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beetroot
2 days ago
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Impulsive holiday taker ..Judging by the old saying, “What you don't know can't hurt you” strips of wood strapped onto boots, attacking piste anticipating slope correctly leaning forward working class anticipation on a face, this foreign piece of rock ripe to be tamed, by English.
Oop,s ! ,Stumbled one might say on to his mug ,fag still burning in gob. Then my delight descended alarmingly on past me at a pace, I shouted, “Facing wrong way old boy, not done”. Confess including, “ dummy” received reply ” dickhead”.
Gone, heading straight for club house received odd clap from the onlookers as he shot bye in admiration for his prowess the whole purpose of his actions is simply to serve as a warning to others how not to do it on to many haggis’s not to under estimate power of gravity.
I celebrated in the club house facing the barman a pure cliché of a f--king Scotsman tartan skirt on show, red hair dyed? possibly freckles etc. Eyes suggesting life of hardships maybe a few large portions of haggis consumed within his life time.
Novice skier arrived disheveled appeared walking like a cowboy, “Howdy partner!” ,”F--k off” replied my companion walking like a cowboy forlorn figure of man smart Oldham “C&A” outfit specially for occasion, ruined. There have been many definitions of hell, but for the English the best definition accompanying this particular being into highlands to a foreign loony tune land of tartan skirts and haggis.

Where old farts never die, they just lose their grip make fools of us. never an imposter, blockhead so stupid offensively, daft lime for making the journey skiing in “Scotland” with him to be a nameless pompous wt-t, actually "Barry a middle class one", a snowflake with brass.

Scene opens initially find us in a old fashioned establishment a place jammed full of strange f--king emblems, stag heads few males wearing kilts and hairy faces. Food described on a menu served up in tins like spuds tinned and the steak possibly out of" tin".
Cook was one bearded genius jock who served crap on a daily basis yet my erstwhile partner loved it end up with, metal fetish type of condition of poisoning.
Totally out of comfort zone, cold, hungry foreign place at Loch Morlich Youth hostel on snow covered mountain in, December a Xmas to remember.
One page out of fifty of my book Iv,e just started, Under chapter of "Hand luggage only" section namely, Idle Thoughts".
Give it a number out of 10,please, Ariadne you compulsive holiday taker.

BEETROOT.
beetroot
2 days ago
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Well Ariadne, any sign of Theseus?, being abandoned lends to a feeling of insecurity disapproval of the opposite sex, maybe! I'm partial to "Leffe" beer in small doses and the love of a good women, in small doses, but find today they have become totally brainwashed Suffragettes.

We used to have common ground love laugh and enjoy going forward, they are now subject to aspiring feminism. There is nothing on this earth to compare to than a beautiful women. Years ago they had style and something undeniable feminine bang on right wavelength.
Beetroot has been hailed as a new superfood. As well as containing beneficial antioxidants, which may help to mop up damaging free radicals in the blood, this root vegetable is rich in nutrients, like me.

Will report on your additional message later, making some beetroot soup.
BEETROOT.
ValC41
2 days ago
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Hello Ariadne,I am fine and keeping well hope you are too.I have had the first vaccine so am feeling better about that
Ariadne
3 days ago
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Are you confident with your G.P's telephone diagnosis ?
Especially if you know you need a hands on .press and a squeeze around ,,which is really difficult to
explain exactly where the pain is . Has your Health centre totally shelved face to face
appointments ?with A&E being the last place that you want to visit
Rayot
5 days ago
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What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare,
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep and cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time time to turn at Beauty`s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait until her mouth can
Enrich the smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies
beetroot
11th Jan 2021
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Howdy, SOPHIE, French origin, lady of wisdom I believe!, lost and unable to relocate the Yellow Brick road, lost maybe like the scarecrow . "Madam, look for that rainbow its there, somewhere ,will lead you to salvation. It,s a time of "What goes round, come round", we are all at the crossroads and must come together beating this virus and what transpires afterwards,

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." , All together now ,Sophie," Always look on the bright side of life".



Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
"Here's, looking at you kid"
Wiilliam UK.
Rayot
8th Jan 2021
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The growth of electric cars and scooters.
Rayot
8th Jan 2021
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The Black Lives Matter campaign
Rayot
8th Jan 2021
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Rayot
8th Jan 2021
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moray
10th Jan 2021
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Yes please and body rings. I have seen these and they look great on both genders. Tattoos on particular parts of the body are fabulous. No need to be shy.
Rayot
6th Jan 2021
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THE BULK BUYING OF TOILET ROLLS:
Rayot
8th Jan 2021
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I feel that I am missing the point. Why are people stocking-up with toilet rolls ?
Rayot
5th Jan 2021
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I would like to know what members think about tattoos and studs.
beetroot
3rd Jan 2021
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Ariadne!! , Many thanks for your comments, forgive one assuming you a Guardian reader or perpetual TV licence contributor for loony lefties
(Are you an alien ambassador ,or ,a sleeping human ). your statement is a contradiction in words, however "You are awful!, but I like you"
THANK YOU,
BEETROOT,

STILL, SEARCHING FOR ENGLAND,S GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND, all together now, " ALL,WAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE"
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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I saw , or heard ,the following , and thought it would make , for me ,
a really good New Year's resolution,,,
Live Your Life ,The Way It Makes You Happy,
I am going to do this ,,as soon as I can dig the car out . !
Rayot
2nd Jan 2021
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Isn`t it fun to voice one`s opinion ?
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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when are you going to give one ?????????
SOPHIE68
11th Jan 2021
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NOT WHEN YOU GET SLAMMED WITH PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE YOUR OPINION 7 get cused out for it.
Rayot
2nd Jan 2021
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What was the best thing before sliced bread ?
Ariadne
3rd Jan 2021
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Freshly baked oven bread !!!!!
Rayot
2nd Jan 2021
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Why was there only one Monopolies Commission ?
Ariadne
3 days ago
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They only had one board..
Rayot
2nd Jan 2021
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Views on tattoos and studs.
moray
9th Jan 2021
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Its great to see both sexes having tattoos, studs and rings. I've seen guys with tattoos and rings on intimate bits and this does look fabulous.
SOPHIE68
11th Jan 2021
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can't stand them!! i think they are ugly!!
moray
11th Jan 2021
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Some can be risky though I find most tattoos when you see the tattoo on the whole body and rings attractive.
Rayot
5 days ago
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It`s in my DNA to look at women. I don`t letch, but they do attract me. However, the tiniest tattoo puts me off. The same with studs. I like a woman with adornments but not jewellery attached to their bodies other than earrings.

As for men with tattoos, rings and studs; they have psychological issues.
Ariadne
17th Dec 2020
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Has this happened to you ?
I was due to have a shoulder operation , which has been cancelled ,because .I have no one to stay with me overnight after the operation .
in my home . I have had two previous ops ,on the same shoulder ,and was kept in the hospital overnight .Have the rules changed ?
Living alone can cause us problems ,this one is a disaster , I can see no way around it. Has anyone a suggestion to overcome this .?
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Rayot
2nd Jan 2021
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I think it may be due to the epidemic we are suffering !
Ariadne
3 days ago
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No Rayot ,the reason was ,that I had no one to stay with me overnight, to make sure I didn't stop breathing ,Sorry this is a tad late ,but I
haven't passed my test on finding my way around this site ..
Billythequiche
17th Dec 2020
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To all SilverSurfers, have the best Christmas you can in the circumstances. You are all adults (and more) and so are best qualified to decide what is best for you and yours,
To the moderator and staff, thank you and best wishes.
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And a very Happy Christmas to you too 🙂
Ariadne
28th Dec 2020
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So, Billy----- how did it go ???? did you remain vertical ? Stuff and snooze, and, take the print from the T,V mag ,trying to find
a film you had seen umpteen times before..?
Billythequiche
28th Dec 2020
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Fine, thanks for asking; and you?
More food left than we had planned, it was meant for six for a few days. Never mind, we have frozen lots of two portion meals, turkey soup, veg soup and even bubble and squeak. Not much goes to waste in our house, use it, freeze it or give it away. I'd pushed the boat out on good wine and now we will be able to enjoy it for weeks instead of days.
As you say, TV was rubbish, even the so called block-busters. Treated ourselves to a DVD that may not be to everyones taste, the recording of the Andre Rieux concert at Mastricht. Three hours of sheer entertainment. Not what you might expect and all the better for that.
The future is looking better. Vaccinations continue apace, the new Oxford Vaccine is set to join the others. Even Brexit has a result. It can only get better from here.
I was pleased and touched by your enquiry, it was almost like a letter from a family member. Please stay safe and well along with your family and friends.

Only one bummer. Won't be dusting off the DJ to spend a night or two at a hotel for New Year.
Ariadne
28th Dec 2020
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Hello, I am just doing a bit of "Green Goddess " stuff, boring but necessary. My freezer is full of interesting parcels ,because
I never write on the bags what's inside. .Sometimes good ,other times ,a bin job !! It will be another surprise dinner tonight .Since we are obliged to not eat out ,and cooking is of no interest at the moment ,and ,there is only me, .I tend to lean towice of you to ards sandwiches.The only blessing of this second...I don't know why they insist it's the Second , we hadn't really got over the first one. I Digress !!! my favourite chippy was not closed, this time ,He makes fish cakes to die for,, Might make a good New Year's resolution ,to have a fishcake everyday,.at least it would get me out of the house, get some slap on and non sloppy gear,.Stretch the car's legs as well. Used to walk on the beach every new years day , edge of the Atlantic
Need to stop now ,before you "drop off " nice of you to talk back ,not many people do ,Tell me more ,and I will drown you in words
Read my poems ,and give me your opinion . This is NOT compulsory .,
Billythequiche
29th Dec 2020
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Hi Ariadne, love the name. Bill is the preferred way, Billythequiche refers to when I was a manager in a food manufacturers that made quiche. If you will pardon the question, do you ever have Chinese take aways? We have found that the containers with lids, make ideal storage solutions for the freezer. You can write on the lids with a "Sharpie"
Personally, I don't have a problem talking to people, but you have to admit that social media and chat sites are ideal for those who are uncomfortable with face to face with strangers and like the anonymity.
You indicated that you miss eating out. Really miss it, along with theatre, cinema and gazing at the sea from the Cornish coast. We were supposed to see Madame Butterfly in April, it has been rebooked for April 2021 so we live in hopes.
My car complained this morning at the lack of mileage and needed two turns of the key to start. Poor thing does not get run as it used to. At first lockdown I registered for online shopping for the first time. In the brief respite at the start of September, we managed to get to St. Ives. As it had taken us 13 hours to get home last year we took the train; all in all a pleasant experience but reducing the car mileage.
Nice to hear that your intellect is in top gear as it is difficult to exercise the body fully especially today as it is snowing.
Keep well,
Bill
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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You should treat your car ,as you would treat a woman .with care and kindness, and ,take it out regularly ..
Go shopping , ! On line will be the death of communicating with each other. I found it quite interesting watching supermarket
assistants throwing products into boxes for the On Lline shoppers , everything was just put into the boxes without being checked over
for faults..
Billythequiche
3rd Jan 2021
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Had decided to take the car for a run and use some loud pedal to charge the battery and clean out the exhaust ; then it snowed.
I dare say that my car is less able in the snow than your horse.
During the first lockdown, shielding meant arranging online shopping for the first time. Sainsbury serves us well. Have been shopping since but hoards of people, ignoring mask rules and social distancing is off-putting.
Ariadne
3rd Jan 2021
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Metal horse ,like yours at the moment , only one prob ,it is front wheel drive I don't do on line shopping ,and I did not queue, If there was a queue ,i just left..
I am a Lidl girl,, .have been since it was a dirty word. . Sainsbury's has never been my cup of tea ,or anything else they sell.
Snow gone ,sunshine ,abounds ,Tomorrow is the start of my ,"get more oxygen " era, but fresh type only. I don't know which bit of the U K
you live in ,but there is none of that nonsense here.Even the mall was loosely filled with humans. all keeping to the Boris rules.
Keep safe
Billythequiche
4th Jan 2021
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Back in March, when we were told to shield. none of our usual places would offer us delivery slots. We were left with three options: risk it, rely on the goodwill of family and friends risking it or finding a delivery solution. I found out that Sainsbury offered a solution for this situation. I completed an online confirmation and they committed to a weekly delivery. To be fair, they have been totally reliable and you can't knock the quality. It's strange how quickly you develop the feeling that you owe something to someone who has treated you favourably.
You say you don't joke but some of the things you say really amuse me. Describing yourself as a "Lidl Girl" had me laughing out loud.
Ariadne
4th Jan 2021
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Hi , My jokes are just normal everyday conversations which does make people laugh, hope you didn't fall out of your chair !!!!
So you feel beholden to Sainsbury's ,,suppose they are on your Xmas list now ? a T.V documentary I was on ,.the crew were falling about with
my "one liners ",which needless to say,,did not make the show .. A chunk of this "note ", has just done a runner. I said, twice now ,,,,,that I could do with someone making me laugh ,,or even smile at this point . Are you , or anyone else up for it ? Daily job until the 9th.. Probable explanation , on the 9th., and you will all be treated favourably ---------------By the way ,Lidl cannot be faulted on anything . Meat fish and fresh Produce in particular. ,, German people will NOT eat rubbish.. Don't suppose you have ever been inside one ?
Billythequiche
5th Jan 2021
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Actually, went into a Lidl in 2001 while in Portugal. Never had one close enough to try locally. I meant no disrespect to Lidl, it was only funny in a different context; you saying you are a "Lidl girl" as opposed to a "Big girl" Silly and not politically correct I know but I find good puns amusing.
I don't think I feel beholden to Sainsbury, just feel more satisfied with their service than with the usual companies who chose to ignore online orders, emails, phone calls and messages. This was despite having all my details on a loyalty card, strange that as soon as things last eased, they sent an email coupon offering money off a large shop.
Ariadne
5th Jan 2021
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AAAGGHH,, I sometimes get behind a person who has a yard of cards . I'm also a wine gum girl,,and a speed girl . and one or two more,
There must be a Lidl near you now.!!! As it's your anniversary of your visit to Lidl, Save you lot of money ... Was going to do them today, but
been busy on the phone ,and emails , can't be asked. now Is there a particular reason why you don't answer questions???? I have a friend who does it to me ,purely because she knows it winds me up . I had a laugh at myself prior to finding you ,why is it sooooooooooooo
difficult I scrolled through my bits,, on here ,,so many ,i didn't realise how many times I have been ignored I am probably regarded . .as a
boring old fart .. The word OLD ...... is to be ignored ..One day I did go into Sainsbury's .i just wanted some eggs ..and could n't find them , I always dress ""Exceedingly Well " when I go out ....A shop assistant was obviously watching me going up and down every aisle ,and asked if she could help .. Big smile from me and i said "Yes ,where are your F eggs , her face was a picture ,and she said ."I never expected you to say that "" then we both laughed. ,you look such a lady ,
Billythequiche
6th Jan 2021
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I suppose that there must be one (Lidl) fairly close but have made the decision to stay with online until I have had the vaccination.
The quote that you dress "Exceedingly Well", makes you sound like a "Kipling Girl".
SOPHIE68
11th Jan 2021
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THOUGHT I'D GIVE YOU A HEADS UP ABOUT YOUR CAR NOT KNOWING WHAT YEAR IT IS OR WHAT SHAPE IT'S IN BUT ANY WAY HERES WHAT I DID IN MICHIGAN & AM STILL DOING IN OKLAHOMA I BOUGHT A CAR COVER ONLINE CAN'T REMEMBER HOW MUCH I PAYED FOR IT BUT I ALSO BOUGHT 2 HEAVY MOVING BLANKETS & AFTER DRIVING MY CAR TO GET IT ALL WARMED UP I TAKE IT HOME PARK IT & PUT BOTH BLANKETS ON THE HOOD THEN PUT THE CAR COVER ON THE CAR SO TO PROTECT IT SOMEWHAT FROM THE COLD. IT'S WORKING JUST A HASSEL TO UNDO & REDO WHEN I HAVE TO GO OUT. THESE DAY IS SHOULD SAY NIGHTS IT HAS BEE IN THE 20'S HERE IN TAHLEQUAH OKLAHOMA. ANOTHER THING YOU CAN DO IS TO DISCONNECT THE BATTERY AFTER RETURNING HOME FROM YOUR OUTINGS THIS WILL PROLONG THE LIFE OF THE BATTERY BUT IT'S ALSO A REAL HASSEL. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM 67 SOON TO BE 68 & I STILL COVER UP MY CAR & WILL DO SO UNTIL I'M JUST TO OLD TO DO OTHERWISE. I'M A STRONG OLD BROAD WEATHER CAN'T PUT THIS WOMEN DOWN VERY EASY.
SOPHIE68
11th Jan 2021
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THEY GET PAID BY THE HOUR WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CARE ABOUT WHAT EVER IS IN THE BOXES FOR OTHER PEOPLE A LOT OF THEM ARE YOUNG KIDS THAT HAVE TO WORK AS MANY DON'T WANT TO WORK. A LOT OF THEM HAVE NO RESPECT FOR OTHERS THEY JUST WANT TO GET THE DAY OVER WITH SO THEY CAN GO DO WHAT EVER. ONE OF THESE TIMES MAYBE THESE YOUNGENS WILL WIZE UP A GAIN RESPECT FOR OTHERS.
SOPHIE68
11th Jan 2021
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I STLL SAY THAT CARS WERE ONE OF THE WORST INVENTIONS TO EVER BE CREATED. PEOPLE DRIVE AS IDIOTS THE SLICKER THE ROADS THE FASTER THEY GO & THEY DRIVE IN HEAVY FOG WITH THEIR BRIGHTS ON & TRAVEL 49-60 MPH THEN OOPS!! THEY JUST HIT SOMEONE & WONDER HOW IT HAPPENED. A LOT OF THEM SEEM TO NO LONGER HAVE COMMON SINCE THESE DAYS. IF WE WERE TO GO BACK TO HORSE'S IT WOULD JUST TAKE A BIT LONGER TO GET TO WHERE WE WANT TO GO & WOULD BE MUCH SAFER NOT TO MENTION THAT IT WOULD PUT ALL THE INSURANCE COMPANIES OUT OF BUSINESS WHICH I THINK WOULD BE GREAT & THERE WOULN'T BE AIR POLUTION AS THERE IS NOW ALL DUE TO CARS. & FACTORIES
Billythequiche
11th Jan 2021
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I appreciate your suggestions for the car, you obviously take a pride in your car and think sensibly about its upkeep. I have no weather issues now as I have a brick built garage to keep the car in. I say now as at the end of last year I had to replace the garage roof to main the weather tightness.
I had thought of buying a battery charger to keep it topped up. Unfortunately, though not new, my car is a modern design and has "stop/start" technology. This means that chargers are very expensive, as are batteries; so I will see how it goes.
Billythequiche
11th Jan 2021
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I hear what you say, there is not a lot of joy in driving these days. There are a lot of loonies about who should never have a licence. I must admit that age takes its toll and I am sure that I am not as good a driver as I once was, reaction time etc must be less. I am more careful and thoughtful though, hazard awareness and road perception mean I have a clean licence and haven't had an accident in many years.
However, having had a nightmare drive back from Cornwall in 2019, when we got an opportunity to revisit in September last year, we went by rail. Catching a lucky break between lockdowns, it was a very enjoyable and stress-free experience. The rules were strict for face coverings and social distancing but that made you feel safe. It was much less expensive than I thought, the fuel cost alone would be more than the rail fare.
I suspect that if I tried to throw my leg over a horse, I would split in two; the nearest I got to a horse was shovelling the droppings to put on dads rhubarb when I was a child. It was bad enough splitting the backside of my jeans getting on my motorbike as a teenager.
Terrytop
29th Nov 2020
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Shopping Around Is Not The Best Idea...
Terrytop
29th Nov 2020
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...And I say this because I SHOP AHEAD!
I save a really significant amount of money by keeping at least one spare item of every day items, such as bleach and other cleaners, tea, coffee, sugar cooking oil, and so much other stuff.
When I run out of an item I get the spare out of the cupboard (which I got for a bargain price at the time of purchase), and put in my 'Shop Ahead' list which I keep with me when I go out.
It can be quite fun trawling around the shops looking for items on my list, and quite a lifting experience when bargains are snapped up, to be placed in my reserved cupboard.
It is not an exageration to say that I reckon I save around 25% on all relevant items with my 'Shop Ahead' strategy.
Shooping around is for when we NEED something, then we have to pay the piper's price.
Get listing all the stuff you have not much of and go on the hunt!
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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Much more fun if you forget to take your shopping list . Keeps your brain in gear ,trying to remember what was on it.
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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Does anyone agree ,that our water supplies ,dams ,reservoirs ,water companies ,should have the water tested ..Sewage has been tested ,and found to contain the VIRUS, , It is common sense that , what goes into our bodies ,will eventually exit said body . Everyone uses water,
and the speed of the population going down with this awful disease. , instant access .to bodies with a cuppa , I have emailed the government about this ,to no avail ,, At least The House of Lords do reply ,more or less sending a reason why they can't deal with it .
Rayot
20th Dec 2020
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Imagine what it must be like to have only dirty water to drink like so many people.
Mari50
14th Nov 2020
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hiya
Did anyone see the Simon Reeve programme on Sunday. It is so refreshing to see a journalist show the world how inequality is shown. Everyone sees the beauty and holiday spots of a community but Simon showed what it is all bout. I lived in Camborne for nearly 30 years but I was upset to see it as it now because all trade has gone elsewhere or closed. I worked in one of the factories in the 60s and I enjoyed it. Thank you Simon for showing the real life. .
TeresaC53
29th Nov 2020
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Hi Mari50 I did not catch that programme would have liked to seen it. I come from Camborne lived there for a good while till I married, now live in London outskirts,. I also worked in factories in 60s first one aged 15 as sewing machinist.
TeresaC53
8th Nov 2020
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Should there be an annual set budget for the monarchy?
TeresaC53
8th Nov 2020
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There has been a massive increase in the grant over the past ten years, while public services are cut and jobs lost. The monarchy should be funded on the basis of need and budgets should be scrutinised and set annually, as they are for other institutions.

