It was the Nottingham carnival over the weekend, where there was a mixture of good music, great food and a fabulous atmosphere. What more could we ask for…. Well other than some consistent summer weather, a lot of people I hadn’t seen for ages came out of hiding to join in the festivities. Unlike Julian Assange the WikiLeaks founder, he came out of his hide out yesterday to thank his supporters and to call for the release of Bradley Manning (the alleged source of the cache of US Diplomatic cables). Are the allegations against Mr Assange a distraction for us?
Can the US government really hold Mr. Manning for telling the “truth?” Are the US citizens (the country that boasts democracy and liberty) or even the nation going to continue to allow this injustice to take place. There are more of us than there are of them, when are we going to step up to the plate, especially if you are amongst the ones who know what’s going on, a friend of mine who is the founder of a company called Zen (@gmanzen) always tells me “once you know it’s impossible to unknow“…… You know it makes sense.
A friend of mine said that her son had been suspended from school for a few days after he stood up for one of his friends that was being racially abused by another pupil (who suffered no repercussions) probably due to the fact that his father helped to pay for the school gym, but we won’t talk about that….. She was annoyed that the school hadn’t backed her sons’ bravery she complained to the school board and threatened to take the story to the papers, (put it this way, I wouldn’t want to bump into her down a dark alley) which she said did the trick because her son was back at school the next day and the bully reprimanded for his actions despite his fathers threats. Not everyone is brave enough to make a stand for what they believe in.
Take the three Athletes in the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City. Where African American’s Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a “black power” salute and were sent home after the games they also received death threats. They were supported by Australian Peter Norman, who didn’t salute but wore a badge supporting their protest, he was shunned by the Australian sporting establishment, and he died in 2006 aged 64 without forgiveness. Although now the Australian Parliament posthumously want to apologise for the way it shamelessly treated Mr Norman and for forgetting his athletic abilities. For Peter Norman though, this apology comes too late. He stood for what he believed in, how many of us would be so brave. I remember the time I stood up for what I believed in. I was in a Chinese restaurant and very hungry, I stood up straight away when they called my order…… Well….. I’ve always believed in quality food….. Mmmmm.
I know I shouldn’t laugh but Prince Harry, the Nation’s favourite royal has been at it again… He was caught out in Las Vegas where he was allegedly playing strip poker; he was photographed buck naked with a female companion. The Palace has confirmed it is Harry, but isn’t giving out any other information. We all might be thinking, so what, but unfortunately for Harry, it is written, “To whom much is given, much is required”. What I find funny is that we get labeled commoners and we accept this title, even bow to it, now I realise nobody’s perfect but it’s not often that we get to see the crown jewels without them being displayed behind glass or on top of the Queens head…… Which I guess would be highly inappropriate.
A few of my friends have booked a holiday to Greece, they said it was the one place they knew that would be cheap and cheerful….. Or not so cheerful as the case may be. The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met up with the Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Junker and Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, he went to plead the case for the Greeks, the question is why is the country in this mess in the first place? Who do they owe money to? What have the Economic Hit men gone in and promised them? Or more to the point which historical land mark have they plundered?
Bring back the bartering system I say, before paper money was introduced there were no monetary problems, the butcher gave meat to the baker, who then gave bread to the candlestick maker….. Perfect. I tried the bartering system down at my local supermarket, but for some strange reason they wouldn’t accept my old and worn underpants in exchange for my shopping…… Strange that.
How many people have we reached out to this week…..? How many people have we walked passed not realising that just a mere smile would raise their spirits. Let’s not be the weak link within our communities, a weak link will always weaken or break the chain. Remember Kindness is never a form of weakness.
Article by Citizen Jane / 24th August 2012