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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
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    • 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread 29th Oct 15 at 2:22 PM
    Hello lovely alphabettys old and new and welcome to the new Alphabetty thread



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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Oct 17, 6:06 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful and
    scrumptious Wednesday!




    Come Out For LGBT: Why Pride events can mean so much

    This summer I visited five UK cities and attended seven Pride
    events including Edinburgh Pride, UK Black Pride and Trans Pride
    Brighton. Each event was so different, but what united them was
    the feeling of being part of something powerful and unique – the
    LGBT community.

    I wanted to Come Out For LGBT and show solidarity with everyone
    in our incredible community, and so many did the same up and
    down the country, in major cities and rural towns alike.

    People coming out #marching #celebrating #dancing #talking and
    so much more during the Pride season creates visibility and
    reinforces a sense of belonging that is rarely replicated in everyday
    life.



    I met so many amazing people, from all walks of life, across the
    entire spectrum of LGBT, as well as allies, and had such inspiring –
    and at times emotional – conversations. I met parents who were
    allies to their LGBT children, allies there to support their friends or
    work colleagues and even allies that just care about justice and
    equality and wanted to show their support. They all came together
    to show solidarity and love.

    That is truly powerful and I was moved to be a part of it.

    On the first day of my first Pride, I met a young trans person who
    was attending the event alone. They were there seeking out their
    community, looking for safety and simply wanted to be
    themselves. They seemed so vulnerable and afraid, yet they
    stayed. That moment reinforced in me, a cis person, why it is so
    important to step up as an ally to the trans community. No one
    should have their identity questioned or open to debate. No one
    should feel they are alone in the fight for equality. It is my fight
    too. It is everyone’s fight.

    And we know that fight isn’t over >>>>



    https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/blog/come-out-lgbt-why-pride-events-can-mean-so-much

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info




    https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/come-out-lgbt

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Every year, the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child
    on October 11 — a day to celebrate the world’s 1.1 billion girls as a
    source of power, energy and creativity. Each and every girl teems
    with potential to create a sustainable environment that is better
    for everyone.



    When girls are able to go to school and get an education, they are
    empowered with knowledge and skills that lift them out of poverty.



    When young girls aren’t forced to marry, they are able to achieve
    their full potential and create a ripple effect that improves
    incomes, maternal health, and child mortality and malnutrition.



    This year’s theme is “EmPOWER Girls: Emergency response and
    resilience planning.” The theme is an acknowledgment of the fact
    that in 2016, approximately 535 million children were living in
    countries affected by conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and
    other emergencies worldwide, with nearly 50 million children on
    the move, more than half of whom were forcibly displaced.

    Though The Hunger Project does not engage in emergency
    response, our work places great importance on the resilience,
    health and well-being of girls. That’s why each year we celebrate
    International Day of the Girl Child to join global efforts to ensure a
    world free of discrimination against girls >>>



    http://www.thp.org/news/international-day-of-the-girl-child-2017/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info






    https://www.unicef.org/gender/gender_dayofthegirl.html

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Veg Pledge for Cancer Research UK



    Take the Veg Pledge

    Challenge yourself to go vegetarian for the month of November to
    raise money for Cancer Research UK.

    Not only will you learn some delicious new recipes but you'll also
    be helping fund our life-saving research to beat cancer sooner.

    Sign up today and we'll send you all the fundraising ideas, recipes
    and top tips you'll need to help you through the month.

    Sign up >>>



    5 reasons why reducing your meat intake will benefit you.

    Find out more >>>



    Fundraising tools and ideas, guaranteed to help you smash your target.

    Fundraising Tips >>>



    Tips and advice to make the switch to a vegetarian diet easy.

    Read more >>>



    http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/do-your-own-fundraising/veg-pledge

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
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    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 11th Oct 17, 6:37 PM
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    It would seem that Henry Hippo is still poorly

    Henry has had a rough week. He still has very little appetite and is losing weight. Our care team is doing everything possible to help him, including offering him his favorite foods. Please keep Henry and his care team in your thoughts and prayers.
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Oct 17, 7:12 PM
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    Pyxis
    Oh dear. Poor Henry.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Oct 17, 7:18 PM
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    This little mite was in the news this morning. It was rescued from an illegal capture and is now in a sanctuary.

    It is thought to be the only albino orangutan in the world.

    It can't be returned to the wild, as its colour makes it a target for poachers, plus, going with the albinism are sight and hearing problems.


    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 11th Oct 17, 7:56 PM
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    joansgirl
    Oh dear. Poor Henry.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    It might be just his age He's 36 and Hippos generally live around 40-50 years.
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th Oct 17, 6:48 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful and
    glorious Thursday!





