What Will Be The Main Features of Charles' Kingship?
13 Posts Last Activity 09/09/2017
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Camilla is still being roasted in the press, and elsewhere, and polls suggest Charles will be an unpopular king because of her. Most of us on SS may describe ourselves as Elizabethans, and proudly so. It has been a time of great expansion in many areas of science and culture, industry and commerce, as well as sweeping social changes, comparable with Elizabeth I. Elizabether has provided a consistency, a steadiness, lacking in almost every other area of the nation's life. But how do we expect to view our later years as Carolingians? Will he be a steady hand at the helm, or a most divisive monarch? Will he continue Elizabeth's stance as apolitical? Will the monarchy move with the times under Charles or stagnate and fail? Indeed, will Charles ever become King?
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Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day?
12 Posts Last Activity 27/03/2017
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Mothering Sunday or Mother's Day is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually in the second half of March or early April. But does the name of the day matter to you? The day has long been associated with mothers and family. For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their ‘mother’ church on Laetare Sunday – the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’. The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working away from home – often young domestic servants - to spend time with their mothers. Many used to pick flowers from the verges along the way to leave in the church or hand to their mothers when they got home. The day is now seen as a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law. It is increasingly being called Mother's Day, although that has always been a secular event quite different from the original Mothering Sunday. In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the same way as Mother's Day is celebrated elsewhere. The day has also become more commercialised too, and some may feel that Mother's Day has lost its sense of original meaning. Does the name matter to you? What are your views?
Weddings - who should pay for what?
5 Posts Last Activity 01/02/2017
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What is a reasonable amount to spend on a wedding. My son is getting married and So far the costs are at £12000 excluding the honeymoon. I've been told this is quite reasonable. I'm paying half they are paying the other half themselves. Personally I can think of better things to spend the money on. I have been married 31 years. We got married at a Registry Office with 2 friends as witnesses. It cost £18. We then flew off to Italy for our honeymoon which we paid for ourselves. How much would you pay for a Wedding and who should pay?
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Can those who eat animals really claim to hate animal cruelty?
35 Posts Last Activity 19/12/2016
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I am a vegan but I for many years I was not. I ate animals as a child went to animal circuses and visited zoos. I even dreamed of fur coats and snakeskin shoes. I loved my pet dogs and cats hated to see lions kill antelope. I considered bullfighting cruel and fox Hunting barbaric. I still ate animals though and proudly proclaimed myself to be against animal cruelty. In truth I was only against some cruelty and l cares for only certain animals. I was a product of the religious, social and cultural elements of my life. I was surrounded by those who thought the same I was even told l had to eat animals to be healthy. I shudder at the way I was so ignorant for so long. I sort of excuse myself for who I was then through ignorance at the time. There is less ignorance now but still many people who are how I was. Why is this?
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Halal food
25 Posts Last Activity 24/11/2016
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Halal food. Headline: Cadbury's in Australia encounter Halal Hell as Cadbury's Chocolate is boycotted. Australian companies are being targeted over Halal products. Vegemite, Milo and Byron Bay Cookie Company have all sparked an outrage through social media. What is so wrong with Halal food? Halal simply means "Clean". Nearly every product we buy in Britain today is Halal, so why the uproar? Surely it is a good thing not to put animal fat in chocolate?
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Dialects, and accents
8 Posts Last Activity 20/11/2016
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I am sure that there are people from different counties, and countries on this site, with regional accents and brogues. Is it still regarded as "de rigueur "not to speak the Queen's english or, as a news reader ? Do dialects put people into a lower category of person, and, in some cases, side tracked for a person who speaks "properly " with regards to being employed. I am Yorkshire, but do not have a full blown regional accent, which non Yorkshire people do not recognise, but is picked up immediately by the ones that belong , and am usually asked ",are you from Yorkshire?" and my response is always "Of course I am ".
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Do you have any regrets?
4 Posts Last Activity 24/10/2016
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Hello - I’m an award-nominated writer currently making a podcast series about life, death and regrets, and I'm looking for older and terminally ill people who would like to talk to about their life. If you have any regrets about the way you’ve lived your life, the things you did or didn’t do, or maybe a decision you’ve made along the way, please send me a direct message or email me at [email protected] I'm based in Cambridge but can travel within England. Many thanks. *posted with the kind permission of Sally at Silversurfers.com
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What do we mean by 'quality of life'?
5 Posts Last Activity 21/10/2016
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During a recent discussion someone mentioned 'quality of life', but what does this actually mean? One dictionary definition states "The standard of health, comfort, and happiness experienced by an individual or group" but how can this be measured? I have a step-granddaughter with severe special needs and we have been told by complete strangers that she should not be allowed to live has she has no quality of life but what do they mean and how can they comment?
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Viewing The International Space Station in your area
1 Posts Last Activity 25/09/2016
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out. out. out. out. International Space Station. (ISS) Over 240 mi high Travels at over 17,ooo mph. The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour). The following info is sort of instructions related to the 'spot The Station' chart. The chart will tell you the date and time the International Space Station (ISS) will be visible at your location. Go to the NASA site and then the Spot The Station area and choose your country,state, and city. Sometimes,the ISS is visible early in the AM just before sunrise and sometimes in the PM,after sunset. Of course you need to have clear sky to view it. you can also sign ip for an email alert when the ISS will be visible at your location. Then when it is visible in your location, put out your lawn chairs in your front (back) yard, turn off your TV and/or computer,make a few 'adult beverages' for you and your spouse,partner,friends,neighbors and sit back and enjoy the show. And it's FREE! The NASA site probably explains it better than I have, so check it out.
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HAVE YOU SEEN BRIDGET JONES'S BABY?
10 Posts Last Activity 27/09/2016
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I have just seen the third Bridget Jones film, and have to say it was the funniest one yet! Has anyone else been to see it .. would love to hear your views too
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