FREE HUGS Campaign

Juan Mann – FREE HUGS Campaign


It’s wondrous what a hug can do.
A hug can cheer you when you’re blue.

A hug can say, “I love You so”
Or, “I hate to see you go.”

A hug is “Welcome back again,”
And “Great to see you! Where’re you been?”

A hug can soothe a small child’s pain,
And bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug, there’s just no doubt about it—
We scarcely could survive without it!

A hug delights and warms and charms,
It must be why God Gave us arms.

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers;
And chances are your favourite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them;
Heads of states are not above them.

A hug can break the language barrier,
And make travel so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of ’em;
The more you give, the more there’s more of ‘em.

So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today!


“I Dreamed A Dream”

What a pleasant surprise and not since Anthony Calea’s performance of The Prayer on ‘Australian Idol’ have I been brought to tears by an outstanding performance such as Susan Boyle gave in ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. This unassuming lady who captivated everyone with her rendition after much laughing of a cynical audience and judges who looked at her quirky sense of humour, age and looks expecting much less than she was to give in a breath taking performance.

Sadly it’s human nature to judge people because of the way they look and I hope this inspiring lady has made everyone who has judged others unfairly to open their eyes and see we are all more than the sum of our parts and we are much more than we appear to be.

There are many of us in this world who are ridiculed and judged by what people see on the outside. Susan has shown the world what can be perceived can be believed and achieved, we just need a chance to prove ourselves.

The story below was copied from the www.bigpond.com website and I hope it will inspire all of us that our hopes and dreams can come true if we are strong enough to take the criticism, snide looks and comments.

Singing spinster becomes a sensation

A 47-year-old Scottish charity volunteer who claims never to have been kissed has become an international media sensation amid reports she is set to cash in with a quick record deal.

By Thursday, a video clip of Susan Boyle’s stunning singing debut on the Britain’s Got

Talent television show last weekend had been viewed by over 12 million people on YouTube, with the numbers rising fast.

US actress Demi Moore was apparently moved to tears by the clip, while the story has been picked up around the world, with Australian, US and other broadcasters reportedly queuing up for interviews.

“Susan has clearly wowed the audience, the judges and the world with a truly fantastic performance,” said Tom Kerr, leader of West Lothian council in Scotland where Boyle lives alone with a cat called Pebbles.

The West Lothian Courier, her local paper, added that she was “doing what the Beatles did in the 60s” – that is, taking the United States by storm, as the Fab Four did four decades ago.

And, while press coverage in Britain was relatively muted, media elsewhere are lapping up the story.

“UK talent show stunned by Scottish virgin Susan Boyle,” ran Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne.

American global news channel CNN said it had been flooded with messages about the spinster, who was filmed tucking into a sandwich shortly before taking to the stage.

The San Francisco Chronicle, under the headline “Just Who Is The Singer Susan Boyle?” noted that “Unless you live under a rock, you know about the Scottish woman who has taken the industrialised world by storm”.

In Britain coverage has been low key – perhaps due to the fact that Britain’s Got Talent is shown on private broadcaster ITV and the story is therefore not highlighted by rival news channels.

The frumpy-looking Boyle drew sniggers when she walked on stage on the weekend show, saying she dreamed of emulating West End star Elaine Page.

Shortly before the performance she told the show’s hosts backstage: “I live on my own with my cat called Pebbles, but I’ve never been married, I’ve never been kissed.”

Boyle has been singing since 12, she said.

“I’ve always wanted to perform in front of a large audience. I’m going to make that audience rock,” she added.

When she began to sing, the panel of three judges led by music guru Simon Cowell was visibly shocked, and the audience in Glasgow rose to its feet, as her voiced soared through ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Miserables.

“Without a doubt that was the biggest surprise I have had in three years of this show,” said judge Piers Morgan, admitting that before her performance “everyone was laughing at you”.

“No-one is laughing now. That was stunning.”.

Cowell is already lining up a record deal for her, Britain’s Press Association reported, while versions of the Les Miserables song she sang entered the midweek singles chart here and the iTunes chart.

US actress Moore posted the comment “It made me teary” on her Twitter page, after viewing the clip.

Boyle’s success – she is now favourite to win the British talent show – has drawn comparisons with Paul Potts, an opera-singing mobile phone salesman who won in 2007. Potts went on to have number one albums in 15 countries.


Britain’s Got Talent