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Welcome to my page!  If you arrived here by chance, I'm Julia in England, UK, proud mum of three grown children, wife to Steve, teacher/tutor  ( here) and slave to Harvey the cat. 


I'm giving my interests a mention, not that I think anyone's interested, but because I can - this is my profile page!   Besides enjoying reading (naturally), I love listening to music ( my playlist webpage) and  singing along to it (I use the term 'singing' loosely ), playing violin and cello,  cycling and badminton (all of which are as bad a my 'singing' ), antiques and antique restoration, dabbling in genealogy and local history (here), repairing/manipulating photos (here) and creating/managing the occasional website, including this  one - very basic as it was my first when I first learned web design in 2004. Obviously, there is far less call for personal websites in this age of  social networking, but I hang on to mine for sentimental reasons - being my first,  I haven't the heart to delete it!  Having my own websites (business and otherwise) also provide a far safer web presence than social media and provides the opportunity to continue experimenting with web design as well as putting up the occasional temporary website for friends.


Having explored Facebook and that ilk (from the perspective of mother, teacher and web designer)  in the days they were unheard of by most people, I decided to have nothing more to do with them due to the longstanding abuse that continues to go on there:

v    some resulting in countless teenage (and other) suicides, such as 13-year-old girl, 14-year-old girl,
       14-year-old boy,  15-   year-old girl, 15-year-old boy, 22-year-old-woman;

v   according to a child protection agency, Facebook is a 'major location for online child sexual grooming' (source);

v   many murders associated with such sites such as this, this and this .

All too familiar examples of  serious dangers to children and vulnerable adults that could so easily be prevented if admin of such sites cared enough.  Far from the issues being addressed, Facebook and Twitter related crime reports increased  780% in four years in 2014 (see here)! 


I'm not referring to  heavily moderated voluntary-run discussion forums with strict Terms of Use; I enjoy a good online debate myself and personally owned such a forum for five years until 2010, which I ensured was heavily moderated  24/7 with very strict Terms of Use and absolute zero tolerance to even a hint of  bullying, let alone anything more - ToU that members had to adhere to or face being banned.  My issue is with un-moderated  so-called ‘social’ media sites because after all these years, abuses to vulnerable people, that could easily have been prevented,  continue to escalate to an alarming rate. 


The only way I can see these sites doing something about preventing such dangers is by refusing to support them - simply don't subscribe.  They'd soon do something about stamping out these crimes if their revenue stopped pouring in. 


Anyway, I hope this humble little domain is of interest to family and friends.   Below are some family photos, which I hope won't bore you.  Feel free to use these   if they do.  At least I haven't posted our holiday snaps ... yet.


Click photos to enlarge

1) My wedding, April 2017; 2) My sons, January 2017, 3) My son with beautiful bride Jade, Jan 2017;
 My kids, Jade and me, March 2016;
  2) My daughter off to a fancy dress party, 2010;
My kitties pretending to be good, Aug 2008.  

(Why one photo shows upside down in large view, I have no idea! Another area of web design I need to explore!
 Good thing this isn't a professional site else I'd look a twit! )


My beloved children when young

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Before and after photo I repaired of my paternal great grand-parents.
See  this page for my photo restoration work.  


Remembrance Poppies



  The white poppy, representing peace, is in memory of  ALL victims of wars,  especially those whose memories are largely ignored by the red poppy military hype - the billions of innocent civilians,  and the conscientious objectors who were executed for opposing war and refusing to kill.  

For further information on the white poppy, see:

 'Why I wear the White Poppy, not the Red Poppy' ~ Richard Jackson (Deputy Director of the National Peace and Conflict Studies Centre at the University of Otago, New Zealand)

 Why I wear a White Poppy’ ~ Patrick Harvie (Green MSP in the Scottish Parliament)

 No More War; Wearing a White Poppy for Peace’~ Andy Worthington (investigative journalist and commentator)

 ‘Why I will wear a white poppy’ ~ Lindsey German (founding member of the British anti-war organisation Stop the War Coalition)

White poppies can be obtained from the Peace Pledge Union, or  contact me  if you live locally to South Manchester.   


Moving  speech by war veteran who came to his senses

Favourite Anti-war Quotes:

Join the Army, see the world, meet interesting people - and kill them. ~Pacifist Badge, 1978
The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service. ~ Albert Einstein
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. ~  Mahatma Gandhi
If you kill one person you are a murderer. If you kill ten people you are a monster. If you kill ten thousand you are a national hero. ~ Vassilis Epaminondou
Any excuse will serve a tyrant. ~ Aesop
Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Everyone's a pacifist
between wars.  It's like being a vegetarian between meals.  ~ Colman McCarthy


On a lighter note

Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. ~ Dalai Lama
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. ~ B. F. Skinner
True friends stab you in the front. ~ Oscar Wilde
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. ~ Albert Einstein
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism. ~ Albert Einstein
I am not young enough to know everything. ~ Oscar Wilde


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