My first link is to the website of a really good friend and writer, who now lives 'En Francais' and loves every minute of it. Her first book 'Beyond the Hedge' is a fantastic story of magic, mystery and skullduggery; go visit the site, have a look at the book, you'll enjoy it; I did. Mairi is now hard at work on her sequel: 'Between Two Worlds' and I for one, can't wait.
My second link is to the FLOWforALL Website.
This narrative from the site, explains what the site is all about:-
"To offer help to those who have suffered from the effects of war, including the suffering shared by family members and friends too. All too often the many people who need this sort of help are worried about asking for help, they do not wish to be identified as being in need of assistance, especially servicemen and women who have a particular self pride about how they are seen by others."
This site is exceptional in providing a place for people to share their feelings via stories, and poems, or just by dropping in to the forums for a chat. While it can never take the place of a lost loved one through conflict, it does offer a place where people can come together and talk about their feelings, which, to me has to be a huge help - keeping feelings inside is just as destructive as the conflicts which started the hurt in the first place.
Please visit the site when you can, simply click on the banner to read the stories and poems, and perhaps share your own thoughts too. Thank you so much.
As a new member of Forces Poetry (via the above link) I have been introduced to the poetry and written word of many more like minded people, all wonderful poets and writers and I'd like to share their sites with you here.
The first site is for Tom McGreevy. Tom is ex-British Army and is now an author/poet. Tom's poetry is written straight from the heart, with, as he says 'warts an' all.' Tom's site can't be taken in in just one visit, so I suggest you settle down with a beverage of your choice in a really comfy armchair and visit the site by clicking on the banner, I know you'll be glad you did.
Ex-Pat Scouser like yours truly? Then fret no more - here's some beautiful photographs of one of the most gorgeous cities in the world - Liverpool, England. Dave is the guy responsible for these photographs, and my word aren't they incredible.
Word Doctors is a beautifully crafted site for writers, regardless of their experience. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction or poetry this is the place to visit. There is also an established forum where you can also share your work, and receive feedback from like minded souls. I've tried it and I thoroughly recommend it.
Now onto the work of the Kent Air Ambulance. This is a fantastic service, to put it mildly. The Air Ambulance is a registered charity and is funded entirely by donations. It was set up in 1989 to provide Hospital Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to the people of South East England. This is the link to the site, please visit if you have time.
There are also many Air Ambulance Trusts serving the United Kingdom, ALL of them are funded by charitable donations and as such they need help to keep on saving lives. I'm making links to as many of them as I can, so if you do have time, please visit the sites and see if you are able to help. Thank you.
North Wales Air Ambulance, based at Caernarfon.
The Scoliosis Society is an invaluable resource for help and information for sufferers of this debilitating condition. Here's the link:
Vladek Sheybal was a well respected Polish Actor/Director. Want to know more? click on the link.
Did you know that William Shatner (yes, the one and only: Captain Kirk of Star Trek) is a breeder of American Quarter Horses and is an expert (with his wife Elizabeth) in the art of Reining? Through his love of horses, Mr Shatner began using these noble animals as therapy for handicapped children all over the world, and his Hollywood Charity Horse Show is now an annual event. Want to know more - click on the banner for details
Alternatively, if you'd like to know more about this extraordinary man, (he's in his '70's now, and still going strong) read about his many charitable organisations and his incredible life so far, click on the link to his official website below.
Another great charity, working with disabled and disadvantegd children through contact and time spent with horses is: Ahead With Horses. Horses are hugely powerful not only in strength but the inner grace and gentleness they posses to be able to bring such improvements in the lives of the children. Please click on the link above to see the extraordinary work of this organisation.
A strong supporter of this charity is Legendary Actor Alex Cord, to read about his work with this and other charitable organisations and his work in the Film and TV Industry click here.
The Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Personally I think it is a great charity, and as with all the other animal trusts worldwide, do a fantastic job in rehoming these wonderfully intelligent creatures. If I had the money, I'd rehome them all. As you may or may not know, my own dog is a rescue dog and he has the biggest heart, and a personality to match, of any dog who has let me be their owner - he's a brilliant companion and he is smart and sassy too. Visit the site and also local kennels in your area, if you need a dog there is always one or ten waiting for you.
One of the worst things to happen to any pet and owner is theft of the animal. Now, there is help at hand - DogLost is a charity set up by Tim Bristow and Jayne Hayes following the theft of their own dog.
DogLost is a fantastic site and is a real help in finding dogs which are missing through theft or otherwise, they get results too - as their Dogs Found and Dogs Reunited pages attest to. Want to know more? Please click on the image.
Just recently I came across the following site which has been set up to help older dogs, who through no fault of their own, are homeless. It's a shame that these beautiful dogs are in kennels at all. Some dogs are there because they've been in an abusive home, some are found wandering the streets, and others have had owners who have passed away. I don't know about you, but I find it heartbreaking to hear of the stories behind each dog; they must wonder what's happened to them. If I had the space, believe me I'd have as many as I could; they are all so completely adorable, in need of love and a warm hearth. They'd get that with me I can assure you.
Sadly, my own beloved border collie who is now 10 (but continues to act like he's still 2) has developed what my vet calls 'older dog epilepsy' and I was shocked to see this once agile and nippy little guy unable to walk in a straight line, falling over onto his side and paddling with his paws. All I can do is calm him until it passes, but the more it happens the more damage it does to his brain. It is distressing but I have to continue to give him the best quality of life he can possibly have, and that's why this site is so important to me, and important that I try and bring it to as many people as I can. Oldies.org.uk is a registered charity and I will continue to support them whenever and wherever I can. Older dogs are so lovely and they are so loving, so grateful for a loving home. If you are able to help, would you?
Here's the link, thank you for visiting.
There are many charities across the world rescuing and caring for animals, here are two exemplary examples of this. The International League for the Protection of Horses and The North Shore Animal League (America). The latter I caught on a satellite TV programme, the staff here are so dedicated that even blinding snowstorms and being snowed in doesn't stop them getting to work to care for the animals. If you can, please stop by their sites, their work is incredibly important, as is their unstinting dedication to those animals in need.
The next link is to that of the wonderful Monty Roberts. Known as The Horse Whisperer, he is famous for his non-violence appraoch to working with horses and people. His 'join-up technique' with horses is incredible. So, here's his link, please go visit and be quietly amazed.