Sesame Street’s first autistic character, has made her debut on the show.

 

Most people who actually know me and my family, know that my youngest son Ali is Autistic, granted he is HF but that is not to say we have not had a lot of problems over the years,  some are getting easier as he gets older, some are getting worse,  and we are getting new challenges as well nowadays there were not a problem when he was younger.
Of course like the majority of parents of a child that has been diagnosed with something, you do everything in your power to find as much information as you can, you follow website’s, join forum’s, and follow blogs,  It is through this following that
I have known about this since the first concept of the idea, one of the people I have followed for years, actually works for sesame street and his son is severely autistic, I will say that not only has he been very informative in the past, he is also very funny.  well worth following 

http://www.theautismdaddy.com/      https://www.facebook.com/AutismDaddy/

Catching up after a busy week

So last week we went to Alex’s football presentation,  I baked 120 cakes, they all went, I made two trays of egg sandwiches with a hint of paprika, they all went.  I was the designated driver so Allan could have a drink as he had the last week off work,  two pints and he had, had enough, in fact, he left the majority of his second pint grrrrrrrrrrr 😡 😡
If I had known he was going to be a lightweight he could have driven because with it being two years since dad passed and being busy baking, making sandwiches etc I could certainly have had a drink, oh well I made up for it once we were home and had a couple of G&T’s 🙄 😯 anyway it was a lovely evening and as always Alex made us very proud. 😀

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The rest of the last week we have been having a major declutter. and I mean major, we went through our bedroom, sorted stuff into piles, of either put away, get rid of or put in the loft, or give away,   we gave away the cot bed and all the baby related bits, such as clothes, walkers, travel cot, potty, you name it, that we had for when we had the adopted granddaughters ie, Shelby, Shannon and Georgia, stay over and then when Darren our grandson was born all the stuff we had for him.  all passed on via the free groups on facebook,  we even had bought a new cot bed mattress after the girls for Darren but it was never used as he was still in the travel cot when we last had him sleep over.   

We even had a declutter of the front room getting rid of a nest of tables that were taking up room, sorting the boxes of wedding stuff that was left over that I hadn’t sold, into another two piles of to keep and put in the loft. or give away on the free groups, the junk that was for some reason kept by Allan as it may have a use and a broken coffee table went on the front garden with the old desk, a chair, a ripped PC chair, and one of my year old kitchen hydraulic kitchen stools that Alex had used and that had broken , 😡 that was in Alex’s room along with all the black sacks from the boys room of old toys, ripped books and very old and tatty stuffed toys that Ali could finally part with.  oh and the packing from the new tumble dryer I had to buy a few weeks ago.  needless to say, the front garden was piled high with junk and rubbish, and next door was starting to moan,   😳 The original plan was Allan was going to take it to the tip on Friday but despite him being on holiday he was called in, the same for today and tomorrow. so yesterday while he was at work Alex and I broke everything up,  we filled the car with the 15 bags of rubbish first, and the second tip run we took all the bits of wood and broken furniture.  This evening, before Allan gets in, the plan is to get as much as possible up in the loft, well get Alex to put as much as possible in the loft. 

This week, well until payday on the 18th we are skint after direct debits and bills are paid, so I am trying to use as much as possible out of the freezer so some of our dinners will be a little funky, to say the least, sometimes there are a few bits of everything but not enough for all so I will be mixing it up a bit and there will be no trips out for the boys in their second week of the Easter holidays, not that they actually want to go anywhere.  maybe if Allan gets a day off we can go to the country park for a walk if the lovely weather holds out.  it’s like a lovely summers day out there today and tomorrow promises to be even warmer hitting 21°

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How did I manage to get so much done in the last week, it’s simple,  my FB jail term was extended to 7 days 😡 for trying to comment on something when I thought my 3-day ban was up, now the only thing worst than not having internet access to get on facebook is to actually be able to see and read everything but not being able to comment, like or post,  hence actually getting on with things in the house 😆 although If I am honest, I could do with a 30 day ban to get this place sorted right out and do a major spring clean 🙄  😕 😆 😆 