    World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and
    communications event on the eye health calendar. It is a great
    time to engage with the world at large – a patient’s family, those
    who seldom get an eye exam, diabetics. This year, let us ensure
    that we pay attention to eye care issues that impact lives
    everywhere, both developed and developing economies. What’s
    the first thing you can do? Plan for an eye examination. Look
    around in your family, especially for those who are vulnerable:
    young, school-going children, the elderly, those with diabetes.

    World Sight Day 2017 will be on 12 October 2017. This year’s call
    to action:

    Make Vision Count

    Remember, 4 out of 5—80%–of the world’s blind are avoidably so.
    What can be done to arrest this unconscionable fact? First, arm
    yourself with your country’s prevalence data and Eye Health
    system information–the number of trained eye health personnel,
    your country’s plans to tackle blindness. As they say, knowledge is
    power. On World Sight Day, IAPB will be launching the latest data
    (2015) on the prevalence of avoidable blindness and visual
    impairment along with the main causes. We will also have
    projections up to the year 2020.

    This World Sight Day, let’s get the numbers out, so we know where
    we stand.



    The IAPB Vision Atlas website is a compilation of the very latest
    data and evidence related to avoidable blindness and vision
    impairment. On World Sight Day 2017, the Atlas will have updated
    prevalence maps with data for every country from 1990 to 2015,
    with projections to 2020. It will also host additional maps for the
    21 GBD Regions showing Causes and the numbers affected by
    Near-Vision Loss.

    Visit: http://atlas.iapb.org

    Eye Inspire

    This year, listen to some of the best minds in eye care talk about
    the research and key scientific achievements that made their name
    —and get inspired.

    Eye Inspire microsite: http://eyeinspire.iapb.org



    https://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day/world-sight-day-2017/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info








    GET INVOLVED

    Help us raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis of
    RMDs

    Learn more about the ‘Don’t Delay, Connect Today’ campaign and
    why early diagnosis is so important.

    Learn more >>>



    OUR CAMPAIGN

    How are you supporting World Arthritis Day this year?

    Share photos from your event to highlight the importance of early
    diagnosis and inspire others - we need your help to make an
    impact! View inspirational events taking place worldwide to raise
    awareness in our gallery.

    View gallery >>>

    TIPS & SUPPORT

    Help manage your rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD)

    Find resources on how to better manage your RMD with our
    healthy living tips, and find links to RMD organisations near you.

    Learn more >>>

    EVENTS

    Find an awareness event or share your own event

    If you are interested in taking part in an event for World Arthritis
    Day 2017, search our events database. If you are planning an
    event, you can also submit details to our interactive map to raise
    awareness.

    Learn more >>>

    FACTS

    Did you know…?

    Early diagnosis and prevention of rheumatic and musculoskeletal
    diseases (RMDs) may decrease the symptoms and reduce the
    effect of RMDs.

    Learn more >>>



    http://worldarthritisday.org/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info






    Bone and Joint Week



    Bone and Joint Week 2017 runs from 12th-20th October

    Musculoskeletal conditions affect nearly everyone at some point in
    their life; they are the biggest cause of disability in the UK,
    impacting more individuals than any other disease group.

    Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, including
    children. If not treated appropriately, musculoskeletal conditions
    can hinder daily activities such as working, walking, climbing
    stairs, cooking and personal hygiene.

    Taking action to improve the way we deal with the health of bones,
    joints and muscles is important at a national, local and individual
    level so that we can tackle the enormous impact of
    musculoskeletal conditions on people and society. Doing so helps
    people live well, independently and actively.

    During this annually occurring event there are dedicated days to
    highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

    12 October: World Arthritis Day
    16 October: World Spine Day
    19 October: World Paediatric Bone & Joint Day
    20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

    Follow the campaign on twitter at @WeAreARMA and
    #BoneandJointWeek2017.

    The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal
    Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as
    encouraging active support of the individual days.

    Bone and Joint Week 2017 is part of an international campaign to
    improve musculoskeletal health.

    Round-up of campaigns during Bone and Joint Week 2017:

    A number of ARMA members are running campaigns during the
    week >>>



    http://arma.uk.net/bone-and-joint-week-2017/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info








    Celebrate all things British with Best of Britannia on Thursday
    12th October 2017

    Best of Britannia are championing BUY BRITISH DAY 2017 by once
    again bringing together hundreds of incredible British-made
    product under one roof at London’s Truman Brewery.

    Brands / Organisations taking part at BOB London for Buy British
    Day include Fashion Enter, British Footwear Association, Trakke,
    Carradice, UPSO, Leather Satchel Company, Kempadoo, British
    Boxers, Pashley, Moulton, Celtic & Co, Salt & Co, Drew Lennox,
    Both Barrels, Malle London, Walker Slater, Geoff Stocker, Crown
    Footwear, Blok Knives, Jackpot, , Pigeon Organics, Juniper Kids,
    Monty & Co., Bryt Skincare, English Mineral Make-up Company, T-
    London, Genevieve Sweeney, Fera, Fabrikk, Poda, Muggi, Judith
    Pieterhoff, Agemes, Delivita, Romney Marsh Wool, Hill & Ellis,
    Hoopers, Crafty Wolf, Rupert’s Street, Sweet Potato Spirit
    Company, Cawston Press, Oatopia, Jackpot Peanut Butter, Pulled
    Food and Spitfire Heritage Gin.



