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I was in Sidmouth and it was the first sunny warm day, after a very cold winter. I saw one of those electric buggies parked at the top of some steps, (that people use when thay have difficulty in walking) – then I looked down the stone steps to see this man . My first thought was that he possibly lived alone in a cold apartment or room and had struggled down those stone steps in order to lie on the warm pebbles and feel some comforting warmth in his life. I felt really sad. I felt an ache too at the plight of our neglected, lonely people and especially the frail and elderly.
In England, it looks like the welfare and benefits were not being given to the care for people who had paid into the system for the last 50 years – our elderly.
Millions of welfare benefits are being spent including health care for teenagers that get drunk and have violent fights just for the fun of it. The ‘free’ health care system in England has been abused in many ways.
Sorry if I sound judgemental but to me, it is a tragic side to society where the elderly generation who don’t have much money, are being neglected and denied the health care that they have paid for.

I would like to see health care in America for all ……..yet it is sad that England does not seem to have been discerning with their free health care.

I wrote this story when I got home.




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Featured in: SHOW ME A SIGN
November 27th, 2010
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A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.


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  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayabout 4 years ago

    this is a wonderful capture. in reading what you have written it makes me sad and upset for this could very well happen in the USA. Mark my words

  • thankyou so much Mark, I appreciate your comment, it is such a sad situation when the people who really need it can be so easily forgotton in place of the ones who exploit it. I suppose this is the ‘evolved’ human species.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Excellent statement image and well written thoughts to go with it. I happen to agree with you.

  • thankyou so very much!!!! I really appreciate your comment!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayabout 4 years ago

    sad but so true. I guess I should have been playing shot stop for the yankees then I wouldn’t worry. :)

  • LoL!! maybe

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Kensoi
    Kensoiabout 4 years ago

    Sad. This Is Throughout Britain I’m Afraid.
    Sorry To Bring More Even More Bad News.
    Wait To The Cuts Really Kick In !!!
    I’m Really Sick That “Governments” Do Not Seem To Want To Tackle The Huge Alcohol Problem We Have.
    Always On The Side Of The Drinks Lobby (Profit)
    Poverty Will Also Become Worse Along With Crime As Police Forces Get Cut Etc…..
    I’m Afraid Things Do Not Look Good For A Lot Of People & At The Same Time We Are Having Quotes Like “You’ve Never Had It So Good” & “Breeding” We Got A VAT Coming We Have The Major Gas & Electricy Suppliers Making More Profit !!! & The Rich Getting Richer While The Poor Become Poorer.
    “The Gap Has Widened Immensely”
    WER’E ALL IN THIS TOGETHER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don’t Mean To Bring You Down These Are Just Some Of My Observations. I Could Go On & On……..Being A Cyclist Allows You Into Areas That Some Don’t See …………
    Have A Good Weekend

  • Ken, I am so glad you wrote this – I am disgusted at the exploitation of a system that was began out of comapssion after the 2nd World War…..and I won’t mention all the facets of this exploitation in England………but I totally agree about the horrendous greed and decadance at the expense of others.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Danceintherain
    Danceintherainabout 4 years ago

    Strong image … important message. Things are very similar here in the states with our Social Security program.

    • Coy
  • I just hope the human species evolves where the self-serving aspirations of greed and exploitation are replaced by caring and sharing on each side of the ‘rich and poor’ divisions.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayabout 4 years ago

    the world is going to hell in a hand basket is what my grandmother said twenty years ago. it’s true

  • I still hope that each tiny drop of love, compassion and caring – will eventually make a difference xx

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkabout 4 years ago

    hi charmiene..this touches me on many levels..personal and spiritual and in the universal belief of creating goodness and well being.
    he is human…someones father, brother, grandfather, nephew, friend, husband, he could be me.
    very strong photo journalism my friend..xx
    would you take a look and join if you would like
    show me a sign

  • Thankyou Terri, this is how I feel too – he was once a young man who fought in WW2 – how sad that society has done away with the extended family.

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddabout 4 years ago

    Powerful Capture and story… In America I Have a very close friend that needs a transplant, she has no money and no insurance. It really is a sad story.

  • it is really sad – and dissapointing at the greed shwon by some, to gather millions and even more millions of so called “wealth and riches”

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    A lot of good sense spoken hear but are the people who could do something about it listening. Of course not they are at the front of the grabbing queue.

  • yes, you are right – it may take many more years to evolve into a ‘higher’ place…..or not

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartabout 4 years ago

    Yes it is a very sad story and situation. The photograph is a very good one Charmiene

  • thankyou so much Thea!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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