The mainstream media in the UK refer to it as a “cost of living crisis”.

 

UK energy companies are making £6 million profit an hour with the blessing of the government, who are also raking it in due to the extra VAT profits.

 

It is not a cost-of-living crisis, it is legalised robbery.

 

They know people will die this winter due to Fuel Poverty.

 

It is murderous unquenchable greed.

 

As long as the shareholders keep receiving increased dividends, that’s the main thing.

 

The wild winter wind
blows down the hills
and across the glens.
It bites my face fiercely
with a nettle-like sting,
but the feeling is negligible,
because as each gust blows,
it blows me closer, closer to your door.

Inside the fire burns
in the hearth and in my heart
and the flickering flames light
your beautiful face up in the dark.
Outside as the storm grows stronger
our rapturous passion reaches an end,
as we lie contentedly entwined in a knot
listening to the melodic howling of the wind.

 

“Why are England’s water companies pumping out a tide of sewage? Because they can”

 

 

“In England’s green and pleasant land”, raw sewage is being pumped into the rivers and the sea.

Tory MPs voted to allow raw sewage to be pumped into England’s waterways

The privatised water companies’ profits have increased since they have been dumping untreated sewage into the waterways in England. They pay out billions of pounds to shareholders, instead of investing in the infrastructure that the system needs.

Private water companies exist to make profits, not provide vital public services.

 

In 2012 the EU Commission took the UK Government to the European Court of Justice for allowing water companies to dump sewage into rivers.

Since BREXIT, the EU regulations for keeping rivers and beaches clean, no longer exist in the UK.

SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE

 

It is not just the sewage that stinks, it is the politics and greed behind it.

 

Twitter: MPs named and shamed

 

“YOUNG PALESTINIANS do not go out to murder
Jews because they are Jews, but because we are
Their occupiers, their torturers, their jailers, the
Thieves of their land and water, their exilers, the
Demolishers of their homes,
The blockers
Of their horizon.

Young Palestinians,
Vengeful and desperate,
Are willing to lose their
Lives and cause their
Lives and cause their
Families great pain
Because the enemy
They face proves every
Day that its malice
Has no limits.”

Amira Hass

 

 

Gay? So what?

Today, I read on Twitter about someone who shouted “disgusting” at a gay male couple, who were walking along holding hands. I believe it was in an area in London that gay people often frequent. I read it with an equal measure of amusement and annoyance, because with the advancement of time, there has been an acceptance that we are not all the same. As we progress, we learn and understand human behaviour better than we used to, and we have a greater tolerance towards minorities as we evolve and develop within society.

Same humans, different biology.

A lack of acceptance in this day and age, when we have become more enlightened in matters of sexual orientation, is like living in the past. When people cite religion as reason to condemn anyone who is different, my religious tolerance diminishes. I am tolerant of every religion, as long as those religions are based on love, not hate.

We don’t have a choice as to what we are born as.

In the school playground, when a bully targets another child, they will often encourage other children to join in, on the implication that the child is different somehow. In adult society we have “Othering”.

Othering is a phenomenon in which some individuals or groups are defined and labelled as not fitting in within the norms of a social group. It is an effect that influences how people perceive and treat those who are viewed as being part of the in-group versus those who are seen as being part of the out-group.

People who have the playground bullying mentality, are the same type of people who cause the persecution of marginalized groups.

Some people, frown upon same-sex marriages, and I wonder why that is. The purpose of life is to love and be loved. It is only because of love that the world survives. If there was only the destructive influence of hateful oppression, humanity would not be able to continue.

So, coming back to the hand-holding couple, does their behaviour bother me in any way? No. Do hateful people who are spiteful and oppressive towards other people in society bother me? Yes.

Every man and every woman is entitled to whatever happiness they can get in this difficult world, and be who they really are without being persecuted.

No matter what they look like, people who care for others are attractive.

Carers are the beautiful people of the world.

 

 

 

Whether it is a nurse, someone pushing a wheelchair, or someone doing voluntary work to help the less fortunate, caring is an admirable quality to possess.

 

 

 

Introducing a new website by fellow blogger, human rights activist and very dear friend, Huguette Antoun.

 

The website will be about life experiences and include topics about psychology and human behaviour. It will also include poetry and words of inspiration.

 

About the Author: Huguette Antoun

 

 

 

 

“I am a writer and blogger and my content is original, genuine and reflective of real-life experiences, inspiration, motivation and human behavior. I believe that “We are all as unique as our fingerprints along with our thoughts and emotions” and this is what you will find navigating this website. I am a human rights activist and peacebuilder and I have been on a very rich journey defending human rights and improving people’s lives. I speak three languages: Arabic, English and French, but this blog will be mainly in English.”

Click on any image to navigate to the website.

 

Winding your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well, another crazy day
You’ll drink the night away
And forget about everything

This city desert makes you feel so cold
It’s got so many people, but it’s got no soul
And it’s taken you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything

You used to think that it was so easy
You used to say that it was so easy
But you’re trying, you’re trying now

Another year and then you’d be happy
Just one more year and then you’d be happy
But you’re crying, you’re crying now

Way down the street there’s a light in his place
He opens the door, he’s got that look on his face
And he asks you where you’ve been
You tell him who you’ve seen
And you talk about anything

He’s got this dream about buying some land
He’s gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands
And then he’ll settle down
In some quiet little town
And forget about everything

But you know he’ll always keep moving
You know he’s never gonna stop moving
‘Cause he’s rolling, he’s the rolling stone
And when you wake up, it’s a new morning
The sun is shining, it’s a new morning
And you’re going, you’re going home

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