Tuesday, December 19, 2006


  • Free part time nurses places for every three and four-year old.

The Labour Party have acknowledged the importance of the early years and taken this step, another manifesto commitment completed.



Saturday morning, Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie, in Paisley, my dad is the Local Councillor and was invited to the switching on of the Centre's Christmas lights. Wendy Alexander local Labour MSP was also there, also present were Santa's elves (so cute!) and one local activist dressed as a Christmas Tree (see the photo below). As usual I became my dad's official photographer for the afternoon, and I was glad to do it.

Wendy Alexander kicked off the celebrations by switching on the Christmas lights after the obligatory countdown which the kids loved! After this Santa arrived in a vintage car to everyone's surprise!

The elves helped him distribute presents to the local kids. It was a great day and although I was only able to stick around for an hour or so I really enjoyed the day. Check out my dad's website for the whole story!

Monday, December 18, 2006



I thought that I would let you all know about Shelter's Christmas appeal, so follow the link above to find out more information and find out how to make a much needed donation. I do believe that the Scottish Executive and the Westminster Government are doing a lot to help the homeless, but there is more to be done. Charities like Shelter are doing an excellent job of not only providing for those who are homeless but keeping the issue in the public eye.

This year my local parish are doing a special carol service for Shelter and donations (voluntary of course) will be gratefully received. The carol's we sing at Christmas are about Jesus birth but they are also in someway at least about homelessness, he had no where but a stable! So if you are interested the Church is St James Catholic Church, Paisley, come along and join in. The service starts at half eight on Sunday the 24th of December hope to see you there.
Merry Christmas to you all.

Sunday, December 17, 2006



I was reading this in one of the weeklies today and I thought that it was really quite interesting. In this day and age of celebrity junkies and reality TV it turns out that Time Magazine have named me person of the year! They have also named you, if you have a blog, got involved with a community cause or used You Tube and well you get the drift!

In my own area I would have to say that the Churches would be a good example of the Community getting involved with others, and on an electronic scale a shout has to go out to the Friends of Seedhill Playing Fields, although a lot of the information on the site is either untrue or out of date there are at least some involved in the organisation who I believe are involved to better their community, I may not agree with them but I can see this.

This is an American publication so they are mainly talking about American society but with the World Wide Web being, well, world wide it really applies to us all, so raise a glass and give yourselves a pat on the back.


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