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So Now I’m Part Of The ‘Babygate’ Cover UP

Earlier today I made it clear that I was no longer going to write articles about the Louis Tomlinson babygate saga.  I have been humbled by the fact that most fans on twitter understand exactly where I am coming from but it seems that some think I am now part of the babygate cover-up.

I am both amused and flattered that people think I am important enough to have been paid off or silenced ūüôā ¬†I am simply a guy with a thirst for truth and honesty who has a few thousand readers of his articles each week. ¬†If I ever get to the stage where I am actually important enough to be silenced I will be sure to let you know ūüôā

Most of the accusations seem to have stemmed from this Tumblr account. http://allegedlymags.tumblr.com/post/139483049090/i-get-that-alan-was-probably-used-prior-to-the

Here is the post and below it my response in case they choose not to publish my response.

Anonymous asked: I get that Alan was probably used prior to the baby being born to add to the confusion and also spread good, and true, stories about Louis in the face of some bad press. So it really bothers me, now that he’s either been told to back off or is just going with a changing tide, that his reasoning is that speculation is hurting Louis and his family. It’s the same thing as Larries ruining their friendship. If they didn’t want or like speculation, they shouldn’t have added to it and encouraged it.

I agree with what you’re saying here. Really makes you wonder who’s been pulling the strings on Alan.

Hi,

Its Alan Ewart from Inquisitr here. A friend sent me a link to your tumblr when they saw the comments being made about me being some sort of plant or having been paid off.

Firstly I don’t want to disappoint you but no-one has ever used me to write anything about Louis or anyone else nor was I ever asked to help spread confusion.

I simply write what I believe to be newsworthy.  We all have our own views on the whole babygate drama and I still think it stinks.  Believe me if any firm news emerges I will be all over it in a flash.

At present I think I have made my views on babygate pretty clear but there is nothing new to report and as Inquisitr deals in trending news I have no intention of simply repeating myself ad-nauseum.

The attacks by some fans on Louis’ family yesterday were pretty sick so that why I am stepping back from babygate until something new emerges.

I will continue to look for information about stunts and misleading information and I will report it if and when I find it.

I have been totally open about why I report Louis the way I do.  The information is on my personal website for anyone who cares to read it.

I know that some of you think that there is a conspiracy behind every corner and I am kind of amused that you think I am important enough to be included as part of some cover up.

I’m simply a guy whose articles get read by a few thousand people each week. ¬†I try to be honest in what I write and will continue to do so. ¬†I’m sure that you will be able to dream up some reason or other as to why I have chosen to stop reporting babygate for the time being. ¬†The truth is that I am simply tired of the whole thing, it has spilt over into personal abuse and bullying of Louis family and I want to distance myself from that for ethical reasons.

There it is. ¬†You can choose to believe what you wish ūüôā

Peace & Love

Alan

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Louis Tomlinson Baby Pictures Fake?- Some Facts

I wrote an article earlier today about the suspicion that one Direction star louis Tomlinson has shared a fake picture on his Instagram account claiming it to be an original of his newborn son.

In recent days I have seen lots of speculation as to whether or not the photo is real and part of some sick PR stunt.  The purpose of this article is to share some facts about digital photography and how we professional photographers edit our images.  Now to be 100% clear I am not attempting to sway your opinion either way.  I merely want to give you some facts to help you make up your own mind.

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My first point is that in the age of digital imagery almost anything is possible. ¬†The only thing I see as a lost cause is when an image is horribly over exposed. ¬†When this happens the pixel dated is basically lost. ¬†That is just about the only thing that I can’t recover.

Secondly every professional photographer I know, including myself edits their images. ¬†Images should be shot in RAW format and only output to JPEG or some other format when exported for web use or printing. ¬†If you don’t know what I am talking about ¬†the RAW file is a negative that has to be developed in the digital darkroom.

A properly exposed image contains all the colour data and the ways the file can be manipulated are almost limitless. When editing an image I often stack two versions of the same image on top of the other which increases the depth of colour etc and allows me to add a few creative touches. I often use a soft blur on one of the images and edit so the parts I want are in focus whilst the blur is painted in to lead the eye to the subject.

