#Leasehold #Fleecehold #home #homelessness

February 16, 2020

#Leasehold  #Fleecehold

Before you buy, if you are in need of the basic right ie: a #home, then tread carefully as The Uk still has a number of home ownership options that relate to feudal systems, yes #feudal #systems and laws, the practice is called leasehold.

Quote:  leasehold ‘……is a relic of English #property #law dating back to the 11th Century. The term ‘Freeholder’ (which effectively means full, outright ownership of land) was used in the Doomsday book of 1089 and the first ‘Leasehold Estates’ appeared a few decades later in the Middle ages. Medieval (feudal) ….Land equated to power in the middle ages and powerful families wanted to retain ownership of their land while maximising their earnings from it. The concept of #leasing was established to allow ‘villeins’ or ‘surfs’ to work a plot of land, for a fixed period of time, on the basis that they would pay ‘in-kind’ by providing food and services to those further up the social order.’

Some of the same #families still own this land and still are the freeholders of the #leaseholder the most well know is the Royal family and Duke of Westminster.

From: http://leaseextension-uk.info/leasehold-history.html

Quote: ‘The 13th century saw the creation of estates. A tenant could live and work on an estate in fee simple and it could pass to their heirs. Whereas an estate for life would revert to the #landowner after the tenant died.

Remarkably, the modern system of long leases with ground rents… introduced in the 1920s.

Precipitated post-war construction in the 1950s witnessed a dramatic increase of flats and leasehold. However, by the 1960s many elderly leaseholders were being evicted from their dilapidated homes after their leases expired.

The press coverage resulted in the White Paper on Leasehold Reform. It described property reverting to a landlord at the end of the lease term without compensation as indefensible and Harold Wilson’s Labour government introduced the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 enabling leaseholders of houses to acquire their freehold.

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government introduced the #Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 giving leaseholders a right of first refusal where landlords wished to sell their freeholds; and John Major’s Conservative government introduced the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 enabling leaseholders to extend their leases or acquire their freehold.

The Great Estates (such as the #Grosvenor Estate owned by the Duke of Westminster) feared the 1993 Act spelt their demise as they would be compelled to relinquish their freeholds. However, there were relatively few freehold claims as lease extensions were more popular and estates have used the income to regenerate.

In 1997, Tony Blair’s Labour government described leasehold as (surprise surprise) #medieval #feudalism and introduced #commonhold (freehold ownership of flats with joint responsibility for the common parts) with the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. However, conflict with existing freehold law and poor promotion (not forgetting the distraction of the Iraq war) meant that it never gained traction (most importantly among mortgage lenders).

Leasehold is under scrutiny once more largely because of onerous ground rents and the Law Commission’s 13th Programme of Law Reform will herald the next chapter in the history of leasehold.

From tps://www.meaby.co.uk/history-leasehold-reform/  

For expert advice on Leasehold law please contact Dominic Danvers on 020 3861 5154 or ddanvers@meaby.co.uk.’

We need to know what we are fighting and why, who we are against and so what can we do?

Quote: ‘Scotland has already made strides by abolishing the majority of leasehold property, forming instead a “Feuhold” ownership or “Commonhold” as it is more frequently known. The Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012 was introduced to convert leasehold interests into freehold-like ownership, removing the leasehold element. This process is a lot easier in Scotland due to the Feudal system being done away with in 2004. Additionally, they benefit from the allowance of horizontal division of property, unlike in England and Wales where a lease structure would be required. As of 28 November 2015, long leases automatically converted into freehold-like arrangements, albeit there are certain qualifying terms. Owners of shorter leases would still have to compensate the freeholders. Today there are very few flats owned as leasehold interests in Scotland.’

‘The Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 did establish Commonhold. However, it has yet to be implemented into active law in England and Wales. It is something that will most likely happen over time and with an increase in new developments and regulation leasehold properties become limited and a thing of the past.’

https://www.strettons.co.uk/news/blog/leasehold-reform-past-present-and-future/

Recommended and of interest to read about this subject:

#Leasehold  #Fleechold

Before you buy, if you are in need of the basic right ie: a home, then tread carefully as The Uk still has a number of home ownership options that relate to feudal systems, yes feudal systems and laws, the practice is called leasehold.

Quote:  leasehold ‘……is a relic of English property law dating back to the 11th Century. The term ‘Freeholder’ (which effectively means full, outright ownership of land) was used in the Doomsday book of 1089 and the first ‘Leasehold Estates’ appeared a few decades later in the Middle ages. Medieval (feudal) ….Land equated to power in the middle ages and powerful families wanted to retain ownership of their land while maximising their earnings from it. The concept of leasing was established to allow ‘villeins’ or ‘surfs’ to work a plot of land, for a fixed period of time, on the basis that they would pay ‘in-kind’ by providing food and services to those further up the social order.’

