Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol

Like a lot of people I’ve been shocked and saddened to see the images of the dead children washing up on the shores of the Eastern Mediteranean beaches and to hear of the desperate plight of the 3 – 4,000 refugees camped in Calais with precious little food, shelter or sanitation. I find it hard to comprehend that this is happening in 21st Century Europe – an area of great priveledge and wealth. Migrants-demonstrate-near-to-the-Jungle-camp-on-the-outskirts-of-Calais-northern-France

I also share the disgust felt by many on hearing the torrents of bile spewed out by mainstream media that aims to de-humanize these people and stress the inconvenience experienced by tourists, transport operators and the drain on the economy. Heaven forbid! Yet they fail to mention the inconveniences experienced by these refugees who are fleeing droughts, dictatorships and wars. Arguably contributed to by Western foreign policy.

Meanwhile, refugees suffocate in lorries and drown in flimsy boats in their efforts to breach Fortress Europe and reach safety whilst our politicians split hairs about what to call them and do little to help. These people – migrants, refugees, asylum seekers are human beings too FFS! People reaching out for help after enduring much suffering and have been failed badly.

Yet no more, although just a drop-in the hungry sea, a groundswell of support across Europe is growing, created by everyday people like you and me who are sick of the authoritie’s inaction. Solidarity groups are springing up hourly and people are joining en mass, people are opening their homes and the donations are beginning to roll in.

Feeling grateful to take some positive action, I went to my first meeting of the Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol group last night. Naively, I thought this would just be about arranging collections of blankets, tents and clothes. I didn’t realise there was so much to consider. You can’t just rock up with a van load of stuff to the Jungle camp as distribution would not be even and you may not even be taking the right stuff.

The local group are working hard to set up collection points for donations as well as having a fundraising site to collect monies to send over to support local charities working in the area such as Association Salam, Secours Catholique Calais and Doctors of the World who are so short of funds they may have to pull out soon. Financial donations are also required to cover transport costs to get stuff over there and to buy items like food and building materials locally.

A fundraising gig for the 17th September at the Plough in Easton is being organised. Interviews are being arranged with local media to spread the word and designers are hastily creating flyers and graphics for collection tins and posters. 11885740_10153039411487633_7972209201197438130_o

Conditions in the jungle sound pretty dire – they have just four standpipes which are currently surrounded by two feet of dirty water which people have to stand in whilst drawing on it.  Four taps – between 3 -4,000 people? I have more than that in my home and that’s just for me. There is little drainage in the camp creating floods which will only get worse as the weather turns. There are few solid structures let alone heating and although many tents have been donated, I would not wish my worst enemy to endure the cold and wet of a Northern European winter in a flimsy tent last used at a summer festival.

There are around 3,500 people at the camp and the French Government provides 2,500 meals per day. People here are hungry, cold and wet. There is precious little infrastructure and the charities there are struggling to cope. Volunteers are needed there – to help build shelters, dig drainage ditches and to help with medical needs.


If you’re not able to volunteer help at the camp, there are many other ways in which you can help if you feel inspired to. Can your church/ mosque/ temple/ synagogue/ school/ community group get involved?

Join a local group, most of which are joining with central groups such as CalAid and Calais – People to People Solidarity – Action From the UK. A map of local groups can be found here:

The Facebook group of the local Bristol group which has lots of useful info under the “files” section can be found here. Please also please read FAQ to avoid duplicating requests for info. They have sub-groups for convoys and collections; fundraising; media and publicity and campaigns and networks if you can get involved in any of those activities.

Their fundsurfer page can be found here:

It was stressed how important it was to collect and send relevant and required items for the camps. These change weekly and it’s recommended to keep checking on this. I found this list on the Bristol group facebook page:


An Amazon wish list has also been created for items needed:

And the Independent published this article on ways to help refugees:

And of course signing any petitions and writing to your local MP are also important as a changing policy here is vital to securing long term change.

There is also a National Day of Action planned for the 12th September. Join “Stand up to Racism” at midday at the Fountains in Bristol City Center.

This is the largest crisis in migration in Europe since the Second World War. Please do whatever you can to help. Thank you.




