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Homelessness

Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating.

On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old.

People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless.

Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population

What causes homelessness?
People become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events which cause individuals to become homeless.

People can become homeless when they leave prison, care or the army with no home to go to. Many homeless women have escaped a violent relationship.

Many people become homeless because they can no longer afford the rent.

And for many, life events like a relationship breaking down, losing a job, mental or physical health problems, or substance misuse can be the trigger. Being homeless can, in turn, make many of these problems even harder to resolve.

How many people are homeless?

There is no national figure for how many people are homeless across the UK. This is because homelessness is recorded differently in each nation, and because many homeless people do not show up in official statistics at all.

Government street counts and estimates give a snapshot of the national situation. The latest figures showed that 4,751 people slept rough across England on any given night in 2017 - a 15% increase compared to the previous year, and more than double the amount in 2010.

Last year 57,890 households were accepted as homeless in England. In Scotland, 34,100 applications were assessed as homeless and in Wales 9,210 households were threatened with homelessness.

Society is measured by the way it treats the most unfortunate people

Types of homelessness

Rough sleeping
Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness, and when most people think of a homeless person they tend to think of someone sleeping rough on the streets. Many people who sleep rough will suffer from multiple health conditions, such as mental health problems and drug misuse they are also in greater danger of violence than the general population.

Statutory homelessness
Local authorities have a duty to secure a home for some groups of people. This is often referred to as the main homelessness duty. Every year, tens of thousands of people apply to their local authority for homelessness assistance.

To be legally defined as homeless you must either lack a secure place in which you are entitled to live or not reasonably be able to stay. However, in order to receive assistance under the main homelessness duty, there are further strict criteria that you have to meet. Local authorities may initially provide temporary accommodation to households who might meet these criteria, mainly families with children.

Hidden homelessness
Many people who are not entitled to help with housing, or who don’t even approach their councils for help, aren’t counted in the official statistics.

Many stay in hostels, squats or B&Bs, in overcrowded accommodation or ‘concealed' housing, such as the floors or sofas of friends and family.

What can be done to end homelessness

It is an utter disgrace in this day and age, that people should be forced to sleep in the streets, no matter who they are. Throughout the UK, there are millions of square feet of empty industrial units, mostly owned by Pension companies or investment companies, due to the way the tax system works. Yet, due the fact that it is not normally their own money sat there, these companies are happy to leave these units empty for years, waiting for the next victim who is prepared to sign up to the extortionate rents that they are demanding.

In the meantime, many of these units could used as emergency shelters, all they would need is showers and toilets, which could even be mobile and people without doubt, would be willing to donate, bedding, food, or whatever is necessary, many people would also volunteer, I'm sure.

What is needed as a starting point is a place where anyone who finds themselves homeless can head for, where they can shower, stay warm, eat, sleep and be safe. These emergency centres could also be a place where volunteers could offer support, counselling, advice with seeking employment and housing.

The simple fact that nothing is being done apart from random acts that are little more than token gestures, is a matter of national shame. We are inundated with request for donations from charities who are  to say the least, quite reserved about revealing where donations actually go, in many instances, less that 10% of donations actually make it to the intended recipients, the rest seems to vanish in 'expenses'

As I see it, it would not matter who wishes to arrive at a shelter to sleep, or eat or seek help, I doubt very much that anyone would want to seek refuge in a shelter, unless they really needed to.

The cost of this would actually be minimal and given the correct financial incentives, I am certain that corporations would be more than willing to make empty units available for a worthy cause, but they will not do it spontaneously, they would need a combination of stick and carrot, but it can be done.

The Next Step

It is with this in mind, that I have started a petition, to request that the Home Secretary takes action to encourage or even force corporations to make empty space available for use as shelters.

Please sign the petition HERE

 

Symbolic Pics of the Month Feb 2019

 

How many of you have had your kids come home pulling 'one eye poses' that seem to be a bit of a craze, without realising the sinister infernal undertone?

So many images in the public domain have a sinister side, from encouraging self-harm, to the ubiquitous display of all things Satanic, like incorporating Baphomet in to mainstream sports posters.

This is not something that is effecting some remote people in a remote place, this is the in-doctrine that is being thrust upon your children every day.

View this months symbolic Pics HERE





The October Riots of 1931 in Cyprus

1931 Cyprus revolt

The 1931 Cyprus revolt or October Events (Greek: Οκτωβριανά, Oktovriana) was an anti-colonial revolt that took place in Cyprus, then a British crown colony, between 21 October and early November 1931. The revolt was spearheaded by Greek Cypriot nationalists who advocated the Enosis (Union) of the island with Greece. The defeat of the rebels led to a period of repressive British rule known as "Palmerocracy" (Παλμεροκρατία), that would last until the beginning of World War II.

Background

At the outbreak of the First World War, Cyprus was nominally a part of the Ottoman Empire, while in fact being administered by the British Empire as agreed in the Cyprus Convention of 1878. On 5 November 1914, the Ottomans entered the conflict on the side of the Central Powers, prompting Britain to void the Cyprus Convention and annex the island as the two states were now at war. In 1915, Britain offered Cyprus to Greece in exchange for the Greek intervention into the World War I on the side of the Triple Entente. The Greek government refused the offer as at the time it was embroiled in a deep internal crisis known as the National Schism. Cyprus had already been described as a bargaining chip for negotiating with the Greeks when it was offered in exchange for the deep water port of Argostoli in 1912.

Following the end of the war Britain received international recognition of its claims to the island at the 1923 Conference of Lausanne. Greece was the only country that could potentially contest the decision, based on the fact that four fifths of its population were ethnically Greek. However at the time Greece faced economic ruin and diplomatic isolation as a result of a disastrous defeat in the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), thus Greek envoys made no mention of Cyprus at the conference. Cyprus then attained the status of a crown colony and the number of the Cypriot Legislative Council members was increased in favor of British officials. The aforementioned setbacks did not put a halt to the spread of the Megali Idea (Great Idea) and the closely related Enosis (Union) ideologies, the ultimate goal of which was the incorporation of all areas populated by Greeks into an independent Greek state. The November 1926 appointment of Ronald Storrs (a philhellene) as the new governor of Cyprus, fostered the idea among Greek Cypriot nationalists that British rule would be a stepping stone for the eventual union with Greece.

