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Talk / Re: The freedom we get from having mobile phones?
« Last post by Fiz on 07 Dec 2018 10:10AM »
I have real anxiety around phones and only occasionally speak to my dd when she needs to talk and very rarely anyone else. So texting to me is an absolute essential for me to connect with anyone at all. Living alone, it feels like an absolute essential to life.

And I often think back to days without them and wonder how we managed!
Talk / Re: The freedom we get from having mobile phones?
« Last post by lankou on 07 Dec 2018 09:44AM »
The problem I have is knowing where the local "not spots" are for mobile phones. Signal in my home is rubbish and from 500 yards South, non existent.
Welfare Rights / Re: PIP Travel Distance Petition.
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 07 Dec 2018 09:44AM »

I was not thinking the assessors should become embedded in the GPs surgeries more like once a month they are allowed to use a room to assess people who are otherwise going to be told to travel for 90 minutes. I see you point though and I am being naive thinking the solution I suggested would not have consequences eg it could reduce the number of people getting in home assessments.


Talk / The freedom we get from having mobile phones?
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 07 Dec 2018 09:40AM »
My Aunt is very poorly and so we only keep in touch via text message on her phone, Yesterday was her birthday and I spent the day worried about getting no reply from the birthday text I sent. It is selfish of me to be relieved at this mornings news talking about the O2 network being down, my Aunt will text me when she can.

All this set me to thinking about how things were back in the 1980s when if a taxi did not turn up you had to be able to walk to a phone box and rebook the taxi. If a friend or relative was late picking me up I would just have to sit and wait. The outcome was an obvious one I stopped going out and trying to do things because the stress my lack of mobility was too much for me. This was when I could no longer use a bicycle to get around and about, and years before I got my first NHS wheelchair that weighed a ton.

I realise the freedom people get from having mobile phones are not only mobility related so I am interested in hearing what you have to say.
Talk / Talk and General News being separate areas
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 07 Dec 2018 09:31AM »
I just want to give a quick explanation as to why I have the Talk board for all disability related topics including disability related news and a separate News and Current Affairs board. It because some people want to avoid news stories especially the upsetting ones eg wars and famine, and at the time this was decided there were complaints about general news pushing disability topics off page one of the Talk board.

All that said and done we are much more relaxed about this than we used to be and don't want people worrying about which board to post on. If we think more people will want to read a thread on a different board we can move it for you.

Although we may never get back to being as busy as we once were I still think those of us here now can greatly influence where the board goes and who is reading it.

Talk / Naproxen shortage?
« Last post by JLR2 on 07 Dec 2018 09:29AM »
As yet we have not left the EU and I find myself being told by my chemist that they cannot meet my doctor's prescription for naproxen. When I was collecting my prescription the chemist explained he couldn't supply all the naproxen prescribed for me and asked if there might be another medication I could use?  I replied to this by explaining that I have found naproxen to be the only medication on my repeat prescription that deals with the utterly debilitating headaches I get which begin in the back of my head, where it meets my neck, and are of such a level I cannot even try to sleep off. The pain I experience is like being hit slowly on the back of my head by a hammer as often as my heart beats. The pain goes right through me.

Such was the chemist concern because of this supply problem he phoned my doctor whilst I was there. If this is how things are before we've left the EU how bad will the be when we have?
Talk / Re: DWP report tampering? I didn't know about this
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 07 Dec 2018 09:11AM »
So is cleaned-up Labour going to denounce Unum, terminate that US-multinational's association with UK government, ban it from operating in Britain, purge its acolytes from public office ... and cancel all State contracts with ATOS and Capita?
Probably not, but it could do simple things like put the about of Work Related Group claimants get back up to what it was rather than have it aligned to Jobseekers benefit. The could also stop time limiting Contributions based WRAG. Reduce the amount of reassessment that goes on and make sure the assessors have the right qualifications and experience.

In the longer term they could prove more funding to Access to Work, make sure people who are in Support Group are not so often reassessed when they manage to do some work for a period of time. Maybe there needs to be another thread sorry.
Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 07 Dec 2018 08:53AM »
Cafe / Re: What Are You Listening To At the Time Of Posting
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 07 Dec 2018 08:49AM »
Ha hah hah the first two lines of the song Lankou posted

No I won't back down
No I won't back down.

Since the upgrade posting videos is more of an automatic process, so you just copy the location of the video you watched and paste it here eg

Here is Mr Blue Skies by The Electric Light Orchestra.

I just realised the person singing may be high  ;-)
Cafe / Re: What Are You Listening To At the Time Of Posting
« Last post by lankou on 07 Dec 2018 08:30AM »
Theresa May's theme tune:-

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