Would you vote for a fairer set annual budget for them?
Terrytop
29th Nov 2020
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The stats show that the monarchy brings in more to the U.K. coffers than it costs, well maybe not in the case of Charlie and his lot of hangers on, say no names...
TeresaC53
29th Nov 2020
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Terrytop There is no evidence for this the RF does not bring in more tourists Do not work hard in fact they hardly work at all.

Is this Corruption?

There is plenty of evidence that the royals deliberately and routinely abuse their positions for personal gain.

They spend taxpayers’ money like it’s going out of fashion, on private travel, palatial homes, round- the-clock security and personal staff. Their misuse of public funds is a bigger scandal than the £345m annual bill

We do know that secret deals have been done between the palace and the government, to allow them to avoid as much tax as they can. The Duchy of Cornwall, a large business enterprise run by Prince Charles, refuses to pay its taxes, despite MPs saying they should.

The royals have extensive access to public money, government ministers and every opportunity to interfere – all covered up by Freedom of Information laws and Royal Archive secrecy.

It’s highly likely that the secrecy is there for one good reason: if we could also see what the royals were up to we wouldn’t like what we see. Is the monarchy corrupt? How can we say it isn’t?
TeresaC53
29th Nov 2020
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Republic has a brand new website where you can find lots of information about the RF and get a more balanced view ok https://www.republic.org.uk
Terrytop
29th Nov 2020
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Hi, I actually know quite a lot about:
"The Duchy of Cornwall, a large business enterprise run by Prince Charles, refuses to pay its taxes"
I used to live close to area for some years, and their stuff was supposed and purported to be 'the finest, all green, free range and all that sort of stuff. I think Mrs Bouchet from the TV series used to shop with them, if you get my drift...
The estates were grand and pompous, all mouth and trousers, prices for goods exhorbitant, and at the time I reckond all quite a rip off and a farce.
Well, after Diana Charlie must have spent a FORTUNE on the awful person, and ugly C.
What on earth did, does he see in her when Diana was so beautiful, inside as well as out.
Now C has a royal title, all an inside job and all so totally disgusting!!!
Charlie is a fraud, he may resemble his uncle Lord Mountbatten, but in character he is the opposite.
Lazy, pompous, vain, over spoilt, naive, and not much more than a taker...Oh and a real wimp.
Hope the MIBS don't read this ;-((
TeresaC53
29th Nov 2020
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Terrytop I agree don't think Charles will have respect that queen has had. Time for the outdated monarchy to go.
Rayot
19th Dec 2020
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You know, there is something wonderful about the British monarchy: while we have a king or a queen no one else can occupy the top job. We don`t want a president, thank you.
Rayot
19th Dec 2020
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.................and who would we replace our monarchy with ? (Donald Trump will be looking for a job soon !!!)
TeresaC53
20th Dec 2020
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It's simple: Hereditary public office goes against every democratic principle.

And because we can’t hold the Queen and her family to account at the ballot box, there’s nothing to stop them abusing their privilege, misusing their influence or simply wasting our money.

Meanwhile, the monarchy gives vast arbitrary power to the government, shutting voters out from major decisions affecting the national interest. The Queen can only ever act in the interests of the government of the day and does not represent ordinary voters.

The monarchy is a broken institution. A head of state that’s chosen by us could really represent our hopes and aspirations – and help us keep politicians in check.

And this from a young Australian guy his opinion on why we should abolish the monarchy

And my opinion I hope Australia get their own Head of State after Queen goes

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y0XH0_Eccl8#
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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if Charles won't pay any taxes ,would anyone have the " bottle " to send in the bailiffs ?
TeresaC53
2nd Jan 2021
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No Ariadne the monarchy is above the law it seems
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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Shame really .The Inland Revenue ought to use the high court bailiffs on the "Can't pay ,we will take it away " They stand NO nonsense
or excuses from anyone .Can you imagine all the cars at Highgrove with wheel clamps ha ha .
Rayot
4th Jan 2021
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If we got rid of the monarchy who would be head of the country ?
Wilf
4th Jan 2021
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Boris? I am laughing as I write it!
Rayot
4th Jan 2021
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See what I mean - better the dog you know (Sorry Your Majesty)
Rayot
4th Jan 2021
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Donald Trump is a democratically-elected head of state !!!!
Rayot
4th Jan 2021
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I think Charles is the reason the Queen is determined to live as long as she can.
TeresaC53
4th Jan 2021
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A democratically Elected Head of State chosen by us. It could be a doctor for instance or any of the many good people of UK
TeresaC53
4th Jan 2021
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It would not be someone like the US president style it would be similar as to what they have in Ireland a well liked, respected president
TeresaC53
4th Jan 2021
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Yes I think so. People won't be as keen with him as a so called King ha.
Ariadne
3 days ago
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Probably one of the foreigners that have bought up most of the U.K
TeresaC53
8th Nov 2020
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Should there be a set annual budget for the monarchy?
bjs47
6th Nov 2020
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Please write your comments here...why does a uk pensioner who is born before April 1951 receive more than 2thousand pounds per year government old age pension less than a pensioner born after April 1951
Terrytop
29th Nov 2020
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What about Andy, I reckon he should be arrested for his part in the US scandel, he clearly lied and lied in his embarrasing tv interview, and the nation very easily saw through him!
He said that he did not recall the photo and of knowing the young lady in the photos, shame on you!
And as for his stupid lame of a brother, well that is another story...
Ariadne
17th Dec 2020
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Hi ,did you get any response at all to your question , ? Did or have you contacted the Pensions department ? It's an awful lot of money to be
kept back,
Rayot
19th Dec 2020
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Because we are worth it !
Ettaariane
19th Dec 2020
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Wow , did not know that. Thank you. Going to do research as would like and answer. Keep safe.
Rayot
20th Dec 2020
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I must confess to having a sense of humour.
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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you could always give the Pensions Department a ring ,and ask them ,The call is free
Ariadne
2nd Jan 2021
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Thank goodness for that, not many of those around !!!
beetroot
19th Oct 2020
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The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail – its roof
may shake – the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter – the rain may enter – but the Queen of
England cannot enter – all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement! No free man shall be seized or imprisoned or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him or send
others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

We must lead other than be led by a national broadcaster full of loonies.
William.
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Are chronic health conditions being neglected,?
Just realised that my husbands 3 monthly checks for Chronic Kidney Disease, asthma ,& high blood pressure have not been done since January this year. His symptoms have deteriorated this past week or so & he will try to get a doctors appointment, but surely most GP services should be more available now?
I've been waiting 4 weeks so far fof a heart scan after i was diagnosed with irregular heart beat. I also have problems walking & was told that i may need foot surgery. A telephone appointment with the hospital left me with a recommendation to buy a foot insert which I did as well as orthopedic shoes but my condition is deteriorating & I am worried that I will soon not be able to walk.
So....I dont think we are the only ones with these problems- what are others experiencing?
ValC41
16th Oct 2020
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Both of us do need check ups.Me for COPD and asthma and various blood tests.All these were due for me in March.My hubby is diabetic and has chronic arthritis and a blood disorder,he too has needed the tests since March.Apparently the surgery thinks you should ring for an appointment but generally it is a phone call to say carry on as you are.I am sure there must be doctors on duty and if there is not there shoud be.Where are thay all
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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Sadly ,I think seeing the G.P visit, is now ,a thing of the past .Receptionists ,or as I call them "Border Patrol " seem to be in charge of selecting
patients who need attention.. A powerful place to be . The route now seems to be ,you phone the surgery ,the receptionists asks why, you may then be given a Phone back ,,meaning you have to stay in all day waiting for said phone call. The doctor listens whilst you explain ,then comes one of the now standard suggestions ,,, "See how it goes " "keep your eye on it ". "I'm not too concerned that
there is anything sinister going on " ,and the best one is ,,,"If it gets any worse ,make an appointment to see me " If you have an appointment with a hospital department ,I find that ringing them ,and asking how far down the list you are.,.or ,if in fact you are on it .
I now use H&B as my G P Herbs and Vitamins , and you don't need an appointment . Apparently a good percentage of us humans
are now Taking care of ourselves. It works for me .
ValC41
18th Nov 2020
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Thank you for that comment.I do believe we are looking after ourselves but at what cost ?.I have COPD and haven`t had a check up for over a year.Also my hubby has Diabetes and he hasn`t had his checkup or a blood test because he has something wrong with his blood.Are we making our conditions worse or better ?
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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No Val ,I think the more we are involved with knowing what our bodies need ,the better off we are ,I know that since I started to take care of myself ,I don't stress out for not knowing why something is hurting ,or, if I feel a new pain. Stress is responsible for a lot of our aches and pains I ask Google ,and read everything it throws at me , ,and use Vitamins and minerals rather than prescription drugs,,and some common sense, And ,,,Tiger Balm ,,, smelly but good. I have all the tackle the doctor has .thermometer, stethoscope ,the music from my intestines is awsome ,a B. P monitor,and the very useful oxometer,
Can you buy Diabetes checkers from a good chemist ?? I now work on the principle that ,,,,,, If I am vertical ,,I'm O.K
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ValC41
18th Nov 2020
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I agree mainly.I feel ok and have all the things as you stated so can keep a check.My hubby has a meter for diabetes but really needs his meds for that checking as he has changed it himself.He`s not worried but I still worry.Thanks for your reply
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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Hi ,I always think it's nice when readers bother to reply, sort of makes me feel that there is somebody
who needs a word or two ,,to give a helping hand ,,or mouth
Take care ,
ValC41
18th Nov 2020
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Thank you for your reply.It is very heartening as you say.Keep safe
Ariadne
28th Dec 2020
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Can't pharmacist's help you ? They have been given extended usefullness ! to patients ,and are prone to talking to us with help.
and, give" time ", sadly lacking with GP's .I think my G.P has a clock placed somewhere behind the patient's back ,so he can watch for the
ten minute deadline.
Ariadne
3 days ago
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Hello Val ,just thought I would ask how you are ,Safe and well I hope.
beetroot
22nd Sep 2020
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TV LICENCE AND BBC

BBC, if a poll was to be orchestrated in respects to the “Metro Elite” a good percentage of votes received lead you to believe in extraterrestrial beings, UFO,s (Useless F---ing Objects).

Lends you to believe they are one and the same specimens a type who developed the media to peddle crap. It's quite logical they have taken over the airwaves to misinform at our expense.
Search for “SETI” (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) fails on studying brain waves being emitted from “Television Centre” during day light less so in evening most of them sleeping after binging on their expense account, huge wages.

Using their basic ability created a platform of contacting similar aliens on the globe admit it's more complex fail to see outgoing transmissions received by us the general public have no use in modern world therefore not fit our consumption.
It seems wrong to me that we should have to pay for their own brainwashing, let the rich elite pay for their own propaganda.
We have the opportunity to be Ambassadors to wake sleeping humans thus making us all free.
Terrytop
29th Nov 2020
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Once retired I believe it is the duty of goverment to respect all the taxes and all we have contributed throughout our working lives, and respect us by allowing 'free' public transport, and of course tv licenses, and MORE!
Means tested, maybe, coz the fat cats should not be given the same, that would be totally unfair.
Reminds me of the Poll Tax, the downfall of Mrs. T.
beetroot
29th Nov 2020
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Hello, Terrytop, thank you for your comment, it,,s time for the silent majority to get off their bums and wake up. "Your country needs them"

Beetroot.
Ariadne
3rd Jan 2021
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So,Beetroot. what is your point ?? You keep contradicting yourself .and ,not making an awful lot of sense .about anything.
Are you an alien ambassador ,or ,a sleeping human,?
Ariadne
3 days ago
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Well Beetroot after ,trying to find what wavelength you are on ,I admit defeat .I would however , suggest that whatever you are taking ,,you should
reduce the dose .
PossieJim
14th Sep 2020
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Many people in the UK are unaware that if one retires to live overseas, the UK pension is not indexed in some nations; even if us British expats have paid our National Insurance contributions. Most, more than 95% of the 498,000 expats whose UK State pensions are never increased, are retired in Commonwealth nations. The British government says this is because the UK cannot afford £600Million to uprate all UK pensions fairly, and yet theirs' is a disingenuous argument. This annual cost to uprate all UK pensions fairly, as every other OECD Nation does for Britain's pension policy is unique, and put into perspective, £600Million is significantly less than 0.6 % of the UK's 2020/21 forecast annual pension budget of £108.5 Billion.

The UK's unfair, unequal, discriminatory pension policy has been strongly criticized by the quality UK media, viz;- http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/money/article4104695.ece & https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pensions-apartheid-is-keeping-expats-trapped-in-the-past-p5mj2pfjf , https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52547281# & https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/oct/13/frozen-state-pensions-petition.

Furthermore, if the Government had the courage and common sense, to increase all its pensions fairly to all those who wish to leave the UK http://www.theasiantoday.com/index.php/2015/04/22/frozen-pension-policy/, possibly thousands more would emigrate, saving the UK National Health and various social services, many thousands of pounds sterling.

Moreover, to uprate all State age pensions fairly and equally could be easily achieved by a very small increase in NI contributions of no more than 40pence/week, i.e. the cost of just one cigarette from the average pay-packet and not "food on the table"; then £600million could be made available to provide the required £600Million and Britain could more honestly bask and promote itself as being a fair-minded, moral, ethical and non discriminatory nation.
Ariadne
3rd Jan 2021
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Well PJ ,I have to correct you on one point .I lived abroad for quite a few years ,and did in fact , receive the standard pension increase ,.Measly though it was. The pension amount to the resident pensioners of Southern Ireland was ,and is .considerably more than in the U K
The U K government is particularly adept at relieving pensioners of their pensions by enforcing means that have to be obeyed. purely because they can ,without much opposition from them ,and accompanied by a mountain of forms that have to be filled, Laughable but seemingly true ,,when pensioners reach 80, they do receive an extra 25 pence a week.
molly25
6th Sep 2020
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getting rid of GLliniker and the rest of over payed footballers
oscarsmum08
25th Aug 2020
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If, like me, you are unhappy with the BBC's decision to remove the free TV licences to the over 75s, you might want to tap into the Silver Voices website and Facebook page. They are campaigning for the reinstatement of this benefit along with other topics of concern, such as rising funeral costs. For more information, here is the website address
www,silvervoices.co.uk
Ariadne
3 days ago
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AnointedRose
24th Aug 2020
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This year's US Election
Faith-based
Aging Women
Aging People of Color
AnointedRose
24th Aug 2020
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I would also add topics such as Real Estate/Business Ownership and InvestmentBusiness
Mental Health and Aging
viking
8th Aug 2020
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As it seems that discussions about the TV LICENCE has now gone off the boil in these colums, how about opening it up again now that fresh revelations have been revealed. Viz
The BBC IS ABOUT TO SPEND £38 MILLION to chase up pensioners for the new TV licence as from august 2020. !!!???
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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They have just caught up with me ,, and done the THREAT thing of not renewing my licence, for which I watch just a couple of THEIR
programmes, . It's pointless chopping my nose off to spite my face , .so I very reluctantly " coughed up " and wrote a large THANK YOU
on the document. . Sad old country we live in ..The Americans use a very appropriate saying ,,,, YOU CAN' T BEAT CITY HALL ""
Ariadne
3rd Jan 2021
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i have re opened TV licences ,but I suppose it will die another death . Very few contributors are interested in carrying on conversations on any subject ,. The Irish have a good way of dealing with government demands for money, . THEY DON'T pay.. Example ..... the government tried to introduce Water Charges .and failed ,NO ON PAID .and it was dropped .trouble with the "English " is ,that we are a load of "WUSSES" I'm
waiting for the day when the pension is withdrawn ,and are given Pocket money
unclehefty
4th Aug 2020
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EOTHO, or whatever its called. I had occasion to visit my local cafe in the village this morning to discuss an article and thought; 'While here how about a bacon butty and a cuppa!' went to pay after and the cashier said that was £6 but £3. I was puzzled but thought it was special discount for me - but 'No' it was one of Rishi's snacks. I wanted to pay the full amount but no, the Government would pay the balance. I'm all for a bargain, but think that the money for such small things would be better diverted to, say, helping the entertainment industry, who have absolutely no revenue and many will go to the wall and thousands of staff will lose their jobs and livelihoods. Quite apart from who is locked down, who can be released from detention, whether or not there will be a vaccine or a second wave - so much is confused.

