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MARCH 2017

400 WORDS

FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017

 

Coddington, just outside Newark, is a wonderful little village. I had the day there yesterday with two of our grandchildren, which we have done many times before, but yesterday seemed even more magical than ever. I walked with George in buggy, the 2 miles into Newark meeting lots of brilliant people along the way who all spoke to me, even the council grass cutters. When I crossed the busy roads, especially the feed roads to and from the A1, cars stopped and waved me across as if I was a mother duck with her ducklings.

In Newark town centre drinking a latte at Costa I envied a lady on the next table who had just picked up her latest copy of the Beatles vinyl LP partwork – ‘Help’ being this week’s title.

There were lots of vintage nostalgic items on the flea market which were fun to look at but I’d already wasted money on them when they were new and in vouge, not again, eh? We browsed Phase Eight fashion store. Well, Jean and Freya did me and George patiently surveyed the window. We do need Mamma to keep looking beautiful. The Works have a superbly extended new shop. I love The Works. Lots of craft items for grandchildren. Lots of cut price grandchildren books too, enabling us to buy two instead of one. A quick purchase at the independent book store. Gotta, gotta, support that and keep it going. Finally no visit to Newark or any town is complete without calling in Wilkos.

As Mamma and Freya caught the No.1 bus George and I walked the huge steep hill back to Coddington.

Grandaughter, Freya, soft talked and manipulated me to constantly get her own way. Mamma and our two daughters have taught her everything they know. She gently persuades me to take her to the park when we walked from afternoon-only school. We join lots of young mums and children at the park. I am stressed out by the risks Freya takes on the climbing frames and equipment. We search for the Gruffalo in the big dark wood, but only find the Big Bad Mouse. We couldn’t go under it. We couldn’t go over it so we had to go through it and turn it into a Bear Hunt. On the way home we made friends with a cat and then had tea, followed by maximum Z’s from Grandad.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot. ~Ashleigh Brilliant

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…Running up that hill from Newark to Coddington pushing grandchild George in the buggy (Kate Bush record No.3 31st August 1985)

 

 

 

200 WORDS

THURSDAY 30th MARCH 2017

 

Cars parked on pavements are a problem and dangerous. I often walk on pavements with grandchildren in buggies and due to a stroke I am partially sighted therefore inconsiderate parking is a (literally) a pain and a danger. I have no sight on my right hand side and often hit my right arm painfully as I catch wing mirrors I do not see. In Hucknall town centre a woman with a 4x4 parked fully on the pavement to use Barclays Bank’s ATM forcing me with a buggy to walk into the busy road to negotiate with buses, eight wheeler trucks vans and cars. What sort of arrogant person is that?

 

There was an item in Saturday 25.3.2017 Daily Telegraph headlined “Ban drivers from parking on pavements say local authorities”. The transport spokesman for the LGA (representing 370 local authorities ) is asking for the ban. There has been a ban on pavement parking in London for 40 years so why not nationwide? We seem capable of imposing regulations like window cleaners having to have someone stand at the bottom of their ladder but turn a blind eye to the very dangerous parking on pavements. Easy, just ban pavement parking.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Time Karma - When a bird is alive, it eats ants.  When the bird had died, ants eat it. One tree can be made into a million matchsticks, but only one matchstick is needed to burn a million trees. Circumstances can change at anytime. Don’t devalue or hurt anyone in this life. You may be powerful today but time is more powerful than you.

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… having a laugh

 

 

 

100 WORDS

WEDNESDAY 29th MARCH 2017

 

 

We have booked to see Billy Ocean at Brighton Theatre Royal, consequently I am on their emailing list for concerts. They sent me one for a forthcoming event as follows: “Camille O'Sullivan , Sunday 19 Mach 2017.  She is described as ‘Dark, light, dreams, circus. Singing: Cave, Bowie, Brel, Arcade Fire, Radiohead. Sexy, fierce, mesmerizing, Camille transforms each song into an immense emotional experience. Expect joy and pure passion.’

