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“It is proof that the fabric of this society is not torn”

That was the comment from Mohammed Mahmoud the imam from the Finsbury Park mosque where further hatred led to unnecessary murder of human life.

A father of four decided to drive to London to kill because of hatred of Muslims..in other words to kill fellow human beings.

My sadness for the loss of more people to hatred as that’s what this is..pure misguided hatred..is lifted by Mohammed in how he reacted to the situation and his comments made once this evil man was passed to officials

“We managed to surround him and to protect him from any harm. We stopped all forms of attack and abuse towards him that were coming from every angle.j

“We pushed people away from him until he was safely taken by police into custody.”

“It wasn’t me alone; there were a group of brothers … who were calm and collected and managed to calm people down and to extinguish any flames of anger or mob rule that would have taken charge had this group of mature brothers not stepped in.”

Excerpt from The Independent

Mohammed for me, made a key point

“It was touching our non-Muslim neighbours woke us up this morning to give us their support,” he said. “It is proof that the fabric of this society is not torn, but that we have to continue to keep the fabric of society, and this community of London, intact.”

If we choose a well trodden path of hate then our future will be muddied by the footprints of the past

There is a lot of justification for hate and revenge in history, so many crimes and wrongs not put right

Eye for an eye?  At what point will our future have no eyes to see

When do we change, and move forward.  We need to join together to isolate those who would kill

My thoughts are with the man murdered, and those those hurt by a hateful crime.

Is blood always thicker than water?


 

This is the proverb which suggests family relationships and loyalty are stronger than that of friends, but I question this after reading what happened in Serbia last weekend.

Welsh fans donated blood to a local Serbian who was shot in the stomach during clashes between rival fans from Partizan and Red Star ahead of the Serbia play Wales game.

Neither family nor friend, and with no loyalty to this stranger they still donated blood, hundreds of fans apparently.  Why?

One football match with two different behaviours and outcomes.  One action led to someone being hurt, and one led to someone being saved.

I recalled the positive displays of the Welsh fans at the European cup last year, winning plaudits for their behaviour.

Wales’ army of fans in France have been honoured by European football chiefs after the ‘Red Wall’ was hailed as making an outstanding contribution to Euro 2016.

The official review of the summer tournament has seen Uefa top brass opt to commend Wales’ fans with an award for their passion and behaviour that spread through France and won admirers across the world.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk

Makes me feel proud to be welsh knowing how we (mostly!) conduct ourselves in the world.

The donation for me was more than just giving much needed blood.  It symbolised what having the right behaviour can do.

Do you raise your arm with a gun, or raise your arm to give blood.

It’s not about family or friends, it’s about doing the right thing at the right time that will bring us all together.

From reading social media Welsh football fans have gained a lot of new Serbian friends.

My hat off to all those who donated.

(I still prefer rugby mind..)

My gills are sunburnt!

What is up with this weather!

It’s like me choosing from a menu, just can’t make my mind up..Do I go with the sun, the rain, the wind, the cold, the hot, how about muggy..I’ll have the sunshine burger with muggy mash..or maybe..hmm..
Yes, I know, the weather is a time honoured discussion of British tradition.

So I can’t help blog about it..

Although it has it’s uses.  It’s a classic back pocket topic to pull out when conversation becomes strained, and the doom of awkward silence approaches!

“isn’t the weather {ENTER WEATHER CONDITION HERE}”

“Yeah, it’s really {ENTER EMOTION HERE}”

“Hopefully it’ll last {ENTER DESIRED DURATION HERE}”

“Yes”

“Yes, ok see you again”

“bye”

I guess global warming is to blame..it’s all gone covfefe..Although let’s not go there.

I’m learning not to take the sunshine for granted and aiming to reduce my carbon footprint.

Thankfully today is sunny and hot so I’ll be doing tip no5 in the garden..and remembering to tread carefully!