Apologies for droning on ...
monzaV
1st Aug 2020
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Not sure this is something for speakers corner but really felt so sad for people who had arranged very large -wedding down to very small wedding and now to not even that, it's heart breaking and with so little notice I can see girls crying on Mum's shoulder with beautiful dress no one will see. It isn't good enough we should be able to do better and as for Eid we could have done better there. It they had told the rest of us that xmas is cancelled at 9.30 pm on xmas eve how would we have coped a turkey in the oven to feed ten and only three can come, what's more the shops are closed so the rest of the family will be on .cheese and biscuits. And not a sign of humilty in sight from any one of them, we are doing well state of the art this wondrerful results that none of which is happenning highest rate of deaths in Europe from the 6th richest country in the world. They are a damned disgrace from beginning to now no ifs no buts stop the bluster stop the damned sound bites
and start governing if you can't throw the towel and give the job to someone else.ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH.
cindylouwho
21st Jul 2020
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Please offer tips on indoor gardening for clueless woman with a black thumb. I bought a grow light and tomato seeds for my townhome. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
REKS
11th Jul 2020
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Why are there so any charities for the same problem and is there a norm for the cost of administrations for them ?
Rayot
4th Jan 2021
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Registered charities do have their accounts audited. I know someone who worked for a small local charity and they were closed down. I think it was because their administration costs were relatively too high. But you make a good point. If you write to you MP they will give you the name of the relevant person.

Some charities are very rich. Because blindness is so emotive, The Royal National Institute for the Blind is incredibly wealthy but blindness is not very common now. My wife was a teacher of the blind and she was very well paid. We were both volunteers for our local blind school in Harrogate. The only shortage we had was blind children !
Ariadne
3 days ago
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The Donkey Sanctuary is allegedly the richest charity The one .In the Rep of Ireland has organised coach parties go to the sanctuary. The donkeys who are in the
worst state are in the first paddock at the sanctuary ,which brings out the "OH poor things " .A collecting box ,in the wall suggests that we put our donations in it. This place is obviously run as a business . with a gift shop,and a coffee shop. I support one charity ,,,The Air
Ambulance for Children . All above board .with no "executives " to run it .
JazzeR77
30th Jun 2020
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May I, as an octogenarian, ask the editorial staff to please use a BLACK typeface colour as the grey they use on a white background is difficult to read for my octo. eyes??
Rayot
19th Dec 2020
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bob scott
26th Jun 2020
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The mad sad days down on the beach! was it worth it stuck in cars for hours on end, locals unable to go about their business and then social distant thrown out of the window, whilst 80. year plus are still lock up just due to numbers of which the majority were due to deaths in care home for lack of PPE. far to late, costing the lives not only of residents but those of carers too, of which one of our Nieces was one, possibly more due to the recklessness or selfishness, I was going to say the few but if that had been the case we would not of had a problem of an increase risk. Bob Scott.
RetiredJohnB
22nd Jun 2020
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Ribbons for the “Vulnerable” elderly”.

It’s been suggested that people over 70 years old (who are classed as vulnerable should wear a ribbon to identify themselves.
My opinion is that we should all fight this.
Ecurie
22nd Jun 2020
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I completely agree with you, John ... in an infectious situation, such as now exists, everyone is endangered and must do their duty for country and self; in reality the very 'world in which we live. It will take a while to bring under control, but we can, must, and will do it. Ultimately, we are all vulnerable ...
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29th Jun 2020
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DesF
15th Jul 2020
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RetiredJohnB
15th Jul 2020
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Jews throughout Nazi-occupied Europe were forced to wear a badge in the form of a Yellow Star as a means of identification.

This was not a new idea; since medieval times many other societies had forced their Jewish citizens to wear badges to identify themselves.
cindylouwho
21st Jul 2020
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I vote for wearing a pink tutu instead.
Pattybakes
29th Sep 2020
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Why should we are a democratic nation
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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YUP ! I agree with that one ,,,,or the next step will be The Bell , Bonfire anyone ????
Ariadne
2 days ago
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Seven months on Yodama ,and your predictions are coming along nicely .We, The U.K are on the brink of becoming a concentration camp.
with one slight difference ,,,,, prisoners were allowed out. .
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2 days ago
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Ariadne
2 days ago
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Hello Yodana , There was another "King "who thought he had total power over everything ,his name was King Canute. All he did ,was to get
his feet wet ,You obviously do not live in the U.K because of your odd spellings. We , are not being forced to have the vaccine ,;we are invited to do so .
The strain changes so rapidly , the vaccines will be useless. for any of them .
it will be impossible to have a totally cash free society, far too many people rely, and need cash ,not having bank accounts or credit /debit cards .
It's on a par with all electric everything .I can see this Island becoming totally isolated .Boris J is dreaming ,if he expects the whole of Europe and
beyond to "Go Electric ." We are being distracted by Children's food parcels, a ploy to get us away from the virus disaster ,we here in the U.K
are desperately short of strong men, who are capable of sorting ALL these messes out. I won't hold my breathe !!!!!
MaxineC
5th Jun 2020
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Zoos
The zoos are in trouble financially and some maybe forced to close if they are not allowed to open. I know not everyone agrees with zoos and I respect that. As an animal lover though my worry is that with zoos closed throughout the world if they cannot take them what will happen to these animals.? The possibility is they may just destroy the animals and it's not their fault.

How can you help? Donate to your local zoo and/ or signing a petition online to let zoos open they have the space it's good for mental Health and the zoos need the takings to stay afloat and feed the animals.
SLB1964
11th Jul 2020
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Thankfully they've all been able to reopen now. I didn't used to be a big fan of zoos myself when they were about "gawping" at the animals kept in captivity. Now that they are more about conservation and protecting wildlife, I found it really harsh that they had to remain closed. The social distancing measures they had in place were much better than a lot of other social distancing arrangements for places that were allowed to open. However, as they've all now been able to open, I'm relieved.
MollyUK
2nd Jun 2020
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I would love to see some sort of quality control body set up, aimed directly at designers. Spent ages today setting up a new computer, using a 4-gang extension lead, only to find that the gap between sockets is TOO SMALL to accommodate a transformer plug. Had to buy a new 6-gang extension lead so I could use the 2 end sockets for my transformer plugs, plus the 2 central sockets for my "ordinary" plugs, leaving 2 sockets unused in between. This isn't the first time I'd like to shake a designer warmly by the throat....
Sorry, I'm not normally this irritable. Put it down to a lack of G&T (1.50pm is just a tiny bit too early for me)...
Rayot
4th Jan 2021
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British electric plugs and sockets are wonderful. I live in Portugal where the electrics are worse than France. They think that the "earth" is where we live. The Germans have better quality but slightly different dimensions. Can you imagine ? These lousily-designed plugs and sockets are now of Chinese quality. The wires come in a variety of colours.
Graceotter
21st May 2020
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Take the 13 Challenge for WORLD OTTER DAY - Wednesday 27 May 2020

I would like to invite everyone to get a bit of cheer by joining in the International Otter Survival Fund's WORLD OTTER DAY.

This is a day to spread the word about otters and how important these wonderful animals are to our environment. They use both the water and land and both have to be healthy which is so important for all species, including our own.

Normally we have events such as coffee mornings, etc, but clearly this is not going to be possible this year. So we are asking people to spread the word through social media.

We are also having the 13 challenge - there are 13 species of otter in the world and they are all in the Red List of endangered species with declining populations. So we are asking people to help us to create more awareness by taking up the challenge - you could contact 13 friends for an online drink and a chat, go for a sponsored 13 km or 13 mile run, bake 13 cakes to share or spend 13 hours dancing!! It's up to you.

You can find more about IOSF and WORLD OTTER DAY at https://www.otter.org/Public/Events_OurCurrentEvent.aspx.

Join in our OTTER TAKEOVER
MollyUK
2nd Jun 2020
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Interesting, and I have mixed feelings. Many people around here have gardens which back onto a brook which floods easily. The brook sorely needs dredging in order to avoid the increasing flood damage around the village. Unfortunately, years ago someone claimed to have seen an otter in the brook (out in the countryside, miles from our village) so dredging has been banned ever since. Meanwhile, the flooding gets worse as the brook bed silts up, and nobody else has ever seen another otter.... Protect our wildlife by all means, but please don't make up stories. If you see one, say so. If you don't, keep your big trap shut. Thanks for listening.
Graceotter
2nd Jun 2020
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I can understand your frustration and I agree that people need to give facts rather than stories. In your situation if the brook needs dredging they should do an environmental impact survey including an otter survey. Then they will find out if there really are otters presents and if so would it pose a real threat to them. Actually if someone sees an otter that isn't enough to get the area protected. There has to be the presence of an active otter holt. So if I were you I would approach your council and ask why it can't be dredged.

I work in otter conservation and so obviously I want the environment to be protected. But I don't believe that they should be used to stop things for the sake of it. We are often asked to support people campaigning against a development even though there is no threat to otters.

We all have to be balanced and protect our environment. If otters are present it means the water and land are in great condition, which is important for all species, including ourselves.
hilarythomas4
27th Apr 2020
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I would like to say that if the over 70's have to wait for one year to be let out of lockdown I will lose my self employed one to one teaching jobs which amplify my very low pension. I hope there will be a lot of noise about how we can be protected in this situation and allowed to carry on working.
bob scott
25th Apr 2020
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What are Silver Surfers views on one National Memorial? I do not have a problem with honouring all those staff in whatever capacity gave there lives. But I would as well like too see Region Memorials< I.E. one in the North, East, South & West as well as
Northern Ireland, Wales & Scotland! Reason for this being I have two or maybe three Military Memorials all at the Arboretum in Staffordshire, at my age and health conditions, I have know way to visit. This is an unprecedented civilian NHS and others that have taken on this fight, I feel all areas of the UK should support their own as well as a Nation Memorial. Bob Scott.
Sammons
24th Apr 2020
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Surely Trump has gone to far now, I just hope the Americans don’t vote him back in
MollyUK
2nd Jun 2020
2
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If you have access to the London Review of Books, take a look at Eliot Weinberger's account of the spread of Covid-19 in America, and Trump's reactions to it. Never has a mentally ill world leader been quite so scary -- world leaders have so much more deadly technology now with which to ruin the world, and this particular world leader seems to have no self-control, nor an ability to apply reason, knowledge or wit. I suspect that our children and successive generations have pretty much had it.
dede
9th Apr 2020
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wormery - why do i keep failing?
Kaye57
17th Apr 2020
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Hi Dede, how's things going for u I'm new here on silversufers ok and u can find my name on here as well but I'm looking for a friend someone to chat with ok so if u would like to chat tht would be great
AThompson
2nd Apr 2020
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I was absolutely infuriated by an article on the news about the amount of unused food being thrown away by people who have panic bought with out a thought about how they are going to use it or store it. Their bins were overflowing.
I don't know how they live with themselves. Or maybe they have no common sense.
MollyUK
2nd Jun 2020
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We've had at least 2 generations now who were never taught how to use food properly, nor how to rein in on their gluttony. Pile it high, eat a little bit, throw the rest away. We need to start teaching kids again about kids how to use things up by cooking for ourselves. Why do so many people (especially the less well off) not realise how much they're being ripped off by the ready-meal industry? Bring back domestic science in schools, teach it to all kids (not just girls) and teach it properly!
AThompson
2nd Apr 2020
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Yes the nurserymen should be allowed to sell the plants via the supermarkets open in their area only. Even if it's only in the car parks to keep social distancing rules in play.
Or maybe local councils could allow them to plant up local parks and road islands to cheer folks up and pay at least cost price.
It's very difficult in these times of lock down.
PurpleHat
30th Mar 2020
3
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Animal Welfare

Just been told that the vet will not be coming tomorrow, or at all at present, to give the protective booster injection which is due to our ponies for Equine Flu. fatal to horses. Orders from above. As lambing all around us has started, the vet passes by all the time and could easily call in with little or no risk.

We cannot obtain the vaccine ourselves though my daughter is competent to do the vaccinations herself in current circumstances.

Blanket bans are necessary for the idiots, but what about common sense?

Equine Flu can be a terrible death, we lost a much loved Shetland pony that way some years ago. I know we put humans before animals, but isn't there some allowance for them as well?
MollyUK
2nd Jun 2020
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PurpleHat, I feel so sorry for you & your horses. Surely it could be done by the vet, with you standing at a safe "social distance" (or not even in the field at all)? You're right, common sense has gone out of the window, crowded out by inflexible rules. Nobody with any sense wants to risk spreading the virus but, with a little foresight, the vet could quite easily do his/her job and be off without spreading infection. You could even pay by bank transfer, so no need for cash or cheques changing hands. Lunacy.
HazelS88
30th Mar 2020
2
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Regarding rationing i have been to Aldi and must say it has been the best stocked supermarket i have seen and for some reason there seems to be a great happy atmosphere in their stores i always manage to get what i need well done Aldi but other outlets seem to be plundered with empty shelves why people feel the need to panic buy is beyond me we are all in this and need to think of the children and the old before ourselves having a house full of food and toilet paper won,t stop the virus but could feed a hungry child.
Wilf
30th Mar 2020
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We have always been to Aldi and especially Lidl as that is our local. The prices are incredible and you are right it always seems a happy atmosphere...maybe because of the prices!
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Hello Hazel S88
Welcome to Silversurfers interestingly I have heard quite a few people say that about Aldi and Lidl.

A good tip on how to get involved on our site is to take a look at Current Topics in our Forum and feel free to engage in anything that takes your interest. We also have a very active Speakers Corner section where you may find something that interests you. https://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/ and if you would like to join the discussion on the challenges of self-isolation then here’s where to go: https://www.silversurfers.com/silversurfers-forum/topic/daily-diaries-of-those-who-are-self-isolating-due-to-coronavirus/

Keep safe
Sue
MaryD
24th Apr 2020
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I don't use Aldi, too far away, but agree with the sentiment of your post. If people buy only what they actually need there would be plenty for everyone.
Ariadne
18th Nov 2020
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I think that the bare shelves in supermarkets is caused by the demand for home deliveries. The staff are loading boxes and boxes of products ,and there seems to be very few assistants who are responsible for re filling the shelves. As you say This is not the case with Aldi
and Lidl. And,, smiley faces from staff ,,and ,,,no empty shelves.
ecarg
29th Mar 2020
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Do we think the country will be a kinder place after the Corona Virus has gone?
Wilf
29th Mar 2020
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I have a feeling it will. I think this will change society and we will spend a lot more on the NHS in future which will be much needed after decades of politicians giving it lip service to get proper funding
MollyUK
2nd Jun 2020
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I think people will just follow whichever fashion is in, er, fashion at the time. It's currently fashionable to paint rainbows, stand clapping outside our homes once a week, and make videos of ourselves dancing and dressing up. IF the virus ever goes (apparently there are some well respected scientists who think it'll be around for decades), the fashions will change as people get used to being more relaxed about where they go and what they do. Add to that the fact that the UK always adopts American trends eventually, and I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see people totally ignoring the wellbeing of society as a whole, as they chant, "Give me liberty or give me death".
JaneDR
23rd Mar 2020
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I'd like to see us discussing the importance of having end-of-life conversations now, as doctors have been recommending.

If you couldn't speak for yourself, would you want to be put on a ventilator? Would you want to be resuscitated? Would you prefer simply to have treatment that makes you comfortable?