Their relationship was to sour in 1928, when Greek Cypriots refused to take part in the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the British occupation of Cyprus. Greece once again appealed for calm, limiting the spread of anti-colonial articles in Greek Cypriot newspapers. Education became another arena of conflict with the passage of the Education Act, which sought to curtail Greek influence in the Cypriot school curricula. The Church of Cyprus which at the time played an important role in the social and political life of the island became one of the bastions of Greek nationalism. Cypriot irredentists also lamented the supposedly preferential treatment of Malta and Egypt at the expense of Cyprus. Relations worsened further when the British authorities unilaterally passed a new penal code which permitted among other things the use of torture. In 1929, Legislative Council members Archbishop of Kition Nikodemos and Stavros Stavrinakis arrived in London, presenting a memorandum to the secretary of colonies Lord Passfield which contained demands for Enosis. As with previous such attempts the answer was negative.

Conflict

In September 1931, Storrs blocked a Legislative Council decision to halt tax hikes that were to cover a local budget deficit. Greek Cypriot MPs reacted by resigning from their positions. Furthermore, on 18 October, Archbishop of Kition Nikodemos called Greek Cypriots to engage in acts of civil disobedience until their demands for Enosis were fulfilled. On 21 October, 5,000 Greek Cypriots, mostly students, priests and city notables rallied in the streets of Nicosia while chanting pro–Enosis slogans. The crowd besieged the Government House, following three hours of stone throwing the building was set on fire, the rioters were eventually dispersed by police. At the same time British flags were stripped from public offices across the country, often being substituted with Greek ones. Order was restored by the beginning of November.The British accused the Greek general counsel in Nicosia Alexis Kyrou (a Greek nationalist of Cypriot descent) of instigating the revolt. Kyrou had indeed worked behind the scenes to create a united opposition front against the British prior to the revolt, in direct disobedience to the orders he received from Athens. A total of 7 protesters were killed, 30 were injured, 10 were exiled for life, while 2,606 received various punishments ranging from prison terms to fines on account of seditious activities.

The British obsession of balancing the budget, increasing taxes, and using Order-in-Council measures played an important part in the Greek-Cypriots’ decision to seek a greater say in the political and administration affairs of their country. However, Britain was not prepared to relinquish their hold on power.

The enosists (unionists) saw this as a wonderful opportunity to push their case for union with Greece. Their actions would test British resolve who used force to quell Greek-Cypriot nationalism resulting in Governor Storrs (November 1926- October 1932) dissolving the Legislative Council (LC).

A crowd had gathered outside the Commercial Club in Nicosia on October 21, 1931 to hear the news that members of the LC had resigned over the budget. Speeches made inside the club criticized the injustices of British rule and shouts for enosis with Greece could be heard outside in the street. The crowd increased from a few hundred to a few thousand. A priest “mounted the makeshift platform and declared a revolution was to be underway.” A Greek flag was flung which the priest kissed symbolising the Cypriots demands for enosis with mother Greece. They were continual cries “To Government House, To Government House” where protestors saw this building as a symbol of British rule.

Police learned that a large number of demonstrators was approaching Government House, so additional police was placed at the entrance to stop them from entering the Governor’s residence. The protestors broke through the police line where they shouted enosis and demanded the Governor to come out and hear them. Storrs was prepared to listen to their grievances, so as long as they maintained a ‘respectful distance’ by inviting one or two of their leaders. However the situation turned nasty when some demonstrators started throwing bricks which smashed windows and someone got on top of the roof of Government House unfurling the Greek flag. Storrs issued instructions that force should be used to disperse the crowd.

Additional police reinforcements were brought to stop the stone-throwing demonstrators who had smashed many windows of Government House and even telephone equipment had been destroyed. The Colonial Secretary’s car along with some abandoned police cars had been torched. Unfortunately, the fire spread to Government House, which eventually was engulfed in flames.

The Riot Act was read in English and Greek, ordering the demonstrators to disperse, they refused to listen. Police fired a volley of shots resulting in 7 men being wounded and “two collapsed to the ground.” The rifle volley had caught the crowd by surprise who scattered into the streets of Nicosia. However this did not save Government House. The British Telegraph newspaper ran headlines such as ‘A Capital under Mob Rule’ and ‘Incendiarism by Cyprus Rioters’ to portray the Greek Cypriots in a negative light.

Storrs was worried that this rebellion might spread to other parts of the island. A curfew was proclaimed on October 22 with notices plastered on walls in both Greek and English in Nicosia. However, troubles broke out in Larnaca, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Limassol and Paphos that continued until early November. Storrs took the drastic step of deporting the ringleaders George Hajipavlou, Dionysios Kykkotis, Theofanis Tsangarides, Theofanis Theodotou, Theodoris Kolokassidis, and the two bishops of Kition and Kyrenia to Malta barring them from returning to Cyprus. He believed that such a measure would defuse the political tensions on the island.

To complicate matters, the Greek Consul Alexandros Kyrou left the island accused of being involved in the “anti-British disturbance.” The British revoked his authority (exequatar) as Consul where he would never be allowed to resume his diplomatic post in Cyprus. Kyrou’s involvement would have angered the Greek Prime Minister, Eleftherios Venizelos who saw this as undermining his nations good relations with Britain.

There was a permanent garrison in Cyprus consisting of three officers and 123 men stationed in the Troodos Mountains which was immediately summoned to Nicosia. Storrs telegraphed for additional British troops from Egypt to be dispatched by air and also the Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet to send an aircraft carrier. British troop and naval reinforcements from outside began to arrive and slowly established some semblance of law and order on the island. RAF airplanes flew over Cypriot villages to keep a watchful eye on the situation from the air.

