rycariad is moving home

rycariad.co.uk will be moving shortly. It’s a headache for me but hopefully this won’t affect any of my regular, loyal blog visitors.

Posterous has been hosting rycariad.co.uk since its launch in 2008, but I’ve been blogging for at least 12 years or more, sometimes under different names. But since Posterous recently announced recently that they had sold out to Twitter, tens of thousands of frustrated Posterous users who use their service to host their blogs have been scrabbling to save their data to migrate to a new host or provider.

I have decided on a new, hopefully more reliable host in Tumblr, and all the content that already exists on rycariad.co.uk will be migrated to Tumblr before the end of April 2013. This shouldn’t be a problem for you and when I migrate the blog to Tumblr, you should still be able to find it by going to the usual site url and find everything on www.rycariad.co.uk. If you have problems with this after 30th April, let me know and use www.rycariad.tumblr.com as a temporary workaround until I get the tech side sorted.

Thanks so much for following my blog, and for your continued loyalty and patience.


To read the official statement from Posterous on their acquisition by Twitter, see this:


In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 

~ John McCrae, 1915

Insight: Humanity & Hillary Clinton – Gay Rights are Basic HUMAN Rights

“Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbours. Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality.”
 — Hillary Clinton

Human rights are inalienable and belong to every person, no matter who that person is or whom that person loves. Since January 2009, Secretary Clinton has championed a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
But not being particularly politically minded, foreign policy speeches do not typically give me chills. Not so with the speech that Secretary Clinton gave in Geneva on the evening of December 6th. Her remarks made a powerful, timely and truly historic argument for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across the world, not just in the USA, and her impassioned address struck me to the core. 

In its coverage, The New York Times led with the Obama administration’s declaration that it will be prioritising LGBT rights in its foreign policy. Clinton described the U.S. government as an ally to global LGBT communities and shared a plan for a Global Equality Fund totaling over $3 million.

But Clinton made a much broader statement, too.

As I listened to the speech, what struck me most was its emphasis on a shared humanity and the universality of human rights. At its heart, it was a fitting tribute to International Human Rights Day. By situating the human rights of LGBT people firmly in the realm of international human rights principles, the speech extended a historic call to action to individuals as well as international governments.

A few key points from her historic speech…

1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights extends to ALL people, including LGBT people.

“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same. Now, of course, 60 years ago, the governments that drafted and passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT community. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or people with disabilities or other marginalized groups. Yet in the past 60 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.”

2. Love and compassion are fundamental human values.

“Let us keep in mind that our commitments to protect the freedom of religion and to defend the dignity of LGBT people emanate from a common source. For many of us, religious belief and practice is a vital source of meaning and identity, and fundamental to who we are as people. And likewise, for most of us, the bonds of love and family that we forge are also vital sources of meaning and identity. And caring for others is an expression of what it means to be fully human. It is because the human experience is universal that human rights are universal and cut across all religions and cultures.”

3. LGBT activists cannot and should not carry the struggle alone.

“LGBT people must help lead this effort, as so many of you are. Their knowledge and experiences are invaluable and their courage inspirational. We know the names of brave LGBT activists who have literally given their lives for this cause, and there are many more whose names we will never know. But often those who are denied rights are least empowered to bring about the changes they seek. Acting alone, minorities can never achieve the majorities necessary for political change. So when any part of humanity is sidelined, the rest of us cannot sit on the sidelines.”

4. Both governments and citizens bear the responsibility to uphold and promote human rights.

“To the leaders of those countries where people are jailed, beaten, or executed for being gay, I ask you to consider this: Leadership, by definition, means being out in front of your people when it is called for. It means standing up for the dignity of all your citizens and persuading your people to do the same.”

“And to people of all nations, I say supporting human rights is your responsibility too. The lives of gay people are shaped not only by laws, but by the treatment they receive every day from their families, from their neighbours. Eleanor Roosevelt, who did so much to advance human rights worldwide, said that these rights begin in the small places close to home – the streets where people live, the schools they attend, the factories, farms, and offices where they work. These places are your domain. The actions you take, the ideals that you advocate, can determine whether human rights flourish where you are.”

Clinton’s charge has given the world the fire it needs to make human rights a reality for all.

The video and written transcript to Clinton’s speech can be found here:

Ryan’s Homemade Bath Soak

Posted from: Vale of Glamorgan CF64, UK

Ryan’s Homemade Sea Salt Bath Soak with natural British sea salt flakes, organic French lavender, natural eucalyptus leaves, rose petals and conditioning natural rapeseed oil.
Today, I made another batch of my homemade Sea Salt Bath Soak, to ease aching muscles and bring calm to a tired mind after a stressful day, or for when you just need to unwind. I’ve been making this bath soak for a few years and often given it away as a small gifts. Quite a few people have asked me how I make it, so here for the first time, I’m giving you my recipe. Try it yourself – it’s very easy! This recipe will produce about a litre of dry bath soak. 

