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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Donating your air-miles to charity.

Yesterday I donated 6000 about-to-expire Finnair points to Unicef. I had no idea this was a thing until the good people at Finnair alerted me to the fact that I could. Now I can see that most airlines are affiliated to charities and you can donate your unwanted air-miles to them. It's so easy, so why not do same. Read more...

https://www.businesstraveller.com/features/how-to-donate-unused-frequent-flyer-miles-to-charity/

Earth Hour.

From 8.30 to 9.30pm local time tonight, 24/03/2018, across the globe, millions of buildings will actively be going dark. Let's join them and switch off the lights...

http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-world-is-turning-off-its-lights-for-an-hour-2016-3?r=US&IR=T



Friday, 16 March 2018


Prostate Cancer.

Prostate Cancer has been much in the news recently. Most of us will know someone whose lives have been affected by it. Here is an article from George Monbiot of The Guardian, measured, insightful and with gentle humour. I hope you will find it helpful.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/13/prostate-cancer-happy-diagnosis-operation

Monday, 26 February 2018

Hygiene Poverty. From food banks to beauty banks.


When I watched the film "I, Daniel Blake",  I thought one of the most harrowing parts was when the young mother went to the food bank and quietly asked if they had any sanitary products. They did not. Now, there is a new enterprise, Beauty Banks, which makes this possible, and not just for sanitary products but all the essential toiletries that most of us take for granted such as soap and toothpaste. You can read the full article from The Independent below. Donations can either be posted to a central London hub, or for ease, shop online and get them posted direct to Beauty Banks, c/o Jo Jones, The Communications Store, 2 Kensington Square, London W8 5EP

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/beauty-banks-sali-hughes-jo-jones-donate-products-hygiene-poverty-a8223496.html

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A "Woohoo!" from the WHO. 

A landmark achievement for world osteopathy.


Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO), which exists to direct and coordinate international health as an agency of the United Nations, voted to admit the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) into 'official relations' status. This is a privilege which it grant to bodies that make a significant contribution to the advancement of public health and support the spirit, purposes and principles of the WHO's Constitution. This is something that the IOA has been working towards since it's inception and which will help elevate the global osteopathic profession.

To find out more about the IOA, visit www.ioalliance.org

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Fine Radio!

Listening to "Inside Health" on radio 4 last night, there were 2 fascinating, accessible and highly informative articles on DVT's in hospital, and the optimum dosage when taking iron supplements.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ply54

Following immediately on from there was "The Life Scientific" on the flu virus. If you've managed to dodge that this winter, hat's off to you!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09plntp

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Dementia Friendly Cinema

As a committed cinema goer, I am also slowly making my way through the wonderfully informative Kermode and Mayo podcasts. I cannot imagine a world where cinema is not accessible to me, and it was here www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lvdrj/episodes/downloads catching up with a podcast from last Sept, that I became alerted to the concept of dementia-friendly cinema, with reduced volume and slightly brighter lighting, amongst other things. Bristol's own wonderful Watershed has a link to it:
https://www.watershed.co.uk/filmhub/dementia-friendly-screenings-a-guide-for-cinemas

On The Alzheimer's Society website there are more dementia-friendly listings for other art related things:
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20116/making_organisations_more_dementia-friendly/358/making_arts_organisations_dementia_friendly/2

Now in it's 7th year, September is World Alzheimer's Month, with Sept 21st being World Alzheimer's Day. If the life of someone close to you is affected by this condition, may I suggest that you mark your dance-card now.
https://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month