I think we need to talk about this now, and make some decisions; then get them written down.
PurpleHat
17th Mar 2020
3
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Thinking about what is going on at this present time set me to looking back over my life, and realising it was a pretty good one all being told, then trying to recall my earliest memories growing up before WW2. I was 7 when war broke out. I was born in a south coast seaside resort. I remember flowerbeds, playgrounds in the park, lots of things going on. If you spotted Teddy Tail on the seafront you had a present. Billy Cotton and his band show were on the end of the pier, and there were long hot summers, sitting in the fields with butterflies and beasties all around, and pond dipping in the lake, catching newts with a worm tied on a string (and putting them back). What do you remember? What will our children remember?
Wilf
17th Mar 2020
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I hope this will be a blip in history. There is no doubt that the last 70 years have been the best for most of mankind. Sure we have had ups and downs but a lot of poverty has been eradicated and all of us in Europe and in fact most of the world have enough to eat. I also have a lot of wonderful memories in the 60s and 70s. It seems the world after that started to go a bit crazy.
PurpleHat
18th Mar 2020
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You can say that again. Maybe it will come home to more people that being the first to buy the latest phone or gadget is not so important after all, and that the people around you and the world off- screen are what really matters.
Wilf
18th Mar 2020
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Yes there is a new world coming online now
lavenderpicker
16th Mar 2020
1
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Does anyone else find the minimum spend that supermarkets set for online shopping difficult to reach making one buy unnecessary items that aren’t needed to reach the set spend? Anywhere between £40-£60. I only began online shopping in November because I was confined to home having had a hand operation. Initially buying wasn’t too bad, I made up my basket with washing liquid and dry goods but now I’ve had my other hand done and not driving again I find reaching the target quite difficult. I’m a single household and don’t need stuff simply to reach a target figure yet I’m dependent on deliveries of daily basic items approximately every couple of weeks. I was confined to home Nov-Jan, drove for two weeks and now it’s Feb. to end of April. Then I guess there’ll be 4 months compulsory house arrest! I have no one who can shop for me or neighbours I could ask.
My ipad is my best friend, along with my dog, It looks like I’m probably going to be home alone for the best part of totally 9months when I can’t just shop online spending unnecessary money just to make up a basket of goods. Perhaps £25-30 is more realistic. Would welcome others views. Thank you.
Bri26
20th Mar 2020
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Hello labenderpicker , (I am a lavender lover too) , I also find £40 a lot for just one person. When I had a hip operation & complications, I considered going online, but was put off by the cost. Obviously one can top up with a couple of bottles of wine, an option I didn’t have feeling too unwell even for a glass...Are you very isolated or do you have unfriendly neighbours.?
bob scott
15th Mar 2020
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Age wise I think I am qualified to respond at the age of 82. years old, as somebody who has a number of health issues and a carer for my stoke victim wife, how are we ment to buy foo food when every thing today in the main is cashless and credit card is king, do we ask for an extension on our credit for four months or what ever period unknown is all over. some how I think not.
Plus which is the most painful length of time to die f boredom or the coronas virus, just another government policy not thought though.
Then there is the illusion somebody will seek you out to see if you need help, don't make me laugh this is not W.W.2. when every ne muck in and I mean every one, always caring and looking out for one another.
Today I went to my local Tesco store to do the weekly shop, I though it was a Mammoth sale day when people were being told to grab as much as possible, then whilst queuing at the end of one of the isles, people whilst waiting making ever excuse under the sun as to why their trollies were so over loaded to other's in the queue, I had nothing to say as I was not on a guilt trip just a regular shop of which I could not complete due to out of stock items. Bob Scott.
trickusdickus
3rd Mar 2020
1
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Hi everybody,
I am 73 at the moment. I have banked with HSBC since I was 18 years old, or as some of our silver surfers would know it used to be The Midland Bank. I am wondering if anybody has used HSBC holiday insurance? As some of you may know the cover ends when you get to 70 years of age.
I remember at the time I was very cross as I felt this was Ageism that was being applied. When I got in touch with HSBC the response was it was nothing to do with the as they were only acting as agents for a Insurance company. Basically I was brushed off with a standard replies. I am afraid I left it at that but now feel I should not have and should have carried on.
I am wondering if the Silver Surfers site fancy taking this on and for the following reasons.
1 I am still convinced it is against the law to enforce ageism.
2 The HSBC although is offering a free service to customers should not be dealing with any company that operates a age qualifying discrimination.
3. Attacking this problem from a group prospective stands a better chance than from any individual trying to deal with corporate issue.

Many thanks.
Richard Sutton Costock South Nottinghamshire.
LuckyOne
23rd Feb 2020
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Hair cutting prices for men. Why do men pay less to have their hair cut in a ladies hairdressing shop? Women pay almost double.
JE
22nd Mar 2020
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I agree, that happens in the salon I go to. Also SOME men’s hairstyles require far more work than that of some women. Another case of inequality between the sexes!
LuckyOne
23rd Mar 2020
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Thanks for your reply - I'm surprised more women haven't commented on this. It would be in the best interests of hairdressers to up the price for men.
bob scott
16th Feb 2020
2
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Hi Sally ! In my personal view news papers and tv are responsible for the deaths of the so called celebrities they promote, I think TV promoters should look more at the behaviour of those they promote and trust into the limelight, then to have that taken away at the end of a series, some are bound to go down that rocky road. Bob Scott.
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Has there been a reduction in public toilets where you live? Which town are your referring to?
viking
3rd Apr 2020
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Dare you to carry out a survey of the East Coast resorts which are supposed to cater for holidaymakers. Think you will be shocked at the attitude of the councils in those areas regarding the public toilets.
viking
7th Apr 2020
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Try Tendring council for starters then try to obtain a sensible answer from any of the holiday resorts on the East coast.

Question to ask is how many public toilets have you closed in the last five years ???
Raindrop
14th Feb 2020
2
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I also wish there were more public toilets in towns as although I`m not elderly at 63 I now find I have to limit my time away from home unless I know where I can find a toilet if I need one. I have seen a woman helping her two children to relieve themselves at the side of the road two where everyone driving passed could see them. These council cuts are now going a step too far.
Gilldee
28th Feb 2020
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don't come to Poole in Dorset then the council has closed every public toilet
rudijude
6th Mar 2020
1
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This is an issue in Cornwall as the Council seek to close or pass on the costs of upkeep of facilities to willing partners
My suggestion is that there are Council Tax discounts for businesses that open their toilets for public use.
There could be official notices replacing the usual "customer use only" ones. I am confident that the increased footfall would offset increased cleaning & consumables costs.
In many European countries cafes etc have a duty to make their facility available to the public.
Raindrop
6th Mar 2020
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That`s a very good idea perhaps businesses should consider this as it would indeed increase footfall which is desperately needed in a lot of towns across the country.
justabout
2nd Feb 2020
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Is it right to close all the public toilets?
Is it right for our children to do the toilet on the street.?
is it right for the elderly to worry about going out in case caught short.
is it right for the in between's with health problems to be confined to their home in case of urgency.
Surely in the 21st century we have right to have clean pleasant toilets in all out town and city centres.
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Has there been a reduction in public toilets where you live? Which town are your referring to?
parsnip54
1st Feb 2020
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Well it’s finally happened. Brexit is finally here. Whether you are a remainder or leaver the important thing now is for us all to unite and put the Great back into Great Britain. Fight together to put our country on a prosperous course into the future for us and our future families.
AlisonP24
31st Jan 2020
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Well Brexit is here at last, there is a lot of celebrating going on, but I wonder how we will all feel after the next 12 months change over period when it really kicks in; Fingers crossed but I do worry about it.
viking
15th Jan 2020
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So right, nail on the head.
Most of the younger TV types like to spout outrageous comment to try to attract attention [ favourably ] of the heads of departments to better their careers.
BaW
14th Jan 2020
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TV news channels and presenters seem to be broadcasting their own opinions more and more. I would like to see them all simply report the news rather than speculating and - endlessly - giving their own interpretation of events. The news is what is or has happened, not what might be. If a programme is advertised as 'news', it should be: a simple report of fact. If broadcasters wish to make assumptions or outline personal theories, then perhaps the programme should be put out as a 'talk show', fronted by the presenter.
viking
9th Jan 2020
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Vegans are making their presence known about animal cruelty now.
But are they afraid to tackle the worst form of animal cruelty ie., Halal method of killing animals.
It would appear they do not want to enter into debate with the religious extremists.
Perhaps some of vegan mantra can be directed towards the outlawing of this savage practice.
bob scott
7th Jan 2020
1
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It's that time of year the so called Red/ Gold Carpet brigade throw there hands hand's in most surprise at a nomination, in my opinion it is time these glorious gold diggers were put out to pastures new! Like wise with the New Years Honours mostly those whom one rubs shoulders with.

Is it not time real people that change the world or Britain for the better to be Honoured? Those lock away in labourites seeking out medical breakthroughs, technicians working behind the scenes to try to eradicate plastic and finding alternatives. So many ordinary people doing kindly things ! without looking for a thank you, public service personnel. such as police fire and rescue, the plumber who gives a service for free service to older people. The list is endless these are good people not looking for reward but doing something just for humane kindness. What are you thoughts?

Bob Scott.
Nannyvon
5th Mar 2020
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Absolutely agree with you make me sick there all plastic there not real people I look at them as freaks, it’s time to roll up the red carpet. Please.
CaroleK52
4th Jan 2020
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Good morning ... Ive just become a Mamgu for the first time and I want to spend all my time with my new grandson .....but I cant ....Im 61yrs old and I still have to work ...
I planned to retire at 60yrs ..but found out in 2016 from the News...2yrs before my huge retirement bash !!! that I would have to work until I was 65 yrs ..... ( which will change again to 66yrs shortly)..Im fully paid up on the National Insurance Contribution front even though I raised two children .. ..
So I wondered ...how much notice were other women in my situation given... and if you the reader, are a man ...what would you think if your pension age was raised by 6yrs ,2 yrs before you thought you would retire
Right I have to get ready for "anither day at the office "
BaW
14th Jan 2020
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Regrettably, this was one of the outcomes of demands by the feministas for equality. The issue was not anticipated by those demanding equal rights, but inevitable. I, too, was affected, and consider the change was done too hurriedly as it gave very little time to adjust plans, However, I felt I was well-informed about the changes so, if you were not, then your company's HR department was lacking. I was lucky enough to be in a job I enjoyed even though it was low paid, but was happy to continue throughout the additional years and, in fact, deferred my retirement so that I then enhanced my pension income. Have you spoken to your company about flexible working, so that you can spend precious time with your new grandbaby and help out your family; they may have a policy?
Len33
26th Dec 2019
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What do people think of others' that sell unwanted Christmas gifts?
CaroB4
25th Dec 2019
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CHAT - Does anyone else keep getting contacts on their Private chat page...name and sometimes a photo alongside..but no message?
I get the impression many people still do not know how to use Private Chat. I scroll down and respond with a message in the hope it gets back ie Hello ...do you want to chat? but it seems to vanish into the ether!
bob scott
2nd Jan 2020
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Bob Scott, I have you're loud and clear? But as with l things in life not all is as it might seam! Confusion comes in many guises, next month I will be 82. years old, plus I suffer over fifty years of spinal damage, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia that is for starters, just over six months ago my wife had a stroke and I'm her main carer, so trying to keep the brain on a stable path is a big ask. But at the same time I need to exercise my brain as much as possible, so if you find me in the wrong box just ignore me. Bob.
Ged70
8th Dec 2019
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Despite all the publicity over Brexit and the general election, and all the money to be given out, albeit needed I have not heard a word about pensions.
Do the elected government intend to do anything..
It was rumoured that the E.U. Were about to discuss a standardisation of pensions, by which the British pension would rise in line with a European standard. I cannot see anybody in Europe taking a lower pension. As we are the lowest paid pensioners In Europe we would greatly benefit from this.
But alas those with much will make more, and those with less get even less
and further into the poverty trap. No wonder politicians want us out of Europe
So let’s come out of Brexit with the elected clapping their hands, and within three months give themselves a pay rise, therefore snubbing their noses at the man in the street and ignoring promises made because there is not enough monies in the coffers. That is why Mr Cameron decided that this was the way to go.
Yours
Totally disillusioned
KLR
5th Dec 2019
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I would like to see a petition to change the Parliamentary (and European Parliament) rules so that when an MP decides to change party they should be required to resign and a by-election should be triggered.
I am sure that most voters select a candidate based on the manifestos of the party these people say they are standing for, so surely have a right to choose again when the individuals swap hats.
Could the fact that MPs and MEPs get a very generous pension settlement as long as they complete the terms of the government session they have been elected to have anything to do with it?
KLR
5th Dec 2019
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I would like to know what others think of the way in which our political leaders behaves at the latest NATO summit this week: I am appalled at the way Trudeau (who has obviously forgotten that he was an item of ridicule himself not so long ago) thought it okay to talk about Donald Trump the way he did and that Macron and Johnson appeared to join in, rather than checking him.
As the elected leader of the USA and as such, the most powerful man in the western hemisphere, the man deserves a little respect from those who would be the first to beg for his help should their countries come under attack. None of the NATO members have contributes as much as the USA either financially or in manpower.
Ironically, one day after the event, Blackface Trudeau is back in the limelight as leader of one of the countries with the worst records on Climate change controls; Macron is faced with hundreds of thousands of pension protesters on top of the Gilets Jaunes (you can bet his own pension won't be included in the reforms), while our very own Fat Controller Johnson continues with yet another election campaign full of obfuscation, half truths and unrealistic promises that equal those of Jeremy Corbyn.
I wish I could emigrate to the US!
Patthecatlady
2nd Dec 2019
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I would like to say to all older people on a pension, is it not time that we had "A LIVING PENSION" and not just an "EXISTINANCE PENSION. I would like to see politicians live on a basic pension, maybe they would see what it is like, anyone agree?
Felix1
25th Nov 2019
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I would just like to say, how many people do not give you time to get to a ringing phone. We do not all have mobiles. Every day the phone rings, by the time you put down what you are doing, put your specs on, and struggled out of your chair, just as you get there the caller rings off. Same with the door, callers knock, ring the bell and then they are off. Most aggravating!
AlisonP24
11th Nov 2019
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Should dental treatment be free for retirees? Free medical prescriptions are available. Dental costs are horrendous for someone who has to have a lot of work done and on a pension. Even if the cost was 50% for retirees it would be better than nothing.
Patthecatlady
2nd Dec 2019
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bob scott
9th Nov 2019
1
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Bob Scott,
Is it an age thing that nobody wishes to engage with said person? Response seams negative although I cannot walk to far I have very good communication skills due to my past. I have friends in Australia Canada a number of them also Spain, what is the point if nobody is willing to take a chance, or is that their is an age limit bit like the traffic lights Go: Caution or Full Stop! Then it repeats itself. What was that song called take a chance on me.
So I will be waiting in anticipation! Some Body Some Where will say welcome and remember age is just a number. Kind Wishes To All. Bob.
PatriciaM56
1st Dec 2019
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Hello Bob,
Pleased that you have become a member, like what is often said age it is only a number it is how you feel about yourself, make an effort to keep yourself looking good , which keeps everyone guessing, I have great fun in listening to people comments about myself so the last age that is guessed is what I am so wrong but I have a giggle x
Shelfside
4th Nov 2019
2
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Will Jeremy Corbyn be a danger to the UK if he becomes Prime Minister?
swaneldo
22nd Nov 2019
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A danger and a disaster!
Patthecatlady
2nd Dec 2019
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It certainly seems that way, but can we trust anyone
Shelfside
4th Dec 2019
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Trust never sits well with almost every high ranking politician (and the not so high), but Corbyn and his hateful crew would be an unmitigated disaster for the UK and its future. He sides with those who would do us harm and disregards our allies, treating them with contempt, his far left policies would ruin the finances of the country causing decades of hardship and discord. He would - I am convinced - allow and encourage almost unfettered immigration, the likes of which we have never experienced before. And then there's his anti-semitism...having dabbled in what might be termed 'far right' politics in the past, I can see definite echoes of anti Jewish hatred in the current far left Labour party, from the very top to the very bottom. I could go on, but must watch the blood pressure you understand.
God help blighty if he ever darkens the door of number 10.
bobscott
29th Oct 2019
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Hello All, I am Bob Scott new to this site, to be honest wondering if I am in the right place? there are silver surfers! Then there are golden oldies like myself 81. going on. Years of suffering content pain, now a carer for my wife at 82. No I am not complaining just looking for some where to take my mind too. Not always able to get to me computer, but when I can its a release valve from the pressures of daily life, I have a few friends around the globe one my best friend for over fifty years. Hobbies, History : Geography : Art in my own style : History of gardening! from the garden of Eden : Silk road Hanging gardens of Babylon : Parashar : right through the Middle East and Europe.. I write Poetry a few of mine in top archives
I am pleased to say, mine are all free style. being called once again perhaps somebody would like to pick at some point and see what interest we can raise. Best wishes. Bob.
Thomasina
19th Nov 2019
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Hi Bob,
You sound to be coping well with all that life throws. Getting old is not for wimps is it!?
Have you travelled much in the Middle East or do you enjoy it from reading?
I have a yen to go to Israel and think I should do it before too long.
Apart from a holiday in Tunisia yonks ago, I have only travelled in Europe. I too like history...I like to read about human evolution and the Middle East is important in this respect.
Write if you are of a mind,
PatriciaM56
1st Dec 2019
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Hi Bob,
it is hard being a carer I was in same position, I also was so grateful of Internet to help with distractions from my daily stress , Silversurfers is a good distraction such good topics..
CaroB4
22nd Dec 2019
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Bob, I occasionally get a link from someone on Chat...I see their photo/details...but they write no message. I say Hello....is there anybody there? 🙂 Wait for a response and get nothing. I think many people have a problem on this site...it is not always easy to find the way back to pick up or pursue a conversation. Once a conversation is started it is ok...it seems to link back to it. But otherwise...a dead loss! Persevere!
Raindrop
27th Oct 2019
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I too have narrow feet and I only buy Clarks shoes these days which are comfortable and last a long time.
kimberleycats
26th Oct 2019
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Why is it that everyone assumes that older people need wide fit shoes. I have narrow feet and have a problem getting comfortable, well fitting, shoes these days?
Ysetters
26th Oct 2019
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me too. I take a size 3.5 and have a real problem getting shoes that fit and are not the rejects from other seasons.
Patthecatlady
2nd Dec 2019
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I agree, also as I am a small lady I get regularly talked to as if I am a child. Which is not fun!
Suefor
22nd Oct 2019
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I think Harry was right to express his feelings. He must have been suffering for years after his Mother’s death, with no outlet and keeping a ‘stiff upper lip’. Perhaps if His feelings had been shared in his teens then he would not have had such a wild spate and perhaps the press would have left him alone. He is Royal, Meghan has married into the Royal Family and they should expect press following them. If they want a period of respite ask the press, as was done for Prince William at one time, to give them a period of rest from press coverage to let them settle and enjoy family life for a while. Being an active Royal, unfortunately, does bring a lot of attention. In a family there are always differences and perhaps his explanation will now allow the press to get off of the tiff subject and onto more interesting news.
JanetJ6
22nd Oct 2019
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Harry was right to speak out as he kept the stiff up lip when his mother died. How would anyone else react, when the dearest person in your life is taken away from you by the power of the media. It is about time this young couple were allowed to live their lives without fear or retribution. As I have said in the past, status is not a magic shield, you still have feelings. Harry, has already had one major sad loss in his life from greedy fat cats hounding his family just to get more sales on the newspaper counters which my dears is bag out of order.
M4lcolm
17th Oct 2019
2
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I have recently joined Silversurfers and this is my first foray into Speakers Corner. Over the last couple of years my daughter and then my husband had serious health issues which resulted in hospitalisation in life threatening situations. Both have thankfully recovered but their conditions were made worse by delays in diagnosis, and then by the quality of care provided. The excuses were always linked to shortages of resources. We don't believe in suing to cause further strain on the NHS which is already struggling. I did some research and discovered a huge amount of waste in terms of unused medication, equipment etc, To try to extract something out of the very difficult, frightening, stressful situation we have been in I have started a petition to the Health Secretary to run a fresh nationwide campaign to educate the public and health workers on ways to reduce the estimated annual waste of £300 million pounds of unused medication. On top of this is the wasted quipment (like mobility equipment) and the cost of incinerating discarded medicine and the paperwork involved. You can read more if you wish to view my petition, in particular the updates which show how it has developed. If anyone wants to have a look/ sign/ share here is the link
http://chng.it/PDLCHdQM
Any support will go a long way to encourage the Health Secretary to respond.
Beldings
12th Oct 2019
0
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I am new to Silversurfers Speakers Corner and what I would like to talk about is Diabetes. I have been diabetic since 2016, I don't let it control my life I just get on with it all but what gets to me is when I want to go for a coffee in a café I am unable to enjoy a cake or snack as they are all too high in sugar so why don't the coffee shop brands offer sugar free cakes and snacks. Does any Silversurfers know of a Coffee Shop that actually offer low sugar or sugar free snacks to enjoy with a coffee.
Mandyb12
11th Oct 2019
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Should primary school children be being taught that they can change their sex?
swaneldo
22nd Nov 2019
2
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Absolutely not. It is a very dangerous thing to target small children who are growing into themselves and finding out what life is all about. All children go through a multitude of personalities and characters - I wanted to be a cowboy and spent most of my life being mistaken for a little boy simply because I was a roughty toughty and didn't want to play with soppy dolls. I wanted to race around in my toy pedal car dressed as a cowboy. My poor mother had her work cut out with me, especially as I thoroughly loved climbing up the tallest trees and dangling upside down by my legs! If the sex change brigade had got their hooks into me, I would now definitely be a bloke - boys had all the fun when I was a little girl and I was determined to join in. Until our bodies settle down and have a few years of life, I feel we cannot judge what we want to be. We need to nurture and love and follow progress and discuss these things when minds and hormones have grown and settled down and young adults can truly decide with a balanced mind if they are 'in the wrong body'. We must then fully support them with intelligent, love and in depth discussion and without making them feel 'different'. We're all different - embrace it.
Billythequiche
27th Sep 2019
4
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I will apologise now if anything after offends. I will not be upset if the adjudicator blocks this but I must put it in writing or burst with anger.
While everyone is mesmerised by Brexit, two items in the news brought me to boiling point:
1) Many of us donate happily to the RNLI "for those in peril on the sea", no boundaries, no selection. no favouritism, absolutely inclusive. We do NOT donate to supply a tiny minority with burkinis, they are NOT safety gear. With the loss of many good men recently and now this, virtue signalling has replaced altruism and public service.
2) 6 year olds to get lessons in masturbation??? What the hell are they thinking? I hope I don't live to see the repercussions of stealing a generations childhood and innocence, bad enough we have brought up a generation with only a sense of entitlement and no respect.
Ysetters
26th Oct 2019
2
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I agree with you on both subjects. Our children have no childhood at all. Once at school it is tests, tests, tests. They are taught subjects they shouldn't even know about. They are regimented and any "square blocks" are forced into being round ones to fit the pattern. School should be fun not endless tests. Let them dig in the dirt and jump in puddles.
ElainePeony
19th Sep 2019
4
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Should people be barred from dressing up as characters from children’s stories? Arabian nights, with character make up...should this be banned? Cinderella, with always blonde wig and white mice...should this be disallowed? How dreadfully politically correct we have become, when a public figure dressed up as a fairy tale figure in 2001, and is now being castigated for doing so! Ridiculous.
ElainePeony
19th Sep 2019
2
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Should dressing up parties ban costumes that depict characters from stories with an ethnic minority, for example, the Arabian Nights, with Arabs, the Mikado with Japanese Geisha, the South Pacific musical with the “natives” dancing?
How ridiculous, is this in this day and age, to condemn someone for just dressing up in pantomime costume, for a party!
If I was asked to a party where Eastern Promise was the theme, I’d dress for the event. So why condemn someone who did this in 2001?
12michael
14th Sep 2019
0
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This is the outline of the House of Lords Proposals as to the bus pass, TV licence and Winter Fuel allowance changes they would like the Government to adopt
https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/LLN-2019-0069/LLN-2019-0069.pdf
CaroB4
24th Oct 2019
2
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The HoL...who pop in and out to pick up their £300 a day .. on the assumption they are there all day...then sit and snooze before popping down for a subsidised lunch/drinks...before returning to snooze again in the nice warm HoL.They have no idea how difficult it is for older people to manage on a state pension which they have worked for all their lives..no idea at all. Unless they are on benefits already they have to spin out c. £600pm to cover all utility bills, Council Tax, transport to shops (if there is any!) and everything else! Food and heat has to be limited. Socialising has to be limited. The TV can be the only company many have if they are housebound or have health problems. And now they want to take that away. Meanwhile the rich get richer...they will sell their souls for money money money...the return to serfdom is well under way in UK! They are beneath contempt!
Curley
6th Sep 2019
6
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17.4 million members of the public voted to leave the EU. I believe the mainstays for leaving were, Regain control of our borders and immigration, Regain control in making our own laws, Free trading Globally. No matter how politicians spin those points, I believe they remain the same. PM Johnson has had the courage to put his head above the parapet and laid out how to proceed. It is disgusting how politicians have disregarded democracy and ignore the results of a democratic vote. It seems rather than to serve the public, they wish to serve their own thirst for power in retaining that power and to continue to feed off of the gravy train. Politicians in explaining why they ignore the results, will twist and turn our reasons for leaving to meet their wants and needs and to remain in the EU. Remember how Mr Brown expressed his views of a little old lady when he thought his mike was turned off, that's what politicians think of the voting public. Damn it we pay their wages
I believe it is the turn of voters to express their support in a Prime Minister who is trying to uphold the results of a democratic vote. Come on you 17.4 million voters, put pen to paper and support the vote, end the disgraceful actions of the politicians who want to remain in the EU.
Reynard
11th Oct 2019
1
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In my opinion Curley what should have happened was as soon as the referendum vote was known a coalition government should have been formed using the best(if possible)People from all parties to get us through it unfortunately what’s happened in this country you have corruption from parish councils all the way to no10 & we are run by power mad money grabbing egotistical charlatans. Other than that we are in a great place (not)
Saw
30th Aug 2019
3
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Recently Widowed and wishing to start life again after many years of being a Carer!
[deleted]
29th Aug 2019
0
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Ghosties2
19th Aug 2019
0
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Hi All,

