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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
    • #1
    • 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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    Everyone is welcome whether or not you have previously posted
    We are very friendly so please say hello





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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th May 18, 1:15 PM
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    If you like to eat snails, you must be snelsh.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I don't know if he like snails or not. Best to ask him maybe?

    https://m.facebook.com/derrick.snelsh

    He look bit scary.
    I want banana

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th May 18, 3:47 PM
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    One more try - maybe she like joke?

    "I've always felt sorry for Burns victims. Scottish poetry is complete pants".




    Last edited by Sleazy; 10-05-2018 at 3:50 PM.

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th May 18, 6:30 PM
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    Ooh Sleazy, you aren't 'arf a caution!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom and Official Brainbox
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th May 18, 6:31 PM
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    Tryin' to make Suki larf

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th May 18, 6:34 PM
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    Tryin' to make Suki larf
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Perhaps she's not logged in?

    Although she did say she's not feeling much like posting at the moment, but perhaps she's laughing like a drain while hovering?
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom and Official Brainbox
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th May 18, 6:49 PM
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    I thought with her injured hand she might need cheering up a bit ...

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th May 18, 7:29 PM
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    Why did the Owl 'owl?
    Because the Woodpecker would peck 'er!

    Hahaha?


    Why didn't the viper vip 'er nose?

    I don't know. Why didn't the viper vip 'er nose?
    Because the adder 'ad 'er handkerchief!!

    Hahahahahahaha?

    Ok. I keep quiet until tomorrow. Perhaps.

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th May 18, 7:57 PM
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    Why did the Owl 'owl?
    Because the Woodpecker would peck 'er!

    Hahaha?


    Why didn't the viper vip 'er nose?

    I don't know. Why didn't the viper vip 'er nose?
    Because the adder 'ad 'er handkerchief!!

    Hahahahahahaha?

    Ok. I keep quiet until tomorrow. Perhaps.
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    I liked those!

    You're on a roll, Sleazy!



    (A ham and cheese one! )




    (Oops! You're vegetarian! I mean a cheese and tomato roll).
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom and Official Brainbox
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th May 18, 6:26 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

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




    Ten years ago, the Daily Mail launched a trail-blazing campaign to
    end the scourge of plastic bags clogging the oceans. Today, there
    has been a staggering 85 per cent reduction in the number of bags
    used in Britain, plus the manufacture of microbeads is banned,
    supermarkets are vowing to eliminate single-use packaging and
    plastic bottle cash-back schemes are being considered across the
    UK.



    This year, the Mail’s stepping up its war on plastic with The Great
    Plastic Pick Up. We’ve joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy to
    encourage communities, schools, families and individuals to come
    together from May 11 to 13 to clear rubbish from our streets,
    beaches and beauty spots. Wherever you live, you can make a
    difference by sparing just a few hours to collect plastic, cans and
    general litter and dispose of it safely. Sign up today – there’s still
    time!



    THE PRIZES

    After your Pick Up, share a picture of your day and you could also
    be in with a chance of winning amazing prizes. Three lucky groups
    will be rewarded with a professional community make-over, worth
    £10,000, while a participating school will win an all-expenses-paid
    trip to a UK Sea Life Centre >>>



    https://greatplasticpickup.org/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    May 11th is World Ego Awareness Day. The object of this day is to
    increase awareness of the issue of ego, and how it can impact
    upon everything that we do. Ideally, there would be an emphasis
    on self-improvement and removing ego all year round, but of
    course this is not always the case. A dedicated World Ego
    awareness day will help to focus attention on the issue, and build
    broader understanding.

    The Ego Awareness Movement was set up in 2018, as a network to
    support those who are struggling with mental conditions relating to
    ego. The goal is to help prevent others from suffering from abuse
    or impairments because they are dealing with issues surrounding
    ego.



