Remembrance Sunday 2018 (BBC)

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The historical statue of soldier “Tommy” on Seaham seafront in County Durham is decorated with magnetic poppies (Reuters)

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From “Poppy Road” in Walsall to Lloyd’s of London, Armistice Day is being marked across the country – and beyond.

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Station Road in Aldridge, Walsall, has been transformed into Poppy Road (PA)

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Watchman V, the outgoing mascot for the Staffordshire Regiment Association, near Westminster Abbey (Getty Images)

You can see more photos from this BBC article *Here*.

Thank you to those, all of you, who fought for our freedom today. Peace to all.

Images copyright: Getty images; Reuters; PA 

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My Old Clock, ‘Roses’ (photos)

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Don at Quora told us about his beautiful old clocks, he said he’d like to see my little clock.

I love antiques, sometimes I get bargains. Here’s one of them: a late 1800s / early 1900s porcelain clock featuring hand-painted roses. It actually still works. When I wind it up – careful not to over-wind it! – it runs for 2 days. I enjoy listening to the old mechanical tick, tick, tick.

Do you have any old clocks you’d like to share?

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Story and artwork belongs to Faith McCord who is the author and artist holding the copyright. This is not a public domain work. Worldwide rights.

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A letter to Theresa May from a cancer patient who was turned down for PIP (ReBlog)

My comment to this article –

“I’m physically disabled and ill from that chronic pain and was also turned down for PIP. They made up lies about me which I saw in a copy of their assessment which I requested. The woman who did my assessment had hatred in her eyes.

Why do genuine people get treated so callously? Money grabbing Tory government.

I’ve been ‘sanctioned’ twice and would have been homeless if not for my elderly mum. They kept refusing home visits (until this January) saying I wasn’t really ill enough.

I’m used to it now though. I’ve been mistreated by doctors, the pain clinic, local council won’t renew my blue badge, the local college stole my money when they lied about supporting me in my studies (go to the OU if anyone is interested in further learning; they’re brilliant) and the DWP. Thankfully, my local job centre believe me and we were both surprised that my health update had not been done in YEARS on their computer system.

After 11 years – from the unsupport and chronic illness – I AM WORN OUT and on the edge. We are frustrated and humiliated enough not being able to work and be independent WITHOUT a dictatorial government sticking the knife in.”

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The 22-year-old's cancer wasn't diagnosed for 10 months, meaning it was advanced and had spread to her lymph nodes and lungs (Photo: Paige Garratt)

Photo: Paige Garratt

Paige Garratt was just 22 when she was diagnosed with advanced, stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and lungs.

Last month, i published a story about how a benefits assessor visited her during her chemotherapy treatment and decided she was ‘not sick enough’ for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). She had lost all of her hair and was so ill during the home visit she couldn’t raise her head off the sofa. 

Here, Paige shares an open letter to the Prime Minister:

Dear Theresa May,

I cried when I opened the letter that said I wasn’t entitled to some help when I was extremely sick.

It’s hard to find the words to describe the panic and despair you feel having been diagnosed with cancer. It’s utterly, utterly, terrifying.

Can you imagine having to deal with everything cancer brings, then a stranger decides you’re…

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Would YOU feed a homeless dog?

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Would you feed homeless dogs like these kind people?

https://www.quora.com/If-you-see-a-homeless-dog-would-you-feed-them/answer/Harshit-Sharma-433

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Quora

I bumped into Quora recently as I was looking for answers to a question I had. Then, I kept reading what people were writing, all kinds of stories people have written from their own (allegedly) real experiences. The strange, the cosy, the happy, the sad, the horrific… And I became hooked.

Anyway, if you’d like to hook up with me on Quora, here’s *my page*

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The benefits of Quora – how to boost your own presence! *Here*.

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Story and artwork belongs to Faith McCord who is the author and artist holding the copyright. This is not a public domain work. Worldwide rights.

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Happy Belated Birthday Helen!

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Happy Belated Birthday Dear Friend xo

I drew this for you today. Bigger versions *here* and *here* – if you’d like to print or have as wallpaper.

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Flowers near the front-door (photos)

plants_231018_01plants_231018_02plants_231018_03plants_231018_04 Some old, some new. We went to a plant nursery last week, I wanted something to replace the dead Helleborus or Christmas Roses that didn’t make it this summer, probably due to the extreme heat and drought (I did water them!). Later, I found two Cyclamens from Lidl – these plants are hardy as well as pretty and come in different colours, they can live indoors or outdoors. The Camillia japonica (pink with yellow centres) which I got in the spring hasn’t yet flowered. I fell in love with the small bamboo type plant because of the delicate shape of the leaves, its colouring and the wind rustling sound it makes (I have the name label somewhere). We picked up some winter violas in different colours, a silver heather that looks like an exploding firework from the top, and ornamental brassicas which the tortoise, Daisy Elizabeth mustn’t know about since they’re poisonous to eat! I don’t know the name of the little lime-green bush which I was told at the nursery will grow very big and can be clipped into shapes. I’ll be potting up the firework heather and the big pansies in a circular terracotta pot as soon as we get some new compost.

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Story and artwork belongs to Faith McCord who is the author and artist holding the copyright. This is not a public domain work. Worldwide rights.

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