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I'm speaking in Westminster Abbey... Answered

Well I've just heard that I'm one of 20 young people in the whole of the Uk going to westminster to speak and be consulted about child services and bereavement, on 6th of may I go over to speak, damn this is cool I will have a say in something... Out of the group that was asked for candidates four of us were chosen from our recent video project work, I was selected because I apparently have good ideas and am skilled at arguing points and expressing my self sensibly... Woot skills...

The whole thing is about improving child services around the UK and I've got to say it's about time... There are very few decent social workers and the system is pretty bad on the whole, minimizing the effect of decent social workers and the like, counsellors are soon going to be boning up on dealing with bereaved kids due to our video project along with teachers and if the funding goes through we may be doing another on helping friends or ourselves...

Any suggestions from the UK people here in following with

A friend in need is a friend indeed
Coping with it?

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KentsOkay (author)2008-04-16

Wow, that's pretty tight
Perhaps you should temporary forget all of your humorous/numerous anecdotes of trouble making?

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No I can work around them, believe it or not I can speak intelligently and think quickly when neccesary... hence I will be making my point... Whatever that may be, it all depends on format, we may have big discussions where the politicians sit in or we may have talks directly to the politicians, it's all fairly unknown to me so far...

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May the luck of the Irish aid yeah ; )

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What about the scottish and possibleturkish?

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Away wi' yeh laddie, may teh loock of yeh for fathers bring yeh luck

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Remind me to make sure you're flambeed by your own creations once in a while, just to keep you in check.

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-17

whereas the English would not just say "keep you in check", but keep you in check mate....LOL Ugh....that tasted awful....

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-17

It all depends on the accent, if they say mayte it's annoying whereas here in belfast it's just mate or sometimes meyt

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-17

Yes, but Check Mate is, in chess, ftw ;-)

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-17

I tried to ignore that, why bring it to the attention of me again, I know you have a pun for everything but sometimes the law of averages approach is wrong...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-17

If you ignore it, I think you missed it ;-) thus bringing back Pete and Repeat.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-17

Fari enough, I'll complain about the bad ones and laugh at the good ones...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-17

Ok. :-) it is in my blood you know :-)

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-17

As many things seem to be...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-17

True, but occasionally I get something in my eye too. :-)

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-17

As long as your nose stays relatively unperturbed...

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-17

The outside does.....the inside is always bothering me though....leftover hayfever allergies....not as bad as in my youth, but still hanging about with me.

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-17

Ah well, at least the outside wont be bothering you...

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-04-16

Cool! Make sure you get a picture taken =]

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Yeah, I hereby pledge to get the most ridiculous photo with the most important person possible, reckon I can get one of me riding alastair darling, I don't know why he'd be there but...

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At least get something with Ed Balls. I never stop laughing at his name.

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There's one called darling and one called ladyman they're in charge of trnasport stuff, darling ladyman alliance...

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Do something ridiculous..you can always blame it on poor government!

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I reckon I could do one better, I'll see whos there, if it's just the right atmosphere I could do really well at the ridiculous photos, also making money off selling them to the trashy tabloids...

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Kiteman (author)2008-04-15

"... expressing my self sensibly... Woot skills..."

Er...

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2008-04-15

Yes that was a joke, Fear not, the country will not be fundamentally changed, until an hour after I leave...

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Didn't Guy Fawkes say something similar? (Looks around worriedly)

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I'm going to do all the stuff properly and someday come back with a bunch of suspicious devices...

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-15

Ugh, social services. Just leave us alone

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more like the support network for children out there is rubbish, social services are even worse, all my experiences of them have been awful, the fat social worker that didn't listen to a word we said, the family mediator that just cried, the schools... Yet I feel that society has not failed me, just the government...

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Yes, the government sucks (in the US)

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Labot2001 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-04-16

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The government here is doing pretty good compared with the rest of our hemisphere =]

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Well they aren't bad at being a government but governments are bad at helping the little guy despite their nations being composed of them, this is one of those turnaround times, they're actually spending time face to face with the people of the matters involved, damn I hope I've got my pulse jet running by the time I go over, just to say, what have you done with your life this week, errmm sat in a chair and passed a law, what'd you do, built a sweet jet engine, I see... Sometimes I get very bored... Oddly enough though I have the ability to do this kinda stuff when I want/need to, wonder who I'm going to meet, I'm not really impressed by this stuff but I have always had my questions about them...

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whatsisface (author)2008-04-16

I think it's worth mentioning how many government funded schemes that are targeted at young people are either a well-failed attempt to be "in with the kids" or are downright patronising. Apart from that, I don't have much experience in the area.

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My mums a youth arts worker and used to be a youth worker, I know, they spend money badly but lately there's been some great projects, mainly after a meeting where a girl and I discussed it all in front of the fogies running it all. Then there's the boss lady who actually listens to stuff we have to say once in a while, I'm actually going to making and writing stuff for their magazine and have ended up being used as a model for leaflets and magazines, aswell as being paid £10 an hour to be their photographer occasionally.

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Goodhart (author)2008-04-15

Hmmm, advice.....try not to present yourself as an "what happens when society fails it's children" LOL just joking besides, you asked for advice from UK people only ;-) so you can effectively ignore me

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

No we're there to give them a better idea about what goes on with us rapscallions, besides society didn't fail me, it would just rather I didn't get educated...

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Oh it changed it's mind, Mcdonalds will give me my A-levels lol

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Goodhart (author)killerjackalope2008-04-15

over here, they certainly started people at a higher wage than I did in the computer industry *sigh*

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killerjackalope (author)Goodhart2008-04-15

I was really amused to hear about the mcdonalds learning... coca cola havn't started yet so for now it's not as powerful...

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RelyNupon (author)2008-04-15

that was where william blake the famous poet, illistrator, author, and engraver made his first works of art during his apprenticeship from James Basire. (i had to do a report) include sompthing on him... mybe

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Yeah it was an abbey and then it was a scholarly place and stuff, technically it can be prayed in, or so I've heard...

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