At the end of the demonstrations, some 30 people were wounded and six Greeks killed. More than 2,000 rioters were convicted who served sentences of varying periods. A “reparations Impost law levied fines of £34,315 on towns and villages held to be collectively responsible for seditious actions.” The idea of collectively punishing towns and villages for disloyal action was unjust and could only harm the relations between the British and Greek-Cypriots.

Storrs appreciated “the goodwill of the large Muslim population and other minorities towards the Government never wavered throughout the disturbances.” There was no suggestion that the demonstrations had been ‘premeditated’ or ‘prearranged.’ The serious troublemakers were ‘roughs’ and ‘students’ where “respectable citizens either kept out of the way, in order to avoid the stigma of disloyalty, cheered for union.” According to Storrs, the idea of union may not have had the support with some sections of the Greek-Cypriot community who probably prospered under British rule.

The Greek press fully supported the Greek-Cypriots’ action for enosis and criticised the actions of the British troops on the island. In a speech to the Greek parliament on November 18, Eleftherios Venizelos criticized the stance of the Greek press towards the British administration in Cyprus and British Government. Whilst he sympathised with the position of the Greek-Cypriots, he would not allow organisations to use Greek soil for insurrection in Cyprus. It was up to Britain to decide whether to keep Cyprus or not and its responsibility to help the Cypriots realize their aspirations. Venizelos disapproved of the Greek-Cypriot demonstrations of October 1931 and wished to maintain friendly relations with Britain. He continued to display his ambivalence towards the Cyprus question as he did during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

 The October riots of 1931 shook the British administration to its core thus forcing Governor Storrs to take strong energetic measures against the rioters and also leading to the dissolution of the LC. This was the first time the Greek-Cypriots challenged British authority , however, the issue of enosis remained alive in the national consciousness of  Greek-Cypriots for another two decades when they commenced their war of independence from British rule in April, 1955.

Aftermath

The revolt led to the dismissal of Kyrou whose actions had inadvertently damaged both the Enotic cause and the Anglo–Hellenic relations. The revolt also dealt a blow to Storrs' career, he was soon transferred to the post of Governor of Northern Rhodesia. The Legislative Council and municipal elections were abolished, the appointment of village authorities and district judges was relegated to the governor of the island. Propagating Enotic ideas and flying foreign flags was banned as was the assembly of more than 5 people. The new measures were aimed at suppressing the operation of the Orthodox church and communist organisations. Censorship had a severe effect on the operation of newspapers especially those associated with left wing politics. Cyprus thus entered a period of autocratic rule known as Palmerokratia (Παλμεροκρατία, "Palmerocracy"), named after governor Richmond Palmer, which started shortly before the revolt and would last until the beginning of World War II. The revolt has been described as the most severe anti-colonial movement that Britain faced in the interwar period. The revolt is known in Cypriot historiography as Oktovriana (October Events).

Monuments commemorating the October Events were erected in Strovolos and Pissouri in November 2007 and October 2016 respectively.

One Billion Rising movement

The Cyprus Mail has reported:

Why one billion? Well, that’s the figure of woman and girls across the planet who will be beaten or raped during their lifetime: one third of the entire female population. Yup. One billion. Actually, with world figures on the rise, we’re possibly looking at more than a billion who will become victims of violence. Either way, it’s a horrifying figure.

Now, while it’s all very well to take a moment to absorb the figures, the truly important thing here is what we’re doing about it. Yes, we. Because this is not something that should be left to the proverbial ‘they’, but an issue which needs to be tackled by all. And that’s why, each February, ordinary people rise to show support for the one billion women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities) who are subject to gender-based violence.

"Why one billion? Well, that’s the figure of woman and girls across the planet who will be beaten or raped during their lifetime"

The biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history, the One Billion Rising campaign began on Valentine’s Day 2012 as a call to action. In countries all over the world (including Cyprus), all genders and nationalities rose, expressing – in the words of campaign managers – “their outrage, and to strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.”

The following year, numbers grew and, by 2014 the movement was highlighting not only the issue of justice for survivors of gender violence, but an escalation in the demand for that justice under the theme of ‘Revolution’. As the years passed, further themes followed, with many of the participating countries encouraged to fine-tune the topic to local issues. By 2017, the general call was to “rise in solidarity against the exploitation of women and girls”, while 2018 saw people the world over showing support for the most marginalised members of society – “working class, minority and women on the margins in every part of the globe” – under the banner ‘Rise, Resist, Unite’.

Now, if all this sounds a bit hairy, let us set your mind at ease. One Billion Rising is a totally peaceful movement, a celebration of our collective strength when we unite under the banner of change. In over 120 countries, everyday people unite with public figures to march through the streets in a peaceful, almost celebratory manner, demanding an end to violence against women. And that includes Cyprus where, for the past few years, we’ve joined in the One Billion Rising events with a march in Nicosia from Phaneromeni Square, down Onasagorou Street, and back to the starting point.

Taking place on February 10 this year, with people gathering in the square at 11am, the event falls – as always – under the auspices of the Cyprus Women’s Lobby. But while, in 2018, the theme was rising against sexual exploitation, 2019 will see participants gathering under the banner of violence against women by their husbands and intimate partners.

“We cannot ignore the facts,” says Maria Epaminonda, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Women’s Lobby. “One in 3 women across the world will face violence in her lifetime, either physical, psychological or sexual. And, according to World Health Organisation, at least 30 per cent of these women will experience this violence at the hands of an intimate partner or relative.” If you’re thinking here the statistics probably don’t apply to the more developed nations, you’d be wrong. According to a 2014 study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights “one in five women across the 28 States of the European Union has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner.”

