Thursday, 24 June 2010

Is this peace?

We go to help
The fight seems to never cease
Grown men yelp;
Is this peace?
We go with good health
Leaving families alone
No matter of wealth
If only we’d have known
Is this peace?
The battle field cries
From the tragedy there is no release
The government’s lies.
We want our uncle’s, brothers, cousins and our dads
So please Mr Cameron bring back our lads.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

A London street

The tarmac beneath my boots is polka dotted with discarded chewing gum; it sticks to my shoes as a last attempt to be remembered. Flowers are pinned up morbidly outside the petrol station in memory of that child, one of many, whose common death didn’t make the news. Bullets lie in the gutters as still as the poor soul they shot, children here have toy prams but some contain real babies. Crowds bustle, all the people hurrying fast, really fast and no one ever smiles. Homeless folk give a mournful eye, one minute they have it all, then nothing. The latest gossip spreads from person to person like a tsunami about to hit. The smell of supermarket perfume wafts through the thick air. Babies wail, phones ring, feet stamp, buskers sing. Then a shot, a scream, a thud, an echoe. Just a day in the life of this chilling place. Today was the day.

Monday, 14 June 2010

A poem for my cat.

 One day about three years ago,
Upon a cold February day,
We opened up our hearts and cat flaps,
And Lucy came to play.

A more complicated life we've learned to live,
More chaotic in every way,
We've come to know a crazier life,
Since Lucy came to play.

Pink toy mice and orange collars,
Have moved in, they plan to stay,
They live within the cosy rooms,
Where Lucy likes to play.

Whiskers and go cat,
Tuna and Mackerel all are eaten today,
Fish sure has changed,
Since Lucy came to play.
Hot hugs with passioate purrs,
Will get you on your way,
Prepared with love in the Lucy’s heart ,
Where in Lucy likes to play.

Ornaments on bottom shelves,
We try to keep at bay,
We have to keep things tidy now,
Since Lucy came to play.

The Hamster who used to rule,
Now often Hides away,
She stays calm and learns who's boss,
Since Lucy came to play.

Oh I can't recall what life was like,
It seems so far away,
Before that cold February afternoon,
Before Lucy came to play.

The Tickton Church Goes a mile to spend a penny!

On the 29th of May the Tickton community gathered for an event with an important cause. The aim was to collect a mile of money for a toilet in St Paul’s Church. This would improve the churches facilities massively for weddings and other church events. The event started at 10am with as many as twenty eight volunteers! Everyone lined up the pennies on table tops and along a tape measure. Throughout the day people from the Village came to lend a hand and donate. When the volunteers weren’t lining pennies up they were chatting over a hot drink and delicious cakes. At 4:00pm the clean up process started, pennies were swept up, sorted and then counted. Volunteers joked that they could leave the coins and just ask the church congregation in the morning to step over the path of pennies the next morning! But the clean up went well and volunteers left the church with smiles on their faces. It was originally Pauline Jeffery’s Idea to make a mile of money after she saw an article about it on the Internet.
“I think it’s gone very well, It’s great to see everyone helping.” Said Kate Powell of the Church in Tickton.
The village has raised a total of £1,400! It was defiantly a day to remember.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Microwave Massacre

A 16-year-old boy who cooked his brother's hamster in a microwave has been sentenced to four months in a youth detention unit.

Last year the then 15 year old boy, who cannot be named, cooked his sibling's hamster in a microwave oven. The boy had often threatened to cook the golden hamster. The creatures hind legs were burned to the bone and shortly after the incident the animal was put to sleep. The incident was a tragedy.

But is this unusual? With books such as 'How to fossilize your hamster' and computer games of the same type why are we allowing these things if the incident last week was so awful? Because surely these books and games are encouraging this kind of behaviour. More and more animals are being abused every year in progressively cruel ways.

Children abusing animals is surprisingly common; scientists say that in the age of Disney's walking,talking perfect pets disappointment is a main factor. With such films as 'Marley and me' children see the film and want a Marley, when the reality is a unrestrained, boisterous puppy that wants to chew your toys. Parents should explain to their children the reality to prevent such cases of cruelty.

With animal cruelty on the rise surely something has to be done. The sooner people wake up and realise , like humans, no pet is perfect the better.