1/. In 2018, inspired by this tweet👇from the Taco Stop, Texas, I put out a call for space to set up a #TakeOneLeaveOne rail to provide warm clothes for anyone who needs them in winter

A London church - & local shop keepers - agreed to house it for a week
2/. I got a #TakeOneLeaveOne sign printed & attached it to a rail outside the church near my office & filled a rail with warm clothes

What happened next was miraculous

Instead of staying a week, it stayed 3 months & came every winter

& the idea spread
3/. The concept is so simple

As freezing temperatures hit, anyone anywhere can put out a rail & either make their own sign or order one for £20 from alan@adelphigraphics.com

And - thanks to media & SM coverage - #TakeOneLeaveOne rails started popping up around the UK...& beyond
4/. As well as warm clothes, in 2019 some #TakeOneLeaveOne rails introduced pledge cards

This s a “giving forward” concept that allows people to donate meals, hot drinks, haircuts etc.

If you can help turn the pledge card idea into an App, get in touch
5/. #TakeOneLeaveOne rails were originally intended to provide warm clothes to homeless people & rough sleepers but, with the impact of #COVID19, it was expanded for anyone in need

During lockdown, some #TOLO rails were also turned into pop-up food banks.

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“Commencing countdown, engines on...
Check ignition and may God's love be with you” #CountdownToMars  👇#Mars #Mars2020  #MarsPerseverance #BREAKING
Incredible! The first image from @NASAPersevere now safely touched down on #Mars! #MarsPerseverance #Mars2020  #Mars #NASASocial #NASAPersevere #NASA #Mars2020
Thanks to Swati “touchdown confirmed" Mohan for talking us through the @NASAPersevere #MarsLanding @DrSwatiMohan
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1/. Horrific!
@lindsaylohan interviewed by David Letterman in 2013.
2/. INTERVIEWER: Everyone’s talking about it

BRITTNEY] shy smile] What?

INTERVIEWER: Your breasts

#BrittneySpears getting asked about getting breast implants, aged 16, on German TV.
3/. In 1975, Michael Parkinson introduced Helen Mirren as the “sex queen” of @TheRSC

He asked if her “equipment” or “physical attributes” had prevented her from becoming a serious actor, & whether the size of her breasts “detract from the performance”.
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13 Feb
1/. Do you remember what you did last #Valentines?

Prof Ferguson was warning that 400,000 Briton’s could die

Minutes from NERVTAG’s 21 Feb meeting, reveal govt scientific advisors estimated that, without action, deaths could top 1.3 million

Yet no action was taken for a month!
2/. Meanwhile, @BorisJohnson & his pregnant girlfriend, @carriesymonds, went to stay in Chevening country house...for 12 days!

The govt claim this was a ‘working holiday’ but @C4Dispatches reported that “aides were told to cut down documents or the PM just wouldn't read them”.
3/. During these 12 days in the country, the PM - who admitted he doesn’t read the scientific papers - missed two COBRA meetings

He used the time to finalise his divorce & plan the announcement he was expecting a baby

When he came back to London, he was winging it as usual👇
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12 Feb
At 8pm, the deadline expires for Spanish rapper, @PabloHasel, to turn himself into the police & begin a 2+ year prison term...for his song lyrics & tweets

Pablo Hasél tweeted this morning: “Tendrán que venir a secuestrarme!” (“They'll have to kidnap me!”)
No one should be criminalized for tweeting/singing something that may be distasteful or shocking

#PabloHásel's conviction for "glorifying terrorism" & “insulting the crown" sparked protests & spurred @amnistiaespana to launch a campaign with @c_tangana.
Pablo Hasel will be the first musician in #Spain to be jailed for his lyrics but other rappers like @valtonyc & other artists, journalists & activists have also been targeted under the same law.

Rappers of the world speak out
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10 Feb
1/. “As he walked out of prison it was also us who were set free.”

31 years ago, Nelson #Mandela was released after 27 years behind bars.

As Breyten Breytenbach wrote at the time: "Perhaps there is now a little more sense to our dark passage on Earth.” aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/…
2/. “Through his integrity, courage & strength Mandela showed by example what a single individual can achieve, & in so doing he instilled the belief that injustice, whether large or small, can be defeated.”

This is #Mandela’s legacy

Honour it thru action
3/. #Mandela walked out of jail 31 years ago

It took another 4yrs before #SouthAfrica would go to the polls & vote to end 350yrs of racial domination

But the birth pangs of the Rainbow Nation were tense & blood-soaked

At times civil war was a real fear
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“Look into my eyes, Prime Minister, & tell me why - a year after #COVID19 hit the UK - the govt have failed to produce clear, powerful public guidance”...like this, from March 2020👇

A lot of people are still wearing their masks incorrectly because there’s been no guidance!
For the first 4 months, UK & US govts insisted we didn’t need face masks, despite the evidence to the contrary

Then - on the same day in both countries - masks became mandatory

And yet there’ s been no basic public info about how even to wear a mask.
Experts knew #COVID19 transmission was airborne - via droplet or aerosol - so why did the UK & US govts reject masks?

TIP: For anyone struggling to stop your glasses misting up or keeping the mask from slipping a simple plaster or band aid does wonders. (Pic via @DanHeifermanMD)
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