Some of the same families still own this land and still are the freeholders of the leasholder the most well know is the Royal family and Duke of Westminster.

From: http://leaseextension-uk.info/leasehold-history.html

Quote: ‘The 13th century saw the creation of estates. A tenant could live and work on an estate in fee simple and it could pass to their heirs. Whereas an estate for life would revert to the landowner after the tenant died.

Remarkably, the modern system of long leases with ground rents… introduced in the 1920s.

Precipitated post-war construction in the 1950s witnessed a dramatic increase of flats and leasehold. However, by the 1960s many elderly leaseholders were being evicted from their dilapidated homes after their leases expired.

The press coverage resulted in the White Paper on Leasehold Reform. It described property reverting to a landlord at the end of the lease term without compensation as indefensible and Harold Wilson’s Labour government introduced the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 enabling leaseholders of houses to acquire their freehold.

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government introduced the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 giving leaseholders a right of first refusal where landlords wished to sell their freeholds; and John Major’s Conservative government introduced the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 enabling leaseholders to extend their leases or acquire their freehold.

The Great Estates (such as the Grosvenor Estate owned by the Duke of Westminster) feared the 1993 Act spelt their demise as they would be compelled to relinquish their freeholds. However, there were relatively few freehold claims as lease extensions were more popular and estates have used the income to regenerate.

In 1997, Tony Blair’s Labour government described leasehold as (surprise surprise) medieval feudalism and introduced commonhold (freehold ownership of flats with joint responsibility for the common parts) with the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. However, conflict with existing freehold law and poor promotion (not forgetting the distraction of the Iraq war) meant that it never gained traction (most importantly among mortgage lenders).

Leasehold is under scrutiny once more largely because of onerous ground rents and the Law Commission’s 13th Programme of Law Reform will herald the next chapter in the history of leasehold.

From tps://www.meaby.co.uk/history-leasehold-reform/  

For expert advice on Leasehold law please contact Dominic Danvers on 020 3861 5154 or ddanvers@meaby.co.uk.’

We need to know what we are fighting and why, who we are against and so what can we do?

Quote: ‘Scotland has already made strides by abolishing the majority of leasehold property, forming instead a “Feuhold” ownership or “Commonhold” as it is more frequently known. The Long Leases (Scotland) Act 2012 was introduced to convert leasehold interests into freehold-like ownership, removing the leasehold element. This process is a lot easier in Scotland due to the Feudal system being done away with in 2004. Additionally, they benefit from the allowance of horizontal division of property, unlike in England and Wales where a lease structure would be required. As of 28 November 2015, long leases automatically converted into freehold-like arrangements, albeit there are certain qualifying terms. Owners of shorter leases would still have to compensate the freeholders. Today there are very few flats owned as leasehold interests in Scotland.’

‘The Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 did establish Commonhold. However, it has yet to be implemented into active law in England and Wales. It is something that will most likely happen over time and with an increase in new developments and regulation leasehold properties become limited and a thing of the past.’

https://www.strettons.co.uk/news/blog/leasehold-reform-past-present-and-future/

you can find out many things from other sites and I will write n=more on this topic

Recommended and of interest to read about this subject:

#Political #Art by #Michelle #Baharier

September 12, 2019

As an Artist I have always had to make do, you can only make what you can afford with what you have, unless you have a patron!

The great Artists of yesterday on the hole had Patrons they commissioned the works of great Art, but today we have the Arts council who commission works of great Art….well only after rich patrons have shown an interest in the Artist… that means you only see what Rich patrons taste is as the still dominate the Cultural landscape.

How to see D.I.Y Art that is unhampered by the tastes of the Patron? Is it possible? We have many movements but are they joined up for example the service users in Mental health, I dislike the team service user, its like Junkie, and insulating…I feel I should be a participant and given choice and control over treatments . Then there is disability Arts? I am disabled due to dyslexia and other Impairments that I have! But whom determines if my art is about disability? Or even on the speturm of mental -distress.

Some people paint pictures of flowers to take time off from mental distress, is that painting then a #political act of defiance?

We really need to spreed the understanding of what is a #political act for example women in Iran removing a head covering lands them in #Prison, no such rules apply in the UK, so how would you know that a painting or photo of Iranian women with out head covering is a political act?

So now I am writing on yellow, its a political statement because it is the color used to make the Jews in there communities visible, that way they were easy to persecute. Yellow is also the color of China’s yellow river yellow earth, or the sunshine that brings us happiness, or in some cases I have heard the angry bright sun!

