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In the last few months in Slogans #1 and Slogans #2, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Feeding brighter futures
  2. Your priority is our priority
  3. Every little helps
  4. Let your fingers do the walking
  5. The taste of paradise
  6. Don’t dream it, drive it
  7. You either love it or you hate it
  8. It does exactly what it says on the tin
  9. Empowering people
  10. Don’t leave home without it

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?


So here’s the answers…

  1. Pedigree
  2. Microsoft internet explorer
  3. Tesco
  4. Yellow pages
  5. Bounty
  6. Jaguar
  7. Marmite
  8. Ronseal
  9. Acer
  10. American express

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

As a lifelong Salvationist, I feel the only thing I could blog about today is yesterday’s announcement that Commissioner Andre Cox has been elected as the 20th general of the Salvation Army.General Andre Cox

In this last week, 117 senior leaders within the Salvation Army from all over the world met in the Renaissance Hotel at London Heathrow as the High Council, to make the important and historic decision on who would become the next international leader of the Salvation Army.

On being announced as The Salvation Army’s 20th General, the new international leader told more than 10,000 people from around the world watching via a live webcast that he was thankful to God but aware of the ‘awesome task that has been placed upon our shoulders’. He continued: ‘I pray that The Salvation Army will be known for being a force for good in the world … that The Salvation Army will be a force for positive change and transformation in the communities in which we serve … [and] that Salvationists will live up to the spiritual values we proclaim.’

I’m sure I’ve not been alone this last week, as I like many Salvationists around the globe, spent time in prayer for the High Council, praying that they would be directed by God to elect His choice of leader. I pray that as General Cox takes up his new position, he will help give our Army direction for the future, a future with Christ at the centre and one where we can see a positive impact being made in local communities around the world. God bless General Cox.

For more information on this news item you can go to the Salvation Army website: or at the High Council specific pages:

A few weeks ago in Slogans #1 I mentioned that each day we all see and hear many adverts, whether it be advertising hoardings, radio or television adverts, advertisements is magazines or newspapers.

So again today, I want to ask you how many of the companies/organisations associated with the following slogans can you identify just by their slogans?

  1. The best a man can get
  2. Step up
  3. The greatest tragedy is indifference
  4. The happiest place on earth
  5. Do you have the bunny inside?
  6. The unexpected bank
  7. There is no substitute
  8. Make believe
  9. Between love and madness lies obsession
  10. Quality never goes out of style

So there’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?


So here’s the answers…

  1. Gillette
  2. The British Army
  3. The Red Cross
  4. Disneyland
  5. Energizer
  6. First Direct
  7. Porsche
  8. Sony
  9. Calvin Klein
  10. Levis

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the next few weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remember the slogans.


On Friday (12 July 2013) the military funeral took place of 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was killed in Woolwich, south-east London, in May. I saw a little of they funeral on the tv as it was on the television in the hospital when I was sitting waiting to be taken for my appointment.

The events surrounding Lee Rigby’s murder I think touched many of us, as it seems he was murdered simply because he was a British soldier, serving his country in our armed forces.

After I finished at the hospital, as it was lunchtime I decided to go for a walk in a park I often walk through. In the centre of this park is a cenotaph commemorating our fallen soldiers from all the various wars. Having walked passé this cenotaph several times in the last week I was aware that at the foot of it were a number of poppy wreaths which had obviously been laid there last year on Remembrance Sunday.

On Friday however as I was walking round the park and neared the cenotaph I realised there was something different, there was a union flag and a small bouquet of flowers place at the foot of the cenotaph. A walk closer to the cenotaph I realised the flag and flowers with a lovely message had been placed there today in memory and support of Lee Rigby and his family, on this most difficult of days for them.

I must admit a wee tear came to my eye as I read the card that was attached to the flowers, it was such a lovely thing for someone who lives hundreds of miles away from where Lee lived and died, to do.

