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Sir Winston Churchill
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Feb 01, 2015 at 02:38 PM

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA (30 November 1874AD - 24 January 1965AD)

Was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer; his mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American socialite. As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Sudan, and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote books about his campaigns.

At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of Asquith's Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign caused his departure from government. He then briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air. In 1921–1922 Churchill served as Secretary of State for the Colonies, then Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin's Conservative government of 1924–1929, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy. Also controversial were his opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII.

Out of office and politically "in the wilderness" during the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and in campaigning for rearmament. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. His steadfast refusal to consider defeat, surrender, or a compromise peace helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult early days of the war when the British Commonwealth and Empire stood alone in its active opposition to Adolf Hitler. Churchill was particularly noted for his speeches and radio broadcasts, which helped inspire the British people. He led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.

After the Conservative Party lost the 1945 election, he became Leader of the Opposition to the Labour Government. After winning the 1951 election, he again became Prime Minister, before retiring in 1955. Upon his death, Elizabeth II granted him the honour of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history.[1] Named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential people in British history, consistently ranking well in opinion polls of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.

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DOOMSDAY WARNING
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Jan 28, 2015 at 09:02 AM

The end of the world will happen in the next SEVEN YEARS with a cataclysm of natural disasters, according to a terrifying prophecy.

Floods, earthquakes and deadly plagues will finish all humanity and the civilised world as we know it.

The horrifying forecast is being made by some Christian groups who predict the "Rapture" phenomenon will bring about a global Apocalypse before 2021.

Traced back to ancient Biblical texts, believers claim warnings of the impending Armageddon also signal the second coming of Jesus.

They say similar events have been charted in ancient history including the Biblical Flood of 2,348 BC, told in Genesis, and the Three Plagues of Egypt.

Though dismissed by some, others insist such calamitous theories are true and warn the impending catastrophe will destroy the planet.

Dr F. Kenton Beshore, President of the World Bible Society, says the "Rapture" is likely to occur between now and 2021 before the Second Coming between 2018 and 2028.

Dr Beshore, who holds five doctoral degrees in theology, bases his prediction on texts in the Bible including the book of Thessalonians which states: "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

He warns the human race to be prepared for the return of "our Lord and Saviour" and be ready for "His return at all times" stating it is written in the book of Matthew.

He claims messages hidden in the Bible give warnings of when to expect the "End Times".

The book of Matthew states: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."

Dr Beshore said: "If we can get our Jewish Scriptures into their hands now, the Holy Spirit will lead them to them at the right time.

"They may have set them aside, but they will read them, turn to the Lord and lead billions and billions to Jesus.

"Now, we are all going to be gone."

Believers of the Rapture theory also quote the book of Corinthians which states: "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.

"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

However Rev Jonathan Blake, Bishop of Greater London, denounced the claims as "Hollywood scaremongering".

He said at a time when people are leaving religion in their droves, such warnings are made to scare people into following a certain doctrine.

He said: "These are just imaginative, fantastical and illusionary stories people use to try to express the concept of judgement, their original purpose was perhaps to make people take stock of their lives.

"The Bible is written in apocalyptic language and people hang on to it to gain power over others particularly at a time when religion is failing.

"The hold of religion over populations is dwindling so they think scaremongering stories will bring people back under their power, but they were wrong as we now live in an enlightened age.

"These are very old tactics and smack of Hollywood fantasy.

"It is also quite distasteful, especially in the the current climate."

Dr Beshore says the Bible says God has issued warnings of destruction throughout history including 100 years before the Great Flood.

He says Lot and his family were warned before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah while Jesus warned of the destruction of Jerusalem decades in advance.

He said: "Bible teachers have grown old and died preaching about the Rapture and a word that doesn't exist in the Bible - imminence.

"The word imminence means the Rapture can take place any day.

"The Bible does not teach that.

"The Bible teaches that certain events must take place before the Rapture."

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Kelvin Grove
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Jan 28, 2015 at 08:52 AM

I came to Together's Kelvin Grove accommodation service when I was discharged from Wood Lea Clinic, the secure unit that I lived in at the time. I'd been in and out of there for years. When I came to Kelvin Grove in 2012, it seemed to me to be a nice place with nice people. I've made a lot of new friends here which I've enjoyed as I like being around people and it keeps me from feeling lonely. They're good people and we get on well - we have a lot in common. Meeting Chris and Louise who worked there, I saw that these were staff that cared.

I wanted to be independent, and Louise helped me to learn the shopping, cooking and basic health and safety skills that I needed to achieve that. I'm now finally able to live by myself, and when I moved out I continued to receive support from the same staff in their community support service, Together's Bedfordshire Your Way. The same staff who I know and trust from Kelvin Grove still work to support me in my mental health and wellbeing as I sometimes need help when I get unhappy and begin to feel down.  Their support has made me feel more independent than I was - I can meet my friends now at my own place and I can DJ; my music is very important to me.

Bedfordshire Your Way gives me the support I need to stay independent, like occasional help with sticking to my medication or visits to markets. I always get to choose what I want to do, like going to the cinema with a support worker, and I decide on my own support which has helped my wellbeing. I also now attend St Pauls Church regularly and volunteer with the British Heart Foundation, which Louise told me about and I really enjoy. I feel as though I have really done very well here.

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