I’m 54 and grew up in South Wales, we ate a lot in our local chip shop, I can first remember eating curry sauce in 1977, and at the time it felt extremely exotic. That’s my first memory of it, but it could have been there for decades, I know for example British troops ate tinned curry in WW1.

Anyone out there know anymore about curry sauce in chippies, or have any memories of eating it in 50s or 60s?

Thanks

David
ByronsCorner
16th Aug 2019
0
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Has anyone travelled on a Titan Solo Holiday and, if so, please could you tell me what your experience was.
fhsgb
16th Aug 2019
1
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Has anyone tried volunteering.Qualified driver 40 years plus experience,thought it be easy to be a volunteer driver,not so.Impression i get you are to old,you should not be driving.
12michael
13th Aug 2019
0
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The House of Lords proposals to abolish the free bus pass ,and also the over 75 TV licence also included in there plan is to get pensioners with incomes above the tax threshold to pay tax on the Winter Fuel Allowance , there is a relevant government e-petition in relation to the above plus the house of lords proposals are available remember the House of Lords is a cross party , so someone like Gordon Brown who introduced the free across England bus pass is now opposing his idea when Chancellor
PLUM
4th Aug 2019
0
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The shootings in America seem to just be getting out of hand. I honestly don"t know what the answer is
Dylans Slave
23rd Aug 2019
0
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We all know the answer but the Americans won't do it. Least of all their idiot President.
Their gun laws need major reform.
dmundine
4th Sep 2019
1
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I know Plum. I live and have lived in America all my life. These shootings (school and civilian terror) began gradually during the Reagan era with 4. The first Bush there was 4. Then, with Clinton and the second Bush there were 8 each. And with Obama there were More than 24 within an 8 year period. I think most of us over here didn't really start noticing until the Columbine school shooting in 1999 because it was so massive. If you ask me things began to get totally out of hand by then. Believe it or not within the last 5 weeks we have had 6 mass shootings, that's Not including 3 that were thwarted by the authorities. It's just Too much. Other than what's being done, I suppose we can't get a grasp on what else can be done. They are now starting to Red Flag potential culprits with mental illness to prevent them from purchasing guns if they show signs of being a danger to the community. That's online threats, suspicious behavior reported by family or neighbors and a general inability to control their emotions or violent tendencies. The law abiding Americans Do Not want to be disarmed as well they should not. Our Second Amendment protects those rights. And with free speech being attacked simultaneously, there are constant attempts to seize our legal weapons and silence us just as was done during the reign of Stalin of Russia, Mao Se Tung of China and Edi Amin of Uganda where hundreds of thousands to millions of people were slaughtered under those totally helpless conditions. I don't know if you are spiritual or not, but I am and I've come to realize it's one of the signs of the times we live in. Though, it would be a Great relief if there were some sure fire answer to abate such tragedies. D. Kay
dmundine
4th Sep 2019
1
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You are right to a point Slave. But, it's not that cut and dry. Our so-called Safe Zones are the main areas of attack, such as schools and other appointed areas. These guys don't appear in areas where armed guards or civilians they know to be armed are. It's mainly where innocent or unsuspecting victims are because these monsters are cowards. More people are arming themselves and placing guards at our schools. This can happen anywhere over here. In addition to schools, it has occurred at the malls, movie theaters, churches, nightclubs, workplaces, concerts, military bases, etc. We need to safeguard, not put more in jeopardy by disarming everyone. We'll be at the mercy of some future dictator by then. I know you've heard of the coming New World Order (shadow governments worldwide) who seek a Complete change to everything and eventually that includes diminishing the world population down to a mere 1/2 a billion people for their extravagantly super rich Eutopia. These many extreme, moderate and small/though prevalent inconsistencies with traditional order contribute Greatly to the New World from what we once knew on Earth. Out of chaos, the Elitist are creating their own New Order and who can or will stop them? Put all of what's going on worldwide and get the Big Picture. Okay, I'm off for a while, discuss it among yourselves if you wish. Take care. D. Kay
Lon1934
2nd Aug 2019
1
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A NEW LIFESTYLE


I am a 85 year old single resident living alone in a First Class Assisted Living & Memory Care Facility in California
I have been here two years and have found that I Phones, I Pads, Laptops have made the transition to this new LIFE STYLE much easier and more comfortable. I would be pleased to answer any questions from members about my experience.

I am a New Kid with Silver Surfers and look forward to participating.
AnitaD18
29th Jul 2019
0
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Hi I am new to this and just looking to make some friends preferable in the UK. I live in Sileby and work in Leicester. I am 53 years old divorced and have two children who are both married. Would just really like to chat and perhaps meet up.
bobbiraasch
20th Jul 2019
0
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I am a 65 soon to be 66 year old professional person wishing to chat with people who are not usa citizens
timemachine
20th Jul 2019
1
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TV LICENCE PETITION FOR NEEDY PENSIONERS ON PENSION CREDIT

Please do view this petition. It is regarding having a free TV licence applied to all people on Pension Credit and not those just over 75 years old, as proposed. Pension Credit is means tested, so only the needy of pensioners receive it.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THE BELOW PETITION, AS THIS WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO SOME OF OUR NEEDY PENSIONERS.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/264821
Siamesecatman
12th Jul 2019
2
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Hi all, as a child of the fifties ( 1953 ) I only really from the mid Sixties became aware of the world around me namely in all my life GREAT BRITAIN !
Is it just me ? or has this country of mine gone completely off kilter ?
What's this old guy ranting on about ?
I grew up and lived in my formative years with the arrival of good music ( athe Beatles ) Mersey sound,Flower power ! heavy Rock Glam Rock and above all,despite all of that, as little respect ( yes through in part by punishment at home sometimes,at school,even once stoped and told to push my bike home without lights on a dark 60's night )
BUT a I cared about the world I was living in !
Theses days is seems to this one old guy,carer to his long time disabled wife,retired in name only,my days filled ( always 18 hour ones ) though my local SS say if we gave them all of our income she could have two half hours a day !
That no one out there in our society gives a damn ! They are looking after number one,from the MP,s shafting the voters,down to the out for whatever they can get individual,s calling at your door,ringing your phone,scamming you online,plus worse just plain mugging you on street corners,as the top fat cats have removed half the bloody police to line their own pockets !
Right,rant over,it itjust me ? Or is this really the world that boy growing up in the 60,s imagined it would be ?
Man living on the moon and beyond,diseases ereadicated,everyone looked after in their ill health and old age !
Or the couldn't care ,put me first attitude that SEEMS to excite in my once bright future.
A tired carer,now behind with his caring role,with not much hope for his or anyone of his age and generation!
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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No it's not just you. Having spent the last three years caring for my husband who was diagnosed with AML (Leukaemia) he finally lost his battle in June this year. Having cared for him at home during his remission periods, and got him to a London hospital in the hope of a Bone Marrow Transplant...then a Drug Trial specifically for older people ... every visit via trains and Underground to get there and back in a day....the disease got away from him and when I could not longer cope at home he went into the Hospice for his finally few days. They were wonderful there and I was able to stay with him on a camp bed the final night.
Now I am waiting for the half of his small pension to be allocated to me....it will take at least 8 weeks to sort out they said. I am on a state pension myself and was told it is below what the Government deems to be a livable rate....I was advised to apply for benefits. However, being children born just after the War we grew up saving for whatever we needed (not wanted!)...managed to buy our own house and have never owed any money all our lives. So there is a few bob waiting for probate in order to come to me just now...therefore I am not eligible for any assistance at all. We managed this despite my not working when bringing up 3 children...we counted our pennies...my husband worked a lot of overtime....it was all earned through a life time of hard work. Now...in the hour of need....so many people are being let down.
Poverty these days means not being able to have everything as well as the latest phone, DVD, TV Channels...new car...house...holidays abroad once or twice a year. Even their children are being fed for them some of the time! Their expectations have run amok...and the Nanny state takes more each day from those who work hard for every penny to give it to those who don't - for whatever reason....and hand out thousands each year to those coming in from abroad for a better life! The sick and disabled members of our society have to fight for everything they get....this cannot be right. Something very dark and sinister has happened over the last few decades...and it will come home to roost when the younger generation reaches retirement age and they find out everything will not be provided for them then. I would not be able to afford to rent a house to live in now....due to inflation in rents and every other monthly bill....we could have rested on our laurels and rented when young but thank goodness we didn't. I am now busy trying to keep up with the garden - just for a start! So much sorting out to do...so many things left over the last three years...other priorities having to take their place.

Our village has started a *Good Neighbour Scheme recently....with volunteers offering to help out others when in difficulties....ie doing a bit of shopping,..sitting with an elderly/disabled person for a couple of hours to let the carer have a break...picking up prescriptions from the Surgery...looking after pets if someone taken into hospital at short notice....it's bringing out the best in people again. This is going to be increasingly important over the coming years and something every village needs to consider. Fortunately we still have a shop...as no public transport into our local town...and I rely on online shopping once a fortnight...I don't know what I would have done without Tesco this last few years! Lovely delivery drivers...a credit to them,
Yes...everything is off kilter today...hopefully the next few years will see a rapid improvement.
Hang on in there...and try and take time for yourself for a couple of hours at least once a week.
Check out for Good Neighbour Schemes locally - perhaps suggest one is set up if you can.
Best Wishes to you both.
(Says she of course who never did!)

*A Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary initiative run by a group of local residents who want to help their people in their locality to enjoy a better quality of life by offering them support with every day tasks.
It is Lottery funded.
canada
2nd Jul 2019
0
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Has anyone suffered ASB?
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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What is ASB? Sorry, never heard of it before.
canada
31st Jul 2019
0
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Good afternoon CaroB4, it stands for anti social behaviour, ASB for short.

We have been very unlucky, have lived a very quiet peaceful life for 17 years here, I was also born in the village, but have had the neighbour from hell move in next door. Will keep it short, he works, is 64 ish, drinks heavy and plays what we call "teenage" music, or whatever they call it these days. The longest we have had to put up with it is 18 hours non stop, have had 2 plus years of this, called 101 who came out twice but he takes no notice of anyone.
I am registered disabled and my poor husband of 37 years who is also my carer, has had a breakdown over it, the constant noise is horrendous. You just can't tell or ask this person anything as he will just swear back.
The problem is kind of in hand but am finding it very stressful dealing with all the correspondence etc., have been fighting to get him removed for 2 years over, and am getting very tired of being told rubbish from our housing association who always appear to be on the perpetrators side.

I apologise for "going on", but this is just 1 type of ASB.
Molliemeg6
21st Jun 2019
4
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Does anyone else think that it's time to change the way our MPs are elected. I for one am fed up with political parties working for themselves and not on behalf of the electorate. I would like to a system where we vote for individuals or independent candidates for both MPs and Prime minister and not have a prime minister solely because they are the leader of a specific party.
Bikergran666
19th Jun 2019
1
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One of the daily newspapers stated that we could never repay the soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for us 75 years ago. I disagreed, as I thought the best way we could repay them was to be kinder to one another. To make sure these atrocities never happen again.

The papers also have an obligation to those soldiers. Not to use defamatory or emotive language in their copies that would lead to ‘unrest’.

I believe in a free press and democracy but I feel the press go too far sometimes.

What do others think?
RodotH
12th Jul 2019
3
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It's not the public who cause wars. It doesn't matter whether or not we are more respectful or kinder to each other, which is no bad thing. It's the politicians who cause wars. Look at Iran. Russia, Iraq. It's not the common people of those countries that cause conflict. It's the politicians, the Leaders of those countries that bring about war.
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
1
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I agree with you. It is the Power mad and the Greedy who cause all the Wars.
GrahamS31
7th Jun 2019
1
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Is there a humour section? Many of the jokes,etc, that we see today are just rehashes of those we found funny over 50 years ago - maybe we could be reminded of the originals.
[deleted]
8th Jun 2019
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GrahamS31
8th Jun 2019
2
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Hope this one is acceptable;

Paddy goes into a pharmacy, reaches into his pocket and takes out a small bottle and a teaspoon.
He pours from the bottle onto the teaspoon and offers it to the chemist.
"Could you taste this for me, please?"
The chemist takes the teaspoon, puts it in his mouth, swills the liquid around and swallows it.
"Does that taste sweet to you?" He asks.
"No, not at all," says the chemist.
"Oh that's a relief," Paddy says.
"The doctor told me to come here and get my urine tested for sugar!!
Dayle
10th Jul 2019
0
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that was so cute, made me laugh, thanks!
[deleted]
6th Jun 2019
0
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Have you got any suggestions, Bridget? Happy to draft something 🙂
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How about 'Would you like to star in 'Silver Love Island'? 😀
[deleted]
7th Jun 2019
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Here's another one for you today - https://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/does-the-person-in-the-middle-seat-have-the-right-to-use-both-armrests/ Does the person in the middle seat on a plane have the right to use both armrests? 😀
GrahamS31
7th Jun 2019
3
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Sorry, not a Love Island fan - this is another of the trash programmes that are offered for the enjoyment of the mindless.
[deleted]
8th Jun 2019
1
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GrahamS31
8th Jun 2019
0
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Suppose there could be humorous interpretations but there may have to be an age limit. Not something for me though - I don't enjoy seeing others disappointed.
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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How about "Do you have a Good Neighbour Scheme in your area?" It may encourage the more active readers to set up this Lottery Funded scheme - just from a day to day living perspective.

