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“Loneliness is a hot topic. There’s no questioning the significant negative social, health and economic hurt caused by ‘the loneliness epidemic,’ and many community leaders and third-sector organisations are calling for greater acknowledgement of this social issue, and investment in initiatives to tackle loneliness. But a question that isn’t asked as often is, do we actually know how to effectively tackle loneliness?”

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“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” – Decouvertes

I found these questions on Pinterest (the magical place — and frequently rabbit hole — where you can literally find anything).

I want to write something more about me and you should do it too!

Write your answers in the comment section below

Q 1. Do you prefer writing with black or blue pen?

— Black ink.

Q 2. Would you prefer to live in the country or the city?

— Oh the country definitely preferably on an island!

Q 3. If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?

— Learn to play the Hurdy-Gurdy.

Q 4. Do you drink your tea or coffee with sugar?

— No sugar or milk in either coffee or tea.

Q 5. What was your favourite book as a child?

— Hard one! The Hobbit? Or anything by Enid Blyton.

Q 6. Do you prefer baths or showers?

— Shower followed by long bath.

Q 7. If you could be a mythical creature, which would you choose?

— Faerie of Seelie Court (more beneficently inclined, but still dangerous).

Q 8. Do you prefer reading paper or electronic books?

— Both. Though I tend to read more non-fiction on my device than fiction.

Q 9. What is your favourite item of clothing?

— Biker jacket.

Q 10. Do you like your name? Would you ever change it?

— Already changed it. My “real” name is Mark (I was in a group of people with 5 other Marks in it which was confusing).

Q 11. Who is a mentor to you?

— I have several who I look to – Deanna, Ian, and Julia from the Hero Project. Maff and Jenny from Camerados.

Q 12. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, what for?

— Famous? Too much hassle!

Q 13. Are you a restless sleeper?

— Yes – I average 4—5 hours a night (that is after taking sleeping tablet and pain killers). Too many years on night shift messed up my Circadian Rhythm.

Q 14. Do you consider yourself a romantic?

— A hopeless romantic.

Q 15. Which element best represents you?

— Water. Flowing water usually represents change and the passage of time.

Q 16. Who do you want to be closer to?

— My friends.

Q 17. Do you miss someone at the moment?

— Yes. My parents and a certain person I care deeply about but doesn’t know it.

Q 18. Tell us about an early childhood memory.

— When I was 14, on holiday near Wakefield and meeting my first real love.

Q 19. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

– Snake.

Q 20. What can you see outside your bedroom window?

— Car park, playing fields, houses — live on 9th floor.

Q 21. What are you most thankful for?

— My late parents, my true friends, and being alive after heart attack and several suicide attempts.

Q 22. Do you like spicy food?

— Oh yes!

Q 23. Have you ever met someone famous?

— Several — including Lemmy, Yoko Ono, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman.

Q 24. Do you keep a diary or journal?

— I keep a Bullet Journal and an Art Journal.

Q 25. Do you prefer to use pen or pencil?

— Pen – preferably a fountain pen.

Q 26. What is your star sign?

Aries as far as I remember.

Q 27. Do you like your cereal crunchy or soggy?

— Well, as I eat porridge 6 days a week – soggyish with a bit of crunch – crushed nuts etc.

Q 28. What would you want your legacy to be?

— “They did their best”.

Q 29. Do you like reading? What was the last thing you read/are reading?

— Reading is all! Always have 2 books on the go — one fiction and one non-fiction. Curently both books that I’m reading deal with the topic of loneliness. Adam Thorpe’s Missing Fay (Fic) and A Certain Loneliness by Sandra Gail Lambert (Non-Fic).

Q 30. How do you show someone you love them?

— Being there for them. Letters postcards etc.

Q 31. Do you like ice in your drinks?

— Yes, I do – but not in Hot Chocolate!

Q 32. What are you afraid of?

— Being forgotten.

Q 33. What is your favourite scent?

— My favourite scent is freshly baked bread.

Q 34. Do you address older people by their first or last name?

— It depends on the person, how well and how long I’ve known them and also their preference.

Q 35. If money was not a factor, how would you live your life?

— Travelling the world – meeting new people, learning about Social Change in different places.

