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  • #91130
    Re: Celebrity cruise

    Have a great time, and please do report back, as it would be very interesting to hear your experiences.
    A couple of years ago we researched cruises carefully with regard to accessibility, and reckoned that a Celebrity cruise was probably the best for us, and they seemed very helpful. But then my other half injured herself a while before we were due to sail, wouldn’t have been able to manage the physical assistance I need, and we had to cancel.

    I’ve thought for a while that it would be brilliant if there was a cruise line or agency that offered a care package for potential customers with disabilities, but I don’t think anyone’s doing it yet.

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    #91128
    Re: Every Last Corporate Bloosucker…

    @taungfox wrote:


    Do not know much about this Mr Hunt apart from when he told us the Rupert The Bear (sorry The Billionaire)
    was a very nice man and should have a monopoly of all our TV stuff. There does seem to be increasing evidence
    that he comes from the Berkshire branch of his family.

    Indeed. James Naughtie got it just about right with his slip of the tongue when he famously introduced Heremy Junt on the Today programme. I’d post the link, but it would need a parental advisory for naughty language. Mind you, I’ve always thought it was asking for trouble when Cameron appointed Jeremy Hunt Culture Secretary. Although it could just have been another scheme of his to discredit the BBC.

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    #91055
    Re: Whatever Happens…..

    Whatever happens, do not touch with a bargepole this kind of “extended warranty” that they’re always trying to sell you. It’s never worth it, and you can always find a better deal elsewhere. Well done, Mr Fox.

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    #87382
    Re: What did you do today?

    Ranald, that’s disgraceful. I reckon they’re breaching a fair number of employment laws there, but unfortunately firms do tend to get away with that sort of thing.

    littlestef, your experience was disgusting but sadly not too much of a surprise. If I wasn’t a peaceful sort then I’d be tempted to encourage my mates to go out and look for those baxtards. I’ve had a fair amount of abuse in my time, but not very often encountered actual physical violence because of my disability. Not often since I was at school, anyway. But it does seem that, after improving markedly over the years, things are getting substantially worse now, and I know that many other people with disabilities are feeling increasingly vulnerable when out and about. And I think that most of the blame for this lies squarely with the Tories and the LibDems for the way their government has spouted so much propaganda about “scroungers”, with the help of their friends in the media.

    Anyway, I’m off out to the first gig of the autumn season tonight. Keep going out, people!

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    #87357
    Re: What did you do today?

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    Today I went to Blickling Hall, birth place of Anne Boleyn. Stunning building and they have a cunningly concealed lift for us wheelies. Amazing architecture, features, paintings, books, railings, etc.

    Thanks for the tip about the lift, AMG. I’ve never been to Blickling, but must put it on the list for a visit next time we’re in Norfolk.

    Speaking of which (lifts and Norfolk), we were down the other end of Norfolk a couple of weeks ago and visited Houghton Hall, which also has a lift. A bit of an antique lift, reminiscent of the lifts in the government department in London I worked in thirty-plus years ago, which were ancient even then. But it does the job.

    And Houghton Hall currently has a special event on in which they’ve re-created the collection of paintings owned by Walpole, which hung in the building in the eighteenth century, before being sold to Catherine the Great when the family ran into debt. Well worth seeing if you get the chance, it’s on till November.

    Well done, Wigan. Sounds like a memorable day in many ways, Cassini!

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    #90647
    Re: If you could call yourself an ‘Expert’?

    Not sure that I count myself as being an expert in anything, especially with what seems to be my limited attention span these days.

    Anyway, what was I talking about?

    Oh yes, well…

    Having been working in publishing for more years than I like to remember, I’ve been an advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders for some time now, so I like to suppose I know a bit about that.

    I suppose I know a fair amount about folk music, punk, rugby union and cricket (though I defer to Mr Fox’s expertise on any matters related to Somerset).

    I can twang a nearly reasonable tune on the ukulele. Though not usually for public consumption without the assistance of sufficient amounts of alcohol.

    I take a lot of photos, of variable quality. I have a bit of a thing about liking to use only a simple point-and-click camera these days.

    And back in the mists of time, I got a degree in theology, though I think I’ve forgotten most of it now. But I can still quote large excerpts from Father Ted, if that counts.

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    #87337
    Re: What did you do today?

    @amgmod wrote:

    …I have decreed as housework is dangerous I shall do no more, ever :yes:

    Indeed it is a dangerous occupation, which causes many injuries.

    As does putting on trousers, apparently. You wouldn’t believe how many people get injured putting on trousers:
    http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=2391

    I am happy to report that this morning I managed to get my trousers on without serious injury. Though not without a lot of help from a care worker. If anyone has any tips for the best way to put on trousers while seated in a wheelchair, they would be very welcome. Maybe a kilt is the answer. Anyway, now off for pre-holiday haircut.

    Good to see you, ranald. 8-)

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    #89854
    Re: Autorip……..

    @taungfox wrote:

    @petered wrote:

    Digital versions of 202 albums, 2239 tracks have ended up in my music thingy thanks to this (and Mr Amazon’s skilled accountants:

    Wow, that is a lot of music.

    We should have bought our CD’s from Amazon like you obviously did.

