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Archive for February 4th, 2011

One  stone is enough to break a glass……
One sentence enough to break a heart……
One second enough to fall in love……
One misunderstanding sufficient to break a friendship.

A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge. The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter, “Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don’t fall into the river.” The little girl said, “No, Dad. You hold my hand.” “What’s the difference?” Asked the puzzled father. “There’s a big difference,” replied the little girl. “If I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go.”
 
In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond………
So hold the hand of the person in whom you trust rather than expecting them to hold yours…!

got this from an email my sister sent me….isn’t it lovely!! 🙂

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Ok, so the last week and a bit has been kinda weird. I got so stressed out trying to keep up with all the nitty gritty of things that I forgot to have a life.  Total overwhelm resulted in me not doing anything much at all last week beyond messing about on facebook.  I also got to do some reading which I don’t often do, I spent 8 hours or more trying to access a youtube account but due to the fact that I did not record the email address and password that I opened it with….I had no success (fortunately my daughter resolved the problem with youtube and it’s back on) – whew!…..I made three videos using photos of London and I watched an inordinate amount of telly!! Shame on me.

Oh and I also did my tax return….or should I say attempted to do my tax return!  Got all the figures sorted, did the calculations and finally after three days of uhming and aaing I finally plucked up the courage and logged onto the site to complete the ruddy thing!!! only to be foiled at the post! I did not have an activation code! hahaha! for goodness sake. I was so determined to get the blasted thing in on time this year and avoid the penalty and hey ho! whadda you know!

So after a panicky call to the revenue offices I am now waiting for the code! Geez. If there is one thing in life I detest….it’s paying taxes.  I don’t mind paying tax per se, but what I do mind is paying a ruddy great big chunk of my annual wages into a bank account over which I essentially have no control.  I don’t really get to say how the money that I have worked 7 days a week for, gets spent!   so having received my activation code yesterday I did the return and guess what? it turned out to be a whole lot easier to do than I thought.   I was so stressed thinking about doing it. not that I am any happier about paying tax, but there you go, I am a citizen of the country so must pay.

If I did have any say…….the first thing I would do is make all the hotshot businessmen like the owner of a well-known High Street store pay their taxes in the UK or get out! It’s ridiculous that we have to pay in such a huge amount of money into the pot and the likes of them get to avoid it and yet they still have their businesses in the UK.  I know that there is the argument about having to generate business blah blah blah, however it is still not right! And it’s all very well having lawyers and accountants to use the loop-holes to avoid tax, businesses in this country get many breaks and to avoid paying what they should pay is just not on.

Then I would cut off the tap of free money that all the lazy layabouts claim as benefits, then spend their time and our money playing on pinball machines!  I totally agree that benefits are a good thing for people who are disabled and people who genuinely need the money, but I simply do not agree with the system of paying girls to have babies or for familes to claim so much by way of benefits that they take home more than I do in a year and yet they live in a fancy house (paid for by the council), have a car, flat-screen tv, have 6-8 kids, and claim for every possible thing that they can.  I think the word should be changed to ‘assistance funds’, it’s not a benefit at all. I don’t understand why it’s called benefits…..benefit of what?  Working?  And of course the worst thing is that many of the claimants have NEVER worked a day in their lives…..yet they get paid regularly. Time for some changes me thinks!!!

Then I would do away with the hot-shot politicians claiming for all sorts of ridiculous expenses…..which as we have seen in the past year or so, they abuse to their hearts content. And it would seem that despite the new government and despite the promises made, politicians are still being told to claim for this and claim for that.  I never got to claim a darn thing for doing my job!   Do your job, you get paid for it.

So there we go. Whinge over. Hopefully I can get my mojo back soon and get back on the horse so to speak…..

04.02.11

…..and slowly but surely my mojo is returning.  I think the promise of a break coming up next weekend has something to with it. I have also found renewed vigour for getting my business off the ground and working now.  It’s really difficult trying to keep an eye on the ball when I am working a full time job (24 hours live-in) as well as helping my daughter out twice a week, and keeping my various social media platforms active….takes it’s toll.

However, the last few days have seen my mojo slowly reasserting itself and I have more energy.  I am so excited that I finally managed to download the video I made onto youtube and so far it has had positive results.  I am also re-planning my attempt to walk the Camino.  Of course the main walk is through Europe and mainly in Spain but it does start here in the UK as well, so in the steps of Geoffrey Chaucer, I am planning to start the walk next weekend from Southwark which is where he started from and will follow the route he took, for which I found a map just a day ago!! 🙂 awesome.  more on that later.

Other than that I have enrolled to do a stint for Marie Curie in March.  I will be selling daffodils in Hampstead on the 11th between 1-2pm. Awesome!  I have also enrolled to participate in the Big Issue Sleep-over on the 18th March. So lots happening!  These will have to satisfy my wander-lust for now. 🙂

and the video that took up so much of my time. what a learning curve that was.

and so moving on…………..

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