Resting, Waiting and A Mike Harding Poem


A sad, sombre epitaph for nature and natural things.

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It’s been a quiet, stay-at-home, curl-up-with-a-good-book, rest-after-hectic-holiday sort of a day while Storm Brian begins to make its way across Britain, starting with us in the South West.

I saw this in Tiger in North Finchley on Wednesday and it made me laugh so I had to buy it. I do cook with Tarragon too.

Here is a brilliant poem by Mike Harding for you that came my way yesterday and which touched a chord.

One Swallow

Remember how you’d drive at night in summers past
Through fogs and mists of midges, 
Blizzards of fat bugs, snowstorms of moths
All melting on the windscreen glass?
Long, hot, country miles, you’d drive
Dry eyed and squinting out into the dark, cursing,
The windscreen frosted with their last moments,
The wipers useless, washer water gone.
You’d get back home to find the hurl and heft
And spatter, the great smears of death,

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Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You


So much pain hidden behind a facade of bravado.

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“Til It Happens to You,” from the harrowing campus sexual-assault documentary “The Hunting Ground,” is an expression of victimhood redirected into empowerment.

The often gut-wrenching song, which comes from Lady Gaga and seven-time Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, has received critical praise and has logged more than 21 million views on YouTube.

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How I Saw Paris This Week (Part Twenty-One)


So everyday – yet so elegant.

Discovery Tours of Paris by Corey Frye

Bonjour and salut to you all! The weather has been unseasonably warm in Paris, with strong sunlight and autumn colors around every corner — a flaneur’s dream (and a photog’s as well!).

Before we continue I’m proud to announce that the online magazine Bonjour Paris will be highlighting my photography with a Photo of the Month feature. Each photo will have a 200 word essay attached and will be exclusive to their site, meaning you won’t find it on these blog posts. Be sure to check it out around the middle of each month! The first one can be found here.

Today’s “How I Saw” installment is a blend of glass, metal, stone, and mother nature. It’s a reminder of how many different ways the city does what it does. I hope you enjoy this week’s set and as always leave a comment if you’re inspired to do so!

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LANDMARK RULING: Foster Children Can Now Sue Local Authorities For Abuse


A landmark decision that has been long in coming, but will be welcomed by victims and all who have fought on their behalf.

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A Supreme Court ruling which has overturned previous precedent and made history, will now allow children abused whilst in foster care to sue the local authorities that placed them.

Those who have been abused, as well as child rights campaigners all over the country who have fought tirelessly to establish this duty of care which should have been acknowledged a long time ago, will be delighted by the ruling.

The case which came before the Supreme Court saw Natasha Armes, now 40, from Nottingham, win against Nottinghamshire County Council after Supreme Court justices ruled by a majority of four-to-one that it was liable for abuse she suffered as a child 30 years ago.

The Supreme Court justices found the local authority was vicariously liable for the abuse Natasha suffered at the hands of her foster parents, but bizarrely, concluded that the council was not negligent in choosing or supervising them, even though the…

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BBC’s Today Programme And Researching Reform On Children’s Right To Speak To Judges


Children’s voices are important; they will speak the truth when not forced to keep silent by guilt-ridden adults.

Researching Reform

BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning focuses on children’s right to speak with family law judges. Researching Reform had the privilege of talking with Sanchia Berg about the policy, what happened to it and why it was needed.

The piece includes thoughts from a boy called Oscar, who says he feels children should have the right to speak to judges and that it would make the process more friendly.

An extract from our conversation can be heard at around 0:52:00 over on BBC Radio 4’s live player, and the accompanying article on the topic can be read here.

For a summary of this policy, and its development over the last ten years, our Lexis Nexis article offers a complete history.

Many thanks to Sanchia for inviting us to share our thoughts.

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What Happened To The Government’s Child Welfare Consultations? RR Finds Out.


Many questions, but all, as yet, unanswered.

Researching Reform

Welcome to another week.

Instead of our usual Monday question, we decided to share our latest Freedom Of Information Request, reminding the government that it still has outstanding child welfare consultation outcomes it needs to publish.

After we discovered that the current government had chosen to ignore the consultation looking at children in family court proceedings being able to speak to judges, Researching Reform felt a formal update on other outstanding consultations was needed.

This was our letter to the Department For Education:

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We will let you know as soon as we get a response.

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