    Come and celebrate Buy British Day with us and meet our
    hundreds of makers at BOB’s Market of Makers in London’s Brick
    Lane. We guarantee you will go home happy.

    BOB London - Thursday 12th October - Opening Hours (10.00am -
    10.00pm)



    http://buybritishday.com/

    https://bestofbritannia.com/

    ^^ Please refer to sites for further info





    October 12, 1999 - Day of 6 Billion



    World Population Milestones

    6 Billion (1999)

    According to the United Nations, the 6 billion figure was reached
    on October 12, 1999 (celebrated as the Day of 6 Billion). According
    to the U.S. Census Bureau instead, the six billion milestone was
    reached on July 22, 1999, at about 3:49 AM GMT. Yet, according to
    the U.S. Census web site, the date and time of when 6 billion was
    reached will probably change because the already uncertain
    estimates are constantly being updated.

    7 Billion (2011)

    According to the United Nations, world population reached 7 Billion
    on October 31, 2011.
    The US Census Bureau made a lower estimate, for which the 7
    billion mark was only reached on March 12, 2012.



    7.6 Billion (2017)

    The current world population is 7.6 billion as of October 2017
    according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated
    by Worldometers. The term "World Population" refers to the human
    population (the total number of humans currently living) of the
    world.

    8 Billion (2023)

    World population is expected to reach 8 billion people in 2023
    according to the United Nations (in 2026 according to the U.S.
    Census Bureau).

    10 Billion (2055)

    The United Nations projects world population to reach 10 billion in
    the year 2056.



    http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info including the Current World
    Population Counter






    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    #findcorrie

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    Another proud Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th Oct 17, 8:24 AM
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    AlfieBlue
    It would seem that Henry Hippo is still poorly

    Quote:
    Henry has had a rough week. He still has very little appetite and is
    losing weight. Our care team is doing everything possible to help
    him, including offering him his favorite foods. Please keep Henry
    and his care team in your thoughts and prayers.

    Originally posted by joansgirl
    It might be just his age He's 36 and Hippos generally live around 40-50 years.
    Originally posted by joansgirl

    Aww - poor Henry Hippo - so sad.

    Both Henry and his wonderful care team will most definitely be
    in my thoughts and prayers.



    This little mite was in the news this morning. It was rescued from an illegal capture and is now in a sanctuary.

    It is thought to be the only albino orangutan in the world.

    It can't be returned to the wild, as its colour makes it a target for poachers, plus, going with the albinism are sight and hearing problems.


    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Love this little one ^^



    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    #findcorrie

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Oct 17, 5:52 AM
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    AlfieBlue



    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful,
    fun-filled and scrumptious Friday the 13th!





    Leave your bra at home for National No Bra Day on the 13th
    October and help raise awareness for the importance of breast
    cancer screening, recognising the symptoms of breast cancer and
    regular self-examinations in the fight against breast cancer.



    With 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer in their lives, it is
    more important than ever to raise awareness of the early
    symptoms of breast cancer and promote the benefits of detecting
    it as promptly as possible.

    Although the origins are unclear, the event has been running
    across the world since 2011 and has helped many women
    understand how to carry out breast self-examinations, be able to
    recognise the symptoms of breast cancer and encouraged them to
    take part in regular breast cancer screening.

    Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to leave
    the house without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis
    after surgery. By taking part in National No Bra Day you can help
    to remind women across the world that they should get screened
    for breast cancer on a regular basis, increasing the chances of it
    being detected in the early stages, where it can be treated more
    easily.



    The whole of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so there
    is no better time to get involved and spread the importance of
    detecting breast cancer in its early stages. Annual mammograms
    save lives, so use this day to get a mammogram or as a reminder
    to get one soon.

    Want to take part? Use the hashtag #nobraday to further increase
    awareness and encourage more women to go bra-less for the day.
    If you are unable to leave your bra at home or feel uncomfortable
    doing so, you can always wear the colour purple to observe this
    day instead.





    https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/national-no-bra-day

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info








    International Day for Disaster Reduction, held annually on 13th
    October, celebrates the way that people and communities around
    the world reduce their exposure to disasters and raise awareness
    about the risks that they face. This includes disaster prevention,
    mitigation and preparedness.

