Saturday, December 20, 2014

#Christmas comes - Poor Win out against RICH




New Era residents toast Christmas victory after charity buys London estate
Families celebrate after US investor Westbrook Partners abandons plans to evict families and triple rents


THIS - delights my soul.
Ordinary people
homes at risk from the mega rich USA humans
HAPPENING in so many areas of London
and I guess beyond.
BUYING up poor housing to build flats for the RICH
and forcing people to move
demolish
high rents
move for miles away
from their historic community

He who was rich became poor
total opposite to the Christmas
story/message.

Residents on the New Era housing estate celebrate the news that they have won their battle against eviction by a US investor. 
To the sound of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on the jukebox and with open fires crackling in the grates of the Stag pub, the residents of the New Era estate in east London last night toasted a remarkable Christmas victory.

At 2pm on Friday it was confirmed that the 93 families’ battle against eviction by an $11bn US investor had finally been successful. Months of protesting, marching and petitioning had forced the millionaire executives of Westbrook Partners to sell the estate, abandoning plans to evict families and triple rents.

The new owner was announced as the Dolphin Square Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing affordable homes for low and middle income Londoners. It instantly pledged to keep rents at their current low rates not just this Christmas but next Christmas too.

“It is an amazing feeling,” said Lindsey Garrett, an NHS worker and one of three women who spearheaded the campaign to save the flats from investors determined to capitalise on London’s soaring property market. “We beat a multibillion-dollar investment company. Who would have thought three single mothers from Hoxton could have done that?”

Outside the Stag pub where choruses of “We are the champions” rang out, Coleen O’Shea put it more bluntly to another of the campaign’s leaders, Lynsay Spiteri.

“Well done girl, you did it,” O’Shea said. “You shot them up the arse.”

Spiteri, a single mother who with others has dedicated hundreds of hours to the campaign, couldn’t hold back the tears of relief.

The deal means Westbrook has sold an estate it bought nine months earlier for an estimated £20m to a relatively small housing group that says it is committed to delivering low-cost rented homes to Londoners on low to middle incomes.

“The whole philosophy of Dolphin Living is that we fix rents relative to people’s incomes and not relative to market rents,” said Jon Gooding, the chief executive. “I can understand the anxiety of the New Era tenants because they are in a complete disconnect between market rents and wages which makes it extremely difficult for working Londoners. We completely understand that.

“We are serving people who are not on benefits but are earning £25,000 to £60,000, but we are setting rents that are realistic in relation to their net income. We will work to understand in detail the financial circumstances of our tenant group and we will then formulate a rent policy that is demonstrably fair.”

Some tenants of the estate, just north of the City of London, had faced rents tripling from £800 a month for a two-bedroom flat to about £2,400 if Westbrook’s plans had gone through. A tight knit, family-oriented community faced devastation and at one point Westbrook looked poised to evict residents before Christmas.

Instead, Gooding was, with less than a week to go, signing off a letter to residents explaining the deal: “I hope you can now have a more relaxed Christmas.”

Asked if anyone is likely to be evicted after the moratorium on rent increases lifts in 2016, the Dolphin chief executive added: “I wouldn’t like to see any circumstances where somebody would not be able to stay on the estate because they can’t afford to pay the rent.”

The campaign had won the support of the London mayor, Boris Johnson, and the mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, who were involved in negotiations, as well as the comedian and campaigner Russell Brand, who highlighted their cause.

Johnson said the deal was “welcome news for the residents of the New Era estate who will be able to enjoy their Christmas safe in the knowledge that their homes will continue to be provided at existing rent levels in 2015”.

There was also caution about how high rents might go. Earlier this year Pipe spoke out over the decision by affordable housing provider, Peabody, to increase rents on homes it bought from the crown estate. He said the rises were “making what was once key worker housing unaffordable for many existing tenants”.