Now if you look at where Louis chin meets baby’s head above it doesn’t look quite right. ¬†I suspect that this is simply because of the lighting, there is dark shadow in that area and it looks a little “wrong.” ¬†However if the baby had been layered in I would expect that area to bee too sharp rather than too fuzzy. ¬†Speaking artistically I may even have blurred that area slightly to imply a connection between father and baby.

The area under Louis chin doesn’t look right either. ¬†It is brighter than the rest of the image. ¬†Why would this happen? ¬†Well a number of scenario’s spring immediately to mind. ¬†It may be that there was some distracting element in that space, an object or a light leak that the photographer¬†wanted to remove and did so clumsily. ¬†That said it may be that the photographer deliberately over exposed that small area to lead the eye to it immediately.

The most important part of this image is the connection between Louis and baby, that connection is strongest around that area of high contrast.

As you can see in the image in the Tweet above someone has superimposed the baby over what looks like a still from a video.  The main point is that whilst these do look similar they are not the same photo, angle, lighting, perspective and position are all different.

Whilst digging around I came across claims that the Instagram picture was converted to Black & White to hide the fact that the baby has red hair whilst neither Louis nor Briana has red hair.  Seriously WTF!  Who ever came up with this fuckwittery as a theory needs to go back to school.  My son has red hair, neither me or my wife have red hair and neither do any of my sons grandparents.  Honestly FFS.

I also came across this picture as evidence that the black and white had been converted and claiming this is the original.   Bullshit.  The colour image has been colorised by the editor.  I have left the editing information in the caption so you can see what has been done.

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When people suspect an image has been faked they would do well to remember that this works both ways. ¬†I make no claim that I offer conclusive proof that the original image isn’t fake. ¬†That is pretty much impossible. ¬†However it is entirely possible that the areas in the original have been made that way for artistic reasons.

Some people are claiming these issues as proof the image is fake. ¬†Those people want you to believe a particular narrative, probably one that you believe so¬†when you take all the weird stuff that went on around the birth of this kid it’s easy to buy into the claims the image is fake.

All I ask you to do is to keep an open mind. ¬†There are many explanations and they are all as valid as each other. ¬†Keep an open mind, question everything but don’t be drawn into believing something based on the most flimsy of evidence.

Is Louis Tomlinson Subject Of Unprecedented Press Attacks

A lot of people who read this article will be aware of my position with regards to the type of  media coverage is subject to at present.  The coverage is almost exclusively of a nasty and vicious nature and sources are unattributable.

Being an old fart a lot of people have asked me if I have ever known a musician to be subject of a similar type of smear campaign.  In all honesty the reality is probably not but the question did set me to thinking.  ouch!

Of course image manipulation in music is as old as management and labels exploiting artists.  Through the years image has always been important.  If we go all the way back to the early 1970s when I began to stretch my musical wings we did see a tendency for artists to be portrayed in a particular fashion.

As an example the recently deceased David Bowie went through numerous alter-ego’s as he reinvented his image from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke. ¬†Bowie was famously androgynous, part of his image was to keep people guessing about his sexuality.

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As we left the 1970’s behind we saw the birth of the new romantic era where once again gender boundaries were bent.

Visage front-man Steve Strange was just one of many who used¬†their sexuality as a marketing tool. ¬†Boy George and many others have followed Strange’s lead by ensuring that if the music press were not talking about their music they would be talking about whether or not they were gay.

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If artists were not making the press for their music then stories emerged about drug use, groupies and hell raising.  We saw hundreds of press reports about drink and drug fuelled binges that saw TV sets thrown from hotel windows.

There is of course a a huge difference between then and now.  Back in the day we had to rely on what was available in the print media and the occasional television magazine program.  If you wanted big news and the real story you needed to have access to a band or inside information.

What is new is that stories are now spread around the world in seconds.  With the arrival of 24 your news coverage on television we have seen a growth in the cult of celebrity.  Put simply celebrity gossip is big business.  The growth of TV talent shows and reality television have seen a seemingly inexorable rise in the degree of fascination with the lives of celebrities.

