Pray for a better day

I am in contact with so many people at the moment, through this website, the phone, Email, YouTube, Facebook LinkedIn & finally my favorite which is Twitter (an awesomely powerful means of networking) I have also been search for some more images of my brother Andrew and found some little gems. I’m doing this as a journal for me and my family really, so long as I have money to pay for this website then I honor his memory and express my perception on this crazy little rock called earth. So for as long as I can afford to pay for this site his image can be seen down here among us earthlings as we warm are hearts around a digital fire that is the World Wide Web of Dreams, Hope and Fears.

Here is Andy at Poldark mine where he used to do Ghost Tours and paranormal investigations.

We sorted out some other photos of him and me too when we were growing up.

He was the king I was the Muppet left holding the bear.

On holiday in France here I think with my my Mum and my Grandpa and Andy behind me, the closer I look at the photo and yes it is definitely France because I am drinking Orangina.
For a better day
Why must we live and dream in metaphors

Restaurant innovation – food for supper

Just got this great email from a local Italian restaurant what a great idea cooking there food in your home.

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A Democratic Point to view

The speaker and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, have begun a media blitz to present an alternative message to the president’s lengthy daily briefings.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sat for 25 television interviews over the past three weeks.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sat for 25 television interviews over the past three weeks.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times
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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg

  • April 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t bother watching President Trump’s lengthy daily televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic. “I don’t watch his shows,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “I don’t have time to watch him contradict himself from one day to the next.”

Still Ms. Pelosi, who is now deprived of the official trappings of the Capitol with Congress in an extended virus-instigated recess, is trying to counter the president’s White House sessions with her own media blitz from her kitchen in San Francisco.

Over the past three weeks, the speaker has sat for 25 television interviews, up from her typical one or two a month. On Monday, she told the “Late Late Show” host James Corden that Mr. Trump was “in denial” and called his push to swiftly reopen the country “really scary.” On Tuesday, she issued a blistering letter calling Mr. Trump an incompetent liar who had caused “unnecessary deaths and economic disaster,” and went on MSNBC to talk about it. On Wednesday, she appeared on CNN, calling Mr. Trump’s move to put his name on government stimulus checks “shameful.”

People in Washington have come to understand that if you want to communicate with Mr. Trump, the best way is to go on television, and Ms. Pelosi, who led the drive to impeach him, is a master at getting under the president’s skin. But Ms. Pelosi — in tandem with her Senate counterpart, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who is amping up his own media presence — is doing more than just taking potshots.

Eager to offer an alternate narrative to the one Mr. Trump has been presenting, the two are trying to play on what they regard as Mr. Trump’s biggest political weakness: For all the talking the president is doing, many Americans do not believe what he says.

Polls show that Mr. Trump’s rambling briefings, delivered from the White House briefing room or the Rose Garden just outside, are doing him little good. His job approval ratings, which saw a slight uptick when he first took to the airwaves, are stuck near 46 percent, the same as before the pandemic, according to an average calculated by Real Clear Politics. Surveys show that most Americans think the president waited too late to respond to the novel coronavirus. The nation’s governors are getting far better grades from the public.

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Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer, looking toward the November elections amid deep anxiety among Americans about the pandemic, are trying to weaponize those sentiments. Sidelined from the Capitol, they lack Mr. Trump’s powerful megaphone. Ms. Pelosi is conducting interviews in front of a laptop in her well-appointed kitchen, with her high-end appliances in the background. Mr. Schumer has set up his iPad on a pile of books atop his dining room table in Brooklyn.

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“It’s supposed to be at eye level,” he explained in an interview Thursday.

Despite their considerably less grand backdrops, the two have managed to play jujitsu with the president, by either baiting Mr. Trump with their own television appearances or commandeering at least some portion of his briefings by raising questions, reiterated by reporters who then push him to respond.

“Even if the public doesn’t hear them directly, Schumer and Pelosi still play a very influential role in shaping the debate in a way that affects what Trump has to answer for when he does his media circus,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. “They may not always have the ear of the public, but they have Trump’s ear, and he is hypersensitive to what they have to say.”

As the highest-ranking Democrat in the country and Mr. Trump’s constitutional equal, Ms. Pelosi (and, to a lesser extent, Mr. Schumer) is also stepping into a void left by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for president, who has been struggling to carve out a place for himself in the coronavirus debate.