    IDDR 2016 saw the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign,
    which centres on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, an
    advocacy initiative to encourage the implementation of key
    frameworks and systems with the goal of saving lives, reducing
    disaster losses and improving management of disaster risk. More
    can be read about the Sendai framework here >>>



    The 2017 edition continues under the "Sendai Seven" campaign,
    centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year's
    focus is Target B: Reducing the number of affected people by
    disasters by 2030.



    http://www.greeningtheblue.org/event/international-day-disaster-reduction

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info






    International Skeptics Day



    International Skeptics Day is the perfect day for you...the
    "doubting Thomas".

    Perhaps the earth isn't really round!? Maybe, the sky isn't truly
    blue!? Does he(she) really love me!? ........These are the words
    and questions of the classical skeptic.

    By definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts
    and theories. He, or she, is a mis-believer. A skeptic does not
    accept the "Given". If you are inclined to doubt things that you see
    or hear, then International Skeptics Day is for you.

    If you practice a little, I'm sure we can make a good skeptic out of
    you. Go ahead, give it a try. And, what better day to practice
    skepticism, than International Skeptics Day?

    Origin of International Skeptics Day:

    We suspect that a real skeptic created this day. And, they did so by
    first creating doubt about the date to celebrate this special day. We
    found three dates: January 13th, October 13th, and the first Friday
    of the year. While Friday the 13th sounds intriguing, we have our
    doubts..........

    We encourage you to celebrate skeptics and skeptical behavior on
    all three dates!

    There is some reference to this as an "International" day. True,
    there are skeptics organizations all over the world.

    http://www.freeinquiry.com/skeptic/organizations/

    http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/internationalskepticsday.htm













    Friday 13th October 2017 is set to get off to a cracking start when
    we celebrate World Egg Day.

    This year will see a range of international events and campaigns to
    promote the contribution that eggs make to fulfilling the nutritional
    requirements of the global community.

    Philippine Egg Board ...

    Australia ...

    Indonesia ...

    Vietnam ...

    Bangladesh ...

    Austria ...

    Romania ...

    In the UK Wake up to British Egg Week is running from the 9th to
    15th October, celebrating the Great British Breakfast, as well as
    ideas for how to get involved and celebrate British Egg Week and
    promote the egg and World Egg Day. At Oxford University, egg
    fans will attempting to break a Guinness World Record title for the
    most people dipping egg soldiers simultaneously, follow their
    attempt @ExeterCollegeOx.

    https://twitter.com/ExeterCollegeOx

    Canada ...

    USA...

    Ghana ...

    Colombia ...

    Pakistan ...

    Brazil ...

    India ...

    Spain ...

    Croatia ...

    Irish Egg Association ...

    Hungary ...

    Denmark ...

    Share your World Egg Day events and activities with the global egg
    industry and help promote the value of the egg to all. We would
    love to hear about your planned celebrations to help inspire,
    educate and inform about the goodness of the egg.

    Learn more about World Egg Day >>>

    Join is the conversation #WorldEggDay

    https://twitter.com/world_egg_day



    https://www.internationalegg.com/world-egg-day-2017/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info








    What is Fish Supper?

    RNLI Fish Supper is an annual charity event to help raise funds for
    our lifesaving work. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it saves lives. You
    invite your friends or family, serve a delicious Fish Supper, and
    collect donations for the RNLI. This year, Fish Supper will be held
    over the weekend of 13 to 15 October across the UK and Ireland.
    We’d love you to be a part of it.

    MORE ABOUT FISH SUPPER >>>



    Dine out for Fish Supper

    Fish Supper weekend is almost here! Fear not, we have everything
    covered for you hook, line and sinker!

    If you’ve run out of time, or just found out about the fabulous Fish
    Supper, why not pop along to one of our partner restaurants who
    will be making a donation to us this weekend.

    All you have to do is eat, drink and be merry and know that you’re
    helping us to save lives at sea with not a dish cloth in site!

    LOOK FOR YOUR LOCAL >>>



    https://rnli.org/fish-supper?

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    #findcorrie

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    Another proud Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Oct 17, 6:25 AM
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    Pyxis

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!








    I liked the fish joke!

    If any of you guys know any fish jokes, let minnow.

    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Oct 17, 6:40 AM
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    Pyxis
    How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?
    10



    What fish goes up the river at 100mph?
    A motorpike.



    What fish plays the guitar?
    A Bass.




    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    Fish
    Fish who?
    Bless you!










    Sorry I told those bad fish jokes.
    Now I feel gill-ty.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 13-10-2017 at 6:48 AM.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Oct 17, 6:49 AM
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    Pyxis
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Oct 17, 8:14 AM
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    AlfieBlue



    Just a few quick ones ... then I've got to fly .....



























    Alfie xxx
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    HELP for HEROES
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Oct 17, 6:08 AM
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    AlfieBlue



    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful
    and joyous day!







    What is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?

    World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to
    celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the
    world. Voices for Hospices is a wave of concerts taking place on
    World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years.

