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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer.

#EiDA Surprise


It’s been a very long and exhausting week, both physically and emotionally, but I’ve been galvanised and revitalised by the kindness of friends and family. I’ve also been fortunate in many other ways and on leaving work I found an email to say that I’d been nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award. 


Thank you to whichever kindhearted friend thought of me as being deserving of this. I’m not sure if this nomination requires endorsements but no doubt I’ll keep you posted about that. 


The #EiDA17 honours the great work of inclusive employers and diversity champions, nominate somebody now!! –excellenceindiversity.co.uk/nominate/ #EiDA. HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND. CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IN ANY WAY YOU CAN!


Unique YOU – David E Watters



You are unique and incomparable. Each person has their strengths and I fear that you underestimate your own. You are stronger than you realise. Just look at all you’ve overcome already. Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back. Take a deep breath and keep going.


Reveal the Sculpture within the Stone – David E Watters


If you have always done your best in any given circumstance, with the tools that you had at that time, then you should not reproach yourself and harshly judge your choices or actions. 

We are all a work in progress and regret is only a sign that you wish you’d done better at the time. That time is gone. Make amends if you feel it necessary and be grateful for all the lessons that you’ve learned, which have shaped you into the person that you are today. Be equally grateful for the storms and gentle breezes; both are required to reveal the sculpture within the stone.


JOIN THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN TODAY:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/


Darren Osborne, Finsbury Park Attacker



The fact that he is Welsh doesn’t mean that all Welsh people are murderous extremists so can we apply that same logic to the analysis of other similar atrocities? 


Committing an act of terror is born of multiple factors and the decision reached through complex and uniquely individual circumstances and influences. To believe otherwise will keep us at war with ourselves and the manipulators of this lie will have won because they have achieved their goal, to divide and conquer. Why allow this to be how we perceive the world? Everybody, deep down, knows that there are greater threats to our freedom and more powerful forms of suppression and oppression in our society, so why believe otherwise?


#DivideandConquer #StrongerTogether


You Can’t #Hamble the Truth – Play School’s Secret Shame by David E Watters 


No one ever talks about how Hamble was replaced and no one has ever explained where she went. Did she go on to work in other shows? Perhaps a Hollywood career? Nobody seems to care. This has troubled me since the late 1970s. Is it just me? Yes, she didn’t fit in. No, she wasn’t cute and cuddly. Yes, she was an unconventional beauty but why did she just disappear? Was the replacement also called Hamble because, let’s be honest, she didn’t look like Hamble or was it a different girl? I’ll take this worry to the grave. Showbiz is fickle and fame is fleeting #NeverForget


UPDATED NEWS:
Hamble the doll – the hate figure of the under-fives for the entire run of the programme.


Although it was originally a very common type of doll, sold in Woolworths, by the time Play School was in full flow there were only two Hambles in Britain. The other was owned by a woman in Chester, who would hire it to the BBC for £40 a week whenever the Play School regular was injured.


That happened quite often, as it wasn’t just the audience who detested Hamble. None of the presenters could stand her either, so she’d get drop kicked across the studio, and once, when she wouldn’t behave, Chloe Ashcroft took a dreadful liberty.


“I did a terrible thing to Hamble. She just would not sit up…so one day I got a very big knitting needle, a bit wooden one, and I stuck it right up her bum, as far as her head. So she was completely rigid, and she was much much better after that.”


Hamble was the only toy not to make it through to the end, being replaced by black doll Poppy in an 80s attempt to be more inclusive. That’s their story as to why she went, anyway…


Finsbury Park Terror Attack – David E Watters



If anyone calls this anything other than a terror attack, they are part of the problem. This was targeted on civilians who were peacefully going about their lives. I’ll be interested to see the reporting and commentary over the next few days. 


Article in the Guardian today:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/19/what-we-know-so-far-van-hits-pedestrians-near-london-mosque


Unpleasant Present?


If the present is not so pleasant, remember that you got past a past that you didn’t think you could. You can quote me on that! David E Watters (Give ’em Hope Campaign) https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/


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