Democrats say the pandemic has presented them with a powerful political hand to play.

“This is a perfect storm of messaging,” said Steve Israel, the former congressman from New York who ran the House Democrats’ campaign arm. “The three defining issues in this campaign were Trump’s competence as president, the strength of the economy and health care — and those three issues have now collided spectacularly.”Sign up to receive an email when we publish a new story about the coronavirus outbreak.Sign Up

Ms. Pelosi insists politics is not at work. “This is life and death,” she said.

But the Democrats have succeeded in elevating issues that Mr. Trump would rather not discuss. This month, for instance, Mr. Schumer used an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to urge Mr. Trump to appoint a military official as a “czar” to oversee the production and distribution of medical supplies and equipment. That led to a daylong verbal duel.

First, Mr. Trump blasted “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer” on Twitter. Mr. Schumer followed up with a letter to Mr. Trump reiterating his demand. They spoke by phone, and Mr. Trump threatened to send Mr. Schumer a “nasty letter.” He later did so, accusing the Democratic leader on formal White House stationery of exacerbating New York’s coronavirus outbreak by being distracted by the “ridiculous impeachment hoax.”

Mr. Schumer insisted that he and Ms. Pelosi were having some effect. In the weeks since that exchange, Mr. Trump has occasionally invoked the Defense Production Act, the Korean War-era law allowing him to compel manufacturers to produce vital equipment.

“One of the reasons the majority of people now realize the president is not doing a good job,” Mr. Schumer said, “is we’ve been pointing it out.”

The two have also been using their media appearances to demonstrate how Democrats might govern, even as they highlight the president’s shortcomings. They have been particularly focused on Mr. Trump’s failure to live up to his claim that any American who needed a coronavirus test could get one. On Wednesday, Democrats rolled out their own $30 billion national testing plan — an implicit attack on Mr. Trump that Ms. Pelosi reinforced later in the day when she went on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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“It’s so important to come back to those three big words: testing, testing, testing,” she said, reiterating a phrase that she employs at almost every opportunity.

In the interview with The New York Times, Ms. Pelosi said she was not doing any more press than usual, noting that she frequently spoke to reporters in the Capitol. (She did her regular weekly news conference by telephone on Thursday.) But she has clearly expanded her reach and tried to meet Americans where they are.

That is one reason she went on Mr. Corden’s show. “It is especially important to reach out into the popular culture,” she said.

But excessive media exposure has its downsides, too. When the substance of her interview with Mr. Corden was over, the speaker — who is known for her love of chocolate — engaged in one of the host’s playful episodes of show-and-tell, pulling open her freezer to reveal a drawer full of neatly stacked containers of $12-a-pint artisan ice cream, including her favorite chocolate.

The clip quickly went viral, prompting Ms. Pelosi’s conservative critics to blast her as tone deaf and the Trump campaign to brand her an “ice queen.” Her Republican counterpart, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, also chimed in, complaining to the Fox News host Bill Hemmer that the speaker was “more interested in showcasing her gourmet ice cream than securing the funding” necessary to keep small businesses afloat.

With Mr. Trump making one outlandish statement after another — he claimed last week that he had “total” authority in the pandemic, prompting a rebellion among governors, and on Wednesday he threatened to force Congress to adjourn — Ms. Pelosi said she was primarily interested in forcing the president to reckon with the truth.

“If he tells more falsehoods, if he conveys more falsehoods again and again, they almost become factoids — not quite a fact,” she said. “He is eclipsing the truth, and you cannot let somebody who is not telling the truth say it so often.”

She said she wrote the “Dear Colleague” letter she released Tuesday evening after reflecting about it over the Easter holiday. In it, she used the word “truth” 18 times to launch a string of broadsides against the president, including: “The truth is, a weak person, a poor leader, takes no responsibility. A weak person blames others.”

Mr. Trump obviously got the message.

“Crazy ‘Nancy Pelosi, you are a weak person. You are a poor leader,’” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning, quoting his friend Sean Hannity of Fox News. The president went on in his own voice: “She is totally incompetent & controlled by the Radical Left, a weak and pathetic puppet. Come back to Washington and do your job!”