It seems almost churlish to say that, in the music business, publicity is life blood. ¬†Without publicity a musician has a very tough job to carve a living out of their art. ¬†Today we see millions of stories written every day. ¬†There is no such thing as an “exclusive.” ¬†I saw myself just last week just how quickly stories get picked up and duplicated. ¬†When I wrote this article last week it was being published in other news outlets within a couple of hours. ¬†My story was the result of an exclusive interview so I knew that I was the source of all the subsequent articles.

In a 24 hour society we get so much more in the way of rumor, speculation and pure bullshit now than ever before.  We have of course seen high profile celebrities being subject of rumors in the press before.  Michael Jackson was subject of unpleasant rumors for many years and people like Jimmy Saville and Gary Glitter were the subject of a whispering campaign for years before proof emerged that they were pedophiles and sexual predators.

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In the internet age I have no doubt that there are plenty of celebrities who have skeleton’s in their cupboard but it is now much more difficult to suppress information than it was in the past.

That said with so much information available at the click of a mouse it is now more difficult to get noticed and the UK press does love to build people up to knock them back down again.  There are frequently campaigns to expose celebrity indiscretions and occasionally efforts to discredit high profile people for no apparent reason.

I think what is different with Tomlinson is that his management do not seem to want to make any effort to combat the negativity that Tomlinson is subject of.  There have been absolutely no denials and no damage control when negative stories about Tomlinson have emerged.

As a result of this Tomlinson has been subject of a campaign of sustained negative press that has gone on for over six months. ¬†The primary sources of most of the negative reporting are the Sun and the Daily Mail,¬†both papers that reduce “news” to the lowest common denominator. ¬†it is no exaggeration to say that these print outlets are reviled by the majority of people in the UK.

In conclusion Tomlinson’s situation is not unique but he is inexplicably being targeted by some media outlets. ¬†The longevity of the negativity is perhaps unusual and it does seem that some sections of the media are obsessed with trying to dig up dirt, anything that will dent One Direction’s clean image. ¬†I suspect that in the internet age this will not be the last time we see some sort of concerted attack on a celebrity.

Louis Tomlinson’s “Fly High Buddy” Interview Transcript.

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Yesterday I published an article on Inquisitr that received an incredible amount of attention. The article concerned One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and the support both Louis and his mother Johannah (Jay) Deakin had given to the family of nine-year-old Harvey Hex who was sadly claimed by childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Harvey’s mother Sarah agreed to being interviewed by me and the interview made up the bulk of my story. ¬†To date the Twitter imprint for the article is over 2.5 million and I found myself in the bizarre situation of trending all over the world.

I was shocked, surprised and if it doesn’t sound too immodest thrilled to see this happening. ¬†Of course when writing for a trending news outlet you can’t simply use the interview and nothing else and people have indicated that they would like to see the full interview. ¬†I am of course delighted to do this for one reason.

I can’t even begin to tell you how honored I am that Sarah agreed to this interview. We should never forget that Sarah’s family are dealing with a huge tragedy in their lives. ¬†Little Harvey fought his illness with everything he had and sadly he ultimately lost that fight. ¬†Sarah and her family are still trying to work out how to fill the huge whole that Harvey’s loss has left in their lives.

More than anything this is the story of two amazing family’s, ¬†Sarah Hext’s and Louis Tomlinson’s. ¬†What makes this story so incredible for me is how a world renowned star like Tomlinson is so securely ground, kind considerate and so very very thoughtful. ¬†Sarah says that Louis, his family and the amazing charities that have supported them have given her family the most precious gift of all. ¬†Sarah says her family have been given a host of special memories of Harvey. ¬†Those memories are simply beyond price.

Below is the full interview. ¬†All I have edited is grammar and spelling, these are Sarah’s words. ¬†My questions are in bold.

Tell me a little about your family.  What sort of little boy was harvey?  How close are your kids?  What do the twins like to do?  

