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  1. Ironically enough, you're dead right. The whole idea is that it's written slightly like that (when you read the book you'll see why) - but you're right, it's putting people off before they even get to the book (and then they're not donating anyway). The single aim is to give people a place to donate via Paypal - and I thought this might be a fun way to do it. It's SO not worked (thanks to those who have donated though) - but I'm not going to give up.
  2. Just a reminder that anyone going through the pain of depression can talk confidentially to the Samaritans about what they are experiencing, in a supportive non-judgemental environment: 08457 909090 Robert
  3. First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated to Sheffield Samaritans over the last few months. Slowly, step by step we are getting to our target of not having to close our doors. But there is still a long way to go. Which is why I was compelled to create a little website to help raise money. And I just need one minute of everyone's time, if I may. The link to the site is below, but first, what we need you to do (don't worry, it doesn't cost anything!!). All you need to do to get the awareness that we need to make the site successful and raise lots of money is to: Copy and paste this into an email and send it to as many friends as possible: ============================================= This is brilliant - I had to donate: http://www.morningtoncrescentbooks.com ============================================= Simply that. Sheffield Samaritans need money fast, and by emailing the above two lines to as many people as possible, you will have helped make a difference to our fundraising drive. On a personal note, I have only been a volunteer since September, but in that time have experienced the sheer volume of people who are helped by the service, often at the most desperate times in their lives. Not just the people who phone up, or the hundreds that email us, not even just the many face-to-face callers that we help. But the many people who know that there is a local branch there for them when they need it, even if that time never comes. I am actually leaving to go to university in September, but I really want there to be a Sheffield Samaritans to come back to and volunteer in during the holidays. Please, copy and paste, or type out the two lines below and email them to as many people as possible, so that we can go on offering this vital service: ============================================= This is brilliant - I had to donate: http://www.morningtoncrescentbooks.com ============================================= This isn't a plea for money, it's a plea for just a minute of your time. If you have a spare minute and could email the link to everyone you know, that minute could make an amazing difference. Thank you very much for reading, I'll keep everyone updated with how it is going. Robert G. Johns http://www.morningtoncrescentbooks.com PS Even if you don't have any spare money to donate, please feel free to download a copy of the book for free - you won't regret it!: http://www.morningtoncrescentbooks.com
  4. Pangolin, Have you thought about the Sheffield 20s & 30s Walking Group? Regular walks in the Peak District and beyond, weekends away every month and many socials, for anyone in their 20s or 30s. It's a big group but very friendly, details are all on the website: http://www.sheffieldwalkinggroup.org.uk You don't even have to be that fit, there are various lengths of walks! Rob
  5. Jamie, Here's what you need - I work from home too and it stops all those little things that keep distracting you. http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=38576&pageno=6 Rob
  6. Adaline, Try this, it's the manuscript of an old book called "The Power of Concentration": http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext98/prcon10.txt
  7. Lestat, There's a couple on eBay at the moment: http://search.ebay.co.uk/silver-lady-david-soul_W0QQsofocusZbsQQsbrftogZ1QQfromZR10QQcatrefZC6QQsoloctogZ9QQsotrtypeZ1QQsotrvalueZ1QQsosortpropertyZ1QQcoactionZcompareQQcopagenumZ1QQcoentrypageZsearch should get you there. Hope this helps, Rob
  8. Jimmy, The Itchy Guide website has a "2 Days In Sheff" section: http://www.itchysheffield.co.uk/articles/214.html and "2 Days On The Cheap In Sheff": http://www.itchysheffield.co.uk/articles/659.html Hope that gives you a start! Rob
  9. ...and, surprise surprise some have cropped up here: Little Britain tickets on eBay
  10. Is that Bochum that Sheffield is/was twinned with, spooky...
  11. Does anybody love anybody anyway? Can anybody love anyone so much that they will never fear Never worry never be sad The answer is they cannot love this much nobody can This is why I don’t mind you doubting And maybe love is letting people be just what they want to be The door always must be left unlocked To love when circumstance may lead someone away from you And not to spend the time just doubting Howard Jones circa '84
  12. This post reminds me of this week's quote in my ever faithful WHSmith's diary: "There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?" Dick Cavett
  13. Derek, don't know if this will help, but... Whatever decision you make, there will be some sort of pain, the key is to ask yourself whether the pain of not seeing your family will be greater or less than the pain of regret of not taking the plunge. Personally I lived in Sydney for 3 months and it's a fantastic, sunny, laid-back city. It's similar to Sheffield in lots of ways (it feels like one big town), and though it can be hard to meet people at first, like any big city when you do get to know people there's a real community atmosphere. I decided to come home because at that time in my life I valued being near family higher than having a better lifestyle (but that's just me - I'm not trying to sway you either way here!). Certainly none of my friends who have done it regretted it at all! Whatever you choose, the best of luck.
  14. Hope this helps anyone on the lookout for a decent houseshare, to save you time and getting into somewhere unsuitable... 1) Decide EXACTLY what you want before you start. Sit down and write an advert for your perfect houseshare - including address! How many people, sexes, ages, size room? How much would you pay for this houseshare? 2) Make a priority list of these (I know this sounds faffy, but it saves you ages in wasted visiting places). 3) Find all the (useful) sites on the internet that you possibly can that advertise houseshares, the ones that I used are below (was a year ago tho): http://sheffield.freeexchange.co.uk/pages/5002.html http://www.torent.co.uk/aaregion/aarea/aatown/SHEFFIELD.html http://www.letalife.com/Ad_list.asp?T=5955 http://www.rentamatic.co.uk/results.cfm?area=Yorkshire+-+South http://www.blundells.com/lettings_search.asp [N.B. The best way to use the Blundells search is to put in an impossible search, like rent from 100 to 100, then it comes up with a link to all the results and you can browse them] http://www.letbynet.com/cgi-bin/classifieds.cgi?db=sheffield&website=&language=&session_key= http://www.roomsforlet.co.uk/twp/search.asp http://www.saxtonmee.co.uk/lettings/propertysearch.htm http://www.flatshare.com/uk/england.htm 4) EVERY DAY check these, and if there's a new one that fits your criteria, call them straight away (the good ones go really quickly). 5) Tell everyone you can think of what you are looking for. If you know anyone who works for a big company (eg HSBC), or council/NHS etc, get them to put advert on their intranet/noticeboard (or your own of course) - this is excellent way to get trusted/like-minded housemates. 6) Go to your most perfect part of Sheffield that you would like to live (as in step 1), look in post office windows, for notices etc. Good for seeing if you really do want to live there. 7) When you see an advert that fits your criteria, phone it straight away and go and see it as soon as possible. Don't worry about not knowing if you're making right decisions; if you've done step 1 right, you'll know when the best one comes up! 9) Don't be afraid to say yes to a houseshare straight away, having done the homework you know what it is your after. On the other hand, don't accept anywhere that doesn't match what you're looking for just because you don't like to say no (v easy to do!). 10) Don't worry too much about the newspapers (Star, Free Ads), generally everyone answers those ads and the best ones are elsewhere, or gone before the ads come out. 11) Even if nothing seems to come up, DON'T GIVE UP - persistence is key. Do a little bit every day. Believe me, I did this and my description was impossible - 4/5 people, big room with double bed, within about a half mile stretch of road in Dore (Dore - home of houseshares obviously!), less than £240/month, decent size garden and living room etc etc. Everyone said I had no chance. I found two for £200/month that were exactly what I wanted, within a month following these steps. Just wanted to pass it on, I hope it helps someone. Rob PS And check the forum of course!
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