Those people who know me well know that I don’t suffer fools gladly and that I also have a very short temper at times. I call a spade a spade and yet I will do anything I can to help anyone who needs help.
Today I picked up my step daughter from school for the weekend… We got home and I noticed that her shoes were falling apart… Now I had said to her a couple of weeks ago had they got her new uniform etc and I was told that she had some new shirts and that they were going to get her jumper when the weather gets colder.. no new blazer etc I asked about shoes and was told as she had new ones in July she didnt need any… fair enough I remember she did have some new ones only a few weeks before the end of term.
Yes she got her new shirts… YESTERDAY which means that she went to school for 3 or 4 days in old and very stained shirts… I noticed her shoes and they are fucked. Im sorry but who In their right mind sends a child back to school on their first day.. in the September term in shoes like this?
Before the Summer Holidays I had, had to sew up the entire lining of her Blazer as it was all ripped and every seam was undone. I had used every stain remover known to man to remove stains that were all over it from leaked pens etc. thankfully it was black so not to noticeable. however it was snagged in places. defiantly in need of replacement how ever the shop in Faversham where you get the school clothes were out of stock of shirts jumpers. (yes her jumper was not only to small but also snagged) and Blazers and I was told they didnt stock the pe kits and that you had to get them from the school. great i thought her stuff that was getting to small and falling to bits would have to last till the end of July when she broke up…. no they have sent her again this term.. wow two new school shirts at the grand old cost of £8 each.. If I had known I would of put some cash aside the last couple of weeks and kitted her out myself. As it goes tomorrow We are going up the town first thing to get new shoes…. I had already bought her a new jumper a few weeks back and next week hopefully will be able to afford a new blazer and the week after I will go up the school to get her some new pe trousers as hers which were ripped at the bottom last July have now been cut to get the ripped bits off shame they are now about 4 or 5 inches to small.
I know its not cheap kitting kids out for school but I have always got my kids complete new uniforms. usually 2 jumpers, 2 trousers/skirts/ at least half a dozen shirts if they were in high school or a dozen polo shirts if in the primary school each… not to mention new PE kits.. trainers, plimsolls and of course bags and shoes. and coats… I have just bought the boys new coats and their old ones still fitted them, to be honest i could of got away without buying them one this year but i like them to go in new. their old ones can be used for playing in the garden with or snow if we gets some
At one point years ago I had 3 kids in high school and two in primary school all needing new uniforms and yes I had to budget and get a little at a time but i got it all before they went back in September.
I do understand that money is tight but come on you know that uniform is needed so what would it hurt getting bits a little at a time.. and if they couldn’t afford it why not ask can we get something or help towards it. Allan has got off lightly over the years he doesn’t mind paying towards things the girls need if they would tell us. Saying that the only reason we can afford to get her shoes now and other bits is we gave up smoking.. yes the pair of them still smoke despite her having asthma according to her doctor anyway..
Anyway like I said… first thing in the morning its up the town to get some new shoes…
Tomorrow or should I say today as we are now 9/11 is the anniversary of the terrible acts of terrorism on the world trade centre and aircraft’s in the USA…
Lest we never forget!
A little info for those who may not know fact’s and figures.
Casualties of the September 11 attacks
Casualties of the September 11 attacks included a total of 2,977 fatalities (excluding the 19 terrorist hijackers): 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground , and 125 at the Pentagon. All of the fatalities in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2007, the New York City medical examiner’s office added Felicia Dunn-Jones to the official death toll from the September 11 attacks. Dunn-Jones died five months after 9/11 from a lung condition which was linked to exposure to dust during the collapse of the World Trade Center.
At the time of the incident, media reports suggested that tens of thousands might have been killed in the attacks, as on any given day upwards of 100,000 people could be inside the towers. Estimates of the number of people in the Twin Towers when attacked on 9/11 range between 14,000 and 19,000. NIST estimated that approximately 17,400 civilians were in the World Trade Center complex at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Turnstile counts from the Port Authority indicate that the number of people typically in the Twin Towers by 8:45 a.m. was 14,154.
