Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh

B-B-Be careful making wishes in the dark, dark
Can’t be sure when they’ve hit their mark
And besides in the mean-meantime, I’m just
Dreaming of tearing you apart
I’m in the de-details with the devil
You know, the world can never get me on my level
I just got to get you out the cage, I’m a young lover’s rage
Gonna need a spark to ignite

But my songs know what you did in the dark

So light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
I’m on fire

So light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
I’m on fire
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oohohh
In the dark, dark
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oohohh
In the dark, dark

Well all the writers keep writing what they write
Somewhere another pretty vein just died (Died)
I’ve got the scars from tomorrow and I wish you could see
That you’re the antidote to everything except for me
Through a constellation of tears on your lashes
Burn everything you love then burn the ashes
In the end everything collides, my childhood
Spat back out the monster that you see

My songs know what you did in the dark

So light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
I’m on fire

So light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
I’m on fire
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
In the dark, dark
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
In the dark, dark
(Left left left right left)
(Left left left right left)
(Left left left right left)

My songs know what you did in the dark
(My songs know what you did in the dark)

So light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
I’m on fire

So light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
Light ’em up, up, up
I’m on fire
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
In the dark, dark
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
In the dark, dark
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh


I have been requested to add information regarding where to seek help or advice (UK) when someone wishes to address a problem with alcohol misuse.

Speaking to your GP is a good idea, because it is sometimes not safe to suddenly stop drinking alcohol, after a prolonged period of consistent or heavy drinking.

You may prefer to speak to someone else before speaking to your doctor, in which case it would be advisable to have an assessment at local alcohol/drug agency, who will advise you and suggest a plan that will suit you.

It is normal for anyone to have some apprehension or anxiety about beginning a process such as this, when it is something that they have never done previously. Someone I spoke to recently told me he did not want to be involved in a group activity where people shared information.

I suggested that as well as having one-to-one sessions, he would benefit from a group setting as well.

There may be particular thoughts or types of behaviour that an alcoholic has, that they consider is just pertaining to them, but when talking to other people who have been misusing alcohol, they realise that other people have the same problems as they do.

Strength in numbers.

When a group of people with the same problem and the same goal get together, their strength grows, because they form a bond which supports and encourages each other. A lot of people have a tendency to form an inaccurate assessment of  group activity, based on what they have seen on fictional TV programs.

The biggest fear, is fear of the unknown.

There is no one-size-fits-all of course, so having a non-committal chat with someone who will be pleased to help you, will allay any unnecessary anxiety. You can chat to someone using Online Chat or speak on the phone, or contact them by email. You can then plan your journey into recovery, and look forward to changing your life for the better.


Help and Advice

At the time of writing, I am in Bournemouth, therefore the first link will be for local services.

(Bournemouth Engagement and Assessment Team)


Drop In

6 Trinity House
161 Old Christchurch Road

The BEAT is a ‘one stop’ shop, offering advice, information and support to anyone affected by drugs and/or alcohol (individuals, families, friends, carers and concerned others)


Free online chat service for anyone who is looking for information or advice about their own, or someone else’s, drinking. Our trained advisors are on hand to give you confidential advice.

Drinkchat is available from 9am-2pm on weekdays.

Chat with an advisor

We Are With You (formerly Addaction)

UK-wide treatment agency, helping individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse. If you are over 50 and have concerns about your drinking, you can also call the helpline.

Helpline: 0808 801 0750

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Great Britain

AA supports the recovery and continued sobriety of individuals. Meetings are available online and in person.

 Helpline: 0800 917 7650

 Email helpline: help@aamail.org


If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got.





Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura



Genocide researcher, expert, & lecturer | Communications Director | Social Critic | Writer | Author of “Letters from Diaspora” | Child of war and genocide.


My daughter got a platinum jubilee book about the Queen, she also got a nice mug with the Queen’s face on it. The book was sent to all kids in the UK and it cost 12 million pounds to do that. Some of her classmates only get to eat during the free school lunch they get.

Some of her classmates share their bedroom with 3 other kids, their 2-bedroom apartment with parents, grandparents, siblings too and sometimes a cousin or two. Because they cannot afford to not share a home with that many people.

Some of her classmates couldn’t go on an upcoming school trip so we covered their fees. Some of her classmates come to school in worn out uniforms because their parents cannot afford to buy them new ones. Some of her classmates’ parents work multiple jobs to survive.