    I do try to buy music direct from the performers when I can. And I go through phases of trying to avoid buying from Mr Amazon’s Emporium, but usually get drawn back in because of price considerations. But I do probably buy too much music generally. And I don’t like buying only in mp3 format, as I do sort of like the artefact – artwork, sleeve notes and all that stuff. And to hold a shiny CD or bit of vinyl in my hands…

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    #89852
    Re: Autorip……..

    Digital versions of 202 albums, 2239 tracks have ended up in my music thingy thanks to this (and Mr Amazon’s skilled accountants). Some of which are somewhat embarrassing, having, of course, been bought as presents for others (ahem). :oops:

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    #90170
    Re: Celebrating Summer…

    @Cassini wrote:

    Whoa the Folk Festival looks as though it had beautiful weather!!

    For once, this year, it did. Apart from a thunderstorm on the Saturday evening… fortunately we saw it coming and got off site before the deluge. But it’d all dried out by the next day. Which was a bit better than last year, when it ended up like this:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15437467@N07/7676999142/in/set-72157630772014986

    My electric chair had to be guided and assisted to get off the site that time.

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    #90360
    Re: HUB PUB 2 August

    Quick wave to folks in pub on my way to fire up the old bbq outside. Sun has finally broken through here today after some impressive thunderstorms this morning. 8-)

    Ah, “mod forties”, AMG. I met a few of those when I went to see 2/3 of The Jam at a gig last year. ;)

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    #90349
    Re: HELP – overnight stay advice needed!

    @sar78 wrote:

    @petered wrote:

    @sar78 wrote:

    The Holiday Inn website days that there are 5 of their hotels with ceiling hoists and the Birmingham one Vix mentioned is the nearest…

    Where did you find that info, sar78? I’d be very interested to see which of their hotels have hoists, but can’t find it on their website.

    I googled and came across this info on the Intercontinental Hotels Group

    AMG think I’m going to book once I’ve checked a few other things. It says 15 miles/30 mins from the university so hopefully at the times we will be travelling, it won’t be too much of a drag.

    Thank you!
    Nowhere near Manchester, sadly. Trying to work out how to manage a visit to eldest daughter up there.

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    #90347
    Re: HELP – overnight stay advice needed!

    @sar78 wrote:

    The Holiday Inn website days that there are 5 of their hotels with ceiling hoists and the Birmingham one Vix mentioned is the nearest…

    Where did you find that info, sar78? I’d be very interested to see which of their hotels have hoists, but can’t find it on their website.

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    #90343
    Re: HELP – overnight stay advice needed!

    Deleted double posting. :oops:

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    #90342
    Re: HELP – overnight stay advice needed!

    @vicki wrote:

    This Holiday Inn has a room with ceiling track hoist in the room & bathroom Birmingham M6, Jct.7 I have used it many times and was quite impressed.

    It does look good, and it’s even better to get a recommendation from someone who’s used it. 8-)

    There are a few other places with ceiling hoists listed on the Ceiling Hoist Users’ Club site, though I think the Birmingham Holiday Inn would indeed be the nearest: http://chuc.org.uk/
    Sadly, I don’t think the CHUC are able to keep the listings on their site updated regularly, which is a shame, as it would be great to have an up-to-date online resource for this. We’ve never managed to find anywhere that will hire out a mobile hoist for a sensible amount of time at a reasonable price.

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    #90327
    Re: Are Things Better ?….

    And the rag-and-bone man, who’d come down the road with his horse and cart, ringing his bell and shouting “Any old iron?”
    Though I suppose he was taking away, rather than delivering. And when I was telling my daughters about it recently, they reckoned I must’ve been living in Victorian times when I was young.

    The milkman always used to call round for his “box” and a sherry on Boxing Day. He was pretty squiffy by the end of his round. Mind you, he did have a bit of a problem with the drink, which led to him eventually losing control of his milk float going round a corner one summer’s day, and tipping the whole thing over. I watched it happen as I was waiting for the school bus, and it was all very slow-motion but still pretty spectacular.

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    #90183
    Re: The Vandals Took The Handles….

    Good to see you aboard, ranald. Hope you can get back here soon, you’re much missed.

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    #90166
    Re: Celebrating Summer…

    @amgmod wrote:

    What, no lightning shots?? Looks like you had a fab time.

    I tend to reckon that lightning is best avoided when I’m in the electric wheelchair….

    My best lightning shots were taken about 30 years ago, stunning set (though I say it myself) of a storm over London. But they were on slides, which I now can’t find anywhere. Sigh.

    But we did have a fab time, thanks.

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    #90164
    Re: Celebrating Summer…

    Just spent the weekend at the Cambridge Folk Festival, where, most of the time, it was actually bloomin’ hot. Until it all ended up in the traditional thunderstorm…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15437467@N07/sets/72157634794140275/

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    #90193
    Re: Motability 1978….

    A friend of mine once managed to run herself over with her own ex-Motability three-wheeler. It managed to get its wheels stuck in a rut, she got out and attempted to pull it free, and ran over her own legs. The bruises were spectacular, though fortunately it was only bruising… :lol:

    Mind you, I shouldn’t laugh, I did the same sort of thing to myself with my electric wheelchair once. :oops:

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