David and I met in 1995 and were married in 1997. In October 2002 our Daughter Olivia was born and in July 2006 she became big sister to our beautiful identical twin boys Spencer and Harvey, the boys were diagnosed at birth with Down Syndrome. The diagnoses was a huge shock and we had been thrown into a world that we knew nothing about,¬†but it wasn’t long before the boys personality’s started to shine through and we all fell head over heels in love with them. The early days went past in a bit of a haze, having twins is hard work!
All three children were incredibly close and Olivia was a very proud big sister, we worried what affect the boys diagnoses may have on Olivia at first, after all she had two brothers with special needs that took up a lot of our time but she took to them like a duck to water, they were just her little brothers and she was always ready to show them off at every opportunity. Olivia never complained about the lack of attention she received, she was just happy to help us with the boys in any way she could.
Spencer and Harvey were a real double act, they went everywhere together and would always be up to some kind of mischief. Dave once decorated a bedroom and when he had finished he came downstairs to have a cup of tea, in the meantime the boys snook upstairs and found a 1/2 full tin of pain without a lid on, they had a paint fight and ended it by pouring the tin of paint over Harvey’s head!
They would love to play hide and seek with Harvey once running off in a shop and us in complete panic searching for him, only for someone to point out that the little mannequin in the shop window had just moved! Both boys were full of fun but Harvey was always the instigator of trouble and fun, he had spirit and wasn’t frightened of anything where as Spencer was always far more sensitive. The boys would love to confuse their swimming teacher by telling her they were each other! Spencer and Harvey were two halves of a whole and something that always gave me comfort was knowing they would always have each other, they would never feel that they were different because some one else was the same as them.
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How did you find out about Harvey’s illness?  What effect did the news have on you all?  How did you cope with the illness?
In 2010 a month before Harveys 5th birthday. ¬†Harvey had been poorly on and off for months and had a very distended tummy, he¬†didn’t want to walk and wasn’t sleeping at night¬†but the Doctors always put it down to a bug or food poisoning, after around 7 visits to the GP and twice going to A&E insisting that something was wrong they told me that they could find nothing untoward and if I was still concerned to go and see a paediatrician.
The Paediatrician referred us to a local hospital for tests and within a few days we were referred to Bristol Children’s hospital and given the devastating news that they believed our little boy had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma – a very aggressive childhood cancer with a survival rate of 20%. The cancer had spread to Harvey’s bones. Straight after we were given the news the Doctors asked for Spencer to be tested, thankfully he was clear of cancer but he will be monitored for many years to come. The actual diagnoses took a few weeks as there are no other cases worldwide of any child ever having Down Syndrome and Neuroblastoma, Kids with DS don’t usually get solid tumours. It was unheard of.

 

The news was devastating, the treatment protocol for Neuroblastoma is harsh, we were looking at 18months of intensive treatment. After 8 rounds of punishing chemotherapy then surgery (Harvey’s operation was 14hrs long) we were told that the treatment was not working, two more rounds of chemo was then followed by MIBG therapy in London, this entailed Harvey having a high dose of a¬†Radioactive¬† drug and having to stay in a lead lined room¬†until his levels were low enough for him to mix with the general public. ¬†As parents we had restricted contact with him for our own safety although we did stay with him as much as we were allowed. After further tests Harvey was given an oral chemotherapy for 18months and his Neurablastoma remained stable, never cured but stable.

Over the years Harvey had many blood transfusions, a stem cell transfusion, platelets and general aesthetics but he would often wake from a GA and ask to go to school. He did manage school now and then and Spencer was always so thrilled.That whole period of time took its toll on all of us.

My Mum moved in with us and looked after Olivia and Spencer as we were always in hospital or London and Dave was eventually made redundant from his job- this often happens to parents of sick children.

As Harvey didn’t follow the treatment protocol we were taken off the Neuroblastoma trial, this meant that all treatment options were no longer available to Harvey so we started the mamouth job of raising ¬£300,000 incase we needed to take Harvey to the USA or Germany to access the treatment privately. [We currently have ¬£200,000 in a fund that will be used to Help children in Harvey’s situation].

We managed Harvey’s illness day by day but for us it put the fact that the boys had Down Syndrome in a completely different context, the Downs didn’t matter to us at all and to be honest made Harvey who he was, so for that I am grateful.