    What is this year's theme?

    The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017 is:
    Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don't leave those
    suffering behind

    When does World Hospice and Palliative Care Day take place?

    World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second
    Saturday of October every year and Voices for Hospices takes
    place on the same date every two years.

    The next World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and Voices for
    Hospice is on October 14th 2017.

    What are the aims of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?

    To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and
    palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to
    speak out about the issues

    To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical,
    social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting
    illness and their families

    To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care
    services around the world.

    Who organises World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?

    World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organised by a committee
    of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, a network of
    hospice and palliative care national and regional organisations that
    support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide.



    http://www.thewhpca.org/world-hospice-and-palliative-care-day



    http://www.thewhpca.org/world-day-2017/item/voices-for-hospices-6





    On Saturday 14 October 2017, Treetops is supporting ‘World
    Hospice & Palliative Care Day’, by taking part in an international
    event called ‘Voices for Hospices’. Hospices organise music
    concerts to start all at the same time, on the same date, to truly
    raise their voices for their hospice.

    We are raising our voices all across Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
    with 9 FREE concerts all starting at 7pm. Seventeen wonderful
    choirs will be joining us at the following venues

    Derby A Cappella & The Rock Choir – Christchurch, Belper, DE56
    1BJ

    The Boundary Singers & Leaside Singers – Emmanuel Church,
    Swadlincote, DE11 8LS

    Long Eaton U3A Choir & Quadravox – Sawley Parish Church, NG10
    3AB

    Heanor Concert Party – Wilmot Street Centre, Heanor, DE75 1EF

    Imari Ladies Chorus & Erewash Phoenix Choir – St Mary’s Church,
    Ilkeston, DE7 5HY

    Encore Choir & Hope Community Gospel Choir – Grangewood
    Methodist Church, Wollaton, NG8 2SJ

    Sandiacre Male Voice Choir & The Village Singers – St Helen’s
    Church, Stapleford, NG9 8FN

    Ashbourne Singers & Sherwin Singers – St Osmund’s Church,
    Derby, DE24 8UW

    Ignite UK Choir & Belcanto – St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne, DE6 1AN

    Everyone welcome!

    Refreshments will be available at each venue. Donations on the
    night are welcomed.

    We are incredibly grateful to all the choirs who are giving their
    time for free for this event.



    https://www.treetopshospice.org.uk/events/voices-for-hospices/




    http://vfhchoir.com/more/

    ^^ Please refer to sites for further info. Quite a few events
    have been arranged by the choir in support of World Hospice
    and Palliative Care Day UK








    The Family Learning Festival is back in October 2017. Find
    everything you need to know about taking part in the biggest
    celebration of learning as a family.

    What is the Family Learning Festival?

    It's a national celebration to mark and inspire a love of learning in
    family life. It takes place in October every year.

    Organisations of all types and sizes from schools and children
    centres, through libraries to museums and galleries put on brilliant
    and creative events, and showcase ideas and learning
    opportunities that families can do afterwards. Some Festival events
    are organised across local areas.

    Learning as a family can help us to become confident, lifelong
    learners with all the benefits that brings - from better health to
    being happier. Family learning supports children to achieve at
    school. It can be transformative, helping us to find new passions
    and interests, and realise our aspirations through further learning.

    The Festival is co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning, the
    national charity that aims to build a culture of learning
    everywhere.

    Family Learning Festival Events

    All events are listed below. To find an event for your region visit the
    links >>>

    http://www.familylearningfestival.com/search-for-an-event

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Gather your friends, family and colleagues together this October
    for a Big Pink

    Simply add some pink clothes, food, love, and laughter this Breast
    Cancer Awareness Month — and have a fabulous day knowing
    every penny you raise will help us be there for families facing
    breast cancer.

    Fundraising ideas



    At work

    Hold a bake and buy sale in your workplace – if it’s pink,
    anything goes.



    At home

    Gather your friends and family for a fun pink night in and make
    some precious memories.



    In the community

    Dress up in pink and bring the community together for an event
    that keeps on giving!

    How your money helps

    By holding a Big Pink event this October you're helping us to
    always be there for anyone affected by breast cancer. No matter
    how much you raise, you'll be making a huge difference to people
    facing breast cancer today.



    https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/get-involved/do-your-own-fundraising/big-pink




    In your area

    Within 1000 miles of London, United Kingdom we are running 852
    support events for people with breast cancer, 20 fundraising
    events, and 29 volunteer opportunities >>>

    https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/in-your-area/support-events

    ^^ Please refer to sites for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.


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    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 14th Oct 17, 8:39 AM
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    The new San Diego baby hippo is male



    And this about Fiona......