After a few moments of contemplation and prayer I continued on my walk round the park. My journey however was to take me back past the cenotaph and the memorial again a little later…

As I approached the cenotaph the second time a young boy of about 13 or 14 whizzed passed me on a scooter, he slowed as he passed the union flag and the flowers and then turned and stopped right in front of the flag and the flowers. By this time I was just a few metres away from the boy, and realised he was reading the card on the flowers and nodding. He took two or three stepped backwards away from the cenotaph, and as he turned towards in my direction to carry on his way he did a thumbs up in the direction of the cenotaph. He nodded again and smiled at me as he then whizzed off down the path on his journey.

I was very touched by this, as having already read the message that went with the flag and the flowers I realised he had obviously been as touched by them as I was. How many young lads of that age would be interested enough to stop and read something like this and show approval in the way this young lad had done.

I will probably never know who this young boy was, but what a credit to his parents. We say so much wrong in this world these days, that it was good to see some good on Friday, both from the person who left the tribute to Lee Rigby but also the boy who showed his support and approval to this memorial too.

RIP Lee Rigby


Each day we all see and hear many adverts, whether it be advertising hoardings, radio or television adverts, advertisements is magazines or newspapers. But how many of the companies/organisations associated with the slogans can you identify just from the slogans?

  1. Power, beauty  and soul.advertising
  2. I am what I am.
  3. Solutions for a smart planet.
  4. Your vision. Our future.
  5. When you care enough to send the very best.
  6. Stay fresh
  7. Want it. Get it
  8. Quality never goes out of style.
  9. Make Believe
  10. Between love and madness lies obsession.



So there’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?




So here’s the answers…

  1. Aston Martin
  2. Reebok
  3. IBM
  4. Olympus
  5. Hallmark
  6. Mentos
  7. PayPal
  8. Levis
  9. Sony
  10. Calvin Klein

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the next few weeks, so keep watching those adverts and remember the slogans.

As you may be aware, over the last few months, I’ve published a number of blog posts entitled “Managing Grief” and in them have given a number of practical suggestion on things which may help you following a bereavement. What you may not however be aware of, is that just over a week before I posted my first “Managing Grief” blog post, my Dad had just passed away, and that just 6 weeks after Dad’s passing, my aunt (my Mum’s one remaining sister) also passed away. I have therefore felt that shared my very real experiences of managing grief, may in some small way help someone else cope with their grief a little bit better.

Last week I was out for dinner with my Mum and, as is often the case, the conversation got onto Dad and Aunt Mae, and about how difficult Mum was finding it to cope on a daily basis. At one point Mum said to me, “You seem to be dealing with it ok”, and I just responded by saying that I had my moments!

cryingMoments! A little bit of an understatement by me, as while I may look as if I’m coping well with Dad and Aunt Mae’s dead, inwardly I’m a bit of a wreck! I’ve been putting on a “brave face” with Mum ever since we were originally told they could do no more for Dad, as I knew she needed me to be strong for her. That hasn’t meant I’m strong all the time, as I definitely have my moments, normally when in the privacy of my own home…

However I certainly wasn’t in any kind of private place yesterday when thinking of Dad and Aunt Mae, my emotions got the better of me. I was in fact sitting in the middle of our band (Bellshill Salvation Army Band), in the middle of our morning service, when events and the music conspired to get the better of me!

Before I’d left the house to go the morning service I’d been reading this week’s Salvationist (a SA weekly publication), and had discovered the tribute (including photo) of my Aunt Mae was in this week’s edition…well that got me emotional before I even left the house!

During our service we sang Lord I Come To You (The Power of Your Love), which has been a very special song to me for a number of years. As I tried to sing, I just thought about those I’d lost, and so I could sing no more because of my tears…My worst nightmare had happened, falling apart in public!

It didn’t get any better as the band piece was In The Love Of Jesus, which always reminds me of my Aunt Mae (and my Gran), so again I found my tears started…I think I only managed to play the first few bars of the music before I had to stop again.

Everyone who loses a loved one has particular things which remind them most about them. You may have guessed by now, that for me, that thing is music! As a family, music has always been a huge pat of our lives and thus so much music reminds me of those I’ve lost. I also find playing in the band very difficult too (not because I don’t want to play), as I play trombone…so did Dad, and he was always the one I turned to for advice on alternative slide positions etc. I remember from a very young age, climbing up on the huge piano stool beside my Dad, to “help” him with his music compositions; I also remember as a young junior soldier, in the days when I sang solos, gathering round the piano at Gran and Aunt Mae’s to be taught my latest solo.

