"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Sunday 7 July 2013

Be there!

Be there!


https://twitter.com/JCWInews :
Two days and 3 and a half hrs. See you at the home office to start beating down these pernicious migration rules!



7th July is Tanabata in the Japanese festival calendar, which is a suitable date to have in the run up to divided families day on 9th July.

From Wikipedia :
It is said that Tanabata asked Mikeran to weave one thousand sandals and bury them under the bamboo tree and they'd surely meet again. Mikeran wove the sandals and buried them under the bamboo tree as Tanabata had asked. When the tree grew, Mikeran climbed up to find that he was one step short. In his haste, he had used one sandal fewer than necessary, causing the tree to grow one step short. Mikeran called out to Tanabata and she came and lifted him up. Mikeran's father wasn't pleased so he gave Mikeran the difficult job of watching a melon field for three days and nights without touching a single melon. Mikeran however grew very thirsty watching the melons that he touched one. The melon immediately turned into a flowing river forever separating Mikeran and Tanabata. Tanabata pleaded with her father to let her see Mikeran again. Feeling sorry for his daughter, he allows them to see each other on the 7th day of the 7th month.

Paper crane for family safety, health, and long life.

Tanabata is associated with the stars Altair and Vega, which are high in the northern hemisphere's summer sky; together with Deneb, they form the Summer Triangle.

National treasure David Attenborough's adopted sisters were asylum seekers and played a critical role in his interest in natural history.


During World War II, through a British government initiative known as Kindertransport, his parents also fostered two Jewish refugee girls from Europe.

Attenborough spent his childhood collecting fossils, stones and other natural specimens. He received encouragement in this pursuit at age seven, when a young Jacquetta Hawkes admired his "museum." A few years later, one of his adoptive sisters gave him a piece of amber filled with prehistoric creatures; some 50 years later, it would be the focus of his programme The Amber Time Machine.

 Kindertransport statue, Liverpool Street station.

 Kindertransport statue, Berlin.

Scenes from Planet Earth, scenery to the max : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v2L2UGZJAM

Lest we forget ... we've fought these battles before :

"'The way stateless Jews from Germany are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage . . .' In these words, Mr Herbert Metcalfe, the Old Street magistrate, yesterday referred to the number of aliens entering the country through the 'back door' - a problem to which the Daily Mail has repeatedly pointed."
Daily Mail, August 20, 1938

Never forget. - http://tabloid-watch.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/immigration

Doctors condemn plan to ban foreigners from organ transplants on NHS.


 Dr Clare Gerada, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the proposals were unethical and “fuelled by hysteria”.

She said: “I don’t believe there is a problem with ‘health tourism’ to the extent that the Government has claimed - if someone is suffering renal failure they would usually be too sick to make the journey here, but if a person is here, and they need a transplant, what kind of country would deny them?”

Dr Gerada added: “We are supposed to have a humane health service. The idea that a woman goes into labour and a hospital won’t take her unless she has a credit card is something that is really unethical and deeply at odds with our values.”

https://twitter.com/TheHumanTorpedo :
Cameron is only at Wimbledon to make sure Djokovic pays for any medical treatment he receives.

In rural Tennessee, a new way to help hungry children: A bus turned bread truck.


A 5-year-old girl saw the dust trail of the bus and pedaled toward it on a red tricycle. Three teenage boys came barefoot in swimsuits. A young mother walked over from her trailer with an infant daughter in one arm and a lit cigarette in the other. “Any chance there will be leftover food for adults?” she asked. It was almost 1 p.m. For some, this would be the first meal of the day. For others, the last.

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