May I tell you about my weekend?


Great blog Duncan about life at the coal face of autism. You have a gift of empathy.

Originally posted on Inspired by Autism:

On Friday evening as mum and dad were clearing up after tea I got a bit overwhelmed. I was tired and my head was buzzing  so dad took me in the car out to Hunter’s Quay. I was enjoying the bouncy castle but dad wouldn’t let me take my chocolate milk on to the castle. I got a wee bit annoyed and that was why I poured the chocolate milk all over the place and threw the bottle away. 😡 Then we left. I had calmed down by the time we got to Davi’s shop for a banana milk though. I like Davi and the lady that works there too.


On Saturday we went out to Kayren and Neil’s farm to feed the lambs. It was a new place and I wasn’t that sure at first. Helen, David and mum went to the lambs and dad took me a run…

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Poem – Dr SeUSSKip Says..

Originally posted on themarkhurstblog:


I do not like him on a train,
Or on a bus, or an aeroplane,
Or in a car, or on a barge
I do not like Nigel Farage.

I do not like his hair or eyes
I do not like his shape or size
I do not like his pints or fags
The points he makes, his finger wags
His supporters, or his entourage
And I do not like Nigel Farage.

I do not like him in debates, or in the pub
Or with his mates
For him, my glass, I’ll never charge
As I do not like him,
That Farage.

I do not like his ruse, his mission
To schmooze his way to a Coalition
I do not like his crude ambition
I do not like the guy’s skewed vision
I don’t like his yellow and purple rosettes
Or the bellowing manifestos he sets
Like the worst excesses…

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Nasty party gets nastier

Originally posted on Scottish Socialist Voice:

UNPOPULAR CHOICE: many people left disability charity ‘Contact a Family’ when Sam Cam was made their patron UNPOPULAR CHOICE: many people left disability charity ‘Contact a Family’ when Sam Cam was made their patron

by Sandra Webster, SSP national co-spokesperson

The press is full of pictures and interviews of ordinary everyday life in Number 10. Sam and Dave posed with their family. Dave was praised for combing his daughter’s hair even though he is left handed. The emphasis was on an ordinary family with a father with an extraordinary job. Look a little closer though and the staging of the pictures was evident.

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With Bells On


The true story of trickle down economics. Brilliant piece Mark.

Originally posted on Love, Belief and Balls:

Are we becoming more gullible? Or is it just me? I like to think that I’m quite wise to this nonsense but I’m also regularly surprised how the Spinners can present something as being really good for us, whilst shafting us in the process.

Two weeks ago, the cab company that provides Steven’s transport were taken over by a larger outfit. Two days into the takeover, I had to phone them to add another booking and the lady asked me if I was aware of their new “pricing system”. I admitted that I wasn’t. She explained that they were now operating a “peak” and “off peak” service and most of Steven’s outward journeys fall into their “peak” zone. That bit lasted all of a minute. She then spent ten minutes telling me about the great discounts on offer during their off peak times. A bit like George Osborne not explaining…

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Dear Sam Cam,

I don’t usually read the Daily Mail but I was compelled to read your interview today. Just to say I did not pay for it. You  try and portray a tale of everyday normality and the oxymoron which is “caring conservatism”.

According to you there should be a “safety net” which none can slip through and you spoke movingly of life with your disabled child Ivan and how much he taught you. You struggled to get Ivan into a specialist school. Many of us share your concerns but we worry about how your husbands’s  government’s policies are impacting on so many of our lives.

Cuts to DLA to vulnerable children, the closure of essential services, cutbacks in the NHS are having a huge impact on us. Many more families are at breaking point. I know of families on “high priority” for respite who have been waiting years to get a service. While they care for their loved ones at home with no support.

The thing that surprises me is you genuinely don’t seem to know about these cases despite being a campaigner of contact a family. Why are you so misinformed? Is it a form of Stockholm syndrome where you are only told the facts they want you to hear or do you see the world through tory tinted glasses?

You want your husband to serve for another five years. The very thought though a possible one fills me with dread. Especially when I speculate who some of the coalition partners might be.

I ask you though as a mum to come and meet some of my friends and find out the impact Tory policies are having on our already fragile lives. Your  life in your number 10 flat is a million miles away from our ordinary lives. So come and speak to us not a government advisor or someone paid to represent carers. Come and explain to us why your husband policies are Christian and still have a safety net. I tell you this is not the case.This crucial safety net is being dragged away from under our feet.

I hope you have learned from little Ivan. My boys have taught me so much but have also made me feel compassion for others. I know too I can call on my friends for help they have my back. I don’t think you can understand this or why many have so much contempt for your husband’s policies. People are waking up to the truth now though.

So please come and meet us and hear what is happening directly from us.


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What difference will replacing ATOS make?

What difference will replacing ATOS make?.

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