is privatisation by the back door.

To make matters worse, the MPs and Lords drafting and voting upon this piece…

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April 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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What You Do With What You’ve Got

‘What You Do With What You’ve Got’ sung and performed by Eddi Reader & Thomas Dolby. Written by Si Kahn.

“You must know someone like him
He was tall and strong and lean
With a body like a greyhound
And a mind so sharp and keen
But his heart, just like a laurel,
Grew twisted round itself
Till almost every thing he did
Caused pain to someone else

It’s not just what you’re born with
It’s what you choose to bear
It’s not how big your share is
But how much you can share
And it’s not the fights you dreamed of
But those you really fought
It’s not what you’ve been given
It’s what you do with what you’ve got

Now what’s the good of two strong legs
If you only run away?
And what use is the finest voice
If you’ve nothing good to say?
And what good is strength and muscle
If you only push and shove?
And what’s the use of two good ears
If you can’t hear those you love?

Between those who use their neighbours
And those who use a cane
Between those in constant power
And those in constant pain
Between those who run to glory
And those who cannot run
Tell me which ones are the cripples
And which ones touch the sun?”

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April 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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Dear Iain Duncan-Smith, Thanks for nothing……. goodbye!

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April 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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Dr Wakefield responds!

Published on Youtube on 16 Apr 2013
“Dr Wakefield responds to UK public health officials call for censorship on MMR vaccine safety debate, measles vaccine failure, and issues a further challenge for open debate.”

Further information can be found here:–The-Truth.html

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April 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Guest Post by Tanya Marlow – The Truth about DLA

Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Guest Post by Tanya Marlow – The Truth about DLA.


A true account of what DLA application is like. I had a very similar experience five years ago. I was completely humiliated by the tribunal.

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April 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

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Sometimes letting go is all you can do!

Sometimes letting go is all you can do!

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April 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

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Opinion poll – more bad news for fans of Thatcher

Pride's Purge

(not satire)

Oh dear. Looks like more bad news for fans of Margaret Thatcher.

According to a ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror, 60% of the public say Thatcher’s funeral should not be funded by the taxpayer.

And not only that, but according to this poll, it seems we don’t think she was our greatest Prime Minister after all: (41% disagree / 33% agree)

Also, most of us think she was the the most divisive prime minister we’ve had (59%) – with a paltry 18% disagreeing.

Oh – and last but not least – more of us think we receive a worse level of service from gas, electricity and telephone companies after Thatcher privatised them than when they were nationalised (38% / 25%)

So – despite the spin – it’s starting to look like we British are not so enthusiastic about Thatcher and…

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April 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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