Archive | December, 2012

Earthrise

26 Dec

When the man on the moon saw the first Earthrise in those alien skies,
Did he behold Paradise?
Or did he see the plague of poverty take hold without mercy,
the great rainforests felled,
Deforestation,
devastation from grievous wars setting brother against brother?
Did he see weather getting out of control.
The pollution from burning gas, coal?
Did he see this living marble hanging precariously in barren space,
with wonder written on his face?
A precious gem in those alien skies,
when he beheld the first Earthrise.

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Merlin

23 Dec

Heir of the druids long gone,
Spawn of the sacred grove,
I am one with the earth,
With the water the flows,
With the wind that blows,
Counsellor to once and future kings,
Yet I have the power,
Magic a force flowing through my veins like blood,
Man as old as the world,
Or boy with youthful curls,
I am all at once.
I am Merlin, Emrys,
Spawn of the sacred groves,
Britannia’s ancient rose.

12 days of christmas 2012

18 Dec

On the first day of christmas the PM gave to me a piece of antarctic territory.

On the second day of christmas the PM gave to me, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of Antarctic territory.

On the 3rd day of christmas, the PM gave to me, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 4th day of christmas, the PM gave to me, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights & a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 5th day of christmas, the PM gave to me, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 6th day of christmas, the PM gave to me, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 7th day of christmas, the PM gave to me, child poverty, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 8th day of christmas, the PM gave to me, Comet going bust, child poverty, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 9th day of christmas the PM gave to me, food banks aplenty, Comet going bust, child poverty, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 10th day of christmas the PM gave to me, more divide and rule, food banks aplenty, Comet going bust, child poverty, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 11th day of christmas the PM gave to me, more cuts in the offing, more divide and rule, food banks aplenty, Comet going bust, child poverty, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

On the 12th day of christmas the PM gave to me, one broken Britain, more cuts in the offing, more divide and rule, food banks aplenty, Comet going bust, child poverty, a tax cut for the wealthy, half a wedding ring, a cabinet meeting, 60 placemats, reduced redundancy rights and a piece of antarctic territory.

The NHS constitution – a new weapon in our defence of our NHS

15 Dec

On Monday 10th December, I joined many other ambulance workers, unison members and ordinary members of the public like myself in going to London to lobby against the edition of the government to allow Arriva to run greater Manchester’s Patient Transport Service. This was a decision based purely on cost, and Unison are concerned that this move may affect the service as the company could cut corners to maintain profit.

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This was a day of high spirits from listening to Andy Burnham, Andrew Gwynne, Lucy Powell and Jonny Reynolds speak passionately against such a measure, to marching down Whitehall to the department of health to deliver a petition of 14000 signatures gift wrapped for Mr Hunt.

In his speech, Andy referred to the ‘NHS constitution’ , where one of the points maintained that as the NHS ‘belongs to the people’ and thus the people have a right to be consulted on changes to thir services. Afterwards, I asked Andy about the constitution and how the wider public are unaware of this. This got myself, and 2 other friends thinking. As a result we have set up a twitter account @nhsconstitution to tweet parts of the constitution as well as links to an online version of the document in order to keep the public aware of their rights.

This document not only informs the public on their rights with regards to treatment, but can also help people in campaigns to fight against changes to their services which they do not want, from campaigns to overturn the privatisation of patient transport services, to closures of hospital wards. This government has shown that it cannot be trusted with our NHS, and shows the importance of each one of us fighting to save it.

The constitution can be found here:

http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Documents/nhs-constitution-interactive-version-march-2012.pdf

Shine a light (hannukah/Christmas)

14 Dec

Shine a light

Light another candle on the menorah,
switch on the lights stuck to the door,
for t’is the season on the long dark night,
so come, shine a light.

miraculous oils burning bright,
a star in the heavens in sight,
t’is the of the longest night,
so come, shine a light.

So give your gelt, presents from Santa’s sack, your love,
Be merry in our festival of light,
t’is the season of magic in these deep dark nights,
so come, shine a light!

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Love is love (equal marriage version)

11 Dec

Love is love (marriage)

Why do you judge the feelings of the heart,

We cant control it when it beats for another,

When the blood rushes, the face blushes,

Love is still love.

Why should we hide the feelings of the heart,

Love comes in many guises,

The heart makes no distinctions, no barriers,

No divisions of those who can or cannot live in wedded bliss,

Whether male of female, it still flutters,

All I know is this,

Love is still love!

Christmas came…

7 Dec

A seasonal poem for you, which I first posted as a comment on the Guardian’s website – http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/dec/07/poster-poems-december?mobile-redirect=false

Christmas came….

Christmas came,
Amongst the darkness the twinkle of lights,
Amidst the darkest of nights,
A new star burns bright.
Christmas came,
Music amongst silence,
Echoes of little donkeys,
kings of orient are,
bearing gifts traversing afar
Beyond the material facade, the tinsel veneer,
fellowship the greatest gift to appear,
New life at the death of the year.