 

What a description. I have surprisingly never come across her before, but she has made two studio and three live albums since 2002 which I think should be worth trying.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

You get in life what you have courage to ask for - Oprah Winfrey

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happines is…writing…and writing…and writing

TUESDAY 28th MARCH 2017

 

“Tony Robinson’s (no relation) Coast to Coast (Channel 5 Friday 8.00pm) is an amazing TV travel documentary. I have walked the Coast to Coast and was sceptical about the programme. How can a TV programme enhance one of the best walks? It does so, easily, adding extra dimensions of intimacy, humour  and knowledge you do not pick up whilst walking. The programme also stands alone if you’ve not walked the CtoC as it is very entertaining and fully illustrates England’s contrasting beautiful landscape, history, heritage, and people from West to East.”

 

Not interested, no, TV Guide weren’t either.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…sock skating in the house on the laminate floor

 

 

SUNDAY 26th MARCH 2017

500 WORDS

 

As part of Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 24.3.2017 Russell Howard did a film about famine-torn Liberia. He followed a four-month-old baby named Tabitha weighing only 3Kg (an average 4 month old weighs 5+ Kg). She had been taken to hospital by her father suffering from malnutrition.

 

Russell then revealed when they got back from visiting the African country, Tabitha had died but her father insisted they still showed the film. Russell added: “It’s incredible isn’t it to think that in 2017 there are still children in the world dying from hunger.”

 

There were many parts of the film that brought a lump to the throat: seeing the little girl, alert but too malnourished to move or react, the concerned look on her dad’s face, the fact that the doctor expected her to pull through and then hearing she had died.

 

Poor little Tabitha and her dad could have been spared the misery and she could still be alive if every person in the world acted responsibly, worked together, shared and wasted nothing. Is that too much to ask?

 

The world has enough food to feed everyone but it is so unbalanced. People in Africa are dying of starvation whilst in the west people are dying from obesity. Such an unjust world.

 

We waste so much food in the west. The waste advisory body, Wrap, revealed UK households binned 7.3m tonnes of wasted food in 2015. 4.4m tonne was deemed to be “avoidable” waste that could have been eaten at some point before it was put in the bin, costing £13bn. The rest were scraps that could not be eaten such as meat bones, eggshells, tea bags, apple cores and fruit/vegetable peelings.

 

That meant the average UK household wasted £470 worth of food, binned when it could have been eaten.

 

Worldwide about one-third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted in the food production process, according to data released by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ). Wasting food means wasting money around US$1 trillion worldwide.

 

Moral: 1.Do not waste food              2. Share our resources with the less fortunate                                3. Do not fight or have wars              4. Do your bit in your own way that you are comfortable with to help famine hit areas of the world  

 

Why is Liberia so badly affected?

 

Liberia, on the Atlantic coast of Africa, is classified as a least developed, low-income, food-deficit country. It ranks 177 out of 188 countries in the 2015 Human Development Index. Since the 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement it has been recovering from a 14-year civil war that destroyed national infrastructure and basic social services.

 

An outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in March 2014 claimed 4,800 lives in just over a year highlighting Liberia's fragility. Although Liberia was declared Ebola-free in January 2016, the crisis had a severe impact on the country’s economy.  Economic growth for 2014 fell from a projected 5.9 percent to between 0.7% and 0.9%.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

“Feel what it's like to truly starve, and I guarantee that you'll forever think twice before wasting food.”

― Criss Jami, Killosophy

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…giving until it hurts

 

SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017

200 WORDS

 

Dame Vera Lynn becomes oldest living artist to score a Top 10 album entering the record books on 24.3.2017 as the oldest living artist at 100 years old to enter the Official Albums Chart. A fantastic achievement finding herself at No.3  in the Top 5 with Ed Sheeran, Drake, Rag 'N' Bone Man and Depeche Mode.

 

The iconic "Forces' Sweetheart"entered the chart with her  album “100”, which features orchestral reinterpretations of classics like We'll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover and special guests including Alfie Boe and Aled Jones.

 

The record-breaking Dame said "I have been quite overwhelmed by the response to my 100th birthday (20.3.2017) and now the icing on the cake is the news that my new Decca album is No.3 in the UK Album Charts."

 

Dame Vera is the first ever centenarian to chart, and smashes her own record from June 2014, when she became the oldest living artist to reach the Top 20 with her National Treasure album.

 

It's yet another chart chart feat for Dame Vera; she still holds the record for the oldest living artist to score a No.1 album with her Very Best Of collection in 2009, at the age of 93.

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It's never too late to be what you might have been - George Eliot

 

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…finding your size in the sale items

FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017

 

The woman pushed from Westminster Bridge during Wednesday's attack was due to receive a marriage proposal the same day.

