Friday, August 23, 2019

Blob Tree Communication Tools - QUOTES from experiences.

Blobs are deceptively simple figures, recognisably human and manifesting an extraordinary range of emotions and relationships. 
They are a very direct and yet unobtrusive way to help adolescents explore their feelings.”
Jill Aitkin, Canons High School Harrow London.
Even the youngest children can come to own the images, finding in them Blobs that reflect their past and present circumstances and how they would like to be in the future.”
Sarah Davidson:: Slough Borough Council's Educational Psychology Service

Blob Playground
#BLOB #Growth Tree - helping people to place their finger on where they ARE - and ...

#Blob #Maslow #Needs, #Id #Ego #Superego, #Shadows, #Level5 #Okay, #Parent/ Adult/ Child, #Retention, #SWOT, #Anger #Child/ Teen/ Adult #Enneagram, #HALT


GREENBELT FESTIVAL starts today & again I will be missing = sending LOVE to you all. ✅πŸ’²TπŸ…°YπŸ…±eautiful✅

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

When we see Beautiful in another .........................

When we see Beautiful in another 
we will always want the best for others. 
We may not LIKE someone but the answer is 
to Love them. 

We can learn to love. 
Love is stronger than hate. 
Light stronger than darkness. 
Learning to Love non stop. 
Join me. 
It's a life long journey. 

Let's get on the BECOMING road. 



* If any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;

* If any one would take your coat, let him have your shirt as well;

* If any one forces you to go one mile, go also the second.

QUOTE from a band I love - you too may like them?

Monday, August 19, 2019

We are off to Wembley on Saturday hey hey.

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This week all about family.

The State of America.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

MY JOB AND YOUR JOB ...............


London sweats

Perspiration pin stripes
I have been loving today.

Standing bodies
glad I am sitting
silent tube
silent train.

I pass the Olympic site
was for 2012 Games
for Hammers 

I see a beautiful human
a young Moslem woman
Calvin Klien hi-jab
legs covered
face not
I am pleased to say.
Stylish outfit in black and white
Trad but Trendy
I love to see beauty
on view
but not flaunted.

Ali talked about his Islamic faith today
What a great man
Lucas, of Indian origin, talked about
his Catholic faith
so open-so beautiful.

When the adrenalin stopped
I felt exhausted
slept on my first underground train home.

BenjiB music in my ears
so beautiful
Music for Ears & Soul

Friday, August 16, 2019

During the First World War YMCA Newcastle opened a hostel for the Naval and Military Hospital.

During the First World War YMCA Newcastle opened a hostel for the Naval and Military Hospital. 
In its first year alone, the hostel provided accommodation to over 27,000 soldiers and prepared over 850,000 meals. 

YMCA Newcastle also helped deliver over 360,000 letters to loved ones on the front line.
Did you know YMCA Newcastle is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year? 

To get us in the celebratory spirit we'll be sharing interesting stories and facts from our 170 years of history across our social media in the run up to our celebration event.


A story about ONE BHP - which fills my eyes with loving memories .............

So damn beautiful .........

This is Potter at the Greenbelt Festival::

This is Potter.

Years ago I lead a team running a seven day a week Youth & Community Centre - 
our little family  lived in the flat above.
At 10pm we kicked the teenagers out of the Y Club 
and welcomed in the gang from the local pub and
often stayed open until 2am.

Potter was one of the kids growing up with us.
My earliest memories of him was his continues stream of 
talking/asking/opinions/questions ……" 

Hey Wilson" he used to say ......... 
at the same time everyone else was talking of course ....
The visual Potter was once a 15 year old with a Leather Jacket, 
eager to catch up to his older role models.
His unwashed hair was long and always hanging over and into his eyes. 
His eyes were full of puss having caught his own bacteria. 
Really infected eye lids - the bacteria from his hair I guess.

I have an old cassette recording of an interview I did with him 
when he was 15/16. 
He had become a Christian and he was telling me 
all about the harassment he was experiencing in school 
and in the Y Club.
We were at Gwynfynydd in North Wales, 
a deserted Farm with out electricity, water or sanitation. 
We used to go there almost every month
with a gang of teens of different ages. 
Massive memories - developmental experiences -
building relationships -
the isolation brought us all together 
as well as the made-up stories of how someone had hanged himself 
in that bedroom upstairs, where we all slept, 
and that he still walks around the creaky floorboards at night............

As Potter was doing his interview there was abuse and 
heckling penetrating the sound. Unique recording indeed.
He later, when he left school officially, went off to work on a 
travelling Fun Fair - working on the waltzer!!

He joined the army, went to the Falklands during the war there and 
I have his letters which he wrote from the troop ship 
as they drew nearer to the conflict zone and his fears and his faith ....
He was a Royal Marine Commando and did the chomp 
over the island and eventually recaptured the town. 
Time passes ..............

We had moved to the East End of London working with many 
who were well qualified in crime - 
and their older brothers who had professionally qualified in the same industry - 
with their BMWs to prove it.