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Sizzling Minerals can help with a diabetes diagnosis…

I recently joined the Simply Naturals company as a distributor for their super “Sizzling Minerals” and other products. I’ve been taking them now since May and have noticed some of my aches and pains disappear including the arthritis like symptoms in my left foot as well as improved sleep. I’m so happy about that and have just been reading about how Sizzling Minerals can can with a diagnosis of diabetes, as well as many other conditions such a poor circulation, asthma, high blood pressure, poor sleep and psoriasis. Here are just some of the testamonials received from happy and healthy customers….

For more information please contact Shivani on 07817 557570. Email:                                                                                                Or visit

image“In February I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes which brings with it many problems, amongst them a loss of feeling in the toes, loss of energy, prone to bacterial infection and possible amputation of toes and lower limbs also possible failure of kidneys etc. A friend introduced me to Sizzling Minerals. I started taking the minerals and 3 months later my blood test results showed a very marked improvement especially to those relating to Glucose and Cholesterol levels. Also results of recent eye examinations have been excellent and no further treatment or eye tests required until my next annual check up in December. I recommend this great natural product to everyone who values their health, whether they have a specific problem or not just give them a try.” Clive, Somerset, UK

 “I bought a supply of the Sizzling Minerals for my son who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and has extremely painful feet. The doctor presecribed anti-epilepsy tablets for the pain and my son was taking eight of these a day. When he started the minerals he was determined to find out if they worked and so ceased taking the anti-epilepsy tablets. Within two days the pain had completely gone and he has now been on them for three weeks and he cannot believe the improvement”.  Nina.

wpbd6392e3_06“I became a Type 2 diabetic in 2006. When I used to test my blood sugar, I would experience blood sugar levels all over the place, from as low as 3.7 to as high as 13.9 (the normal figures are between 4 and 7). Since taking Sizzling Minerals, my blood sugar level during the last month is steady with readings between 5.2 and 6.1. My life has changed dramatically thanks to Sizzling Minerals and for less than a pound a day, you can keep the doctor away”. Serge van den Heerik / Bournemouth



Diabetes Information Minerals help diabetes in a big way… Studies show chromium stabilize blood sugar, magnesium helps GLUT 4 receptors uptake sugar into cells, minerals support all bodily functions and may help reduce complications of diabetes such as circulation, eye damage, reduce cardiac risks. Minerals strengthen blood vessels. Also you don’t get sugar cravings as much which helps with weight loss too. IIeana Nguyen, Nutritionalist.





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Simply Naturals Sizzling Minerals

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It’s been about twelve days since I started taking the Simply Naturals Sizzling Minerals. Dissolving one tablet in water every day and in just that short amount of time I’ve noticed my sleep improving vastly. I’m dozing off quickly and getting good deep sleep right through till the morning despite have a few things on my mind at the moment.

I’ve also noticed that the stiffness and aching I usually wake with in my lumbar/thoracic spine has gone. I’ve had this stiffness in my back for many years and it usually takes some morning stretches and an hour or two of moving around before it subsides. But not anymore! There’s no instant discomfort as soon as I open my eyes and I don’t even have to do the stretches to ease it. Miraculous!

I was recommended the Sizzling Minerals product by nutritionist Felicity Jay and was immediately interested as I was already aware of the fact that most of us are extremely deficient in magnesium and this can lead to muscle spasms in the body. Something I’ve suffered with for years in my back.

However, I didn’t realise that we were additionally deficient in many other essential minerals. According to Dr Gary Price Todd, “the human body requires at least 60 minerals for optimal health. But alarmingly only 8 minerals are available in any kind of quantity in most of the food we eat today”. He also said that “vitamins are basically useless in the absence of minerals”.

Our modern lifestyles diminish our already low levels of minerals from stress, commuting, being over-tired, eating on the go and choosing the wrong foods. This frequently leads to a state of “Sub-clinical disease” which is an “illness that stays below the surface of clinical detection. Many diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease are often sub-clinical before they surface as advanced symptomatic clinical diseaase”.

Dr Linus Pauling (2 times Noble Laureate) has stated “the root of all disease is directly related to a lack of minerals”.

