317. The No New Clothes Challenge!



So I was reading someone else’s blog the other day and they commented that they hadn’t bought any new clothes for a year – a year! (I’d put a link to the post if I could remember which one it was – sorry, if you’re reading this!) I try to donate clothes to charity when I’m done with them or use textile recycling, but I do seem to buy quite a lot…

Anyway it got me thinking. I don’t think I could go 4 weeks without buying something: so let’s find out. I’m challenging myself to see if I can avoid buying any new clothes for the next 4 weeks. Even as I type this I’m worried I need new tights :-/

316. World Toilet Day – yep, it’s really a thing!


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And the reason why it’s a thing is because of some pretty shocking statistics. Here’s one that stands out: more people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet.

If you want the full details (or to take action) visit the Global Citizen website: http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=668dc05e-6846-4623-beab-22cd2f02a38f 

I’ve signed the petition and educated myself by testing my knowledge of open defecation, something I perhaps didn’t want to know about, but which we probably all should.

315. Save the pangolins!


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What are pangolins? Well, this is precisely what United for Wildlife are saying is the problem: most of us won’t have heard of these creatures, but they’re close to extinction.

The charity is working with the makers of Angry Birds to encourage a new generation to campaign against poached ivory, rhino horn, and other animal parts. They hope that around 200 million Angry Birds players worldwide will discover the pangolin and its risk of extinction and be moved to do something about it… I’ll be checking out the game.

Pangolins are the world’s only scaly mammal. It’s estimated that over one million pangolins were snatched from the wild in the last decade, making them the most poached animal that exists. They’re literally being eaten to extinction, before most people even know they exist.

Starting today, people can play the free, week-long tournament where they will encounter pangolins in the game, breaking their cages to free them from poachers – and having fun in the process.

After playing the game we want people to remember the pangolin’s name and help us secure their future by talking about them to people they know.

314. Making cancer care an election priority…


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I’ve joined Macmillan’s campaign ‘Time to Choose’ and I am raising awareness of this:

Macmillan Cancer Support need our help to encourage politicians to support this campaign and ensure cancer care is high on the political agenda.

To get involved visit their website: https://timetochoose.org.uk/d/Default.aspx#intro

313. Band Aid 30!


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Band Aid 30 cover

Geldof told fans: “Come Monday at 08:00 when every station plays this track across the nation, buy this thing. Don’t go looking for it free. Buy it.”

So I have (well I got the other half to download it)! The song has been altered slightly to reflect the focus of raising funds to help fight ebola.

“Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears”, now reads: “Where a kiss of love can kill you and there’s death in every tear”.

“Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” is now “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you”.

The UK government have waived the VAT too.

312. International Day for Tolerance


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Yesterday was the UN International Day for Tolerance, I wanted to raise awareness of this and share some thoughts…

“On this International Day of Tolerance, I call on all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.”– Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet), French Writer

I think I’m tolerant of race and religion, different cultures, but I’ve still got a long way to go: there are people I find it hard to tolerate, so I keep striving to be more tolerant and more compassionate to try and make the world a little better…

311. Being neighbourly…


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Throughout the year parcels are regularly delivered to our retired neighbours for us to collect, which is really handy. They’re always really polite and say they don’t mind at all, but as the festive season approaches and more and more of our online shopping is arriving. So the other half suggested we show a little more appreciation.

A fantastic idea that I’m genuinely impressed he suggested, so I now have a Christmas card and a box of biscuits with a festive bow, so when we next have to knock on their door to pick up a parcel it’ll be a 2 way exchange!

310. Waterstones’ Children’s Reading Fund


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So after today’s visit to the shops I think I’ve done most of my Christmas shopping, whilst in Waterstones paying for some gifts for my nieces and nephew, I put some money into the Children’s Reading Fund collection box on the counter.

The money raised is to help disadvantaged children, particularly those in care and details about the fundraising on their website includes the following statistic:

A child in care is more likely to go to prison than university.

That’s pretty depressing and I really hope they are able to make a difference. So if you’re in Waterstones doing your Christmas shopping please pop some change in the collection box.


309. Pizza!


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So maybe I’ve been to the pub tonight, but when the other half picked me up and pointed out that he was starving, then suggested ordering dinner from Pizza Hut to get them to make a donation to Children in Need it was hard to ague.

pizza hut cin

20p from every order delivered today will be donated to Children in Need, it doesn’t sound like much, but if enough of us order pizza it will be :-)

308. Supporting the JBJ Soul Kitchen


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Today I read about the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant and visited their website to find out about them:

Our vision here at Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious, and when possible, organic meals. At Soul Kitchen you will notice there are no prices on the menu and you might have been seated with someone you don’t know. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a dining certificate for a meal.

What a great idea! One that I was very happy to support…

If you fancy buying someone a meal for the bargain price of $10, please visit their website:  http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/en/about


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