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  • I have to agree with @don If you are both committed to the relationship you will find a way to make it work for you. No-one can tell you how to run your relationship though. That’s up to the pair of you

  • em replied to the topic Fibromyalgia and memory loss in the forum Health 1 month, 1 week ago

    SC – Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have: increased sensitivity to pain. fatigue (extreme tiredness) muscle stiffness – source: NHS website.

    I don’t have it, but friends that do tell me it’s: overall…[Read more]

  • em replied to the topic Fibromyalgia and memory loss in the forum Health 1 month, 1 week ago

    I have a wonky memory due to wonky health (under investigation) and it’s pants. I rarely remember journeys, just bits of them. It’s been so long now that this is the norm for me and I no longer stress about it.

    I use my phone a lot to remind me of things. Friends and family are kind and put up with me – gentle reminders and not too exasperated…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I’ve noticed that my local Tesco Metro is selling Coke at the same price as Diet Coke, but in 250ml cans and 375ml bottles, rather than the 330ml cans and 500ml bottles for diet.

    • The packs of 24 are now down to 18 as well rather than changing the price.

      I think it’s more likely the tax will affect businesses and so make them switch. For instance, if you have self service soft drinks like Subway and Five Guys do, presumably you will have to remove the sugary versions from those otherwise you are forced to have staff…[Read more]

      • The sugar tax is a manufacturing tax so anyone along the supply chain could decide to absorb the rises rather than pass them on down the chain ie The Climbing Works, who buys stock from the Soft Drinks Company, could choose not to raise it’s prices. Soft Drinks, who buy from Coca Cola, don’t have to raise their prices. Coca Cola could absorb the…[Read more]

        • Ah, so the likes of Subway could just increase the price on all their soft drinks to absorb it and keep the “open” free pour machines. That in a way negates the point a little – I’m surprised it’s not a retail tax (like the bag “tax”) with a requirement for it to be charged on to the customer over and above the price of a low sugar equivalent -…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    For politicians, the gender gap is a way to get gullible women to vote for you.

  • em posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    They have their place in medical treatments, but there are risks.
    Of course, if the person has an addictive tendency, then they should be avoided.

    I guess I should have put some kind of disclaimer, or smiley face @ the end, signifying me not being serious.
    I have 2 MDs in my family, and my fiance is a pediatrician.

    My bad.

    I also have disc…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The previous 2 answers + lots of painkillers

    • Painkillers are terrible for you. I was on them for a while but my back kept getting worse. It was only when I started to workout every morning before work that my back stopped hurting.

    • When you need painkillers to be functional, you need another solution.

      I have two herniated discs in my neck and I’ve had two flare ups in 3 years. Depending on how bad the pain is, you should maybe get an MRI to see what exactly is going on to then find the right treatment.

      Do you just need better back support while driving?

      If it is minor…[Read more]

      • They have their place in medical treatments, but there are risks.
        Of course, if the person has an addictive tendency, then they should be avoided.

        I guess I should have put some kind of disclaimer, or smiley face @ the end, signifying me not being serious.
        I have 2 MDs in my family, and my fiance is a pediatrician.

        My bad.

        I also have disc…[Read more]

  • em posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Just reading this https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/apr/02/shocking-disparity-in-pension-income-revealed-by-latest-hmrc-data ,
    That means the City of London tops the UK table for pension income, yet just eight miles away lies the area with the UK’s second-lowest pension income. In the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, the mean a…[Read more]

    • I’d imagine the pension difference correlates well with the income difference when they were working and how much they invested in it. It’s a non article by the guardian; it is a pre local election bit of anti rich elite vote chasing on behalf of momentum.

    • Mode is so unfashionable, though…

    • I wonder what the correlation is between Guardian reading and pension.

      I’m going to guess that those on a low pension don’t read the Guardian…

    • “I have no evidence but I would suspect that ex ford workers and the odd millionaire are raising that mean, way above the mode.”