Due to commercial farming, mining, irrigation, pesticides and acid rain, mineral depletion is a serious global problem. The soils in North America have an 85% loss, Europe is at 72% and Asia and South America are at a 76% loss. These statistics have been confirmed by UNICEF, WHO and the UK Ministry of Agriculture.

And if these essential, health giving minerals aren’t in the soil, they’re not in the food grown in that soil. Many  people try to substitute for this lack by taking metallic minerals found in the shops but the human body is not designed to absorb or assimilate metallic minerals.

Simply Naturals plant based minerals “work at the cellular level to help prevent Sub-clinical and Clinical disease inside your body. They have the “same chemical make-up as those found in healthy fruits and vegetables”. They are natural and easy for your body to use. They are “enzymatically active living minerals” being taken from a special mine where the deposits are around 70 million years old.

In addition to supporting better sleep and increased energy, users of Simply Naturals Sizzling Minerals report reduction in high blood pressure and osteoarthritis pain, stronger nails, clearer skin, and a reduction in psoriasis symptoms.

Here’s more information about them on this video:

I was so impressed that I’ve signed up to be a distributor for Simply Naturals Sizzling Minerals, so if’ you’d like more information about this product, or to place an order, please email me at or call me on 07817 557570.


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My Bwitiful Journey.

ibogaResearching Iboga online, the predominant thought in my head was “why do I always get called to the hardcore stuff?”

As soon as I heard about this sacred medicine, the root of the Tabernathe Iboga plant from Central Africa way back in 2010, I knew we would journey together. I had issues I needed to get to the “root” of and my instinct told me that Iboga held powerful healing for me. Then I spent the next four years avoiding it.

What I discovered about Iboga freaked me out – it’s one of the strongest visionary substances on the planet and having little experience in this field I was reluctant to jump in at the deep end. Also dissuading me was its reputation for being dark, difficult and the all-round bad ass of the ethnobotanical world.

Then the same friend who told me about it years ago emailed me that his Iboga practitioner or N’ganga was coming to Wales in Spring 2014. For whatever reason I wasn’t ready in April but when he returned in September I seriously had to think about it. Some car crash behavioural patterns I thought I’d put to bed years ago surprisingly resurfaced in the summer. I was also about to embark on a major life change so it seemed like the perfect time to face my fears. Not that I didn’t try many things to self-sabotage it though, including trying to book myself on another retreat the other end of the country on the same weekend. When awareness dawned on my avoidance tactics, my behaviour seemed hilarious.

Three things fortified my resolve – one the patience and understanding of the retreat facilitator with whom I shared an uncanny number of similarities too – including some medical history. She re-assured me this would be very safely held in the Bwiti traditions and done with the utmost safety and respect in wonderful rural surroundings with an experienced team.

She also sent me an interview with Daniel Raphael, a shamanic apprentice working with Iboga who explained the progress and insights he’d had with this plant medicine. He also said that it triggers the same brainwaves that are active during deep REM sleep so it’s more like lucid dreaming than tripping. I don’t know why but that made a huge difference. That night, I dreamt the Spirit of Iboga came to me and told me to stop focusing on all the negative aspects.

Thirdly, a quote popped up on my Facebook feed that just about slapped me round the face “that which you fear the most can hold the deepest healing”. I began packing.

I arrived on Friday night to the warmest welcome, to share the group meal and settle in. There were about 20 of us journeyers, 11 helpers and Pierre the N’ganga. Ashort meeting followed to explain the process of the following day.

Saturday itself was spent cleansing ourselves with Kambo, frog medicine from the Amazon, which helps clean the body to enable the Iboga to work deeper or in the sauna. I spent a long time meditating on my journey’s intentions in the Stone Circle. There were four main issues I needed help with, sure there was other stuff too, but for my first time I felt this was enough work to do.

About 4.30pm we started preparing the ceremony space, the mattresses where we were to lie, then ourselves with ritual bathing, dressing, anointing, singing and declaring ourselves and our intentions to the ancestors and the altar. I loved all the ritual, it added to my sense of security and propriety as did shared wisdom from previous journeyers including the simple advice “Iboga is your friend”.