How did you meet Jay?  I assume Jay got Louis involved but how did that happen?
I first met Jay at a Believe in Magic Party at London Zoo in Dec 2014, Louis had asked her to attend the party for her as they had funded the event but he couldn’t be there as he was on the X Factor that night. Jay came over and introduced herself and I think Harvey and Spencer stole her heart there and then. Only a twin mum can really understand the impact that losing one twin could have on a family and of course Jay having two sets of twins made her fully qualified to understand my fears.
Harvey has a Facebook page and soon after Jay sent a message saying that she had been thinking of us a lot, we started chatting and soon build up a friendship. Louis became involved through Jay and started supporting Harvey by doing things like wearing a Gold ribbon for Childhood cancer awareness.
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Tell me about the Cinderella Ball.  Were the whole family Louis & Johanna’s guests at the event?  How was the evening, what was the experience like?
Yes the whole family were guests at the ball. For us the Ball was the stuff that fairy tales are made of. We were all taken to the beautiful Langham hotel in London and the boys were given Ralph Lauren suits to wear, Olivia was given a made to measure silk dress.
Cars were at the hotel to collect us and we were taken to the beautiful Natural history Museum. When we arrived¬† there were 100’s of 1D fans at the gates and as we walked up the red carpet Harvey turned to them, stopped and gave them a bow! Spencer turned to the crowd an shook his bottom! Everyone was cheering and clapping them, it was magical.
Inside we had a champagne reception and the kids were entertained by Dynamo. Olivia was busy star spotting and she has made some lovely friends through Believe in Magic so spent time running around with them.
Then we were called to the main room and all the children walked down the main staircase in true Cinderella style.¬†I have to say it was just breath taking. So much thought had gone into the children and there was a section of the room filled with toys, face painting,arts and crafts. There was also a photo booth which was a great hit.¬†The food was beautiful and again there was food especially for the kids. There was a really fun auction and then Ben Heynow sung a few songs. Unfortunately we had to leave before 12 as Harvey couldn’t keep his little eyes open but it was a night we will treasure forever.
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I understand that at that event Louis and Liam and Jay tried to spend time with all of the children.  Is that correct?  How did they deal with getting round so many people etc.  What did they say?  Were they comfortable?  How did the children react?
All the children were greeted at the foot of the staircase by Louis and Liam, many had photos taken with the boys and then we sat for Dinner. After dinner the boys were having more photos with the kids, they spent time in the arts section with the kids and lots of funny photos were taken with the boys in the photo booth, Ben Heynow also joined in the fun. Liam had his face painted as a tiger and the boys were in fine spirits. they were just chit chatting as anyone else would, asking the kids if they were enjoying the evening, were they feeling ok? etc.  They seemed completely relaxed and I am sure they enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Jay was talking to everyone as were Meg and Jean [founders of BIM].  Cars were waiting outside to take anyone back to the hotel when they were ready to leave.
I notice on your Facebook post you talk about Louis and Jay providing support to Olivia and Spencer.  How is that provided?  Do you have regular contact etc?
Jay and some of her family came to Harvey’s celebration. We played “Best song ever” in the church and had a little smile to each other whilst it was playing. We exchange texts fairly regularly and a week after the service Jay called and said that Louis had two tickets for the X Factor finals and they wanted to offer them to us, we decided it would be good for the kids so we accepted.
On the Saturday we went to the Believe in Magic Christmas party, it was hard without Harvey but they are a fantastic charity that continue to support siblings even after the sick child has passed. That’s so important to family’s. After the party Jay had booked us into a beautiful Central London hotel and Dave and Spencer went swimming and out for dinner whilst Olivia and I were whisked off in a luxury car to a VIP X Factor party and then to see the show. The whole night was a very welcome distraction and although we were so so sad we did manage to have a fun weekend, never forgetting Harvey though.
Jay and Louis do all these amazing things and never ask for anything in return, what could you possibly give them? We decided that we would send them a treasured colouring that Harvey had done and Dan has laminated it and its used as a family placemat. I loved that idea.
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Tell me about the Disney trip.  How did Harvey react, did you all have fun?
Disney was awesome. We didn’t tell the boys we were going until just before and they were so excited. Disney was Harvey’s favourite place. There were about 10 Believe in Magic family’s who went and the kids were given a suitcase each full of beautiful clothes. ¬†We stayed in The Pink Palace hotel which is just stunning,everything was taken care of. We were there Monday-Thursday and we had a ball. There were characters walking around the hotel and at night we all went to the top floor of the hotel to watch the Fireworks. Harvey and Spencer loved the Frozen show so we went to that a few times. Some of the girls had lunch with Cinderella but my boys just wanted to go on the rides over and over again!
Harvey was a real thrill seeker and the faster the rides the better. Jay and her family joined everyone for the last few days. We had the best time there and the kids were just blown away by the whole experience.