 

Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 29, was in London with partner Andrei Burnaz to celebrate his birthday, when she was hurled into the Thames.

 

She remains unconscious in a London hospital, the Romanian ambassador, Dan Mihalache, announced Friday. Her condition is "stable, but in a good direction".

 

"It's a miracle she survived."

 

Mr Mihalache said he thought the attacker's car mounted the pavement hitting Mr Burnaz first, before pushing Ms Cristea into the Thames.

 

"That's quite dramatic", he said. "We hope all will be okay. In the end she survived, she was strong enough."

 

Ms Cristea  was caught up in an incident where five died, including the attacker, on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 after a suspected terrorist man mowed down  pedestrians, killing 3 and injuring 40, (of which Ms Cristea was one) on Westminster Bridge and fatally stabbing a police officer, before being shot outside Parliament.

 

The police officer, PC Keith Palmer (48) was a husband and father of a five-year-old daughter.

 

We offer sympathies to the relatives and friends of the victims but in these events it always seems so inadequate.

 

 

GRANDAD’S BLOG

THURSDAY 23rd MARCH 2017

100 WORDS (350 actually)

 

Monday, 20.3.2017 was the first day of Spring. Makes you feel good doesn’t it? Days are longer, sunnier and warmer. Did you know that the increasing sunlight triggers bird song? Cool, eh?

As I look from my study window there is an abundance of activity in my garden and the field beyond. The rabbit population has exploded. They all gather to carry out their Easter bunny duties. I watched one race across the field and straight up a tree. I did not know rabbits could climb trees and so fast. Then I realised it was a squirrel. Should have gone to Specsavers,

The rabbits are only outnumbered by the common wood pigeon. There are so many because they have no natural predator in the field or in my garden. They eat so much and do not have a gym to work out so they are all obesely massive. - Can a pigeon be obese? They are so overweight they struggle to fly. When they do finally get off the ground they just manage it to my tree, land on it and because they are so overweight snap the branches off. The food might be good and plentiful at the moment but they will regret it when they try to get in their bikinis.

In the garden I watch a couple of blackbirds gathering material for a nest. If the female’s eggs are not fertilised I can assure you it is not for the want of trying.

And on that subject in the field the cockerel does a high speed chase of the hens, lasting all day. Finally, probably because the hens think I can’t be a***d to run any more, he catches them. But it has never happened before. He does not have a clue what to do or why he is doing it even. So he nonchalantly turns and slowly walks away back to HQ, the hen pen.

Worms begin to emerge from the earth. Even the March Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this reason.

Wow! Spring has sprung. Let’s celebrate and put the clocks forward.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” Jim Carrey

 

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…big, white, fluffy, cotton wool clouds in a deep blue sky

 

 

100 WORDS

100 words has been reinvented as “100 WORDS -GRANDAD’S BLOG”. It will still be 100 words  or 200 up to 500 words per day. Grandad loves to live dangerously without boundaries or rules. He'll try to write in 100 words but sometimes he needs to ramble.The number of words although not important will be stated.

 

WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH 2017

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Your life is a series of moments in "NOW". The better you make "NOW" the better your life.

 - Karen Salmansohn

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… watching a pair of blackbirds, from my study window, as they collect twigs to build a nest in my back garden hedge

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TUESDAY 21st MARCH 2017

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

“Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.”  - Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…having your work appreciated

 

MONDAY 20th MARCH 2017

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TUESDAY 21st MARCH 2017

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WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH 2017

 

Today is Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday. She is an amazing person. She is so agile and her mind so sharp and looks physically fit for a centenarian. An inspiration for us all.

 

She holds the record for being the oldest living act to release an album, and oldest living artist to score a UK Number 1 album. Vera released “We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of” in 2009 and the album went straight to No.1. Hopefully, she will beat her own record this Friday!

 

She had three singles in the very first UK Chart, a TOP 12 published by the NME (New Musical Express) on 14th November 1952: No.7  FORGET ME NOT, No.8 THE HOMING WALTZ, No.10 AUF WIEDERSEH'N SWEETHEART

 

She entertained the troops during World War II and was an enormous morale booster. Her songs were seen as hugely optimistic in a world war of little hope. Her voice is strong and emotional with clear diction. The songs sum her up and her optimism makes her a very strong person and being one of the main reasons she is such a  strong 100 year old.