Is this even yellow or is it orange you ask –

that is the question does it work for a disabled person like me to have different color backgrounds? If so which ones is the same for all or is it an individualize approach? I am going to be writing more on this subject coming soon Michelle also check out instergram on @bahariermichelle

#Leasehold #fleechold #servicecharges

February 16, 2020

#Leasehold  #Fleechold

Blog 2 #Service charges and #Major works:

As a #leaseholder you are duty bound to pay an element of service charges towards the upkeep and the maintenance of the building you live in.

How ever when you move in the #Solicitors will inform you that these costs will be reasonable. Of course there in no such thing as #reasonable.  It all depends on who says what and there experience in doing works.

The heating was a giant fan heater in the living room that blow hot air and was in one room only, it was inefficient and was called background heating. Hot water came from a central system and was delivered straight to our taps.

The block consists of 40 flats 10 one bedroom and 20 two bedroom.

So to cut a long story short I live in a building, were the freeholder #Southwark council did not change the heating installed when the was built in 1968, until 2014, 44 years later.

I moved into my flat, in 1993 which was already not legally fit for porpoise, as the heating should have been replaced in 1986/7 under theParker Morris standards (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Morris_Committee).

However recommendations to change the heating were made in 80’s/90s  with a 1997 plan to change the #heating, we all promised a vote and  told out heating would be changed . In 2002 and my heating should have been changed to an individual system.

The heating was not only out of date it did not meet correct standards required by law from 1986/7, however as the #freeholder was a local authority, being Southwark council  who can get away with not bringing proprieties up to standard.

Due to my disabilities and the fact my flat was freezing despite paying £500 a year in heating costs/which I paid separately though my rent as a service charge.

I then brought my flat, as I was advised as the government would give me a grant to put in a gas central #heating system, that I had an individual gas supply to my house all was good to go and it would cost £3000/£4,000 this was in 2002. In 2014 it still would have cost £4/5,000 maximum to put individual heating system in my block.

Southwark council refused to allow me to come of the district heating, unless I paid twice ie: the heating for the communal system as well as an individual system I hade put in, even though I had to disconnected.

I also discovered that another Southwark estate had been allowed to vary their leases and so have individual Gas systems placed in their homes. My flat and the building has been independently surveyed by a number of qualified people whom all recommend individual gas central heating systems, with our own meters.

However Southwark Council ignored our requests we voted to have individual systems and  our own meters so we could choose our gas supplier, Southwark Council of course refused and imposed the most expensive system, they had five choices one was to leave the original system in place, second was to put in individual systems at £16k per flat with our own meters,  which we all voted for. Southwark council refused our choice and went a head with  the most expensive systems- #Communal heating at £25k per flat.

This also included placing a boiler in our flats which we have never had before, causing extensive heat 24/27 winter and summer, there is no space in our flats for this situation. Twelve people sold up and moved out. The heating also breaks down monthly and in one flat broke down fifty times in the last year. The boilers have exploded over work persons who have had had to go to hospital with burns.

My system in my falt has awaiting parts as it broke on the 20 January 2020 the part will be fitted on 17 of February, I will have to pay for this, despite the facts that Southwark council told me they chose this system as it had a twenty-five year life span and would not break down at all.  

I challenged the cost at the First Tier Tribunal as my lease sates that I do not pay for improvements, unless they are windows and an entery phone. I won I did not have to pay.

Southwark Council challenged this in the Upper lands Tribunal, they put in their application 42 days late on an excuses the person in the post room did not open the letter?

They used the QC Phillip Rainey head of chambers at Tanfield Chambers who argued that it does not matter that this is an improvement, it ‘s a service so its the same thing!

I lost and have had to pay £31k due to being charged interest and court fees.

Southwark Council despite doing only one major works between the years 1993/2008 which was in 1999 repairing the roof, they now do major works every two years and no maintenance. So in 2014 we were charged 2£5k for the heating and this is an estimate and we have to pay or fear for fitting our homes, the real bill was not issues until  March 2019.

Then in 2016, we were charged £8k to paint a small corridor and our front doors with fire proof paint? This is a small block of 40 flats that is 8×40=£320,000 to do a job that took two work people two weeks!

We now have more major works the roof, which is damaged due to heating pipes that use to run though the building going over the roof, which has not been maintained they want to add, windows and guess what doing our front doors yet again, yes the doors they painted and wanted to charge £8k for they want to do again.

Our MP is Harriet Harman, yes we have asked her to help us, and she is paid by our taxies’ does not come to our aid.

Our local Councillors, Ian Wingfiled has had  to intervene every time we need a repair done as Southwark council ignores us and does nothing without him sending an email, we are told we are lease holders and even though the heating is communal they want us to provide out own plumbers when their system that we pay them for breaks down.