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How Helpful is the Chancellors Charity Support Package to rural communities?  

ACRE has been working with NCVO and other national charities to help Government get to grips with the impact of Covid-19 on rural people and community organisations throughout England.

A priority for ACRE is the small charities and community organisations that exist in every rural community; especially those delivering essential support to vulnerable rural people.  The greatest concern is that vulnerable people were already at risk of isolation and loneliness before the government’s ‘lockdown’ measures were introduced. The current situation has only made life more difficult for those in need of support.  

In the midst of a crisis of this kind it is understandable that maximum focus is being placed on the nation’s major urban centres, but are the 9.5 million people living in rural England, out of sight, and therefore out of mind?

Small rural community organisations and charities are heavily dependent on local events, fayres and other community-based fundraising.  They do not have the fundraising machinery or reserves that could help them survive the unforeseeable times we are living through; without fundraising, the future of those rural charities looks bleak.

The Chancellor’s support package is largely aimed at charities that are helping with the crisis and is, therefore, very welcome.  However, it will not help to sustain those whose viability is affected by the crisis.  A stark contrast to what has been done for profit making organisations in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors.  

David Emerson, Chair of ACRE said:

 “The lifeline that very local charities provided to those who are vulnerable, lonely and isolated in rural areas is being wrenched away by this crisis.  No amount of money will restore the warmth of close human contact these organisations can no longer provide, but it will take more than this limited financial commitment to ensure they are still there when the crisis is over.”

ACRE remains fully operational throughout the pandemic and is committed to continue its work with other national charities, Government and DEFRA to make sure that England’s rural communities come out of this crisis in a healthier and more resilient state than when it started.

Ends   Issued 09 April 2020   Media contact: Flick Humphrey, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, 07842 820 592 f.humphrey@acre.org.uk Available for comment & interview: Jeremy Leggett, Policy Lead, 07787573658 j.leggett@acre.org.uk   Twitter @MrsFlickH   Tweet ACRE @ACRE_national     Notes to editor   Background ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is the national body for 38 independent county based organisations that make up the ACRE Network. Our vision, to be the voice of rural communities, is supported by the wealth of evidence and intelligence on rural matters that we collect from our members. We use this evidence to influence national policy on rural issues, from housing, health and transport to broadband, services and fuel poverty.   We have a strong track record of speaking up for rural communities on the national stage and delivering multi-million pound projects that enable our communities to find innovative solutions to the challenges they face.   Our Network Members, many of whom date back 90 years, have a long, fruitful history of making a difference at grassroots level. They are charitable local development agencies, generally based at county level, which lead, support and enable community initiatives, reaching 52,000 grassroots organisations.

Corona-19 Devon strikes back

Email template of what Communities in Devon are doing to confront the Corona-19 virus. To be continued!!

  1. Community emergency grants for new & old resilience groups across Devon https://www.devoncommunities.org.uk/grant-funding-emergency-flood-resilience 

New groups that have been formed in response to the pandemic may wish to apply under scheme one to support costs associated with formalising the group into a community emergency planning group and creating a community emergency plan; a document that helps to plan your response and is shared with relevant local authorities and emergency services. We can also provide practical guidance, advice, and support around the creation of a community emergency planning group and writing a community emergency plan.

For questions and queries about grant applications please contact louise.macallister@devoncommunities.org.uk. For questions and queries about practical guidance and support in forming a community emergency planning group and writing an emergency plan please contact martin@devoncommunities.org.uk 

  1. Devon Highlights is a community project led by Devon Communities Together, that supports older people (aged 55+) living in 6 areas of Devon, who may be at risk of loneliness and isolation. The project has but in place a number of measures to help ensure that older people are still able to access the support of this project throughout the Covid19 restrictions, please do share this information with those you know who may benefit from this. We are now operating a one to one telephone service for those people that do not have access to the internet or are unsure how to use digital devices.  

We are also using Zoom to hold groups online, so that participants can still see each other in real time, and talk about activities they are doing. In fact, this is a great opportunity for anyone that is 55+ living in Devon who wants to get connected.  

Devon Highlights is here to connect you in this time of isolation. For anyone who wants to get involved they can contact us on – info@devoncommunities.org.uk, or via telephone: 01392 218919.