    Fiona weighed in at 530lbs. today! An adult male hippo weighs between 3,500–7,000 lbs, and females can reach 1,400–5,000 lbs. Despite their size, they eat just 1–1.5 percent of their body weight every day.
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 15th Oct 17, 8:44 AM
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    Quick Henry update from yesterday....

    Henry is outside with Fiona and Bibi today. Blood tests indicated that his body is fighting an infection. Administering medication to a 3500-pound hippo with no appetite and incredibly thick skin presents a real challenge, and regular sedation is not an option. The hippo care team is working hard to support and treat his condition with antibiotics and TLC. Vets will do a follow up exam in a few weeks to determine if treatment has been effective.
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
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    • By AlfieBlue 15th Oct 17, 8:48 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful and
    glorious day!





    Join us for the Global Wave of Light

    Baby Loss Awareness Week finishes each year on October 15th
    with the global ‘Wave of Light’. October 15th is also International
    Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and is recognised
    across the world.



    We would like to invite you to join with other families across the
    world and take part in the global ‘Wave of Light’. Simply light a
    candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to
    join us in remembering all babies that have died too soon. This can
    be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal
    space. Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global ‘Wave of
    Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a
    short time.



    This year we’re also inviting you to join a digital Wave of Light at
    7pm local time on October 15. To get involved, take a photo of
    your candle and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using
    #WaveOfLight at 7pm local time.



    https://babyloss-awareness.org/get-involved/#wave-light

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day
    dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the
    importance of handwashing. Every year, Global Handwashing Day
    is celebrated with events, campaigns, and handwashing programs
    around the world.

    Before each Global Handwashing Day, the Global Handwashing
    Partnership selects a theme that will inspire celebrants and
    encourage handwashing with soap beyond October 15. This year’s
    theme is ‘Our Hands, Our Future’, reminding us that handwashing
    protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own
    futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.



    Thinking of the future, we strive for continued health, well-being,
    and productivity for ourselves, our families, and our communities.
    Handwashing is an affordable, effective way to achieve these
    goals. For example, handwashing with soap could prevent many of
    the 272 million yearly schooldays lost to diarrheal disease, and
    50% of the infections acquired in healthcare settings.

    Handwashing with soap has the power to improve access to
    education for children, protect the health of patients and
    communities, and reduce inequities. It has an important role in
    achieving the Sustainable Development Goals—contributing to zero
    hunger, good health, quality education, reduced inequalities, and
    more. Efforts on Global Handwashing Day to promote the benefits
    and practice of handwashing with soap, as well as fostering access
    to and improving hygiene facilities, will help us work towards a
    future where that potential is realized.



    This October 15th, whether you are celebrating at school, in a
    health facility, or with your community, let’s wash our hands and
    invest in a better future!



    https://globalhandwashing.org/announcing-the-2017-global-handwashing-day-theme-our-hands-our-future/

    https://globalhandwashing.org/global-handwashing-day/about-ghd/

    https://globalhandwashing.org/


    ^^ Please refer to sites for further info







    Open Garden at Timber Hill in Chobham, Woking



    Come along to the Open Garden at Timber Hill in Chobham,
    Woking on Sunday 15th October!

    Enjoy the National Garden Scheme (NGS) garden, where you can
    enjoy this beautifully kept and stunning 15 acre park like garden
    with views to the North Downs. Come along and enjoy the garden
    which is perfect for all seasons. There will be nature and wildlife
    trails for children.

    The garden will be open from 11am - 4pm. Admission £5.00,
    children free. (All entrance money will go to the NGS).

    Even if the weather isn't so great, don't be put off... There will be
    delicious homemade cakes, as well as tea and coffee that will be
    served in a wonderful old Surrey timber barn with an open fire.
    Money from the refreshments will be donated to Age UK Surrey.

    Catherine, one of our friendly Information and Advice Advisers will
    also be there happy to have a chat with you and answer any of
    your questions you may have.

    Last year we had a group of Morris dancers that entertained us
    with their English folk dancing outside in the garden!

    http://www.ageuk.org.uk/surrey/events/open-garden-at-timber-hill-in-chobham-woking/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info









    https://www.ngs.org.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Can't believe it's the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of
    1987 - 15/16 October! Poor Michael Fish! I can remember
    the storm as if it happened yesterday.





    19th April, 2013 by Chris Cox

    Diageo has enlisted the services of infamous UK weatherman
    Michael Fish to promote its new Talisker Storm release as it unveils
    the world’s first interactive storm.

    A 25ft-high installation has been designed to take the tempestuous
    weather of Talisker’s home on the Isle of Skye around Europe to
    promote its new Storm expression, kicking off on 24 April at 6-
    9pm on the Southbank side of the Design Museum, London.

    Intrepid members of the public will be invited to don wellies and
    rain macs and venture into the heart of the storm, which features
    a rough battering of wind, rain, lightning, fog and thunder.