Rest in peace Adam West

As a kid one of my favourite shows was batman..Fond memories of a beautifully created chaos of sound and colour

Before blu ray and 4k this show was a sensation to my senses..always waiting for the next punch to see if it’s a whamm or a kapow (personal favourite)

These days the world of batman is serious

And he’s angry and dark

Yet back in the day Adam West’s batman was the man..batman.

No seriousness or darkness..

..just proper 60’s kitsch..low budget with ‘interesting’ fight sequences..then who cares..it was fun..the moralistic and clean living batman that Adam portrayed was the juxtaposition of an insanely bonkers world of low cost anarchy the producers created

For all those memories I was saddened to read of Adam West’s passing, he played a tongue in cheek character that brought enjoyment to the masses

Rest in peace Adam West you brought humour to the world

Celebrate The Nerd Within

I really liked this article and share the writers view.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/celebrate-nerd-within-james-calder

So true about how in school you were put down if you raised your hand..bullied in the playground..nerd need nerd alert.

Just like the movies the nerds were mocked by the cool kids who went on to live a very boring life..wonder if that’s still in schools now.

I love my life but wish i could call back to my past to say “speak up mate”..although that would have scared the crap out of 8 year old Glynn!

So yeah unleash the nerd..never too late..challenge the norm and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

Long live the nerd!

Great article

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/celebrate-nerd-within-james-calder

We need to isolate those who would kill

I read the news release from the Muslim Council of Britain today.

130 imams and religious leaders condemning what’s happened and refusing to perform the funeral prayer for the London attackers.

“Consequently, and in light of other such ethical principles which are quintessential to Islam, we will not perform the traditional Islamic funeral prayer over the perpetrators and we also urge fellow imams and religious authorities to withdraw such a privilege. This is because such indefensible actions are completely at odds with the lofty teachings of Islam.”

I worked with a guy called Anwar, he had a sharp mind and a beautiful peaceful outlook.  His wife, when I used to car share with Anwar for work, was welcoming always offering food.

His kids always had bright smiles.

We all need to stand together, all of us whatever faith, to isolate and shine the light on those who hide in the shadows of their faith.  Who would scheme to murder the innocent for their own evil ends.

I’ve read on social media different views of this release..skeptical, optimism, support, anger and mocking.

History can bring positive change, or it can provide justification of a cause.  

It’s my nature to be optimist, I hope this news release brings positive change.

MCB website easy release

Lovemanchester lovelondon

I watched the concert last night, loads of positive heart warming and togetherness moments.

Yet my thoughts were also with those who lost loved ones in London..in a senseless and hate driven act that’s becoming all too frequent.

When will it stop, we all keep writing words of sympathy in a world where some want to kill innocents because they live a different life.

We all want to do something that others may disagree with..but as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone then we should have a safe freedom to continue it.

Love Rome

 

Just uploaded a load of pictures to google drive and the drive created this photo animation..tickles me.

Love the colleseium too.

Tee and I went to Rome in February to watch the rugby..and to soak up the gorgeous sites.

There was an awesome pre match band at the stadium.  Worth going just for them!

If you’re going in two years time make sure you don’t miss them.

Highly recommended!

Five weeks of close scrutiny

 

Great pictures of the lions tour landing in New Zealand.

Those memories must be still fresh given it’s only been three days, and already the boys have played 80 minutes of rugby.

A thankful win even if it wasn’t a classic!
Makes me laugh how predictable the New Zealand press have been since the win.  Slamming a side meant to be brimming with internationals against a hastily put together side.

“Unimaginative levels of mediocrity”

Bit harsh.

Playing a game after just three days is not something a lot of people could endure, and I hope the jet lag did have an impact otherwise it’ll be a long five weeks of scathing press scrutiny!

Although New Zealand is the gold fish bowl of all gold fish bowls, and rightly so given that rugby is in thir DNA.  They have very high standards.

The lions have some awesome players, so here’s hoping to them gelling together and playing great rugby for all the fans…and the press.

Good luck to the lions..hope you get plenty of chances to put the press into the shadows of the long white cloud.

#proud #lionsofficial