The basic ingredients:
• Maldon Natural Sea Salt Flakes from the Blackwater Estuary (250g) available in most supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s; 
• approx 12-16 large fresh eucalyptus leaves (from your local florist), 
• a handful of dried red rose petals;
• 15g of ‘Suma’ dried culinary lavender flowers from organic or health food shops; 
• 10ml Lavender Pure Essential Oil; 
• 20ml Rapeseed Oil. 
(costings below)
The basic method:
• Add the salt to a large mixing bowl;
• Strip the eucalyptus leaves off the stems and finely chop them. Add to the salt;
• Crush the dried rose petals with your hands – add to the salt
• Pour in the lavender flowers;
• Roughly mix with your hands or a wooden spatula
• Drizzle the lavender oil over the mix and combine thoroughly with a wooden spatula;
• Mix in the rapeseed oil and you’ll be left with the bath soak pictured above. 

The End Product:
• Spoon into resealable jars for your bathroom (pictured below), or into organza bags (pictured above) to give as gifts. 
• One serving spoon or a large dessert spoon per hot bath tub is sufficient. The quantity made should last ages!
Approximate Costings:
• Sea Salt: £1.60
• Lavender Flowers: 95p
• Lavender Oil: £4
• Eucalyptus Leaves: 50p

Any questions? please ask in the comments below or email me on rycariad@gmail.com 

Happy 60th Birthday Jane!

Jane, my wonderful mother turned 60 today yet she looks amazing!
Here’s a few of the cards I made her, plus some flowers she received. She was born in 1953, when the shot of Marilyn Monroe was taken; the beach photo was when she was 19 in 1972 at Perranporth beach in Cornwall. I wonder who that fat baby is?

You Give Me Hope

You give me hope 
for a brighter tomorrow,
an angel guiding me 
out of my sorrow.

My fears I want to break free
and my insecurities to let go,
but can my troubled past 
or a life of hurt I forgo?
I ask you this 
as you grow in my heart,
Always be there 
so we may never part. 

I have very little to offer you,
and even less to give,
Yet my soul I give unto you 
and my every day, for us both to live.
Let us embrace this, our new life 
and for what it has to give,
Through the depths of sorrow 
you have taught me again to live. 

© 2013, Ryan Price (02/02/2013)   
contra omnia discrimina 

Close Your Eyes

I can’t be with you today
but if you close your eyes and think;
I’ll be beside you in the kitchen
wearing your shirt – standing by the sink.
I’ll be with you in the bedroom
waiting quietly on your bed;
Just close your eyes and think of me,
relive those memories in your head.
I’ll stand by you in the bathroom,
an unlikely place to meet;
I’ll smile at you so playfully
as I let you brush my teeth.
I’ll be your light in the darkness,
shining steady through and through;
You only have to watch it glow
to know I think of you.
I’ll be the music that you listen to,
I’ll be there in every song:
I’ll laugh with you and sing with you,
and comfort you when your day’s gone wrong.
I’ll be the wind that ruffles your hair,

I’ll be that warm embrace;
I’ll be the hand on your shoulder,

I’ll be the tender touch on your face.
I’ll be the clock gently ticking,
reminding you of the times;
We’ve shut the rest of the world outside
we’re in our own world – yours and mine.
I’ll be the moon as it dances
on the water cold and still;
For I have loved you always
and I know I always will.
Though you may not see me physically
as you live your life today;
Just close your eyes and think of me
I will not be far away.

Poetry: The Promise

A rough draft of a few quick random words and thoughts…

An arm is all I ever wanted,
So in those loving arms, embrace me,
With breathy whispers in my ear, 
Softly caressing my neck,
Your rhythmic heart touches my soul,
Let me feel its tender beat,
While my fragile soul sheds a lonely tear,
Keep your warm embrace entwined,
Around my feeble body, tortured mind,
An arm is all I wanted,
To sooth away my fears, my tears,
Stay beside me as I rest,
Grant me peaceful slumber,
Comfort me from insecurity.
I will hold you in my arms,
And softly, gently say, 
You are mine,
And I am yours. 
I will give you all you need,
And offer you more than you ask,
Together we will share a life devine,
Open up the path to you,
Let hope and love come in,
Be ever mindful of the love,
That came from deep within,
My heart and soul I give to you,
Nothing will be held back,
Abundantly the love will flow,
There is nothing you will lack,
Hold me in your loving arms,
As I hold you in mine,
Truer devotion could not be found,
When a love like this will bind. 
© 2013, Ryan Price