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  1. I must admit, I am more than tempted to get a ticket - in my opinion Kosheen alone are enough to get me there. I saw them a few years ago and was more than impressed. I think the only thing stopping me is the price. It is certainly not prohibitive, but just a little out of my price range at the moment. I would love to see the local bands too, but meh, I shall have to wait for another time. I really hope it goes well, and all that go have a blast!
  2. I have epilepsy and so does my dog (I guess I am a sucker for punishment!) I haven't had a seizure in a long time but when I did, I would get a strange metallic taste in my mouth beforehand, which is called an aura. During the seizure I would know nothing about it, but would feel exhausted when I 'came to' as it were. I found having an hours sleep would help and I would feel fine afterwards. Any type of anti epileptic medication is sedative by nature, but your body builds up a kind of resistance to it and after about a year, you just don't notice it anymore. I know it is very distressing to see your dog fit, I know it is for me to see mine but your vet is right, he won't feel anything during the seizure. The noise he makes is just air being forced over his vocal cords as his muscles spasm (apparently I could make a hell of a racket when fitting too!). The confusion and dazed behaviour when he comes out of the fit you are describing is what is called the postictal state and though distressing for you, is perfectly normal. When my dog has had a fit, we have a high sided box with bedding in it that we pop her in for about half an hour so she can't bump into walls or try and get up the stairs. I know I have only just scratched the surface here, but if there is anymore info I can give you, just let me know.
  3. The Doctor - I am terribly sorry to hear of your predicament but if there is one piece of advice I can give you, it is to get your Power Of Attorney registered at the courts. I put a link in my first post with regards to it (the bit about the bank account), and John Wright explained it far better than I could. The only other bit of advice I can give you is to check your Father's health care bills carefully. There was a gap between what the DHSS would give and the actual cost (about £12.50 a week), and we had to meet the shortfall ourselves. I wish you all the best as I know what a horrific time it must be for you all.
  4. Thank you for your kind words everyone, it is genuinely appreciated. As a couple of posters have mentioned, there really is some good on this forum, and hopefully those that helped realise that their advice was not ignored. I hope it comes across that I wasn't going for the 'Woe is me', but I felt that it was an appropriate time to say thank you for all the help.
  5. Right, where to begin? For those of us that have been members on here for some time may remember that on more than one occasion that I have alluded that my Father had Korsakoffs Dementia. It was a legal nightmare (example of the kind of thing that I was up against - bank accounts for one example) Anyway, I just wanted to thank everyone for all the advice they gave me, especially John Wright and Declan, and those that contacted me through PM. Dad passed away yesterday and due entirely to the advice I was given it has made what could have been an unholy mess a lot easier than it could have been under the circumstances. Apologies for the morbid Wednesday morning post, but I just wanted to express my gratitude to all those that helped.
  6. Foxtrotlima

    Come On

    Couldn't you have picked a night that I am not babysitting? Free beer and I am missing out. Typical!
  7. LDV, I can see we are never going to agree on this one, but there are a couple of things that you mentioned that I would like to explore further with you. 1 - I didn't mention liberal democracies. And yes, I know the difference between a democracy and a liberal democracy. 2 - Why do you feel that covering yourself up is oppressive? That is merely you imposing your standards on a different culture. 3 - To put it bluntly, your pseudo anarchistic attitude is so fucking blinkered it is unreal. Just because the entirety of the world's population doesn't agree with you, doesn't make them wrong and you right. 4 - So you feel that my attitude is parochial. That is fine by me. What do you want to see? Globalism? 5 - Why do you feel that the populace in many countries are brainwashed? Just because somebody has faith in whichever god they chose doesn't mean that they aren't free thinkers. 6 - I never brought homosexuality into this, you did. I was merely stating that if British citizens break the law of their host country by drug smuggling or committing adultery then there is a price to pay.
  8. As naff as it sounds, "Love Actually" really seems to send me into floods of tears. That and "Stand By Me" No accounting for taste....!