    Excessive Ego is Unhealthy

    An excessively egoic mind can cause many afflictions, including
    rage, prejudice, inferiority complexes, feelings of superiority,
    stress related violence, racism, sexism and more. Ego issues can
    cause a need for approval and struggles with empathy and
    relationships. Those who are struggling with their ego are more
    likely to feel loneliness and despair.

    Egotism is a learned behaviour, and it is a form of emotional and
    psychological form of abuse. When they are told that they are
    being abused, or being the victimizer, they may struggle to accept
    that idea because it is so nebulous and hard to quantify the
    behaviours.



    Taking Part in World Ego Awareness Day

    World Ego Awareness Day is a day that allows people to raise
    awareness by sharing information and social media posts, talking
    to advocates, attending Meetup Groups, and taking part in local
    events. Use this day to share ideas and information, and meet
    others that are interested in the idea of taming the ego.

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-ego-awareness-day/

    http://egoawarenessmovement.org/world-ego-awareness-day/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info







    A Day When You Can Eat Just What You Want

    Eat What You Want Day is held every year on May 11th. It’s a day
    when you can choose to eat anything that takes your fancy, Quite
    a refreshing change when we are all so stressed about what we
    eat.

    The media constantly bombards us with images of the perfect
    body, and it seems like every week we’re told about something
    else that’s not good for us. Add to that all the health food fads that
    come and go, it’s no surprise we get so worried. Eat What You
    Want Day is a breath of fresh air, but how did it come about?



    Who Created Eat What You Want Day?

    It was a husband and wife team that came up with the idea of a
    day when you shouldn’t be feeling guilty about what you eat.
    Thomas and Ruth Roy run a herb and holiday business under the
    name of Wellcat Herbs and Wellcat Holidays. The idea was to
    create a day when people could let go of their food hangups and
    live a little.

    What You Can do to Celebrate the Day

    The name of the day kind of gives it away. Eat whatever you want,
    it’s really that simple. Don’t worry about calories and have a day
    enjoying what you eat for a change. It could be a day scoffing
    pizza, or a day filled with ice-cream desserts. Eat at home or go
    out and enjoy a pig-out at your favourite food establishment. Do it
    alone or why not invite your friends to enjoy the celebration?



    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/eat-what-you-want-day-2018/







    PAWS FOR TEA 2018 - FRIDAY 11 MAY

    Paws for Tea, the ultimate guilt-free tea party, is back.

    Every cake cut, digestive dunked and cuppa quaffed will raise
    money for unwanted and abandoned pets. So you can enjoy an
    extra slice, all for a good cause!

    To reflect the special role pets play in our lives, this year’s theme is
    Best Friends. And with a Royal Wedding to celebrate, what better
    excuse to gather friends or colleagues together enjoy each other’s
    company.



    Our free Paws for Tea fundraising pack includes everything you
    need to organise the purrfect Best Friends tea party. Posters,
    balloons, collection box, recipe ideas and more – we’ve got you
    covered.

    So fire up your oven, put the kettle on and join the fun for pets in
    need.

    Sign up for your Paws for Tea fundraising pack now, watch our
    video below to find out more, or read our tips on hosting the
    perfect paw-ty!



    Paws for Tea in your area!

    We're hosting Paws for Tea events across many of our shops and
    our centres. If not listed here, please check your local centre's
    Facebook page for more information! >>>



    https://www.bluecross.org.uk/paws-tea

    ^^ 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
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th May 18, 6:33 AM
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    I liked those!

    You're on a roll, Sleazy!

    (A ham and cheese one! )

    (Oops! You're vegetarian! I mean a cheese and tomato roll).
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Good Moaning Alphabetty people!

    Could I have an Arctic Roll instead please?

    I would like to declare that today be known as Fairly Free Forum Friday.

    Lots of cooking to do later because it's our annonverswary .

    All I'm saying is that the numbers involved are 1 and 6. Which way round, I ain't saying. Could be 61, passed so quick it seems like 16. Or Vicky Vercky of course ...