2 years have passed

It’s two years since I drove with Allan and the boys to London, dropped the boys off with some friends in Greenwich and we made our way to St Thomas’ hospital where my dad was in intensive care being kept alive by machines basically,  we watched him for hours although sedated we could see he was in pain and suffering, The decision had been made the day before on what was going to happen,  we sat by his side while they turned off the dialysis and other machines and held his hand, he mumbled a bit and over a few hours drifted off and passed away.

the last two years have been hard, so many things going wrong for us but again some things for the better,  its been a long struggle because I went from being able bodied so to speak to becoming disabled within a week of him passing, due to smashing my foot up, ironically on his mobility scooter, 

Today I am missing him as I do every day, but time seems to have flown by and my boys seem to have grown up. 

In about ten mins when I have finished writing this and having my coffee I will be busy today finishing off the cakes I have made for Alex’s presentation evening tonight, and making a big tray of sandwiches. life goes on as usual. Tomorrow would have been my dad’s birthday as well, 
We will have a drink tonight and think of him and remember how annoying he could be, how much hard work he was, trying to juggle looking after a family and caring for him.  but we will also  remember him with love. 

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Banned from Facebook AGAIN!!!

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 Yet again I find myself on a facebook ban, only this time for 3 days for posting a link to a group,  It is a very small group with just over 100 members,  I only posted the link in this one group so I know it was someone on the group who reported me,  I may have a warped sense of humour but some people really need to put their big girl knickers on and learn to scroll past. 

Last night 
I was sitting at our bug club meeting, the speech was excellent and we were just waiting for the raffle when I thought I would pop on FB for a min,  I logged in on my phone and got this message pop up.  this is a new message for me as usually it just says something along the lines of a picture you posted has been removed and you are now blocked blah blah blah, it doesn’t usually say you have been directly reported. and this is how I know it wasn’t FB auto-bot that picked up the link, now my main complaint, while it may have been a bit nasty, ie some guys wife went nuts and cut off his manhood because he had been cheating on her,  he was admitted to hospital and she went into the hospital and cut it off again and threw it out of the window, now the pictures were pixilated.  I posted a comment something like boy was she pissed off,  this was two days ago 

You have been directly reported to facebook for posting a picture that contains nudity, the picture has been removed and you are now blocked from posting. This temporary block will last for 3 days, and you won’t be able to post on Facebook until it’s finished. Please bear in mind that people who repeatedly post things that aren’t allowed on Facebook may have their accounts permanently disabled.

Anyway, I go to the support box and find this, so decided to appeal it.  still waiting on it although I won’t hold out much luck, the worst thing about being banned on facebook is it’s like walking around a sweet shop with no money and everyone else is getting free samples and you’re not.  You can read posts if you are admin on a group you can still approve messages and add members and delete posts but you can’t like or comment or post pictures at all.
oh well looks like I will just have to sit it out.  one day down, two more to go
I will just have to try and be good as once you have been banned they watch your account I am sure of it.  I know others who have had the same thing happen,  first you get the warning that a picture has been removed.. naughty naughty don’t post things like that again,
the second time, you get a slap on the wrist and a 24 hr ban, The third time it’s a 7 day ban and after that you can either get a 30 day ban or even have your account closed.
All because someone gets offended, and can’t scroll on by 

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The Morning after the day before, Westminster, we will stand up for London.

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Yesterday was a horrific act of terror, yes they are saying that the person who did it was a Muslim extreme terrorist. but that doesn’t mean all Muslim’s are terrorists.  I am saddened and ashamed about some of the things I have seen and read this morning, the hatred for Muslims from some of the British people, some people I consider my friends on facebook especially, I have done several posts today. and no doubt I will probably be removed from their friends list by some.  but I find it hard to keep my gob shut. 

My posts

I am sick to death of all the posts I see bashing Muslims, the people who did this and all the other attacks in places are terrorist extremists.
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The next post I have made is this one because there are people commenting with nothing but pure hatred and ignorance because this woman is wearing a headscarf.  

