Alan Barnes meets Katie Cutler, the woman who set up a fund raising web page to help him move home (Photo: North News)
Disabled pensioner Alan Barnes was the victim of a random act of violence when he was knocked down outside his home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear by a mugger hoping for a quick bit of cash last weekend. The plight of this 4ft 6in pensioner, who has been disabled since birth due to his mother contracting German measles during her pregnancy, caught the attention of a young beautician who lives in the area. Katie Cutler set up a Gofundme page in the hope of raising £500 to help the pensioner who is now too afraid to return to his own home following the attack.
Ms Cutler wrote on her funding page: “I was so upset that anyone could target a disabled pensioner and be so cruel. We can’t take away what has happened but with a little donation we can make the future a prettier one and help towards the cost of his new home. Thank you all.”… Read the rest...
I was thrilled to hear a good news item for a change on the news last night and felt compelled to share the story of the amazing Diana Nyad who believes it is never to late to fulfill your dream. This CNN report tells the story of her astonishing swim from Cuba to Florida. Read and be inspired.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with 64-year-old Diana Nyad about her record breaking swim from Cuba to Florida.
‘Never, ever give up:’ Diana Nyad completes historic Cuba-to-Florida swim
Key West, Florida (CNN) – “Find a way.”
That’s the mantra Diana Nyad said she had this year. And that’s exactly what she did.
On Monday, Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years.
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and … Read the rest...
I am a big fan of world music and I am always on the look out for new groups to try out. This article in the Sunday Times caught my eye not only because it is such a good news story but also having travelled to the beautiful country of Malawi it is great to see an emerging music scene there. It is always inspiring to hear stories of people who make the most of their opportunities and the Malawi Mice Boys are poster boys for positivity. They have not allowed limited resources stop them from getting involved in writing, playing and singing music and they sing from the heart. Who would think that a small group of subsistence farmers, with a sideline in selling tasty cooked mice on a stick, could have the possibility of becoming the next big thing on the African music scene? Watch this space.
Catch them if you can
The Malawi Mouse Boys sound extraordinary, and do a roaring trade from their kind of pest control
Garth Cartwright Published: 13 May 2012