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Foley felt that she has
never had anything easy in her medium life time
She usually works really had but feels that fate and life has not been kind to her
From a middle class family she was born with above average intelligence but was poor at exams, She never seemed to be able to do well in them and this frustrates her father for he knew she is bright but her problem was like the opposite of dyslexia but the result was the same anyway. She managed to only pass the languages as she was good in English and English Literature and let’s not forget Oral English the spoken word . Needless to say she failed her high school exams but for English and Fine Art. After this crushing blow of failing her high school exams she decided there is nothing for it but to work really hard even harder than she thought she did before she spent two years leaking her wounds and not sure what path to take and which way career wise life would take her after this she met someone who was a primary school teacher. He seemed quite happy in his job. Since Foley was at a loose end she asked him what it would take to become a teacher. He informed her there were still vacancies in his college if she was interested in being trained. But there was one problem it was an all-male college. Foley thought she had nothing to lose They could only refuse to let her in ,so with her heart in her mouth she went into the principal’s office to ask if she could be admitted They of course said no. As she turned to walk out of his office he called her back and asked if she could somehow enrol for the exams did she think she could pass without any tutorage as she would only be an external student come to sit the exams. Can you imagine young Foleys dilemma, someone whose problem was exam passing. But she was determined to turn her life around. She thanked the principal and asked if she can sometimes come to borrow notes from some of the students after classes, He said that was okay with him if the students don’t mind This made young Foleys heart sing she quickly talked with a few friendly looking of the students and asked for their notes in Education, Arithmetic History, English Language, Economics and finally Teaching Practise as she was told this was compulsory if she wanted to pass the teaching certificate Foley was thankful She went to the library and borrowed some text books, armed with the notes This carried on daily for the next six months till the exams when the results were out the principal said she put the college to shame as she had the best results in the college that year. Her stint in the Library led her to decide she might as well study Librarianship and become a librarian now she has the Teachers certificate as an entry qualification.
To cut the long story short at the exams she passed all the seven subjects she sat for she was told she put the Boy school to shame as she got the highest scores and had the best results in the college that year.
Remembering what my father used to say to me; which I have actually found to be true over years, is that Free from all waste and poison, and when no solid food has been taken for some time, one's body functions without obstruction and one feels a surge of vitality through out one's system.
Nowadays some people are beginning to believe that calorie restriction may even elongate/extend life, though this has not be proven.
So it is safe to say that calorie reduction certainly helps one to lose weight and perhaps then feel better within oneself, if it is not overdone for vanity's sake.
People must appreciate we are not all built the same and we cannot all be thin, heck some people who are built succulently naturally, look awful when they lose weight and start to appear gaunt and hollow cheeked.
The right balance has to be struck so we don't send our youngsters the wrong message.
They have to now it is okay to have some flesh on their bones, or to be slightly chubbier than some of their friends, and they are just as beautiful; if not even more beautiful as a result of their feminine curves.
There is huge attention given to pets and animals these days which is revealing so much deeper understanding of how animals connect well with humans in ways which were never imagined.
A child getting used to having a pet or loving animals will always grow up with valuable attributes which are produced by this unique relationship only reserved for the four or two legged friends.
Having a family pet teaches respect, kindness and sharing as well as the added bonus of alternative entertainment. Ask a child to go to the park, to play football or to swing on the swings and the novelty may wear off, but ask them to come out with the dog and their energy seems unending. The animal ~ child relationship expands their minds to having a friend and also acts as a bridge between how they view the world towards others. It is one of the easiest ways to educate a child in the world of interaction.
Many children will adopt a mothering instinct over the pet, and find comfort petting and stroking it,(in itself a great process of building up calm and secure feelings), some will view it as their own personal friend, something they relate to because in their mind it belongs to them or they can talk to it with no fear of anything but unconditional love in return. Very few children who grow up with pets will become spiteful or cruel towards animals as their own pet will always be in the back of their minds in the event of meeting a new one. The wide variety of pets do not have to stop at dogs or cats, animals do require work and in a normal household may not be a practical addition, but even a goldfish or rabbit, or a hamster can be a suitable alternative. Of course there is also the ability now to take children to animal parks and farms, which proves a great learning experience; if owning your own pet is not a feasible option. There are even websites where owners who need their dogs walked advertise and this can provide exactly the same excitement in a child's life even though it is not their own for most of the time.
Pets and animals encourage children to talk, a child even before they can string sentences will often chat in their own way to a pet or be able to say the names of a favourite animal in a story book. They are not only reactive to their environment but they can also provide a learning experience in their fascinating habits and antics and every parent will know a child's laughter and smile will be one of the greatest gifts and rewards.