Around 11pm we had our first two doses of medicine – this was the dried and ground up root bark itself, not easy to take, a bit like eating gravel but swallowed quickly with a prayer of gratitude and a swig of water. Then we did some ceremonial dancing to get the Iboga working in our systems. During the second dance I perceived the arrival of the pretty lights in my vision and not long after had to sit down and take some deep breaths. Feeling a moment’s anxiety at an impending loss of control I called on my Spirit guides to draw close, focused on my intentions and slowly surrendered as the lights and trails increased and I lay down on my bed of dreams.

After the third dose, the geometric patterns increased and it became very disorientating to walk to the toilet. My brain felt like it was in a giant glitter ball spinning not only round and round but up and down and diagonally as well as the lights danced in front of me. I moved like a drunk on board a ship in a heavy storm, luckily we were followed every time by someone in case we needed help. Although dizzying, it wasn’t quite as debilitating as I’d expected Iboga to be.

The Bwiti music played by the musicians was unceasingly exquisite and had a crucial part in guiding us in our journeys and encouraging those vital brain wave patterns. My hearing became extremely amplified and at one time could hear the music resonating in many dimensions through the room, the thick stone walls of the converted barn and on out into the night. This aural sensitivity was also disconcerting as I kept being pulled from my journey by people whispering right by my head, only to open my eyes and discover they were at the far end of the room.

The visions I saw weren’t particularly revealing – lights, trails, patterns, flying high over ice-caps following the curve of the planet, and a random black Elvis cartoon character who I was told was just for the fun of it. But I went deeply into dialogue with Iboga, asking it what was at the root of my chronic low back pain that I’d had since a child following an injury. Despite years of different therapies that had improved it a great deal, there was still something there plaguing me. The answer I received was “you are”.

“No, I don’t think you understood me, Iboga, what’s at the root of my pain?”

Again, the same answer. “You are, the way you take on too much and don’t accept your limitations, the way you don’t prioritise the physiotherapy that you know will help you, the way you push yourself so hard and have to take strong painkillers to cope. Why would you do that to yourself?”

Errr….OK….I was expecting something more esoteric like I was stabbed in the back in a previous life or it was related to unexpressed emotional stress following early childhood trauma, not this starkly simple truth. It was a little hard to accept so I moved swiftly on to another issue. During the course of the night Iboga showed me more truths about myself which were uncomfortable but it presented them with love and gentleness. It revealed outdated modes of behaviour that weren’t serving my soul,  asked me if I was done with them and on agreement from myself, deleted them.

I thought I’d gone into the journey with four separate intentions but it revealed their connectedness and suggested to me better ways in which to conduct myself, how I waste my time and energy on people and projects that don’t serve me, how to improve my romantic relationships and heal the relationship with my Father. During the course of the night it became my ceremony for releasing “childish things” and stepping up to be the Sovereign of my own reality, an initiation into the rest of my life if you like.

The Guardian published an article about Iboga in 2003 describing it as “Ten years of Therapy in One Night” That description was pretty bang on for me as it gave me everything I’d searched for and more. I spent most of the journey in a state of deep peaceful bliss with the hugest grin on my face, but experiences in the group varied. Some experienced very little at all, a couple of guys had a pretty dark time, others also experienced a powerful healing journey.

The vision trails lasted for a surprisingly long time and I was only capable of driving home about 12 hours after, and they stayed with me for about 5 days appearing in the mornings and at night. I quite missed them when they finally went. My sleep pattern took about the same time to settle down, all that “power dreaming” negated the need for much dozing.

But the feeling of peace remained for a long time. I just wish I’d taken a few days off after the weekend as there was so much to process and I longed to stay immersed in that pure state of bliss as long as possible. Whilst journaling the next day the tears rolled down my face from a profound sense of relief and harmony.

Like all these sacred medicines, taking them is just the start of the work, and I don’t believe they should be a substitute for a regular spiritual practise or self-enquiry which helps maintain and build on the valuable insights bestowed.

I will definitely be back to journey with Iboga again. I loved the Bwiti rituals, they helped me feel safe and introduced a great sense of honour and integrity. I can’t praise the team enough, they worked tirelessly to ensure we got the most out of the weekend, it was all such an immensely rich experience.