Our other councillors are Radha Burgess and Jason Ochere these people do not answer emails, nor do they engage in anyway with their constituents…  they are a waste of space as they do help local people. In my experience none of our elected representatives have helped to prevent the costs spiraling out of control.

Southwark Councils Chief executive Eleanor Kelly was paid just under £200k in 2018 and the head of housing Michael Scorer was paid £157k.

Neither take an approach to money to secure the best for their 16,000 lease holders, whom it appears they exploit at every opportunity. With salaries at the above rates Southwark council can not be strapped for cash, in fact the opposite a BBC panorama program found that Southwark cocunil spent 3.5 on  fees, in my cash you tell that QC Phillip Rainey, was not cheap and quite frankly shows the contempt for residents by the council and levels that a  Barrister and a judge will go to have someone exploited by outdated systems and rules. My upper lands tribunal case highlights exploitation and contempt for ordinary people in the UK my lease said I do not pay for improvements the heating was 100% improvement, I never had a hot water tank nor radiators they are improvements, I never had heating my bedroom its an improvement end of.

The Law and Judges in upper tribunal are not fit for porpoise. We must demanded changes in law now! These costs are labelled service charges and major works and are the same laws used to impose that the Cladding which caused the fires in Grenfell Tower are also charged to lease holders which cause most to lose their homes.

Were are oour MP’s on these matters and why are they not speaking out ? I know that Helen Hays is a good MP and I would like my MP Harriet Harman to speak up, I would also expect that the Labour Council in Southwark would address the party manifesto and abolish lease hold, but instead the Labour Council exploit and abuse leaseholders, which costs NHS as people become ill though stress causing mental ill health and heart and strokes which are all stress related illnesses.

How do we get this message out their?

What is the Impact of #Dyslexia #Dyslexic #disability #Auditory #Processing #Disorder I am going to talk about my experience of growing as a dyslexic with #mental #distress the #personal is #political and a spinal injury. By the way #Dyslexia and computers still have accesses issues. #Michelle #Baharier

November 3, 2019

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On #Twitter I am @dyslxicRant on #Instagram I am @bahariermichelle  both are a #challenge due to my #Neurodiversity.  Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with #Dyspraxia, #Dyslexia, #Attention #Deficit #Hyperactivity Disorder, #Dyscalculia, #Autistic Spectrum, #Tourette Syndrome, and others.

My #Neurodiversity which is what #Dyslexia is, has a number of different descriptions/opinions about what it is exactly.

For those of you who not know Dyslexia defined by the #NHS as: ‘#Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It’s a #specific #learning #difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn’t affected. It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such…

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What is the Impact of #Dyslexia #Dyslexic #disability #Auditory #Processing #Disorder I am going to talk about my experience of growing as a dyslexic with #mental #distress the #personal is #political and a spinal injury. By the way #Dyslexia and computers still have accesses issues. #Michelle #Baharier

November 2, 2019

On #Twitter I am @dyslxicRant on #Instagram I am @bahariermichelle  both are a #challenge due to my #Neurodiversity.  Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with #Dyspraxia, #Dyslexia, #Attention #Deficit #Hyperactivity Disorder, #Dyscalculia, #Autistic Spectrum, #Tourette Syndrome, and others.

My #Neurodiversity which is what #Dyslexia is, has a number of different descriptions/opinions about what it is exactly.

For those of you who not know Dyslexia defined by the #NHS as: ‘#Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. It’s a #specific #learning #difficulty, which means it causes problems with certain abilities used for learning, such as reading and writing. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn’t affected. It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.

Were as the #British #Dyslexia #association say ‘Dyslexia is a learning difference which primarily affects reading and writing skills. However, it does not only affect these skills. #Dyslexia is actually about information processing. #Dyslexic people may have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, which can affect learning and the acquisition of literacy skills. Dyslexia can also impact on other areas such as organisational #skills.’

The Mayo clinic on line say ‘Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.  People with dyslexia have normal intelligence and usually have normal vision. Most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role.’

I was first diagnosed when I was nine years old.

In those days Dyslexia was not recognised as a disability, there was a lot of stigma attached to it and massive misunderstanding, mainly people were under the impression that you were lazy, this was very hurtful especially as this was often from family members who have seen you really trying hard to learn how to do things.

Dyslexia  did not  in became a fully recognise condition until 1989. recognise or not it still did not help me, if you cant #write how do get a job, if do not have #computers and #speech to text how do you do anything?

#Regardless of computers not yet being used at home they were being invented in the background.

The lack of recognition meant I grew up being #accused of being #idol, as well as #stupid and #thick. I went to a main stream school but my experience was horrendous as I was pulled out of English and then in #secondary school out of French, so I could be sent to the ‘#special needs classes’.