  9. I am afraid I disagree with your outlook on this. This isn't the same as taking your shoes off when you enters someone's house, or taking your hat off in some temple, or as you say eating in the street during Ramadan. Of course, you want to conform to the local customs so that you avoid offending people. But this is a different matter. This is a law enforced by the state to enforce behaviour in areas where the state has no business. Respect, in the limited sense of making sure you recognise and abide by the laws makes sense so you don't get punished. But such laws do not deserve respect in the wider sense of seeing them as an acceptable facet of another culture. They need criticising and challenging. Although I can understand where you are coming from LDV, what you seem to have missed is that most of these countries do not live in a democracy. If you went waltzing round dressed in hot pants and a bikini top in the UK, most people wouldn't even notice. You do that in a country whose ruling body follows Sharia law and you are going to be knee deep in shit. The state *does* have a say with regards to the behaviour of the general populous of these countries, and admittedly not all, but most seem to be happy to adhere to it. It would be very arrogant to try and impose Western democracy upon these governments. Why would you want to challenge their laws when, to be quite honest, it is none of our goddamn business. I think we should just butt out of their legal affairs. Adultery, drug smuggling, whatever - those that do these things must know that the rules of their host country differ from our own.
  10. I appreciate your outlook on this matter LDV, but unless you have lived in such a country, it would be very crass to try and impose "Western" attitudes and philosophy on this matter. I am under no illusion that those traveling to Dubai have at least a modicum of knowledge as to how to behave in an Islamic country. Adultery is against the law in Islamic countries, and I find it quite arrogant that those who chose to flaunt it are screaming for the British Embassy as soon as they are caught out. No one is asking female visitors to wear a hajib or a burkha whilst on holiday in Dubai, but you have to remember - Dubai has a very modest dress sense for females, and I feel that should be respected, not brought down to western standards.
  11. I am totally with you on that one Pragmatopian. I lived for the majority of my childhood in a staunch Roman Catholic / Arabic country. There were some absolutely lovely upsides of living there, but there were also a lot of customs that had to be observed. Simple things like covering your shoulders when you entered church. You would surprised how many people thought that it was beneath them to follow such customs. The other one that springs to mind is that if we were in the Arabic quarter, you wouldn't eat in the street during Ramadan. I am a great believer that if you are a visitor to a country with different customs to those you are used to, you have to respect and adhere to those customs.
  12. My son is really into his BMX, and I spent £300 just on a frame for him, so be prepared - it can get an expensive hobby! A few of his friends have used this website Preloved And got someone to stick it on the seacat for them. Even if you don't choose to order from there, it will give you a very good idea of what you should be paying. A couple of things I would look out for is 1 - How many pegs can go on the frame (if your son is starting out, I would go for 4 until he finds his natural side for grinding). 2 - Has is got brake lugs? A lot of BMXers don't use any kind of brakes at all on their bikes and the frames have no lugs on them for the cables, but for a starter I would make sure that you can fit at least one brake (usually the front). 3 - What width are the handlebars? The wider ones make the BMX much easier to control. If you have any questions I can help you with, drop me a PM and I can hopefully save you some money and grief! Failing that, I might be able to get the son to part with one of his old frames so you can get your son to build his own.
  13. In For The Kill by La Roux is definitely making me happy at the moment, it is just so bloody catchy! That, along with anything by Republic Of Loose and Queens Of The Stone Age is enough to brighten even the darkest day.
  14. It is perfectly OK for you to do that, as the badge is issued to the individual. My father had one (he is wheelchair bound) and I checked with the police. To paraphrase what they said, "As long as the badge holder is in the car, and the purpose of the journey is for the benefit of the badge holder then it is fine".
