Quakers: Challenging immigration policies

Drawing of a woman, man, child and baby.Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017

Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.

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In the Raw: Any Heart Will Do

Playing a card game at a folk festival. Pete Morton asked my Amy what he should do next, and she helpfully  replied ‘Any Heart will do’.

Good title for a song he said … and said that I could have that to work with, so I did.  It became a song about lust 🙂 Continue reading “In the Raw: Any Heart Will Do”

In the Raw: What Is This Peace [written by Kevin McCourt]

IMG_0920This song was written by Kevin McCourt who was a modest musician, well-known around Leicester with his numerous instruments.

Kevin was keen to get me singing in Gaelic which I am still planning, however in the meantime this is a lovely song that he wrote and asked me to sing. Continue reading “In the Raw: What Is This Peace [written by Kevin McCourt]”

In the Raw: Toast and Marmalade

The inspiration for this song was an interview on TV by a reporter in Aleppo, Syria.  He was talking to a girl in tent city where she had been sent to be safe as the houses were being bombed, but the bombs were still falling.  Her little brother was behind her – he may have been about 3 – and was making aeroplanes from his fingers in the air, and his fingers were acting out the dropping bombs.  That was his life … Continue reading “In the Raw: Toast and Marmalade”

ANCIENT LORE AND MAGIC OF CROWS AND RAVENS

Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (Corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. The raven actually has more in common with hawks and other predatory birds than the standard, smaller-sized crow. In addition, although both birds have an impressive repertoire of calls and noises they make, the raven’s call is usually a bit deeper and more guttural sounding than that of the crow.
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