In a main stream school the only children who go to ‘special needs classes are seen as  the ‘Thickest kids’ at school. This is #harmful as you are already a #target for #bullies and those who want to make me you feel like an #outcast certainly do.

Due to also being Jewish, there were plenty of bullies after me at school. I would not recommend this ##experience for any child. If your child has kind of educational difference then don’t put them in School. So at nine years of age I was already #labelled an #intersectional, as a member of an ethnic minority being a Jewish girl, with #dyslexia. That gave all the other none Jewish kids a great excuse to beat me up, I was one and they were 500+ the odds were not fair and as I grow up it becomes apartment that life is not fair.

Whilst at secondary school I was put on #day #release from school to #Further #education #college. This #worked better for me, I could use it as a status symbol. I was at college not school did not need my #uniform and could meet and hang out with older people, sadly I also learnt to smoke and other things a 13 year old should perhaps not be doing.

When I read the #definitions about  Dyslexia, I wonder who made them they are not mine, they are impositions by others, who have to find verbal ways to described my differences. As you might well ask what are the day to day things I experience. As we all know it can be hard to explain as I do not know what is it like not to be Dyslexic.

So lets start with people laughing at you when asked to read aloud as a young child with a heart pumping so loudly it would be the only thing you could here, my face would go bright red I would become hot and have to leave the room. This was just the anxiety,  the panic attack, the heart beat the rush the fear, before I was told I could sit down, as it was clear I was far to nervous to read.

As if that was not bad enough my Dad wanted me to read, I couldn’t read and he spent as much time as he could getting me the ladybird books to teach me the Janet and John simple stuff. I worked out ways to memorise certain words, but sounds, I could not and still can do sounds.

Since I was diagnosed (diosnoised disorganised) they said I had an 8 audio deficit and I do not hear certain sounds. Over the years (ears) I have learnt that an Auditory Processing Disorder which is relatively rare with only about 3-4 percent of the population haveing this and is recognized as a “specific learning disability” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).It means that I can’t process what I hear in the same way other people do because my ears and brain don’t fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech. This causes me communication issues and it goes unspoken as people do not realise this is going on as with dyslexia they are both invisible, how can I expect others to see my disabilities. I believe that there is music theray of a kind that can help people to retrain themselves if caught early enough.

It shows up in my verbal communication skills, I cant learn songs for example as I hear different words  in the sounds to other people and as such sing my own songs. The songs I sing are not the wrds that are written they are the sounds I hear. The only way to explain is by singing you a song youll know with my message, but as I said as I do not hear what you hear you may not know the song.

This inability to hear sound correctly means people think I mishear and I have to cheek in with people what they are saying. As for its cause I did have ear infections as a child and my hearing in one ear as an adult is poor and needs a hearing aid. Officially the disability is called  ‘Auditory discrimination problems: when a person struggles to hear the difference between words/sounds that are similar (COAT/BOAT or CH/SH). This has a knock on affect when attempting to follow directions or when  talking, reading, spelling, and writing skills, among others’. 

I am also effected by sort term memory issues, but this is also mixed with my auditory memory problems as I have trouble remembering information such as lists or directions and I have to make plans and to do lists on paper so I can tick off as I go.

I have to be really careful as my capacity with my memory can get very messed up, I can not always sequence either, dates times years I have to write down the order of things and tick them off against actual diaries.

This can become complex and cause communication issues, as so many people do not see or recognise that I am disabled.

I have to be aware that my need to say things means that I may not do niceties well, as I am in a hurry not to forget what I want to say. If I make time for being polite I might forget what I am doing and what I really need to say.

I have make an effort to increase my vocabulary which is limited, not because I have not read enough, but more because I can not sound out words and therefore cannot read them, google is great in this aspect as it reads to me the word and I can find definitions (deformations).

When writing I find I often change my language to meet the words that I can find and spell check, or naturally speaking dragon can find and or type.

This is because I am still limited by the fact I can’t find how to spell words, were I can not make the sounds correctly with my either my voice nor in writting.

Words on pages and on computer screens and on pages in books can jump around, when I leant to read i had a blank pice of paper with a whole, these days I sometimes have to read to me, sometimes, use a yellow screen and other times a metal plain ruler and or a pointer to be able to follow text and read, I need to sometimes have words read to me as I cannot work them out. I cant spell and do not like toffee (joke). Many jokes go over my head and are made about me such as Dyslexia=sexdaily, this all has to be explained to me.

I can’t do crosswords and hardly ever read comics, because as a child I could not read. I never played scrabble well I was suppose (spurse) to, but how could I win? I would rather play cards do something I was good at not what was complicated and meant I would have to expose myself.

