Really Rather Rosa!

Really Rather Rosa!

Hi there, I'm Rosa (or Rosalind when I'm in trouble with my parents - I may be in my thirties, but to them I'll always be twelve.) I'm generally known in cyberspace as 'RosaTheWitch' - feel free to stalk me some time! This is my little space on the Internet, where I share and reblog all kinds of stuff that interests me. I've already claimed it as British territory, and there's no theme - the only rule is that if I like it, I post it. Enjoy your stay - there's tea and cake over there in the corner, so do help yourself, won't you?

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Robin Williams Did Not Die From "Suicide"

What the linked article says is damn true. Suicide is not simply a “selfish” cause of death - it is a symptom of something much bigger, which is depression. And when you are consumed by depression, you don’t deliberately become “selfish” - you just simply cannot believe that anyone could possibly care about you, regardless of what they say. You feel worthless and hopeless. People don’t die of suicide - they commit suicide because they are suffering from an extremely debilitating illness. There’s a big difference.

ATTENTION NORTH AMERICAN PEOPLE: Has Your Fire and Rescue Department Received Pet Oxygen Masks Yet?      

Every single fire or rescue unit in the US and Canada is now eligible to receive special pet oxygen masks and other equipment from ‘Project Breathe’ to help out pets who are rescued from fires. If your local fire and rescue departments haven’t yet applied, please make sure they do - let’s reduce the amount of North American pets who die in fires!

Holy crap, I thought the world was ending! It’s Club Day here in Lytham, and as part of the festivities, there was a fly-past of two World War II Hurricane planes from the Armed Forces Day celebrations further up the coast, in Blackpool. I was fast asleep when it happened, but not for long! We often have present-day military aircraft flying over us, as they build and test them near where we live, but compared to the Hurricanes, the Eurofighter seems tame! I genuinely thought a plane was going to crash into us, the noise was so unusually loud! I now have new-found respect for the people who lived through World War II - it must been absolutely terrifying. But as for me, now my poor frazzled nerves have just about settled, I’m going to try to get back to sleep!

According to the widget on my phone’s home screen, the current weather here in Lytham St. Annes is “showers of unicorns, with scattered rainbows…” And as for the temperature? “Meh, who cares?”

According to the widget on my phone’s home screen, the current weather here in Lytham St. Annes is “showers of unicorns, with scattered rainbows…” And as for the temperature? “Meh, who cares?”

Petition to Michael Gove: Reconsider the Changes to English Literature GCSE  

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education is currently considering limiting the works of literature to be studied by British GCSE students. He wants to get rid of classics such as the American novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee, and instead have only classic, pre-20th century British literature taught.

In my opinion - and that of many people, including a great many English teachers - this would be a bad move. The ‘English’ in ‘English literature’ refers to the language, and not to nationality. Any and all classic works in the English language should be considered for teaching within the National Curriculum.

In the early 1990s, I studied ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at high school, and the brilliant combination of great storytelling, fantastic writing, and lessons of morality and politics have ensured that the story of Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout still resonates with me 20 years on. If Mr. Gove has his way, classic American books such as this, and ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck - both currently taught at GCSE level - would be removed from the curriculum, purely because they were not written by British authors.

English literature is intended to open up the student’s eyes to classic texts from around the whole world, not just pre-20th century Britain. If you agree, please go and add your name to this petition, and hopefully we can persuade Mr. Gove to change his mind!

qelato:


anniecrestadair:

orangeninjadan:

hickitty:

clarkkftw:

I’ve seen a lot of posts on my dash tonight about users who are threatening suicide, with other Tumblr members posting in effort to try to get ahold of them. I think you all should see this:
IF THERE IS EVER A TUMBLR USER WHO HAS POSTED A GOOD-BYE MESSAGE, SUICIDE NOTE, VIDEO, OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS POST.
1. Scroll to the top of your dashboard.
2. See the circular question mark icon at the top? It’s the third one over from your home symbol. Click on that, and a screen similar to the one in the picture will come up.
3. Where you can type in questions, the box with the magnifying glass at the top, type in the word “suicide.”
4. Click on the first link that shows up. It should say, “Pass the URL of the blog on to us.”
5. Type in the user’s URL and tell Tumblr admin that the user is contemplating suicide and has posted a message indicating that they are going through with it or will be attempting. Hit send! Tumblr administration will perform a number of actions to contact the user and take the necessary steps to prevent the suicide.
TUMBLR: THIS COULD SAVE A USER’S LIFE. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE SUICIDE THREATS.
Reblog this to keep other users aware. Suicide isn’t a joke, and neither is someone’s life. If you didn’t know this, someone else may not, either. Pass it on.


why on earth doesn’t this have more notes

I actually had to do this once. She lived.

if you scroll past this on your dash you are absolutely heartless.

qelato:

anniecrestadair:

orangeninjadan:

hickitty:

clarkkftw:

I’ve seen a lot of posts on my dash tonight about users who are threatening suicide, with other Tumblr members posting in effort to try to get ahold of them. I think you all should see this:

IF THERE IS EVER A TUMBLR USER WHO HAS POSTED A GOOD-BYE MESSAGE, SUICIDE NOTE, VIDEO, OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS POST.

1. Scroll to the top of your dashboard.

2. See the circular question mark icon at the top? It’s the third one over from your home symbol. Click on that, and a screen similar to the one in the picture will come up.

3. Where you can type in questions, the box with the magnifying glass at the top, type in the word “suicide.”

4. Click on the first link that shows up. It should say, “Pass the URL of the blog on to us.”

5. Type in the user’s URL and tell Tumblr admin that the user is contemplating suicide and has posted a message indicating that they are going through with it or will be attempting. Hit send! Tumblr administration will perform a number of actions to contact the user and take the necessary steps to prevent the suicide.

TUMBLR: THIS COULD SAVE A USER’S LIFE. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE SUICIDE THREATS.

Reblog this to keep other users aware. Suicide isn’t a joke, and neither is someone’s life. If you didn’t know this, someone else may not, either. Pass it on.

why on earth doesn’t this have more notes

I actually had to do this once. She lived.

if you scroll past this on your dash you are absolutely heartless.

(Source: sexceptionul, via bexabird)

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