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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 18 Nov 2021, 00:08

Many dictionaries define compassion as; sympathy, pity or concern - all emotional responses. Compassion should also transcend emotion and translate into action.

1) It recognises the needs of others; Taking an interest in the concerns of others. Are they are poor? Elderly? disabled? Lacking? Excluded?

2) Relates to the needs of others; When you have been there you yourself you can understand and relate.
Pressure, illness, pain, poverty, grief, slander, discrimination, rejection

3) A response is needed; 

Taking an action. By listening and being a sympathetic ear,  or giving encouragement, a friendly word or deed, helping out, giving wise advice, giving a meal, making a donation. All these are actions we can take to show compassion.

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For wise learners

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 5 May 2022, 13:21

For those of us who may be labelled senior,  it is never too late to take root and bear fruit.
There is a psalm ( psalm 92)  it talks about bearing fruit in old age.
' They (the wise) will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green'

That's good news!

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Emily Wilding Davison Suffragette 1872-1913

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 5 May 2022, 13:23

Emily Davison was a suffragette. A suffragette was someone who fought for women to have the right to vote. Until 1918 no woman had the right to vote in an election at all, only men could vote. One woman Emmeline Pankhurst (and soon joined by other women)  founded a movement for Women's 'suffrage' it had originally been known as the Women's Social and Political Movement ( WSPU) but they liked the new title of 'Suffrage' which they felt described them well. Thats how they became known as the Suffragettes.

The methods they used to raise awareness to their cause and to fulfil their purpose, which was to win the right for women to vote in elections, the way they did this was by direct action, marching, heckling, civil disobedience, throwing stones and hunger strikes.

Another active member was Emily Wilding Davison who had come from a middle-class family, studied at St Hughs College Oxford she then became a teacher and governess.
Before long she was known in the organisation, for her daring militant actions including breaking windows, throwing stones, setting fire to post boxes and hiding in the cupboard at the Westminster Palace. She was becoming increasingly bolder and was taking more risks.

Sentenced to a month in prison for throwing rocks at the carriage of chancellor David Lloyd George, she  then attempted to starve herself and resisted being force-fed. Her treatment was harsh and cruel. She was flooded out of her cell after she angered the guards. Eventually she was released and went on to sue Strangeways prison for the sum of 40 shillings.

Unfortunately the action she was most remembered for led to her death. The fateful day of the Derby Horse races she had not told anyone of her intentions, but the women who were there knew they would be protesting and that the king would be present. 

However, they did not know Emily would step straight out onto the racetrack and be immediately run over by the king on his horse. She was severely injured and died soon after. 

Whatever her motives that day, she will always be remembered as a fearless Suffragette devoted to the cause. Women finally got the vote first in1918 for women with property then in 1928 for all women aged over 21.

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Indian princess Noor Inayat Khan awarded for World War 11 service

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020, 11:13

It was good to see on the news Noor Inayat Khan receiving recognition for her special contribution to SOE(SpecialOperations Executive) during world War11. Noor was a radio operator and passed on secret messages. The work she did was extremely dangerous. She was captured, imprisoned and tortured by the gestapo but gave away no secrets. She was awarded the George Cross and was only one of three women from the SOE who did.

A Blue plaque of recognition will be placed on her family home in Bloomsbury, London.

She fought bravely against the evil regime, in Nazi occupied Europe at the risk of her own life and stands proudly alongside those other heroines of the SOE in World War11 the women who fought against facism.
The Blue plaque is given to famous people who have done outstanding work in their lives. Noor Inayat Khan certainly deserves this honour for her service to this country.

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SOE Heroine Odette Sansom

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020, 19:56

Odette Sansom. born and raised in France in Amiens, had the advantage of being Billingual in French and English. She moved to England with her husband.
There she was recruited for SOE (Special Operations Executive) after she had responded to a request to send photographs of the French coast.

The photographs and notes she had sent alerted the department to her potential as a spy.
SOE was a clandestine operations unit in England that was active during the second world war in France.Its aim was to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaisance in occupied Europe fighting against the Nazis.