I am trying to embrace all that technology gives me, the ability to at least enter a world of otherness.

I can use social media, badly get insulated by none disabled people due to my inability to write their way. When at the Slade School of fine art staff and others read my writing they said I should not correct it it was funny, I felt like my disability was being laughed at at my expense I do not understand what is funny, but I have learnt to not care about weather what I write is funny or not.

We live in a literal world and I am a visual artist, but I have to be able to write to get anywhere even with all the laws regarding disability there are still no verbal ways to compete, so instead of writing a PHD to the arts council,  to paint a painting and what it really means is that none visual people succed and the ones who that is there main communication method do not. How naff is that!!

The systematic failure of the arts council to actually look at visually creative people, people with different communication styles like me are excluded, as the verbal arts bullshit (i have had to put a word in hear that I do not want to use as I can not sounfd out the word I need and dragon cant find it!!) is not something I can compete with.

Believe me I am trying to be discovered, I have been an emerging artist forever, but I am Dyslexic and the world works on # and oder to use it you need to be able to spell, in order to add a # I have to understand how it works. I have to be on line all most all of the time and write a copy that enables people to comment on your work!!

I need an expensive phone, so much for the democratisation of the arts you still need a good camera and a brain that can retain. You need the words wards and the  #tag’s. Without no one will find you.

So as I Super age woman, a phrase a friend gave me the other day, I am not only learning all these new programs/mediums

But as a women I need the confidence to get attention, I cant spell and I have no Personal Assistance and so very often the speech program is basically redundant, as it needs a person who can spell to correct it and if I cant make the sound well it cant its a machine. Plus I really need a laptop or Desktop computer. Here are some tages top #’s #love, #instagood, #photooftheday, #fashion, #beautiful, #happy, #cute, #tbt. #personal #political #questions #disability #inclusive #arts #artist #women #walking #talking #asitis

Autumn Michelle Baharier

October 20, 2019

Mental health and #autumn.

I always think of #autumn as a beautiful time of year and I was lucky enough to take a trip to #Kew gardens, were I was able to enjoy the transition of the tress and plants, For me autumn is a truly stunning experience with display’s of #colours and foliage creating a photographic heaven. I enjoy and embraced myself in the power of nature. Which at Kew was complemented by the dazzling translucent glass sculptures by the Seattle based artist #Chihuly’s. I am lucky enough to have seen his pervious exhibition at Kew (fourteen years ago), plus I saw his work when he transformed a part of the Old city in #Jerusalem. In the UK his work was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert museum.

In some places his #sculptures really come to life, such as here the Blue Sapphire Star, I #photographed here near the ‘ Victoria Gate, this stunning piece, allows the natural forms and colures to embrace its deep blueness supported by the colours around.

Photo by #Michelle #Baharier #Blue #Sapphire Star, (2010

 It was important for me to put these #natural forms and #colours together. For those who are familiar with #color you know that red and green complement each other, green is the absences of red as it is made with blue and yellow, orange is the absence of blue as it is made with red and yellow. Thesis colours together make one louder than the other.

We have primary and secondary colours, Red, Yellow and Blue can’t be made they are primary and green, orange, purple, are made by mixing the primary colours and every other colour is then a shade that either we add white or black to.

As an Artist I wonder at his forms, they are hypnotic as they shine and reflect light in a different way to the natural forms of the plants, in some parts of the Gardens his Glass reflections brought another worldliness to the experience, such as in the Lotus house fetuerd here in my image.

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I also question why are therapy sessions are not held in gardens, with all of the hype about social prescribing why cants I get a prescription to Kew Gardens? For many people with any form of stress,  a day trip to Kew would be a wonderful experience at any time of year.

There are green houses and galleries and museums if it is wet, there’s plenty of space to walk around and a lake to sit by and soak up the sun at any time. Take your own food and drink there are plenty of places to sit and rest. If walking is difficult get a buggy and look out for trips taking you there.  

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So as summer ends, I invite you to take a stroll in your nearest park, get as much natural sunlight as possible and observer the colours, hug a tree, lie on the grass, let go and enjoy the smells the light.

What helps me may not help you we are all unique, I can only can only shear my experience it is not a prescription, although it would be wonderful if my GP gave me prescriptions to Kew.

Recently I have already been reading many posts about people feeling the effects of ‘Seasonal affective disorder’ know as SAD. (#SAD) As CEO at CoolTan I spent a long time looking into research about suicide rates and is it effected by season. The facts I found are that although people think of winter as cold and dark, it is in fact summer can have higher suicide rates: records in the UK are not well monitored, but in the US, “In April, May and June, the suicide rate goes up and is the highest,” Kaplin says. Those numbers can be two to three times higher than in December, when suicide rates are the lowest. (In 2017, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.)

