Sunday, June 29, 2014

"I still believe" by The Call - old time favourite of mine. VIDEO.

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THE CALL featuring Robert Levon Been DVD - Available Now

On April 19th 2013 the members of 80's rock group 'The Call' re-formed for the first time in nearly two decades to pay tribute to the late Michael Been with guest vocalist Robert Levon Been from BRMC. We are happy to finally be able to share this incredible film with you all.

Click HERE to watch the official trailer for a special message from Robert as well as clips from the DVD.

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1. The Big Idea Short
2. Bonus Concert LIVE FROM SLIMS in San Francisco (4 songs)
3. Slims Fan Interviews
4. Campaign Videos
5. Vintage Call Videos

Live Concert Track listing:
1. Everywhere I Go
2. I Still Believe
3. I Don't Wanna
4. Floating Back
5. Into The Woods
6. Turn A Blind Eye
7. Oklahoma
8. You Were There
9. Red Moon
10. Swim In The Ocean
11. What's Happened To You
12. The Morning
13. Same Old Story
14. You Run
15. Uncovered

Bonus Song Track listing:
1. Let The Day Begin
2. Think It Over
3. Modern Romans
4. The Walls Came Down

The #BlobTree Tools in action in the #Netherlands

About becoming - not just being

“You become. 
It takes a long time. 
That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people 
who break easily, 
or have sharp edges, 
or who have to be carefully kept. 
Generally, by the time you are Real, 
most of your hair has been loved off, 
and your eyes drop out and 
you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, 
because once you are Real 
you can’t be ugly, 
except to people who don’t understand.” 

Margery Williams, 
The Velveteen Rabbit

Saturday, June 28, 2014

#HoraceSilver Tribute mix by Gilles Peterson

Friends for LIFE - with LIFE !

Beef Shins #Recipe

Serves 4
Oil, for cooking
250g shins of beef
1 large onion, cut into quarters, root still on
1 large carrot
1 root-end of celery, cut into 4 pieces, root still attached to help hold them together
500ml beer, strong in hops, eg pale ale
300ml lamb stock or brown chicken stock
½ bunch of thyme
2 fresh bay leaves
50g dried hops – you can find them online
75g butter
4 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Heat the oil in a large casserole over a medium-high heat. Add the beef shins and colour to a dark brown all over. You may need to do just two at a time. When ready, remove from the pan and keep to one side.
2 Add the onion quarters and gently colour them without moving them about too much. Add the carrots and celery and pour on the beer and lamb stock. Bring the pan to the boil and place the beef shins in the stock.
Put the thyme, bay and the hops in a muslin bag and tie it together with string. Place the muslin bag in the stock and cover. Put the pan in a preheated oven at 150C/300F/gas mark 2 and cook gently for 3–3 ½ hours until the beef is tender.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 45 minutes. Then carefully lift the beef from the pan, trying not to break it up. Remove the veg and cover with tin foil to keep warm.
5 Bring the sauce to the boil and reduce it until it reaches gravy consistency. Whisk in the butter.
Serve the beef and veg with smooth, buttery mash and gravy. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with a pint of ale!

Friday, June 27, 2014


It is painful feeling vulnerable. 
Another way is 
CHOOSING vulnerability. 
Becoming mask less 
"He who was rich became poor."

NOT my quote.

Anne lamott at Greenbelt this year - what a BHP she is.

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott is a best-selling American novelist and non-fiction writer. Honoured with a Guggenheim Fellowship, her bi-weekly Salon Magazine “online diary”, Word by Word, was voted The Best of the Web by Time magazine. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock made a documentary on her life entitled Bird by Bird. She has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame and is beloved by Oprah Winfrey.
And here’s just a bit about just two of her books which will give you a flavour …
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
“I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe, over the last 25 years, that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple. Help. Thanks. Wow.”
Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about faith and prayer. And in Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she’s learned about prayer into these simple, transformative truths.
It is insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be.
In praise of …
“Lamott is a narrator who has relished and soaked up the details of her existence, equally of mirth and devastation, and spilled them onto her pages.” The New York Times
“[A] prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals …” Publishers Weekly
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
A wise and compassionate exploration of how we can make sense of life’s chaos. What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?
Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.
In praise of …
“Lamott is a narrator who has relished and soaked up the details of her existence, equally of mirth and devastation, and spilled them onto her pages.” The New York Times
“Lamott’s pithiest, most insightful book yet, Stitches offers plenty of her characteristic witty wisdom … this slim, readable volume [is] a lens on life, widening and narrowing, encouraging each reader to reflect on what it is, after all, that really matters.” People
“Anne Lamott, you are amazing.” The Huffington Post

Debbie Kennett speaking at The Greenbelt Festival.