“There is a great need to create awareness of the impact and consequences which violence has on a woman’s life,” Maria adds. “And we need to remind each and every person that we can all provide help or support when it’s requested or when an opportunity is just given to us. We need to act in solidarity, to call upon the state to protect each and every woman from violence; we shouldn’t turn our heads away. Last year,” she concludes, “we saw 250 people in Cyprus marching in support of the One Billion Rising campaign. This year, let your voice be heard: every person counts. Make it 251. We’ll see you there!”

One Billion Rising
Starts in Phaneromeni Square at 11am, February 10. for more information visit the Facebook page ‘One Billion Rising 2019’ Women in need of help and support can call the 1440 Helpline (Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family)

COMMENT

This is a movement that needs everyone's support, violence is actually increasing and sexually motivate attacks are also on the increase. The UK has a law to help protect people (male and female as the figures for attacks on men are only slightly less) called "Claire's Law" it is crucial that people are educated in how to check if potential partners have a history of violence, or any form of abuse. It is also crucial that NOBODY feels that they should suffer in silence, this is a noble cause and we should all support it.

Cypriot Tales – To Fishatiko

It’s 1973 and mum & dad (kyriacos & Ellou) decided to go in to business, was it Double Glazing? A Cab firm? A Painting & Decorating Service? No…..don’t be daft, it was a ‘FISHATIKO’ That is the ‘Greeklish’ term for a Fish & Chip Shop. Ours was in Northampton, a town off jct15 of the M1, with a Cypriot community of less than 500.

Now at that time, this was still the first generation that came over in the early 60s and before the large influx in to London after the 1974 invasion. So as you can imagine, they had all the Cypriot ‘traits’ customs, behaviour and accents that were for all intents and purposes ‘fresh from the motherland’

“Ti tha pi O kos slap) mos” (What will people say) Yeap…..that one! Good God I really dislike that expression, as in my case, it was normally followed by a Patso (slap)

So this was my childhood, sold out for a few pieces of Fish, I was approaching 7 years old at the time, these were the days of Tiswas, the Saturday Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and so on, but did I get to watch any of this on a Saturday morning after a hard week of being a horrible little bastard in school? Nope!

I had to help in the “F***** Fishatiko”

Now my job, was to bring the baskets of chips from out the back, every time dad poured one in to the fryer, I had to go and get another, dipping my hands in to that freezing cold water, or maybe having to tip potatoes in the chipper, depending what was needed.

As an extra special treat, I had to run out the back to get slices of Spam, when ordered for Span Fritters, or my absolute favourite, ‘Cod Roe’ REALLY? How can anyone eat that crap, it’s like wet sawdust stuck together!

Now back then, most Fish & Chip shops closed around 7.30/8.00, but once they got in to the hands of Cypriots, they were open till late, as we were. This was before the mass Fast-Food chains arrived, so there was a lot of money to be made. I remember days when the queue ran all the way round the shop, out the door and about another 20 feet in to the street! You don’t really see that today.

So my shifts were Friday evening, and Saturday lunchtime, more in the school holidays, I got paid in chips and if I raised any objections, I was soon put in my place with a healthy portion of guilt!

“You should be grateful we are doing this for you!”

That was interesting, because they were not “doing it for me” when I wanted a Raleigh Racer, no….I got some unbranded thing from Cash & Carry, in fact, nearly everything came from the Cash & Carry!

I remember in that period, there were  nearly a dozen chippy’s in Northampton owned by Cypriots and dad had a nickname for all of them, in fact……dad gave everyone a nickname and they were NOT flattering!

We had PITTOKKELOS, MAKROKKELOS, BOUBOUKSHIOS, KIKLOPAS, PITSILLOS and MANDTRAHALLOS to name a few, but this was nothing compared to the famous ‘Phone Directory’

This was not a little book, with A-Z that pops up if you remember them, not even a notebook, no…this was a folded wrapping paper, sellotaped to the wall where the phone was and I so wish I had a copy of it. I think that it was one of the funniest examples of ‘Greeklish’ I have ever seen.

It comprised long, made-up words which may have included a variant of the person’s name, a description or maybe the company and often a nickname or even an insult thrown in…

  • FRIARSPRIDEKKELETZIS (FRIARS PRIDE BIG HEAD GUY)
  • WASHENMACHENMAVROKOLI (WASHING MACHINE BLACK BUM)
  • FISHKEKKISCHUMPARTIS (FISH CAKES CHUBBY GUY)
  • POTETOSPARAPOTTIS (POTATOES CROOK)

And many, many more…………..it was hilarious. Apart from the fact, that I was just a kid, I picked up this stuff and repeated it, but guess what happened when I did? Yeap, I got slapped!

I got more slaps than a Nymphomaniac’s arse…………really!!!!

There were so many incidents in that shop, I could talk about it forever, but some of the funniest, were not so funny at the time. Duncan was married to my aunt Sue, he used to do the potatoes for a while. The shop was basically 3 rooms next to each other, the shop, the kitchen and then the potato storage and preparation area. One day he was stood in the middle room, which was basically the kitchen and you had to pass through here, via a pair of swinging louvre doors that looked like they came out of a John Wayne movie, to get out the back to get chips. I was stood talking to Duncan, and dad walked through with two empty buckets and bumped in to me, he put them down, slapped me, picked them up and carried on. After being slapped, I moved further along out of the way and mum was taking the pressure cooker off the gas to put it in the sink and turn the cold tap on,  she stepped back holding this hot pot, and backed in to me, she put the pot back on the gas and slapped me, on THE OTHER CHEEK!  I had one hand on each cheek, Duncan stood there laughing……..BASTARD!

It was 1976, the famous heatwave, it hardly rained for months and months. Over a period of a few weeks, potatoes went from less than £1.00 a sack, (a sack was 56lb or 25kg) to over £14.00!

Dad used to hire a transit van, I remember it was a Blue one, that looked like it had made an appearance in an episode of ‘The Sweeney’ Every Sunday, we would head off the The Fens looking for cheap Potaotes, the area around Wisbech was a potato farming heartland. The van was always overloaded, we had to drive back at 20MPH, I got bored, I played up, I got smacked…….What a fucking joke, I was supposed to be grateful for spending the whole of Sunday squashed in a van, because…..