For all those sharing this picture, bottom left and ranting about Muslims
That to me looks like a woman who has seen that the person is being helped knows she can’t do anything but is also worried for her own safety. She will know what is going on in people’s minds that some people will judge her on sight and fear that if she offers help she could be attacked herself just for her religion. She could be on the phone trying to get help or contact her family to let them know she is ok.
There appears to be a white man also walking by just behind the lady in the headscarf,(top left) and yet funnily enough. I haven’t seen any comments about him. Oh no, the people who are insinuating this lady doesn’t care and to ‘deport her’ only see what they want.
It’s a poisonous picture. She looks upset, probably terrified of everything going on around her, seen things no one should see, but there are already so many people around the injured people what more would she do? At least she’s not taking a selfie like the other couple in the other picture.
Wonder why the top picture that was also was taken, yesterday isn’t being shared oh I know because he isn’t wearing a headscarf

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I have never been racist, homophobic or Sectarianism if that is the right word for Religious discrimination treating a person or group differently because of what they believe in. and it really sickens me to see people assuming that because these terrorists are Muslims that all Muslims are terrorist. 

I saw this post on facebook and I couldn’t have put it any better myself 
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A day London won’t forget. Terrorist attack on Westminster.

The news today is terrible,  so hard to describe how I am feeling, This is a bridge I have walked myself loads of times,  It’s only a few years ago I was there with the boys,  this could have happened anytime, my heart is breaking for all the families involved, at the moment we don’t know the final toll, but they are saying 4 or 5 dead and over 40 injured. all I can do is copy all the news items,. no doubt as we learn more, things will change 

A policeman was stabbed inside the perimeter of Britain’s parliament building on Wednesday, an assailant was shot outside and several people lay bleeding on a nearby bridge, Reuters witnesses and officials said.

Reuters reporters inside the building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.

His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus. The number of casualties was unclear.

“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.

Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.

The leader of the House, David Lidington, said in the chamber that an assailant who stabbed a policeman had been shot by police.

An ambulance helicopter landed on Parliament Square, just outside the building.

The BBC said police believed there was a suspect vehicle outside parliament but police did not immediately confirm that report.

Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the busy Westminster bridge where tourists take pictures of Big Ben and other attractions.

Reuters reporters inside parliament said a large number of armed police, some carrying shields, were pouring into the building.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.

The incident took place on the first anniversary of attacks on Brussels in Belgium.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

In May 2013, two British Islamists stabbed to death soldier Lee Rigby on a street in south-east London.

In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack.

This is a developing story.

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An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain’s parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a “terrorist incident”.

Amid confusing scenes, it appeared the incident may have unfolded in several locations, including on the nearby Westminster bridge where eyewitnesses said a car had crashed into pedestrians.

Two people died in the incident, according to Sky News, but the total number of casualties was unclear.

“Officers – including firearms officers – remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The incident took place on the first anniversary of attacks by Islamist militants that killed 32 people in Brussels.

Reuters reporters inside the parliament building heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards saw two people lying on the ground in a courtyard just outside, within the perimeter of the parliamentary estate.

A Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament.

His photographs showed people lying on the ground, some of them bleeding heavily and one apparently under a bus.

“I just saw a car go out of control, and just go into pedestrians on the bridge,” a woman who gave her name as Bernadette told Sky News. She was on a tour bus on the bridge at the time.

“As we were going across the bridge, we saw people lying on the floor, they were obviously injured. I saw about 10 people maybe. And then the emergency services started to arrive. Everyone was just running everywhere.”

“HORRIBLE TO WATCH”

Some people suffered catastrophic injuries in the incident, British news agency the Press Association reported, citing a doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital which is located directly across the River Thames from parliament.

Officials said an assailant had stabbed a policeman and then been shot.

Witness reports suggested the assailant and the stabbed policeman were the people seen lying on the ground just outside the parliamentary building by Reuters reporters.

The House of Commons, which was in session at the time, was immediately suspended and lawmakers were asked to stay inside.

Prime Minister Theresa May was safe after the incident, a spokesman for her office said. He declined to say where May was when the attack took place.