Debby Kennett

Debby Kennett
Debby has been working with the Gypsy and Traveller community in the UK and Ireland for over 25 years. She is currently joint CEO of the London Gypsy and Traveller unit which campaigns on issues of accommodation, equality and discrimination.
She has been closely involved in supporting the representation of Gypsy and Traveller families displaced by the Olympic and Crossrail developments. Debby lives with her family in east London and is actively involved in her local URC church.

WONDROUS #CHILDREN'S Programme at the Greenbelt Festival


I don't LIKE

"I dont like that man. 

I must 

get to know him better." 

Abraham Lincoln

I failed

I failed to love because 
I had other agendas rather than just yearning 
and working for their development/their self determined steps 
into wholeness.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"I got to express my feelings, with people that didn't judge me" Teenager recovered from prostitution.

Poetry eases pain of Teen who was sold for sex.

"I got to express my feelings, with people that didn't judge me," 

One of her poems reads like an anthem to her recovery.
"I rose from the dark into the light but don't think it was easy," she writes. "I had to put up a fight. The past was hard to overcome but what's done is done."

Teens and prostitution

The initial age of entry into commercial sex is 12-14

The main compensation homeless teenagers receive for commercial sex is not money but a place to stay

Most of the adults who force children into commercial sex are not strangers but family members

More than three-fourths of teenagers in the commercial sex industry have a history of childhood rape


When we meet in imperfection

Becca Stevens speaking at Greenbelt - get there

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens is one of the premiere preachers and speakers in the United States proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change.
She is an Episcopal priest and founder of Magdalene, residential communities of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. She founded Thistle Farms in 2001 which currently employs nearly 50 residents and 
graduates, and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio and the Thistle Stop Café.

She demonstrates that love is good business and raises millions of dollars annually for the organizations she runs. She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times and on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011.
She was recently inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and conferred an honorary doctorate by The University of the South. In fall 2013, Stevens launched the first Thistle Farms national conference welcoming attendees from over 30 states. Her newest book, “The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from its Violent History,” will release in 2014.
Stevens lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

#FOSTERING. #Children #YoungPeople great little video here.

Great TV programme about FOSTERING
This is a trailer but the real thing is in the BBC iPlayer if you can get your hands on it and download/view live?

Or watch the full program on YouTube.
Lots of feelings stuff..

1 in 10 children aged 1 to 15 suffer from Mental Health.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mone Celin #YouAreBeautiful

Mone Celin #YouAreBeautiful 
She writes beautiful
is beautiful
my friend.

I don't know whether it was hearing this in the voice of Morgan Freeman as Madiba (Nelson Mandela),

 or if it's just the poem itself, 
but this touches me with more love, 
hope and discomfort for life and universe, 
than I am willing to admit to myself. Beautiful.


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced or cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. 

It matters not how straight the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul. 

William Ernest Henley

GREENBELT FESTIVAL - Hope to see you there?

Just one week left to save on tickets for Greenbelt
The weather outside has been beautiful and we're dreaming about Greenbelt at Boughton this summer. Our ticket deadline is fast approaching so if you haven't booked yet, buy your tickets before the end of June and you could save up to £20. 
See below for all the latest news from Greenbelt HQ.

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My song is LOVE unknown.

My Song Is Love Unknown

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
My Song Is Love Unknown is a hymn by Samuel Crossman, written in 1664.
The hymn tune to which it is usually sung is Love Unknown by John Ireland (1879-1962). Ireland composed the melody over lunch one day at the suggestion of organist and fellow-composerGeoffrey Shaw.[1]


My song is love unknown,
My Saviour’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ would know:
But O! my Friend,
My Friend indeed,
Who at my need
His life did spend.

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then “Crucify!”
is all their breath,
And for His death
they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight,
Sweet injuries!
Yet they at these
Themselves displease,
and ’gainst Him rise.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He
to suffering goes,
That He His foes
from thence might free.