Q 36. Do you prefer swimming in pools or in the ocean?

— The ocean.

Q 37. What would you do if you found £50 on the ground?

— Hand in to police and if not claimed give it to charity.

Q 38. Have you ever seen a shooting star? Did you make a wish?

Yes, I have. Yes I made a wish (didn’t come true).

Q 39. What is one thing you would want to teach your children?

— Kindness.

Q 40. If you had to have a tattoo, what would it be and where would you get it?

— Already have some. Though I do want more. Thinking of a Tolkien inspired one or maybe a Fuchsia from Titus Groan one.

Q 41. What can you hear right now?

Traffic nine floors below me. Plus Grateful Dead on my music system.

Q 42. Where do you feel the safest?

— Home – sometimes.

Q 43. What is one thing you want to overcome/conquer?

— My shyness.

Q 44. If you could travel back to any era, which would you choose?

The Renaissance

Q 45. What is your most used emoji?

— :-/

Q 46. What is your favourite season? Why?

— Autumn for the colours.

47. How would you spend your ideal day?

With friends having food, drink, chatting, or in companionable silence.

Q 48. Describe yourself using one word.

— Oddbod.

Q 49. What do you regret the most?

— Not telling people how much I loved and cared for them often enough.

Q 50. Invent your own word. What does it mean?

— Frontagery – when you put on a front/attitude that all is well when in fact inside you are a mess.

Add your answers in the comment section even if it’s just one or two of them.

Try it as a personal reflection piece — you don’t have to show it to anyone.

Talk to me on my social media accounts!

Twitter : Camerados_Hermit

Instagram : Camerados_Hermit

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“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” – Decouvertes

I found these questions on Pinterest (the magical place — and frequently rabbit hole — where you can literally find anything).

I want to write something more about me and you should do it too!

Write your answers in the comment section below

Q 1. Do you prefer writing with black or blue pen?

— Black ink.

Q 2. Would you prefer to live in the country or the city?

— Oh the country definitely preferably on an island!

Q 3. If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?

— Learn to play the Hurdy-Gurdy.

Q 4. Do you drink your tea or coffee with sugar?

— No sugar or milk in either coffee or tea.

Q 5. What was your favourite book as a child?

— Hard one! The Hobbit? Or anything by Enid Blyton.

Q 6. Do you prefer baths or showers?

— Shower followed by long bath.

Q 7. If you could be a mythical creature, which would you choose?

— Faerie of Seelie Court (more beneficently inclined, but still dangerous).

Q 8. Do you prefer reading paper or electronic books?

— Both. Though I tend to read more non-fiction on my device than fiction.

Q 9. What is your favourite item of clothing?

— Biker jacket.

Q 10. Do you like your name? Would you ever change it?

— Already changed it. My “real” name is Mark (I was in a group of people with 5 other Marks in it which was confusing).

Q 11. Who is a mentor to you?

— I have several who I look to – Deanna, Ian, and Julia from the Hero Project. Maff and Jenny from Camerados.

Q 12. Would you ever want to be famous? If so, what for?

— Famous? Too much hassle!

Q 13. Are you a restless sleeper?

— Yes – I average 4—5 hours a night (that is after taking sleeping tablet and pain killers). Too many years on night shift messed up my Circadian Rhythm.

Q 14. Do you consider yourself a romantic?

— A hopeless romantic.

Q 15. Which element best represents you?

— Water. Flowing water usually represents change and the passage of time.

Q 16. Who do you want to be closer to?

— My friends.

Q 17. Do you miss someone at the moment?

— Yes. My parents and a certain person I care deeply about but doesn’t know it.

Q 18. Tell us about an early childhood memory.

— When I was 14, on holiday near Wakefield and meeting my first real love.

Q 19. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

– Snake.

Q 20. What can you see outside your bedroom window?

— Car park, playing fields, houses — live on 9th floor.

Q 21. What are you most thankful for?

— My late parents, my true friends, and being alive after heart attack and several suicide attempts.

Q 22. Do you like spicy food?

— Oh yes!

Q 23. Have you ever met someone famous?

— Several — including Lemmy, Yoko Ono, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman.