Tell me about the microphone, how it was delivered and Harvey’s reaction.  Why was this a big deal for him?  Were there gifts for the other kids too?  If so tell me a little about that.
On the way to London I sent Jay a video of Harvey singing to 1D in the car,¬†“Best song ever.” I understand Louis was with her when she received it, when we arrived at the hotel (another beautiful one) there were two microphones waiting for the boys, it was so thoughtful and ¬†there were also some beautiful girly gift’s for Olivia. The boys started playing with them immediately and took them to the concert that night. Spencer often plays with his Microphone and I love the photo we have of Harvey with his. Gifts sent with such thought behind them.
What is your impression of Louis as a man?  Does he love kids as much as he appears to?  How do children react to him?
Louis is kind and considerate. He comes from a large and loving family and I guess that helps him to stay grounded. Louis younger twin sisters are also kind sweet girls so I think it runs in the family. When you come from a large family I think you feel at ease with children and he seems to be able to make people feel naturally at ease. Olivia loves Louis, she giggles a lot when she sees him, he’s in 1D and she’s 13yrs old! Lol.¬† Harvey and Spencer didn’t really appreciate the fact he is a global star but that makes it even¬†more genuine¬†for me as it shows Louis not doing it for the glory.
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Tell me about Harvey’s 1D concert.  Did you all manage to go?  How did Harvey react?  Did you all get to go backstage to meet Louis and the rest of the boys?  How were you treated?  
We stayed in the beautiful Kensington Hotel . There were gifts for the children and Louis’ PA called to give us all the arrangements. We were made to feel very special. These are hotels that we would never normally be able to experience.
The Concert was something I would never have taken the boys to for fear of it being too loud or us having to leave and spoiling Olivia’s fun so we took my niece in case she needed to take the boys out for us.
Louis had offered us the Green room should the boys decide it was too much for them. We were taken to the friends and family room before the show and then back stage to meet all the boys. It was a bit of a whirlwind meet as there were many other fans waiting to meet the boys. After that we were taken to our seats right near the stage and the concert began. All the children absolutely loved the concert and Harvey was up dancing to many songs. It was a lovely experience and one that I would not have chosen to take the boys too but I am so glad we did. After the concert Louis PA came and showed us to our waiting car. Everything we needed was taken care of.
The next day a car was sent for us to take us to a Believe in Magic party in Hamley’s toy store. It was a perfect weekend and we made some beautiful memories.
What are your thoughts about how Louis is being treated by some sections of the media?
It makes me angry. These people don’t know the real Louis, to them its a story but its actually quite hurtful to the people that know different. Something they don’t understand is that he helps so many familys and the fact that he doesn’t shout about it makes him even more special, he doesn’t do it for the glory he does it because he wants to help people. Jay once told me that on a bad press day Louis will often say to her. “Come on mum, lets make someone happy today”
What do you think people should know about Louis and Johannah?
How genuine they are. They go out of their way to help people and expect no recognition for it. Louis has stayed grounded and I think that’s thanks to great parenting on Jays part. He’s a lovely family orientated guy. Jay doesn’t have to help us or anyone else but she does it because she wants too and she is truly grateful for what she has.
Tell me about your charitable efforts in Harvey’s memory.  Links to any website, just giving page etc.
Harvey only passed on 29th Nov, I am hoping to set up a charity in his name providing treats for poorly children but haven’t yet got this up and running.
http://solvingkidscancer.org/¬†hold Harvey’s appeal page, money donated to them will pay for research into Neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers.
http://upsanddowns.net/¬†are the charity that have supported us since the boys were born and this is the charity we collected for at Harvey’s Celebration.
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What question do you really wish I had asked and didn’t?  What would the answer be?  Feel free to add anything you think relevant or that you want people to know about.
When Jay knew that Harvey didn’t have much time left she came to the house with her Twin girls [Daisy and Phoebe], they took a day out of school to come and spent all day playing with Olivia, Harvey and Spencer.
Louis sent Olivia a Pandora bracelet and lots of toys for the boys. Louis driver brought them here and came in to say hi, he’s a lovely guy and also came to Harvey’s celebration, in fact he arranged the balloon release on that day. As they left we talked about doing a winter wonderland for Harvey on our decking but sadly there was never the time. We left for the hospice that day and only had two other days at home.
I cant tell you the importance of having things to look forward to and Jay and Louis have given us many of them. Louis has also offered us a holiday at Centre parcs whenever we are ready. They hold a very special place in my heart and Jay keeps in regular contact by FB or texting every now and again to see how we all are.
Louis and Jay have given us precious memories with Harvey and all of our children and that is priceless, we have so many beautiful photos of Harvey to look back on in some amazing places! ¬†I do feel that I have made a genuine friend in Jay and she certainly doesn’t do it for the glory.
I once asked Jay if any of the boys knew Ant and Dec as Harvey loved them. A few weeks we had a personal message from them to the kids and wishing Harvey well.
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Why I Write – Love Not Money

