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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The Aftermath of Robin Williams' Death, Westboro Baptist Church, the Australian Comedian, a Rant, a Twitter Spat, and the Good that Can Come From Fighting Bigoted Hatred With Love      

When the bigoted members of the notorious - and decidedly un-Christian - Westboro Baptist Church said they would picket Robin Williams’ funeral because he was, according to them, “a fag lover”, Australian comedian Adam Hills gave a humorous rant on his TV show “The Last Leg” suggesting that he would personally pay for the church to go to Iraq so they could try their hand at preaching to some of the muslim extremists that live there! You can see a clip of it at: http://youtu.be/60ETdhgLA8U)

Then stuff got weird. The Westboro Baptist Church started engaging him on Twitter, actually accepted his offer, and seemed to think that their insulting tactics being widely vilified in the media was a GOOD thing! So Adam Hills hit back with a reply via his show, which can be seen at http://youtu.be/GrBZbdQdPzE

He said that clearly the church members were pathetic and needy and seem to enjoy getting attention, no matter how negative it may be. Adam then suggested that instead of rising to their bait and giving them the attention they crave, we should simply ignore them, and that any money that had been raised to send them to Iraq (seriously - there was actually a Kickstarter for it!) should instead be sent to one of Robin Williams’ favourite charitable causes, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. That way, instead of fighting hate with hate, something great could happen. So Adam and his friends duly set up the “Remembering Robin” fundraising event on Crowdrise in the actor’s name, which you can see at https://www.crowdrise.com/honorrobin/fundraiser/AdamJoshAlex

If you are able to, please visit the above page and donate money to the fundraising event. Even if you are unable to give any money for whatever reason, please, please, PLEASE share the event details all over social media, (feel free to share this post,) so as many people as possible will see it. Robin Williams may no longer be with us, but out of the tragedy, we’ll all be helping sick children. And as an added bonus, we’ll really annoy the “good” people of the Westboro Baptist Church - which is a wonderful incentive in itself, don’t you think?!

Sleep paralysis is scary as hell. Technically you’re dreaming, but you think you’re awake. So you’re half awake, but totally paralysed and unable to make sounds etc. At which point, the nightmare part of your brain assaults you with horrible hallucinations, and you can’t move or get help. Eventually though, your whole brain wakes up, thank god.

I also have a weird disorder where I dream the whole time, so no restful ‘black sleep’. I have all of my senses and colour vision in my dreams (great for dreaming about eating yummy foods, not so great for dreaming about pain, suffocation etc, as you really do experience it as if you were awake!) Also, most of my dreams are lucid, where I’m in control of my actions, or semi-lucid where I have some influence over what happens. AND (yup, there’s more!) roughly 80% of the time, if I’m in a nightmare or worrying dream, I can make myself wake up!

And I wonder why I never feel refreshed after sleep, lol!

Sleep paralysis is scary as hell. Technically you’re dreaming, but you think you’re awake. So you’re half awake, but totally paralysed and unable to make sounds etc. At which point, the nightmare part of your brain assaults you with horrible hallucinations, and you can’t move or get help. Eventually though, your whole brain wakes up, thank god.

I also have a weird disorder where I dream the whole time, so no restful ‘black sleep’. I have all of my senses and colour vision in my dreams (great for dreaming about eating yummy foods, not so great for dreaming about pain, suffocation etc, as you really do experience it as if you were awake!) Also, most of my dreams are lucid, where I’m in control of my actions, or semi-lucid where I have some influence over what happens. AND (yup, there’s more!) roughly 80% of the time, if I’m in a nightmare or worrying dream, I can make myself wake up!

And I wonder why I never feel refreshed after sleep, lol!

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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