  15. I think that the fault lies with the GP there. Fortunately most of them don't dish them out like smarties, and it is quite a stringent application to be considered for entitlement. I have a tumour on my spinal cord and 2 herniated discs and find it incredibly hard to walk short distances, even with a walking stick yet I had to jump through the proverbial hoops to get my blue badge. I very rarely use it as I have had verbal abuse off so many people for parking in a disabled bay (even though I am in receipt of disability living allowance, and my blue badge was prominently displayed in the correct place). People just look at the fact that I am fairly young (35) and assume that I have borrowed it off one of my parents. Although there are people who will screw the system, there are many genuine cases. It is just a shame that the few spoil it for the majority. Not that I condone vandalising other people's property, but there has been more than one occasion that I wished that I had had one of these with me:-
  16. It is most definitely both, although on the odd occasion I absolutely have to say it, I go for the Northern way.
  17. My biggest fear is being buried alive, so much to the point that I will avoid subways etc at any cost. That and the word castle. Just hearing it makes my skin crawl.
  18. That is what I use and have never had a problem with it. I share a computer with my two children and it seems to be teenager proof too.
  19. I have one ticket for Watchmen for sale - IMDb link (Link contains spoilers). I had a quick look on the Palace Cinema website and it is sold out. My friend is unable to go, so rather than let the ticket go to waste, I thought someone might like the ticket. Please drop me a PM if anyone is interested. *NB - the ticket is for the front row.
  20. Do you honestly believe that? Do you get your news from The Sun?? The Police were herding people into Hillsborough Stadium, to get them off the street and into the game. The people entering the stadium had no idea what was going on at the front, and due to lack of staffing, fans arrived in already full pens. And thank you for your crass generalization of Liverpudlians. Yours sincerely, An unemployed Liverpudlian.
  21. Foxtrotlima

    Tom Glassey

    There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, but I think Lonan3 has summed up what I wanted to say (only far more eloquently than I could). My condolences to Barbara and the rest of Tom's family and friends.
  22. I had a bit of a lazy week last week so managed to catch up with some films I had been meaning to see and some I have seen before (mainly off the comments in this thread). Blood Diamond IMDb link. Very pleasantly surprised by this one, the actors were superb and I found the film quite thought provoking. Gegen Die Wand IMDb link. Quite heavy going in places, but well worth the effort (it is in German with English subtitles). Do The Right Thing IMDb link. A very astute look at racism in New York. Sunshine IMDb link. One of my favourite sci-fi films ever made. The film is aesthetically beautiful, and the actors convey the claustrophobia they experience exceptionally well. The Wind That Shakes The Barley IMDb link. A very profound and moving film, centering round the occupation of Ireland by the Black And Tans around 1920, and then the civil war fought in the country after the Black And Tans left. Control IMDb link. The story of Ian Curtis and Joy Division, based on his widow's book "Touching From A Distance". Again, a brilliant film and the acting was exceptional. Scarface IMDb link. Definitely needs no explanation, but I had forgotten just how good it was until I caught it at ungodly o'clock on Sky the other night.
  23. Although I am a stopover (originally from Liverpool), both my children were born and bred over here. Their Dad is 'proper' Manx (Grandparents and great Grandparents on both sides) and he regularly uses brabbag and chimlee, as do my offspring. Another one that they use is 'frikened'. I am not sure if that is a Manx thing or not, but I have never heard it used anywhere else other than over here.
  24. I must admit, I have had the pleasure of meeting him and he is so down to earth it is refreshing. My children's father is a member of Ramsey RNLI and he was the guest of honour a couple of years ago for their Lifeboat Day fundraiser (and muggins got roped into helping). He stayed for ages signing autographs and having photos taken with the children and did something that really both surprised and pleased me. For anyone that hasn't experienced a Lifeboat fundraiser, it is pretty much stalls with all kinds of RNLI stuff for sale, and a food stall with home made sandwiches and tea or coffee in a polystyrene cup. He came over, bought himself a sarnie and a cuppa and sat on the steps munching away quite happily. I know it might not sound much, but we were all really quite touched by it. The interview in the article you posted Lagman was really quite positive.
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