Journalist Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail newspaper told LBC radio that he had witnessed the stabbing of the policeman and the shooting of the assailant from his office in the parliament building.

“He (the assailant) ran in through the open gates … He set about one of the policemen with what looked like a stick,” Letts said.

“The policeman fell over on the ground and it was quite horrible to watch and then having done that, he disengaged and ran towards the House of Commons entrance used by MPs (members of parliament) and got about 20 yards or so when two plain-clothed guys with guns shot him.”

Reuters reporters inside parliament saw a large number of armed police, some carrying shields, pouring into the building.

U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House he had been briefed on events in London but gave no details.

In Edinburgh, the Scottish parliament suspended a planned debate and vote on independence as news of events in London came in.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.

In May 2013, two British Islamists stabbed to death soldier Lee Rigby on a street in south-east London.

In July 2005, four British Islamists killed 52 commuters and themselves in suicide bombings on the British capital’s transport system in what was London’s worst peacetime attack.

(Additional reporting by Kylie Maclellan, Elizabeth Piper, Costas Pitas, Michael Holden, Kate Holton and London bureau, writing by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Stephen Addison and Mark Trevelyan)

A policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament.

Around three shots rang out outside the Palace of Westminster after a man ran through the gates into the front yard of the parliamentary compound apparently waving a knife.

Two people were seen being treated on the ground in New Palace Yard amid shouts and screams.

An air ambulance landed in Parliament Square and a regular ambulance came in through the front gates as medics rushed to help the injured people.

Armed police cleared the area around the incident and Parliament Square was closed to traffic.

Scotland Yard said the attack in Westminster was being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’.

Parliament has been suspended and a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May is safe following the incident.

She was reportedly bundled off by heavily-armed police officers.

Up to one dozen people were also injured after a car mowed down people on Westminster Bridge.

One woman has died and a number of others have been hurt – including some with ‘catastrophic’ injuries – a junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital has said.

Armed police react following a major incident outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017 (Picture: EPA)

Eyewitness Rick Longley said he saw a man stab a policeman. Fighting back tears he said: ‘We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.

‘They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.

‘A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.

‘I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.’

Police extended the cordon back up Broad Sanctuary beyond Westminster Abbey to the junction with Victoria Street.

Four police vans arrived at the scene at 3.40pm, as the air ambulance took off.

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The police officer killed in a terror attack at Westminster has been named by the Met Police as PC Keith Palmer.

The 48-year-old husband and father was among five people who died, including the attacker, near the Houses of Parliament.

The attacker, whose identity police believe they know, stabbed the unarmed officer before being shot dead.

Forty other people were injured after a car struck pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge before it crashed.

Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they were working on the assumption the attacker was “inspired by international terrorism”.

PC Palmer was a member of the Met’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command and had 15 years service.

Mr Rowley paid tribute to PC Palmer, saying: “He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift – and he had every right to expect that would happen.”

He said specially-trained family liaison officers were supporting the families of the three members of the public who lost their lives.

‘Sick and depraved’

Three police officers were among those injured, two of whom were in a serious condition, he added.

Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a “sick and depraved” attack on the heart of the capital and attempts to defeat UK values were “doomed to failure”.

Mrs May paid tribute to the “exceptional men and women” of the police force who responded to the attack, saying: “We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

The prime minister added: “The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.”

Media captionFootage shows the moment a car sped down Westminster Bridge and a woman fell into the River Thames

Media captionLondon attack: Eyewitness describes terror scene aftermath

Earlier, Mr Rowley said a major investigation was under way into the “marauding terrorist attack”.

He said emergency services were called at 14.40 GMT after the car was driven over Westminster Bridge, hitting and injuring a number of members of the public and the three police officers, who were on their way back from a commendation ceremony.

After the car crashed into the railings of the Houses of Parliament, a man armed with a knife “continued the attack” and tried to enter the building.

Media captionTheresa May: “We will never give in to terror”

Eyewitnesses said police fired three or four gunshots as the knifeman lunged towards a second officer. Parliament went into lockdown.

Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood – a former Army officer whose brother died in the Bali terrorist bombing in 2002 – attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of an injured police officer.

The officer who was killed was said by Mr Rowley to have been armed – but police later confirmed that was not the case.

In latest developments:

  • The prime minister said the UK terror threat level would remain at severe – its second highest – meaning an attack is “highly likely”
  • Westminster underground station was shut and remains open for interchange only
  • Home Secretary Amber Rudd urged everyone to remain calm but be vigilant and if they see anything they are concerned about report it to the police
  • A group of French schoolchildren were on the bridge and three were injured
  • 13 students from Edge Hill University in Lancashire were also caught up in the incident – two were taken to hospital and described as walking wounded; two others had minor injuries
  • People worried about family and friends can call the police casualty bureau on 0800 056 0944 or 0207 158 0010. Anyone with images or footage of the incident is urged to send them to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk
  • Kings College Hospital says eight patients are being treated there – six male, and two female. Two are critical and two are stable
  • St Thomas’ Hospital said two patients had been admitted – both are stable; the Royal London Hospital received one patient
  • The Port of London Authority said a woman was pulled alive from the River Thames near the bridge and was being treated for serious injuries

Analysis

Image copyrightPAImage captionA man believed to be the suspect received medical treatment, while two knives lie on the floor

By Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent

The incident outside Westminster is exactly the kind of scenario that security chiefs have been planning for.

It looks like the type of attack jihadis have wanted to carry out in Britain – namely attacking people with a vehicle and taking on the security forces with knives.

In the security services’ jargon, this is known as a “marauding attack” and is the hardest type of terrorist incident to predict and defend against. That means casualties, as we have seen in Nice and elsewhere, are inevitable.

But what matters just as much is how the police then respond.

Armed police at Parliament were able to stop the attacker. Within minutes, Westminster was flooded with more armed officers, including counter-terrorism specialists.

Inside Scotland Yard, teams of detectives began working on the next critical phase – establishing the suspect’s movements, whether he acted alone and, in tandem with their colleagues on the street, making sure London is as secure as it can be in light of these awful events.

Westminster remains locked down and it will remain so until Scotland Yard is certain the threat has been contained.

‘Screams and commotion’

Press Association political editor Andrew Woodcock witnessed the scenes unfolding from his office window overlooking New Palace Yard.

Media caption’At least five mown down’ by car on Westminster Bridge

Media caption”Man in black moving his arm in a way that suggested he was either stabbing or striking the… policeman” – journalist Quentin Letts

“I heard shouts and screams from outside and looked out, and there was a group of maybe 40 or 50 people running round the corner from Bridge Street into Parliament Square.

“They appeared to be running away from something.”

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“As the group arrived at the Carriage Gates, where policemen are posted at the security entrance, a man suddenly ran out of the crowd and into the yard.”

‘Mowed down’

An eye witness, Radoslaw Sikorski, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Centre for European Studies, posted a video to Twitter showing people lying injured on the road on Westminster Bridge.

Media captionSteve Voake, eyewitness: “I tried to stop people coming on to the bridge”

  • MPs were locked in the House of Commons for more than four hours and business suspended
  • Around 1,000 people were taken to Westminster Abbey for safety and were then being processed by police
  • The House of Commons and Lords will sit at their usual times on Thursday
  • Over the following days, there will be extra unarmed and armed officers on the streets of London
  • The White House said Mrs May had spoken to President Donald Trump about the attack
  • Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo says the Eiffel tower will go dark at midnight in homage to the London victims
  • London mayor Sadiq Khan praised citizens and emergency services for their “tremendous bravery” and said: “Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism.”

Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: “We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of the officer who has died. This incident shows the dangers our colleagues face on a daily basis.”

 

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20 March 2017 is the first day of the astronomical spring

The astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2017 and ends on 20 June 2017.

Who cares it means winter is over…….   Roll on 26th of March when the clocks go forward and we go into BST ,  I have spent the majority of this winter ill,  will be so glad when summer comes,  I also reserve the right to complain in summer about being too hot 

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