em

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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 3 months, 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 pain first and foremost, then brain fog, and back to the pain (and stiffness). And the fatigue – when having a flare doing something as simple as walking upstairs can leave the person absolutely shattered.

  • em replied to the topic Fibromyalgia and memory loss in the forum Health 3 months, 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 when I’ve forgotten something.

    Workwise I make lists and store in the same places – notebooks doted around the house and car (complete with pens) so I can jot things down. The voice recorder / memo thing on my phone gets used. I send myself emails with the thing in the subject line, so it’s an instant reminder when I look at the email list. A couple of people on client’s sites know I’m a bit wonky and are supportive – I can operate…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week 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 checking what you get. (I assume it’s not legal just to charge everyone the tax and take it as profit on the non-sugary drinks, i.e. there must be a price differential?)

      • 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 tax rise.

        Coca Cola have raised their prices by more than the tax so of course Soft Drinks Co have raised theirs as well. we won’t raise ours straight away but will do once we have to re-stock at the new price.

        Of course if you bring a water bottle we will fill it with lovely low fat, low sugar, gluten free, vegan, dairy free water!

        • 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 – that way it’d be more successful in driving choice by forcing there to be a price differential, I reckon.

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

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

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 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 issues (C6 & C7) from a car accident (went through the windshield) along with (2) 1.5cm cysts in my brain cavity causing nasty migraines. I was popping Tramadol daily, then got treatment for the problems and weaned off of the pills.

    After the MRI, I did PT and chiro (much to the dismay of my family members who think all chiros are quacks) & did lidocaine up the nasal passage – no more headaches.

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 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 herniation, Turmeric paste is a natural remedy that helps inflammation. Pineapple is an excellent anti-inflammatory. I also stopped drinking alcohol mostly. I would drink wine every night, sometimes hard liquor but found that it was making my inflammation worse.

      this might be helpful >>> https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=turmeric user group (Group is run by a Australian doctor)

      • 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 issues (C6 & C7) from a car accident (went through the windshield) along with (2) 1.5cm cysts in my brain cavity causing nasty migraines. I was popping Tramadol daily, then got treatment for the problems and weaned off of the pills.

        After the MRI, I did PT and chiro (much to the dismay of my family members who think all chiros are quacks) & did lidocaine up the nasal passage – no more headaches.

  • em posted an update 3 months, 2 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 average pension income that older people had to manage on was £12,800.

    For a kick off I cannot see why anyone would be shocked that a pensioner in the Square Mile has a much larger pension than someone in Barking or Stoke, like DOH.

    However what does shock me is that a rag like the Guardian which claims to do top quality journalism refers to mean average, when I would think a mode average would be much more revealing.

    I have no evidence bu…[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 would have worked there.

      The City of London has expensive housing and Dagenham is a cheaper place to live. None of this data is particularly surprising. If you want the raw data I expect it’s on the HMRC website and you can work out the median and mode if you want to.

    • 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, albeit with a thick upper tail. Whether you use the mean, median, or mode, it shouldn’t make too much difference, but the median or mode should be marginally better in this case. I’m just assuming that pensions follow a similar distribution as income which could be completely wrong.

      However you have to consider that in an article written for the general public, a journalist may decide to use the mean even if it’s not scientifically the…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 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 3 months, 2 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 pair end up in, I hope their many victims see a bit more in the way of justice than seven years.

    • 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 4 months, 2 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 4 months, 2 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 the policy above is to avoid meetings that people would be disadvantaged by not attending from occurring at times when people are commonly picking up/dropping off children and thus prevent inadvertent discrimination against primary carers.

    My feeling about the OP is that the company would be better to do the inspirational chat and spaghetti bridge building during core hours, start the socialising around 4 to allow those to have to leave…[Read more]

  • em posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks 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 and eat at Midsummer House

    OR go and stay for a couple of days at Lucknam Park (lovely food and spa)

    Or jump on a Belmond Pullman train, friend does these regularly!

  • em posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks 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 wanted to be sure as in general I hate pictures of me.

    Have you used any of the pictures you took anywhere that she might have seen them? It seems strange that this has come out of the blue and she is being so extreme about it?

  • em posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Fucidin antibiotic cream from GP clears mine in 24 hours.

  • em posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks 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, isn’t it?

    * – I am EU citizen and anti-leave, but I still find that petition weird.

  • em posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks 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 5 months 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 overtake in a dangerous position and had no intention of slowing down.

    http://www.thecomet.net/news/dash-cam-footage-exonerates-4×4-driver-accused-of-trying-to-hit-jogger-near-stevenage-1-5235307

  • em replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 5 months 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 placebo, it’s a bit of a problem. Some of them are even pharmaceutical.

  • 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 guess? You could ask them to do a big clean initially and pay for an entire day or whatever or you could contact one of those companies who advertise one off cleans as well as regular cleans.

    Good luck finding someone and I hope having a lovely clean house makes other stuff seem better!

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