Poem: City

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The city around me is now my home,

I now feel I am where I belong.

Small town life was not my scene

Now I feel like I’m living the dream.

 

My eyes are captured by the massive buildings everywhere,

The way people go about without a care

And don’t stare.

The way I can be free -

 

Free to be.

Surrounded by opportunities

For fun, success and spontaneity,

Where I can be more me.

OutCry Hoping To Raise Money With First Single For Cancer Research UK!

James Byron and his band OutCry Hope To Raise Funds For Cancer Research UK.

James Byron and his band OutCry Hope To Raise Funds For Cancer Research UK.

The Voice UK star James Byron and his band OutCry have put their first single up on iTunes entitled “In your memory” with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

The download of the song is free when you make a donation to the charity. We all know somebody who has died from this terrible disease and I work voluntary for The Irish Cancer Society so I know anything you can spare would really help a lot of people across the water.

James tweeted today about the song and gave a link to where the song can be downloaded:

https://twitter.com/ByronBlueJay/status/457457500946956288

 

Shay Healy Appears on The Brendan O’ Connor Show!

Shay Healy is one of my favourite songwriters and he appeared on The Brendan O’ Connor Show tonight. He spoke about how family and friends were the most important thing in life and how he would do anything on stage but was shy and reserved in his life off stage. He also revealed how he felt that you shouldn’t have regrets in life. He mentioned how it was the 34th anniversary of when Johnny Logan won the Eurovision in The Hague in The Netherlands with Healy’s song, “What’s Another Year”

The songwriter suffers from Parkinson’s disease and spoke about how been on stage took the pain of the disease away and said it was probably a psychological thing that it did. He performed his new song When You Become Stardust Too beautifully.

His song is available from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/when-you-become-stardust-too/id857782719?ls=1

Poem: Expression In Speech!

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Hovering on the fringes,

In the background,

Not comfortable with the at ease formalities,

Wish sometimes I could be

Wish sometimes I could show a little more of me.

 

I can express myself easily

Through writing,

Through music,

Through my clothes

When it isn’t too early in the morning!

 

But when it comes to talking,

That I feel is much more difficult,

Take a cigarette

After the stress of the moment.

Someday maybe you’ll do better.

 

 

 

 

Service Held In Tribute To The 96 People Who Lost Their Lives In The Hillborough Disaster 25 Years On. May They Rest In Peace.

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Today was 25 years since the FA Cup semi-final match was abandoned at Hillsborough stadium when 96 fans lost their lives. Church and town hall bells in Liverpool rang 96 times at 3.06pm to mark the sad moment and also Liverpool’s public transport came to a stop and barriers at the Mersey tunnels were also lowered.

A huge screen at Liverpool’s Lime Street station showed photographs of the 96 victims while at Anfield stadium, over 30,000 people came together for the service to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster and to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives that day. Liverpool players and managers from both the past and present paid tribute with the families of those who lost their lives. Current manager Brendan Rodgers and Everton’s Roberto Martinez read out readings at the service.

Former Sports Secretary Andy Burnham was cheered and clapped as he told those present:

“Five years ago things changed. Things changed, not because of me, but because of you. They changed because you made your voices heard. That day, your voices were carried off this Kop and into every living room in the land and from there into the heart of the establishment. I knew you were right and they were wrong.”

Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall, long-campaigning leaders of the Hillsborough Families’ Support Group spoke at the service.

Aspinall said:

“For 25 years we’ve been fighting to get to the truth. You all know what we’ve been fighting for, so I do not need to say what it’s for.”

A gospel choir sang You’ll Never Walk Alone while Liverpool writer Jimmy McGovern released 96 balloons in the stadium as the song got underway, a balloon for each victim of the disaster. There was also 96 seats left vacant and draped with Liverpool scarves in the stand in tribute to each of the victims.

Scarves from each of the English football league clubs were put on the pitch to create the figure 96 in tribute to the 96 people who lost their lives from crushing at Hillsborough stadium on the 28th of April 1989.

The service was also showed on a screen at Everton’s Goodison Park stadium, where chairman Bill Kenwright and fans as well as the first team team showed their support to Liverpool.

Kenwright said:

“Our city is home to almost half a million people known around the world for their compassion, humour and love of the great game. We are brought together by two much admired, world famous football clubs who have stood shoulder to shoulder since the unimaginable tragedy at Hillsborough.”

A specially commissioned sculpture created by Liverpool artist Julian J Taylor stood at one end of Anfield. The silver band displays the names of the 96 victims and represents the bond between families, survivors and friends.

The service comes while inquests into the deaths of the 96 people continue in Warrington.

As a person and a Liverpool fan, it is heartbreaking. I watched about the service today on the news and it made me cry. It could happen to anybody just going to a match and it is really really sad.

