Today is World Arthritis Day, a day when the millions of sufferers of the many forms of arthritis reach out to the world to educate and advocate. One organisation, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, based in the UK, has started a new campaign called ‘remission mission’ to show how the right care can make a huge difference to the quality of life of someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The remission mission’s goal is simple, to educate the general public and to encourage medical professionals as to what remission means for patients: “From something as simple as being able to brush your teeth, do the gardening or work full time, the word remission truly means different things to each of the 690,000 people in the UK living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well as their family and friends who see them coping with the disease daily.” They have started a photo wall where patients and medical professionals have posted about what remission means to them.
For more information see the NRAS Remission Mission page
Today is National Poetry Day. Here is a famous one that reflects how I feel right now
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Glasgow is jumping right now because of the XX Commonwealth Games, but its not just sport that’s taken over the city. There are all kinds of events and attractions with things to look at and enjoy everywhere you look.
Today sees the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The weather is glorious, the city is buzzing and there’s two weeks of great sport featuring athletes from 71 nations to look forward to….a great time to be living in Glasgow.
Clyde, the official mascot
A great way to get a fantastic view of London. It travels from Victoria Docks across to the O2 arena (Millennium Dome).
These thirty metre tall sculptures can be found near Falkirk in Scotland
It’s a very sad day today in Glasgow as the iconic Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh is burning in a huge fire believed to have started when a projector exploded in the basement and the resulting spark set alight some foam being used for an installation. Fire has ripped through the building, destroying work by students who were preparing for their end of year art show. It is believed that the library and archive have also been destroyed.
Glasgow School of Art
This was taken in the garden of the Kagyu Samye Ling. This Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, the first in the West, was opened in 1967 in the Scottish Borders. Find out more about it here.