Communion and controversy

Two weeks ago, a couple came into the Batley and Birstall News office asking to see a journalist.

Clearly upset, they came to us about their son, Denum. He is 7 years old, has Down’s Syndrome and is being shut out of his first Holy Communion by the Catholic church as they feel his understanding of the Sacrement is too limited for him to take part.

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The Motivation Equation

Aah, January. Probably my least favourite of the 12 months. Christmas and New Year are gone, you realise the weeks of planning and expense materialised into a week, at most, of seasonal fun, and now we’re just left with winter, a living room without a Christmas tree and the pressure to make something of 2012.

As much as I complain, I do fall hook, line and sinker for the New Year, New Start mantra – you get drawn into the neatness of a new year, the blank slate stretching before you – no matter what the problems, dramas and mistakes of 2011, you can become a perfect human being in 2012.

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So that was Christmas…

Well, after completely sneaking up on me, Christmas is once more done and dusted and as ever it went by in a flash.

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Time flies when you’re um…ahh…busy?

Ok, so I’m a terrible blogger, it seems. Or at the very least, an irregular one.

The abandonment of this particular writing venture was unintentionally highlighted to me by a guy who emailed me last week about my post-grad course. The course that ended on December 2010. My last post was October 2010. Oh dear.

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Disney dreaming…

I had a rather scary realisation the other day. I’m actually a little bit obsessed with Disney.

In August I spent two amazing weeks with my fiance in Orlando, Florida. We immersed ourselves completely in the tourist bubble, which I normally despise, but Walt Disney World has been so well built, imagined, brought to life…I happily make an exception.

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I’ll be post-feminist in a post-patriarchy

To say that women are poorly represented in Westminster is a gross understatement. The election results have seen the percentage of female MPs rise – but only from 19.5 per cent, to 22 per cent. It seems politics is still a man’s game.

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Ready, set, go!!

Well, it’s official: the election will be on the 6th May. We were accidentally informed of this date by bumbling Bob Ainsworth in January, and so today almost feels like a formality – May 6th was the plan all along but now the Queen’s dissolved parliament, all three leaders are making lavish statements about their wonderful plans, and the front pages have declared that the campaign officially begins from today.

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