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Happy Valentines Day - To all the Singles!
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

Photo credit: http://www.feeddistiller.com/blogs/Pop%20Music/old/201012.html

Being the bitter and twisted old crone that I am (!), I am not going to do a traditional (hearts and flowers) Valentines Day post. I am going to do a more realistic post. I positively hate Valentines Day because the only time I have ever got a card or a gift was the 10 years I was with my husband. The rest of the time, nada. Today, I am expecting a big fat zero! I decided to do a post for all of us Singles out there who are spending Valentines Day on our own.

One of my favourite music artists, who I discovered only last year, is James Blunt. I first went to see James live in concert on Monday 28 February 2011 at the Hammersmith Apollo. In preparation for the live gig, I had ordered his new CD and was sat on a very busy commuter train one morning listening to the album through my headphones. This track - So Far Gone - came on. It destroyed me. I connected so much with the situation that James was describing and was deeply moved by the beauty and poetry of the lyrics which just spoke to me. I broke down. This was a full 5 years after my husband decided to leave me. So it shows the power of the lyrics and the song to evoke that reaction in me so many years after the event. So, here are the lyrics, reproduced in full, with the key lines that speak to me highlighted in bold. It is dedicated to everyone who does not have a Valentine on Valentine's Day - we should stick together!

So Far Gone, by James Blunt

Tell me the wars you're fighting
Behind the smile you're hiding
All of the things I know you want to say

We tried our best to find us
But there are no lights to guide us
I can't sleep beside a stranger now

Piece by piece we fall apart
With every beat slows down my heart


chorus:
So I'll just say what you won't say
and I'll take the blame, if its for your sake
No turning back on what you can't save
So far gone
Yeah, we're so far gone

I've tried hard to remember
This prison cell used to be a shelter
Now we're just looking for the best way out
And I can't fight you anymore
You're already one foot out the door


chorus:
So I'll just say what you won't say
and I'll take the blame, if its for your sake
No turning back on what you can't save
So far gone,
Yeah, we're so far gone

And this is the face of letting go
And these are the things we already know

chorus:
So I'll just say what you won't say
and I'll take the blame, if its for your sake
No turning back on what you can't save

So I'll just say what you won't say
and I'll take the blame, if its for your sake (for your sake)
No turning back on what you can't save
So far gone,
Yeah, we're so far gone
Yeah, we're so far gone

So I'll just say what you won't say

© James Blunt
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Together we're stronger. Let's be 100k strong
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly



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Cut and pasted from the Operation Black Vote website:

Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face the biggest challenge for a generation. After years of progress, we are back on the slide. Black deaths in police custody have risen sharply and levels of 'Stop and Search' are at record levels. These elements along with high levels of unemployment and opportunism were said to be key factors in last summer's riots.

Together we do have a strong voice. The first step is to be united. A few years ago OBV's ambitious campaign to bring 100k voices together to demand race equality and opportunity gave OBV a strong database of 20k. Now is the time to reach 100k.

Follow the link for the full story and to sign-up:
http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/together-were-stronger-lets-be-100k-strong
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Save Our NHS: Sign the petition
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly


Cut and pasted from an email from 38 Degrees:

Tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members have voted on what we do next to save the NHS. The votes have been counted. Here's our top priority: force MPs to hold a fresh debate on whether to scrap Andrew Lansley's dangerous plans for our health service.

There's a petition on the government website calling for Lansley's NHS plans to be dropped. It's got 60,000 names on it. The government has said that when a petition reaches 100,000 names it can trigger a proper debate in Parliament. So let's get signing!

Add your name to the government e-petition here:
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670

If 38 Degrees members pile in now, we can easily raise this petition past 100,000 signatures. The more names on it, the more pressure on the government and MPs to rein in Andrew Lansley's plans.

The government said they launched their own petition website to give voters more say. So let's hold them to that. Just this week fresh opinion polls have shown that most voters don't support Lansley's plans. Let's try to use their petition website to force MPs to listen to our message that the NHS plans are a dangerous mess and need to be stopped.

38 Degrees members know that the future of the NHS matters. It’s about each one of us knowing that we can get the treatment we need when we need it, without having to worry about paying. It's about knowing that our loved ones will be able to rely on the same thing in years to come. It’s a national treasure, not a political football. So let's keep fighting for it!