volunteer in the community

Did you know Newcastle Have an Open Access Plan to encourage Cycling up to 2022.

Also the Council made a pledge that “all children in the city could play safe” and have a happy childhood.

Just some things mentioned on their website

.Nice Air POLLUtion GUIDANCE see this and what they say about Air Pollution. The city also have their air pollution May. Newcastle Lets Talk.

Below is a report on reform in Parliament. Received as a prize for being in a competition to write a few sentences on democracy-It was a Parliamentary Competition 2015 DSC03045

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My beautiful picture


Lots of talk, films and shops on the holiday bandwagon. Sun and sea, the cruise ships and delayed flights. August is the month when everything seems to slow down or even stop. When another world beckons the weary to forget, at least for a week or two.

Listening to the radio and non stop music can convince the mind that all is really well. Yet flick the switch to a radio station where tales of starving people, guns and protests are the stories and all does not seem well. But then the switch can be turned back to the music again. Sometimes the radio gives an insight into the unseen sights of places which welcome the visitor with wine and sunshine, the sights of untold sorry.  Reasons for the wealth of some places and the poverty of others lies not in the money from tourists but from the sweat of individuals digging in the hot sun for a few pennies while others take the fruits of such individuals labour and turn it into millions.

Perhaps on a lazy hot sunny day at home or abroad listening to a perhaps unfamiliar sound of voices on a radio who describe how other people live can give insight into the real world out there in the heat haze where one person can be paid less than £7  per hour even in the wealthy West ( £2 or less in many other place on the planet)and another person more than £20k per hour.

At the GE2015 I stood in Brunswick Hall and debated the future of the NHS. I had read the book “The NHS for Sale”.  At the time it seemed a little unbelievable  but now everyone sees the problem.

Recently I was in the audience at a BBC election event. Questions were asked and individuals replied.  It is all so exciting but serious, it is the future for all generations that is being discussed. The real question is what kind of society we have and what do we want in the future.  Empathy and understanding-its not difficult- and its not being selfish-health, education, transport and the environment -balance and equality.

I entered a competition set up by a parliamentary committee about a preamble to a written constitution and anyone who entered went to London to meet the Chair of the committee.  See the photograph of the others who attended.

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My beautiful picture

April 2015 KONPNE Health Hustings 031swphoto






Just been listening to the radio where a reporter based in the far east commented on his home situation. It seems he and others who live in the industrial areas of some big cities need to take protection of their family health very seriously.

He keeps his windows closed and even tries to keep out the deadly PM2.5 particles famed for their air pollution with the help of Duck Tape which he puts around the edges of windows. He mentioned that the noise from Air Purifiers in every room may be disturbing to his family life but it is a small inconvenience.

It seems a air monitoring device was obtained a few years ago and this indicated that the amount of air pollution was rated in the high eighties. since even the suggested local recommended rate was about 25, he quickly did something to help the situation and this included the Air Purifiers and the duck tape. It seems others in the area also use the air pollution monitors in their homes and are proactive in trying to reduce the risks . Yet even with the procedures described the level maintain in the reporters home is still just at 25. He did not say if there were any trees around the area-trees help to oxygenate the atmosphere(fresh country air etc) and some types of trees help reduce some types of air pollution in certain circumstances.

For information-PM2.5 particles are less than 2.5 microns in diameter. Some occur via dust storms but most via industrial processes. The smallest cross the blood barrier and  are breathed in and enter the lungs and have been associated with respiratory disease and lung damage.

The World Health Organisation consider 85% of people in urban areas are exposed to these and other pollutants which are too small to see yet devastate   health.


Before the festive season I sent a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee on Transport. Many of the Committees in Parliament both in the Commons and Lords often request submissions from the public, organisations and businesses on the various topics under discussion in regard to legislation which is going through the Houses of Parliament or may do so at a later date.

The methods of submission and how to do so are on the website http://www.parliament.uk with details of how to submit via online or written. It is a way of showing one is a citizen not just a consumer. In this day and age a vital thing to do is to show that the vote which was so keenly fought for and difficult to obtain is not wasted. Individuals from countries where the vote is not so free appreciate what this country has in regard to democracy.

Watched animated version of Dickens Scrooge the other week. It was quite good, but what really came across was some of the attitudes indicated in the script. The Script seemed to be keeping to the book and all the other versions of the story in that it portrayed the basic viewpoint we have all come to know that seemed to exist in the 19th century towards being poor-the poor were undeserving.

Dickens wrote some of his stories weekly in a magazine as Boz. Yet some of the story line in the animation seemed to come straight from the pages of recent newspapers here in the 21st century-so unbelievingly modern. Did Charles Dickens have ESP. The world over the poor are classed the same, to the rich there is no class system. Its a wonder no one put actors in modern clothes in a modern setting and called a play Scrooge.

“The Worlds a stage”. Shakespeare’s words, so true. The actors and there roles are seen every day via the media.

TV shows us the roles people play not just in drama productions but in everyday life.” The seven ages of man” another well known line from the Bard. The other week was the big anniversary and now there are productions everywhere of the plays which were put on at the Globe Theatre 400 years ago. The plays tell us of rage, love, hate, manipulation, but one just needs to look around to see all that. What has changed or is changing. There is a mountain of research going on, people are making money from it. The facts and figures of our life. But a question might also be, how is the development of humanity in all this. Is the human brain any different to what it was in Shakespeare’s time? The emotions seem the same, the reasons for behaviour illustrated by the plays seem the same.

Yet there is four hundred years between the plays and this age of technology, when we have a computer in our pockets and can reach the other side of the world in a second.

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