Badge Hiscock, 25, a nursery assistant who lives on New Era was one of many who feared significant increases could still break up the community. “We just get by with what the rent is now and we still struggle at the end of the month,” she said. On the estate, the mood of celebration was contagious. Jackie, a 45-year-old worker at Smithfield market, burst out of her front door in delight and insisted on planting a kiss on the cheek of the Guardian’s reporter.

“I am so pleased,” she said. “When Westbrook bought it, we realised rents would go up to market prices and we couldn’t afford it.

“Every day since then has been so tough. It has made my boyfriend ill and a lot of other people too. But who is going to take us on and throw their weight around now? We are a community and have been here for a long time.”



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Friday, December 19, 2014

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A Question for you - I know you like to dig into your soul !



Question for you::
Think of the best conversation you have had all year?


Why can't you do that with others, 
especially those not easy to relate to?


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A STAR is born ............. to be continued .........



Greetings
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  Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
 Tchestita Koleda
  Bon Nadal i feliç any nou
  Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
  Glædelig Jul
  Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  Hyvaa joulua
  Joyeux Noel
  Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  Kala Christouyenna
  Gledileg Jol
  Merry Christmas
  Nollaig Shona Dhuit, o Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
  Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
  God Jul, o Gledelig Jul
  Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
  Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
  Feliz Natal
  Sarbatori Vesele
  Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
  Hristos se rodi
  Vesele Vianoce
  Feliz Navidad
  God Jul
  Froehliche Weihnachten
  Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket ......

…e….. Buon Natale !




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

How do we grow?

Relationships.


H.A.L.T. 
Hungry Angry Lonely Tired. 
Any one of these & our behaviour changes. Treat the #Feelings as #Signals otherwise we hurt our closest.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Missing - the 50,000 jobless teens

Missing - the 50,000 jobless teens who have dropped off the radar

More than 50,000 people aged 16 to 18 not in education or work have “gone missing” from official statistics and are receiving no support, according to research published today.

It warned that the problem of Neets - young people not in education, employment or training - is much bigger than local authorities realises because tens of thousands of them have “disappeared off the radar”. In London alone, an estimated 15,000 youngsters have “gone missing”.

Richard Brooks, the former director of strategy at the schools inspectorate Ofsted who carried out the research, said: “Over the course of this parliament the quality of local data on these young people has broken down completely. We are massively understating the scale of the problem at local level where it matters the most, and depriving many young people who are out of sight of the help and support they need.”

In a pamphlet published by the Labour-affiliated Fabian Society, Mr Brooks said the official figures are “disastrously wrong”. When councils compile statistics on what young people leaving education do next, they assume that one in eight of those with an “unknown” destination is a Neet. His research found the real figure is between one in three and one in two.

National statistics said there were 148,000 Neets in England at the end of 2013, but only 92,000 were identified at local level – a gap of 56,000. Mr Brooks said the number of “unknowns” rose from just over 71,000 in 2010 to 162,000 at the end of 2013. One factor was that the figures used to be collected locally by the Connexions advice service for young people, but the Coalition removed its ring-fenced grant, so councils now collect the statistics with greatly reduced resources.

The report, “Out of Sight”, called on Sir Andrew Dilnot, head of the UK Statistics Authority, to review this “aberration” and make proposals to the Department for Education. It said a Cabinet minister should have specific responsibility for Neets.

Mr Brooks questioned the public perception of Neets, insisting they were not a “hard to reach” group. He found that fewer than one in four of the 18-year-old Neets is from a low-income family, and fewer than one in four of this group has special educational needs. In contrast, 80 per cent of the lacked five GCSE A*-C grades including English and maths.

Jenny North, director of policy and strategy at Impetus-PEF private equity foundation which co-sponsored the research, said: “This report really highlights the importance of getting key qualifications to avoid becoming Neet. It’s not good enough that only half of pupils currently achieve A*-C in English and Maths at 16.