In life no house, no home,
My Lord on earth might have;
In death no friendly tomb,
But what a stranger gave.
What may I say?
Heav'n was his home;
But mine the tomb
Wherein he lay.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend,
in Whose sweet praise
I all my days
could gladly spend.

Italic text==Other versions==
  • British rock band Coldplay has a song entitled "A Message", released on the album X&Y, the lyrics and melody of which were inspired by this hymn.[2]
  • Singer-songwriter Robin Mark recorded an updated version of this song, using John Ireland's setting and Crossman's first verse, with two added by Mark, on the album Revival in Belfast 2.
  • American composer Edwin T. Childs set this hymn to a new tune, "Gunnar", in 1999 as an antiphonal piece for 4 part choir and congregation. [3] It is included in the hymn book Break Forth in Joyous Song.
  • Singer Joanne Hogg of the Celtic Christian alternative rock group Iona set this hymn to a new tune and released it on her solo album Looking Into Light in 1999.
  • Francis Pott, an English composer, set this hymn in 2002 for the Southern Cathedrals Festival as a 17'30" choral piece, performed by Tenebrae (choir), with Jeremy Filsell at the organ.
  • Singer-songwriter Fernando Ortega recorded a version of this song using six of Crossman's verses with some of the phrases modernized, on his album Night of Your Return.
  • Trinity Hymnal, Revised Edition Hymn 182, Great Commission Publications, composer John Baptiste Calkin (1827–1905). The melody is known as St. John.
  • Quarry Street Hymnal recorded a version of this hymn on the November 2012 album Quarry Street Hymnal, Vol. 1 changing the pronouns from third to first person.[4]
  • Paul Stanhope, a leading contemporary Australian composer, was inspired by elements of Samuel Crossman's text and used fragments of John Ireland's hymn in composing his Piccolo Concerto (2013).

Touching finger tips is so - so special - safe intimacy!

For many years I have been facilitating sessions with young humans and older humans. 
Often so often
I have them touching finger tips.

2,000 in a hot sweaty Big Top tent
30,000 spread before a festival stage
Small groups midst social emotional spiritual learning ......

All connected by unique finger tips.
Small groups midst undressing their souls.
Fun times - group experiences - silent moments - greeting each other ...............

It was always beautiful
to walk around a festival
or a camp
or a conference
party .....................
and to be greeted
NOT with a HUG
NOT with a Handshake
with a raised finger tip to touch

Love it Love it

This is important to you - me - us all

It’s important you believe you are beautiful even if you don’t feel it.


Very few FEEL beautiful
Or can say it

About what I do - hire me - details Pip Wilson for sale!

Now taking bookings for September onwards::
Training, Facilitation, Group-Work, Coaching,
Social Emotional Spiritual Learning

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#Primark shopper finds 'cry for help' stitched into her £10 dress

Primark shopper finds 'cry for help' stitched into her £10 dress

Primark is poised to investigate after a shopper claimed that she found a label stitched inside a dress drawing attention to exploitative work conditions.

Rebecca Gallagher, 25, claims that a £10 dress that she purchased from a Primark store in Swansea contained a label reading “forced to work exhausting hours”. 

The mother said that the message was written on one of a number of stitched labels which gave Primark addresses in Spain and Ireland along with washing instructions. 
“You hear all sorts of stories about people working in sweatshops abroad – it made me so guilty that I can never wear that dress again,” she told The South Wales Evening Post. Ms Gallagher claims that she attempted to call the retailing giant and was “put on hold for 15 minutes before being cut off”. She added: "I dread to think that my summer top may be made by some exhausted person toiling away for hours in some sweatshop abroad."

The Independent contacted Primark last night and is awaiting a response. But a spokesman told the South Wales Evening Post that the company intended to “investigate how the additional label became attached and whether there are issues which need to be looked into”.
It is the latest ethical setback for the retailer since theRana Plaza factory disaster in 2013, in which more than 1,000 people died in Bangladesh in a tragedy that  raised questions about labourers the cut-price clothing for Primark and other Western clothing retailers. 