Q 24. Do you keep a diary or journal?

— I keep a Bullet Journal and an Art Journal.

Q 25. Do you prefer to use pen or pencil?

— Pen – preferably a fountain pen.

Q 26. What is your star sign?

Aries as far as I remember.

Q 27. Do you like your cereal crunchy or soggy?

— Well, as I eat porridge 6 days a week – soggyish with a bit of crunch – crushed nuts etc.

Q 28. What would you want your legacy to be?

— “They did their best”.

Q 29. Do you like reading? What was the last thing you read/are reading?

— Reading is all! Always have 2 books on the go — one fiction and one non-fiction. Curently both books that I’m reading deal with the topic of loneliness. Adam Thorpe’s Missing Fay (Fic) and A Certain Loneliness by Sandra Gail Lambert (Non-Fic).

Q 30. How do you show someone you love them?

— Being there for them. Letters postcards etc.

Q 31. Do you like ice in your drinks?

— Yes, I do – but not in Hot Chocolate!

Q 32. What are you afraid of?

— Being forgotten.

Q 33. What is your favourite scent?

— My favourite scent is freshly baked bread.

Q 34. Do you address older people by their first or last name?

— It depends on the person, how well and how long I’ve known them and also their preference.

Q 35. If money was not a factor, how would you live your life?

— Travelling the world – meeting new people, learning about Social Change in different places.

Q 36. Do you prefer swimming in pools or in the ocean?

— The ocean.

Q 37. What would you do if you found £50 on the ground?

— Hand in to police and if not claimed give it to charity.

Q 38. Have you ever seen a shooting star? Did you make a wish?

Yes, I have. Yes I made a wish (didn’t come true).

Q 39. What is one thing you would want to teach your children?

— Kindness.

Q 40. If you had to have a tattoo, what would it be and where would you get it?

— Already have some. Though I do want more. Thinking of a Tolkien inspired one or maybe a Fuchsia from Titus Groan one.

Q 41. What can you hear right now?

Traffic nine floors below me. Plus Grateful Dead on my music system.

Q 42. Where do you feel the safest?

— Home – sometimes.

Q 43. What is one thing you want to overcome/conquer?

— My shyness.

Q 44. If you could travel back to any era, which would you choose?

The Renaissance

Q 45. What is your most used emoji?

— :-/

Q 46. What is your favourite season? Why?

— Autumn for the colours.

47. How would you spend your ideal day?

With friends having food, drink, chatting, or in companionable silence.

Q 48. Describe yourself using one word.

— Oddbod.

Q 49. What do you regret the most?

— Not telling people how much I loved and cared for them often enough.

Q 50. Invent your own word. What does it mean?

— Frontagery – when you put on a front/attitude that all is well when in fact inside you are a mess.

Add your answers in the comment section even if it’s just one or two of them.

Try it as a personal reflection piece — you don’t have to show it to anyone.

Talk to me on my social media accounts!

Twitter : SocialHermitCal

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And so this is Christmas ?

11am Christmas Day and I’m sitting in Blakelaw Club having a pint – by myself as usual.

Not how today was supposed to be. My friend JJ was supposed to be crashing at mine over the Christmas period – Christmas period dinner and everything. Letting someone in my flat is a huge thing for me – due to my mental health issues. Even my late parents , who only lived 200 yards away, were only in it once in 6 years!

JJ lives with several Mental Health issues (including Bipolar, OCD , Panic/Anxiety, Self harm etc). They also live with Aspergers . They are also Trans (FtM) – don’t worry I havehave their permission to reveal this.

JJ is estranged from their parents following JJ’s decision to come out. They are, however, still in contact with their siblings who are however supportive. JJ went down to Yorkshire on Friday to see their brother and sisters – planning to return to Newcastle on Christmas Eve.

Unfortunately ,their parents found out about this and turned up at the meeting. They confronted JJ and verbally abused them. This caused JJ to have a meltdown.

As they are both GPs , JJ’s parents easily convinced the authorities to Section JJ undrt a Section 4 for 72 hours. I have a nasty feeling it will be changed to a Section 2 (up to 28 days incarnation).

I’ve been sectioned before – usually Section 5(2) or 5(4). It is no fun having your liberty denied .

