Sunday, 28 August 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
By Mark Feehily
Tuesday August 09 2011
THE bruises and blood in my photo might be make-up, but it represents real blood and bruises I had as a result of a very real beating or three I received not long before I joined Westlife.
I am involved with the ISPCC Anti-Bullying Campaign because I personally experienced bullying a lot in life. To this day I still have memories of that experience within me that shape who I am.
Because I am in a position to create awareness and to inspire conversation I took the opportunity to do something positive to help other people in this solitary place which can only be described as hell.
For example, at one point in school, for months on end, I crept from class to class via alternative routes in order to escape being punched and kicked.
They found me one day and attacked me from behind.
Other times it was being afraid of being spat on, slapped in the face or being called a fat bastard or fat queer.
Because I lacked the confidence to stand up for myself. Because I was a bit shy. Perhaps it was because I displayed a tiny bit of effeminate behaviour or because I wasn't loud or cocky or quick to think of a witty reply.
I think this made it low risk for people to verbally and physically attack me.
I am involved because at points in my life bullying has had a devastating effect on me and due to suffering in silence, I had some very low and lonely periods.
Children, whether very young, or in their teenage years, should not have to put up with this. The victims of bullying mostly live in silence, which is caused by the fear that if they speak out, the beatings or abuse will get worse.
I know this, I lived this. That's why I'm passionate about this new campaign.
People seem to turn a blind eye to bullying unless they themselves or someone close to them experiences it.
The celebrities involved in this campaign have millions of fans around the world. These photos will hopefully ignite compassion in all our fans, and inspire them to get involved and help ISPCC and other similar charities around the world.
- Mark Feehily
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Day 10: A song that makes you fall asleep
Not a song that MAKES me fall asleep, just one that I often listen to, when so at peace with the world and chilled, that it just happens.
Darren Hayes – I can’t ever get enough of you.
Beautiful, beautiful song, from a segment of the album spin I adore. ‘tracks 8 – 11’. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve fallen asleep to track 9 – I cant ever get enough of you and woken up to the blast that is track 11 – what you like.
I can’t ever get enough of you is one of the sweetest love songs and one of my favourite ever Darren Hayes songs. It’d the second most played Darren Hayes song on my itunes, second only to my favourite Darren Hayes song ever ‘like it or not’.
“There's a master plan. And although I know I don't believe in destiny. Maybe it found me… There's a symphony. And a melody that plays whenever you're around. I think I've been found”
In that moment, having rediscover Darren with strange relationship and buying spin, I was definitely found. I haven’t left since. Words can not describe the connection.