Howard Beckett

 

@BeckettUnite

 

The Tories cut 8 million bed spaces from the NHS, reducing the number of patients hospitals can treat by 2 million a year. They then handed a £10 billion contract to private hospitals to provide bed spaces.

See how it works?

 

Welsh:

Yma o Hyd

Dwyt ti’m yn cofio Macsen,
does neb yn ei nabod o.
Mae mil a chwe chant o flynyddoedd,
yn amser rhy hir i’r co’.
Pan aeth Magnus Maximus o Gymru,
yn y flwyddyn tri-chant-wyth-tri,
a’n gadael yn genedl gyfan,
a heddiw – wele ni!

Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd.

Chwythed y gwynt o’r Dwyrain,
rhued y storm o’r môr,
hollted y mellt yr wybren,
a gwaedded y daran “encôr”!
Llifed dagrau’r gwangalon,
a llyfed y taeog y llawr.
Er dued yw’r fagddu o’n cwmpas,
ry’n ni’n barod am doriad y wawr!

Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd.

Cofiwn i Facsen Wledig
adael ein gwlad yn un darn
A bloeddiwn gerbron y gwledydd,
“Mi fyddwn yma tan Ddydd y Farn!”
Er gwaetha pob Dic Siôn Dafydd,
er gwaetha ‘rhen Fagi a’i chriw,
byddwn yma hyd ddiwedd amser,
a bydd yr iaith Gymraeg yn fyw!

Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth.
Ry’n ni yma o hyd,
ry’n ni yma o hyd,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth,
er gwaetha pawb a phopeth…


English translation:

Still Here

You don’t remember Macsen,
nobody knows him.
One thousand and six hundred years,
a time too long to remember.
When Magnus Maximus left Wales,
in the year 383,
leaving us a whole nation,
and today – look at us!

We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here.

Let the wind blow from the East,
let the storm roar from the sea,
let the lightning split the heavens,
and the thunder shout “encore!”
Let the tears of the faint-hearted flow,
and the servile lick the floor.
Despite the blackness around us,
we are ready for the breaking of the dawn!

We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here.

We remember that Macsen the Emperor
left our country in one whole piece.
And we shall shout before the nations,
“We’ll be here until Judgement Day!”
Despite every Dic Siôn Dafydd,
despite old Maggie5 and her crew,
we’ll be here until the end of time,
and the Welsh language will be alive!

We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything.
We are still here,
we are still here,
in spite of everyone and everything,
in spite of everyone and everything…

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
– Samuel Johnson

 

When people say they get pleasure from smoking, it is because of the undesirable feeling that is allayed, by getting the fix that prevents them from getting withdrawal symptoms. It feels good to have a cigarette after going without one for a long time. Pure bliss, but there is more pleasure derived from being free of an addiction, than is gained from feeding an addiction. Nicotine’s desirability is enhanced, because of its dual action properties. It is used to both stimulate and relax.

At the beginning

When someone first indulges in smoking, changes begin to happen in the brain. There is a chemical called acetylcholine, which is used in the neurotransmission, that helps different parts of the brain communicate with each other.

The nicotine molecule has a similar shape to the acetylcholine molecule and fits into the places where acetylcholine would normally go. It is a bit like an invasive species taking over an environment, or like squatters moving into a building.

 

Effect

Where acetylcholine played an important part in transferring information, the process now uses nicotine instead. One of the effects of nicotine cessation is finding it hard to concentrate on a task. When smokers need extra concentration, they light up a cigarette. Acetylcholine is replenished naturally, but nicotine has to be constantly reintroduced into the system by inhalation.

 

Homeostasis

The biological system that maintains a constant environment within the body is called homeostasis. It controls things like fluid balance and body temperature. It also regulates acid and alkali levels. If there are changes to the usual equilibrium, the homeostatic process rebalances the difference.

Smoking raises the body’s acidic level, therefor, if a smoker does not have their usual intake of chemicals, homeostasis prompts the individual to light up. If someone normally smokes ten or twenty cigarettes a day, then that is the amount they will need each day, to maintain a constant internal balance.

 

Bladder

The part of the body that sends a message to the brain to light up, is the bladder. A good example of this, is when a smoker drinks tea, or even more so, drinks pints of beer, the bladder is flushed and the acidic level changes from its usual balance and needs to be topped-up, resulting in an increased nicotine intake.

 

Acidic drinks

A tactic that can be beneficial to someone who stops smoking, is to drink a citric acid drink like orange juice. This helps to keep the acidic level in the bladder at a sufficient level, and deceive the homeostatic process, to prevent it sending instructions to the brain to light up. This is paradoxical, because too much juice will flush the bladder.

 

Long term success

Although there are numerous aids to help quit smoking, going cold-turkey produces a greater number of long-term successes, in comparison to using methods that help smokers quit.

Acetylcholine is not just present in the brain, but is used in the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. So, when such an important chemical is replaced by nicotine, the withdrawal is difficult to cope with and the recovery period can vary while the body cleans out the harmful chemicals.

 

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know, because I’ve done it thousands of times.
– Mark Twain

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.

 

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