    Fish became infamous for his incorrect weather prediction on 15
    October 1987, when he dispelled rumours of a hurricane that
    hours later hit the south coast of England causing record damage ...

    It has since become known as The Great Storm. Naturally,
    Fish’s association with and knowledge of storms makes him the
    perfect speaker to educate the crowds on Skye’s weather system.


    https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2013/04/diageo-enlists-michael-fish-to-promote-talisker-storm/


    ^^ Please refer to site for further info











    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.


    Alfie xxx
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 15th Oct 17, 3:11 PM
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    The new San Diego baby hippo is male



    And this about Fiona......

    Quote:
    Fiona weighed in at 530lbs. today! An adult male hippo weighs between 3,500–7,000 lbs, and females can reach 1,400–5,000 lbs. Despite their size, they eat just 1–1.5 percent of their body weight every day.

    Originally posted by joansgirl

    Wonder if they've chosen a name for the San Diego baby hippo
    yet.


    Fiona is certainly piling on the weight now - still got a way to go
    before she catches up with Mum and Dad though!

    Quick Henry update from yesterday....

    Quote:
    Henry is outside with Fiona and Bibi today. Blood tests indicated that his body is fighting an infection. Administering medication to a 3500-pound hippo with no appetite and incredibly thick skin presents a real challenge, and regular sedation is not an option. The hippo care team is working hard to support and treat his condition with antibiotics and TLC. Vets will do a follow up exam in a few weeks to determine if treatment has been effective.
    Originally posted by joansgirl
    Do hope that the treatment for Henry is successful.



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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 15th Oct 17, 8:51 PM
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    Hiya. Been away all weekend, and only managed a short time on MSE.

    Catching up, now!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 16th Oct 17, 7:42 AM
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    Part 1 of 2






    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful,
    fun-filled and scrumptious Monday!




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    14TH - 21ST OCTOBER 2017

    National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW is organised by
    17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop
    Hate UK



    What is #NHCAW?

    #NHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

    The week of action takes place between the second to third
    Saturday in October each year.

    It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by
    hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those
    who need our ongoing support.

    We encourage local authorities (Police and Councils) to work
    alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to
    tackle local hate crime issues.

    We spread a message of H.O.P.E.

    Hate crime awareness - running awareness events to increase
    public knowledge.

    Operational responses to hate crime - encouraging people to think
    about how they would respond if hate crime happened to someone
    they know.

    Preventing hate crime where possible.

    Empowering communities to report hate crime and work together.

    #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll #NHCAW



    How #NHCAW evolved out of the London Vigils Against Hate Crime

    17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign was founded in March 2009
    by Mark Healey and Ryan Parkins to mark the 10th anniversary of
    three London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

    Later the same year, Ian Baynham a gay man was homophobically
    assaulted in Trafalgar Square. The attack shook London. After four
    weeks in a coma, Ian died from the injuries he sustained.

    In October 2009, 17-24-30 organised the first London Vigil Against
    Hate Crime to stand up for Ian and all those affected by hate
    crime, stating there is #NoPlaceForHate in London.

    It was one of the first events of its kind to go viral on social media,
    over 29,000 people shared the event on Facebook and over 10,000
    people attended the first vigil in Trafalgar Square.

    The London Vigils took place between 2009 to 2012, whilst other
    vigils took place in Brighton, Kettering, Milton Keynes and Norwich,
    amongst other places around the UK.

    In 2012 the London Vigils evolved into National Hate Crime
    Awareness Week #NHCAW.

    #NHCAW is organised by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate
    UK.

    17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign is a small charity registered
    with HMRC Ref: XT30898

    Stop Hate UK is a registered charity No 1062692



    https://www.nationalhcaw.uk/



    https://172430notohatecrime.wordpress.com/about/



    https://www.stophateuk.org/hate-crime-awareness-week/

    ^^ Please refer to sites for further info







    National Adoption Week 2017 will take place from the 16th to 22nd
    October. As in previous years, the need to find families for some of
    our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s
    event. There is now clear evidence that decisions for adoption and
    placement orders are on the rise. With this in mind, National
    Adoption Week 2017 will remain recruitment focused and will focus
    on the need to find the right adopters for sibling groups.



    HOW TO GET INVOLVED

    Want to #SupportAdoption during this year's National Adoption
    Week? Watch this video to find out how you can get involved >>>




    AWARDS

    Find out who has been shortlisted



    NEAR YOU

    See what's happening in your area



    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

    Help make this year's event a success



    http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    16-22 October 2017

    WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

    Now in its second year, National Baby Swimming Week is a time to
    discover all the joys and benefits of baby swimming for babies and
    parents alike.