    Her Ladyship, Madame Sleazoir has decreed that she'd rather have her minion cook and entertain her at Sleazy Towers than pay over inflated prices for less enjoyable food elsewhere. After my regulation afternoon nap, you will therefore find me scurry-funging in the kitchen.

    For now, I shall escort her to her place of stress, following which I must pick up a prescription and ensconce myself in Wetherspoon's hostelry for breakfast, whereupon I shall radio in once again.

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th May 18, 8:05 AM
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    I would like to declare that today be known as Fairly Free Forum Friday.

    Lots of cooking to do later because it's our annonverswary .

    All I'm saying is that the numbers involved are 1 and 6. Which way round, I ain't saying. Could be 61, passed so quick it seems like 16. Or Vicky Vercky of course ...
    Originally posted by Sleazy





    Happy Wedding Anniversary
    Mr & Mrs Sleazy!







    Have a wonderful day!


    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 11th May 18, 8:13 AM
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    indesisiv
    Good morning all ... I like the idea of the great plastic pickup. There are more and more groups around me that meet up on a weekend and litter pick areas.
    My only problem with the plastic is that in the grand scheme of things we are such a small producer.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th May 18, 8:53 AM
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    Eat what I want day?
    I don't usually give excuses, but that one will do very nicely for today and all future anniversaries! I shan't feel guilty now, that's for sure

    Anyway, currently having breakfast in u-no-wear, following which I shall present my subscription to the local druggery for said medications, do the shopping for later revelries, and generally loaf around looking for mischief .

    One minor irritation that I shall present to the irritating thread forthwith.

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th May 18, 4:57 PM
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    Well cooking is now done without major catastrophe! (Slightly burnt finger) ...

    Realised that it was two years ago today that I ate my last meat! As it's 'Eat What You Want" day, I suppose I could today, but I've decided not to.

    Tempted to give fish up from today as well, although Madame Sleazoir thinks I shouldn't - I eat fish so rarely that I'm not that bothered to be honest, unless I ask myself "why"? Alcohol is being knocked totally on the head after tonight until September at least though. Just enjoying a glass of Shiraz ...

    Just passed on your congratulations Alfie - "Thank You" from Mrs Sleazy.
    Last edited by Sleazy; 11-05-2018 at 5:02 PM.

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th May 18, 8:16 PM
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    Sleazy
    Hoping to make any 'lurkers' larf, 'cos I think that there's only Alfie & I here today

    Two short films ....






    TTFN and hope all are ok.

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric

    Earl Sleazy Of The Alphabetty
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th May 18, 7:35 AM
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    Howdie dood-dee, 'Betties!

    Am away at t'moment, and internet went awol last night after I logged in, so I couldn't even log out again!

    So sorry if anyone thought I was here but not replying!

    Doing lots of lovely singing!






    Hahahahahahahhaa! I thought this said EGG Awareness Day!
    I've actually been in a semi-egg mood lately! One of my rare ones!
    Had two omelettes last week, and risked another last night and survived!





    So far, the lurgy has only been simmering, so fingers crossed!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom and Official Brainbox
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th May 18, 7:42 AM
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    Pyxis
    And talking of eggs...............


    Happy Anniversary for yesterday! Hope you both survived the meal!
    Plus, on your anniversary, you are allowed to eat, and drink, whatever you want!


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

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom and Official Brainbox
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th May 18, 9:12 AM
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    Part 1 of 3





    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

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


    International Nurses Day




    Organised annually by the International Council of Nurses,
    International Nurses Day celebrates the contribution that nurses
    make to societies around the world. The date has a very strong
    significance, being the birthday of perhaps the world’s most
    famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.



    Alongside the encouragement of a fully deserved congratulations
    owed to nurses, the organisation also produces an International
    Nurses Day Kit to educate and assist health workers around the
    world, with a different theme each year. Past publications have
    focused on working with the poor, fighting AIDS, equal access to
    care, and sustainable development.

