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Disability Talk / Re: This made me cry
« Last post by oldtone27 on Today at 09:58:51 AM »
Ms Davis was interviewed on the Jeremy Vine show (Radio 2) Tuesday, I think, and made the points mentioned by Monic.

This was a particularly bad example of treatment, but I got the feeling it was also a bit of a 'last straw' situation for her as aggravations when travelling seem all to common.

The problem is that this situation is all to common as it is a situation a friend of mine encounters regularly. In his case on buses where there is a conflict between a wheelchair user and buggy handler over limited space. Quite frequently the wheelchair space is occupied by two or even three buggies by time he wants to board.

Bus drivers are loathe to intervene and I can understand their difficulty with a full bus and getting someone to fold a buggy when space is limited and passengers anxious to get to their destinations. The solution is probably more flexible accommodation on buses, but this may give rise to safety issues if wheelchairs or buggies can't be reasonably retrained against moving around under braking etc.
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Disability Talk / Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
« Last post by oldtone27 on Today at 09:37:50 AM »
Whilst it has been a little cooler, or less hot, the past few days it remains stubbornly dry. Apparently Poole Harbour has had less that 2% of its normal rainfall in the last few weeks at 1mm.

I think that was the 5 minutes of drips we had a couple of Wednesdays ago. Sum total of rain I have seen recently. Didn't even dampen the ground.

Unlike Fiz I don't like it hot. At least not above 25°C.

I was around in 1976 and remember it being hot and dry but nothing very special. I was commuting at the time and do recall the trains being delayed due to bent rails and such.
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Disability Talk / Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 09:19:45 AM »
Me. I lived in a seaside town in East Sussex then and 3 people died of heatstroke on the beach that summer  :-(. And the swarms of ladybirds were astonishing I'd never seen more than 2 or 3 at once before so to see hundreds was weird and they were in flight not sat on leaves.

I loved that summer, my mother was a nurse at a boarding school for severely asthmatic boys and after school my sister and I would walk there with our swimming stuff and our Mum would unlock the swimming pool hut and let us in and we'd swim and dive for teaspoons in the deep end for ages. It seemed like hours. Teenage boys would peep through holes in the hut wall to ogles girls in swimsuits which was funny.

I love the heat and the sun. I'd like to live in Australia or Florida.
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Disability Talk / Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on Today at 07:15:15 AM »
Not hot here either in my part of the South West at the moment, but it seems like we get a few days of cooler weather and then things get a little too warm again - mostly over the weekends.  Again we have a forecast of up to 27C between this coming Friday and Monday:  not looking forward to that after the respite... It's a mere 22C in my home at the moment, if it could stay like that I'd be quite happy!  With the arrival of lower temperatures I have had more energy and felt more like Doing Jobs Around the Place, so caught up on a few chores yesterday while I could...

We desperately need rain, though.  Everything looks so parched, no wonder there are comparisons with the drought of 1976 (who was around to remember that?)
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Cafe / Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 07:12:14 AM »
Unforgotten series 3 has now started. I think Nicola Walker is a brilliant actor. And yesterday on ITV I discovered Blue Murder, an unknown to me crime drama which I enjoyed so things are beginning to trickle in. I keep contemplating starting to watch Coronation Street again. I had a 3 year gap without a TV and although this year I've returned to TV I haven't restarted watching that as I won't know the story lines and so many characters will have left and new to me people will have arrived but as that's on several times a week maybe I ought to plunge in again until I know what's going on and now I'm so immobile and live alone I need to occupy my brain or my thoughts go down the pan.
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Disability Talk / Re: Heatwaves, good or bad for you?
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 06:56:41 AM »
Are people still finding it hot? I haven't been hot at all for ages and I'm surprised to see people still talking about a heatwave. Recently the days down here have been cloudy so maybe with the sun not getting through it's much cooler in the south than the places where people are finding the temperature too high if the sun is visible there. I'd like some blue sky and sunshine really.  >Sun<
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Newsletter?

Ultimately it's not the government paying for any luxury cars via the mobility allowance because everyone with high mobility needs receives the same amount and it's that same amount that is paying for whatever vehicle is chosen each month. It's the customer paying the extra money out of their savings as the deposits for high range cars is more and what anyone does with their savings is their business.

I put on Facebook a few years ago that I was having a lovely lunch in a café in a rural area a few miles away with a friend. My sister quickly contacted me worried that I shouldn't put that on Facebook. I didn't get what she meant at first but she was thinking someone might report me to the DWP for having lunch out and where has the money come from?! I told her my friend had treated me (we alternate who pays and it had been her turn) and my sister said I should edit my status to mention it was lovely to be treated by my friend.

If the public can panic that someone on benefits can afford a sandwich and a cup of tea I can only imagine what they'd think about a Mercedes on the drive/adjacent disabled parking space near home.
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Disability Talk / Re: This made me cry
« Last post by Fiz on Today at 06:40:21 AM »


Rather than firing the guard shouldn't the rail company be speaking to the young mother who wanted to dump her pram, its all about education.

I totally agree Monic that mother was completely heartless and although it would be hard to track her down as only her empty pram was filmed being lifted over Tanyalee, I think a comment or two about her absurd request and heartlessness wouldn't have gone amiss. She started this fiasco and as she was sitting nearby the empty pram would have witnessed Tanyalee's tearful distress and her having to leave the train at the next stop.

I find it hard to believe that a train conductor could be as ignorant as to believe that the space signed for disabled passengers was okay to remove the disabled passenger in order to put what amounts to luggage in their place. It's a shame the mother wasn't shown on camera in my view although retaliation by incensed people can be nasty so perhaps for her safety better that she wasn't. 

I think this is the worst case of mistreatment against a disabled person I've witnessed.
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Cafe / Re: Re-launching the ship happyness by bulekingfisher
« Last post by bulekingfisher on July 18, 2018, 09:41:00 PM »
Hello Kizzy Kazaer

About reptiles I've had a boa constrictor (snake) around my neck the zoo keeper said it was safe I was amazed at how heavy it was + non slimy
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