So why am I telling you all this? It was the 21st of February Dad died and the 3rd April my Aunt Mae passed away, i.e. a few months ago, but I still miss them loads, particularly my Dad…and that ok! God knows we’re hurting, and knows it will take us time to grieve. Likewise our friends and other family members also don’t expect us to get over the loss of a loved one in week or two. Therefore, don’t be afraid to admit to yourself and to others that you are still finding it difficult coping with the death of your loved one, months or even years later!

Finally I’d just like to say a huge thanks to those at Bellshill Salvation Army who have been particularly supportive in these last few weeks and months (you know who you are), I have appreciated your support more than you can imagine, thank you.

I read the following by Mark Twain the other day and it amused me:

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

It just amused me as I can think of one or two people I know who, whenever they get a pain or feel a bit off colour, they try to diagnose what’s wrong with them. Unsurprisingly, their diagnosis is just about always wrong, as none of them are medically qualified in any way…unless googling their symptoms counts as a medical degree these days!

bibleAnyway, my main reason for mentioning this quote from Mark Twain, is that it reminds me that we are all quick to believe what we read in newspapers and books, but are we as quick to believe what we read in the bible?

It’s funny how we’re quick to believe the words we read in newspapers which are written to make profit for their owners.

It’s funny how we’re quick to believe what we read on internet sites which have no authorisation or qualifications to say what they do.

It’s funny how few of us read our bibles regularly and believe God’s promises contained in it.

Let’s make sure we believe all God’s promises to us, and live our lives as He directs us to.

a newspaper!

Why of why, I hear you asking, is she posting a blog about the life of a newspaper! Well here’s my reason…

Earlier this week my husband had a hospital appointment which I attended with him. We got to the hospital about 15 minutes early for his appointment, so joined the other folk already sitting in the waiting area, waiting to be called for their appointment. As is often the case at these places, despite the number of people in the waiting area, it was still quite quiet there.

So I did what I think many of us do in these situations, I looked around the waiting area at the various characters…

I noticed one guy sitting in the corner flicking through a newspaper, without seeming to spend enough time on any page to read any of the stories. A few minutes later he chucked the newspaper onto the small table in front of him and sat back in his chair with arms folded.

Within a few seconds, another man came into the waiting area, and as he went to sit down, he picked up the recently discarded newspaper. He immediately turned to the back page of the paper and started reading through the various sports pages.

A few minutes later my husband got called for his appointment, so I was left myself to observe (and listen to my ipod!).

When the guy who was currently reading the newspaper (sports pages) was called for his appointment, the newspaper got thrown back on the table again. Within a few seconds, a woman who was already in the waiting area, picked up the paper. So what bit of the paper did she start reading first?

She started with the front page and then when she read that, went to the back page!

Once she discarded the paper, it was a young guy who picked up the paper next. He seemed to be in the same situation as me, there waiting for someone else, so it was probably no great surprise that he seemed to settle down to read the whole paper, starting with the sports pages and then going to the front page and working through the paper from there.

By the time my husband returned from his appointment, this young guy was still reading the paper, so who knows how many more people picked up and discarded the paper during the rest of the day!

So what is my point of telling you all this about the newspaper in the hospital waiting area? Well it got me thinking about a just how many people one small newspaper came into contact with in just one hour. i.e. the different personalities, the various personal circumstances and situations, problems and issues being dealt with by each person.

It also got me thinking about how reading the stories in the paper may have affected or influenced the people who read them. i.e. Maybe some of the stories where about something the liked, maybe they were about a subject/event they have personally been affected/involved with.

In summary, this short time in the hospital waiting area, just reminded me how different we all are – we all read newspapers in different way (i.e. some start at the front, others the middle and others at the back); we all have different personalities reflect in the way we read the newspaper; we all have personal lives which are unknown to others, i.e. you can’t tell by looking at most people what difficulties they may be trying to cope with in their personal lives.

Don’t judge others on what you can see, as you never know what struggles they may be having to cope with in their personal life.