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/international-nurses-day-2018/



    http://www.icn.ch/publications/2018-nurses-a-voice-to-lead-health-is-a-human-right/



    https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    CIND & ME Awareness Day 2018 is held on May 12 and is on the
    same date every year. The annual event has been running since
    1992 to raise awareness of Chronic Immunological and
    Neurological Diseases,(CIND), and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
    Fibromyalgia and Gulf War Syndrome as well as Multiple Chemical
    Sensitivity are also included in the CIND group and are highlighted
    on the awareness day.

    The CIND group of illnesses are connected with fatigue, brain fog,
    hypersensitivity, pain, low mood and lack of energy and normal
    body function, seemingly stemming from the brain.

    The day is run by Action CIND, a Canadian based charity who aim
    to raise awareness and understanding and improve treatment of
    the CIND group of diseases and how they affect sufferers through
    education, research and information.



    May 12th has a significance and was elected as the awareness day
    as it is Florence Nightingale’s Date of Birth, and she was likely to
    have been a sufferer of MS or CFC, according to historical
    descriptions of her.

    Numerous events are held on May 12 every year to commemorate
    CIND & ME Awareness Day, these include public talks and
    gatherings, social media discussion with hashtags and press and
    media articles, some people wear tee shirts highlighting the day,
    while others hold sponsored events to raise funds for Action CIND.
    A major awareness project is getting buildings lit up in purple, blue
    or green on May 12th.

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/international-m-e-awareness-day-2018/



    https://www.may12th.org/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info







    On the 12th of May, 2018, join the millions of people who will be
    participating on this day by holding various events to raise
    awareness for fibromyalgia, an invisible and debilitating chronic
    condition.

    What is fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia, or FM, is the causation of pain in bones and muscle.
    It is a chronic condition that affects approximately 2-5 percent of
    the world’s populations, and is most common in young to middle
    aged women. There is a myriad of symptoms, ranging from muscle
    and bone soreness, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, stiffness in joints
    and muscles that can last up to 3 months, headaches and
    numbness and tingling in the arms or legs.

    What can you do to help?

    There are many things that you can to help raise awareness for
    FM, these include; wearing purple, whether that’s a t-shirt a hat or
    even a bracelet to use to initiate a conversation about
    fibromyalgia. You could create a Facebook page, make posters or
    host a garage sale to raise funds to go towards research for FM. Or
    if you happen to suffer from fibromyalgia, you could share your
    story with others, so they can understand the issues from
    someone who is experiencing it firsthand.

    1. Share your story: You can write it out and email it to those you
    want to help understand what your life is like because of
    fibromyalgia. Share the symptoms and the struggles. Post a
    condensed version on social media, letting people know your goal
    is to raise awareness.

    2. Think purple: If you have an outside light, change the bulb to a
    purple one. Wear a purple fibromyalgia shirt, bracelet, hat, etc.,
    not to draw attention to yourself, but to spark a conversation
    about what FM is.

    3. Create a Facebook page: You can post articles, graphics, links to
    your favorite FM groups or blogs, anything you can think of to help
    raise awareness. Post the link to your page on all your social media
    accounts.

    4. Join some national organizations such as:

    – National Fibromyalgia Association
    – National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
    – Fibromyalgia Action UK
    – Monthly newsletter sign up from Emerge AU

    5. Join a live or virtual Together Walk: You can start a local
    fundraising event through a virtual walk. Check out their page, it’s
    very impressive.

    6. Make posters with info about FM and put them up in local store
    windows and libraries or bookstores. Be sure to get permission.

    7. Have a yard sale or garage sale (perhaps involve your neighbors
    for a streetwide one) to raise money and awareness. Let people
    know where you will be donating the money you raise. Perhaps
    order some brochures to hand out.

    Whatever you decide to do in order to make your impact for those
    suffering from fibromyalgia, every little bit helps get the word out
    there and helps those who suffer from this horrendous chronic
    condition.

