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I have been sitting here watching an advertisement for the Salvation Army.  These people are the quiet heroes of towns and cities all over Britain.  They open cafes for the lonely and homeless to meet have a hot meal, drink or both.  Then there are the shelters, here they try to assist people give them advice or help get them off the street and into a job if they can.   They go out into the community trying to help not just sitting on the end of a phone asking for money.

So why is this organisation which was first founded in the East End of London and been active since 1865 so forgotten? Since 1865 The Salvation Army has spread its wings to become Gods Army, with its own uniform and as far as its members are concerned  they are the ‘regulars’!

With such dedication for the welfare of others you will find it’s Officers and Soldiers on duty every day of the year, no closed signs here, no whingeing just a helping hand, held out to those who need it most.  Their three ‘S’s’ slogan can be listed like this” first soup, second soap and thirdly salvation, along with the listening ear of kindness.

Therefore why oh why in these times and days does such an organisation have to ask for help from us? help that we should be readily giving, even if its only 2 pounds a month – as the work they do is in this country, for our people, in the here and now.  There is an old saying “Charity begins at home”  every year I put money into the collection boxes of the Salvation Army, every year I watch them parade on Remembrance Day.

So come on people show a little love and compassion, when you are passing the Army in the high street  and listening to the carols being sung, or like us singing along  give a little even if its pennies everything helps to help others.

Merry Christmas everybody and in Tiny Tim’s words “God bless us every one!”

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

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Since the nights here have turned really cold I have been sitting under this roof above a doorway huddled on a small no, minute ledge of stone and snuggled into the corner where although not a soft bush I am able to gain some protection from the wind, rain and cold.

I get here around dusk and stay put till the morning, its ok, but the ‘Big Ones’ will appear in the night-time and disturb me. The door opens and light streams out then there are exclamations of  ‘Oh look he’s here again’,  I don’t mind that, so much as the bright light thats directed at me. Anyway they wander off to the house of their dragon and a few minutes later all is quiet; then comes the ‘he’s still there ahhhhh’ bit followed by the closing of the door which is followed by a chunk, chunk sound then all returns to peace.

It is not that there are no other places to roost but this is warmer. I have tried other parts of the buildings but most of them are taken, the nesting problem is a little difficult, don’t suppose the `Big Ones’ have that problem in their world.  Still I am looking round for a better place to spend the nights, I might even find a mate then a nice warm nest then…. oh no what am saying, eggs, chicks, mouths to feed no no I’ll stick to my ledge for now.

Ahhh  this is it getting warm.  Thinking back I did try sheltering on a ledge by the chimney stack but it was too open and I had to puff up my feathers to keep warm I looked like a puff-ball with a beak then one of the ‘Big Ones’ pointed a flashy thing at me. Well whatever keeps them happy, after finding this little space I am fine for now but if it gets really cold I will have to consider cuddling up to the chimney, the dragons house is too smelly and noisy and only last for a short time.

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