"It’s even more of a scandal that of the nearly 50 per cent who don’t, so few are given a fair crack of the whip at getting them by the time they’re 19. Educational attainment is the key to employment, and at the moment our educational system, both pre- and post-16, is failing more young people than we realised.”

A Local Government Association spokesman said: “Councils want to ensure every young person realises their full potential and despite these challenges have actually reduced the proportion of ‘unknown’ 16-to-18-year-olds by 14 per cent since 2012. To build on this success, councils urgently need more legal powers to ensure  partners [including UCAS]share vital information as quickly as possible and the next Government must devolve all national youth schemes to local areas enabling councils to meet their duties to young people.”

The Department for Education said: "The proportion of 16-18 year olds Neet is at its lowest level since consistent records began. However, we are not complacent and there is more to do to equip all young people for life in modern Britain.

“As part of our plan for education, we are determined to do everything we can to tackle the problem of youth unemployment – which is why we have challenged authorities who were not doing enough to find out what 16 to 18-year-olds are doing."

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Einzigartig! Du bist ein Original






"Einzigartig! Du bist ein Original“

Fingerabdrücke sind einzigartig - neuerdings können Wissenschaftler unsere physikalische Identität aufgrund eines Haares oder eines Stücks Fingernagel erkennen.

Enorm!

Aber das ist gar nichts, verglichen zu der Art, wie Jesus Christus uns kennt. Er sieht jeden von uns als einzigartige, besondere Persönlichkeit. Wir können ihn aus unserem Leben verbannen, fortrennen, aber er hat Pläne für jeden einzelnen von uns, Pläne zum Aufblühen, zum Erfolg, für eine Zukunft. Pläne, um Hoffnung geben zu können.

Jesus Christus sagt: "Ich bin gekommen, damit Du das Leben und Überfluss hast."

Eine wichtige Mitteilung an Dich!

Du bist ein wunderbarer Mensch, jetzt gerade, wo Du dies hörst: Nimm das für Dich in Anspruch - nimm es nicht auf die leichte Schulter!
Bist Du bereit? Diese Worte sind für Dich, speziell für Dich.


Du bist wertvoll.
Du bist speziell.
Du bist einzigartig.
Du bist schön.
Du bist kostbar.
Du bist nicht wiederholbar.
Du bist geheimnisvoll.
Du bist ein schöner Mensch.
Nie wird es je wieder einen Menschen geben wie Du.
Nie wird jemand das Leben so erfahren wie Du es erfährst.
Du bist so speziell, so eine(n) wie Du hat es noch nie gegeben.
Dein Leben verdient eine Film-Premiere im Kino.
Du bist so speziell und wertvoll, dass Jesus für Dich gestorben ist.
Er liebt Dich so stark, dass er sein Leben für Dich gegeben hat.
Seine Liebe zu Dir ist hundertprozentig, total, vollkommen.
Seine Liebe zu Dir ist bedingungslos.
Wenn Du jetzt besser leben würdest, wenn Du heute ein überzeugter Christ würdest -
Gott könnte Dich morgen nicht mehr lieben als er es jetzt schon tut.
Seine Liebe für Dich ist schon jetzt total und er kann Dich nicht noch mehr lieben. Natürlich verdient er jetzt eine Antwort und es macht ihn glücklich, wenn wir antworten, ABER seine Liebe zu Dir ist nicht abhängig davon.
Du bist hundertprozentig, total, vollkommen geliebt.



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#Peshawar


To be held in the heart of a friend is to be a King




Leading groups over the years
I have asked people to write ......
Each given an index card
asked to write out something
they have never told anyone about.

As you can imagine
this is a big ask.
All with the objectives of - 
*Self Revelation
*Awareness of own feelings
*Experiencing vulnerability
*Experiencing empathy
*Growth and development

The card are then pic&mix 
Each person taking different card
and then each being read to the whole group
in silence
feeling the feelings
within themselves
+ empathy with others as their revelation is read.