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-fibromyalgia-awareness-day-2018/



    https://fibromyalgianewstoday.com/2017/05/08/international-fibromyalgia-awareness-day-may-12-spread-the-word/



    http://www.fmauk.org/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info







    About WFTDay

    The World Fair Trade Day is an initiative of the World Fair Trade
    Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of
    May each year. So mark your calendar: 12 May 2018 is the
    #FairTradeDay.

    It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade
    as a tangible contribution to sustainable development, especially
    the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality in
    workplaces and responsible production practices.

    WFTO and its members believe that trade must benefit the most
    vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing
    opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers.



    https://wfto.com/events/world-fair-trade-day-2018-0

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Saturday 12th May 2018

    Would you like to keep a one-day diary for Mass Observation?

    In 2018 the Mass Observation Archive will be repeating its annual
    call for day diaries, capturing the everyday lives of people across
    the UK. The written diaries will be stored in the Archive at The
    Keep and be used by a wide range of people for research, teaching
    and learning. This includes academics and students, schools,
    writers, producers, artists, community and special interest groups
    and the general public.



    In 1937 Mass Observation called for people from all parts of the
    UK to record everything they did from when they woke up in the
    morning to when they went to sleep at night on 12th May. This
    was the day of George VI’s Coronation. The resulting diaries
    provide a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of people
    across Britain, and have become an invaluable resource for those
    researching countless aspects of the era.

    May 12th 2018 is likely to be quite an ordinary day, but for those
    researching, the ‘ordinary’ can often provide extraordinary results.
    The diaries will be held and used alongside the 1937 documents.
    We would be very grateful if you could document your May 12th
    for the future.

    How to take part >>>



    http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Cont'd ....
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th May 18, 9:15 AM
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    AlfieBlue
    Part 2 of 3





    HURRAH! IT'S NATIONAL DOUGHNUT WEEK

    Raise Funds for The Children’s Trust by Supporting National
    Doughnut Week

    National Doughnut Week takes place from the 12th to the 19th of
    May. Businesses and educational establishments are encouraged to
    take part with the aim to raise money for The Children’s Trust.

    What is The Children’s Trust?

    The Children’s Trust provides rehabilitation services for young
    people and children who have suffered a brain injury. Based in
    Tadworth, Surrey, it is a registered charity. More than 40,000
    children in the UK suffer a brain injury every year. It could be the
    result of an accident or an illness. For many the prognosis is good,
    but there are thousands who have difficulties which are ongoing or
    long-term. The Children’s Trust provides support services for these
    children and their families.



    How You Can Take Part

    The Children’s Trust and other sponsors of the event encourage
    bakers, coffee shops, schools and offices to bake and sell
    doughnuts. There is no fee to participate, just a simple registration
    form to complete online. Once registered, a pack of goodies is
    available to help with the organisation and promotion of your
    doughnut event. All the funds raised go straight to the charity.

    There is a list of establishments that are taking part, so you can
    pay them a visit and buy your delicious doughnuts. Take them to
    the office and encourage your colleagues to buy some. Why not
    hold your own doughnut bake-off or doughnut eating competition?
    For businesses taking part there is a handy pack of tips available
    to download from the official National Doughnut Week website.

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/national-doughnut-week-2018/

    http://nationaldoughnutweek.org/



    https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    National Mills Weekend 2018



    Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018

    Welcome to the National Mills website.

    CLICK HERE to search for Windmills and Watermills you can visit in
    your area now, or later, over the 2018 National Mills Weekend!

    National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage
    and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many
    of which are not usually open to the public.

    In 2018 it will take place on the 12th and 13th May and we hope
    even more mills than in previous years will open their
    doors and welcome visitors. Until the advent of the steam engine,
    wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many
    different processes - from making flour, paper, cloth to hammering
    metal and extracting oils. You can explore mills that produced, or
    still produce these products, some restored to working order, some
    derelict, some still working commercially.