May all those who died rest in peace and may all their loved ones have strength to carry on.

The Voice UK Star Kiki De Ville and Husband Christopher’s Pain Over The Loss of Their Baby Dexter In 2007

Kiki with husband Christopher and baby Dexter.

Kiki deVille appeared on The Voice UK this year and sang Paloma Faith’s Stone Cold Sober at her blind audition but behind her bubbly personality the 40-year-old burlesque singer a personal message she wanted to share, about coping with the loss of her child and learning to live again following her loss.

Wearing two very important tattoos to her, she proved that. On her left wrist is: “As long as we are living our baby you will be.” This is in reference to her son Dexter who sadly died in 2007 at the age of just one month and three days while on her right wrist is the musical score to ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ which was the song that was played at his funeral.

“Turning 40 gave me a newfound confidence to audition for The Voice and reach so many people on a personal level. When you lose a child, you feel guilty for having a great day, for allowing yourself to feel happy. It took me a long time to accept you can enjoy life again. There were times during the show when people wondered if I was taking it seriously because I’m so upbeat and always laughing. But that’s just me. I have a realistic approach to life now. Nothing will ever be as serious as holding my little boy while he died.”

 

 

Kiki, whose real name is Kristianne Robinson, gave birth to Dexter on 12 September 2007 for her husband Christopher, 34. Dexter weighed 7lb 11oz and though an amniocentesis had shown that there might be a slight genetic abnormality, there were no chromosomal problems. Because of this Kiki and Christopher thought it was nothing serious.

“The birth had been perfectly normal but when Dexter came in to the world he wasn’t crying. He was very blue and needed resuscitating. I couldn’t suppress a feeling of uneasiness. As I cradled him, I thought back to the birth of my two older children from my previous marriage. Somehow things felt different and I knew something wasn’t right.”

 

However within just 24 hours, their fears were confirmed. Baby Dexter was moved to a special care unit while doctors told Kiki and Chistopher that he had Zellweger Syndrome. The rare genetic disorder meant he could not break down toxins and he had no muscle tone, so he couldn’t cry. Kiki and Christopher were told that there was no cure for Zellweger Syndrome and that babies rarely survive over six months old. The geneticist told them both that it was a one in 50 million chance that they would meet and both carry the faulty gene.

 

“Christopher and I stared at each other in shock and all I can remember is an overwhelming feeling that it couldn’t possibly be happening. As I looked at my baby’s perfectly formed, tiny little toes and fingers, I wanted to scream at the unfairness of it. How could someone so small and perfect be doomed to live such a short life?”

Dexter had seizures and could only be fed through a tube. They took Dexter to their home in Earby in Lancashire when he was seven days old.

“We decided we didn’t want the doctors to keep him alive just for our benefit. We had no idea how much pain he was in because he couldn’t cry and we were told he had a very severe form of Zellweger. We couldn’t bear the thought of him suffering. At one month old we had a birthday party for him – the only one we’d ever have. Everyone we knew came to celebrate with us: to say hello and goodbye. The following day, Dexter had a massive seizure. We took him to Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, where we lay with him for a few hours and he just slipped away. You never think you will have to hold your baby as he dies, but I look back now and take comfort that I was the one.”

 

A month later, as the pair struggled to cope with their loss, Kiki, who is originally from Melbourne in Australia, found out that she was pregnant again.

“We were petrified. There was a one in four chance this child would have the syndrome too. After an agonising seven-week wait, genetic tests showed our unborn baby had escaped. Still, I couldn’t believe we didn’t face the same heartache. I was on edge for the whole pregnancy but when Arlo Dexter came into the world on 16 July 2008 screaming the hospital down, we finally knew he was OK.”

 

In time, Kiki started to accept that it was alright to feel happy and wanted to ensure that Dexter’s death did not come to nothing and wanted to do something to help others in the same situation:

“I’m an ambassador for the hospice where Dexter died and want to do all I can to raise awareness of the vital work the charity Together For Short Lives does. They need all the support they can get – they only receive nine per cent funding from the Government.”

 

Three years ago Kiki founded a singing school. She also now performs each week. Though she was disappointed to be knocked out at the battle round stages of The Voice UK she feels she was successful in what she intended to do. 

“I wanted to further my singing career, and now I’m being booked for bigger gigs like the Edinburgh Fringe, which I’m so excited about. But most importantly, I’ve had the chance to tell other mums and dads that there is life after the loss of a baby. OK, so things will never be the same again. I know I’m a different kind of ‘normal’ now. But it’s OK to love and laugh – and you don’t have to feel guilty about that.”

 

Rest in peace Dexter.

For more information or to donate, visit togetherforshortlives.org.uk