Odettes code name was "Lise" and she was enrolled in first aid and nursing yeomanry on becoming an agent. She was allied to the French resistance groups, supplying them with weapons and equipment. She worked with another agent called Peter Churchill the head of 'Spindle' network of agents in France.
She was working as a courier passing messages back and forth. Later together with other agents they tried to set up a safe house in South of France then later moved to Annecy near the Italian border.border as their mission was now becoming more dangerous.

However there was a double agent working for the Nazi Germans who had informed them of the safe house. Unfortunately they were then captured by the Nazis but in order to stay alive a bit longer they used the fabricated story that she was the wife of peter Churchill, nephew of prime minister Winston Churchill and that he knew nothing of her activities. They thought this to be a good cover story and a bargaining tool with the Nazis who wanted the release of Rudolf Hess.
Finally she was imprisoned and tortured by the Gestapo but did not give away any information to her Nazi captors. At last she was released and she was awarded the George Cross, the first women ever , and was given a chevalier de la légion d'honneur. Her life story has since been made into a film.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 5 May 2022, 13:27

In my last tma English u214 I studied about colonialism which was mostly concerned with British Colonialism.
Today I found notes on Belgium colonialism which I didn't include.
King Leopold 2nd of Belgium ( cousin of our Queen Vicoria) took control of an area of central Africa and created a colony known as the Belgium Congo in 1908.

In Europe colonization had already started with the desire for valuable resources that could be found in Africa such as rubber, minerals and ivory.
Leopold 2nd was eager to establish Belgium as an economic and military power in Europe. 

However,  he became better known for his cruel atrocities which he had carried out under the guise of civilizing the African natives to make them westernized giving them education, moral training, working programs and suffrage. Which was in fact a big lie because most people were excluded from paricipating in society, in other words it was just slavery!

His despicable practise of enforced labour systems, which led to the cutting off of hands for all those who refused to work.
The lack of rules and regulations led to widespread abuses of power, for keeping the people down, causing poor health, and poverty.King Leopold 2nd rule was responsible for the killing 10 million people in the Congo!

Today with Black lives matter protests, Belgium (along with other countries) is finally having to wake up to its bloody past and is now at last teaching this history in schools.

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 6 Jun 2021, 02:04

           🐅 🐈

Tyger, tyger burning bright,
Blazing headlamps in the night
Some immortal hand or brain
Has taught me to keep out of rain.

When the storm clouds shroud the                                                    stars,
I take shelter under cars,
When they go, the passing showers,
I come forth to smell the flowers.

With the tears from Heaven rent,
Blossoms synthesize their scent.
He who smiles this work to see
Also smiles since he made me.
Tyger, tyger burning bright
Shining orbs that pierce the night,
What immortal hand did make
Me and also William Blake?

By Paul Gallico from Honourable Cat.    🐈

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Music to calm the soul 🎹🎵🎶

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 5 May 2022, 13:28

Before the start of my course I always feel slightly anxious, but at the same time quite excited too.!

When things start to be a bit too much,  I will usually listen to some relaxing musiic, I find classical music helps me. I like Bach and Beethoven, this calms me down a lot,  while Mozart makes me joyful. 

Other cheerful music I like is Debussy, which is very happy and has a lot of feel good vibes. I particularly like the French composers such as Ravel, Berlioz, Satie.   

On the radio, Classic FM often has some good easy listening music playing at night. However, it doesn't have to be classical, anything that makes you feel good is fine.  Jazz,  pop, country, blues, punk, folk, R&B, Rap or Whatever floats your boat!


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The trouble with capitalism

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021, 23:19

The way capitalism works is by producing food and goods by the exploitation of land, people and animals. It uses cruelty, hierarchies and oppression to make it's
Ill gotten gains.
Intensive factory farming of animals where producing more with fewer inputs leads to greater profits.
The overproduction of goods which is the main objective and  to make a wage slave money system.
This leads to making some people very rich and organises a constant poverty for the majority!