"Good Neighbour Schemes are local voluntary groups which offer a service in their community for those in need of help and support. The people who may need support may be the elderly, disabled, single parents and young mothers, those temporarily in need through illness or anyone who may be isolated within the community."

Just a little can help such a lot in times of need.
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
1
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I prefer the "Marigold Hotel" groups of people - they all appeared to have a good time and some of it was hilarious! I used to wish I was there with them...and the programme with the two crews boating down the canals in France! I would have so loved to do that!
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Great idea ... is this what you wanted? - https://www.silversurfers.com/speakers-corner/do-you-have-a-good-neighbour-scheme-in-your-area/ Do we need to add anything else? Many thanks for your suggestion ... Sally 🙂
DavidE1
24th May 2019
1
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why is nobody here?
GeoffK13
2nd Apr 2019
0
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Hi There . Does anyone on here enjoy talking about and listening/watching programmes about Egyptology?
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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I do enjoy them as I was lucky enough to go to Cairo once for Christmas - and the family I stayed with took me round the Museum and we visited the Pyramids on Christmas Day. I did the tour of one where we were left in the dark for a few minutes - just to prove no chinks of light anywhere! Entombed! Absolutely fascinating...but I am very ignorant about so much of it ...I cannot pretend otherwise!
Cazza44
19th Mar 2019
2
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People suffering from mental health problems are normal
nsurf1
19th Apr 2019
0
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Yes they are just as people with physical problems are normal.
Mrchipps1
26th Apr 2019
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I m living with mental health, or psychological issues such as depression low self esteem and confidence, and as far as I am concerned I am perfectly normal
I would hate to classed as anything else even as unstable . my problems are brought about, by many years of loneliness , caused by me being on my own and living with deteriorating health issues prior to and since my lovely wife passed away from cancer and also the loss of other loved ones in my family over the last few years.

I am working hard to get my life back to some kind of routine and conquer my low moods and feelings and get back to being able to be a happy and positive person
GrahamS31
7th Jun 2019
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Think that the 'normal' should be replaced by ordinary people who do not necessarily show any outward signs of their illness.
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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I can relate to what you say. It is not easy being left alone when older...not so easy to go out and make new friends. I have my dog...she is my rock...and she has been through loss as well this last three years...first our elderly Yorkie, then our cat...then my husband.. Is it any wonder she is upset if I have to go out and leave her alone for a short time. So...I have just got another pup...we are in the training period at present...but all going well so far. Gives me something to get up for every morning.. My walks with my dog get me out and about on a daily basis...and brief chats with neighbours and villagers help get me through the day..
I am considering joining U3A in September...there are so many activities available via this route...no exams involved...so going to give it a try! Keep your chin up....and as someone said to me "Ask for help when you need it"....not something I have ever felt able to do...always told to stand on my own two feet...so am not full of confidence and find it difficult to pop in to the local Clubs on my own. If only there could be a policy of being "Welcoming" when a new face is seen - I found it to be like that up in Yorkshire many years ago...a new face was approached and welcomed immediately...it makes all the difference! Those who look at you and say "Are you local?" do nothing to encourage a return! Probably don't mean to be off-putting but somehow it is! Take care of yourself...every step is forward. Stay positive.
Marymcc
8th Mar 2019
0
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I manage the Facebook page of Backto60 Group who are taking the Government to Court to fight for our pensions to be returned to us from the age of 60 (currently we will not get them till we are aged 66 plus).

The Court case will be heard on 5th and 6th June at the Divisional Court in London where we have a Substantive Hearing, having won a Judicial Review in Nov last year.

Michael Mansfield QC and his team are representing us.

We are currently Crowdfunding to pay the legal expenses and are already 82% of the way there.

I would like to invite you over to join our group, I think it would be of interest to all of you.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/417248462024704/
KymR
23rd Feb 2019
0
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Hi, I have just joined s s. And was wondering if their is anyone who would like to chat.
Billythequiche
22nd Mar 2019
0
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May I suggest you check out the topics people are talking about and put your views forward? If you are concerned about airing your views, there is a facility for private chatting but I have never used it and would not know how. I would urge you to join the discussions, nearly everyone is friendly yet animated and opinionated. There is a moderator if things get heated but usually it is a blend of very differing views given in an open and safe arena. Within the bounds of decency and legality I have found no taboos; perhaps that is something you would like discussed "what are the bounds of decency and who decides?"
Whatever, I hope you enjoy this site as much as I and others do.
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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Just jump in with anything you would like to chat about...it seems to be the only way to get conversations going! Then add your comments on to others....let's get this rolling !!! 🙂 Some of us have been wondering where everyone is!
CaroB4
31st Jul 2019
0
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Start with the weather if you have to ! 🙂 Heard there have been hail storms and flooding in parts of North Yorkshire today...we have wind here! Dark clouds...no rain as yet...then hot sunshine bursts through!
What part of the country are you in....how is your day?
MonicaC4
1st Aug 2019
1
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Derby shire sunshine and clouds and rain..
furniturexpert
20th Feb 2019
0
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How people are being scammed by high street retailors, by selling them shoddy goods and sending in fraudulent furniture technicians to blame the consumer for shoddy goods, its a multi million pound scam and people have nowhere to go.
The solution is to get an independent report, and make sure of the qualifications these technicians have,
they are not inpartial, as they have contracts with the high street retailors to get rid of the client at the first visit
For all info get in touch
iainmedinrun
17th Feb 2019
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Breakdown Recovery - automatic renewal.

Just in case I fall under a bus, and my wife has to manage the domestic affairs, I auto-renew key insurances, for her protection.
The providers have to notify in advance that they are going to collect the new premium payment, advise how much it is, compared with last time, and recommend that we shop around.
Well, the RAC didn't do that bit, and I spotted a charge on my credit card from them that looked exorbitant - on checking alternatives, it turned out to be a laughably large increase, hugely uncompetitive, and considerably more than I could have achieved with them, if I had cancelled and bought a new policy online.
They were completely unable to explain why they had done that to me, succeeding only in advising me that I should consider theirs to be a luxury product, compared with cheaper alternatives!!
Membership cancelled, money refunded under the 14-day rule, new provider sourced - you have been warned!
I won't let that one slip past again.
Raindrop
19th Feb 2019
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I never automatically renew any insurance policy I always shop around on comparison sites first whether it`s for car ins. breakdown or gas and electricity. I usually get a much cheaper quote offering more cover too.
SusieB100
10th Feb 2019
1
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Once again there is talk about cutting bus services, particularly in rural areas, due to the cost of running routes which often make a loss. In the main these services are used by those of us with free bus passes and, as these numbers are on the increase, bus companies cannot continue at the present rate. Many services get only a few pence in subsidy for each journey, certainly not enough to cover the running costs.There will be many villages affected around the country and the greatest effect will be felt by pensioners who will be unable to get to places such as doctors, hospitals, shops and libraries without the help of family or the cost of taxis.
However surely we could reach a better solution that simply cutting services at a stroke.
I for one would be happy to pay a nominal amount for each journey along with my bus pass, perhaps 50p or even £1 depending on the length of the trip and, having chatted with fellow travellers, have gleaned that they feel the same. Better that than be without a service altogether.

I would be interested to know how others feel
GrahamS31
7th Jun 2019
1
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I certainly feel it is wrong to expect something for nothing. Reduced rural bus services are a problem but it would be interesting to find out how many 'free bus pass' trips are actually taken and what the revenue would be if there was a nominal charge of £1, which most people I know would be happy to pay, made that could possibly mean that more services could be retained.
CaroB4
29th Jul 2019
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There is no public transport into town (4 miles away) from where I live...they are just about to do away with the last two buses,..the one out at 07.30 and the one returning at 1800...for the workers! To get into our nearest big town I have to drive to the P&R and pay £.1.75 plus my bus pass - we have been paying for several years now. Considering the amount of Council Tax we pay our here in the sticks there's little in the way of services apart from bin collection left now. Fortunately we have a shop, a pub and a Bowling green...and quite a few Clubs set up by residents who have been here most of their lives. We pay highly to live in rural areas where property is cheaper! Once you reach old age ... may not be able to drive any more...it starts to get frightening!
GrahamS31
29th Jul 2019
1
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Thoroughly agree, being without transport would make life just as difficult for me. The unfortunate fact is that no organisation can really afford to operate at a loss. There should be some sort of scheme set up by, perhaps, local councils where people living in outlying areas could access some sort of dial-a-ride service (with a contribution) which could be subsidised in the same way the some bus companies are now. Time will tell - we have to live in hope.
MonicaC4
1st Aug 2019
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yes i suppose.But today its all about money not sentiment.
Ashpash1
5th Feb 2019
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE:
A bare bones essay on the possibilities of a digital, meritocratic democracy, which looks at a radical new approach towards changing our entire political structure.

We are living at a time when more and more people are becoming alienated, and disaffected by the whole subject of politics in general, and politicians in particular.
These are a few thoughts on perhaps one solution to this sad and inherently undemocratic situation, arguing for a much more meritocratic system in its place.
Our adversarial, “Yah boo!” simple majority political system, leaves most people feeling unrepresented, and entirely left out of the process.
Nearly forty years ago, at the time when cable television was rolling out across America, a Professor of Politics decided to conduct a political experiment.
Realizing that cable TV provided, for the first time, an opportunity for people to be ‘interactive’ with something that they had seen on their screens, he proposed a real debate, albeit on a highly localized level.
People in a borough of Chicago were informed that on a certain night, there would be a debate on one of their cable channels, as to whether or not to resurface the roads, in their part of town. The work needed doing, but had been overlooked because of other priorities. They were told that local people and Councillors would put arguments for and against the proposal, at the end of which there would be an opportunity for those who were watching to vote directly on the issue, by pressing a button, from the comfort of their homes.
This was a real vote and people were informed that if they voted ‘Yes’, when prompted, it would mean a certain percentage increase in their rates to cover the cost of the work. The debate unsurprisingly attracted a lot of prior interest. People who had felt disengaged from local politics, considered themselves included in the democratic process. The result was overwhelmingly in favour for the work to be carried out.
To my knowledge, this experiment in local democracy was not only the first of its kind, but has remained the only time this kind of ‘Power to the People’ politics has surfaced.
Perhaps now is the time for us to consider its return.
It would call for a very different kind of political system.
Imagine, if you would, doing away with politicians and civil servants.
In their place, we could have a system of government which would be essentially run by the people.
Imagine giving eligible voters and others in their families, the opportunity to watch debates on local, national and international issues, from the comfort of their homes. Once balanced arguments for and against had been presented, a consensus could be reached by people voting directly. The topics and content of these regular referendums could be decided by consensus.
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Obviously, checks and balances would need to be included to make the whole process not only free and fair, but could include bio-metric identification safeguards to make sure the people who were pressing the buttons, were who they said they were.
Who would present the arguments and policies, and just who would replace the politicians and civil servants, I hear you ask?
The answer, it seems to me, is simple and straightforward.
They would be people who had risen to the very top of their respective professions, who were well respected, greatly experienced, and who were encouraged to realise that there would be no better thing to do with all this wealth of knowledge, than to help run the country, with the very regular input of the desires of the electorate, whose views would be represented by the way they voted.
For example, imagine our education system being run, not by remote politicians and civil servants who might have very little working knowledge of education, but by our very best Teachers, Head Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Parents, Senior Students and Educationalists. Our National Health Service could be run by our very best Nurses, Doctors, Hospital Managers, G.P Surgery Managers, Expert Patients and other Health Professionals.
These principles could be applied to all the other main areas of the entire political process, including the management of our Defence Forces.
It is, from my experience, in business and working within the charitable sector, that those at the coal face who are committed to doing not just a good job, but are pro-actively working towards improving their chosen field from within, by utilizing best practice both nationally and internationally, are almost always aware of others in the same profession who are doing the same thing. These folk tend to stand out not because they're bullying or shouting the loudest, but because they are successful in ways that are real, recognized and tangible. It's perhaps through this kind of peer to peer recognition, that the digital democratic revolution could effectively select its leaders.
Also, it seems to me, if the angles of the 'power pyramid' were shallow instead of steep, as in this proposed system, the whole process of achieving effective consensus politics, no matter what the current views on this are, would be made much more straightforward.
Should such a system come to fruition, I think there would be a massive improvement and change, in the way people feel about politics.
They would go from feeling alienated from, and disaffected by, a current system which seems to perpetuate unfairness and inequality, to a system that they felt was fully inclusive, and truly representative.
GrahamS31
7th Jun 2019
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The basic idea is good but the inevitable 'antis' would make it unworkable given the number of steps that would need to be taken before anything could be achieved.
oldbutgoldie
20th Jan 2019
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Hi everyone

We are surrounded by Voice Activated Machines and this good. Well it maybe but a difficulty I have encountered means that I (and I suspect many others) cannot find a way to communicate with these machines, such as Alexa, Cortana and Google assistant. This is very annoying because I am condemned to a world of mechanical silence through no fault of my own. I have a disability which distorts my voice so much I cannot talk to the machines that are becoming a more prominent part of our lives. I am not a technophobe and would like a chance to participate in the future. Enough of this Whinging but you'd think that those who make things happen would've thought of this.
puliowner
26th Apr 2019
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Hi. Have you tried speech recognition on your laptop or PC? I use one supplied by www.talkt2type.org.uk and it works well for me. I hardly have to use the keyboard. Admittedly it’s not hundred percent accurate but its good enough.
oldbutgoldie
27th Apr 2019
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Hi I will try that, thanks for the advice.
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14th Jan 2019
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Casalewis
18th Feb 2019
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They have probably tried so many things that have not worked they think what you have to tell them is just one more.
JoM1
17th Dec 2018
2
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I wouldn't mind chatting sometime?
RuffusW
17th Dec 2018
1
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Hello , thank you for the add . I’m 72 years old , and I’m pretty active , known to my family as Nifty Nanny . I have 7 gorgeous grand children , and looking forward to our first great grand child in April next year .
All my children are grown up now , with good partners , in their lives , all got good jobs . I’m so proud of them all .. We are all very close and supportive of each other .
I’d like to discuss and hear the views and ideas of the elderly retired folks on low incomes , How do you spend your leisure time ? There are many hour we just sit around in the winter months , watching tele . I’m sure I and my husband could be doing something useful from home . My husband Arthur is 77 also active xx
Casalewis
18th Feb 2019
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Have you tried your local Adult Learning Centre? I go to upholstery classes, wood working classes, have been to weaving classes and many other crafts. I have friends who do a foreign language and other who are learning to draw and paint. If it is run by the local authority there are probably good discounts for those who are retired. Nearly, forgot I also go to the local authority leisure centre and do Body Balance, Keep Fit, All the participants in my keep fit class are around 70 - give it a go.
CaroB4
29th Jul 2019
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I have been recently widowed and am finding it lonely on my own. I am going to join U3A in September where I am told there are lots of different activities - it costs £12.50 for the year...it may be worth your investigating too.
boson5
12th Dec 2018
1
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My fourteen year old granddaughter just called me a TERF. Apart from her not even asking my views are on the matter first, are we now facing a major socially divisive movement that requires urgent revisions to the current legislation, that has us committing hate crime, just disagreeing with them.
SusieB100
10th Feb 2019
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This threw me as I had never heard the word, so I looked it up.
TERF stands for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist.
I can just about get my old head around this and, in short, it seems to mean a feminist who excludes transgender people.
I would have to question whether a 14 year old really understands either what a feminist truly is or what a genuine (and rare) transgender person is really all about.
Feminism, a movement that exploded decades ago with the likes of women of my age seeking equality has become a vehicle for all sorts of awful opinions that have no relation to the original movement and the current explosion in so called trans genderism has become almost de rigour amongst many young.
As someone who has witnessed first hand just what is involved in seeing a someone go through the whole gender reassignment process I think our kids need to learn just how traumatic the experience is - maybe they would think twice before jumping on the fashion bandwagon.

Forget TERF - I prefer the term COSMO - COmmon Sense MOvement
JoM1
13th Nov 2018
1
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I would like to find out how many people out there are lonely? I mean really, do you go to bed early and watch tv in bed, because there is no one to talk to? Sometimes skip a meal, because there isn't anyone else to cook for?
After over forty years of looking after family, finding yourself alone for the first time in your life is hard! I am starting to make friends, but still come home to an empty house.
Anyone out there feel the same, maybe we should all talk to each other?
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20th Nov 2018
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Sully
17th Dec 2018
1
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I think this is a huge issue for many people . Having spent years bringing up my children and babysitting my grandchildren, who very rarely bother to see me, it’s left a big gap in my life . I’m quite shy and find it hard to and join a group on my own to make new friends . I totally emphasise with you
JoM1
17th Dec 2018
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Thank you for your comments. I am slowly getting used to things, but dont like it. Its the no-one to talk to that gets me the most. Travelling alone, no one in the car to sing along with. I am thinking of braving it and taking a holiday alone next year. Have you tried? If si, how did it go?
Casalewis
18th Feb 2019
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Hi Jo, not sure but think you are a lady and I would suggest you join the WI in your area. They have interesting regular speakers at their meetings, lots of trips and you will probably find that lots of the ladies are on their own now and do things together independent of the WI.

Pluck up the courage to go and join - best of luck.
CaroB4
29th Jul 2019
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Also check out U3A...masses going on there - I am going to give it a go myself in September...you can go along to their first Annual meeting at that time to try it out...So it all depends on whether they are open and welcoming ...or not...as far as I am concerned! Good Luck!
Ariadne
27th Oct 2018
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CYCLISTS..are the bane of motorists, and, pedestrians lives . As there are thousands of these machines and ,the numbers of said machines is increasing ,shouldn't they have to pay a charge for using the roads, if only to pay for the hundreds of gallons of paint that is used to mark their own slice of the roads,
Casalewis
18th Feb 2019
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Good heavens what makes you think only cars have a right to pay for the roads we all contributed to building! At least the cyclists do not poison us with their fumes.
Ariadne
19th Feb 2019
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Good Heavens ,,,would you care to rewrite your four month old comment .... it doesn't make sense..
Barry Joe
24th Oct 2018
2
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Looking for my father name Barry Sford, I guess he's from Australia but not really sure. Can someone out there could assist.
Many thanks & hope to hear from you soon.
lindz64
11th Jan 2019
0
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Good luck Barry Joe, I hope your search is successful x
Casalewis
18th Feb 2019
1
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Try the Salvation Army - they found my uncle for me after years of him not having contacted any of our family.
linj
2nd Oct 2018
2
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Do you agree with the new law that civil partnerships will now also apply to heterosexual couples
ColinM1
1st Oct 2018
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Research projects have identified climate change as a serious threat to Scotland’s, and indeed the world’s, environment.