But hey…the 12-million-pounds book was a special memory they’ll never forget…while they barely survive.

I also have to say…it doesn’t come easy to me either as we are struggling to pay for our extortionate visa fees in order to stay in the country, while we struggle with the rising cost of living, and as we continue to pay double tax, double NHS surcharges. But hey…nice book!

Jock’s got a vote in Parochia
Ten long years and he’s still got her
Paying tax and and doing stir
Worry about it later.
And the wind blows hot and the wind blows cold
But it blows us good so we’ve been told
Music’s food ’til the art-biz folds
Let them all eat culture.

The past is steeped in shame,
But tomorrow’s fair game,
For a life that’s fit for living
Good morning Britain.

Twenty years and a loaded gun
Funerals, fear and the war ain’t won
Paddy’s just a figure of fun
It lightens up the danger.
And a corporal sneers at a catholic boy
And he eyes his gun like a rich man’s toy
He’s killing more than Celtic joy
Death is not a stranger.

Taffy’s time’s gonna come one day
It’s a loud sweet voice and it won’t give way
A house is not a holiday
Your sons are leaving home Neil.
In the hills and the valleys and far away
You can hear the song of democracy
The echo of eternity
With a Rak-a-Rak-a feel.


From the Tyne to where to the Thames does flow
My English brothers and sisters know
It’s not a case of where you go
It’s race and creed and colour.
From the police cell to the deep dark grave
On the underground’s just a stop away



Bears are cruelly killed for their fur by being shot or ensnared, sometimes for days, in painful traps. During hunts, as many as one bear in seven doesn’t die immediately after being shot and escapes wounded only to die slowly from blood loss or starvation.


It takes one of these


To make one of these


In some Canadian provinces, there are no restrictions on shooting mother bears who have nursing cubs, which leads to the death of entire families.

The majority of people in the UK refuse to wear real fur, but the Ministry of Defence (MoD) continue to spend taxpayers’ money on cruelty and give questionable reasons why they do not want to use faux fur.


Replace the real bearskins used for the Queen’s Guard’s caps with faux fur

Please sign HERE


The UK government said “currently we have no plans to end the use of bearskins. Bear pelts that are used are the by-products of a licensed cull by the Canadian authorities to manage the wild bear population.”

PETA has found no evidence of any Canadian province running – or having previously run – any official black bear culling programmes.

Introducing the latest book by fellow blogger and lovely lovely lady, Paulette Mahurin.

The Peaceful Village


During the German occupation of France, nestled in the lush, verdant countryside in the Haute-Vienne department of central France was the peaceful village of Oradour-sur-Glane. It was a community where villagers woke to the medley of nature’s songs: roosters crowing, birds chirping, cats purring, and cows shuffling out to pasture. The people who lived there loved the tranquil nature of their beautiful home, a tranquility that existed year-round. Even with the German occupation and Oradour-sur-Glane being incorporated as part of Vichy France, Oradour – the village with cafés, shops, and a commuter tram to Limoges – remained relatively untouched by the stress of the occupation.

Continued here

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When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone


After prolonged periods of heavy drinking, both the physical and mental health of anyone who over indulges is not very good. There are some people who need detoxification, many people do not. Their self-confidence and self-esteem will usually be very low. There is a lot of healing to be done.

People who transition from alcoholism to sobriety do not just get a lot of praise, they get a great amount of respect, and they deserve it. Total abstinence is not a goal that everyone can achieve. It requires a lot of effort. Some days will be good, other days will be difficult. An alcoholic in recovery can never have too much encouragement, it is a necessity.

There is a paradox in relation to stopping drinking, although alcohol is a selfish drug, a recovering alcoholic needs to be selfish. To be successful in the endeavour for complete sobriety, everything has to be about their sobriety in the early days. Without sobriety, they will have nothing.

Some people think that after an alcoholic has stopped drinking for a while, they will be alright to have “one or two”. It would never be just a couple. The effort that is put into combatting alcoholism, is well worth it for someone to get their life back.

The reasons I decided to write these posts, is because there is great deal of misunderstanding about alcoholism. Also, if just one person who has been experiencing problems with alcohol, is encouraged by any of these posts to seek help, then that is good.

Sobriety is an attractive quality to possess.

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