Today i had a very humbling experience. I bought a copy of the big issue of a guy and he was wearing a poppy, i commented on it and he said that he had done 12 years with the RRF NI gulf and so on. He said that he had suffered , he turned to drink then drugs lost his house and family and was trying to get it all back. What he said next was humbling because he said he wore his poppy with pride because no matter how hard we get it these guys gave everything and went to hell and back. He hit the nail on the head . I had been feeling sorry for myself being signed off with kidney probs , losing my job and just being told i'm only gonna get Â£88 pw. NO way will i feel sorry and wallow in self pity.A guy living in a shelter can show pride and decency and still remember others who gave more . Your local pc councils and associations can learn from this. The school my younger twins go to were not going to have 2 mins silence but the kids (instigated by mine) protested and they relented. Sometimes people in authority try so hard to do the right thing all they end up doing is upsetting people. One thing this guy told me was that 20% of the homeless men he knew were ex services. Whats going wrong? how are we letting these people down? His parting shot had me smiling after our chat, if you cant take a joke you should'nt of joined. Gave him my last tenner it was worth it.