 

Her most famous songs are: “We’ll Meet Again” “The White Cliff’s of Dover” and “There’ll Always be an England”.

 

I so hope she achieves No.1 in the Album Chart on Friday 24th March 2017. She so deserves it.

 

Her chart statistics:

 

Singles

1 UK Number 1s                  4 UK Top 10s                       9 UK Top 40s                       9 UK Top 75s

2 Weeks at Number 1         21Weeks in Top 10             46 Weeks in Top 40            46 Weeks in Top 75

 

Albums

1 UK Number 1s                  1UK Top 10s                        3 UK Top 40s                       5 UK Top 75s

1 Weeks at Number 1         8 Weeks in Top 10              23 Weeks in Top 40            37 Weeks in Top 75

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

No matter how tough it is always stay optimistic, positive and keep your sense of humour and you will find strength to handle most things

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…just a walking in the rain, getting soaking wet

 

 

 

SUNDAY, 19th March 2017

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

 

“Nanny's philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible. It had never let her down.” ― Terry Pratchett, Maskerade

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… easy, like a Sunday morning

 

SATURDAY 18th MARCH 2017

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SUNDAY 19th MARCH 2017

 

Every state school in England will see budget cuts before 2020, even after new funding plans are in place, research suggests.

 

The Education Policy Institute analysis looks at the impact of the new national funding formula against schools’ financial pressures.It finds even schools benefiting from the funding shake-up will see their gains wiped out by budget pressures.

 

The government insists funding is at a record £40bn.

 

But the EPI estimates average losses of £74,000 for every primary schools and £291,000 for every secondary schools by 2019-20. Schools are bearing the brunt of unfunded rises in pay, pension and NI contributions, which will account for 6%-11% of their 2019-20 budgets. Chairman David Laws said a new funding formula was long overdue.

 

My view is if we are to remain a leading world cutting edge power a well funded education for our children is imperative. The government, who waste so much money in other areas, have to ensure adequate funds are made available for education, even using lottery funds.

 

Look at sport. In the 1990s money was made available for training our athletes. It paid off in Rio 2017. It goes without saying that we need to do the same for Education.

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

“How you view things can profoundly affect what you see.”   - Paul Bauer

 

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… not taking yourself too serious

 

THURSDAY 16th MARCH 2017

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FRIDAY 17th MARCH 2017

 

 

I find amazing information as I trawl the net, such as this dated 22 May 2013.

 

 A man who found a rare first edition Superman comic worth nearly $200,000 RIPPED it while fighting with a relative over it The rare comic was worth ten times as much as the house it was found in but house remodeler David Gonzalez ripped the back cover while fighting with his wife's aunt, who wanted a cut of the profit.

 

The comic book was graded at a 1.5 on a scale of 10 by the auction house. If not for the tear, its grade would have been a 3.0. Action Comics No. 1 graded at 9 recently fetched $2.16 million.

 

In another item: Action Comics No 1 – the book that essentially launched the entire superhero industry in 1938 by featuring Superman's debut – received an "actual bid" of nearly $2.2m (£1.3m) yesterday Saturday 23 August 2014, according to the eBay auction site.

The highest price ever paid at auction for a comic is $2,161,100, when another high-quality copy of Action Comics No 1 – widely rumoured to have been stolen from the actor Nicolas Cage before being recovered – was bought by an anonymous buyer in 2011.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

3 reasons to be a teacher: Easter, Christmas, and Summer

 

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is…finding your size in the sale items

Wednesday 15th March 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

If you love what you do you will never work again – Confuscus

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… books - period

 

TUESDAY 14th MARCH 2017

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WEDNESDAY 15th MARCH 2017

 

Bees can play football and score goals. It's long been thought the bumblebee is clever. They're the only insects we get food from. They can lift way more than their non-flying friend the ant. And then there's the waggle dance- the merry jig they do for their nestmates to show them where the best source of food is. Depending on the direction they dance in and how long it lasts, their mates can work out where the grub is!

 

Well now they're proving that despite "having a brain the size of a poppy seed" they can also play football... (Do you need any bigger brain for playing football?)

 

The bees surprised scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, by working out how to use a novel tool to obtain a sugary treat simply by watching how it was done.

 

Buff-tailed bumblebees witnessed a trained bee roll a ball to a goal. They were then "brought on" for their chance of glory and quickly started scoring. Most even realised they could use a ball closer to the goal too.

