KCTMO – Playing with fire!

In the wake of the terrible tragedy that is all over the UK news, it is horrific that to know that the Grenfell Action Group have been predicting this for months and that their pleas have been ignored by both the landlords and politicians at local and national levels.

It makes me very angry, and I weep.

Grenfell Action Group


It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the  KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders. We believe that the KCTMO are an evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia who have no business to be charged with the responsibility of  looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates and that their sordid collusion with the RBKC Council is a recipe for a future major disaster.

Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation…

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All About Hinduism ~ exploring the world’s oldest religion

Re-blogging Anuradha Gupta’s “About” page.
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Lance’s Introduction

I just realized that perhaps I am a Hindu!

For along time, I have believed that there is a universal energy connecting everything through time and space. In my view, there are some people, animals and things who are able to act as lenses to focus that energy in the direction of those who need it. That is why some people are lucky enough to have the “gift” to help others through their pains and traumas. If we find that we have such a gift, we should learn to use it to good effect.
I don’t worship any gods, or pray to them, but I do respect all faiths. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs.

What I don’t like, and cannot tolerate, is when people use their faith or religion to excuse their own selfish or violent acts. That behavior cannot be correct.

We should strive for harmony.

Anu: thanks for inspiring me, through your blog, to write my thoughts as my intro to your much more interesting “About” page.

All About Hinduism

~ exploring the world’s oldest religion

by Anuradha Gupta

Born into a Hindu home, I grew up in India where religion was everywhere. Like the air we breathed, it permeated everything. Yet, I was never taught what it meant to be a Hindu. I suppose that’s because no one ever paused to ponder over it. Besides, where would one really begin?  Hinduism is as vast as it is old.

As a family we celebrated the various festivals all year round, I occasionally visited a  temple  with my parents and sometimes prayed to all the gods and goddesses in our own little temple at home. Particularly on the day of my exams.

I had it on good authority, from the fabulous Amar Chitra Katha comics, that Ganesha would destroy any obstacles that stood in the way of me cracking my exams while Saraswati was the goddess of learning and hence no academic success was possible without her blessings

And as I went to a Convent School, I often stopped at the chapel to put in a quick request to Mother Mary for an easy paper. Made sense to cover all my bases.

It was  only when I was well into my 30s  that I began to wonder about Hinduism. What do Hindus really believe in?. What’s with the gods and goddesses?  Do the festivals and rituals have a deeper meaning ? What makes a Hindu? And so on.1077522_4949171735834_1073317747_o

The answers I discovered were fascinating, fun and surprisingly relevant even in the 21st century. The idea that the entire Universe is made up of the same energy no matter whether you call it and that we are all part of the same whole, was one I could happily subscribe to.

I liked the fact that there were no rules. I could worship all the Gods, choose one or not pray to anyone at all. I do now have a favourite and choose to pray, but that was the whole point. I chose. I warmed to the Hindu belief that all faiths are equally valid. As is not having any faith !!!

Here on this blog I am continuing my journey of discovery. And in the process I hope I can introduce or re-introduce to you this wonderful ancient religion and way of life, by demystifying it a bit  and simplifying it a lot.

Namaste !

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more, you can find me on Twitter @lancegmitchell and Facebook. Please also take a look at the reviews of my novels on Amazon: Eleven Miles and Knitting Can Walk!. Visit my Amazon Author Page to see more.

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Why I Love the #BloggersBash and Why You Should Attend #MondayBlogs

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Originally posted on Shelley Wilson:
On a beautiful sunny day in June, Westminster was invaded by a gaggle of bloggers (or should that be a brace of bloggers??). A room full of introverts shrugged off their fears and embraced the…

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Review – New Moon Rising

Write to Inspire

New Moon RisingNew Moon Rising by Anuradha Gupta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sparkling Words and Beautiful Paintings

Almost forty years ago, I lay on my back on a hill-top in Northern Kenya in the middle of the night. For a while, I was oblivious of the nocturnal scorpions and spiders and the other potentially nasty creatures which populated that hill. I was totally captivated by the night sky and the billions of stars in our universe. I was drawn in by light which had taken millions of years to get to me. My immediate surroundings became irrelevant as I was confronted by that awesome universal beauty.

Reading this book reminded me of that experience. Each word of Anu’s poems became a twinkling star in my universe. She has taken great rouble to lay them out on the paper so that they convey her feelings from within her heart and the memories…

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Trump v Clinton: The British Sequel

Tomorrow is polling day in the United Kingdom general election.

But it has become a Presidential Election!

Since the initial announcement, it has been in the style of the American presidential election. Theresa May made it clear that the election was all about her leadership versus that of Jeremy Corbyn. Nothing else matters. Not their own political parties, nor the other political parties, nor the people, nor any of the national issues.

So this is the latest crazy loony toon movie

Title:              Trump v Clinton: The British Sequel
Location:      United Kingdom
Cast:              Donald Trump played by Theresa May
Hillary Clinton played by Jeremy Corbyn

It would be fantastic if everyone reverted voting for the candidate in their constituency who they believe will best represent them.

Personally, I shall be voting for Dan Hill. He was born in Andover and has lived and worked in the area all of his life. He represents the Green Party of England and Wales whose values most closely match my own.

Dan Hill

Green Party General Election Candidate

Dan Hill

Dan was raised and educated in North West Hampshire. He has worked continually since the age of 17. The first four years in warehouses until deciding to switch to an office to improve his opportunities. There he found his skills in master data management which he has now been practicing for 13 years.

Always interested in economics, it was discovering the principle of Land Value Taxation (LVT) which shaped his political views. In 2013 this led to joining the Green Party upon learning that Caroline Lucas was putting a bill supporting LVT through Parliament.


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Please! Rain on her parade!

Theresa May

Time to go Theresa!

Despite supporting the legislation to set the parliamentary term to five years, in mid-April 2017, two years into the current term, Theresa May called a general election.

She made it clear that the ONLY three items on her agenda are:

  1. Theresa May
  2. Brexit
  3. Slagging off Jeremy Corbyn

Number one on the list is definitely her very top priority. Let’s be clear, this election is all about boosting Mrs May’s already over-inflated ego.

Nothing would make me happier than to see the removal van pulling up outside Number 10 on the 9th June!

This could be the biggest “Rain on my parade day” ever!

Please make it so.

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Book Tuesday

Read this author’s wonderful books and then, and this is important, post a review!

Thoughts by Mello-Elo

Dear Readers,

I need your help. From my different sites, I’ve noticed that a few of my lovely readers have left reviews of my books. Now, on Amazon, it is an absolutely barren place for The Iron Pendulum and my children’s books.

Cue the sorrowful music, tiny violins squeaking in the background attempting to set the moroseful scene…

Due to the low rate of reviews, my books are dropping down the rankings to the bottom of the pit where poor books go to die.

Now the upbeat tempo kicks in, lifting the somber tone to one of hope…

There’s a way to change this. YOU, yes you, the wonderful readers who took the time to buy my books, or downloaded free copies or just read it from the backseat of the bus as the person on front of you dozed off – I NEED YOU! Please click onto Amazon from…

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