Yesterday was an amazing day.  I published an article on Inquisitr telling the story of Harvey Hext, a little boy who was taken at just nine-years-old by childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Harvey’s mom Sarah was kind enough to give me an interview outlining how One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and his family gave the Hext family amazing support, both whilst harvey was ill and after he passed.

I was truly honored that Sarah trusted me to tell the story. ¬†Harvey’s passing was at the end of November and I am certain that Harvey’s parents, his big sister Olivia and more than anyone his twin brother Spencer must still be hurting fiercely. ¬†It was my belief that Harvey’s story needed to be told and clearly One Direction fans agreed.

Tweets about the story had over One Million impressions on twitter in a few hours and unbelievably I found myself trending all over the world.  I am truly humbled by the outpouring of love for Harvey and his family and for Louis Tomlinson and his amazing family who do so much unreported work for sick kids.

One Direction fans are an investigative bunch and they have long learned never to take things at face value. ¬†I think that is to be admired. ¬†To be fair they have been fed so many lies and rumors over the years that it would be incredible if they didn’t question the motivation of every word that is written.

I published Harvey’s story on Inquisitr and of course I do get paid for my writing there. ¬†Some fans suspect that my stories there are written as ‘click bait’ and I truly understand that.

Of course the truth is very different. ¬†As most writers will agree writing isn’t something you do for money. ¬†Millions of aspiring writers will tell you all to readily that making a living from writing is something only a very few people successfully do. ¬†Writers write for love, not money. ¬†We need a voice, a creative outlet and we want to be heard. ¬†Money comes ¬†along way down the line.

I have been writing this blog for a long time before I started to write for Inquisitr.  I also write for a couple of music magazines without receiving any kind of payment.  You can check out my writers archives on Louder Than War and Echoes And Dust if you wish.

Don’t misunderstand me. ¬†I am thrilled¬†to be lucky enough to get paid for writing for Inquisitr but I am not dependent on the money. ¬†As a result of taking early retirement I have a nice pension, no mortgage and I am debt free. ¬†If I never earned another penny from writing I would still be doing it.

There are stories that need to be told, music that needs to be heard and little boys like Harvey who need a voice.  I hope that I will be able to tell those stories for many years to come.

Incidentally I am also a mad keen photographer, something I earn virtually nothing from.  Like writing I do it for love, for a creative outlet and to share a view of my life through a lens.

Love & peace.

Louis Tomlinson’s ‘Fly High Buddy’ The Full Story Told For The First time

One Direction fans have always known that Louis Tomlinson and his mother, Johannah Deakin, have huge hearts. Tomlinson has a passion for children’s charities, especially those that support children with very serious and life-threatening illnesses. Last summer, it was reported how Louis and Johannah hosted a Cinderella ball at London’s Natural History Museum. It was widely reported, including in the Mirror, that Louis donated some $3 million of his personal wealth to support the charity, Believe In Magic.

While Tomlinson is the patron of a number of charities, he is remarkably discreet about his personal involvement. The story of how deeply and directly Tomlinson gets involved has never been told. Until now.

via Louis Tomlinson‚Äôs ‚ÄėFly High Buddy,‚Äô The Full Story Told For The First Time.

