Open your hearts


An early end to the working week, but sadly my finishing at midday was to attend the funeral of one of Penny’s friends. I make that 8 funerals in the last 10 months, five of them clients I’ve known and worked with as well as Terry and Julie’s and now Debs. We found out about Debs passing whilst we were in Scotland last month.

By fate the date of Debs funeral came the day after the bye-election caused by the death of Jo Cox. Debs last post on Facebook was four days before the EU referendum and she sure was angry….

Hi all – I have just watched an interview with Nigel Farage and am absolutely fuming!!!! When asked about the murder of jo Cox he refused to speak her name or pay tribute to her aid work or life as a local MP. He just referred to the ‘tragedy’ for a few seconds and then went on to moan that he was a victim of hate. What an absolute selfish tosspot he is. If you want to vote leave – this is what you will get and what you will deserve!.Is Farage a British name? (ironic)

Debs was a lifelong socialist and her life was dedicated to helping others in her professional life. She leaves behind a son who’s the same age as my youngest, Kenan (21).

Jo Cox, in case you forgot, and a lot has happened since June 19, also dedicated her life to others. Something Jo said was

“Who can blame desperate parents for wanting to escape the horror that their families are experiencing? These children have been exposed to things no child should ever witness, and I know I would risk life and limb to get my two precious babies out of that hellhole.

Here’s another interesting one;

“I never really grew up being political or Labour. It kind of came at Cambridge where it was just a realisation that where you were born mattered. That how you spoke mattered… who you knew mattered. I didn’t really speak right or knew the right people. I spent the summers packing toothpaste at a factory working where my dad worked and everyone else had gone on a gap year! To be honest my experience at Cambridge really knocked me for about five years.”


Some years ago people started saying ‘it’s not racist to talk about immigration’. Well it depends on what you say about it. Hero of the week is someone who has spoken about the racism in The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express. If you buy those papers think about whether you want to encourage these voices. I wouldn’t even recommend them as toilet paper. Thank you Gary Lineker for keeping the flame of justice and humanity burning, shame on those who have nothing but meanness in their hearts. Such as Katie Hopkins. What is it with her? She’s got a Tory government, she’s got a vote on leaving the EU but still she finds plenty to be angry about. Will she ever be happy? About anything?

Things I recommend; the words of Malcolm X

When we see that our problem is so complicated and so all-encompassing in its intent and content, then we realize that it is no longer a Negro problem, confined only to the American Negro; that it is no longer an American problem, confined only to America, but it is a problem for humanity.



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