In 2008 a six-month investigation by the BBC's Panorama found that children as young as 11 had been sub-contracted to sew beads and sequins on to Primark tops in India. 
In the wake of that scandal Primark promised to redouble its efforts to end sweatshop labour, even setting up a website, Ethical Primark.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Let's not call it Wimbledon but


Watch this short VIDEO - PLEASE

Watch this short VIDEO - PLEASE

#Pies #Pie Dome Pie Eaters #PiePhone #RugbyLeague #StHelens

Well it goes like this.
Our biggest enemy - in #RugbyLeague 

Managed to knock us off the top of the Super League and after three days at the top, we have replaced them today after a magnificent win.

So this FRIDAY, at The Pie Dome, we play a big game.
The winner goes top.

It will be either Champagne or Tears at Wilson Mansions.

This Friday. !

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Live from #Bethlehem

Justin Butcher at the Separation Wall

Live from Bethlehem – June 19th 2014

Justin Butcher blogs from the second Bet Lahem Live Festival in Bethlehem.
I’m sitting in a square in Bethlehem, at the top of Star Street, the beautiful Ottoman-era street which winds all the way from Manger Square to the top of the city. It’s the opening night of the second Bet Lahem Live Festival and the atmosphere is humming. Last-minute sound checks on the big open-air stage mingle with the hubbub of the gathering crowd, and the air is alive with enticing smells – kebabs and corn cobs sizzling on barbecue stands, kernels puffing into popcorn and the fragrant scent of a dozen narghile pipes drifting across the square. Up and down Star Street, all the old shop booths, deserted in recent years due to the strangling effect of the Wall on Bethlehem’s economy, have been opened up to become art galleries, music venues, cafes and creative hubs for drumming workshops, dance classes and film screenings. Lamps and lanterns glow against the beautiful blonde stone of the ancient street. Small children and grandmothers and everyone in between – Muslims, Christians and international visitors – are heading up Star Street for the opening ceremony.
It’s an interesting time to be in Bethlehem. Palestinian prisoners due for release as part of the failed peace talks are on hunger strike, Mahmoud Abbas has invited Hamas in from the cold to form an alliance with Fatah, and, last week, three Israeli teenagers disappeared, presumed kidnapped, while hitch-hiking from the settlement of Gush Etzion, provoking a massive military lock-down in the Hebron area. On Monday, The Times of Israel hoped that Sami Awad, director of Bethlehem’s Holy Land Trust, would “do the right thing and cancel the festival”. On Tuesday, my group visited Aida Refugee Camp, two hours after the IDF. A little girl showed me a tear gas canister which they’d fired and posed for a photograph.
Back on mainstage, Bethlehem’s mayor Vera Babun is opening the festival. “We are here,” she proclaims, quoting the motto of the children’s charity Caritas Bethlehem. “We are here – in our tradition, identity, history and culture and in our love. Let us hope that this Star Street, which brought the news of peace and love to the world, will bring immediate peace to Bethlehem, and all of the Holy Land.” As Sami ascends the stage, my mind goes back to the opening ceremony of Bethlehem Unwrapped last December, when we broadcast his inaugural message from Bethlehem on to our Wall installation in front of St James’s Church. Whenever I mention Bethlehem Unwrapped here, faces light up, followed by a flurry of handshakes, hugs and back-slapping. Everyone’s heard of it – and they loved it. “It was so beautiful,” they say. “It really made me happy. It made me cry.” I’m meeting this weekend with Vera Babun, Sami and others to discuss a possible follow-up concert at the real Wall, maybe with Nigel Kennedy and friends, a reprise of “The Bridge” concert at St James’s.
“The Bet Lahem Live Festival is not a party,” says Sami, “it is a message – from the city of peace and from this Holy Land, saying that the Palestinian people love life … even more, as the famous Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah says, “We teach life”, and on this day, we remember the Palestinian prisoners who have chosen through hunger strike to teach us life, for life is worthless without freedom. We are named Holy Land Trust because this land is holy for the three monotheistic faiths, and those who live in this land have been given a responsibility as trustees to take care of it and make it become a light of love and peace and justice to all corners and nations of the world.”
I wish all my friends from Greenbelt Festival and St James’s Piccadilly could be here tonight, to share the wonderful atmosphere as dabke dancers pour on to the stage and the crowd goes wild. Whatever tomorrow brings, tonight the streets of Bethlehem are alive with the carnival spirit of “beautiful resistance”.
Justin Butcher

Bethlehem Live Festival