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No Smoking Day - 12th March 2008

The following is a press release from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. If you want to Quit, the pharmacy can help. In fact visiting a local pharmacy should be the first step for smokers who want to stub out their habit on No Smoking Day, an annual event, being held on 12 March.   This year’s theme, The Great No Smoking Day Challenge, will challenge smokers to go without cigarettes for one week in the UK’s biggest mass quit attempt. The campaign will also highlight the benefit

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Buy Local? Wrong?

We are often urged to buy local, to reduce the impact of climate change. Apart from the fact that this is unlikely to help the Third World, does it in fact reduce climate change?   The relationship between food miles and their carbon footprint is not as clear as it might seem. That is often true even when the environmental impact of shipping goods by air is taken into consideration.   Adrian Williams, an agriculture researcher at Cranfield says “People should stop talking about food mil

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

The Thinking Wall - Further Info.

THE THINKING WALL at ENERGY EXPO 2008 February 21-23 2008   At the Expo, Island 21 set up a “Thinking Wall” offering visitors the opportunity to have their say on what was most concerning them. There were three sections: What we like best about the Isle of Man What we like least about the Isle of Man and What we would like to see happening   Opinions and ideas ranged widely, of course, and the fact that this was an Energy Expo obviously influenced comments. Here the comments and sug

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

The Thinking Wall

THE THINKING WALL   The “Thinking Wall” at Energy Expo 2008 came up with a wide range of ideas contributed by visitors to the exhibition at the Villa Marina on February 21-23.   The “Thinking Wall”, brain-child of sustainable development promoters Island 21, invited visitors to share their ideas in three areas – what you like best about the Island, what you like least, and what you would like to see happening.   Visitors' favourites ranged from the Bunscoill to the Laxey Wheel. Various

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Climate Change - The Facts.

How can we be sure that global warming is happening and that we are responsible? The IPCC 4th Assessment Report (2007) - drawn from research of over 2000 scientists and endorsed by 130 governments - reports that temperature rises are UNEQUIVOCAL.     The IPCC can now say with 90% certainty that human activities are responsible for higher concentrations of CO2 (the highest in 650,000 years) and other Greenhouse gases (ghg) in the atmosphere, and hence the corresponding overall warming of the

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Island21 Horse Tram Statement

Mr Christian has now agreed to ask the Douglas Town Council to meet us as a result of this press statement which was a response to his criticism quoted by IOM Newspapers of the 28th January 2008 of "experts", i.e. according to the newspaper identified as members of Island21. Mr Christian has told me he actually meant unidentified members of this Forum using anonymous user names.   I am happy to report that Councillor Christian wishes to retain the service and reports that he does not are c

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Pharmacy Services.

I am often asked what services do pharmacies provide?   Pharmacists (sometimes called Chemists) are experts in medicines and how they work. They play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. Working in the community, primary care and hospitals, pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public. The services that may be available from your Pharmacy are:   Medicine

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Retirement Of Spmce Planning Officer

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.       For 14 years or so, I have been acting as HONORARY PLANNING OFFICER to the SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE MANX COUNTRYSIDE & ENVIRONMENT (S.P.M.C.& E.).   At the half-year point I gave notice to the Society that I intended to retire from this post at the end of the 2007 planning year. This was effectively last Tuesday 14th . January 2008.   As I hold the records and planning data for 2007, I shall continue to receive and file on-going Decision N

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Island21 Concerned By Horse Tram Changes

Island 21 concerned by horse tram changes   At its Annual General Meeting, the island’s sustainability forum Island 21 expressed dismay at changes to the horse tram service proposed by some Douglas councillors. Citing the horse tram not only as a vital part of the island’s heritage but also an excellent example of green transportation, the committee felt that the Corporation should be looking towards additional marketing rather than service reductions to address the £270,000 deficit accumulate

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Millions Risk Buying Drugs Online

MILLIONS RISK HEALTH BUYING DRUGS ONLINE Millions of Brits could be playing Russian Roulette with their health buying prescription-only medicines from rogue internet sites, according to research conducted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). In response to this growing online danger, the RPSGB today rolls out the Internet Pharmacy Logo, a visual tool to help the public identify if a website is being operated by a bona fide pharmacy in Britain. The research shows

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

New Year Greetings.