I have thought about this as over winter and the festive seasons there are lots of night shelters open and other extra provision is made for vulnerable people, yet in summer everything shuts down the day centres, the recovery colleges, it is as if everyone assume’s people in distress go on holiday? Homeless people go on holiday? Is it the lack of provision in summer that may put more people at risk? In Summer an increases in isolation and changes to levels of light and Summer Madness a well know and well recorded such that the term #Midsummer #Madness is in the Oxford English dictionary, meaning: Foolish or reckless behaviour, considered to be at its height at midsummer the time of the The Summer Solstice. The Winter  Solstice was once  celebrated with huge festivals and feasts in ancient societies like Rome. After months of increasing darkness, the day symbolized hope. Today many cultures still have holidays in winter to bring in the light such as Diwali, Hannukah  and Christmas. It could even been that modern evets such as Guy Fawkes have had a part in creating events to keep up hope during the winter months. Winter is a time of withdrawal and rest and Summer a time of expansion and growth – both are necessary.

This month was also world mental health day! Yes world mental health day we don’t have a month we have a day

For many of us me included these days have little to offer, they are marketing stunts to promote ‘Mental health’

On that note I will you to I hope enjoy the photos, all my work is for sale you can find me on #Instagram at @bahariermichelle  you can find me on face book at https://www.facebook.com/MichelleBaharier/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd2ODSWP5GI0mtxGMitpnvQ

http://www.hernehill.org.uk/news/living-trauma-michelle-baharier-solo-show-sharp-gallery

https://disabledpeopleprotest.wordpress.com/tag/michelle-baharier/

Last image form Kew: Hidden in the grass are mushrooms I do not know enough about them but for sure this is the time of year to see them, and this was just one variety I found. If you would like to see my shows join me for a walk please email though the blog. I hope you enjoy Michelle xx

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Articles to links about SAD  

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/chronotherapy/201212/winter-solstice-winter-doldrums

Arts health and Wellbeing

June 24, 2019
Sunday Lunch

Traumatic stress disorder it’s probably about time I started writing about all the things I’ve done because it seems that everyone else is #Arts #Health and #Wellbeing.

As I am a dyslexic I’ve written this on a speech to text attachment but also due to my dyslexia I am speaking this and it is written in a spoken notation, so please read it with that in mind also please bear in mind that speech to text programs write what they hear not necessarily what was said there may be some mistakes in this text.

I am a someone who’s actually experienced clinical depression since the age of 14, it has meant I’ve also had to go out of my way to work out coping mechanisms. If i had not I would be dead, but things happen though out life and bring up all the complexities of the depression which in many cases is post traumatic stress disorder, a reaction to difficult life situations self loathing and self-harm.

When I was younger, I learnt form my Mother many things but it included being creative in everything you do, making things, that could be pictuers drawings, cloths, food but basically how to create, but how to have fun play like you were still the child you always are.

So from a really early age I knew when the cape of depression swept over me the only way out was forced creativity. By that I mean not drawing and painting but simple repairing of torn jackets and or shirts, this type of repair needs no concentration, it just needs repetition, I would hand sew to as this meant I had to in the hear and now, and I was thingking about sewing all my bad thoughts would have to go away or I’d cut my self…………of course it was not that simple it took time and it was small amounts of time that got laonger and longer……………………

I like many people with #Mentalhealth issues just got on with it.

That could mean making artwork, making clothes writing poems plays dressing up listening to music dancing thrashing around to hardcore punk rock,

Dancing the Night Away to Talking Heads all who ever eles was playing for free or a small fee .

Depression is no joke, depression eats you up like no other

I prefer the word #melancholy rather then depression is because melancholia puts into perspective the silence that for me surrounds depression,

it’s like a weird space that you’re in where you’re neither there or not there your body’s there but somehow your floating around in the sky looking down your body and you’re not inside it I believe psychiatrist call it disassociation that’s what they label me, just one of my labbles.

I have a list of conditions…. I’m one of my condition is that I have disassociation, another word for me to express depression is to talk about being on a suspended railway track waiting on the platform for the train, ……but there is no train …………this is the platform where the train never arrives and you never embark, the journey nether sates nor ends as only limbo are present in the everyday and only you are held in the stillness were noise is obscured.

Of course this is what life being suspended feels like a place a place where Nothing Ever Happens like the Talking Heads song heaven heaven is a Place Where nothing ever happens. Heaven yes is possibility a very boring place were nothing ever happens

There are many blogs written by people with #depression all of our experiences are valid and all of our experiences a different some of us experience depression from a later age and others like me from adolescents ….. nonetheless how we experience life will also probably affect how we experience #depression will my #working #class immigrant status effect my experience of depression will it change how I am viewed by others ?