  1. A village community working together – practical  example – Ashreigney Village Hall have shared how they are looking after the hall and supporting the community during the Covid19 restrictions;

The Hall is now closed except for Friday mornings 0900-1100hrs when our Post Service operates.

The Foyer is cleaned on a Thursday afternoon each week prior to its opening and our Risk Assessment has been updated accordingly.

The Hall is physically checked twice a week by 2 Charity Trustees to ensure that all is fine.

We will look to turn off the heating in the next couple of weeks; all other electrical items have been switched off.

We have reduced the Committee to a quorum so that any decisions that have to be made can be done more quickly; this was done with all Trustees knowledge and agreement.

On the Contingency side, our Contingency Gold Group meets over Zoom and information is promulgated down through the ashreigneyhelp email. 

We have a list of volunteers who have all been individually contacted by email and been given guidance on protocol, health and safety and general well being.

We have also produced a list of local producers and shops with contact details and payment methods as well as price lists.

The Co-ordinator manages the list of volunteers and updates information as we feed it in to her.

Following the delivery of the Ashreigney and Riddlecombe Emergency Measures information sheet to all households which provides the names and contact details of the co-ordinators and how to seek assistance, we currently have a number of active requests for help which are being managed.

I should also say that the community is managing a lot of self help and care for neighbours and friends; the purpose of the volunteers is to fill the gaps where existing support networks fail or have not been established.

Our church bells ring out every Thursday at 8pm and last Thursday we had a wonderful accompaniment of drums as well as clapping!

Around a hundred of Devon’s towns and parishes have an Emergency Plan registered with Devon Community Resilience Board, others have unregistered* plans.

Many Emergency Plans include a local response team, ready to take action when an incident occurs.

  1. A message from Martin Rich (martin@devoncommunties.org.uk) We want to find out how the local emergency teams have become involved in the response to Covid 19:

Has your group been activated?

Is your group leading the community response?

Have you joined up with others in your community?

What are you doing?

What difficulties have you come up against and how have you resolved them?

Do you have any outstanding requirements?

How have you funded your activities?

How are you communicating with your community?

How are you communicating within your group?

What have you done that other groups might want to know about?

When circumstances permit, we want to hold a Resilience Forum event to learn from this emergency. It may not be a further hundred years until there is another comparable event; also learning and experiences from today may help address other events. 

Please tell us about your experiences and help us to compile an insight into Emergency Planning in action.

Thank you.

* Registration of a plan means that local details are available to the emergency services and primary response organisations in the event of an emergency and for data analysis.

5)Community Business Survey

We are keen to continue gathering more information to understand the many ways in which the Covid-19 crisis is affecting community businesses. So to help us to understand which government-backed support packages are actually being accessed by community businesses we are inviting you to please complete this short survey.

The document below is a scan and so unfortunately none of the links work but the info is still accurate on it.

Of rats and men

Coronavirus: Banksy makes ‘bathroom’ lockdown art

  • 16 April 2020

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Bansky's latest artwork showing a group of rats in his bathroom
Image captionBanksy’s distinctive rats were seen wreaking havoc in a bathroom

Banksy has published a series of pictures showing rats causing mayhem in a bathroom during the coronavirus lockdown.

The elusive artist, whose identity has never been publicly revealed, published five pictures on his Instagram account on Wednesday.

They show rats, which have featured in several of his pieces, wreaking havoc in what is assumed to be his home.

The caption on the picture reads: “My wife hates it when I work from home.”

One of the rats pictured in Banksy's latest artwork
Image captionThe mischievous rodents were seen jumping over toilet rolls and squeezing toothpaste tubes

Nine rats appear in the new pictures, hanging from the towel ring, stepping on a tube of toothpaste and knocking the bathroom mirror to one side.

One appears to be counting the days of lockdown while another is swinging from the light cord.

Who is the mysterious artist Banksy?

The entire piece published by Banksy on Wednesday
Image captionFive photographs appeared on the artist’s Instagram account

Banksy’s last public artwork appeared on Valentine’s Day in his home city of Bristol and showed a girl firing red flowers from a catapult.

It was vandalised 48 hours after it first appeared.

Large rat mural advertising Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop exhibition in Los Angeles
Image captionRats have often featured in Banksy’s work

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