Nothing equals the sight of a child running with a dog in a carefree safe environment and a dog or cat can sometimes be the companion to a shy or less confident child encouraging them to talk and express themselves. But the greatest advancement is the development of training animals to help handicapped or emotionally abused children. Charities and societies have been set up to breed and train suitable animals to work with some families to help children in their everyday life and it has proved to be a success. This is also true with some care focussed on the elderly.
There are boundaries of course, animals are in effect wild and have not the ability to sometimes know their strengths or can react in their own way if something upsets them, so care and vigilance is always a requisite. Even the most placid animal sleeping may not be too happy to be woken by an over enthusiastic playmate. Animals need their space too so just piling lots of them into a smaller home thinking it will end up as a harmonious area can be a fragile balance to maintain. A pet should not be bought in haste either, a Christmas or birthday gift may sound a great idea at the time, but care and attention of a pet will become part of the necessary routine and so discussion and pre-thinking is also important.
Children find comfort in relationships and in a world where time is precious and always under pressure, a pet can become a great source of development for a child to understand and find a simple source of happiness and even relaxation. Respecting animals is a lesson for all to learn but this is greatly enhanced if the learning process is a practical one and a pet will always reward back but whatever we teach our children will always be repeated in their thoughts later in life and respect and kindness are fundamentals for everyone to learn.
If you tipped your purse out would you be surprised at how may Loyalty Cards you have collected over the years? But do you actually use them to their full potential and do you actually know what it means when you do use them. I think the answer you would come up with would be no to both questions. Don’t worry you are not alone.
With points, rewards and cash-back schemes being offered by all the major department stores, supermarkets and a
variety of other big brand chains we need a bag just for all the loyalty cards
on offer. Have you ever been behind
someone paying for their goods and watch them route for a handful of cards
before they find that shops loyalty card.
Have you been ‘that’ person? I am
guessing you can answer yes to both too.
These are the regular ‘Loyalty Cards’ that have found their way into my purse and out of the eight above two don’t get used, four occasionally, with the other two on a weekly basis. Do I know what perks they can offer me – yes I have a fair idea of most of them. So let’s take a look at the ones that deserve to take up room in my purse.
Boots Advantage Card allows you to collect 4 points for every £1 you spend and the points you accumulate can pay for future purchases. Not a regular Boots shopper but over time my points do build up, and especially around Christmas shopping time and I normally find I can treat myself to a little something special once the New Year starts.
Tesco Clubcard have a variety of options to gain points with purchasing in store and online being the best way to collect points at 1 point per £1 spent. You can also collect points on fuel although you only get 1 point for every £2 you spend. Points are converted into clubcard vouchers and you can use instore, or turn into days out vouchers, cinema tickets, or vouchers to eat out. I think I have used my Tesco Clubcard vouchers for most things and definitely worth collecting if you have children and like the zoo.
Nectar Card works similarly to Boots Advantage Card and can be used in Sainsbury’s, Homebase, Ebay and British Gas. Mine gets used solely for Sainsbury’s where you get 2 points per £1 spent in store and online. Points add up to a cash total with 200 points equalling £1 and my points are being saved to use at Christmas, and something I am sure many customers decide to do.
Costa Coffee allows you to collect five points for every £1 you spend, with each point being worth a penny and can be used for future coffee and cake treats. Whenever a shopping trip is arranged there is always a visit to Costa Coffee, so for me this one has to stay.
Why not take a look at what is in your purse and see if they should stay or go and make room for a loyalty card that is going to be worth carrying around.
It seems that one particular British director is not only making headlines but waves in the film industry for his latest film - 12 Years a Slave.
Based on the nineteenth century
memoirs of Solomon Northup and adapted by screenwriter John Ridley, the film
follows Solomon’s as he goes from being a well-educated family man from New
York State to being sold into slavery in the south due to his colour. This type of kidnapping was rife in these
times. The film is not an easy watch for
even the hardest of souls and if you only decide to watch just one film this
year, make it this one. An important
story told from first-hand experience dating back centuries. Told with passion, conviction and grace.
Steve McQueen is no ordinary film director, and 2014 looks like it will be the year he makes his mark in the film industry and add to his growing collection of accolades. Awarded the Turner Prize for his artwork, one of the highest awards given to a British visual artist and also appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the visual arts, McQueen is regarded as one of the best.
Now it looks like his latest big screen drama production may just allow him to get his hands on the much sought after Oscar, an award most actors, directors, producers would give their last dollar to have amongst their achievements.