#depression made me not want to get out of bed

it may mean I do not wash I do not clean my teeth

I do not wash my hair

I do not change my clothes and I certainly do not wash them

I read an article in the Guardian today about a women who has written a book ? Why havent I written a book?

I certainly have enough data, emotional and other wise but it reminded me that when my brain will not work…. that after a manage to get out of bed, eat stay awake all, the everyday things we should just do well when you cant you might just manged to do something else, ……..that still does not mean ou brush your teeth or take a bath you find something that smooths your brain waves………………if I cant draw and write which is very often the cease………..then I may just try sewing of course a sewing is hard needs concentration to make something …………..I do not do that …………………however

As the founder of CoolTan Arts and wining 27 awards ………..I learnt that what works for me also helps others…

I wanted to talk about a why I founded a arts and mental health charity it was built on my own experience of how I have learnt to cope with my mental distress

depression, CPTSD and other lables.

But now arts and the creative world are merging

the thing that’s missing form them all

yes all these writers is it doesn’t matter where they are from or what they are talking about you take to is so writing poetr, y or painting and Drawing or learning to use a computer or any of these,

They all miss the point, about engagement and play

the fact that you are engaging in a process that enables your mind to play and that there is no such thing as failing

firstly I think the action of being creative is also the action replay like a child children play that there is no expectation that they will play and it will either fail or be successful but nether has importance yet………….the most important element of creativity is the fact that you play and we have fun and by doing so, we unwind our brain that has become trapped in a negative place and a negative space. People who used CoolTan often described it as having time off from being mentally stressed it was a 2 hour break painting a pretty picture……….. and they found it a special space they could use to do that I’m very proud of what we achieved and we used every creative medium to produce arts work which suited the needs of a wide and varied group of people I include cooking and creativity film making, video, drawing, painting, singing, music, dance, walking, history. thi-chi and more because it’s about playing with what excites and helps the person…. what one person can participate in does not work for another,

Also momentum is of Hugh importance

anything that you can do anything that enables creative and fun spaces to available therefore enabling people to come together.

creative space in a neutral place with out oppression

participants would tell me that they were having time off from being unwell by coming to the class to create a different and new reality many people may find it is a kind a meditation, better than mindfulness which for many does nothing as the mind races on the bad and negative, yet the creative effects give people time off, why cant both meditation or creative arts be seen as one rather than placed one above the other, were as they actually just need to be a choice so can do what suites you ….

giving the same support but two different people may need two different support systems,

We have an odd society where we think one-size-fits-all and we do not seem to understand that you cannot just have one thing we are holistic we need a range of support and activities to keep us well.

Just like Love we need a range of different people to love so let’s say for example you may love your parents or your grandparents however that’s completely different to loving a lover or loving your cat or loving your child we do not hesitate to think in those situations that there is only one Kind of Love, so why do that when we think about support I’m a disabled person since birth with an invisible disability

Midnight summer Solstice walk by the Thames river by Michelle Baharier

June 20, 2019

BREAKING NEWS

Saturday 22 June 2019  at 11.45pm  (23.45)

Join Artist @dyslxicRant & FruitCake Creatives for a summer solstice midnight stroll along the river for Tales of the Thames – giver of life to London

@DyslxicRant makes art to open up your heart, initiating free public walks using psychogeography and meanderings with public participation, creating celebratory art

Enjoy a great night out!

All details are on the Facebook    London Night Walks group :-  

 Midnight Walk – 22 June 2019

Invite all your friends

Meeting point 23:45
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® Bring water & snacks to eat along the way

® Wear warm clothes

® Wear comfortable shoes

® Please bring poems, stories and photos to share

Email: mbfcsra@gmail.com

Meet at Bus stop ‘’R’, 21 Duke St Hill (Tooley St) SE1 2SW

Transport links include many Buses and also underground to London Bridge via Jubilee and  Northern lines or by National Rail

Participation in this walk is at your own risk People are asked to be respectful and to not drink alcohol  or be in any way upsetting to others.  These walks are a continuation of the Largactyl Shuffles and are part of Yellow Ribbon walks.

#charities @charities #knife crime

May 1, 2018

I think many charities have lost the plot they are tired up with government and can not therefor e Governments most critical friends ……plus the sector is shrinking mainly small local and disabled people run Charities are failing the most……………and the best workers are being lost what did Camila from Kids company say about violence increasing without Kids company……..what does London have a spike in- knife crime – is it related – I don’t know but sure feels like it.

Just a thought

Another day Another planet with you

April 25, 2018

if only you could see

that the light blindest me

that I was held right back and strangled just by that

Another day

Another place another plante

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