 

The research builds on previous experiments from the same lab, which taught bees to tug a string to get a reward.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials -- Chinese proverb

 

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… a red balloon

MONDAY 13th MARCH 2017

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

 

Be yourself, everybody else is taken. – Oscar Wilde

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… the first lawn cut of the year

SUNDAY 12th MARCH 2017

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MONDAY 13th MARCH 2017

 

Few farmers could say they look after 400 children as well as livestock. But that’s exactly what Anna and Richard May do after the outbreak of foot-and-mouth in 2001.

 

Just eight weeks after moving into their north Devon, Barnstaple farm , the couple’s 1,400 ewes and 200 lambs were culled when the epidemic hit a nearby farm.

 

But proving their steely grit, they diversified to generate a steady income for rebuilding the farm.

 

Fast forward 15 years, an initial £70,000 diversification grant, and the Mays have created the unique farm-based Springfield Nursery with 400 children on its books, 40 staff and a reasonable profit.

 

This success has enabled them to gradually restock the 200ha farm (half owned, half rented) to 1,200 breeding ewes and allow eldest daughter Amy to start a calf-fattening enterprise.

 

Springfield Nursery has grown from 26 children in the farmhouse’s converted garage, and is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted and was a finalist in the 2016 Farmers Weekly Awards: Diversification Farmer .

 

Grandad : Wouldn’t it be heaven for my grandchildren to go there. Surely a daily trip of 3 h 45 min (233.6 mi)  each way is not asking too much – for the good of the children.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

If ignorance is bliss how come there aren’t more happy people

 

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… walking through long grass on a balmy summer’s afternoon

SATURDAY 11th MARCH 2017

 

The record charts are amazing. After 65 years they still surprise us with broken records.

 

Ed Sheeran says the Official Chart needs changes as his music dominates the UK top 20.His album is the fastest selling male album of all time and third fastest selling album ever, with 672,000 first week sales. All 16 songs have entered the singles top 20 with nine in the top 10.

 

"I never expected to have nine songs in the top 10 ever in my life.” Said Sheeran.

 

Only Adele's 25 and Oasis' Be Here Now have sold more in their first seven days.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."Anne Bradstreet - 1612-1672, Poet

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… talking to mum when you are sad

FRIDAY 10th MARCH 2016

 

Russell Howard thought his grandad was such a good, kind, amazing man and was full of praise for him in his Albert Hall show, saying: “My grandad died on the day Trump was elected so a big part is how Trump arrived as a kind man left. I’m trying to find something good in an awful world.”

He added many other lovely things about his grandad too. If at the end of the day, just one of my grandchildren has the same love and opinion about me as a grandfather I will finally feel that I accomplished something in life.

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

 

The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things.” —Mike Dooley, Author, Entrepreneur

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… a black velvet sky, diamond twinkling stars in a non-light polluted area

 

THURSDAY 9th MARCH 2017

 

Saw a fantastic comedy gig by Russell Howard at the London Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. He is tremendous. He is in the early stages of an 88 (I think) date world tour. If most venues are a 5,000 audience like the Albert Hall 440,000 will see him. You would expect £10 of the ticket price to get back to him, but if only half of that does it will make him a very rich man and deservedly so. He is a rare being: very talented, awesome sense of humour, very compassionate, very family based and just cares.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

"People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change." Charles R. Swindoll Author & Pastor

 

HAPPINESS IS...

 

Happines is... seeing Russell Howard at London's Albert Hall or indeed, at any venue

WEDNESDAY 8th MARCH 2017

 

I was barred from childminding my grandsons this week due to a small bug I probably got from them anyway. But Mamma soldiered on looking after them both by herself. “When Grandad is poorly,” asked four year old Rory, “is he still silly?”

Did he mean it in a silly, stupid idiot sort of way or a hilarious classic comedy sort of way. Hopefully the latter.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 

Enjoy life because no one gets out of it alive.

 

HAPPINESS IS…

 

Happiness is… Making someone laugh

SUNDAY 5th MARCH 2017

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MONDAY 6th MARCH 2017

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TUESDAY 7th MARCH 2017

 

(Covers three days as a very important subject featured on BBC’s Panorama Monday 6th March 2017 20.30 or after that get it on ‘i-player’)

 

English Hospital attendances for children under 14 with sleep disorders have tripled in 10 years. (NHS data analysed by BBC Panorama).