And my back pain? Well it hasn’t lessened but somehow has got easier to bear as I know I’m the one ultimately responsible for it. I’m not looking to blame some outside influence anymore. Also, not one of my stated intentions but as an occasional smoker, I still enjoyed the odd cigarette. Not any more, Iboga deleted those desires completely. The last lesson it left me with is that I need to forgive myself, be more gentle with myself. For me, Iboga is the soul of consciousness and you don’t lay with it and not come back a changed person. Bassi Bassi!

For info on Iboga ceremonies with Pierre in the UK please email

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Sunrise Festival 29th May – 1st June 2014


Just landing after a super sparkly sunny funny time at the Sunrise festival in Chepstow. What an awesome gathering of chilled out, open hearted, beat loving funksters. I had an amazing time, despite the rain showers on Thursday night that had me wishing I was at home in my nice warm toasty bed. But no, Joe Driscoll and Seckou Kouyate were playing at Chai Wallah’s and I wasn’t going to miss that for all the rain in Wales. They played an awesome set – so happy I finally got to hear them and to see Seckou’s unbelievably fast finger work. I see why they call him the Jimi Hendrix of kora. P1000224


Mouse Outfit, a nine piece band with MC Dr Syntax rocked the tent on Saturday night with  an exciting and eclectic blend of hip-hop, jazz and funk – tight in delivery and  devilishly good. Then it was over to the Cat’s Cradle stage for Eat Static for some old skool trance and then back to Chai Wallah’s to catch Bristol based band the Allergies.

Sunday’s smorgasbord of sonic delights included Bristol Afrobeat Project who play afrobeat flavoured with a heavy dose of soul and jazz. I interviewed Ben and Marie from the band afterwards and this will be played on Phil Vickery’s “In-tune” show on BCFm 93.2. A staple of the festival circuit, Sheelanagig got everyone dancing with their blend of Balkan beats. Top band of Cat’s Cradle on Sunday was Smiley and the Underclass, dub punk rockers from London – loved their energy and the sassy performance of their female vocalist. Born to perform!

Asbo Disco revved up the party vibes with a massive mash-up of house, jungle, hip-hop, funk and everything else in between. A brilliant roller coaster ride through sound and the perfect set to close the festival. P1000244

Also saw some amazing circus acts – Merlin as Wonder Woman – doing her costume change not in a mere phone box dear readers, but whilst twirling several hoola hoops around various limbs. I can’t even manage one so my respect is mighty.

Loved the new site too, although it did take time to grow on me. Just off the Chepstow racecourse, it was a more interesting site to discover with a hidden faerie grotto, craft workshops, talks and to see the Severn Bridge lit up at night as it stretched back to Babylon. sunnyfunnymates

I have to give a massive thank you to the Back Angels who visit festivals with their luxurious inversion tables. Designed to hold you comfortably whilst you hang up side down, they take all the pressure off your spine and joints and help re-align the vertebrae. Just the job after all that dancing, carrying back packs and sleeping in a tent. Hanging like a bat is blissful – so good to feel those deep stretches and the relief is immense. I’m sure that my sessions there helped me last as long as I did and would totally recommend trying them at a festie if you see their stall. They have their events listed on their website – BackAngels

Huge thanks also go to Jos and her team in the GAMA field who help the disabled festie goers. The job you guys do is amazing and makes it possible for so many people who would otherwise be excluded attend these events.

So thanks to Sun Bird and all the crew involved in making this event safe, sparkly and successful. See you for more fun in a field sometime…. :-)


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The Bars – energy healing from Access Consciousness – now in Bristol.

As featured in issue 118 of Kindred Spirit magazine.

The Bars is an energy healing process which works on 32 points on the head helping to rapidly move energy on multiple layers, realities and dimensions. The Bars can also shift points of view and judgements that are no longer working for us and creating limitation in our lives.

Having the Bars run helped me a lot with chronic back pain and detoxing from medication. It’s also proved successful in treating stress, migraines, insomnia, anxiety eating disorders and menopausal symptoms.

The Bars is one of the healing processes from Access Consciousness who’ve been established in the U.S for over 20 years. I trained in the Bars, MTVSS & Cellular Memory techniques last year when in the States. If you’re interested in finding out more or scheduling an appointment, please contact me on 07817 557570 or email!!


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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,300 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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