So far 12 Years a Slave has won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama and a Critics Choice Award for Best Picture, with Lupita Nyong’o also winning Best Supporting Actress and John Ridley for Best Adapted Screen Play.
It has also notched up 10 BAFTA nominations and 9 Oscar nominations many in the same categories. This film and everyone associated with it will surely be keeping their fingers crossed that the awards keep coming their way.
As for the talented, unassuming British Director, Steve McQueen has certainly cemented a fruitful future amongst the greats of Hollywood and beyond and it has only taken one great film for the world to remember his name. A name they surely won’t forget and one that will hopefully be amongst the nominations once again.
Last week the nation was treated to four ‘charity’ bake offs for Sport Relief and a little something to keep the loyal followers happy. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood pulled apart, literally, the celebrity bakes whilst viewers watched, laughed, cringed and cheered at the screen.
It really got me thinking of baking
and one particular cake that seemed to be a big feature – The Chocolate Sponge
Cake. So I thought it would be a great
idea to share Mary Berry’s own recipe for the perfect Chocolate Sponge Cake and
see if there are any potential bakers amongst you.
Preparation Time: 30 to 60 minutes - Cooking Time: 30 to 60 minutes – Serves: 8
50g/2oz cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water
3 free-range eggs
4 tbsp milk
175g/6oz self-raising flour
1 rounded tsp baking powder
100g/10oz natural caster sugar
For the icing and filling:
150g/5oz dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
150ml/5fl apricot jam
Icing sugar, to dust
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins with baking parchment.
2. Put the cocoa powder and boiling water into a large bowl and mix well to make a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and beat again until combines. This can also be done in a food processor, but take care not to over whisk. Divide the cake mixture between the prepared tins. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until well risen and shrinking away from the sides of the tin.
3. Meanwhile, for the icing and filling, measure the chocolate and cream together in a bowl and stand the bowl over a pan of simmering water for about 10 minutes, or until melted. Stir from time to time. Set aside and leave until cool and almost set.
4. Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely. Spread the tops of each cake with apricot jam. Fill the cakes with half of the icing and spread the remainder on top. Draw large “S” shapes over the cake with a palatte knife to give a swirl effect. Dust with icing sugar and serve in slices.
Perfect to serve with a nice pot of tea, or a freshly brewed cup of coffee when you visitors, or as a dessert accompanied with custard, cream or ice cream.
It seems there is definitely a new trend going around the TV circuit – the celebrity induced challenge; dancing, the jungle, skating, diving and now baking. We’ve not long said goodbye 2013 and I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here and Strictly Come Dancing, when 2014 kicks in with Splash and Dancing on Ice. Next week it’s the turn of The Great Sports Relief Bake Off.
Starting Monday 13th January, the first of four programmes will see a host of celebrities taking part in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to help raise money for the sporting stars of the future. In each televised programme four different celebrities will battle it out in the kitchen, at the end of which a star baker will be crowned. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are back to keep an eye on the hopefuls, and are sure to attract the viewing public. Regular presenter Sue Perkins is minus her usual sidekick Mel and will be joined by guest hosts Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand and between the two funny women there is sure to be a few laughs had, and not just at the baking disasters.
Amongst the 16 celebrities there are a mixture of actresses, sports personalities, singers and presenters but which one also has some hidden talent when it comes to mouth-watering cakes, puddings and desserts.
Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner will take a turn on the other side of the table and be receiving instead of giving at the hands of the two professional bakers. Rochelle Humes will be hoping her baking turns out better than her dancing after her unsuccessful turn on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Cricketer Michael Vaughan and cyclist Victoria Pendleton will also be hoping their baking lives up to their dancing skills, as both lasted until weeks eight (Victoria) and nine (Michael) on Strictly Come Dancing in the 2012 series. If the other contenders prove pretty bad they might just be in with a chance.
Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, impressionist
Alistair McGowan, presenter Johnny Vaughan, and Desert Island Disc host Kirsty
Young also join the wife of Comic Relief boss Richard Curtis, Emma Freud. Out of the five of them one of them must be a
dab hand in the kitchen? Or is that just
when it’s time to wash up?
Singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, and actresses Doon Mackichan, Samantha Bond and Jane Horrocks will be donning their apron and hoping to pull out a little something special when the clock signals it is time to bake. With Bonnie Wright swapping the wand she waved about as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films for a wooden spoon. She be wanting to turn her competition into fluffy bunnies to disguise how bad her baking really is?
So will it be a case of soggy puddings and flour clouds or will we get to see some real bakers appear before our very eyes. Only one way to find out – set your TV for 8.30pm, BBC2, Monday 13th to Thursday 16th January 2014.