How A Middle Aged Punk Rocker Ends Up 1D Obsessed

In recent weeks I have gained a huge number of followers and attention from fans of One Direction because I write articles about them for news outlet Inquisitr. ¬†A huge number of people have asked me my views on a lot of issues connected with the band and as I can’t answer everyone personally this post is and attempt to answer those questions.

Let me explain a little bit about how I arrived where I am now. ¬†I retired from work a couple of years back on the grounds of ill health. ¬†I had been suffering badly from depression. ¬†I began writing to give myself a creative outlet and to fill my time. ¬†I have been a lifelong music nut. ¬†I still can’t walk past a record shop and I have a CD collection of around 10,000 discs.

As a result it was a no-brainer that I would write about music.  After a short time I was invited to write for a couple of music outlets and that eventually led to me writing for Inquisitr.

Inquisitr is what is known as a news aggregation service.  This means that it reports trending news based on what people are searching for on Google, Yahoo and Bing.  When I started out with Inquisitr around 13-months ago I noticed quickly that there was a lot of interest in stories about One Direction and pop culture in general and that is where most of my stories are drawn from.  In the beginning I wrote pretty much what the other outlets were covering whether that was positive or negative.

I confess that being a punk and metal fan I didn’t know a huge amount about One Direction. ¬†I detest reality TV and Simon Cowell so I have never watched X-Factor or the like. ¬†In all honesty I swallowed the line that One Direction was music for boy-band obsessed 12-year-old girls.

This all changed in October 2015.  I had written a couple of articles based on what Dan Wootton had said in the Sun.  As a result I was contacted by a number of 1D fans who challenged what I had written in a very nice, calm and measured way.  I had interesting conversations with them and promised that if they had angles that they thought I should research I would do so.

They asked me to look into a number of things and as promised I began to look deeply into the back story.  I was horrified by what I found.  What was immediately apparent was the degree of manipulation of the image the various members of One Direction were subject to.  The links between Anne Marie Samson and the Sun and all of the things that the more analytical fans have known for years fascinated and appalled me.

As a result of all my research I totally changed my outlook.  As time went on I became aware of the amazing work that 1D fans do for charity and how unfairly fans were represented in the media.  My experience was very different to the media portrayal.  I found that I admired the efforts that 1D fans went to in supporting the boys in all aspects of their lives.

I am particularly disgusted by the treatment Louis Tomlinson has had in some sections of the media so I set out to provide some balance by calling out lazy reporting by other outlets, challenging lies and reporting the positive stories.

This week I gained a huge number of new followers after some fans revealed that Louis’¬†mom, Johanna Deakin was following me on Twitter. ¬†She even retweeted one of my articles after I said that I would believe that she approved of my articles when she retweeted them. ¬†Shortly afterwards she did!

The question that most people ask me is whether or not I am a “Larry”meaning do I think Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are a couple?

The genuine truth is that I don’t know. ¬†That said a lot of the reported 1D “girlfriend” stories are so transparently false that it is hard to believe that anyone falls for it. ¬†Do I believe in Lounielle? ¬†Not for one second. ¬†Do I believe in Hendall? ¬†Not for one second.

Based on what I have read I believe Louis is probably gay and I think Harry is probably bi-sexual. ¬†My guess is that they either have or had a relationship but in all honesty I don’t really care about their sexuality¬†all that much. ¬†I am of the view that “some people are gay, get over it.” What I do care about is the fact that both the boys and the fans are being manipulated to preserve the image and the 1D brand.

If Larry is real then the boys should be able to come out and show who they really are.  The vast majority of fans will accept them no matter what.

My intention is to keep digging for the truth whatever that may be. ¬†Where I find positive stories I will report them. ¬†I hope 1D fans will continue to enjoy my work even if I write something they disagree with. ¬†I can’t promise that every story will be a positive one or that every one will be liked by fans. ¬†I can’t promise that I won’t be clumsy with my words on occasion.

What I can promise is that I will write every story with an open mind.  I will look beyond the headline and where possible I will get to the truth of the matter.

I hope that explains where I am coming from and where I am now. ¬†I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments below.