Thursday, December 15

A Poem for Thursday.

The End of the Line

Let’s go and live at the end of the line.
Where breakers fall over rolling stones.
We’ll board the train that we rode when young,
Watch how the steam mists our view of the sea
As it hisses and cools on the iron and the brass.
And the cry of the gulls as they dive, as they soar
Will welcome us back
Will welcome us back.

Let’s board the train that we rode long ago,
Where the end of the line will have water and sand.
We’ll be welcomed again by the crying of gulls
The smell of spun sugar and hot lardy chips.
There, will be space enough for our thoughts
And salt winds that blow away stale urban fog.
To welcome us back,
To welcome us back.

They say that the crust is beginning to crack.
That the cold winds of change are blowing our way.
Yet when I take the journey again to the end
Of the line, where the seagulls are soaring above
To the edge of the tide, to the line in the sand.
The memory of all of things, of all being well
Embraces me back
Embraces me back.

This one has been linked to the gooseberry garden random poems week 17 ..."nostalgia"

Wednesday, December 14

Parties at The PottersHouse.

Well... five parties down and dusted and what fun.
Last evening was the fifth.
We always have a bit of an end of year party for each of our classes, here at the Potters House.
So... it's mulled wine, mince pies and cream and chocolates
... Though some of our lovely people bring other goodies!
Savoury nibbles etc.

Now they have all gone off to sort out their own Christmases,
and the table is left with the sweet remains of a good evening.

The room was lit this year with our driftwood tree.
 I love it.
We gathered the wood from the wild coast at the mouth of the Bay...Sunderland Point.
The day was wild and the sea was foaming...
Don't you just love the edge in winter!
That's it now until the beginning of January,
Have a good holiday our lovely people!

Monday, December 12

Petition: free Gulnaz.

This came by e-mail today and I want to spread it around as much as possible for others to see and hopefully react to it.

>>> Subject: Time is running out for Gulnaz

The team are seeing Karzai TOMORROW>>> PLEASE take 2 minutes, to share, facebook, tell everyone you know. We KNOW this kind of pressure can work but it can’t work if YOU don’t get behind it.

>>> Hello!
 As you all know, I very very rarely get involved in this kind of thing.
 But my dearest friend Clem has spent the last year making a film about rape victims imprisoned in Afghanistan.
 Nobody quite knows why the “peace-keeping” (er-hum) forces are there any more, but one of their major claims is that they are there to support the rights of women and girls. Hilary Clinton popped over to Bagram just last month and her main issue was the protection of women and children as the west pulls out.

>>> Despite 10 years of occupation, sorry, war, $550 billion on the military and $50billion in aid money, young girls like Gulnaz are still in prison. A young, unmarried virgin, she was raped by her cousin’s husband and imprisoned for adultery when she reported the rape. She became pregnant by the rape and gave birth to her baby daughter in prison.

>>> Clem’s film was funded by the EU, who have since blocked it, citing “the safety of the women” as the public reason but privately admitting that they didn’t want to “upset their relationship with the Afghan Justice system”.

>>> In desperation, Gulnaz has agreed to marry her rapist. This is the only way she can get out of prison and most importantly for her, maintain a relationship with her daughter.

>>> The story has now broken in the world wide press and the rapist has been interviewed. He has publicly confirmed, on the record, that Gulnaz will be killed the minute she is released from prison.

>>> Because of the press attention this has received, the team have now secured a meeting with President Karzai next week. As I’m sure you can imagine, this is an extraordinary and unique opportunity, not just for Gulnaz, but for the women of Afghanistan and for the hundreds of thousands of girls like her around the world.

>>> I know it seems boring and yet another horrible thing in this crazy world we live in. But this issue and a private meeting with Karzai is an extraordinary opportunity for YOU to make a difference. Gulnaz isn’t some remote, random statistic. She’s you and me, born on a different day in a different country.

>>> This isn’t some hippy, out there “heal the world”, “hug a hoodie” appeal. This is a real girl – who has more courage than anyone I’ve ever met – who risked her life to tell her story. . . And that risk is now more real than ever. Time is running out. Her rapist’s family have the right to pick her up from prison, literally at any second – and they have said they will kill her as soon as they get her.

>>> We can only hope they don’t get there before the team meet Karzai.

>>> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take 5 minutes to click your mouse a couple of times and cut and paste this to everyone in your address book so the team can take this petition to the meeting with Karzai.

>>> Gulnaz thanks you for helping to save her life, so that she may save the lives of others.


>>> Rebecca Stewart
>>> Producer / Director
>>> UK Mobile: 07725 687951

>>> Afghanistan: +93 (0) 793 22 8883


>>> Skype name: Rebecca.stewart2

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