Horrible isn't it? Old mattresses, rubble, all sorts of junk thrown in some farmers hedgerow. But it isn't new. When I was a child, my dad did it because he couldn't afford the 5 shillings that they charged in the local tip. Then suddenly, recycling centres started popping up everywhere, and they were free! And so too was the countryside - free of rubbish. Now I see my local recycling centre is charging to dump plasterboard, rubble and a number of other things. Fortunately, unlike my dad, I can afford to pay the charges, but there must be those who can't, or won't. And what about small commercial firms - the self employed guy trying to scratch out a living? Is he going to pay the commercial charges?
Isn't it time to make dumping waste available free of charge for all rubbish and to all people? It might reduce the council's income a tad, but look at what they will be saving when they don't have to collect the fly tipping.
I live in a rural part of England where the vast majority are white and few have any great alliance to any religion, yet everyone is accepted, as long as they act responsibly and don't want to change us. Black, Muslim, Jews, all are uncommon, but none need a community because all will be accepted, as long as they accept us. Why must things be different in cities? Why do ethnic and religious minorities feel the need to clog together? Does this simply not cause tension? Why can't we just all live together as one big community?
I would like to ask members how thy descale their hot water heaters? I have tried finding out but all I get is for coffee makers which I don't have, the hot water heater I have is from a well-known company.
Yesterday I received my copy of the U3A magazine, Third Age Matters. I have been somewhat bemused by a flurry of letters to the editor about the formation of a Lesbian & Gay group in one U3A area. One correspondent wrote that she neither needed to know nor wanted to know about a person’s sexual orientation. Another found this comment insulting and harmful. I have always made friends with people because I like them, and we have mutual interests not because of their religion, colour, political affiliation, education or sexuality.
Am I missing the point somehow? Is it insulting or hurtful if I don’t need to know a person’s sexual orientation before I extend a hand of friendship? Another person asked if she should lie when asked if she has a partner. Why should she lie? If someone asks a question they should expect to hear the truth - whether they like the answer is a different matter!
At the moment I have a very old Back Boiler, Calor Gas Central Heating System I am thinking of having a complete new heating system fitted, but do I go for Calor Gas or Oil or something else entirely?? The calor gas I use comes from a community gas farm in the village, not bottled gas. There is no mains gas available. I have recently had a Energy Performance Certificate issued, marked at F. If I have a new calor gas heating installed by how much would this change the grading? Does anyone know.?
Moving home is always a difficult thing to do, especially if you are living in London. I was looking up some options for moving out to the countryside and found that Colne Valley or Ickenham, looked interesting as it's still close to the city. What do you guys think?
Hi everyone - I am new to the forum and would appreciate help and advice. We are hoping to move to Devon once we sell our house and would love some help as to the best areas to live around Newton Abbot / Teignmouth and anywhere in between. Thanks in advance.
Does anyone know of Retirement Villages in Cheshire and Lancashire that have Flats/Apartments to rent please. I wish to rent a 2 bedroom flat on a nice village near to a town or village. Looking at the Retirement Villages they all for sale. Thank you
By listening to your body and training your brain, it is possible to activate different centres in the brain to benefit your health and mind. Tibetan monks and yogis have been practicing this art for centuries. Miraculous things have been achieved by using deep meditation. It helps with lowering blood pressure, reduction in anxiety and stress and most beneficial of all Neuroplasticity. I copy here and explanation of Neuroplasticity: Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment. I have practiced daily meditation for many years, it is as important to me as breathing. Along with Tai qigong a gentle excercise, I have more control over my mental and biological development. It would definitely be a huge benefit to the whole population.