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Global Warning! 🌍

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Saturday, 3 Jul 2021, 20:01

Many people in our society deny the threat of Global warming. 

They are in fact in denial because they do not want to face the truth of the reality.

In a short time I am sure there will be many more disasters all over the world. The threat for survival is probably just as much dangerous as Covid 19.

The greed of the big corporations is limitless in using the resources of this  already exhausted earth ! 

In a little while God wil destroy those who are ruining the earth!

(Thats in the bible!)

The book of Revelation in the Bible talks about the waters turning bitter, the sun scorching people, does this sound familiar.?

God knows the righteous man and will save him but the evil doer shall perish. 

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Poem- I shall know why

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021, 23:21

I shall know why, when time is over,
And I have ceased to wonder why;
Christ will explain each seperate anguish
In the fair schoolroom of the sky

He will tell me what Peter promised,
And I, for wonder at his woe,
I shall forget the drop of anguish
That scalds me now, that scalds me now.

By Emily Dickinson


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I stepped from plank to plank

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021, 23:22

I stepped from plank to plank,
In a slow and cautious way;
The stars about my head I felt,
About my feet the sea.

I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch.
This gave me the precarious gait
Some call experience.

By Emily Dickinson

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Our Journey has advanced!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 24 Jun 2021, 19:10

Our journey had advanced

Our journey had advanced,
Our feet were almost come
To that odd fork in being's road,
Eternity by term.

Our pace took sudden awe,
Our feet reluctant led;
Before were cities, but between,
The forest of the dead.

Retreat was out of hope,
Behind, a sealed route,
Eternity's white flag before,
And God at every gate.

By Emily Dickinson

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Urban vegetable growing

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Monday, 9 Oct 2023, 19:03

just been watching on the BBC app about creating urban farms on rooftops in cities.
I thought this sounds like a great idea. people would be able to rent their own plot and grow their own vegetables.
It has already started in Paris in France also in America it seems to be gaining popularity. However I was just just wondering about the air quality?
Growing vegetables would likely to be be affected by pollution.
It seems like a pretty good idea but surely pollution levels must be lowered first and air quality measured for it to be successful? Then higher quality vegetables can be produced. This will mean lowering pollution levels in towns and inner cities also introducing electric powered cars for lower emmisions into the atmosphere.

Peoples co-operatives could be organised by the residents  where they could sell or keep their home grown produce. A very good idea

A  BBC article reads,;

Way up above London's bustling streets, previously neglected rooftops are being converted into flourishing wild flower, fruit and vegetable gardens.

"There's nothing quite like looking at the view of the Gherkin through a trellis of green beans," says Kelly Peake, who lives in a flat in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Three blocks of shared ownership and housing association flats share the Silk Gardens Rooftop, which is a member of Capital Growth Network, a charity that encourages food growing in urban areas.

The gardens include wildflowers, roof top boxes, and trees and bushes from which the residents share fruit.

"It's very good for developing the community," says Ms Peake. "Families share the roof space and urban kids get to see where food comes from.

Report by Andy Dangerfield
BBC News, London
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No fear!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 24 Jun 2021, 19:11

Christianity is a way of life that has no fear of death

Le Christianisme est un mode de vie qui n' a pas peur de la mort

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Le Sermont sur la montagne- Sermon on the mount

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Tuesday, 8 Jun 2021, 17:09

Jesus a dit:
Heureux vous qui étes pauvres, car le royaume de Dieu est à vous!
Heureux vous qui avez faim maintenant, car vous serez rassasiés!
Heureux vous qui pleurez maintenant, car vous serez dans la joie!
Heureux serez vous, lorsque les hommes vous hairont, lorsqu'on vous chassera, vous outragera, et qu'on rejettera votre nom comme infâme, à cause du fils de l'homme!
Réjouissez- vous en ce jour là et tressailler d' allégresse, parce que votre récompense sera grande dans le ciel; car c'est ainsi que leurs pères traitaient les prophètes.
Mais, malheur à vous riches, car vous aver votre consolation!
Malheur à vous qui étes rassasiés, car vous aurer faim!
Malheur à vous qui rier maintenant, car vous serer dans le deuil et dans les larmes!
Malheur, lorsque tous les hommes diront du bien de vous, car c'est ainsi qu'agissaient leurs pères à l'égard des faux prophètes!