Things had started going okay for JJ. After 18+ months of homelessness and couch surfing they had just been offered a supported flat in Richmond not too far from their siblings. Moving in second week of January.

So, I’m offering this pint as a toast to JJ and all my people who are wrongly incarcerated in Mental Health Units and ATUs. I LOVE YOU ALL!

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No respect – the hi-jacking of the symbol of the ‘gilet jaunes’

“Predictably, as you can see from the image at the top of this post, The People’s Assembly have decided to mobilise to be in Parliament Square from 5pm onwards next Tuesday and in their promotion for this, they’ve hi-jacked the potent symbol of the yellow vest for their own cynical ends. Namely, hoping to play a part in forcing a general election and paving the way for the triumphal entry of a Corbyn led Labour government.

The People’s Assembly must have the intellectual capacity to see that the revolt of the ‘gilet jaunes’ in France is a grassroots, apolitical one. So, the only thing we can conclude from The People’s Assembly hi-jacking the potent symbol of the yellow jacket for their cynical Labour vote begging exercise in Parliament Square is that they want astroturf any spontaneous protest and turn it into yet another tedious Corbyn love fest.

That’s if people let them get away with it. The political climate is unpredictable and volatile, full of risks but also full of opportunities as well. Let’s not allow the likes of The People’s Assembly to try and smother any attempt for the real voice of the pissed of millions to have their say and to act if they see fit. See you in Parliament Square on Tuesday:) ”

via No respect – the hi-jacking of the symbol of the ‘gilet jaunes’

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Petition to Save MA Book Arts

Save Camberwell MA Book Arts
For more info and to SIGN please click link >> https://chn.ge/2yX5Uu6

Via https://catcatalyst.co.uk/2018/11/10/petition-to-save-ma-book-arts/

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Bethany’s Dad Has Important News

Bethany’s story came to light a week or so ago.  Whilst many of us in the SEN world are sickened and shocked – at the same time, we are not surprised.  I have the privilege of having her Dad’s permission to share his update.  We are all familiar with the concept of ‘meetings about me without me’… well below is a spectacular version.  Read on for a happier ending than usual.

For those who would like some background:  Beth is locked in a seclusion cell with (10′ x 12′) with one door and no window.  She is 17.  She has been in seclusion for 21 months.  Until recently she had part of a pen in her arm.  I understand that the media outcry at least resulted in this being addressed.  She has her food passed to her through a hatch.

via Bethany’s Dad Has Important News

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Penny Is The Naked Punk

“Why am I The Naked Punk?

Punk is my raw beginning. It saw my writing find a raging home in early fanzines. It fired a freedom in me to start accepting myself, that I was OK as a human being, as a woman, as a creative, who could challenge the categories imposed upon me. It is the energy that triggered my activism, and my passion for social justice and equality.”

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Haringey Labour Council – Meet The New Bosses, Same As The Old Bosses?

Haringey Labour Council – Meet The New Bosses, Same As The Old Bosses?
“This piece came to us via one of our comrades in Haringey. We’re reproducing it here as a graphic illustration of what happens when faith is placed in voting and for newly elected councillors to do the right thing – disappointment inevitably follows. Given the estates in question that now face demolition with communities being broken up and residents dispersed far and wide, we suspect anger will be following this disappointment…”

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Freedom of speech at the University of Bristol

As feminist scholars, we are writing to express our concern at the news that disciplinary procedures have been initiated against a PhD student who petitioned against a discriminatory event associated with the University of Bristol.

The student, Nic Shall, wrote a petition opposing an event organised by the anti-trans campaign group “A Woman’s Place”. Shall has been accused by the Vice Chancellor’s office of writing a letter containing false information, attempting to suppress the free speech of fellow students, and bringing the university into disrepute. They have been threatened with expulsion.

We believe that the disciplinary action against Shall represents an attack on the democratic right to free expression, and that it is this action that brings the University of Bristol into disrepute. The student in question is, in effect, being threatened with expulsion for writing a petition. If the University of Bristol is to uphold the principle of free speech and encourage political debate, then students and staff must be afforded the right to openly express their principled opposition to bigotry and discrimination.

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