Millwall Football Fans from Bermondsey attend LondonPride 2017

Millwall supporters from the LBTQIA and heterosexual community attended London Pride 2017 and supported the LGBTQIA football fans from all clubs, including West Ham, in the Pride Parade this afternoon. Some fans were unable to make the Parade itself but went anyway, as part of the crowd.

When a Millwall supporter waved his distinctive scarf, some West Ham fans smiled and joked. It was all good fun, everyone was in good spirits.

Later in the day, the Millwall fans went to Trafalgar Square, and despite wearing their ‘Millwall, No one Likes us scarves’ received many hugs from lesbians and gay men.

Camden: Households refusing to leave unsafe towerblocks are being ‘Selfish’

Of course, it is annoying and inconvenient to be kicked out of your home so late, and not wondering where you will stay. It is an emergency situation, this is what happens. It is not ideal.

Should there be a fire, they will put firefighters at risk too, not to mention any visitors who would be up there with them. They are delaying any safety works being done to the properties. If it happened to me, yes, it would be inconvenient but it would be an ‘adventure’ and it would be interesting meeting other members of the block, particularly as many would not even know each other. Whatever happened to the ‘Blitz Spirit?’

One news article said that as much as 83 people are refusing to leave the tower blocks. They are being childish and inconsiderate. It is all ‘me, me’. Of course, the Council should have made the property safe in the first place, but that is another issue. The Council can force them to leave so there is no point whatsoever playing ‘stick in the mud’. They remind me of those people who get flooded and refuse to leave, despite the emergency services asking them to.

England: “Because it’s Tradition”, we do weird & stupid things.

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I always find that State Opening of Parliament fills me with nausea. We have this cringeworthy spectacle for an unelected woman to make a speech in Parliament, a supposed democratic institution. (hello?) Is it just me to thinks this is weird?. The mass media never talk about this. It is like the elephant in the room.

Then I also get annoyed that the soldiers in their bearskin hats are outside Parliament in a 32C heatwave, and are not being allowed to take them off ‘because of tradition’. It is just ‘not good form’ to do that. So soldiers are expected to faint instead. What kind of culture are we in? The class system is plain stupid. What kind of army leaders do we have? What, a ‘real soldier’ doesn’t take his bearskin off? The Queen didn’t seem bothered at all that they were very uncomfortable. Well, she is of a different generation. After all these years, they still make soldiers keep them on. Why don’t soldiers stand up to this nonsense – they are probably court martialled if they do, or bullied.

Even 91-year-olds like the Queen should not be out in a heatwave, on the ‘hottest day of the year’ and the NHS encourages us all to ‘check on their neighbours’ and to keep out of the sun from 11-3pm. Haven’t we forgotten that we are human? In countries like Spain, they have siestas for times like this, but no, we English go ‘out in the Midday Sun’ as the song says. And a lot of the time, we don’t even wear hats either to protect us from the high UV levels, which again, the Government warns us out. Some Brits have second degree burns because they don’t even use any sun protection, unlike people in other hot countries.

What about the emergency services who are inundated with people ignoring Government public health heatwave advice? Why don’t public health warnings apply supposed old people like the Queen? Why couldn’t the Queen just get Prince Charles do her job, at least she wouldn’t be out in the heat getting roasted? No, the Queen has to be out in a heatwave at 91 years old, ‘because it is tradition’, and even then, she’s stubborn enough to be out there during this time because ‘she wants to’.

I understand that the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, has been taken to hospital yet the Queen would appear to be at the State Opening of Parliament, instead of being with him during the day. And, after that, she even went to Ascot in the heatwave. All because she cannot upset ‘tradition’.

Horses should not be racing on the hottest day of the year either, and she is supposed to be a horsewoman. Horse.com advise “Know your horse and signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke can happen anytime your horse is exposed to excessive heat that his body cannot handle. Heatstroke can happen if exercising in hot conditions, but be aware that it can also happen if standing in a hot stall or trailer.” I am at a stables, we keep our horses cool, and none of them have even been out riding in the heat today. The racing industry can be appalling and greedy. The Queen should not be encouraging racing in this weather too. Why not have race times only in the cooler part of the day, or would that ‘not be tradition’? I would rather ‘blow tradition’ than have a sick horse to attend to. I don’t hear anything from the vets at Ascot, maybe they are gagged or are ‘enablers’ of the greedy racing industry in a heatwave, after all, they get a free day out at Ascot.

There comes a point in life that doing the ‘right thing’ is taking the time off work for family reasons, health reasons and animal welfare, this is more important than ‘being on show’. Some traditions are plain stupid, and even more so, in a heatwave. Being a younger generation than most of the old fogies who carry on making these stupid rules, I make my own stamp, by standing up to it and questioning it.

Some people who do ‘challenge things’, actually comes from kids. Recently a academy school banned kids from wearing shorts during a heatweave, so the boys wore skirts as a form of protest and got lots of media coverage. Why can’t boiling soldiers all together, in a band of brothers’. and make a stand, why can’t horse grooms make a stand for their horses? Even the journalists are made to wear suits in a heatwave, ‘for show’, which is ridiculous too. Sometimes were Brits are a bunch of wimps and won’t say boo to a goose!

We have to question our culture, but adults never seem to learn, and that’s a tradition too!

++ Note I am typing this in a library, keeping cool with fans.

London: 18 June, 2017: My trip to two ‘Great Get Togethers’ in 30c Heat

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PHOTO: Southwark Street

I went to two Great Get Togethers, the first with a social group in Holborn and the other at Bankside in Southwark. strong> The Great Get Together was designed to bring communities together in memory of a Labour MP, Jo Cox, who got slain by an extremist.