There is increasing evidence of basic changes to our climate system as a result of human activities. Left unchecked, the rate of change will accelerate, bringing significant consequences for our environment, economy and society.
In Scotland, climate change is evident from observed changes in temperature, rainfall and snow cover. These changes are causing significant shifts in the growing, breeding and migration seasons, as well as species abundance and diversity. Higher river flows are leading to flood risks and sea level rise risks coastal flooding.
With Scotland having adopted world-leading legislation to address climate change, we are fortunate to have sound Scottish Government support .
Billythequiche
28th Sep 2018
3
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Am I alone in being confused by some TV Drama and Cinema Movies currently on and in the recent past? I watch a drama or movie to be entertained, if I want to be educated I watch a documentary or a current affairs programme. I sometimes feel that I am being drawn into a gender politics lesson or an advert for racial/religious equality.
Am I right to object to being lectured to or am I just a grumpy old b'#@~r uncomfortable in the modern era.
Won't stop watching quality drama on the box or visiting the cinema once or twice a week.
SusieB100
10th Feb 2019
2
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You are not alone Billythequiche. I love a good drama and there are some wonderful ones on television but there is an increasing 'fashion' to hammer home a message. As an example, I hadn't watched Doctor Who since the days of the wonderful Jon Pertwee but thought I would take a look once Jodie Whittaker took over the role. The first episode was excellent and very entertaining but then we descended into messages about race and gender - a man giving birth for heavens sake! I stopped watching. This is supposed to be an entertaining light drama aimed at all age groups so just what effect are these messages having on our young? I don't have any objection to these issues being discussed, investigated and exposed in serious journalistic programmes but wish the writers, editors and programme makers would stop brainwashing us through drama and entertainment.
CaroB4
29th Jul 2019
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I bought a book off Amazon last week...by David Sedgwick..."BBC Brainwashing Britain?" sums it up I think!
ColinM1
19th Sep 2018
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Will the exit from the EU see the collapse of the UK as we know it , as Scotland will then opt for independence ?
CaroB4
1st Aug 2019
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Independence? Under what is soon going to be a Federalised Europe under the rule/control of EU German/Franco elite? Not all Scots think that is a good idea!! Anyone not sure should listen closely to Ursula von der l eyen....Juncker's replacement in waiting come 2020...she is fast-tracking it. This is what the people of Europe need to read up on! Not even hiding it now...just media in UK are keeping some things quiet...like Heath all over again! "No need to tell the people...." because they know we wouldn't like it! We would never have voted for it...so it was passed off as a Common Market - which was all we ever wanted! We were conned.
RabHaw
2nd Aug 2019
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You seem to have missed the point .The answer is historical and not hysterical . We in Scotland are comfier being aligned to our European buddies than a seriously flawed UK government . The imbalance of Westminster seats in relation to the 4 constituent nations or principalities is a flaw and unacceptable in present society .
CaroB4
2nd Aug 2019
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Agree our Westminster Government is seriously flawed and needs a good sort out! That is why we have to vote them out at the next election and let a Party we can trust have a go! I fear you need to investigate your EU buddies a little more before you commit to them...and check out their plans for the future. You won't be able to vote them out remember. Once they are collecting your taxes...and offering you No Veto...it will be too late to have a mind change. Juncker's successor has already spoken of what is to come....shame the media here is not reporting it more fully. This is what everyone needs to made aware of...there is no status quo within the EU...it marches on!
regmon
15th Sep 2018
1
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viking
14th Sep 2018
1
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Should the UK consider Russia to be a friend or foe after the KGB attacks and deaths caused by them ???
[deleted]
10th Sep 2018
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viking
8th Mar 2019
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Yep you have beaten the TV this time !! A recent programme discussed just what you have covered, Well said !!
charleshymas
8th Aug 2018
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Dear all
I am a journalist with the Daily Telegraph and I am writing a piece about the difference between today's young and the 65 and overs' approach to technology. It is based on Ofcom data which shows 18% of 16-24 year olds spend more than seven hours a day online compared with 1% of over 65s. I would be interested if anyone would be happy to talk to me who has enjoyed becoming tech savvy, and their attitudes to the ups (and downs) of their experience with technology (smartphones, tablets, ipads etc). I can be reached via my email [email protected] or on my mobile 07836 273690. Fyi, I am 57 myself and a former head of news at The Sunday Times, where I was also an education correspondent. I am now a freelance journalist and have been running the Daily Telegraph's campaign for a duty of care to be imposed on social media companies to better protect children from online harms. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes
Charles
viking
7th Aug 2018
2
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Should shareholders in the larger companies have MORE of a say in the pitching of CEO's salaries, and more importantly the so called share options and expenses. ??
Alba19
4th Aug 2018
1
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I would like to express my feelings on retirement after in my case 30 plus years working as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. Nearing the time of my final shift at work I recall a few of my colleagues saying you lucky thing wish it was me and I bet you can't wait to spend that lump sum well the lump sum is now gone partly due to. Poor investment advice from a recommended financial advisor. Leaving that aside the first couple of years were good no more shift work, or feeling obliged to stay back to cover staff shortages, by now I'm thinking more and more about the advantages of a job I left behind and missing.
So I fill out endless application forms on line and fire of my C v s if I'm lucky some employers will get back to me with a no can do . What hurts most is that if only bigot to the interview stage employers would soon realise that I with my skill set would be an asset to the firm.
So I keep scanning indeed and other job sites still wishing and hoping for that illusive interview, and here's the the thing I have evenlowered my sights to include Mc Donalds, Betfred e t c .
Thank you and feel free to comment.
JoM1
20th Nov 2018
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Hi,
I was in a similar position, but kept on applying. Have you thought of approaching care agencies? Some pay quite well, and they are always needing good staff.
Knock backs can dent your confidence, but I always looked at them as just not being the right place for me.
Now I have been working for some time, keeps me occupied, feel huge job satisfaction, and get paid too!
Riversiderouge
3rd Aug 2018
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I am extremeley comfortable with Great Britain not raising objections, providing of course that they lose their heads if found to be guilty.
rockyboy2
9th Jul 2018
2
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Do you think we will ever leave The European Union? and do you trust this government to deliver?
Richard65
15th Aug 2018
3
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I'm glad you've posted up this question rockyboy2,

I still have enough memory cells to remember back to the time when we first joined the then Common Market. Before we joined though, I remember President General De Gaulle vetoing our application and refusing us to join. When finally Prime Minister Ted Heath took us in to the Common Market, there was no referendum from the British people, so our entry could even now be deemed as being illegal, as this was done without the will of the people.

What should also be remembered is that today's European Union is nothing like the old Common Market. And, once again, no British person has ever been asked if we should join the European Union. This too happened without the will of the people.

If what I am saying is true, then why should we have to seek permission to leave, and why do me have to pay any divorce payments?

I believe that repeated governments have sold Britain out time and time again. I shall never trust a politician again, I have no faith in any of the parties. (I'm glad I got that off my chest, I feel a lot better)

Thanks
Lifemask
23rd Jan 2019
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I hope that we don’t leave the EU as I think it would be a disaster for the UK. It is interesting that many of the leading Brexiteers ( Rees-Mogg, Nigel Lawson, Nigel Farage, Dyson ) have made their own alternative arrangements! Our childrens’ freedom to live and study abroad will end and it will be a disaster for many organisations including agriculture, the N H S, care organisations and university research. I always thought of us as a welcoming and tolerant nation and hate the way that Brexit seems to have given permission to racists and right-wingers to express views which were previously beyond the pale. Brexit was all about trying to mend the split in the Conservative party and was fraudulently funded and operated.
Let’s hope that there is a second referendum now that people realise the true facts!
Gertrude49
9th Jul 2018
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Angel58. I am informed that you have replied to a statement I made. Or do my email tells me. However, as the notification is not linked to the response you left I have no idea what you had to say. Awfully sorry but I have hunted high and low so please accept my apologies.

Maybe Silversurfers could sort this out - it is hardly a difficult problem to solve in this day and age and it would so help the communications they say they are trying to promote.
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12th Jul 2018
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Hello Jorid ... you should get an automated email when someone has replied to a comment you have made, but not if you are having a Private chat with a member ... have you checked your spam/junk folder lately in case they are finding their way there? Sally
Lionel
14th Aug 2018
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Sally, for Heavens sake, who or what is deleted? It's most irritating.
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Jorid deleted her Silversurfers account, and when a member deletes their account all their comments go as well.
Lionel
15th Aug 2018
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Thank you Miss Moneypenny.

I don't know why Jorid decided to delete her presence on Surfers, she was popular and I certainly enjoyed her company.

I'll leave you to deal with Bond; rather you than me!
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Yes it was a real shame. Hopefully she may we’ll return in the future
Graceotter
21st Jun 2018
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I would like to draw people's attention to the serious illegal trade in otters. Everyone always thinks of elephants and tigers when it comes to illegal trade but otters are also at great risk. For years otters have been hunted for furs, but now they are largely protected and so the trade has had to go underground. In Asia for every tiger skin found there are at least 10 otter skins and one haul in Tibet had 778 otter skins!

Otters are also being traded as pets, particularly in south-east Asia - there are over 800 pet otters in Jakarta alone and demand is also increasing in Japan where they now have otter cafes where people can go and interact with young otters. Most of the otters are Asian small-clawed otters and they are mostly taken from the wild. The mother is often killed as she tries to protect her cubs and they are being smuggled in suitcases.

Please help the International Otter Survival Fund stop the trade in otters (www.otter.org)
Gertrude49
9th Jul 2018
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Thank you for this information. I shall go and have a look.
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Thank you for bring this to our attention Grace
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention Grace
rosiemac
13th Jun 2018
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Supreme Court Ruling today Smith -v- Pimlico Plumbers
Poppie
10th Jun 2018
6
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Please can I have a little rant? It may help one or two other people in my situation.
Since losing my partner, very suddenly, in March, I have been very lucky to have had visits from concerned and caring friends and neighbours. However I should like to list my top ten things NOT to say: In no particular order, all these have been said to me.
1) You are still young. You'll meet someone else and start a new life. (This was said 3 days after Cliff died).
2) Do you want me to clear his stuff away, it's everywhere.
3)You need to start clearing his clothes and things out.
4)You're not still ranting on about him are you?
5) I don't know why you don't like being on your own.
6)It's no good sitting there going over and over it. Why don't you read a book or something?
7) Once you're out and about again, you'll think differently.
8)You'll just have to come to terms with it.
9) Why aren't you sleeping? Are you worrying about something?
10) Oh! for goodness sake! (accompanied by rolling eyes, because I talk to Cliff)

I know it's hard to find the right thing to say and I am grateful that people care and are trying to "cheer me up" but please talk about normal things. Auntie Flo's bunions, Mrs Blogg's cat. Anything but tactless advice. End of rant. Thank-you for reading/listening.
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12th Jun 2018
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Poppie
12th Jun 2018
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Thank-you Jorid. It was hard to stay polite with some of the comments. I still want his things around. It helps.
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13th Jun 2018
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Poppie
13th Jun 2018
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Thank-you Yodama. I don't only have felines, including my own, digging holes, but squirrels are partial to bulbs too! Feeling a nice glow from your hug and send you one back.
Gertrude49
13th Jun 2018
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Sorry to hear about the loss of your partner in life. I worked for Cruse Bereavement counselling for a time and one of things we encountered was the total insensitivity of some individuals to the situation of the bereaved. Sometimes it is embarrassment and sometimes plain blunder as people are not sure what to say or do. It leads to the most awful outbursts of totally tactless twittery. They have no idea of the powerful emotions and confusion such loss brings and that you need your own time to settle your life, to clear away things at an appropriate time to you, to rant and roar and scream with anger and frustration when you want to etc. It is incomprehensible to anyone who has not gone through it. You have my heartfelt sympathy.

If you feel it might benefit there could well be a Cruse group near to you - if so then it might help as they provide a sensitive ear to the situation you are in as well as being happy to talk about anything and everything. The contact number is 0808 808 1677
Poppie
13th Jun 2018
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Thank-you Gertrude. You summed up my feelings exactly, I've made a note of the phone number. Had I not got my foot in plaster (broken ankle) I may well have caused damage to one or two of these people. That was the enormity of it all. I was in hospital when Cliff had his heart attack. The only good point, we were both in the same hospital and I got to see him, thanks to the kindness of the nurses.
Gertrude49
14th Jun 2018
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All the best with the future. It is a long and winding path but one gets to the end of it in time. One day you will think of Cliff and instead of the pain of remembering there will be more pleasure in the memory. Don't expect too much of yourself, everyone has a unique way of handling grief,, there is no single pattern we follow. It would be so much easier if there were as then one would know what to expect and could plan for it. I shall be thinking of you.
Angel58
8th Jul 2018
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Hi Poppie,
I am in a similar situation as I lost my husband in April.
Thankfully I haven't had anyone say anything along these lines to me.
I am lucky to have a few good supportive friends.
What has annoyed me though is the phrase... 'We are here for you anytime you need us' by people who I haven't seen since the funeral !
Another one is ' you are not alone' .... Well yes actually I am !

I agree it's difficult knowing what to say , particularly if you haven't been in that situation yourself
... Fancy a coffee would just be great though and would mean such a lot
Angel58
8th Jul 2018
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Would a cruse bereavement group only have people who are bereaved or also trained people to assist with the grieving process.?
Angel58
8th Jul 2018
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Such good advice gertrude49
Poppie
9th Jul 2018
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Thank-you Angel. As you say yes we are alone. Good friends are priceless. I'm housebound at the moment too, as I broke my ankle a week before Cliff died. We were actually in the same hospital (a blessing in disguise, as I was able to be with him.) Still struggling with the ankle, have hopefully now had the last lot of surgery on it. That almost seems insignificant! It will be good to get it going again though. I wish you well. They say it gets easier, so I hope it will for us both and everyone else in the same situation.
Gertrude49
9th Jul 2018
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The groups are led and supported by trained counsellors. It is a place for those who have been bereaved to meet up and talk to each other and also to arrange for personal counselling if they need it. Cruse is always rather short of people to do counselling on a one to one basis, but they get to you as soon as they can. Start with the phone call and go from there by asking if there is a group near you and what support you can get locally.

There is much to be gained by meeting up with those who are travelling the same road as yourself, as you will find that there are many shared experiences. The most frequently heard phrase is "I think I'm going mad". Bereavement can bring on odd behaviour patterns. In fact it is the one time in life when the abnormal is, in its way, sort of normal. I get asked if hearing and seeing the dead person is normal - yes it is. I get asked if physical as well as mental pain is normal - yes , it is. I have seen eating disorders, drinking disorders, lack of concentration, bursts of aggression - the list of reactions is very long. It is a very stressful time both physically and mentally and although we are each different in our experience and reaction you will find that there are commonalities. That in itself is comforting as it then makes you realise you are not alone in the dark world of bereavement.

Let me know how you get on. All the best
Gertrude49
9th Jul 2018
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I hope your ankle recovers very soon and do see if you can find a local group through Cruse if you feel it will benefit you.
Poppie
9th Jul 2018
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Thank-you. Will bear all this in mind.
Angel58
11th Jul 2018
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Good luck with your ankle injury and I hope you will be mobile soon x
Angel58
11th Jul 2018
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Thank you. I think I shall make enquiries to see if there is a local group. I was preferring to deal with things on my own but I think support might be the way forward
ACW
26th Jul 2018
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I could not agree more with you. I just lost my wife after 52 years of marriage we were 18 and 17 years old when we married so it's most of my life.
I'm been told you should go away somewhere, why don't you start to go out and enjoy yourself. It's only been 5 weeks and truth be told I still can't stop crying, I'm not sleeping and when I do I wake up and for a few seconds I forgotten she gone, and the pain starts all over again.
Like you I would like a normal conversation or just be able to say how I am truly feeling instead of having to say Yes I'm ok getting there.
Poppie
26th Jul 2018
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It's so hard isn't it. I do feel for you ACW. you beat me by a long way Cliff & I were together for 25 years. I sometimes wake up as you do and think he is still here. I talk to him as well, which some think is odd, but why would I not? I am told by friends who have lost spouses that it does eventually get easier. Define eventually. It is just so lonely. I don't tell anyone "I'm getting there", because I'm not. I have good and bad days, sometimes good mornings and bad afternoons and nighttime can be dire. I am now more mobile which is helping because I am, seeing different people instead of those who made some of the original comments, which sparked the rant. There have been some other priceless ones since then, such as "you aren't the only person to have lost someone, they don't carry on like you". This person nearly got strangled! The only thing I can say to that is, they couldn't have been as deeply in love as we were. I am not allowing anyone to push me into anything I'm not ready to do. I have found an inner strength for that. You will be able to do things when you are ready. If I haven't bored you rigid, I'm happy to talk anytime, and I wish you well.
ACW
26th Jul 2018
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Thank you
I won't go into detail but I think I may need some specialists help but it's not easy to find in face , I will just say the thoughts I have are not good and the nightmares stop me from wantting to go to sleep. Yes I've been told to man up and I know I should. It is difficult to talk to my children or grandchildren as it only up sets them.
Sorry I should not go on as you know what it's like and are going through the same thing.
I hope for everyone who is going through this, that there is a time when there is some peace. I wish my brain would just start working properly.