I have found a bunch of cards from distant past.
I don't know who wrote them.
I am planning to post one at a time.

As Bruce Cockburn said"To be held in the heart of a friend is to be a King"That puts words around how I feel about who I know.My friends are worth everything to me.I know that I place them before God most of the time"

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#AaronJerome sings #BEAUTIFUL - 55 minutes for you inc Interview with #GillesPeterson

Aaron Jerome drops in on the Brownswood Basement




#Christmas Edition


Christmas

edition 
of 

  "you are
beautiful" 

In The Negative "I Hate Christmas" - In the Positive .......




In The Negative
"I Hate Christmas"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I spend & have spent

a lot of my time with humans who make the above pronouncement;
- regularly
- without a question being asked
- just like breathing
- almost like an out-spilling of air
- vomiting  expectations
- riotous violent imagination.

If you have
- no home
- no healthy relationships with family
- no loved ones
- no money
- no energy
- no hope
........ it is just looming life
- coming at you fast

What can I do alongside these beautiful humans?
Me?
What I do do is try to get the stuff out of them.
Better out and horrible
than
locked in and
poison

I encourage humans - 
these beautiful humans - 
to talk and .......
They see
right there in front of them
there are others who
"are just like me"
and the breath expels ........
the same problems - yes.
I am not alone
the issues remain
but
But a problem shared ........
......... the beginning ................

In The POSITIVE
Grace
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Grace strikes us when we walk through the dark valley
of an empty and meaningless life…
when,
year after year,
the longed for perfection does not appear,
when the old compulsions rage within us 
as they have for decades,
when despair destroys all joy and courage.
Sometimes at that moment 
a ray of light breaks into our darkness,
and it is as though a voice were saying,
‘ You are accepted.
You are accepted,
accepted by that which is greater than you,
and the name of which you do not know.
Do not ask for the name now; 
perhaps you will find it later.
Do not do anything now; 
perhaps later you will do much.
Do not seek anything, 
do not perform anything, do not intend anything.
Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.’
If that happens to us, we experience grace."

Paul Tillich



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#SOCIALmedia #Christmas

video

#SufjanStevens 18 songs for #Christmas




#Leadership #Inspired



“ If you want to build a ship,
don't drum up the men to gather the wood,
divide the work and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn
for the vast and endless sea”


(Antoine de Saint Exupery)

Monday, December 15, 2014

- just like breathing - almost like an out-spilling of air - #vomiting expectations..




In The Negative
"I Hate Christmas"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I spend & have spent

a lot of my time with humans who make the above pronouncement;
- regularly
- without a question being asked
- just like breathing
- almost like an out-spilling of air
- vomiting  expectations
- riotous violent imagination.

If you have
- no home
- no healthy relationships with family
- no loved ones
- no money
- no energy
- no hope
........ it is just looming life
- coming at you fast

What can I do alongside these beautiful humans?
Me?
What I do do is try to get the stuff out of them.
Better out and horrible
than
locked in and
poison

I encourage humans - 
these beautiful humans - 
to talk and .......
They see
right there in front of them
there are others who
"are just like me"
and the breath expels ........
the same problems - yes.
I am not alone
the issues remain
but
But a problem shared ........
......... the beginning ................

In The POSITIVE
Grace
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Grace strikes us when we walk through the dark valley
of an empty and meaningless life…
when,
year after year,
the longed for perfection does not appear,
when the old compulsions rage within us 
as they have for decades,
when despair destroys all joy and courage.
Sometimes at that moment 
a ray of light breaks into our darkness,
and it is as though a voice were saying,
‘ You are accepted.
You are accepted,
accepted by that which is greater than you,
and the name of which you do not know.
Do not ask for the name now; 
perhaps you will find it later.
Do not do anything now; 
perhaps later you will do much.
Do not seek anything, 
do not perform anything, do not intend anything.
Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.’
If that happens to us, we experience grace."

Paul Tillich



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