Then Potter turned up in his battered red Nissan. 
He came into our family home and slotted in with
Joy and Ann (the Sheilas), eating his own meal 
and then all their left-overs too!
He slept on the downstairs floor at nights and then had
usually disappeared by morning.

This was his pattern - in and out of whatever Army work
he was doing and in and out of the Family home.
Then came his extra time running up and down mountains 
with a rucksack full of bricks. 
He was in training for the SAS. 
He was determined to apply and be the fittest - 
and he was so fit he was then able to join the elite.
He did it. 
He passed all his tests including the endurance and torture experiences.

We saw him irregularly after that. 
But he returned to us at every break in his assignments. 

He visited the Youth Club often and the local young and
older villains were keen to ask him questions and
offered him great respect - even with his odd northern accent!

He told us some vivid stories from his training experiences -
camping experiences in harshest hot and cold conditions. 
Never about his SAS missions.
One time we let him use our home when we were away for a week-end. 
He had a gang of SAS staying and our home was - let's say,
a bit misused.

He came to the Greenbelt Festival with us often. 
Talked about his faith with everyone. 
He talked !
& talked ........
Struggled with the fact that God loved him.
He carried the Greenbelt 'daily takings' to the Bank
in the days when we all paid in cash ! - 
a true armed guard. 
He met many of our friends. 
He loved the Sheilas.

When we went to live and work in Romford YMCA in 1985
he again joined us, dropping in unexpected - 
fitting in with anything we were doing and eating of course.

We later moved from the second floor tower block to a
Staff House in Romford.
Potter helped me to screw the wardrobes to the walls. 
I always remembered him, for eighteen years we lived there, 
every time the wardrobes wobbled when the doors opened.

He died. 
We heard about it via a network of friends.
Natural causes it was said! 
I don't believe it.
We will never know - I guess?

One day - back in the day - 7th October 1987,
the south of England and London was devastated by a massive storm 
that stopped trains, blocked roads and became headline news for weeks.
Michael Fish the weatherman is famous forecasting only 'light' weather!

Joy and me were not experiencing this in down south in East London - 
we were in St Helens, Lancashire, at Potters funeral ……..

So sad to remember all this but he left a stamp on my soul. 
We, the family, loved him, accepted him and I believe he loved us ........

So damn beautiful  

A beautiful human .............

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Greenbelt Festival - it has been a massive part of my life and MISSION

Tickets   I   Lineup   I   News

Just the ticket

In just 10 days now, we'll be welcoming you to Boughton House for our 46th Greenbelt Festival. We can't wait!

Remind yourself of the handpicked bill that lies in store:
Check out and download the day-by-day highlights.
Browse and download the full lineup poster.
Look through the full web listings – now with full show info.

Check out all the essential info you'll need.
And grab your tickets now to save queuing at the Box Office onsite.
Buy weekend & day tickets now

Appy now?

The 2019 Festival App is now available. And, like last year, it's absolutely free. We've also updated our website lineup pages too, so you can see show info – as well as being able to filter by day, genre and venue.

But please don't plan it all! Because Greenbelt is a festival. And a festival is best when there's space for surprise and serendipity. The gaps in your schedule will be where the magic happens.

There will be some things not quite right or missing from this first issue (that we will correct in the coming days). But there are also things that we are deliberately not including. Because we want you to discover things – installations, galleries, sports, pop-up performance and walkabout, crafting, traders, workshops.

Download the iOS App from the Applestore here
Download the Android App from GooglePlay here
And browse our website lineup pages for the full monty here

Are we there yet?

For those used to making the journey to our beautiful Boughton House site, you'll need to pay extra attention as you get close to site because Kettering roadworks mean we need to bring you off the A14 at junction 12 (not 14). Once you've left the A14 (at junction 12!), just follow the AA festival signs. This is all in the essential information here.

What to bring (and what not to bring)

Essential info should tell you everything you need to know about what to bring and what to leave at home. But here's a natty little graphic to give you some pointers too. Here's how you can be part of the festival – in all sorts of ways. And if you're a first-timer, our trustee Molly has blogged about her first time last year – and about how everything really will be OK.

Visual arts

We've not said too much about our visual arts programme for this year, but we've been working really hard on it and we're really excited by what's in store, including:

Friends of the Festival

One of the central ideas inspiring this year's festival communion service is rebellion and celebration in the face of Empire; the subversion of a seemingly inconsequential event in the margins that changed history (the Christmas story). Our friends at Anthony Collins Solicitors (who help us bring the Exchange programme together each year), have blogged about 'Enterprise, empire and ego: the road to extinction' here.
“Naivety can be a beautiful thing in the right proportion.”

Michael Leunig interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live on 8 August (start at 24 minutes)

We’re award winning

For independence
AIF Act of Independence Award
For sustainability
Greener Festival Award
For inclusion
Rainbow List Award
For accessibility
Attitude is Everything Gold

Greenbelt: giving

Love Greenbelt? Want to see it go from strength to strength? Well, as well as buying your tickets early, you might want to consider becoming a regular Angel donor. It gives us vital income so that we can continue developing the festival. Click the big button to find out more.
Become an Angel