Take care.
Poppie
26th Jul 2018
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You don't have to man up or be brave. I have found it best to try and get through one day at a time. If I look too far ahead I start to panic. I can imagine what your dark thoughts may be. I have been to some very dark places. We met in our forties so didn't have children. When I had to undergo an operation the day after Cliff died, I didn't want to wake up and was most disappointed when I did. I just wanted to be where Cliff was. To some extent I still do. I have a little, quite elderly, rescue cat. Who had already lost 2 owners. So I feel I have a task to look after her. It gives me a sort of purpose. I've got myself 4 months down the line. I don't know about the nightmares. I don't know much at all really. I know what has helped me a bit. If it helps we can keep this going as 2 people getting each other through a dreadful time in our respective lives. It's difficult to sleep in this hot weather, but try and get some restful sleep tonight.
ACW
26th Jul 2018
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THANKS
It's somehow easy to talk to someone I don't know, but do not want to upset and make things harder for anyone going through the same.
It's is good to be able to say how I feel and not what I think I should say.
Poppie
26th Jul 2018
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You won't upset me. Try and get some rest. Check back tomorrow, let me know you are alright.
Raindrop
4th Aug 2018
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Hi
I am new to Silversurfers but I am glad I found you and read your sorry tale. I haven`t got many words of comfort but I`ll tell you how I am feeling now after 5 months of losing my darling husband of 42 years. He died suddenly and I felt then as if my life too ended on that day.
I went through all the emotions and feelings you are probably experiencing now. I wanted to rant and rave, scream at people who were only asking me how I felt. I found it hard to sleep and like you would wake up and bang it would hit me all over again. I still only go out when I feel able to face people. I have told family that if it takes a year before I might feel able to join a group then so be it. You will start to come to terms with your tragedy in the future. I can`t tell you when but just try and get through each day as it comes. Don`t plan anything just go with the flow and accept all the help you are offered. I have come to understand that when people say we are here for you if you need us, they often don`t contact you as they do not know what to say. But I know just to sit with you and have a normal conversation or listen to you when all you want to talk about is what you`re going through would be a big help. I have good days and horrendous days and yes sometimes I cannot seem to stop crying, but when this happens I always think of my friend saying "breathe deep a few times, just breathe" and this does help. So please just breathe.
All the best for now
Chris
Richard65
15th Aug 2018
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Hi Poppie, firstly may I say how sorry I am for your loss.

I totally agree with what you are saying. I too lost my wife some 20-years ago and can concur with everything you say. I used to hate it when people would try and comfort you with words and phrases like:

1. Don't worry deary, times a great healer, you'll soon get over it.
2. I know just what your going through, I lost my mother many years ago.
3. Throw yourself into your work so you don't dwell on the past too much.
4. Oh and there was always, "Come on mate, she's been dead now for over a year, time to move on and climb back up on the horse".

Looking back at this time I came to realise that grief and bereavement are very private and personal feelings and emotions. I my case it was a terrible time as my wife took her own life. I think at this time I had endured every conceivable emotion. Bitterness, anger, emptiness, loneliness etc. So, when ever people use to say, I lost my mother, I know just what your going through, They would get a very sharp retort. No you haven't got a Bl**dy clue what I'm going through, you've not got the faintest idea. I also remember feeling that I had failed somehow, and believed that these emotions were mine, I owned them.

So, all I can say is go on and rant away. I'd never say that I know just what your going through as these feelings and emotions are yours and yours alone. No body can understand, only you.

This is all very much in the past, and is now very much apart of the chapters of my life's rich tapestry.

Good Luck to you Poppiexx
Poppie
15th Aug 2018
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Thank-you Richard. I feel for your loss, even though it was much longer ago. I've had a few more priceless gems since my top ten. The best one being "You're not the first one to have lost someone, why are you making so much fuss?" This person was asked to leave and was lucky to get out in one piece! I'm a bit further down the road now but still find some of the days unbearable. I had just broken my ankle, very badly, at the time of Cliff's sudden passing.. That is now finally mending after 5 months and 2 operations. Cliff had been on his way to visit me, on my 3rd day in hospital when he suffered a massive heart attack. he was resuscitated but was away too long, so when he did come round, he had severe brain damage. Fortunately (if there could be any fortune in this) we were in the same hospital and the nurses made sure I got to spend as much time with him as possible during his last few days. I felt my world had stopped on that last day, so the stupid, but, maybe, well meaning remarks nearly drove me insane, hence the rant. I do fend them off in a better way now, but it doesn't stop the various emotions that you have mentioned. The kindness and good wishes from the Silversurfers community has been brilliant. I wish you a good future too Richard. Thank-you again. xx
Poppie
15th Aug 2018
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Thank-you Chris (Raindrop). I've only just found your reply. I haven't been with Silversurfers all that long either. It is a fantastic community, and has helped me in this awful time. You are all people who understand, and have been through similar grief to me. It has been so good to talk to people, who although I don't know personally, I can say what I really feel to, instead of what is expected. I just do 1 day at a time, and keep my more private thoughts away from the tactless "friends" who passed the above remarks. Thank-you again for your kindness. I hope, in time, that life will become brighter for us both.
Raindrop
18th Aug 2018
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Hi Poppie I know I replied to you privately but I would like to say to everyone above who has lost someone very dear to them that I truly know and feel what they are all going through. It`s only when it happens to you personally that you can truly sympathise with someone. It is very normal to experience a huge range of emotions. Grief, hate, longing, guilt, rage, screaming. sobbing to name but a few. I have been told these are quite common and not to worry as we need to go through these, we are not going mad. Also there comes a time when you suddenly think. " Hey I think I`m coming to terms with this." When suddenly you are back to square one, sobbing your heart out again over some little thing like a song you both loved or a memory you both shared. This is all part of grief and bereavement and believe me when I say I have never in my life experienced anything like this before. I hope this comforts someone in some small way. PS Glad your ankle has healed hope your heart does too some day.
Julie17
14th Sep 2018
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When my husband passed away someone said ‘ oh it was for the best . The best thing would have been he was still here.
Raindrop
13th Oct 2018
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I know exactly what you mean Julie. Sometimes someone will say, " oh it`s a good job Terry isn`t here to see this or hear this". But I wish with all my heart that he was here to hear it, and I want to scream at them to shut up and go away but I don`t I just squirm with anger inside. People can be so tactless can`t they? It`s a good job not everyone is like that though
SusieB100
30th Jul 2019
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Oh Poppie these are dreadful things to have had said to you at the most traumatic time of your life. I think I would have responded with a little Anglo-Saxon! My husband died more than 4 years ago and although in his case it was almost expected it was still a shock nevertheless. I still chat to him, usually about the mundane things like 'do you know where I left my purse' or 'remember we went there' when a place features on TV and I always say goodnight to him. It is perfectly normal and healthy. As for his clothes, I did this in my own good time and kept a couple of things hanging in the wardrobe, his favourite blazer and a jumper I always liked to see him wearing. All this brings comfort and if other folk think it's odd then that is their problem. I know exactly what you mean about 'normal' things - they are the anchor we need. Grieve your own way Poppie and to hell with those who don't understand.
CaroB4
1st Aug 2019
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Thank you for your words Gertrude,,,,it saved me saying them! I have been a bereavement counsellor too. People can be incredibly insensitive...they would be better if they kept their mouths shut! Unbelievable remarks made to Poppy! I lost my husband at the beginning of June....a couple of weeks later I had to go to the village shop for a few provisions. Ran into someone who said " I didn't expect to see you about just yet!". It felt like a slap in the face...living on my own with our children all long flown - how was I supposed to eat for a start if I didn't pull myself together and get out there again! So many others were just as different....said they were sorry to hear of my loss so I could thank them and then move on with the conversation. One or two others said little but just hugged me....and were so kind. Lots of lovely sympathy cards helped too. Actions always speak louder than words. Oddly it always seems to be the people who have always had lots of others at their beck and call that have no idea how the rest of us manage on our own! It never seems to occur to them....strange! Total lack of empathy or understanding. We have to try and feel sorry for them!
CaroB4
1st Aug 2019
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So true ACW. I lost my husband of 47 years in June this year. He had been ill for three years but the turn for the worse happened quickly and he had to go into the hospice for the last few days as I could not lift him or even get him out of bed. Having had several stays in hospital for 6 weeks at a time I had got used to being alone at home to some extent...coping with everything, visiting daily, planning hospital appointments etc. As a result his sudden decline and passing was surreal. I am still thinking he will be back home soon...especially waking in the morning ... or thinking about something I would have wanted to tell him. I hope with the passing of time you genuinely are feeling a little better now and coping with life on your own. It isn't easy to go out alone...many of us have lost contact with our old friends over the years...so it is a big step to take. To tell you to go out and enjoy yourself is incomprehensible....we have to take each day at a time....small steps on the pathway to the rest of our lives. I was brought up to put on a brave face....and that I still do. The pain inside is not visible....and when we are asked how we are feeling they don't really want us to tell them do they. So we provide the stock answers..."Not too bad" "ok thank you"...
| have made up my mind to try and join U3A in September...they have so many activities to take part in and no exams or anything like that! Everything from walking groups to Theatre or Reading groups. I am going to their Annual Meeting when I can have "a taster" of what is available...so I am hoping they are friendly and welcoming...it will make all the difference as to whether I go back again! A friend in the north joined and she is so busy these days,..and sits on 4 committees too! It is a good way to meet others who are likely in similar situations to us...it always helps! So I will give it a go!

https://www.u3a.org.uk/find In case of interest to any SS reader!
ACW
2nd Aug 2019
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Just say thank you for your comment.
Bushead
28th May 2018
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Hi Everyone,

I'm Bushead, I have only just joined in the hope to meet people. I live in NW London, single and 60. I would like to meet people who are interested in travelling, days out, dinners, etc. Email: [email protected]
Gertrude49
12th May 2018
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I m working on developing a totally new approach to retirement housing. I would like to do a bit of market research so here are some questions:
1 - What do YOU want from a retirement village or complex - or whatever name you would like to give it?
2 - What sort of home/house would you like to have? Feel free to say how many bedrooms and bathrooms etc. Garden'? Pets?
3 - Are you addicted to bricks and mortar or would you consider other options? If so - what? Are you aware of that build and construction options are available?
4 - What would you feel to be a fair price to pay for a retirement home?
5 - What do you feel is a fair price to pay for full care?

By the way - I am 68 and my husband is 80 - we are not part of any retirement business. I am just really fed up with seeing what is on offer, plus the costs and would like to make waves - very BIG waves. Are you up for helping me? If so then please let me know your thoughts.
AlisonP24
1st Jun 2018
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Hi Gertrude, this is a growing problem and fair play to you for highlighting it. I am not quite there yet but do have some answers for you.

1. independence with a community feeling.
2. I think park homes are a good way forward or low level apartments with a balcony. 2 beds as we do have visitors, and not having the kitchen in with the living space, a small outdoor space would be good, even if its a courtyard of some sorts. It is nice to have an area to yourself even if there is a community garden. 1 pet per unit would be reasonable.
3. I would be open to other construction but not really sure of what is available apart from the park homes.
4. Tricky to discuss price as it would depend where you are. But the idea is to keep the cost down, maybe £150 - £200. The problem is the fees that come with a lot of these properties. It is ok to buy them but is it an affordable option with site fees/ground rent etc.
5. I would imagine if you need full care then these sort of properties may not be the best choice.

good luck with your investigations.
Gertrude49
5th Jun 2018
1
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The alternative to the park home is the pre-fab. They are used all over the continent these days and are quite fabulous. Not only beautiful but well insu;lated and usually come with solar or photovoltaic panels. I think the price you quote is about right, too and there shouldn't be a high ground rent. I have researched a lot of care packages and the contracts are either extortionate or incomprehensible! What do you think of the idea of a prefab?
AlisonP24
12th Jun 2018
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Not sure on that Gertrude, the only ones I can remember are the ones from just after the war which my auntie had. It was ok and served a purpose but I am sure the modern versions would be better insulated etc. I like these gated home areas which are for 50/60+ they seem nice and secure however they are far too expensive for me! I know someone who lives in a nice 1 bed flat with a balcony, which is a bit like living in a hotel but again nice and secure. There is someone on site and activities etc with a lounge but her monthly expenses are quite high and this is what concerns me. I think it was about £135,000 but personally I would want 2 beds for visitors. It is ok being able to buy something reasonable but you have to be able to afford to live there on a pension!
Gertrude49
13th Jun 2018
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The modern prefabs are quite remarkable and they can go up to any size and price. I have been looking at self build myself (hence my interest in these) and they are my preferred option to the park homes as one can change the interior if one needs to with far greater ease. I also like the idea of a secure community but am not keen on gates - one I have seen recently had a barrier that the residents used a fob to open but the barriers are open all day long and only closed at night.
Gertrude49
9th Jul 2018
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I can't recall if I said thank you. So - thank you
JanetW96
4th May 2018
0
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Silver Surfers Competitions and Prizes

Good fun! Goodies to win? For some perhaps. My experience was not such fun. I was delighted to hear I had won two tickets for the Holiday and Travel Show, Olympia, February 2nd to 4th 2018, and that the tickets would be posted to me shortly. So pleased was I that I wrote and thanked the organisers of the competition, then went ahead and booked a hotel in London for two for the weekend. With only a week to go the tickets had not arrived so I wrote to Silver surfers admin explaining and - again - gave my address. No reply then, and no reply to date. Worst of all ...... no tickets.
Will I enter Silver Surfers competitions again? Only if I want to experience disappointment again.
howardkendall
23rd Apr 2018
2
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Should we all have control over how - and maybe when - we die?

Having seen both my parents ( luckily at 88 and 91 ) have long and artificially extended deaths with more suffering than was necessary, I've long been a supporter of Assisted dying, where if you are terminally ill you can choose when and how you die if it is really all too much for you.

Yes there should be safeguards to avoid exploitation of the vulnerable, but right now pets have a better chance of a dignified death than we do! I'm a supporter through www.dignityindying.org.uk but would love to get other people's views on this crucial subject.

Howard Kendall
Gertrude49
12th May 2018
2
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I also support dignity in dying and think that one should be free to control one's exit from the old mortal coil. It seems to me that the main argument is about people being manipulated out of their homes/money etc by unscrupulous relatives. Legal euthanasia is well established on several areas of the US and there has been no evidence to date of any such devious behaviour. Anyway - it's our body and we should be free to dispose of it if it is a burden beyond bearing. A dignified exit should be a right.
AlisonP24
1st Jun 2018
1
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Absolutely, but as you say with stringent controls in place.
Andante62
21st Apr 2018
1
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Really interesting topics. I would like see the topics of how beneficial adult learning is. It has been proven to help stave of Alzheimer's, loneliness and more...I teach the Cello to 50+ age range - interesting unexpected results.

Best,
Kath
WILL
19th Apr 2018
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I am 87 years old and a comment made by older generation to me at 15 years old was " Wish I was your age " is this still the thoughts of todays elderly, does the future still hold the dreams that we had?
Cosmopolitan
17th Apr 2018
0
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how do you cope after the death of your partner? I am struggling.........it has been 7 months and I am still an emotional mess.
Cinchap
16th Apr 2018
0
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SCKate
14th Apr 2018
0
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this Silver Surfer site. I'm working my way around looking at all the different things on offer. I must say it's not what I expected.
I'm 69 and widowed 18 months ago. I have a good life with great friends but as they're either married/working full time it's not always easy to get to visit places as often as I'd like and when I do it's not much fun doing it alone. If anyone's interested in getting out and about - sharing costs then please contact me. I live in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Close to the sea.
cooperfly
7th Apr 2018
0
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I would like to comment on the Blue Badge system, twice I have applied for this as I do need help and twice I have been turned down,I have a balance problem which nobody seems to know what is wrong with me, my left has got drop to it which is very noticeable I have been like this for over three years now,I have arthritis in my lower back which is hell. I find walking tiring as I have to focus on lifting my left leg high to walk or I trip and fall over. I have to say I have done this a few times and ended up with some terrible bruises which has done nothing for my confidence as going out I am in fear of falling over so I have cut down going out and that is just to get a bit of shopping. I can't just cross the road because I am not quick enough to get to the other side ,using crossing points is a nightmare because the paving slabs around the crossing all have what I call as lumpy pimples on them which I presume are for blind which I understand they have to have but to me they are a nightmare
because I trip over on them and have such trouble getting round them to cross the road. What really makes me mad is the government going on about elderly people getting more exercise but when something goes wrong they do their upmost kick you in the teeth.
Ariadne
7th Jun 2018
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You don't say how you applied for a Blue Badge. I phoned the Council blue Badge Dept,and asked them to send me an application form, which duly arrived,, and I filled it in. Just make sure you give the answers required,and do not elaborate on your Health ,Pages of questions ,just go through it slowly, and if you find a question you can't answer ,phone the Dept ,and ask for their help.
Johnddortmunder1
3rd Apr 2018
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I'm a widowed retired Canadian gentleman seeking companion(s) to travel in comfort by mini-van and travel trailer from British Columbia to PV via West Texas, then Belize and eventually Panama. After that, quein sabe. Prefer 55+. No set itinerary. Experienced traveller. If interested contact me at [email protected]

I can't find a chat room or email address for members to contact one another. Am I missing something ?
Ariadne
7th Jun 2018
0
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You are obviously missing the Chat Room ,door ,,,, So am I !!!!! could do with some Direction Arrows.
Just have to comment on your travel arrangements Since when has a mini -van been comfortable.???
Billythequiche
29th Mar 2018
1
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Is ''accountability'' a non pc idea? Bankers were the prime example, world wide crisis, huge cost to national economies and austerity for the rest of us. Were any of them held accountable? You know the answer to that one.
A couple more have emerged in the last week or so:
It seems, that far from protecting their pension fund, managers/investors of Toys R Us transferred a huge amount of money to the British Virgin Isles when their financial position became apparent. It was called a ''loan'' but repayment was waived. Will anyone be held accountable?
Southern Hospital Trust has been fined 2 million pounds for preventable deaths. Is that the board? No. Is that the incompetent managers? No. Is it the uncaring who allowed it to occur? No. Is anyone held accountable? No. Who picks up the bill for the fine? We do through the NHS.
I fear I shall die from industrial thrombosis, that is clots in management.
I understand that Brexit is the priority at the moment, but the government must, at the earliest opportunity, address the issues of accountability.
viking
31st Mar 2018
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Ther will never be any accountability for bankers, they are absolutely proofed against any thing like that happening to them.
Why ???- When an MP sitting possibly in the inner sanctum is thrown out of office either through election or conduct unbecoming the old boy net work amongst this fraternity sets to work, and then hey presto !! A seat on the board of .......yes you have guessed correctly. With the proviso of couse that they have been "nice" to bankers in the past and are regarded as a "good egg".
Lionel
31st Mar 2018
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'I fear I shall die from industrial thrombosis, that is clots in management. '

Billy, that's the best I've heard in a very long time. Do you mind if I use it again, but not on SS?
monzaV
12th Apr 2018
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Oh so true Billy and was ever thus, every Mp is looking out for directorships they will get after their done with parliament bar a special few, prime minister are particularly suspect in that area, you thought they were serving the people dream on. The precious few that are not on the make are the ones so viciously attacked by the Murdock press and the Daily Mail but they of course are all in the pockets of terrorist organisations yeah right.
Gertrude49
12th May 2018
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I think it's called "the old boy network". They all get to know the lobbyists, of course. So then they get cushy jobs.
Billythequiche
1st Jun 2018
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Please be my guest Lionel. How are you? It seems that I am so busy these days I am not online as often as I was>
Billythequiche
1st Jun 2018
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Pity there isn't an ''old farts network'', I would be chairman. I apologise in advance if farts or chairman offends.
Lionel
1st Jun 2018
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