Ring out the old, ring in the new; Ring, happy bells, across the snow; The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.       The peace of God on us all. Sheeyee orryn-pene.   With every good wi

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

The Christmas Gospel And Prayers

Hear The Christmas Gospel from John 1, 1-14   "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   The same was in the beginning with God.   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.   In him was life; and the life was the light of men.   And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.   There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.   The same came for a witness, to bear witn

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Internet Advent Christmas Card

The Bishop of Kensington has launched an Internet Advent Calendar for the run up to Christmas. The new calendar will uncover a different video for each day in December, right up to Christmas Day.   The calendar, produced by Jerusalem Productions of London, is a new initiative introduced by the Kensington Area to create more joy and expectancy as we prepare for Christmas. The Advent Calendar is intended to have a similar effect as a Christmas card and each video proposes to provoke thought in

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Remembrance Sunday

Prayer for Peace Pope John Paul II   To you, Creator of nature and humanity, of truth and beauty, I pray: Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations. Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war. Hear my voice, when I beg you to instil into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship. Hear

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Why Wear A Poppy (don Crawford)

"Please wear a poppy," the lady said, And held one forth, but I shook my head, Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there, And her face was old and lined with care;   But beneath the scars the years had made There remained a smile that refused to fade. A boy came whistling down the street, Bouncing along on care-free feet.   His smile was full of joy and fun, "Lady," said he, "may I have one?" When she'd pinned it on, he turned to say; "Why do we wear a poppy today?"   T

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Global Warming - A Different Approach

Below is an article from the Washington Post which sums up Bjorn Lomborg views on how Global Warming should be tackled not by a revised Kyoto agreement but by much less expensive methods. I support CO2 reduction policies but I believe we must not ignore the alternatives such as these propounded by the "Skeptical Environmentalist"   Stop fighting over global warming — here’s the smart way to attack it. By Bjorn Lomborg Sunday, October 7, 2007 COPENHAGEN   All eyes are on Greenland’s meltin

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

The World Lives!

The world breathes and is alive!   If you access:   www.breathingearth.net   the whole concept will come alive for you.   Listen to the sounds and look at all the CO2 being emitted around the world. Perhaps it will bring home to you the major issues which we face in our world today.

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

A Last Prayer To Wmf Members

Today the wmf - a campaigning forum - closes. I have put this prayer on the site for members who will now find a new home, hopefully some on here.   May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart   May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace   May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffe

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

End Of The Internet

GOOGLE HUMOUR   This message is to all the Forum and internet addicts from Google:   The End of the Internet   Congratulations! This is the last page. Thank you for visiting the End of the Internet. There are no more links.   You must now turn off your computer and go do something productive.   Go read a book, for pete's sake.

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

All Through The Night

Sleep my child and peace attend thee, All through the night Guardian angels God will send thee, All through the night Soft the drowsy hours are creeping Hill and vale in slumber sleeping, I my loving vigil keeping All through the night.   While the moon her watch is keeping All through the night While the weary world is sleeping All through the night O'er they spirit gently stealing Visions of delight revealing Breathes a pure and holy feeling All through the night.   Love, to

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

In Defence Of Shopping...

In defence of shopping .... This week is One World Week and the One World Centre working in conjunction with Amnesty International IoM, are asking for your help them to weave a giant shopping basket as part of their new campaign “shop to make a difference”!   During this year of the Bi-centenary of the abolition of the slave trade they have been raising awareness that slavery still exists today, and that we still play a part in it. “Shop to make a difference” is a new initiative asking peopl

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

Benjamin Zephaniah

This is a poem from one of my favorites - Benjamin Zepahaniah. He was born in Birmingham, lives in London and is heavilyinfluenced by Jamaica. He has travelled the world many times accumulating loads of honorary doctorates but turned down an OBE in 2003 - no "Empire" for him. He has campaigned for human and animal rights since forever.   Nature Trail from "The Little Book of Vegan Poems"   At the bottom of my garden There's a hedgehog and a frog And a lot of creepy-crawlies Living und

Charles Flynn

Charles Flynn

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