    Mills and Wildlife

    In 2014 & 2015 we celebrated Mills in Art. In 2016 the theme was
    Vintage Power. The 2017 theme was Engineers and Engineering.
    The 2018 theme will be Mills and Wildlife.

    Search for mills open in your area:

    To find the mills open in your area, search for your county in our
    Windmills and Watermills pages. Given the number of mills open,
    we have divided the mills by their type - Windmills or Watermills.



    A new aid for visiting mills, especially over National Mills Weekend.
    Those of you with Android on your phone can install a free app
    that means you can have the information from the website with
    you, even when you are out and about, quite possibly without an
    internet connection to contact the site. You can get it at:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details
    The app links with your other apps, such as mapping to give you
    directions to the various mills, and if you do have an internet
    connection, you can use it to pull up more information about many
    of the mills from Windmill World and the Mills Archive.

    The app will be updated as details of this year's Mills Weekend are
    finalized at various mills.



    We are grateful to the mill owners for opening their mills to the
    public and for providing us with information on their opening
    hours.

    https://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Year of the Bird

    CONSERVATION THEME

    In 2018, we celebrate the ways we can help to protect birds every
    day of the year through actions, stories, and art. Our education
    campaign is changing and growing. After 25 years, International
    Migratory Bird Day becomes World Migratory Bird Day, joining with
    partners across the globe to unify our voices for bird conservation.
    Make your bird conservation commitment with us 365 days of the
    year.

    ART

    Art has been central to International Migratory Bird Day and will
    continue to be a key element during our transition to World
    Migratory Bird Day. The 2018 piece features 12 bird species in a
    zodiac. The word zodiac means “circle of little animals,” and we
    have applied this definition to birds. We have also used the
    Babylonian division of the zodiac into 12 months to highlight each
    species and some of the factors that threaten their populations.

    ARTIST

    Each year, the WMBD advisory committee selects an artist to
    illustrate the annual conservation theme. For the first time, the
    piece is created by two Colombian artists, Paula Andrea Romero
    and Emmanuel Laverde. They are the founders of the Colombian
    organization Arte y Conservacion, which supports environmental
    education through art.



    http://www.migratorybirdday.org/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    I'm delighted to welcome everyone to the very special Barnes
    Children's Literature Festival. As the Chancellor of Roehampton I'm
    proud that the University is in partnership with the Festival and will
    involve our lecturers and students in the programme. As a writer
    of children's books I have very fond memories of taking part in the
    Festival myself, and know it to be delightful, imaginative,
    innovative - and beautifully organised.

    Enjoy, everyone!

    Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Chancellor, University of Roehampton



    http://www.barneskidslitfest.org/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    National Limerick Day



    Everybody needs a bit of silliness in their lives from time to time
    and National Limerick Day provides the perfect annual opportunity.
    Celebrated each year on the 12th May the familiar five line verse is
    renowned for its humorous, sometimes bawdy themes. Instantly
    recognisable from the rhythm of the verse they are cleverly
    constructed to put a smile on the face.



    National Limerick Day is set on 12th May to mark the birthday of
    Edward Lear, the English writer known for his works of nonsensical
    prose and poetry. It was Edward Lear who was to popularise the
    Limerick in his “A Book of Nonsense”, published 1846. His limericks
    were popular then and this form of nonsense literature has
    managed to retain its appeal to this day.



    Limericks will normally have the first, second and final lines ending
    with the same rhyme, while the third and fourth shorter lines have
    their own rhyme as illustrated below:

    There was an Old Man with a beard,
    Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
    Two Owls and a Hen,
    Four Larks and a Wren,
    Have all built their nests in my beard!’