    National Baby Swimming Week, in association with Childs Farm, is
    brought to you by Water Babies and supported by Yeo Valley,
    Mothercare, Piccolo, STA, Swim England and Baby Buddy.



    https://www.nationalbabyswimmingweek.org.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info










    16th - 22nd October 2017

    Pyrex originally founded National Baking Week back in 2007 with
    other like-minded baking brands, with the aim of encouraging
    people of all abilities to bake at home.



    With Britain’s fascination with baking and cooking shows growing
    year on year, baking at home is as popular as ever, no matter what
    the level of ability.



    Here’s a few reasons! why baking at home has other benefits than
    just eating the yummy creations!

    * Baking stimulates the senses

    * Nourishing activities feel good

    * Cooking is meditative

    * Baking is creative

    * Baking makes other people happy




    Baking with children



    Baking innovation



    Family-time tips



    http://www.nationalbakingweek.co.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info















    My Family Week celebrates families of all shapes and sizes,
    allowing children to tell their own story, about their own family in
    their own voice.

    My Family Week is a reflection on what family means in the
    modern world and is the brainchild of international Early Years
    trainer, author and consultant, Laura Henry, who has worked with
    children and their families for three decades.

    My Family Week is celebrating the uniqueness of every family,
    using the characters from Laura’s popular children’s book series
    Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran as inspiration.

    As part of the week, settings, schools, parents and wider families
    can take part in a range of activities to help children to tell their
    own stories.

    Stories will be shared and developed online using a variety of
    social media platforms.



    http://www.laurahenryconsultancy.com/news/my-family-week-2017-myfamilyweek/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





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    World Spine Day 2017 – “Your Back In Action”

    Every year on October 16th people from around the world join
    together on World Spine Day to raise awareness about spinal
    disorders as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week. You
    can GET INVOLVED!

    Millions of people in all continents of the world suffer with spinal
    disorders. These can include low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis
    and disc disease, to name but a few. Spinal pain and disability can
    have a profound effect on a person’s overall health, sometimes
    preventing them from working or even doing simple daily
    activities.

    Research has demonstrated that poor posture and inactivity are
    major contributors to the development of back pain and other
    spinal disorders. According to the World Health Organization, one
    in four adults is not active enough and over 80% of adolescent
    population is not active enough.



    This year, the World Spine Day (WSD) theme is “Your Back In
    Action”. We want to highlight the importance of physical activity
    and improving posture as part of good spinal health and
    prevention of injury.

    To mark World Spine Day, organisations and people worldwide are
    being encouraged to plan special events around the theme of “Your
    Back in Action” #yourbackinaction to raise awareness of good
    spinal health. Check out our resources page and past events to
    inspire you and help get you started!

    Simply registering your support via the organisations page helps
    us to spread the word and help us keep you in touch with the
    latest events occurring worldwide!



    http://www.worldspineday.org/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    About World Food Day

    FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to
    commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events
    are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it
    one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events
    promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer
    from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and
    nutritious diets for all.

    World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to
    Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger
    by 2030.

    It’s also a day for us to celebrate the progress we have already
    made towards reaching #ZeroHunger.

    Why should we care about World Food Day and #ZeroHunger?

    • The right to food is a basic human right.

    • Investing in sustainable food systems and rural development
    means addressing some of the major global challenges - from
    feeding the world’s growing population to protecting the global
    climate, and tackling some of the root causes of migration and
    displacement.

    • Achieving the 17 SDGs cannot happen without ending hunger,
    and without having sustainable and resilient, climate-compatible
    agriculture and food systems that deliver for the people and the
    planet.

    • Reaching #ZeroHunger is possible: out of the 129 countries
    monitored by FAO, 72 have already achieved the target of halving
    the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015; over the
    past 20 years, the likelihood of a child dying before age five has
    been nearly cut in half, with about 17,000 children saved every
    day; extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990.



    http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/about/en/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Restart A Heart Day 2017

    Restart a Heart Day is a designated day of action across Europe
    with the aim to teach vital life saving cardiopulmonary
    resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.

    This will be our fourth year bringing young people together up and
    down the country to learn how to save lives. Restart A Heart Day
    2016 saw us partner with the British Heart Foundation, British Red
    Cross, St John Ambulance and all of UK ambulance services to
    train an incredible 150,581 young people in life saving CPR in a
    single day.

    Following the success of the 2016 campaign, planning is well
    underway to make 2017 even bigger and better. Once again we
    will be working in partnership with key life-saving partners and
    aiming to deliver training to a further 150,000 young people. We
    are also encouraging private first aid training providers to get
    involved and host events this year, and as such some resources
    have been prepared and listed below to help get you started
    hosting your own event.

    To find out what events are happening in your area and how you
    can get involved, please see the interactive map below to find
    contact details for your regional ambulance service Restart a Heart
    Day lead and dedicated website (if available). In addition we are
    asking anyone who is hosting training outside of that planned by
    an ambulance service to inform us by filling in a short survey.



    https://www.resus.org.uk/events/rsah/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





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