”We do all this for you re, watsamatta, why you not grateful?”

“Grateful. REALLY? Yes of course, I totally forgot that it’s my lucky day to be son of Cypriot”

One day, this man walked in the shop and said he had a whole warehouse full of potatoes at a very special price.  I still remember the look on dad’s face when the man told him the price, I think it was around £5 a sack, but this was in 1976, so I’m not completely certain, but one thing I do remember, was dad trying to hide his elation at ‘CHEAP PATATES’ (potatoes)

Now dad has a habit of biting his tongue when he’s excited, and at that moment he shoved so much of it to the side of his mouth to have a good chew that he had a lump in his cheek! Anyway, dad had a look at a random sack of potatoes and they looked fine, so the next thing he got on the predecessor to the ‘information highway’ yes…the ‘Tilefono’ (phone)

Dad ordered two or three tons, ( I think there was about 40 sacks to an imperial ton at that time) as did all the other Cyps in Northampton, this was a time to get the Brandy out and celebrate.

They all had their ‘Super Value Potatoes’ delivered within a few days and went back to the task of making lots of money because it was all for me.

”I thought great, now that we’re loaded I might as well knick a tenner out of the till, it will won’t hurt”

Well I thought wrong didn’t I?

Mind you, what was about to come was infinitely worse! When I was bored, I used to like standing out in the back and throwing knives at the potato sacks, every now and then I would get the same one too many times and when Duncan went to pick it up to pour them in the peeler, the sack would fall apart and all the potatoes rolled around the floor, which I thought was hilarious, sometimes, I’d manage to run out the back before I got slapped, sometimes I didn't.

On this occasion, thing were about to get much worse, I’d been knife-throwing for ages and one of the sacks actually split, while it was stacked up, these were all the cheap potatoes dad had bought the week before, they were like Organic Sex, because they were going to make dad a good profit……..or so he thought.

As this sack split, a few other sacks fell down too as they were stacked so high, to fit, I saw mum coming with the shoe, I legged it out the back door and just at that moment, it was uncle Mamas…..yeah, we all have that one uncle who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, well that was him and this was the time.

As I ran out the back door, my mum shouted in this Pigeon English….”STOP HIM”

Yeah, Mamas was just at the right place at the right time and being so skinny, he was fast, his boney little fingers just caught my sleeve and it was like a cartoon, my legs took off and were running in the air. I got dragged back in and got a shoe across my face, but then………..CATASTROPHE!

Mum said, “What’s that smell, EKLASSSES ANTONAKI(did you fart Antony)?” It was like raw sewage, obviously they all gave me a quick sniff first, because as far as they were concerned, if anything goes wrong it is my fault, but I was actually fucking innocent this time!

“OH YEAH!” It was not me…………it was the SMELLY SPUDS!

They had not started on those cheap potatoes yet, until they finished off the stock they had, but the sack that split due to my knife-throwing was one of them and it STUNK!! I could not describe the look on mum and dad’s faces as they thought the worst…..they quickly opened another sack, that stunk too, and another and another.

Dad quickly got on the phone to ‘MAKROKKELOS”  he had just discovered the same thing, one by one, they all called each other and they all found out that they had been the victims of a sting! The irony is, dad was almost relieved to hear that the others had been done too, otherwise there would have been suspicion of a ‘FIX’

Good God, can you imagine the HUMILIATION?

Mum kicked off with ‘APANAYIAMOU” (My dear Virgin Mary) but then she left the pages of the good book and started cursing,

  • “tous mbastartous” (bastards)
  • “Tin kataran mou n’ahoun” (I curse them)
  • “Tin ratsan tous!” (cursing their family)

……and so on. Naturally I laughed and got another slap for my cheek, but it was worth it! I have to admit I was still pissed off about being slapped for taking that tenner, so I thought to myself, “It’s not for me anyway so bollocks!”

This guy had sold 30 or 40 tons of potatoes that were unfit to eat, they were rotten, I must admit, I did think about taking notes for the future, that was a good hit!

So much drama and this is only 1976, I was still just 10 years old……wait till I tell you about some of the other crap that has happened………..back soon!

Cyprus loses Halloumi trademark

The Cyprus Mail reported:

Cyprus may have definitively lost the trademark for halloumi cheese in the UK, after a British court has refused to consider a last-ditch appeal filed by Cypriot authorities. According to daily Phileleftheros, on January 22 the UK’s High Court of Justice Business and Property Courts (Chancery Division) deemed inadmissible an appeal filed by the Cypriot government which was trying to reverse a previous ruling.

The litigants were informed of the decision last Friday, the paper said. On December 19 the ministry of commerce had filed an appeal against the court’s November 28 decision, which ruled against an objection by Cyprus against the cancellation of its halloumi trademark in the UK. The trademark had earlier been revoked by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (Ukipo).

Cyprus had applied to register the trademark on December 22, 1990 and it was registered on February 22, 2002 as “Cheese made from sheep’s and/or goat’s milk; cheese made from blends of cow’s milk.”

On December 22, 2017 a British-based company, John & Pascalis Ltd, filed three separate applications to invalidate or revoke the trademark.

The subsequent loss of the trademark was due to the government’s failure to mount a challenge and dispatch the necessary paperwork within the set deadline. A disciplinary probe is underway within the commerce ministry to determine whether officials were derelict in their duties.

Following the latest development in the UK court, the government’s last option is filing for a new trademark for halloumi with Ukipo. Commenting on Monday, Akel MP Andros Kafkalias, chair of the House agriculture committee, criticised the government for “fouling up.”

“We risk not only being unable to register halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin product but also, following the loss of the trademark in Great Britain, losing the trademark even in Cyprus. What a predicament!”