Only 14 people escaped from the impact zone of the South Tower after it was hit and only four people from the floors above it. They escaped via Stairwell A, the only stairwell which had been left intact after the impact. No one was able to escape from above the impact zone in the North Tower after it was hit, as all stairwells and elevator shafts on those floors were destroyed. After the collapse of the towers, only 23 survivors who were in or below the towers escaped from the debris, including 15 rescue workers. The last survivor was pulled from the rubble 27 hours after the collapse of the towers. A total of 6,294 people were reported to have been treated in area hospitals for injuries related to the 9/11 attacks in New York City.
World Trade Center
An estimated 200 people jumped to their deaths from the burning towers (as depicted in the photograph “The Falling Man“), landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below. To witnesses watching, a few of the people falling from the towers seemed to have tumbled or leapt out of broken windows. Some of the occupants of each tower above its point of impact made their way upward toward the roof in hope of helicopter rescue. There was a plan to use helicopters; however, it wasn’t used due to the intense smoke; the roof access doors were locked, Port Authority officers attempted to unlock the doors; however the system would not let them, and thick smoke and intense heat would have prevented rescue helicopters from landing.
Cantor Fitzgerald L.P., an investment bank on the 101st–105th floors of One World Trade Center, lost 658 employees, considerably more than any other employer. Marsh Inc., located immediately below Cantor Fitzgerald on floors 93–101 (the location of Flight 11‘s impact), lost 295 employees,and 60 consultants. Risk Waters was holding a conference in Windows on the World at the time, with 81 people in attendance.
John P. O’Neill was a former assistant director of the FBI who assisted in the capture of Ramzi Yousef and was the head of security at the World Trade Center when he was killed trying to rescue people from the South Tower. An additional 24 people remain listed as missing.
The average age of all the dead in New York City was 40. The dead included 8 children: 5 on American 77 ranging in age from 3 to 11, 3 on United 175 ages 2, 3, and 4. The youngest victim was a 2 year-old child on Flight 175, the oldest an 82 year-old passenger on Flight 11. In the buildings, the youngest victim was 17 and the oldest was 79.
By the numbers
Fatalities included the following:
- Everyone aboard the four planes (no one aboard the hijacked aircraft survived) This includes (not counting the hijackers) 79 passengers and 11 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11; 51 passengers and 9 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175; 53 passengers and 6 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 77; 33 passengers and 7 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93.
- 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground:
- This includes 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, including one FDNY Fire Chaplain, Franciscan Fr. Mychal Judge, 23 New York City Police Department officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Department officers. Casualties of the 9/11 attacks also included 15 EMTs and 3 Court Officers. Approximately 2,000 first responders were also injured in the attacks.
- 1,366 people died who were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower (1 WTC); according to the Commission Report, hundreds were killed instantly by the impact while the rest were trapped and died after the tower collapsed (though a few people were pulled from the rubble, none of them were from above the impact zone).
- As many as 600 people were killed instantly or trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower (2 WTC). Only about 18 managed to escape in time from above and in the impact zone and out of the South Tower before it collapsed.
- Of those who worked below the impact zones, only 110 were among those killed in the attacks. The 9/11 Commission notes that this fact strongly indicates that evacuation below the impact zones was a success, allowing most to safely evacuate before the collapse of the World Trade Center.
- A K9 dog named Sirius.
- 125 in the Pentagon
Aside from the approximately 2,669 United States casualties, 310 foreign nationals (excluding the nineteen perpetrators) also perished in the attacks, i.e. just over 10% of the total number of deaths. The following is a list of their nationalities (not accounting for at least some cases of dual-citizenship). By far the foreign country with the largest loss of life was the United Kingdom, with 67 deaths (including the overseas territory of Bermuda). India had 41, South Korea had 28 and Canada and Japan had 24 each. Colombia had seventeen and Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines had sixteen each. Australia and Germany had eleven each, while Italy had ten.
- * Excluding Bermuda
Ultimately, 2,752 death certificates were filed relating to the 9/11 attacks , as of February 2005. Of these, 1,588 (58%) were forensically identified from recovered physical remains. The Associated Press reported that the city has “about 10,000 unidentified bone and tissue fragments that cannot be matched to the list of the dead.” Bone fragments were still being found in 2006 as workers prepared the damaged Deutsche Bank Building for demolition.