A Midsummer’s day Protest against Austerity Measures in the UK.

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Saturday 1363 -21.06.2014

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_1690I could have had a relaxing day pottering in my garden today; bathing in the midsummer sun but instead I got myself up and travelled to London to join up to 50,000 other people in a march and rally against the austerity measures in this country. The march was organised by  The People’s Assembly against Austerity and I encourage you to find out more about this organisation by clicking here or on their facebook page here

I don’t need to tell many of you that the governments austerity measures are causing extreme hardship in the Uk with millions of people who are actually working living below the poverty line. It is sadly ironic that the  “traditional” family, of one parent working and the other staying at home to look after children, that the Tory government purports to support! make up a huge proportion of those who are unable to earn a living wage. This should be _1684an embarrassment to a government that espouses the idea that work is the best way out of poverty.

The number of people using foodbanks in the UK has tripled in 2013/14 with close to a million people being given 3 days emergency food supplies according to the Trussell Trust – more about this here including statistics about causes etc.  This is a national disgrace for such a comparatively wealthy country. I have written about the increase in food banks before and you can see that post here

_1677The irony of marching against Austerity was not lost on me as we marched through a part of London, Regent Street’s “mile of style”, which is dedicated to getting people to spend as much money as possible, on things they don’t really need, but which appeal to their vanity. It’s full of shops, spas etc! see the 2 in the picture left of this who were out having a break from their pleasure!

One of the appropriate chants from the marchers was “Stop shopping, Save the NHS”

How on earth do we educate our seemingly money driven , greedy, apathetic society that people are more important than things.

You will see from my photos that there were many groups represented at the march from Unions to CND to Stop the War, socialists, environmentalists, housing , disability rights and justice campaigners. This is because every part of society, except it seems the rich who have got richer, are affected by Austerity measures. 

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When the march entered Parliament Square for a rally and festival, which included contributions from politicians, writers, poets , musicians  and comedians, we passed under a statue of Winston Churchill and I took this photo as the union Unite went by him . I wonder what he would have made of this all !!

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Speakers included many representatives of Unions including the National Union of Teachers, Unite and the Fire Brigades Union, writer Owen Jones, MPs Caroline Lucas, Dianne Abbott and Jeremy Corbin, the poet Stephen Morrison Burke and musicians as well as comedians Francesca Martinez, Russell Brand and Kate Smurthwaite as well as many others.

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There was some humour in the banners too, including this pink confection with Pom Poms…

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..but this banner also carried very serious messages including this below..

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Update Sunday morning - Sadly this march which began right under the BBC’s windows was ignored by them until a storm of complaints from myself and I’m sure hundreds or maybe thousands of others resulted in this on the BBC facebook page along with a 25 sec film with no commentary.

“Many of you have been asking to see coverage of Saturday’s anti-austerity march through central London.
It was the first demonstration organised by the People’s Assembly campaign group, which included politicians, union leaders and celebrities.
 Organisers say tens of thousands protested against the impact of cuts around the country.”
Still no sign of any report on the BBC News website at time of writing- it’s just not good enough from a news agency that claims to be impartial but proves it is anything but! 
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Finally I will leave you with a quote from the People’s Assembly  -

“We face a choice that will shape our society for decades to come. It is a choice faced by ordinary people in every part of the globe.

We can defend education, health and welfare provision funded from general taxation and available to all, or we can surrender the gains that have improved the lives of millions of people for over more than 50 years.”

and my favourite banner from the march from psychologists against austerity….

Equality is the Best Therapy

Amen to that !

As ever I welcome your thoughts .

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here 

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Smorgasbord of Wildlife – healing my world.

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Saturday 1366  - 31.05.2014

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On this  Saturday I could have written about how women are still repressed and heavily discriminated against throughout the world. This on the back of what has happened in India with the gang rape and hanging of 2 teenage girls and in Sudan the sentencing to death of a pregnant woman for Apostasy (  supposedly abandoning the Muslim faith. )  Indeed both of these events made me angry and left me with the feeling that for every step towards equality, that women make, there are 2 steps back away from it.

So I instead I was taken back to why I started this blog in the first place and that was to not only write about what I’m thinking but also to encourage me to get out there and experience things on the last 1500 Saturdays of my life ( 1365 left now ! )  

This Saturday 31 May 2014 was spent in the company of my 2 lovely grown-up children Katy and Steven, along with lots of seals and birds.  I’m sure I have said on this blog before how healing I find nature to be and this Saturday was no exception. 

It began on the North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney point which is owned and managed by the National Trust. We visited the 4 mile sand and shingle spit  by boat, to see the seals that inhabit the area and luckily the sun came out for a while which both the humans and the seals enjoyed !.

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This one below is my favourite – contentment or what!

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Oh and these are some of the people watching the seals, who don’t seem to mind one bit with some of them swimming out towards the boats to get a look at the people which seemed only fair !

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On the way home we decided to drive the longer way home down the coast and I said to the kids if either of them saw something and wanted to stop to give me a shout.  Steven did at the RSPB ( Royal Society for the Protection  of Birds) site Titchwell Marsh. To be honest I was a bit tired at this point but had agreed we’d stop so stop we did and thank you Steven we had a great time.. my first time seeing the very elegant Avocets as well as other birds ( and humans – Photos below though it was a very grey afternoon so not all the photos are sharp!  :) 

Avocets

drops

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Black-headed Gulls ( I love their red legs and beaks)

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The nest of the black- headed gull – in a lagoon with green algae bloom, which I thought rather added to the photo.

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Redshanks.

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Titchwell Marsh leads down to and includes a section of beach and here are some bird watchers with their telescopes down there.  It seems Bird watching is a very serious business of the size of their equipment is anything to go by. !

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 Ended the day tired but de-stressed and very happy. The problems  for women in the world remain but my batteries are now recharged and I feel better able to cope with it.

You can find out more about Titchwell Marsh and the RSPB here >>  http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/titchwellmarsh/star_species.aspx  and Blakeney National Nature Reserve here  >> http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney/visitor-information/

If you are feeling stressed ,or overwhelmed with the pace of life , I strongly recommend getting out there and steeping yourself in nature !

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here  and I’m sure there might be some more photos from here over there :)

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