COMMENT

On December 22, 2017 a British-based company, John & Pascalis Ltd, filed three separate applications to invalidate or revoke the trademark. John & Pascalis Ltd is a food importers operating from North London, run by Cypriots! Their actions, albeit successful due to the incompetence of the administration in Cyprus may have far reaching consequences.  The trademark in Cyprus could now be at risk, meaning that Halloumi made elsewhere could be legally sold in Cyprus and there is NOTHING that they can do about it.

This is not just a national embarrassment, it is also clear display of the quintessential Cypriot backstabbing that is destroying Cyprus, if it has not done so already! The administration in Cyprus seems to think it can carry on with its autocratic attitude, without consequences, they are now subject to EU law and there are many issues in Cyprus that are yet to be resolved.

Campaigner wants people prosecuted for fake profiles on Tinder

The Daily Mail reported:

Teaching assistant, 44, reports online lover to police for hiding his marriage from her as new figures reveal officers are dealing with 20 ‘Tinder crimes’ a week

  • Police now receive more than 20 reports a week linked to the online dating app
  • Devon and Cornwall had most Tinder-related calls, with 86 in year to December
  • Essex and the West Midlands were close behind with 84 and 83 respectively
  • Anna Rowe, 44, met ‘Antony Ray’ on the app in 2015 but he was a married man
  • She reported him and wants it to be illegal to hide marriages on dating sites

The number of Tinder-related police call-outs has more than doubled in the last three years, official figures show.

Police now receive more than 20 reports a week linked to the online dating app. As recently as 2015, police had about eight Tinder-related calls a week, or a total of 442. Police figures indicate this rose to 1,087 in 2018 – although as not every force provided a full set of figures, the true total is likely to be even higher. The statistics come as teaching assistant Anna Rowe, 44, revealed how she went to the police after being duped into an affair with a married father she met on Tinder.

Ms Rowe wants the Government to make posing as someone online to forge a fake relationship illegalMs Rowe, from Canterbury, Kent, spoke to 'Anthony Ray' for six months before he disappeared and she now wants the Government to make posing as someone online to forge a fake relationship illegal. The jump in reports follows a spate of high-profile crimes in which fraudsters, rapists and killers have used the smartphone app to trawl for victims.Forces did not specify the nature of the incidents logged, but previous research has found that around a third of crimes involving dating apps are sexual assaults and rapes.

Freedom of information requests sent to every British police force found Devon and Cornwall to have the most Tinder-related call-outs, with 86 in the year to December 10. Assuming they continued to receive calls at the same rate, this would have risen to 91 by the year’s end. Essex and the West Midlands were close behind with 84 and 83 respectively, based on similar calculations.

Many incidents occurred on public transport, with British Transport Police recording 51 calls in 2018. A number of forces did not respond to the request, while others did not provide figures for the entire year, meaning the true scale of the problem is likely to be even greater than the data suggests.The changing face of dating – and the associated risks – have prompted some innovative responses by police.

Avon and Somerset police placed its own ‘lonely hearts’ listing on Tinder in 2015 – using the name Bobby – to warn users to stay safe when meeting strangers. Grace Millane, the 22-year-old backpacker murdered in New Zealand last year, is believed to have met her alleged killer on Tinder. Miss Millane, from Essex, went missing in December and was found dead in parkland near Auckland. Jesse Kempson, 26, was arrested for her murder but denied the charge in court last week.

Serial con-artist Kris Lyndsay, from St Austell in Cornwall, was jailed for four years in 2016 after using Tinder to swindle women. Lyndsay conned his victims out of £13,000 before he was jailed. He told them he had lost his wife and daughter in a car crash to win their trust and boasted about his fictitious businesses.

Mother-of-two Annemarie Fletcher, from Glastonbury in Somerset, parted with a watch and diamond ring worth £40,000 after he claimed he was having cash flow issues at work. In 2017, Jonathan Frame was jailed for 18 months following a similar scam. The 32-year-old from Swinton, Greater Manchester, would take control of his partners’ bank accounts to fund a lavish lifestyle. He admitted defrauding two women of £6,990.

A teaching assistant went to police after being duped into an affair with a married father she met on Tinder.

Anna Rowe, 44, met ‘Antony Ray’ on the app in 2015 and exchanged thousands of messages with him before meeting in person. He told her he had been divorced for 15 months but was in fact still married and using separate phones to hide his affairs from his family. He vanished after six months, claiming to be looking after his ill mother. Miss Rowe, from Canterbury, alerted police to his activities but he was never arrested. She now wants the Government to make posing as someone else online to forge a fake relationship illegal.

The act is known as ‘catfishing’, after a film and TV series which documents the phenomenon.

COMMENT

While it is totally inappropriate for a married 'person' and I emphasise person as this article seems to be solely focused on men, well the figures speak differently. In a leak of personal details by a well known site founded on discretion, there were more married women than men!

Anyway, this lady's argument would carry more weight, were she on a serious and more mature dating site, that is not the case with Tinder, unless we are expected to believe that people swiping left and right, basing what could be a life-changing decision on a whim, with no information about the candidate whatsoever.....is there anything more shallow than that?

Now if she were on a prestigious dating site, with members displaying detailed information about themselves that could be with intent to deceive, then that is another matter, but this women was on a MOBILE APP that is designed to be little more than a casual 'hook-up' site, as it is commonly referred to.

If this were to be stopped, then it could become law for sites to declare that they have practised 'DUE DILIGENCE' with all applications and taken every step to get a signed statement from the member that they are free and single, but how could that work in reality. There is also the real life scenario, that is the way things used to be done, meeting someone in real life, socially and going forward from there, which is something that nobody could monitor.

There is always the option of course, for a unified public register of marriages, but I can assure you that there would be more women objecting to that than men............I wonder why?

Larnaca Cat Sanctuary

Located a few miles out of Larnaca, on the outskirts of a village called Alethriko, there is a new Cat Sanctuary, named Sandy's Cat Sanctuary, after a beloved Feline. There is a big problem with stray Cats in Cyprus and many of them are abused, poisoned, shot, run over or they just suffer full stop.

