It’s not about winning or losing, it’s whether you fight – Tony Benn – Will & Testament

This was a very moving documentary of Tony Benn’s life and political campaigning both in and out of office. Fascinating to hear of his views, his mistakes, his family, his principles.

Saw footage of the Jarrow marchers marching and the NHS adverts, leaflets coming through people’s doors. For those of us who chose and had the availability to take the time to complete the #march4nhs, we have the responsibility to carry on fighting with everyone who joined, everyone who contributed in some way – with food, accommodation, organising, sending messages of support. We met so many people who are having a terrible time under the Coalition and it continues to get worse, but they aren’t giving up.

I will carry on campaigning with NHA Party, KONP and other groups, I will never ever forgive (maybe with time, forget) the betrayal of anyone who supports / supported both blue Labour and this unelected coalition with it’s destructive policies but I don’t have to, there are better things to do and people who are fighting for better ways of living which are not packaged up in marketing terminology, not stealing from public services for their own ends.

I will be involved in the following over the next few weeks, once brain is back together (some of it hopefully tonight onwards)

“We believe we have to go beyond political ideology. Our one aim is to save the National Health Service from the greed & corruption of private companies who wish to sacrifice one of the greatest institutions of our country, recognised globally as the most cost-effective and efficient health services in the world. United together we can create a voice too strong to ignore. We can and will end the deceitful selling off of our most precious NHS.”1


1. http://999callfornhs.org.uk/

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Researching the Martial Arts with Jonathan Bluestein

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Originally posted on Kung Fu Tea:

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Research of Martial Arts. Source: http://www.researchofmartialarts.com/

Introduction: Two Types of “Martial Arts Books”

For supposedly oral traditions, the Asian martial arts have generated a surprising number of books. Broadly speaking these fall into two separate categories. The first are book “of” martial arts, while the second are volumes “about” these traditional fighting systems. Both sorts of literatures have a long history, with the first group being the older and more important. Here we find everything from Ming era manuals to Sun Lutang’s groundbreaking publications on the “internal arts.” The success of these early 20th century volumes went on to spawn and inspire much of the “how to” literature, all aimed at practitioners of the various kung fu schools, which seems to dominate bookshelves today.

Like most martial artists I have my own shelves groaning under the weight of stacks of introductory “how to” books. From the perspective of a student…

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999 Save the NHS, Tredegar Nye Bevan march Sept 6th 2014

Originally posted on discordion {Artist Ian Pritchard}:

999 Save the NHS, Tredegar Nye Bevan march Sept 6th 2014

My photographs of the day we marched through Tredegar, the birthplace of Nye Bevan’s National Health Service.

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The photos are best viewed using Flickr’s in built slide show rather than the thumbnail views. Thanks for looking.

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#march4nhs Edmonton – Trafalgar Square

Wandering through Turkish area was fun and bought bits of Turkish breakfast to join with others at Methodist church. Our supporting transport had turned into a red London bus which meant Geoff could march the final day.

It was too brilliant for words to see Jordan our medic, back on his bike. He supported us on the whole trip for free, was totally fab and even spoke to my niece at the end of today on the radios (v happy niece). Please someone, help him become a paramedic, he will be ace.

Met a great crowd at Edmonton Green then off we set, a few of us wondering if we were going to have to chant all the way. It helped being reunited with @toon_lad99 whose voice blasted us forward and kept us moving throughout.

Walking through Tottenham was great way of raising awareness and as we moved further in was surprised at the support from some quite wealthy people wandering around the streets too.

Islington gave us great welcome with flowers and hundreds more people still joining. Huge number of people at Red Lion Square, I was attempting to spot my sister, niece & nephew but was impossible to hear each other on phone due to amazing atmosphere. Turned round at one point and suddenly saw Steph from Calderdale, a wonderful 38 degrees and nha party member.

I think at that point I kind of lost the plot and felt overwhelmed and not really with it for rest of day. Suddenly saw another friend just past Aldwych.The march had suddenly got huge, full of so many amazing people. I remember laughing with one of the darlomums as we carried on chanting with increasingly scratchy, screamy voices.

Billy Bragg was great, singing, smiling chatting and marching with everyone then playing in trafalgar square with esp Vinny Icarus Craig and others, what a moment!

Trafalgar Square was fantastic,  Dr Clive Peedell was suddenly there too after running a heroic 66k, then Dr Louise Irvine (who will stand against Jeremy Hunt in 2015, what a nice change for surrey that would be), too. barely heard the speeches but they got great receptions. Andy Burnham was nice and genuinely friendly as previously.

Most of us knackered and emotional. I was still in post walk mode,not really accepting it’s over – thinking about people’s feet, water etc (still not quite adjusted)

Well done #darlomums, well done to everyone who joined the People’s March for the NHS, the fight is well and truly on.

Will do proper write up at some point, posts mostly short due to random
connectivity and doing other things en route.

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Final dogs4nhs courtesy of @emmafriedmann

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#march4nhs St Albans – Edmonton

Seeing the m25 was strange and also someone had turned London’s toaster up a degree or two as suddenly we were marching down a road full of London buses, traffic fumes but guess what – people smiling. Yes, I know ;-)

We reached London early afternoon. I missed the last few miles due to luggage logistics but job done. Tomorrow is home stretch into Trafalgar square 3.30pm

Phenomenal achievement by
#darlomums Rehana Jo A, Jo L, Emma (and other mums I haven’t met), darlo guest mums Steven Carne, James

#Geoff, Jordan, Joe – magical human beings, caring for us in many ways

#300 or lots of milers in no particular order Terry, Barb, Vinny, Icarus, Craig, Neil, Jo R, Margaret, Fiona, Dave, Anne-Marie, Jim, Joanne, Rajan, Christine, Trish, Carole, John, Tone, Mike, Anke, Brian and many more.

Thank you

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#march4nhs dogs4nhs part 2

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#march4nhs Luton – St Albans

Saw first London bus today as we reached the outskirts of St Albans.

People struggling with cuts to services, now having to go to Watford, Luton or further which is impractical and costly due to the travel.

We stopped in Harpenden at lunch, a mini picnic was kindly provided by a couple of local labour supporters and breakfast in Luton too . They have noticed cuts affecting waiting times.

Approx 27 miles to go.

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