 

Poor sleep in children has been linked to: a greater risk of obesity, lower immunity, mental health issues, lack of emotional control and poor school performance.

 

Sleep deprivation 'costs UK £40bn a year'

 

Many aspects of how we live today are thought to interfere with children's sleep:

  • Blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets is known to reduce the natural production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us feel sleepy
  • Households where both parents work can be busier in the evenings, pushing bedtimes later
  • Fizzy drinks high in sugar and caffeine make it harder for children to switch off at night

 

Ellie Keady, 13, recently spent the night under observation at Sheffield Children's Hospital's sleep service, which has seen a tenfold increase in referrals in 10 years.

 

Ellie goes to bed a 21:00, but lies awake until at least 02:30.

 

"Sometimes I'll go to school having had only 2½ hours' sleep," she says.

 

Sleep deprivation has affected her education, often being off sick due to exhaustion and viral infections.

 

Research suggests strong links between teenage sleep deprivation and weight gain. Poor sleep is thought to upset the balance of the hormones that tell our brains we are full or hungry, making appetite control difficult.

When tired, we crave foods high in sugar and fat.

 

Staying off devices an hour before bedtime might help both sleep and weight loss.

 

The Children's Sleep Charity has found 92% of the families using their specialist clinics had solved their child's sleep problems within six months by changing their bedtime routine. The charity says sleep problems are costing the NHS unnecessary millions in needless GP and paediatrician appointments and prescriptions.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...

 

Someone else is happy with less than you have

 

HAPPINESS IS...

Happiness is…perfecting the great art of procrastination

 

 

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Saturday 4th MARCH 2017

 

To come up with a unique character and storyline for children books gets more difficult. It certainly exercises the brain and keeps you on your toes. I wrote a “Daisy Spider” story, posted it on this site and then by chance, found a book entitled “Daisy the Spider” on Amazon. Fortunately, “Word” makes the story name change easy.

It was the same finding a unique website name: Patchwork Balloon and Giggling Goose all taken. Even my name, Phil Robinson is used by hundreds of people that are not me. But I assure you I am unique, very unique!

 

 

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...

 

You might as well be happy no one cares if you ain't

 

HAPPINESS IS...

 

Happiness is… Flying over Ashbourne, Carsington Water and Alton Towers in a Tiger Moth bi-wing aeroplane

THURSDAY 2nd MARCH 2017

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FRIDAY 3rd MARCH 2017

 

On our travels yesterday, the tram took us passed a huge Americana Circus tent on the Goose Fair site. When I was knee high to a grasshopper my grandad always took me to the circus as a birthday treat. One of the major circuses would always start its touring season, in March, in Nottingham. It was the most exciting thing in my life. I loved the clowns, trapeze artistes and most of all the animals. I still feel the excitement welling up within me when I see the circus tent, as I did yesterday.

 

The shows were always a sell outs and yet based around performing live animals. And we accepted it, as we accepted seeing a person drink 8 pints of beer and assume they were capable of driving, or that homosexuals should be jailed, that it was correct to smack a child, (teacher’s slipper on the backside for forgetting PE kit or ruler over the hand for talking in class) along with so many more politically incorrect actions. And we blindly accepted Jimmy Savile as a superstar.

 

How many and which things that we accept today will not be tolerated in 20, 30, 50 years time?

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY...

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.  So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening. - Larry King

 

 

HAPPINESS IS...

Happinessis…a maple syrup topped pancake

 

 

WEDNESDAY 1st MARCH 2017

 

I love researching, you just do not know what fascinating pearls of wisdom you are going to discover next.

 

I was researching “swarming of Starlings mesmerizing” which is prevalent at this time of year. I came across an article published in 2012 about the starling population falling by 50 million since 1960, possibly due to Prozac, the antidepressant. The full item is posted on this blog. Such information is unbelievable. I checked the calendar, no it’s not April Fool’s Day. I check the article written October  not 1st April. So, amazingly it is for real. Researching is so fantastic! 

 

Helping you enjoy life to the fullest with                                                                           Wednesday 1st March 2017

 

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

 

“Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have.” ― Dean Koontz

 

 

Happiness is…

 

Happiness is… seeing your home on Google Earth

 

 

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.

 

Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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