St Luc 6.21 - 26 La Sainte Bible.

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Interesting blogs

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 24 Jun 2021, 19:12

Hi fellow students and bloggers,

I am enjoying reading all these blogs because people are all different and everyone has many interesting things to say!

I hope I can continue to blog a little now and then after my course starts in October. I will try, maybe my french language might improve by then!

I hope everyone is ok and getting on alright with life, studies and everthing else they are doing.

Keep on blogging !

Best wishes Gill

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OU French language studies

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Sunday, 17 Mar 2024, 17:25

Hi everyone,

I Hope you are all ok and looking forward to your various studies.

I myself am looking forward and gearing up for L222 language studies.

I am a mature student at over 50ys old and never thought I would one day be studying for a degree. I have always dreamed of travelling to other countries  (travel broadens the mind) and I like to immerse myself into different cultures. I like french cuisine very much and reading french literature and poetry.

I did enjoyed my career in nursing as (HCA,) as well as bringing up a family, then being a carer. I am now retired and spend my time walking in the countryside, crocheting, religious studies, singing, playing piano and studying with the OU which I am  finding very interesting. Online learning is great fun and enables me to study at my own pace.

I wish I had discovered studying when I was a lot younger but it is never too late to learn! 


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Bless you and keep you safe

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Aug 2023, 04:38

May God bless you and keep you. May God's light shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May you feel God's presence within you always and may you find peace!

From  bible.

Best wishes to all Gill

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On line learning is a good way to learn languages!

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Friday, 4 Aug 2023, 04:35

I came to learning a degree later in life I am over 50 +  I am still struggling a bit with the techinology side of things, but fortunately, if I am stuck I can always  ask for help with the IT. The student help team are there to advise with IT issues.

Once you get to know your way around,  by  navigating through the sites, on the module, such as tutorial bookings, assessment tables, resources etc and keep up to date with your study planner. 

You just have to sort of make an exploration at first to find out where everything is,  it can be a little daunting  to begin with , but this is an on line course after all and therefore  everything is computerised these days. You can send e mails to your tutor and get advice from other students too on the online student forum.

I am finding it all a great learning experience, and once you discover all the various sites on your module it becomes much easier. I wish this method of learning had been around in my day because it is a really interesting way to learn ! 

Best wishes to every student Gill

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Is the world changing?

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 1 Jul 2021, 12:12

 Been taking photos during lockdown of empty streets. Nature coming closer to the city too with foxes, birds and other wildlife. It is a strange and interesting time. It is as if time has stood still.

Unfortunately,  it will not be for long. Getting more difficult, as paths and streets becoming very busy again.  All these little footpaths in the country side are starting to become very popular, whereas before there was never anyone on them. 

You could walk and never meet a soul. Now has there been a sudden  interest in the natural world?  People are maybe  realising  "hey, I have legs I can walk,  Perhaps  I can even use them? and not go in the car anymore?"  Maybe it will catch on this walking bug!

Pollution in the air actually dropped during lockdown!

Of course this is probably wishful thinking on my part.  Will there, but will there ever be less pollution and cleaner air? 

Or is it an idealistic dream?

It has been an unusual time lately.

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Looking forward

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Edited by Gill Burrell, Thursday, 24 Jun 2021, 19:21

Hello everyone, hope you all ok and surviving the lockdown. It has been a difficult and dangerous time. These are turbulent days. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones.

I am now  pleased to have finshed U214 and looking forward to taking next module which I think will be L222. I will be studying French language so I will try to watch french news channels, watch videos with and without subtitles! and read french books to prepare for this upcoming module.

Hope you are all doing well with your various studies. Hope to meet some of you on the student forums when term starts again all the best.

God Bless Gill.

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