It was a baking hot all day and I had to slap on 50 SPF factor sunscream. I forgot my sunhat though.

In the first Gathering in Central London, we brought along some food to share including bones for any dogs that may come along, and had a picnic under the trees in Holborn. We played ‘multicultural frisby’ afterwards. We also met an OAP from Southwark and shared some doughnuts and talked about country walks.

Afterwards, we invited him to come along to the Bankside Street Party, which was another Great Big Gathering and listened to music, watched ‘multicultural maypole dancing’, the Surrey Docks Farm animals and went on a Crossbones Garden Tour. It was great to see just by a council estate, a Shetland pony, some sheep, goats and chickens. The kids loved them.

In the Red Cross Garden, near Southwark Street, a woman called Charmaine had made a cake in the Bake Off which looked just like the Red Cross garden, complete with pond. You can see the photo here:

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Am now very knackered and very very hot so, although the Gathering was very good, it was nice to be back home! Look forward to some more Gatherings too.

Review: Natural Hair Shampoo/Conditioner – ‘No Poo’ or Coconut Milk method

I chose to cut out chemical shampoos and conditioners by going ‘No Poo’ or mixing Dr Bronner’s Castile  Liquid Vegetable Soap, Essential Oils and whole Coconut Milk.  A lot of shampoos these days tlook ‘healthy’ on the front of the container, but you only look at the ingredients on the back and they are often riddled with artificial nasties and you don’t need any of these to  have healthy hair.

I gave away my shop bought shampoos and conditioners (the ones that I could) since 1 January 2017.   I wanted to help the environment, avoid cancer,  to reduce  plastic clutter and waste and save the pennies, as well as to improve my dry hair. Castile soap can be used for a whole range of things too, not just hair shampoo which is a real bonus too.

It is amazing how many toxins we are using these days in our hair products. It is such a delight not to shop at Superdrug and Boots for hair shampoos any more. I am even dumping hair dye because of the toxins too.

Shop bought shampoos with all their chemicals are designed to strip your hair of its natural oils, which is the worst thing. No wonder people are shelling out on  more products to deal with dry hair. Hair companies love this.

My hair now feels a lot healthier. One of the best things is that it is less frizzy, particularly, in humid weather. It is much more manageable.Shop bought products had really wrecked my hair, even the so-called sensitive ones.

I have mostly been using Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap, with peppermint essential oil and coconut milk, and occasionally going ‘No Poo’, which is just water, scrubbing the scalp and combing, during the week with no ill effects.

I read that it is better for your scalp to have some kind of anti-bacterial product every so often which I think coconut milk and essentials oils have.

When I go ‘No Poo’ my hair is much easier to manage the next day and isn’t so heavy and oily.  When I use coconut oil, it can be a bit of a nightmare the next morning after I have slept in it, although it feels much healthier after a bit of a comb. Having fine hair can make my hair a bit lanky with coconut milk but what I may do is add more Castile Soap and use less coconut milk and see what happens.

However, I love the luxuriant feeling I have when I have just washed and dried my hair when I use the Castile/coconut formula. And a few days after, it feels healthier, though a little heavy.

I think the night before work or an event,I will use  the ‘No Poo’ method but other times, use the coconut milk. I may add a bit of olive oil to give my ‘No Poo’ hair some lustre.

Generally I am very happy with it, and I love the smell of natural peppermint in my hair, it feels really fresh and non-chemically. When I go to the hairdresser next, I am looking forward to seeing what she says about the condition of my hair. I am not colouring it anymore so it will be even healthier.

I am currently making apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ to condition my hair, but this will take ages though to make so my review on this won’t be for a while.

Someone suggested I try using ‘mud’, as apparently the iron age people used that. This will be interesting, particularly as Bermondsey mud is probably contaminated with all sort of nasty stuff, including car and HGV engine oils. Maybe my hair will glow-in-the-dark.

 

 

 

I visited the Dog Show in Victoria Park, London

Hundreds of dogs turned up for the All Dogs Matter dog show in Victoria Park in Hackney on 11 September.

All Dogs Matter is a London based Dog Rescue Charity and rescues dogs from London and surrounding areas. At the moment they have 32 dogs looking for homes, including little Posy  as seen here http://alldogsmatter.co.uk/

Sunday was a baking hot day. The venue at Victoria Park was excellent as there was plenty of shade for the dogs. In the Competition area, it was not shaded  all but staff  and volunteers from All Dogs Matter made sure they all had plenty of water.

Some rescue dogs took part in events and one of them, a blue staffie, had been found dumped only last week on a D6 bus. Although the dog was microchipped, the owner did not want to have it back.

Over 200 dogs have been rescued in Tower Hamlets in one year by

All Dogs Matter.

The London Port Authority told me a few days  ago that they have been finding several dogs being dumped in the River Thames, including those that have been microchipped and that there is a big underground dog fighting problem in Central London. London is reknowned for its history, but it is becoming reknowned for its animal cruelty.

The show had lots of things for dogs to do such as playing in a den of chocolate coloured balls and having a cool bath though of course some smaller dogs got a bit sniffy about these and refused to try them out much to the annoyance of their owners.

It really good to see these rescue dogs having a bit of fun meeting other dogs  at the show.  I  really hope that several dogs were given a  forever home soon after the event.

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Photo: Chihwahuas taking part in the Dogs with the Waggiest Tail contest (Sorry about the finger in the photo!). The winner would get a ‘Golden Bone’ award and a rosette.

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“There are  no wabbits here, get me out!”

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Lourdes Estate Agents who look part in the Dog Fair brought along lots of nonenvironmentally friendly balloons that would be eaten by marine life and other animals. Here is one of several that will be on its way to ruin our environment.