FRIENDSHIP. What makes a good friend? Friend suggestions from fiction

The topic of this week’s 6 word story is FRIENDSHIP.

https://wonderwall360.blog/2018/09/15/sixwordstorychallenge-15th-september-2018/

What to you makes a good friend?

The post below links to different people’s thoughts about who they most want as friends from fiction.

Bionic Book Worm

We’re all bookworms here, right? I think we are, so I can admit something and I know you won’t judge me. *deep breath* Here we go………. I don’t get out much. I’m a bit of an introvert. So going out with friends on a regular basis is rare. Instead, I sit on my couch under a warm blanket, snuggling with my puppy, and I wish that the people I read about in books were real so that I could be friends with them. There. I said it, it’s out in the open, and I feel much better.

All kidding aside, I really do wish that characters in books were real! It’s so easy to find people that you immediately relate to and wish you could go on adventures with. I have quite a few that I wish I could be friends with, and they’re all for different reasons.

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Sleeping out to raise awareness of homelessness

I ‘slept’ outside Sheffield cathedral to raise awareness of homeless, so writing this post to share that awareness.

#capsleepout25

We started with a meeting about the sleepout / Archer project. Then went outside about 8pm to set up. About 10 we had a tour of the facilities the Archer project has at the cathedral; kitchen, laundry and showers. Then I went out for the night.

Of course, this was not an authentic experience as we could have gone inside cathedral at anytime. Really on streets at night, would have no access to toilets or running water to wash hands. I had my house keys in bag and could have jumped into taxi at anytime and been in my bed in 15minutes. Also got to sleep in a group, so I did not feel scared. We laid in row against cathedral wall to shelter us, between two places where wall jutted out either side of stained glass window; it was cosy! It was my first time sleeping directly under stars. Looking up could see architecture of the cathedral and stars. Therefore for us this really was about an experience rather than real hardship.

The biggest discomfort for me was the hardness of the floor. I had a camping mat, which could feel concrete through. The zip of borrowed sleeping bag would not connect so, did not have a bag to get in. Most of night bag was on top, skewed to side of me. After many hours I did try, putting sleeping bag underneath me for extra padding. I was wrapped in cosy fleece blanket. Then had a plastic sheet over to keep it all dry. I was so uncomfortable, that constantly wanted to change position. Rather awkward as sandwiched between two people and when moved plastic sheet rustled, so did not want to disturb people. We were lucky not colder and barely rained. People sleepout in much worse conditions. I may have felt like could have had better equipment, but people sleepout on cardboard with no sleeping bag.

I did not feel vulnerable as we were in a group, with people awake keeping an eye on us. We had our bags between the cathedral wall and sleeping bags. As we were all in a row in front of bags; no one could get to them without stepping over us. Whereas on the street alone, it would be much harder to protect belongings.

There is not necessarily a shortage of accommodation, but people can not always make use of it. People may feel safer on the street than in a hostel. There were some spice users around who, were up all night rather than being in accommodation. Rules in accommodation surrounding being sober; are a barrier to addicts.

It was not as noisy as I had been dreading; but, it was never quiet. It was mainly the discomfort that kept me awake. At about 6 we were all forced to pack up. A message that the Archer project was keen to get across was how tough dealing with life is when sleep deprived. We all the next day did not feel very motivated to do anything; therefore organising things like benefits is a really difficult task for rough sleepers who are sleep deprived. Of course the more sleep deprived, get harder it is to function. This is where the Archer project comes into support clients in contacting the people they need to, completing forms, allowing them to use the address to receive post, phone access, access to electric to charge mobile if have one, along with more basic services like food and washing facilities. On the tour we also saw medical room where doctors, dentists, chiropodists etc… come to on different days, giving time for free to treat people.

In summary, it was an enlightening experience. However despite this and my research into homelessness for lent posts in 2017, it is still a complex subject.

6 word story FRIENDSHIP playlist

1. Friends theme tune by the Rembrandt’s.

2. The hymn One More Step along the way; which is about supporting someone through life. Of course being a hymn it is God providing the support; but it could apply to a friend.

3. Let’s face the music and dance. For the line ‘There may be trouble ahead, but let’s face the music and dance’. I love dancing with friends but; sharing someone’s journey also means sharing problems; it is not always dancing. The song was originally written by Irving Berlin in 1936 for the film Follow the fleet. It has been covered by several artists including Frank Sinartro and Nat King Cole. The Nat King Cole version reached number 30 in UK charts in March 1994, due to Torvil and Dean dancing to it.

4. Pure Morning, Placebo ‘…A friend in needs a friend indeed’ it highlights how not all friends are permanent features.

Follow this link to write 6 word story for prompt FRIENDSHIP.

https://wonderwall360.blog/2018/09/15/sixwordstorychallenge-15th-september-2018/

What other songs could be on the playlist?

#SixWordStoryChallenge 15th September 2018

This week as the prompt Kirsty has chosen the good ship FRIENDSHIP.