On the edge of Larnaca, near the airport, there is an abandoned restaurant next to Tekke Mosque, which seems to have become a dumping ground for Cats. Elias, featured in the video, has been visiting the Cats there for a long time and feeding them, but recently, there were a large number kicked to death and at that point, they decided to take as many as possible to the shelter, even though they were not really ready to operate at that point.

Animal lover Susan Antoniou (London) has always been an animal lover and it was her dream to do something about it, then finally last year, she was able to realise her dream, but being the main sponsor of the new sanctuary, which is a few acres of land in a peaceful location, not far from Alethriko.  At present, it is little more than several shipping containers joined together, with separate areas inside, for Kittens, Cats with FIV and so on.

The entire area is fenced off, but sadly, they got flooded in November, due to torrential rain, which will cost a lot of money to repair. There are obviously large monthly overheads, feeding the Cats, medication etc. This will only increase along with the number of Cats. The shelter is currently being run by Elias and a couple of friends, who devote nearly all their time for free, but it is too much for them alone.

In the first instance, they need donations to help with running costs, as well as improvements and additional facilities. Also, they are looking for a generous benefactor or Timber shed manufacturer to donate a few small garden rooms that can be fitted out as sleeping areas for volunteers who may wish to fly over for a few weeks and have some hands on experience looking after the Cats, which is so rewarding.

We need a lot of help, as it is in short supply with everything

I was only there an hour or two and every time I sat down, I was inundated by the fluffy little darlings climbing all over me, it's actually very dangerous as the risk of falling for one them is VERY HIGH!

If you would like to support this wonderful cause, please feel free to contact them directly via their website below, or donate directly with Paypal or even contact them with a view to flying over and spending some time helping out. There is no space on-site yet, but they will invariably find someone to put you up while you are over......so if you fancy spending a few weeks in sunny Cyprus, saving the lives of these gorgeous innocent creatures, please get in touch.

I’ve seen cats eating bread, chicken bones, fish bones that get stuck in their throats, then die in pain, or cats which are poisoned, drowned, shot, or kicked to death.

Should you wish to sponsor the sanctuary arrange day visits for Cat lovers, enquire about adopting or anything else, please feel free to get in touch. This really is a wonderful cause and it was a privilege to visit this place, I will be returning on my next trip.

A few words from Susan............

"I started the sanctuary to save all the stray cats because the majority of Cypriots show no mercy and consider them vermin. i would not go to cyprus as i could not bear to see those skinny, sick cats that nobody was interested in, worse still starving to death, searching through bins to find what they could to survive. I’ve seen cats eating bread, chicken bones, fish bones that get stuck in their throats, then die in pain, or cats which are poisoned, drowned, shot, or kicked to death.

The government is not interested in the cats, the same thing applies to dogs. i wanted to give them a home. lots of kittens are taken from their mums too early and abandoned at Tekke, which is a popular place for dumping cats and kittens. i wanted to give them a future, to live longer than just a few months, so i decided that rather than walk away, i would do something to save as many as possible, so i bought 5 acres of land to house all the strays.

I have friends that have done a lot of running around and i cannot thank them enough for the hard work they do every day to save the lives of so many strays. the plan is to rescue, help and neuter stray cats then hopefully find new homes for them. at the shelter they will have access to good food, safety and not be at risk of starving.

We need a lot of help, as it is in short supply with everything including food. i can only do so much , what i would really like is to have all the cats in Cyprus to have a good and safe life."

Susan - co-founder of the sanctuary

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The Scourge of Ritalin

What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviours interfere with school and home life.

It’s more common in boys than in girls. It’s usually discovered during the early school years, when a child begins to have problems paying attention. Adults with ADHD may have trouble managing time, being organised, setting goals, and holding down a job. They may also have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addiction.

Symptoms in Children

Symptoms are grouped into three categories:

Inattention. A child with ADHD:

  • Is easily distracted
  • Doesn't follow directions or finish tasks
  • Doesn't appear to be listening
  • Doesn't pay attention and makes careless mistakes
  • Forgets about daily activities
  • Has problems organizing daily tasks
  • Doesn’t like to do things that require sitting still
  • Often loses things
  • Tends to daydream

Effects of Ritalin on the Body

Ritalin is one of the common treatment options used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although this stimulant can improve symptoms of ADHD, because of the way it works, it can also cause some side effects. Unfortunately, Ritalin can also be misused, and that comes with the risk of more serious side effects throughout the body. When you first start taking Ritalin for ADHD, the side effects are usually temporary. See your doctor if any symptoms worsen or last beyond a few days.

Ritalin is one of the common treatment options used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Although this stimulant can improve symptoms of ADHD, because of the way it works, it can also cause some side effects. Unfortunately, Ritalin can also be misused, and that comes with the risk of more serious side effects throughout the body. When you first start taking Ritalin for ADHD, the side effects are usually temporary. See your doctor if any symptoms worsen or last beyond a few days.

The effects of Ritalin on the body

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a nervous system stimulant that’s commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. It’s a brand-name prescription medication that targets dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain to reduce common ADHD symptoms. Though Ritalin is a stimulant, when used in ADHD treatment, it may help with concentration, fidgeting, attention, and listening skills.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6.1 million U.S. children ages 2-17 (or 9.4 percent of children) were diagnosed with ADHD as of 2016. Ritalin is just one form of treatment for ADHD. It’s often complemented with behavioral therapy. Ritalin is sometimes used to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.

As with all stimulants, this medication is a federally controlled substance. Unfortunately, it can be misused, which comes with the risk of serious side effects. Ritalin should only be used with medical supervision. Your doctor will likely see you every few months to make sure the medication is working as it should.

Even if you take Ritalin correctly and don’t misuse it, it can carry the risk for side effects.

