Monday, 23 December 2013

Unsupervised Contact

Today I enjoyed a wonderful unsupervised contact with my beloved son, James.

We went to Book mongers, WHSmiths a games shop and McDonald's.

It was wonderful to be alone with my son.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Dr Thomas Szasz on Psychiatry

I was fortunate to have listened to a live talk by Thomas Szasz ,some years ago at the Institute of Psychiatry. Thomas Szasz is a Quaker and wrote the book: The Myth of Mental Illness - Foundation of a Theory of Personal Conduct.

The book the Myth of Mental Illness is available on Amazon kindle and is over fifty years old.

There Is No Such Thing as Mental Illness

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Diane Abbott, MP & Cllr Khrisna James

This is a photograph of me taken with Diane Abbott, MP at Portcullis House, earlier this evening at the "Whose Remembrance?" event.
This is a photograph of me taken with Harrow Independent Labour Councillor Khrisna James - Shadow Portfolio and Mental Health Champion, at Kings Fund, earlier today at the 'Transforming Mental Health Services in London event - which was postponed.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Liverpool

I have just returned to London after spending the weekend [Friday 22nd November - Sunday 24th November 2013, in Liverpool. I was at the UNISON National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Conference, as a Housing Association, Greater London, Branch Delegate.

Whilst in Liverpool, I visited the 'Portrait of a Lady' April Ashley exhibition, at the museum of Liverpool.
Here is two photographs of me at the conference, taken with 
Gary Millar, Lord Mayor of Liverpool City Council.


Monday, 18 November 2013

Living Colour - Bi


Stonewall & Time to Change 18th November 2013

Below is a photo taken of me with Time to Change Director Sue Baker at the MIND Media Awards, which took place this evening at the BFI - British Film Institute - South Bank.
Above is a photograph taken today of me with Rosie Ellingham, after Rosie appeared on national ITV's 'This Morning', with the singer Will Young for the start of anti-bullying week.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24984781

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Nearly all homosexual teenagers say they hear the word




This Morning - ITV (18th November 2013)

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Time to Change Advert Shoot


Today I participated in a Time to Change advert shoot.

A few members of the film crew can be seen in the above photo.

I look forward to seeing the end product next year on January 20th 2014.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

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Angela Eagle MP & Me


After work, this evening, I went to a Electoral Reform Society function at the Troia Restaurant in SE1.

Above is a photograph taken today of me with the first openly lesbian member of parliament elected.

Angela Eagle MP.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Elizabeth I & Her People...

Today I enjoyed a wonderful Supervised Contact Session with my beloved son, James.

Today we were supervised by: Melissa.

Today we went to see the 'Elizabeth I & Her People' exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Then we popped in to Watkins Bookshop in Cecil Court. We followed this with a visit to the QLGF - Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship at Westminster Meeting House. Finally, we stopped off for a McDonald's for our journey home.

See the photograph of me and James, today, taken by James.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Brixton SW9

Today I enjoyed a wonderful few hours of Supervised Contact with my beloved son James.

Today we were supervised by: Kola.

We spent our time in Brixton SW9.

First we went to McDonald's to have a meal.
Then we went to WHSmiths.

followed by Gamesmaster.

Finally we went to Book Mongers
When I arrived home I was delighted to have received my Mind Media Awards 2013, RSVP invitation for my attendance on Monday November 2013.

Friday, 18 October 2013

My 'Thames Reach'

Today I attended my 'Working Together for Thames Reach staff and volunteer conference, at Kia Oval Cricket Ground.

Today this photograph was taken of [from left to right] Ken Olisa, Chairman, Thames Reach. Me and Jeremy Swain, Chief Executive, Thames Reach.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

My 52nd Birthday

This morning, I shared some of my birthday cake with my local Streatham & Brixton Friends Meeting House.

This afternoon a friend visited and gave me thirty pounds and a card for my birthday, so since I want to be very busy for the third anniversary of my mum's death - which is Saturday 26th October 2013.  I booked the 26th October 2013, Beyond Shame and The Quaker Way sessions of the Love Spirit Festival. In addition, I ordered two pairs of Amazon 'Rainbow Laces' for the 'No Homophobia In Sport' campaign. One for me and One for my beloved son James.
This evening, my beloved son, James gave me his gift of a box of chocolates and a birthday card and I gave him a portion of my birthday cake.
Then following, collecting my gift and card from my son. I stopped off at a friend's to enjoy some more birthday gifts, and a cup of tea with some chocolate cake.