What does friendship mean to you? Do you have the friendships you desire?

kirstwrites

Challenge open Saturday 15th September 2018 – Thursday 20th September 2018

Welcome to the Six Word Story Challenge.

For those who have never dropped by before, a new prompt is posted every Saturday morning at 9am GMT, either on this site or that of fellow blogger Wonderwall. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to plot a story on that subject… in just six words.

I’ve been rescued this weekend, by a good friend who gave up her Friday night to help me tackle some unpacking in my new home. So in honour of her, your prompt for this week is:

Friendship

And here’s my attempt to get you started:

Shopping, drinking, partying. Besties at 80!

See what you can come up with, and enter your six-word story in the comments below.

So how does it work?

  1. Leave your story in the comments until Thursday 9.30pm GMT

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 9/9/18

The song I have picked with reference to photo, is Local boy in the photogragh. A Stereophonics song I have loved for years. I saw the Stereophonics sing it at the end of my road in July as part of Tramlines festival in Sheffield.

It seems appropriate for this time of year as the UK starts to move into autumn 🍂. So far just a slight cool crispness in the air rather than the warmth of the sun a reminder that leaves 🍁 turning colour and falling from trees is just around the corner and 6 weeks until clocks go back.

Local Boy in the Photograph
Stereophonics
There’s no mistake
I smell that smell
It’s that time of year again
I can taste the air
Clocks go back railway track
Something blocks the line again
And the train runs late for the first time
A pebble beach, we’re underneath a pier, just been painted red
Where I hear the news for the first time
And all the friends lay down the flowers
Sit on the banks and drink for hours
Talk of the way they saw him last
Local boy in the photograph
He’ll always be twenty three
Yet the train runs on and on
Past the place they found his clothing
There’s no mistake
I smell that smell
It’s that time of year again
I can taste the air
The clocks go back railway track
Something blocks the line again
And the train runs late for the first time
And all the friends lay down the flowers
Sit on the banks and drink for hours
Talk of the way they saw him last
Local boy in the photograph
Today, is gone away
Songwriters: Kelly Jones / Richard Mark Jones / Stuart Cable
Local Boy in the Photograph lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time

I was planning to catch up on all my listening and reading your posts last weekend, but you can’t always predict what’s going to happen. Needless to say, I started it, but didn’t finish it. Now I find myself even more behind. But, I will catch up! I always do.

I’m not so great about changing my profile pictures on social media. To be honest, I’m not a huge social media person, which is funny considering I have a blog. I decided to change one of my profile pictures the other day and realized that I don’t like any of my current pictures. I’m working on that, but for now, all my pictures are from four years ago. It’s still me, right?

This, of course, leads us right into our theme, so let’s just get right to it. Let’s put on our thinking caps, break out our playlists and get…

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August Summary

Glasgow gems 💎 Nelson columns, hottest Scottish curry ….Books

One Day

One Day footsteps from 15Jul1988 by David Nicholas

Bee books

Bee books: Tell it to the bees 🐝 and The History of Bees 🐝

Lullaby

Stanger in the house

Is it a new thriller trend to set you up for a twist that never come

Edinbugh Fringe

40+ theatre shows. Favourite of which was Mission her. Which was made even better by the cast being pleased to have been reviewed, sharing my post and buying me a drink. Consequently it is one of my most viewed posts of 2018.

Mission Her for anyone suffering with anxiety or supporting someone suffering with anxiety…. (Edinburgh Fringe Review)

Live recordings of two radio 2 shows featuring comedy and inmprovisation acts, live music and other guests Sara Cox; Simon Mayo / Jo Whiley.

Edinburgh Music 1

An improvisation show.

Edinburgh Fringe Improvisation

Several comedians.

Tatoo

Edinburgh Tattoo

Exhibitions at Summmerhall, City Art Gallery, National Gallery and Fruitmarket Gallery.

Plus so much more in Edinburgh and a visit to Glasgow.

Glasgow gems 💎 Nelson columns, hottest Scottish curry …

Glasgow Botanical Gardens

Bees

Day tour of Manchester wild in art bees.

Bees 🐝 in the city Manchester the Experience

 

 

#SixWordStoryChallenge 1st September 2018

Kirsty’s prompt this week is CHANGE. Pop over to her blog to read the stories so far and enter. There has already been stories about changes in sexuality and marriage. Or it could be about change in school, job, house or that loose change in your pocket; whatever direction you want to take your story in!

kirstwrites

Challenge open Saturday 1st September 2018 – Thursday 6th September 2018

Welcome to the Six Word Story Challenge.

For those who have never dropped by before, a new prompt is posted every Saturday morning at 9am GMT, either on this site or that of fellow bloggerWonderwall. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to plot a story on that subject… in just six words.

And your prompt for this week is:

Change

And here’s my attempt to get you started:

Marriage failed, but their friendship survived.

See what you can come up with, and enter your six-word story in the comments below.

So how does it work?

  1. Leave your story in the comments until Thursday 9.30pm GMT
  2. Like, comment & engage with other authors
  3. On Thursday, I publish a poll – and this is the important bit – don’t forget to come back and vote for…

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