Central nervous system

Ritalin influences both dopamine and norepinephrine activity in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects pleasure, movement, and attention span. Norepinephrine is a stimulant. Ritalin increases the action of these neurotransmitters by blocking their reabsorption into your brain’s neurons. The levels of these chemicals increase slowly, so your doctor will start you on the lowest possible dose and increase it in small increments, if necessary.

Ritalin may make it easier for you to concentrate, be less fidgety, and gain control of your actions. You may also find it easier to listen and focus at your job or in school. If you’re already prone to anxiety or agitation, or have an existing psychotic disorder, Ritalin may worsen these symptoms.

 

 

Some people taking Ritalin experience blurred vision or other changes to eyesight. Other potential side effects include:

  • headache
  • trouble sleeping
  • irritability
  • moodiness
  • nervousness
  • increased blood pressure
  • racing heart beat (rare)

This medication can temporarily slow a child’s growth, especially in the first two years of taking it. That’s why your doctor will keep an eye on your child’s height. Your doctor may suggest a ‘drug holiday’ (often done during the summer), which is when the drug is temporarily stopped. This can encourage growth, and also allows your child’s doctor to see how they do without taking the drug. Ritalin, like other central nervous system stimulants, may be habit-forming. If you take a large dose, the quick rise in dopamine can produce a temporary feeling of euphoria.

 

If you have a history of seizures, this medication may cause more seizures.

 

Taking Ritalin in high doses or for a long time can be habit-forming. If you stop taking it abruptly, you may experience withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include sleep problems, fatigue, and depression. It’s better to taper off slowly and under a doctor’s care. When misused, stimulants like Ritalin can cause feelings of paranoia and hostility.

Very high doses can lead to:

  • shakiness or severe twitching
  • mood changes
  • confusion
  • delusions or hallucinations
  • seizures

Circulatory system

Ritalin can cause circulation problems. Your fingers and toes may feel cold and painful, and your skin may turn blue or red. Use of Ritalin is linked to peripheral vascular disease, including Raynaud’s disease. If you take Ritalin and experience circulatory  problems, tell your doctor. Stimulants can also raise your body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. You may feel jittery and irritable. That’s usually not a problem in the short term, but you should have regular exams to check your heart rate and blood pressure.

Stimulants should be taken with caution if you have pre-existing blood pressure or heart problems. Ritalin may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Rare cases of sudden death have occurred in people who have structural heart abnormalities. Misusing stimulants by crushing pills and injecting them can lead to blocked blood vessels. An overdose can lead to dangerously high blood pressure or irregular heartbeat. High doses can also lead to life-threatening complications such as heart failure, seizures, and significantly high body temperature.

The Agenda

The use of Ritalin has increased dramatically over the last 2 or 3 decades, but what is the reason behind this? An increasing number of Doctors as speaking out and there is information about the effects of this vile drug everywhere, yet the medical profession continues to prescribe it to children, despite the HORRENDOUS side effects.

Firstly the finger of suspicion points to the Pharmaceuticals, who have a vested interest in profiting from the massive revenue generated by the increasing sales of this drug. The Doctors who prescribe it are also doing so for profit, they are rewarded financially by the Pharmaceuticals for forcing this rubbish on innocent children.

It is also worth noting that the number of children diagnosed as being ADHD has also been increasing year on year, has this happened spontaneously and for now reason? No........I beg to differ!

 

"The Nanny-State has turned in to the wicked Step-Mother!"

 

Education has been turned in to 'MIND-NUMBING IN-INDOCTRINATION' and all those who do not fit in to the tunnel visioned narrative are soon found to be 'troubled' in some way, just because they are unable to be DUMBED-DOWN SHEEP! I would be more inclined to blame society for it's total failure in understanding these children, for failing to see the narrative of the 'Nanny-State' and the climate of cultural Marxism that is intolerant of the individual, the free thinker, or the square peg.

University of Northampton ‘Tracking Students’ 24/7

University accused of using 'sinister' surveillance technology to track what websites its students are looking at

  • Vice-chancellor Nick Petford said its new Waterside campus 'pretty much knows what you're doing 24/7' 
  • He said system could even draw 'heat maps' of where groups were congregating
  • He also explained the attendance of overseas students was being monitored

The Mail on Sunday reported.......

A university was last night accused of using 'sinister' surveillance technology to track students and check what websites they are looking at. Northampton University vice-chancellor Nick Petford told a conference in London last week that its new Waterside campus 'pretty much knows what you're doing 24/7' thanks to its use of new technology.

Prof Petford said that the IT system at the campus could even draw 'heat maps' of where groups were congregating, based on which buildings students had accessed with their ID cards. He also explained that the attendance of overseas students at lectures was being monitored to check if they were obeying their visa requirements, and how the university kept an eye on every website visited by both staff and students in case they were accessing extremist material.

Northampton University was accused of using 'sinister' surveillance technology

Silkie Carlo, director of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, told The Mail on Sunday: 'This sinister surveillance campus is the horrifying result of institutionalising counter-terrorism and border control policies into public education.

'Universities are supposed to be environments for freedom, exploration and learning, not security zones where students are constantly monitored.'

The University and College Union, the higher education trade union, said: 'The insidious use of big data to monitor staff and students on campus risks creating a culture of mistrust.'

A spokesman for the university said that the Waterside campus did not monitor which individuals accessed particular websites, nor did it look at social media feeds. He also denied that website data would be sent to Prevent, the Government's counter-radicalisation programme.

Comment:

The new waterside campus in Northampton sits by the side of the river Nene, which opened in September 2018 is an all new site, built from scratch. It is a shame that this sanctuary of learning is being used as an opportunity for further encroaching on people's civil liberty.

One of the fundamental cornerstone of learning, is to raise questions, to refute established facts and theories, which is how mankind has advanced historically. The fact that they are being monitored, their online activity tracked and cross-checked, in case it is in contravention of the narrative, that is sad day for learning.

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