      The ex ford workers are in the area with a low mean. Given the size of the Ford plant to the town, I would have thought the median mode and mean for Dagenham wouldn’t be much different as so many of the pensioners w…[Read more]

    • Whether the mean, median, or the mode, is best suited to interpret the data really depends on the distribution of the data. So I am not sure how you can make such a statement without having any idea about the distribution.

      My understanding of income distribution in the UK tells me they tend to approach a log-normal distribution with a low sigma,…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Turkey have set a precedent by refusing extradition once, wouldn’t put it past them to do so again, especially in light of Erdogan’s continued antipathy to the West.

  • em posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The other surviving ‘Beatle’, Aine Davis, was jailed for seven years in Turkey. Davis was involved in the torture and brutalisation of hostages, not to mention the execution of 27 captives whose ‘crimes’ included being aid workers and journalists. Ankara refused extradition requests from both the UK and the US.

    Regardless of the jurisdiction this…[Read more]

    • Presumably he would receive a life sentence in either the U.K. or the U.S. Still can of course, once he has served his sentence in Turkey, which won’t be a holiday.

      • Turkey have set a precedent by refusing extradition once, wouldn’t put it past them to do so again, especially in light of Erdogan’s continued antipathy to the West.

  • em posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Usually propane is much better than butane in cold weather. Have you checked the regulator? It may have ice on it?

  • em posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    My place of work has a policy of not putting on compulsory events outside of the hours of 10am – 4pm.

    Many of my colleagues work in labs and consequently work all sorts of crazy hours, particularly when doing experiments that involve taking a sample every 4 hours or so. Informal social events outside of core hours are common too. The aim of…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Might not be be your cup of tea but we did a crackig weekend in york. Stayed at the Parisi, did walking tour and then spent a day at the National Rail Museum followed by dinner at Le cochon aveugle (one of top 40 Uk restaurants I think) their tastingg menu is spectacular!

    OR do the same but with fewer trains but more planes (Duxford) in Cambridge…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    How very odd! My friend and neighbour is an amateur photographer and he is doing our photos. He didn’t want to be paid but has agreed to me reimbursing him for missing a day at his usual job. We have talked about the type of photos we want, and all I’ve asked is that he doesn’t use our photos anywhere else, which he wouldn’t anyway, but I just…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Fucidin antibiotic cream from GP clears mine in 24 hours.

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    It’s flawed maths. It’s as if the university is open 120 days a week… I have left the lab latest at 5AM and came in earliest at 7AM. Never mind weekends.

    It’s just as ridiculous as the petition asking for HMRC to refund all the tax paid due to Brexit*! I get that the strike is disruptive and attention-seeking, but it’s the point of the strike,…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Bitberger Drive is the best German pilsner type I’ve come across, (Estrella) Free Damm the best British/Euro type drinking lager. Morrisons do the Estrella, can’t find a supplier for Bitberger anywhere.

    Nanny State tastes like fizzy herbal tea!

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    This happened on a road I regularly run on. Motorists are completely unaware of events unfolding right before their eyes and are only concerned with ‘making progress’. Even at 30mph I’d suggest you slow down if you can’t see, you run the risk of driving into the back of a stationary car.

    In the clip you can see the driver was going for the ove…[Read more]

  • em replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 3 months, 1 week ago

    There is science to show it can and does work.

    @mel not for very much, but there is evidence to show some effect for pain management.

    If you know of other stuff, please provide credible references.

    My wife is a physio and qualified to do acupuncture, by the way!

    Unfortunately the NHS provides a number of treatments which are no better than…[Read more]

  • I’ve had a couple of cleaners in the past and found them through word of mouth but you do sometimes see ads in the local free ad mags. You can normally ask them to do as many or as few hours as you want but obviously it would have to fit in with their other jobs. Mine charged about £10 – £12 per hour but that might vary from county to county I g…[Read more]

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