11 May 2015 Leave a comment
Children’s Hospice Week 2015 will take place between 11 – 17 May. It is the UK’s only awareness raising and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services, like children’s hospices, that support them. Did you know there are over 49,000 babies, children and young people in the UK living with an illness that may shorten their life. Every penny you raise will help seriously ill children and young people, touching the lives of families in every community of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This year Children’s Hospice Week aims to:
- Raise awareness of what life is like for families caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions
- Improve public understanding of the range of services available to support families
- Raise money for children’s palliative care services
The theme is: Making every moment count focussing on how precious time is for families by capturing moments in time. For families this means showing what real life is like – the positive moments and the more difficult times and for services it means showcasing the wide range of support that helps families make the most of every moment.
11 May 2015 Leave a comment
The Welsh singer was reacting to attacks on Twitter by the professional troublemaker after she attended an anti-Tory demonstration in Cardiff on May 4th.
But when another Twitter user commented that a boxing match might be in order she couldn’t resist rising to the bait.
Charlotte tweeted Katie: @KTHopkins Fancy a charity boxing match?
Katie replied: Oi! @charlottechurch wind your neck in. Your Welsh AND you lost. Own your problems http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/s
The tweeters then send Kate Hopkins and Charlotte Church tweets:
@charlottechurch @KTHopkins I’ve only just stated to look at ‘Katie Hopkin’s’ output … HAS to be a spoof … brilliant! really funny
10 May 2015 Leave a comment
08 May 2015 Leave a comment
In August 1945, George Mendonsa was 22 years old, a Navy quartermaster on leave from the Pacific theater. He’d dropped out of school at 16 and worked with his dad, a commercial fisherman, in Rhode Island, enlisting in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor:
“Every kid my age wanted to get even with the Japanese.”
George didn’t like to talk about what he had seen, or his anxiety about what was coming, which everyone knew was the invasion of Japan. “I had just come back from the Philippines,” George says.
“My ship had seen a lot of action. We were sent back to the States until the Army could get strong enough [to attack].”
So instead, he focused on his date with the pretty girl he’d met a few weeks before at a barbecue at his family’s house in Rhode Island; she was related to his new brother-in-law. Her name was Rita. She was just 20 years old and lived with her parents in Queens.
“She was beautiful,” George says. “I think I fell in love with her the first time I saw her.”
The woman in the nurse’s uniform, Greta Zimmer, who wasn’t even a nurse. She was a 21-year-old dental assistant from Queens, who, having heard rumors about the end of the war, walked over to Times Square from her office on Lexington Avenue. George says he was so drunk, he doesn’t even remember the kiss. Greta says she’ll never forget it.
Greta Zimmer was born and raised in Austria, and in 1939, after much debate, her parents insisted that Greta and her two sisters flee to America. They were among the last refugees to make it out, and even on the afternoon of Aug. 14, as Greta read the illuminated news crawl declaring the end of the war, she had no idea where her parents were, or if they were even alive.