Who Is Irredeemable?

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Yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon in Lewisham Shopping Centre, for the mental health conversation starter 'Can You Tell' exhibition campaign.

Today, Sunday 13th October 2013 is my 52nd Birthday, and I have created a slide show movie for the 'Who Is Irredeemable' speech, which I delivered at the Kings Fund, London UK on Wednesday 2nd October 2013.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

2013 World Mental Health Day Celebration

This evening, Coldharbour & Herne Hill Wards of the Dulwich & West Norwood Conservative Association are delighted to announce that we hosted the World Mental Health Day Celebration film screening [see flyer] at the Whirled Cinema [See photo of me in front of it's screen] - which is located in Coldharbour Ward. 

Tonight's audience number for the film 'Changeling', eclipsed our previously hosted 'For The Bible Tells Me So' film screening, which was held earlier this year at the Ritzy Cinema, for the London Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Day Celebration social.

In addition the audience engaged robustly  with questions during the questions and answers sessions from both Lara Carmona - Rethink Mental Health, as well as from, Nacho Diaz - Four In Ten.

Rethink Mental Illness is a Mental Health Charity and Four in Ten is a local, South London and Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender, Mental Health Service User led group, which meets each week [See photo with from left to right Lara, Nacho & me.]

Saturday, 28 September 2013

'Only In England'.

Today I enjoyed another wonderful Supervised Contact session with my beloved son, James.

Today we were supervised by: Melissa.

We - via a McDonald's meal - went to see the 'Only in England', photographic exhibition at the Science Museum. While we were in the museum, we visited the air planes - as our photos testifies.

Finally on our way home, we visited WHSmiths, where I purchased a magazine on Mozart for myself.

Amongst other things, today James told me that he is now a 'Senior Prefect', in his school, and that there may be a possibility that he will be promoted to be a Corporal, in his Air Cadets.
I am quite naturally delighted. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Norman Lamb MP

This is a photograph taken of me today, Wednesday 4th September 2013, with Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care Services, Department of Health.

It was taken in the Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, 1 Bridge Street, London SW1A 2JH

The occasion was for the Launch of the Rethink Mental Illness Innovation Network.

Norman Lamb MP, spoke about 'What needs to change and why'.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Pilot Shop

Today I enjoyed a wonderful Supervised Contact with my beloved son, James.

Today we were supervised by: Troy

My son gave me as a gift the book 'Ich hab einen Freund, der ist PILOT'.

Today we went to JD Sports and then we went to the Pilot shop in Pimlico.

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Finally we went for our usual McDonald's meal and then home we went.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

We Changed Our Minds

Today I enjoyed a wonderful Supervised Contact session with my beloved son, James.

Today we were supervised by: Troy.

We had planned to go swimming, but  we changed our minds and spent our time in Book Mongers and WH Smiths.

Finally we had a McDonald's meal and then returned home

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Brockwell Park

Today I enjoyed a wonderful Supervised Contact session with my beloved son, James.

Today's contact was supervised by: Troy

We purchased a McDonald's meal and spent our time in Brockwell Park.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Lambeth Country Show 2013

Today after enjoying participating in my local Streatham Quaker Friends Meeting House, meeting for worship, I went to the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park and took a photo of me next to a photograph of me at the 'Rethink Mental Illness' Can You Tell? exhibition.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Equal Marriage

Today the Equal Same Sex Marriage bill had it's third and final reading in the House of Lords and passed!

Thank you Stonewall. Thank you Lesbian, Gay Christian Movement...

If all goes well, we will be able to start witnessing the first same sex marriages in spring 2014!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Me & The Speaker... Rt Hon John Bercow MP

Today I was delighted and privileged to have attended  the Stonewall Parliamentary Reception, in the State Rooms, Speaker's House by kind permission of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP

This is a photo of me and said Speaker earlier this evening.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Model Zone

Today I enjoyed a wonderful Supervised Contact session with my beloved son James.

We were supervised by: Kola

We went to the Model Zone, which has now moved to New Oxford St.

As usual we enjoyed a McDonald's meal before returning home.

Saturday, 29 June 2013