So long Scott, thank you for the music…

Scott Weiland, the former frontman of the band Stone Temple Pilots, passed away on the 3rd of December 2015, while touring with his current band “Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts“.

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This is a picture of singer Scott Weiland. Brazil, Dec, 2010. Credits – Humberto Bueno

As part of Stone Temple Pilots, and also the super group Velvet Revolver (which featured formers members of Guns n’ Roses), he had a formative influence on what music I grew up listening to and playing over my teenage and early twenties.

Songs like:

And the albums they came from, all made a lasting impression on my musical preferences and directions.  Memories like playing along on my guitar to Plush and Interstate Love Song, are still fresh.

As is seeing Velvet Revolver play live, their stage presence, and energy even in a vast arena stadium was immense. Scott Weiland as a frontman was awesome, to line up and share the stage with someone like Slash, takes both character and charisma.

Thank you Scott for the music, you will be missed.

 

 

 

The Trepidation of the Untouched Page

It’s a blank canvas, in an unspoiled, unblemished pristine state. But sterile and devoid of life, meaning, value, suspended in limbo, waiting to become something. Needing an idea, a creative force, an inspired touch to make it into something.

We all have those moments, when there’s a blank moment, a pause, perhaps we’re uncertain about what to do next, or our turn has come and something makes us freeze. We have phrases to describe this state, “Writer’s Block”, “Stage Fright”, “Like a rabbit in the headlights”. Sometimes these are quite public moments, accompanied by a blush of embarrassment, sometimes these are private fears, gripping us in a state of inaction that seem to colour or blemish our lives as long as we remain beholden to them.

And so it was with me when I got an invitation to post something to Medium.

I wondered… What do I write, and what about?

And should I write here at all (what can I add)?

To me Medium seemed to positioning itself as a more prose focused and more literary elite content service. Sure I’ve blogged before and will continue to do so, but I don’t think of myself as a real writer-type. I minimised my exposure to essays and other extended prose’s (English and History) as soon as I could exercise choice over my subjects at school. Why would I think I could reverse at situation now?

Well I’m going to give it a go, not sure how often, or on what topics. Most probably in line with the type of topics I had post to my TORCH WordPress blog. Certainly I’m not after another separate silo of work or content, I played about with Posterous while it lasted, but it never replaced what I did on WordPress and I don’t think Medium will either. Heck, I may even find I enjoy writing more for the creative outlet that others enjoy from it.

Only time will tell — and in meantime the moments drift by, waiting and wondering…

[This post published on Medium >> The Trepidation of the Untouched Page]

31 Days of Freedom – celebrating the rescues

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This month Hope for Justice are celebrating the lives and stories of freedom made possible because of Hope for Justice supporters! So I’m joining the celebration by sharing one of these stories for #31DaysofFreedom!

Here’s Davit’s* Story (*Name changed to protect identity)

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Read more stories :- here  & here

Another thing to celebrate is the news that Zoe’s Hub has had their biggest week of rescues (13) since opening in 2014.

Zoe’s Hub Rescues – 2015 LIVE total: 52

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Here’s Ben the CEO with the latest news bulletin:

ShowTheLove – The Climate Coalition

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The Climate Coalition have released their #showthelove (fortheloveof) campaign with a video.

David Harewood, Meera Syal, Stephen Fry, Dermot O’Leary, Jarvis Cocker, Deborah Meaden, Emilia Fox, Alison Steadman and Raymond Blanc bring Shakespeare’s Sonnet number 18 to life in a beautiful 100-second film that’s a celebration of the world around us.

This is a longer and more explanatory video:

They’re asking people to shares the things they love.

Because the things we love might be changed forever by climate change.

Let’s act on climate change.

Scotland said it’s “Better Together”

In the historic referendum on the question of whether Scotland should be an independent country. 

The people of Scotland, voted against secession from the United Kingdom.

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My hope is that in the aftermath of the two campaigns, a stronger and more unified Scotland emerges.

Scotland deserves that much at least.

HopeforJustice– Goes Global

HopeforJustice announced its unification with Abolition International and Transitions Global to become one organisation to fight human trafficking.

Check out the video introducing the new global organisation and their roots.

It’s great to see HopeforJustice expand its vision, its reach and its impact!

My “Zoe Challenge” Walk – 2014 – for Hope for Justice

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What it’s about:

Hope for Justice – have challenged their supporters, to help them clock up a total of 12,416 miles – the distance from the North to the South Pole, by doing sponsored walks up and down the country.  They call this their Zoe Challenge 2014 and hope to raise around £125,000 to fund specialist investigators, lawyers and aftercare staff.  As they work to fight against slavery, and trafficking in the UK.

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Our walk in the Lakes will be around Rydal Water, and more of a pleasant family stroll, with about 1/2 the party being under 10, and with 3 under 3’s, there sure to be a lift or two offered by parents.

Should you wish to help support us, please give whatever amount you feel at this justgiving link.

A donation is not necessary, but perhaps you could share or tweet the link too.  Anything that helps raise the awareness and the profile of the issue of human trafficking, is support to those that are trapped and subject to such exploitation. 

Thank you.