    This style of verse can act as a great introduction to the idea of
    poetry for children and National Limerick Day helps to maintain
    awareness of this brand of poem. Although limericks were not
    invented by Edward Lear, holding National Limerick Day on his
    birthday is a suitable nod to the man who brought them to the
    larger public’s attention.

    https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/national-limerick-day-2018/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lear

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info




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    EXETER PRIDE 2018

    Exeter Pride 2018 will be taking place in various venues across
    Exeter on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

    Celebration is the theme to Exeter's 10th Anniversary LGBT+
    Pride, an explosion of colour, positivity and pride will take place in
    Exeter on Saturday, May 12 - and everyone is invited to come out
    and and celebrate.

    Exeter Pride is one of the South West's biggest celebrations of the
    lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities in
    the region. A key annual event in the city's calendar, this year will
    mark Exeter Pride's 10th anniversary.

    There will be a colourful rainbow flag parade from the St Sidwell
    Centre which will move down Exeter High Street to Northernhay
    Gardens. It will featuring thousands of people, roller skaters,
    Street Heat samba band, a fire engine, an ambulance, Morris
    dancers, police officers, representatives from community groups
    and organisations, and volunteers carrying a 50-metre rainbow
    flag.



    The Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Lesley Robson, will lead the
    parade to the main stage in Northernhay Gardens, where a full
    programme of events and activities will take place.

    Other events and activities will take place at Exeter Phoenix, the
    Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Library and Rougemont
    Gardens. There will be a marketplace, with a range of stalls,
    workshops, film screenings, panel debates, trans spaces, ceilidh,
    drumming and many other activities. Family-friendly events and
    activities will take place in Rougemont Gardens. There will be
    information from local, national and international organisations,
    demonstrations and fun activities. The celebrations will continue
    into the evening at Exeter Phoenix >>>



    http://exeterpride.co.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Randwick Wap



    Where: Randwick, Gloucestershire - procession starts by the War
    Memorial
    When: Saturday of 2nd weekend in May
    Time: 1pm

    Randwick Wap is a revived ancient festival with a fair, costumed
    procession and ceremonial cheeserolling.

    A Wap Mayor and Queen are carried through the village
    accompanied by various officials including a Mop-Man who clears
    the way and wets the crowd with water, before the Mayor is dipped
    in the pond.

    Real cheeses are rolled by the Queen and Mayor down the bank
    then divided and eaten. Don’t get this confused with the Cooper’s
    Hill Cheeserolling competition on Spring Bank Holiday (see
    separate article).

    The procession then makes its way to the fair field by the Village
    Hall where there are presentations and entertainments as well as
    stalls selling a variety of items – the unique Wiput Cake is on sale
    at the Wap tent (if you like bread and butter pudding, you’ll like
    this cake!).



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2SfL2B4ytM

    Helpful Hints

    In 2018 it will be on May 12th. On the preceding Sunday the
    cheeses are blessed in a special outdoor service at St John the
    Baptist’s Church in the village before being rolled around the
    church widdershins. One cheese is consumed and the other kept
    for Wap day (above).

    Click here for the event website :
    http://www.randwick.org.uk/index.html

    and Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/102221976481907/

    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/randwick-wap/



    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/coopers-hill-cheese-rolling/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info









    Good luck all!

    12th May 2018

    The Best and Original Night Walking Challenge!

    Join the 21st MoonWalk London 2018... the original night walk...
    join in the fun and experience London at night like never before...
    you get lots of goodies for your entry fee too! So grab your posse
    and get ready for our ‘Wild West’ theme! Yeehaa!

    Walking the Walk can save lives, raise awareness and get you fit,
    so what an opportunity to do something for yourself that will also
    benefit not only cancer patients today, but with research that we
    fund, the future health of us all.

    Walk the Walk is a grant making charity that raises money for vital
    breast cancer causes, so join now and unite with us to make a
    difference.



    https://walkthewalk.org/challenges/the-moonwalk-london-2018/

    Registration is now open 2019:

    https://walkthewalk.org/challenges/the-moonwalk-london-2019/

    ^^ Please refer to links 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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    WASPI

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